Friday, April 29, 2011

My 1700's Louisana Apartment Building

has finally been completely bricked. The part
that you see with the ladder is the front of the
dollhouse that was supposed to
face the wall and never to be seen. Well
now thats changed.  I had to turn the dollhouse
to get more light inside so you could see it.
That didnt do the trick - so I had to empty everything
out of the 5 floors in order to move it
in front of my bedroom window.
So this left me with that problem on how
to make the front look somewhat symetrical. My
answer to that came when I googled Louisana buildings.
It was just luck to see that some of their windows
were shuttered. So that got me to thinking. I have
decided to put window trim everywhere there
is suppose to be a window. I am then going
to glue shutters to the trim. None of the shutters will open.
This should solve that problem. I like the ladder
that is proped up against the dollhouse. However
I am not sure if it will work. It is a little thick. I am 
hoping that once I paint it and doctor it up that it
will work. A painter needs to be up there painting.
Oops! my steps are turned the wrong way. The
front door was painted brown & then white painted
on top. I am hoping that it kind of makess the door
look old.  The door opens just to reveal a small
entrry. You have to use your imagination of how
you rise to the other floors. The house is still not
finished. I need to paint a thin line of mortar between
the bricks and the stone-like bricks located at the
bottom of the dollhouse. I also need to put on
a roof.
 This is the side that opens. The windows
are symetrical until you reach the 4th & 5th
floors. The reason for that is because I wanted
all of the apartment buildings to be a little different
on the inside. I didnt want the kitchens to be in the
same place. That gets boring. So that middle window
originally held a kitchen beneath it. Now I think that
it gives the building some character. The top floor is
the Penthouse apartment.  
 At the top of this side I am going to need
to put a shuttered window.
Hopefully you like what I have done.
I'll show you the courtyard side soon.
by conny

Monday, April 25, 2011

Make Marina's Bottlecap Hat

Yes you heard it right! I made Marina's hat
from a bottlecap. As I stated earlier it sits really
good on an average miniature dolls head.  A
china dolls head is much bigger so I was trying
to figure out a a good size. Thats when I thought
about a bottlecap. However if I was going to make Marina
another hat I would definitely use a bigger bottlecap.
Marina's clothes are actually
made from a small babys infant pair of pants. I
think they were size 6 months. These pants were stretchy.
Stretchy gives a little, cotton does not give any. So if you use
cotton then you must be kind of accurate when you cut.
This is what I like about stretch fabrics. You dont have to be so precise
you can s t r e t c h  to fit!  These little pants had the
cutest pink ruffle going around each edge of the leg. Sorry
that I didnt snap a photo of them. I just didnt
think about it at the time. The directions are long but simple.
 Only a few supplies are needed:
a bottlecap - see the size I used
stretchy fabric that has a ruffle already attached
some cotton batting or cotton balls unrolled
glue & toothpicks
decorative flowers or other of your choice
 Directions:  Cut out 2 large circles & sit
the other piece of the fabric aside. Make sure these
circles are alot larger than the bottlecap.
Make sure the bottlecap is cleaned & dry. Place the
bottlecap down on the wrong side of the fabric &
draw around it. This piece goes on the inside of the
 Cut this piece out and sit aside.
 Double the cotton and mold it around the bottlecap
to fit. Now take the cotton back off & be sure to keep its
 Take your glue bottle & dump a massive amount of glue
on the top of the bottlecap. A little glue along the sides.
 Spread the glue evenly all around the bottlecap & on the
top with your finger with a toothpick.
Take your cotton shape & put it over the glue.
 It should look similar to this. Be sure to shape it with your
fingers all around before you cut off any overlapping
 This is what the bottlecap looks like from the inside with
the cotton glued on the outside.
 This is what the bottlecap looks like with the cotton
glued on the outside. The cotton is wrapped around the
bottlecap to soften its hard lines.
At this point, you should have these 3 pieces. Place
the large circle with its fabric right side down on the
table or other surface. The wrong side of the fabric
should be staring you in the face.
Now take the cotton wrapped bottlecap & put alot of
glue on the inside. Spread the glue evenly on the bottom
& the sides with the toothpick. Then lay the bottlecap
in the middle of the large circle.
Now it doesnt matter how you do it - theres no right or
wrong way. Start putting the fabric on the inside, smash
it down on the sides into the glue. Work the fabric all around
the sides untill it is even & there arent any wrinkles on the
outside of the bottlecap. This will take you a few minutes or
 The bottlecap should look like this. All of the inside is
smashed down really good. Make sure the sides are
stuck good. If its too bulky you will have to pull up
the inside & trim it off so it will lay as flat as possible.
Then smash it back down. There still should be enough
glue for it to stick. Now take that little round piece
& put it on top. You dont want this piece too big. It
should fit just on the bottom. So pick it back up &
trim it. Check to make sure that it fits if it doesnt
& it is still too big. Then trim it again. Repeat until
it fits.
 Now put some more glue inside & stick that little round
piece in. Smash it down good & with your fingernail or
toothpick push the fabric edges down into the fabric so
as not to see much of that cut edge.
 Now this is what you want it to look like. You want it
to be as smooth as possible.
 Now you can cut the ruffle off of the pants. I didnt measure
I just cut off a long piece.
 Now you have to clean up the ruffle. If there is a seam
then cut it off.
 Now clean up the ruffle some more. Cut off all excess
fabric up to the seam so it looks like this.
 Now measure the ruffle around the bottlecap. Cut off
a little more that is needed just for good measure. Set the
rest aside.
 Now glue the ruffle seam on the inside of the bottlecap.
It will look something like this. Also glue the side seam
of the ruffle. Make sure that its stuck down good.
 This is what it should look like on the outside. Take
your ribbon & measure it around the bottlecap close
to the ruffle. Cut off a little bit more to overlap the
ribbon. Set the ribbon aside.
 Now put glue around the lower edge of the bottlecap
just above the brim as shown. Do not glob the glue.
Be sure that when you glue the ribbon onto the hat
to start the ribbon where the seam of the ruffle is.
Keep the ruffle seam & the ribbon seam matched up together.
 Here is the ribbon glued on. Now take 2 pieces of
ribbon about 2 inches long, Cut the ends at an
angle. Put glue on the unangled ends.
 Apply one ribbon at an angle on the ribbon seam.
Apply the other ribbon on top of the ribbon & angle it.
It should look like this.
 Now glue down your flower or other trim. If you
use a flower like this be sure to glue down the green
leaves. Your ribbon & ruffle seam should be hidden.