Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Loft in the "Loft to Love" House

Hola! In my last post I said I'd show pictures of the loft section in the "Loft to Love" house at a later time, because I was going to make some changes.  Well, I didn't make the changes I had in mind, but I did do a few things. I added some greenery since I was itching to try the tutorial for snake plants that Mini Mod Pod posted. Her instructions were easy to follow and I could do it while I was watching TV, so over the course of several days, I made four snake plants. I got excited about the outcome and attempted to make a tropical plant, but the leaves were too narrow since I was using floral tape, so the leaves on my hybrid (bird of paradise/banana tree?) look like they need a healthy dose of plant food. I'll be attempting to make this plant again using crepe paper and my hopes are high!
In addition to adding plants, I changed the "bedspread", added a pillow, a hanging plant and masks on the wall. So now I can move on to something else. It takes me forever to do a room because I'll set up the big stuff and then I usually make and gather the little stuff as time permits. I tweak and re-tweak and finally I'll take a lot of bad pictures. Then I want to leave the room up to enjoy it a little before tearing it down, and I leave it... and leave it... and leave it some more. I finally get to the point where I can't tear it down fast enough!  Anyone else do that? I keep telling myself to just do a wall or a corner or vignettes. You know, keep it simple and keep it movin'. So far, it hasn't worked.

You can see my real snake plant through the window

So, here's the stuff: The headboard is a thrift shop trivet painted white; the bedspread is a dish cloth; the armoire and basket are thrift shop finds;the African "masks" are pendants; the plants, plant hanger, tote bags, black pillows, yarn "juju hat" are by me. I used trim to make the totes and pillows.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Later for now,  Beany.

Friday, August 12, 2016

My New House

HELLO! FINALLY! Where have you all been? I've missed you and thought about you often!
A lot has happened in the last 15 months--LIFE! I retired in July 2015, and the hubby and I have done some traveling to some fun cities in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. We've also been making some changes around here to make it more "resort like" since I'm on permanent vacay and hubby's off during the summers. Things haven't been all fun and games around here though, because that's just not how life works. Am I right? But I try to stay positive even while I'm working through the crap, so I'll just spare you all the "ugly".

So, even though you all have been gone for awhile :), I've still been making and thinking minis.  I had completed most of the rooms in my huge house, and by that I mean the walls, floors and large pieces of furniture were in place, but I was working on the little details because I like little details! Well, we needed to use our spare bedroom that my house was set up in, so I packed up everything and put the house in the shed.  The bedroom has now been available for three months, but I haven't felt like hauling that monstrosity of a house back in. So, about two months ago I finally purchased the "Loft to Love" house from Target.  I had been eyeballing this house since Christmas. Had it been in the toy section, I never would have seen it, but at my Target store it was displayed on an end cap right across from the food section, so I saw it every time I went in (at least three times a week).  Anyone else do their grocery shopping at Target? I don't know what took me so long to buy it, and for only $49.99. I love it! I've graduated from the IKEA Lekman! (not really). I'm definitely loving the style, size and the portability. It has a loft area and brown kitchen appliances were included. I might have to paint the interior white, paint the appliances, remove the yellow pendant lights and replace the front door. There are all kinds of possibilities with this house. The ladies at Modern Mini Houses and Call of the Small have purchased this house and have some great pictures of it.

Here are some pics of the lower level. I'll share the loft next time since I feel some changes in the air.

The stuff:  I made the sofa, pillows, console table, white floor vase, coral, necklaces, two large plants. The black floor and little rug are made from place mats.  The bookshelf is from  IKEA. The plant stand is a napkin ring. The coffee table and wall shelf are by Patie of minisx2 (Etsy). The wood side table is a stamp of an elephant turned upside down (Cost Plus). The "coral" is made from a sea sponge painted white. The tall branches and table branches are from the back yard. Other little accessories are from the thrift shop, Hobby Lobby, HBS and Dollar store. Throw and rug are pieces of fabric.

Okay now, don't be strangers! This took FOREVER since I forgot how to navigate the blog and forgot to save and had to retype some things. I even forgot how to use my camera 'cause I use my phone 24/7. Can't let this happen again.

That's it for now.....Beany

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cultural Blending

It's May and I need to replace the Christmas scene! Ya think? Even though I haven't commented on blogs recently (and I do feel guilty about that) I've been checking in. When I first started blogging, I thought I'd post a scene once a week, and when that wasn't realistic, I thought every two weeks, then I thought once a month, then I thought every two months.....Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to create, I'd rather think about it. I've been working on the big blue dollhouse I bought, which is now tan.  I've been making tiny little things for the house and I'm not concentrating on any one room, therefore, there aren't any completed rooms yet.

