Friday, November 27, 2015

Apartment #5 - Paula Brooks aptmt - Bathroom and an Aida Cloth wall

Hello everyone!
Thank you for the sweet comments.
I hope that everybody had a very nice
Christmas is just around the corner.
I sure
do hope that I can get this apartment finished
before then.
I go next week again to give blood.
I do hope that I can get more done before then.
Anyway it is coming along slowly, but I am
making progress.

First, I had painted the long wall white a while
I decided that the wall looked too naked
and needed texture.
I pulled out the wall and
 took the long side wall and glued
Cross-stitch fabric called Aida cloth onto it.
It looks really great now and it has
plenty of texture!
As you can see the black painted walls and the
floor is to be a bathroom.
I know you cannot see it, but I had to make a
side wall and a top piece to go above the
Yep! this is a bathroom.
I had to paint the door and glue on the doorknob.
The shabby floor was pulled up as you can see
 and I had to re-paint the floor. 
I have curtains to make and furniture to
paint along with making clothes!
I hope this apartment looks good as I
imagine it.
Thank you for visiting me!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Apartment #5 - Paula Brooks - The Bed

Hello Everyone!
How have you been. I do hope
that this month you have been
Am sorry - but I have been
anemic and am working as
fast as I am able on the
apartment.  To my dismay I must
go again this Wednesday for
more blood to be drawn out. So
I will get done what I can.
I do not know if you have guessed
it or not - but the apartment is
going to be ONLY in Black-n-White.
I had to remove the painted white
wood floor. It just would not work
in this space.
At least I got the bed finished!
I had this bed for over 18 years.
It was in a natural
Sorry I forgot to take the before photo but
here is the after.
It took a total of 3 coats of paint
for the inside and the outside.
In between each coat
I had to let it dry for a full day.
The paint is a high gloss enamel.
The bed has decoration
on the small sides pieces. I
t is hard to see, but I
did not want any gold or white on this bed.
I wanted it to be only black.
I should have probably sanded down between
coats, but the apartment is not a high-end
The apartment is for a working girl.
On her 1st apartment, she bought what she could!
You know the secret to my mattresses already!!
I just cut the size I need and then cover it like a
present! Generally I sew it, but this time I glued
it because it was much faster for me.
Here is the mattress all done.
Ready to be fixed unto the bed.
The bed linens came from a KNITTED BLOUSE that had all of
this gorgeous dripping lace on it!
About 12 inches total. It was just lovely!!
I could not let this beautiful fabric get away from
me without using it!
Can you see the knitted area. When I make the curtains,
I will show you the blouse so you can get a better
idea of what it looks like and what you need to
look for in case you want to try this look.
First, I show you the bottom of the bed with the
lace blanket.
I  did not hem any of the edges.
is a long pillow placed under the lace blanket
to give it height.
For the blanket, I cut a large piece of the lace,
about 9 inches X 8 inches, very close to that.
I made a long pillow and stuffed it with cotton
balls and just sewed it together with one long seam.
You can see here how I have placed the long
pillow under the lace cover.
There is no lace on the pillow at all. It is made
from the same knitted fabric as the bed cover.
The bed pillow itself is made differently than the
long pillow.
I actually made a big pillow and stuffed
it with cotton balls.
I did not fully stuff it. I wanted
a relaxed look so as to look dented or that she had
not too long ago placed her head upon it.
I made another pillowcase from just the lace.
I hand sewed it together and placed the pillow
inside just as you would for your own bed.
I left a lot of the lace hanging down below the mattress.
I wanted the lace pillowcase to look
bigger than the actual pillow.
Afterwards I hand sewed tucks and gathers into the
lace that is draping down below the mattress.
The bed turned out so lovely. I am so pleased with it!
Hoping now that I can move on to the window
and make curtains and perhaps a bed canopy!
Please enjoy my photos!
Thank you for visiting me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Apartment #5 - Paula Brooks aptmt - Black and White

Hello Everyone,
I am so sorry for not posting but so much
has been going on.
Well I will tell you what has happened
so far.
I will not bore you with details.
Do you know what Hemochromatosis is?
Yes, I have it.
So I have been giving my blood every 2 weeks.
It has not been easy
getting that almost black Jello blood
out of my veins.
The RN finally resorted
to a very large needle to go into my
vein the last time I was there.
And then
I went to give more blood and found out
that my hemoglobin and hemocrit was low.
Making me borderline anemic.
And mind you, since they first started
taking my blood, I have been sick. It
basically put my body in shock.
Finally they had to start giving me
To top it off. my 93 year old father died
last week.
So forgive me for not
posting an update with this apartment.
I finally got the windows and the door painted
white. I guess you are wondering what the
black thing is!
That is a surprise!
 It almost looks like a box is there. I like how it
looks like something is behind the box.
You are not seeing things. The bathroom wall
is painted black!!!!
The paint is still wet.
I hope to have this apartment finished in the
next couple of weeks.
Thank you for visiting me!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Apartment #5 - Paula Brooks aptmt - Shabby Floor

