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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Doll House Makeover.

I always loved doll houses, I used to make them growing up in cardboard and newspaper. After I had my boys, I never had the chance to take time to make a cute house with all the accessories only delicate children would appreciate.
But I happened to have a little niece, who loves princesses and tea parties and lives all the way in Brazil. My mother-in-law came to visit and she mentioned my niece was recently hospitalized. The only thing that cheered her up was a old, broken doll house that belongs to her neighbor. They tried to find a doll house for her, but it is hard to find it in Brazil, and the ones available they cannot afford.
So we went to Once Upon a Child, a store that sells used children's clothes and toys. We got so lucky we found a very cute house she will love to play.

She was so excited when we showed the house by Skype, but I realized the house needed a little work. And then I went to work.
The kitchen had furniture, but it needed a little color.
I used different pattern papers to redecorate, but what I love are these bracelet charms shaped like cups and plates. I found them at Michaels.

I made little curtains and a little flower vase in the window.

I made a table with a jar top and straws.

The bathroom comes with a sink and a toilet that flushes and talks.
I thought it needed a shower that I made in clay, a curtain and this miniature tray with bottles that I bought at AcMoore, where I also bought these button flip flops.

The toilet paper and shampoo bottles I made in clay and the towels are made of paper.
This is the baby room before.
I made a little bed in cardboard and decorated with my niece Ana Luisa's picture.
There was another room I didn't know what to do for the house.
So I made a teenager room, when Ana Luisa grows up.
I had these flower stickers that went well in the wall.
And I made cardboard furniture with notebooks she can use and a fluffy pillow in her bed.
There is a living room with a fireplace.
I made a sofa using cardboard and fabric.
And I found this nice miniature clock at AcMoore.
My kids helped me making the burger and fries in clay.
The refrigerator came full, but needed some magnets, made out of buttons.
There was an extra room that I also was having trouble decorating, so I made it a Japanese room. My husband wrote Ana Luisa in Japanese.
The bunk beds needed some mattresses and pillows.
The house roof looked like a play area.
So I made a garden in clay, found a bracelet charm in the shape of a watering can, and found this miniature tricycle at AcMoore.
The house looks much happier now, I am so happy it is finished.
I can't wait for her the have this house in her hands, and hopefully soon I can go and we can play together.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Kimono Mouse.

I had a visit from my sister and we were talking about making felting toys. So I ordered felting supplies on Amazon and tried my best to make this mouse I had it in my head.

I dressed her up with a fabric my friend sent me from Japan.
I still need more practice to make more complex figures, but it was fun to make this one.
But for now I am happy with my kimono mouse, and the snow today helped me to take these cute pictures.
I think I like felting.