Built in the 1700's and renovated many times. Bare windows emits morning sunlight as evening cast shadows. Electricity is non-existent. Air in old pipes spit and spat when the taps turn on. Doors and windows dont open or close properly. Trims along with cabinets get stripped, repainted and reused. Appliances work sometimes. Tenants are happy as they enjoy life!
Location: Somewhere in Louisiana
Saturday, September 10, 2016
AMANDA GRACE'S SEWING APARTMENT #3
How have you all been? Summer is still
here and hot as ever.
I have been working on this new apartment
layout forever - for at least 3 years. Trying to
make it to where I could incorporate a kitchen and
a bathroom along with a bedroom and a bath in this
tiny space. It was
hard I must admit. Many times I kept drawing apartment
plans to see what would work and making sure that it did
work before I disposed of that layout to try another.
This used to be Elizabeth's apartment. Her apartment
was somewhat bare and housed her kids.
I did not want to change the placement of the door, nor did
I want to change the wallpapers since I liked the different
colors for many colors to co-ordinate with it.
Once I got the layout like I liked then I had to decide
what kind of furniture to put in it. Again I had to
decide what the apartment was going to look like.
Changing the apartment allowed me to house more
miniatures into the scene.
I have split the apartment up into 2 postings starting
with this one cause there are so many pictures that I
liked. The next posting will be the sewing room. The
tenant that occupies this space is a hard working lady
named AMANDA GRACE. She works by day and
she sews by night and weekends and any day that
she has off from work. Her 1st occupation is working
at a fabric store. Her second occupation is being a
Many people can relate to
working 2 jobs in today's economy just to make ends
meet. Undoubtedly her apartment and her work will
change over time again.
I hope that you like her living area
and her sewing area!
Be sure to zoom in to see it better.
The entire apartment can almost be seen from this
the main opening. In the background there is a
mini kitchen and mini bathroom. For now Amanda
Grace is not married. She lives alone devoid of any
children. Hopefully one day she will find her soul
mate and not have to work so hard. She might even
move into another apartment! So look for it! It
I do not know what it is, but I love apartments and
bedrooms. Sweet kind of bedrooms but not the
kind that are nauseating, if you know what I mean.
I love to peek into windows just to look at the
scenes at different angles. I have removed the bed
in order for you to see how spacious this little
apartment is without the bed taking up the space.
Looking in thru the window we see the bathroom
to the right. The toilet is hard to see when you look
into the room from the main side so peeking into
windows do help a lot. Many years ago I bought this
'wire thingy'. I remember these things in the 70s
and 80s. However they were just the right height,
but this miniature was too short!
As you can see, I ended up having to add legs to
it to extend it up. The legs are those little nude turnings
that come in a small package. I am sure that you
have seen them. The legs on the 'wire thingy' was
short and these turnings fit nicely to bring up the
height. The legs on the 'wire thingy' just poked into
the wood. Easy as pie to fix.
I painted these 4 white so I could
match it up to the 'wire thingy'.
Not too noticeable, I hope. The 'wire thingy' holds
towels, face cloths and toilet paper.
To the left of the bathroom you can see the foyer
and some of the sewing area.
Here is also an area that you cannot readily see.
It is the sink and the mirror above it. This is
what it looks like from outside of the window.
I am glad that I added this close up for you to see
the little sink better.
Inside the apartment, with the bed again removed
you can see the sink and the bathroom better. The
fabrics took me forever to find as I was not able to
start decorating this apartment until I found what I
was looking for. Many months I scoured the fabric
stores and thrift stores. Time kept passing until finally
I found 2 children's shirts at the thrift store that
matched perfectly!! The red and white small check
is a knit. While the flowered fabric is cotton. I
only have a small amount of the check fabric left over
and that is to make long floor length curtains for
this apartment. But right now I like the way that
everything looks so hopefully I will use it for
something else. The checked shirt had some cute
trim on the bottom of it. I utilize fabrics like this.