Hello Everybody!
I hope you all have been well and
are enjoying what is left of the
Trying to make each apartment different
is a chore!
Especially since all doors
are in the back of the building.
After this apartment is finished - I have more
Tutorials for some easy clothes.
So, look for these!
Please forgive me - I stay busy! I am always
doing and working on several projects at once.
And right now I am still
de-cluttering this sewing room,
doing miniatures and making pincushion
The pincushion dolls are on my other blog:
Isn't it amazing how quickly you can become
disorganized only after doing a few projects!
And how anything that was organized becomes
a mess really fast!
I have decided that apartment #5 is going to
have all white walls. It is a bold move in this
apartment building, since so far the
other apartments have lots of color.
Also I want
to bring in some touches of black here.
Well, we will see what happens, if I am able to
do it!
I have had these floors for eons or so it seems.
originally were a dark reddish look.
I never liked the color.
 It took 4 coats of white paint with a little
sanding in between each coat,
for the floor to look like this.
Afterwards, I brushed
on a little black to simulate some wear and tear
on the floors.
Notice that the floors are not glued in yet.
notice that the floor does not go to the entire
back wall. It is a little short.
Am sure I will not use this floor here.
The front door will be on the right side of this
apartment towards the right.
Thank you for visiting me!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Apartment #5 - Paula Brooks aptmt - Walls and Floor painted white

Hello Everybody.
Hope all is well.

Sorry it has been a little bit since
my last posting, but
when I post a tutorial, I
try to keep it up there long enough
so that it gets seen by everyone.
And this last time I posted 2 tutorials
back to back.
I have been so busy.
I am taking each
room in my home and de-cluttering it.
I have started with the sewing room.
Sewing rooms get messy so quick.
This is apartment #5.
So far white walls, white floors!
Windows need painting
and the room will need a front door.
This is all that I have gotten done so far.
Thank you for visiting me!

Monday, June 29, 2015


 Hello everyone!
Spring and Summer are hard
months to blog.
So many things to do!
I am sorry that I have not posted,
but it was because I was making a
tutorial on my other blog:
I made a WHOLE-DOLL pincushion with the
directions. In case you have not seen
her, I have placed only the directions here
for you, concerning her slip and cami.
You can always look at my other
blog if you need to view the entire doll.
The doll on that blog is 7 inches high. Too
tall to go into the miniature apartments.
However, she has on the cutest slip and
bodice that I made for her.
And I would like to show you that you
can make this to go on your mini doll
or just display it on the mini bed.
The directions are easy and simple. There
are 2 directions for you to use. You can
hand sew it or use a sewing machine.
Either you can permanently let the doll
wear it.
Or you can make it
lay it on the bed or hang it up!
This is a baby dress.
It is cotton with a flower stitched
on the bodice and on the lower right side of the dress.
It is about a 9 to 1 year old dress.
The tag said 24s,
which could be foreign made. Not sure.
I have not seen a tag like that.
Anyway the dress is covered in fine net.
It is so pretty!!
The sleeves are net as well.
I am sure that you have seen little baby dresses like
Anyway it does not matter what dress you use
as long as
Cut out the sleeve leaving a good amount
of the white cloth on it.
This is the left side of the sleeve.
I have taken the same sleeve and turned it
sideways for you. T
he right side will be the
cami and the left side of this sleeve will
be the slip.
Look at the netting part with the
pink trim.
See where the net looks like it
If the cami part is a little big - that's okay. The
slip will not be that big.
You must have enough of the slip to be able
to gather it.
This is the cami opened up.
Put wrong sides together as the picture shows here.
With sides even, stitch it closed.
Trim away any
excess fabric to the right of your stitching.
Trim away some of the
white cotton on the bottom of the cami so it only
leaves about a half inch.
Turn right side out.
See how much of the white
cotton that I left on.
Also notice about 2 of my
fingers are inserted inside. That is what you should
have for that width.
Next, starting at the back here,
run a gathering stitch around the cami, where
you see the stitches at in this photo. (where the netting
and the top of the white cotton meet).
See these stitches,
sew the gathering stitches there on the STITCHED LINE.
This is the back of the bodice in this photo.
Place the cami on the doll and make sure that
the front is on the front of the doll.
Next, eye ball
the side of the cami in relation to where
the arm-holes should go.
All I did here was cut
a small gash in the netting to allow the arm
to go through.
Once I pulled up the cami like
it should be, I then pulled the gathering threads
at the back of the doll, knotted it and cut away
excess thread.

