Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Apartment #3 Finished!

Hello Everyone!!!
How are you? I hope you have been
well.

Well, the apartment is as ready as it can be. I
still have to put accessories in the bathroom, but
that will come later because I cannot decide what
color towels or anything like that, that needs to
be in there.


Meet - PAULA BROOKES.
Paul has just gotten home after a hard
day's work at the hotel. There she
has cleaned the bedrooms and bathrooms
all day. She sure is tired!
So tired that she forgot to change out
of her maid's uniform before leaving
work!
Originally I had intended on putting a
different doll in this apartment, but she
did not work out. Now that the other doll
is bald, time to remake her into some other
kind of doll for another apartment.
Anyway, I hope you like Paula!

To the left of Paula, is a black screen that is holding
a white lacy dress.  I made the divider a while ago for
a different apartment. I decided not to use it there cause
I did not like it there for some odd reason. The divider
worked great here, so I painted both sides black and put
black sewing hooks on both sides of the divider. Yes,
that divider is a little hard to see. But if you look carefully
you can see a hook.

You can see a little further into the apartment now,
but watch out - Paula is coming in here. Paula keeps
her apartment neat and tidy. She loves beautiful
things and buys only black or white - a very classy
lady she is!

Her apartment is not very big. It is kind of on the
small side. Frankly, I did not think that I would be
able to get everything in here that I wanted.

The sun shines in thru one of the windows (actually
it is my small and trusty flashlight that is providing
the sun). It looks kind of real!

Oops! Here is Paula trying to get a head shot in there!

Paula's apartment is cozy! I wonder how much this
tiny apartment would cost in New York?

I changed things around in this apartment so many
times trying to make it work, but this was the only
one that would work. It is a possibility that once
Paula leaves this apartment that the arrangement
might have to stay the same.

The bed was a light color until I got my hands on it.
It is painted with enamel black paint. So it is glossy.
In fact, most all of the furniture is glossy. I still need
to put things under the bed. There is still room to
put more stuff in here.

To make the bed canopy, all I did was measure the
length that I wanted and how much to go around
the bed widthwise. Then I gathered the top and put
tacky wax on the top of the curtain and it stuck to
the top of the ceiling with no problem. So far it has
not fell down. This bed curtain was made from one
of my lovely cotton sweaters that was to small for
me to wear anymore. It is the entire back piece! That
is how much fabric there is on this bed canopy!

The bed looks fancy even though it is not. All of the
linens on the bed are made from the same cotton
sweater as the canopy. The pillowcase and blanket
at the foot of the bed all match. It is so soft! My
trusty flashlight does its magic again - sunlight!

Paula has headed over to the little kitchen area. She
does not need hardly anything here as she eats out
a lot. She only keeps a little fruit here.

Paula owns only one pair of high heels and the
pair that she wears. She has no need for any more
shoes than this. The shoes are metal painted black.

Paula is just checking her sink making sure it is
cleaned. She will retire for the night soon.

It is starting to get dark already.
 A little close up pic of her tiny kitchen.

I made the white gown that is on the manikin.
The manikin is from the Dawn dolls. These
manikins are smaller than the other types that you
can buy. They are relatively cheap and are in a
gold color. I painted this one a glossy black and let it
dry for a couple of days before making
the simple gown.

Just another pic that found its way in.

This is her tiny living area. Mostly she sits on her
bed, cause her chair constantly has clothes on it.
Anyway what does it matter. Paula does not have
any friends and neither does anyone come and visit
her. She is content to stay in her own little world.

This is what the entire apartment looks like.

The curtains are made from the same cottons sweater
as the bed canopy and bed linens. The beads on the
ends of the curtains rods were painted a glossy black.
I knew I needed some rods to hang up the curtains. It
does look better than the way they were up there before.

Oops - I was having trouble with keeping the shelf
up above the sink. Eventually I will have to glue it
up there, but for now, it has only tacky wax holding
it up. Most of the time I do not like gluing anything
down because I change things around a lot.
Is anyone else like that?

I had another manikin from the Dawn dolls, so I
thought that I would use it here. This time I painted
this one white and made a black outfit on it.
The bottom half is a rayon velvet black skirt
that is gathered at the waist. I hemmed it along the
bottom edge. The top is a piece of black lace
that was measured and cut so it would fit around
the entire bust and waist area.
Around the manikin neck is a piece of trim with
black roses, one glued to the front and one glued
to the back. The gown turned out lovely.

Here is the front of the gown.
The lace is all one piece. It
kind of shows up as a brown, but
it is not. It is a dark black.
If you get a couple of these manikins
and they want to fall over. Just
put some putty or clay in the inside
bottom of the manikin stand, and
it should be alright and stand up
for you.

I know you saw the bed in an earlier post, but I
just could not resist showing some of bed
linens again. After I made the bed linens, curtains
 and bed canopy, there is not anymore of this
white soft cotton sweater left. Here
are Paula's stocking on the bed.

Just another pic. I hope you like it so far.

Here is the white gown stuck in a little cubbyhole.
It fits perfectly here. Perhaps there is room for
one more!

I think that the Aida cloth works great on the wall
serving as wall paper.

I made this gown also in 2 pieces. The main
skirt of this gown is a piece of white paper
towel. It is anchored on the manikin and you
can see it as it is exposed above the ribbon
belt.
Then I took a piece of lace that was the
hemmed on the bottom and turned it
around so that the hem is now at the top of
the bodice and the lace faces down to the
ribbon belt. This piece of lace is the same
lace as the top of the skirt.
Then I made a skirt to go over the paper
towel and put a piece of ribbon around
the waist and tied it in the back.
For the delicate straps on her shoulders.
I took white quilting thread, knotted it,
and started at the back of the gown.
I sewed the thread to the hem and went
back down to the back again and knotted
it off. I did the same to the other side.
This pulled up the hem and when I did
that it pulled up the hem to look like
a shaped bodice.

Just a little close-up for you.

Another close up for you.

This is the back. It is kind of bunched up together.
But in person it does not look bad.

This chair was made by an artist and I do not
know who made it. I have owned this for years.
I am sad to say that I have forgotten her name.
There is a hat on the edge of the chair, gloves
are laying in the chair as well as an umbrella.
There are better pics further down that you can
look at. The little chest is made of cardstock.
Yes, the clothing, and the other items are COCOA
CHANNEL items. A little jewelry chest made from
cardstock. The jewelry chest has a lot of things
in it.







Okay, the little shelf if standing back up again.

The little kitchen. I made the sink. After it
cooled I painted it black with enamel glossy
paint. I like it. It looks rich.

This is Paula's closet! The skirt and blouse
is made of silk. A purse hangs on the
closet doorknob!

The inside of the closet.


The shoes and the clothes are made of silk. Those
shoes are very nice!!

A hatbox that will go on top of the closet. Nothing
is in it. At least not yet.

The inside of the back of the closet.

The top of the closet has boots. The bottom
half is black and the upper is white.
This artist did not sign her work.

I hope you can see the shoes better.




A nice bench here in a flat black paint. All items
are glued down. I have never tried pulling any of
it up. Paula has some pretty bedroom clothes.



Back of the bench.
I hope you enjoyed Paula's apartment!
Thank you for visiting me!
Conny