Well, back to the bathroom. The sink is old and little.
I forgot to take a picture of the sink before I made
the sink skirt. The flowered shirt also had red
cotton trim sewed to it like the red check did. I
could hardly believe how well these 2 fabrics worked
together. Anyway under the sink I played up the
strawberry fabric and placed a white bow on the
front. The sink skirt is NOT glued on it. I just
gathered the top really tight and knotted it.
I was surprised that it worked, but it did.
So far the skirt has not fell off.
The mirror above the sink is a compact
mirror. I we all use them I think. All I did
here was to glue red ribbon to the front
side of the mirror. Then I turned the ribbon
to the backside and glued it down. Then
just added a bow to the corner.
Finally we have reached the inside of the
bathroom. The tub is old and clean. A blue
towel is draped over the side. The canopy
was so easy to make and stands on its
own accord. Most knit fabrics are thick.
They hold their shape pretty well. The
cotton fabric is thin. The canopy is a
large piece of fabric. See how tightly it
is gathered at the top! I do not have any
pics to show you how to make this, as
I was experimenting at the time. But
what I believe that what I did was to
measure the length of the tub which was
or is probably 5 inches long. So I doubled
the fabric about 4 or 5 inches more
making the fabric about 15 inches wide.
The height of the fabric was from floor
to ceiling as you can see. My apartments
are 8.5 inches from the floor to the
ceiling. So I added about 2 inches more
of fabric to this measurement to allow
So measure the width and the height that
you need and add in more measurements
as stated above. Then cut out your
rectangle of fabric. Cause it is a wide rectangle
once you look at it. If your cutting is not
straight enough it is okay that is why
also that there is 2 inches more of fabric.
What I did next was to turn the 2 fabrics
wrong sides together and sew it together like a
pillowcase. Sew the 2 sides together and
sew the bottom together, leaving the top
open. Now turn it to the right side. Next,
measure the height of your canopy and turn
under the top. (As you can see mine rests on
the floor.) A little ways away from the top
turn the excess fabric to the inside and hand-sew
from one side to the other side and
gather it tightly with some strong thread.
For this, I used a very long length of
quilting thread that I doubled. Be sure to
gather this tightly as it is the gathers and
the excess fabric on the top that holds
this canopy up. I then added a red matching
bow to compliment the mirror, sink and
the canopy together. This picture is a recent
picture and as you can see the canopy is
still standing just fine. There is NOT any
glue or tacky wax holding this canopy up!
There is not any stabilizer on the inside
either. I hope you will try making this
canopy as it is not hard. I am sure that
my directions has made it harder than
The little green rug also helps to
co-ordinate the space together. It has
been so many years now that I do not
remember where I got it from.
The bed is still omitted to give you another view
through these windows.
This is all the space that Amanda has for her
dressing area. I will start with the coat, muff and hat.
I bought this from a lady on e bay in England. I
believe that her name was Susie Isaacs?? I do
not think that she is selling anymore?? Anyway I
think that she made this white coat set. It
was very reasonably priced. Things a few years
ago were cheaper than they are now. This is a
lovely set and is displayed on a Dawn doll manikin.
The manikins are still being sold and they hardly
cost anything. They are generally sold anywhere
from 4 to 10 of them. They are a little flimsy
because the back side of them have nothing in them
to give them strength. However in
order to keep them standing it is best to put on the inside
bottom some clay and let it harden. Then the manikin
will not topple or fall over.
The little wire wicker stand holds some of Amanda's
things. The top shelf holds a pink box and lace
box. A hat with matching purse hangs beneath it.
There are 2 little boxes on the next shelf that are
empty, however one day it will hold her 'unmentionables'.
The green afghan was made by a dear
friend - Lynda Meyers! I have to tell you about her
site on e bay. She crochets beautifully!!! Her afghans,
rugs, and bedspreads are lovely!!! She takes custom
orders and ships them to you with tracking and gives
you the cheapest shipping that she can! Go look at her