Do all of the steps include the gathering that
you see in the above photo.
point you can use strong white or pink
QUILTING THREAD to make straps.
Tie a knot in the thread on inside of the cami on
the back, make a length going to the inside front
and knot it off on the inside of the front of the cami.
Do the same to the other side and hang it on the
clothes hanger.

FOR THE SLIP: There is not a photo here to show
you. For the slip just take the remainder of the sleeve that is
left and sew up the back seam. Gather a little
ways from the top.
If you want it permanent on the doll then
put it on the doll, draw up the gathers, then knot
it closed. Hide the knot and cut off excess thread.
If you want to lay the slip on the bed, then
gather it up like you want, knot it and hide the
knot. Then cut away any excess threads.
If you want to hang up the slip, simply take the
quilting thread and with just a few stitches on
each side of the slip, run a long stitch over the
top of the clothes hanger to the other side of the
slip to secure it.
The slip can hang by itself on the clothes hanger
or underneath the cami!

I did not gather my cami. Nor did I put any straps on
my cami. Mine is to be laid across the bed as is.
I hope that you use this tutorial! 
Thank you for visiting me! Have a great day!

Monday, June 1, 2015

TUTORIAL - Making Mini Mattresses

Hello mini people!!
Hope you are all well and safe.
I want to share with you on what I use to
make my mini mattress's.
I make all of my mini bed mattresses from this
stuff. It is easy to cut with scissors.  I do not use
my good scissors to cut this stuff because I do not
want to dull them. Since living here and making
my beds, I buy this from Jo-ann's fabrics.
This is inexpensive - about $3.00. And you
can make many mattresses from just this one.
This is not a bag of poly-fil. As you can see this is what
they put in lawn chairs. This polyester foam is white.
When you look at it through the package, you should
be able to tell that the outside edges are a little rough.
There is just a little bit of  poly-fil on the inside
between the 2 rough pieces. Just enough for bounce.
This stuff is very easy to work with.
This is the thickness with the package on.
Here it is cut already on the children's bunk beds.
The bottom bunk bed looks uneven but I can assure
you that it is just the way that I placed it on the bed.
The mattresses look big but after you sew the sheets
on, then the foam flattens out some.
This is where I sewed on the white cotton for the
sheets. I stitched it on the back running my needle
from side to side and ends to ends. Your needle
can easily go through this stuff.
You can see that it is only a little over 1 inch wide.
I painted this bed apple green and then noticed that I had some
napkins the same color. So, I just might use one of
these green napkins for a sheet.
Hey - that looks good!
The next time you see this bed, I hope to have it
with sheets and covers. Then deciding on what room
to put it in is the hardest.
I hope you can use this tip!
Take care and be well.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Apartment #10 - MEET THE TAYLOR'S - Apartment Finished!