In the meantime, I thought I'd do a scene featuring a table setting that I bought on EBay two years ago. There's a little Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese goin' on here.  I call it...blending.

The stuff:  The only thing worth mentioning are the items I bought on Ebay (placemats, chopsticks, cups and sushi).  Everything else is basically from the thrift shop (framed art, vases, umbrellas, red pillow,and "lantern". The rest of the stuff is thrown together.

Well, that's it for now.  Meanwhile, I'll continue to work on the house. I'll get back to you before Christmas! :) Just kidding!

Later, Beany.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Merriest Day of All -- The Day After!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and that you're still enjoying the holidays. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and I love wrapping gifts, seeing out-of-town relatives, strolling the outdoor malls with a Starbucks in hand while pretending it's cold outside and hosting my family's annual Christmas Eve party, BUT, I'm oh-so-glad when it's over and really glad that it only happens every 12 months!

Well, these might be a day late, but I managed to capture Santa relaxing and snacking, so I could only show these AFTER Christmas, right?


Merry Belated Christmas to All!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This House is Huge!

I've been wanting a dollhouse for a while because I wanted doorways, windows, ceilings, angles, nooks and crannies to stage rooms in (it's called dollhouse envy). I've been scouring yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores looking for one.  WELL, I found one....a HUGE one on Craigslist. The dimensions weren't listed and I didn't think to ask, so when I saw this monstrosity, I wanted to turn around and run! The base measures 2' x 3' and I'm tempted to buy a utility cart with wheels because it takes two people to move it (not that heavy, just very awkward).  BUT, it was only $100 and a box of furniture was thrown in.  OK, my thoughts are that 1) someday I'll have a permanent spot for it 2) it was only $100 3) it has eight rooms to play in 4) I'll have a real project 5) lots of playtime 6) again, the price 7) the rooms are a decent size and 8) I can get rid of it any time I want. The seller didn't know if it was built from a kit or if it was an original design, and I haven't researched it, so if anyone recognizes it, let me know. I know the second floor hallway near the stairwell is not to scale but I can't do anything about that.  It has eight rooms and an attic for storage. I might possibly dabble with lighting, although I'm intimidated by it, so I might do some creative cheating with the lighting (for sure! cheating) and I'll eventually repaint the exterior. Well, I'm anxious to get started and I have some ideas for the interior.  I think I'm going "modern global" to include African, Indian, Moroccan, and Asian decor with a lot of natural elements, (a well-traveled professor and his design addict wife owns this house, tee-hee).  I'M SO EXCITED!

Where shall I start?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Orange, Orange, Orange and Turquoise

Hello again,
I purchased some orange gladiolas at the grocery store, which are blooming quite nicely, so while admiring my beauties, I decided to make them my backdrop for an orange and turquoise room, which I've been wanting to do forever. I love all the patterns going on. This is the quickest scene I've ever done, but it was a spur of the moment thing, I didn't have to make anything and there aren't any walls. I could get used to these quickies!  Hope you enjoy! 

The white ''room divider" was a dishwasher basket from the thrift shop (panels are slightly different).  I've used all the furniture pieces before.  The mirrored tables are from the Etsy shop CufflinksCowboyBoots (only one mini in their shop right now), the chair is from HBS Miniatures, the love seat is by Minis x 2. Accessories are by me (pillows, lamp & popcorn, yes that's supposed to be popcorn) and Hobby Lobby. The Buddha is from Tao Restaurant in Las Vegas, and I'm done!

Peace people........Beany (It's 11:45 pm and I have to get up at 5:30 am)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Zen of it All

I hope everyone is having a great summer!  It's been a busy one for us and there's no sign of it letting up yet. I need a drink!  I need a break! I need a drink! I need a.....bath???  NO, I need to relax, chill, veg, escape, dumb out,  tune out....... 

The stuff:
-The tub is a soap dish, spray painted black with gold feet. There's bubble bath in the tub but I didn't        select a picture that shows it.
-The bookshelf is from the IKEA's kid set.
-The Buddha head is from TAO Restaurant in Las Vegas (The Venetian). The pedestal is a painted piece  of  wood.
-The black dish is from Crate and Barrel. I made the backdrop for Buddha and pedestal.
-Side walls are cork and the Martha Stewart punched back wall is cork printed scrapbook paper.
-The floor is a place mat (can't really see much of it.  The tub is sitting on a bamboo coaster.
-Accessories - I made the lotion bottles and candles from a dowel, made the soap, teeny tiny cotton           balls and the floral arrangement.  Other items are thrift shop, HBS, Michael's and the Dollar Store.

Thank you to a few new followers.  I'm also following some new and exciting blogs but I haven't put them on my side bar yet, but I'm checking in on you all.  I'm so not a computer person.

Go have a zenful moment or two!

Until the next time, Beany