Hello yawl!!
How is everyone out there in blog land.
Sorry that it has taken me so long. I had 2 surgeries
and am feeling much better now.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments. They
are greatly appreciated.
There were quite a
few photo's that I wanted to post here for this
apartment. I hope you enjoy the photos!
Meet - the mother Delilah Kate Taylor and her
2 twin daughters Christy Rose and Misty Sue.
The girls are so sweet. Their hair matches the
color of their mother. The twins favor their mother.
I made Delilah Kate's pink dress.
However I did not paint her black shoes, just in case
I decide to put some dark clothing on her.
It is spring time and
they have all been outside hunting for
Easter eggs.
Delilah Kate and her husband are divorced.
They could not get along any longer so they
decided to call it quits. Thank goodness he
pays some child support. However it is still
hard for Delilah Kate to make ends meet. She
only works part-time because baby sitting
costs too much. When her girls go to school,
she will be able to work full-time Delilah
Kate works in the lunch room at the school.
She had to talk the landlady into renting her
this apartment. The landlady finally gave in
seeing that Delilah Kate could not afford
much more than this. The apartment is
small, perhaps too small for them, space
is at a premium. Every inch must contain
a piece of their life. How long they live
here is not known, however they could
be living here for a long time.
These dolls are new. I bought them especially for
the bunk beds. The bunk beds are only about 4 inches
long. I know they look big, but they are not. In
order for the dolls to fit on the beds, I had to make
sure that they were under 4 inches. And these were
the only ones that I could find that would
pass for 3 to 3.5 years old. Later I will
probably re-dress them into something else. These
little dolls had some cute pink boots. Hopefully
they were not too hot outside while looking for
their eggs.
This is what the dolls look like. They were called
Flower girls. I was really lucky that the seller
had only 2 of them left.
This is the back of Delilah Kate's dress.
This is what Delilah Kate originally
looked like when I bought her last
year. Her skirt was a thick navy blue
felt. She was dressed a little bit too
harsh for the apartment.
Whew! Delilah Kate sure is tired. She gets very
tired climbing up 9 flights of stairs. Exhausted, she
must sit down in her comfy little chair. A view from
her bay window.
The view in from the bay window looks into the
sitting area.
Inside the bay window, the ledge comes in handy to
display a few items. Later I will have to make an
Easter cake, but for now the chocolate cake with cookie
crumbles in it will have to do. Actually the cake is
an eraser, cut off at the ends and painted. The paint has
been on this cake for many years and still has not flaked
off. The cake sits on a little pink plastic thingy. I do not
know what it is called. When you buy a little doll in a
package these used to come with the doll so they
could stand up. I just turned it upside down and lightly
glued a piece of cloth on it, then glued on the chocolate cake.
In a moment after the excitement calms down they
all will drink some milk and have a piece of cake.
The 4 plates sit in a little Aida cloth (otherwise known
as Cross-Stitch fabric). I lined it with a piece of red
fabric and tied some floss around it so it would all
stay together. So far it has been holding up very well.
The little cloth is just a piece of the vintage curtain
runner that I made the curtains out of.
This is what the apartment looks like from here. This
is where the door will eventually go. However I am
seriously thinking about a sheet of plexi-glass. All
walls in all of these apartments pull out. None of them
are glued in. On the left is the bathroom. The tub, sink
and toilet used to be wood. Many years ago, I had
painted it cream. For this apartment I painted it
pink to match the kitchen and the wallpaper.
On the right are the bunk beds. The little girls bedroom.
Another view of the apartment with a different angle.
So I will be starting in the bathroom.
I left the inside of the tub and the sink, cream. Most of the time
a wash board sits inside the tub, unless someone
is taking a bath. Later I hope to put a stool in
front of the sink for the girls to stand on
to brush their hair and teeth. I still need some
pictures to put on the walls as they are a little
I need to make a few cleaning products and display
them on this shelf. You will notice that Delilah Kate's
pink robe is hanging beside the towels. And that in
the next photo, it is not there. That is only because
the next photo is an earlier photo.
When Delilah Kate washes clothes in the tub, she
hangs them on the hangers. This is the only way
that she can save some of her money. A little oblong
rug sits on the floor where the entrance into the
bathroom is. In this photo, a wall was removed so
I could get a better photo.
The wall beside the toilet is relatively bare. It needs
a few pictures. So far, I have not found anything
that I want to put there. The doorway looks into
the rest of the apartment.
I removed the closet to get a better view
into the bathroom. The side wall of the
bathroom has been slid back in.
I made the little dress that hangs on the
I had some fabric left over from the bed
and from re-covering the chair so I decided
to make a dress with it. A little pair of baby
pants with the feet in them go a long
way into making other things. I made
a dividing screen for this apartment, but
it was too big. It will go somewhere else.
This is the front of the little dress that
Delilah Kate made. It was just a skirt
with a pretty satin ribbon attached.
The back. Cute little pink ribbon
The closet was once brown. I painted it white and
changed it up a bit. I covered the back wall and the
inside of the little drawers with a cute
little pink print. The door with the cute little mirror,
used to be facing outwards when it was closed. The
door was supposed to open but it would not. I think
it was glued shut. After a lot of pushing, pulling and
with a knife trying to open it, it finally gave way
and opened. I turned the mirror so that it faces this way
as shown in the photo. Both doors are glued this way.
They will not open or shut anymore.
2 pretty pink dresses hang in the closet for Christy
Rose and Misty Sue. A mauve looking corset and
the pink dotted dress that Delilah Kate made.
On top of the closet is the lamp, mirror and the sewing
machine. A little plant also sits there.
The blue dress on the mannequin cost me only
$6.00 on eBay back in January. Such a good deal.
No one saw it!!
 UM - excuse me, Delilah Kate made this
dress for $6.00.
Why do I want to lie like that?
I am glad that I snapped this photo along with
many others before gluing on the bay window. You
can see things better. A view into the kitchen.
Delilah Kate was ironing her apron earlier. No room
here for any laundry basket. Delilah Kate is very
efficient. She washes and irons the clothes and then
puts them away. When she is done ironing, she then
folds up her ironing board and places it against the
kitchen wall. The iron after cooling is put away on
one of the shelves.
Look how good she irons - no wrinkles. Christy Rose
and Misty Sue love the cupcakes on their mothers
apron. Pink and brown go so well with each other.
Delilah Kate's bed is close at hand.
Delilah Kate made all of the bed linens in the apartment.
And she also made the canopy. The canopy is a cotton
handkerchief. It is still white and bright and is still in
great shape. All if did was  gather the top with thread
and a needle. I cinched it closed and tied a pink
ribbon around the stitching. Then with tacky wax,
just stuck it to the wall.
Her nightgown lays across the bed. It is also made
from a hanky.
Another view from the bay window area.
Here is what it looks like before the room
starts filling up. It looks so sweet.
A close-up view of the canopy.
A view of the bed from the
Once again, the bathroom wall is removed and some
of the furniture is removed to get some good pics.
Here is the fabric bolt that was made from a paper
towel. No curtains on the inside of the bay window.
I wanted it clear.
I hope that it does not look too bare because a
curtain is missing. But now you see why I only
made one curtain panel.
A close-up view of the items on top of the curtain.
There is still some more room to put more stuff
up there.
Another view from the bay window. Delilah Kate
hopes to sit down soon and rest her weary bones.
There were 8 eggs and each of the twins found 4
eggs. They were so happy. I debated whether to
make grass to put in the baskets. In the end I am
glad that I did not. I kind of like seeing the Easter
baskets a little bare. I also like how the eggs look
a little dirty.
This photo is here because I thought it was cool how
light was shining on her hair. The light bounced
off of the mirror that is on top of the closet and
bounced on her hair! How cool is that. You might
notice that on some of the pictures that the curtain
rod is leaning. I had to take everything out of the
apartment to fix it. It kept wanting to fall. It will
not fall now!
Delilah Kate does not have a jewelry box. She only
owns one necklace so she hangs it up beside the
flowered dress on the closet.
Here the twins are sitting in their chairs. Ready to
eat cake and drink a glass of milk.
In this view I have removed the bathroom wall and
the bunk beds.
The bunk beds are on the bathroom wall side. The
twins can hardly wait to eat those eggs!
The twins bedroom is very close by.
On the hamper is a little crown. When the girls were
playing, they forgot to put the crown inside the
I wanted to show you this robe. It is just like the
pink bear robes. Only the blue color is for boys,
but the girls can have blue also. I had 2 that
were pink and since they were twins, it seemed
to be much better that the robes matched in
color. These are stickers.
On the backside of the robe you can see
the long white strip which is a double
sided foam tape. Sometimes this strip
just peels off and sometimes it does
not. I have had some stickers that
took me days to get it all peeled off.
To me it is worth it, cause they are
so cute. And they are relatively
inexpensive. I bought them at
A.C. Moore crafts store. But I am
sure probably eBay would sell them.
The girls bedroom has a shelf on the
wall. To the far left is a little set of
suitcases that were inexpensive on
eBay. Perfect for little girls. The white
with blue trim was perfect for the colors
in the wallpaper. The robes are hung
up with tacky wax. Tacky wax is mostly
found in the candle sections of craft
stores.  Miss Pearl and the toys lay
beneath the robes.
A close-up view of the suitcases and the robes.
I hope you are able to see this photo. Can you see -
the inside of the robe? They are actual robes!
I found in my stash a set of apple bookends. They
are a little dark but they will do until I find something
more suitable.
Here are the toys beneath the robes.
The little play area - which is not big at all.
Here is where the play-clothes hamper is.
A little view on top of Christy Rose's bed.
See - not much room to play on the floor.
This is a tight apartment.
I do not know how this photo came to the end. There
must have been a glitch to put this photo here. I need
to make some clothes and put in the closet.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at apartment #8. I
had fun trying to make it all work.
Enjoy yourselves and take care. I will be visiting
your blogs soon!
Thanks for visiting me!