Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Richie's my very cool hubby!  Richie likes minis too. Richie likes to garden. See what Richie did! 

The bird is out again!

The bird spots the sleeping cat and thinks there's plenty of time to play.

But, is the cat really sleeping?  Hmmm......
NEVER trust a cat that can read!

All is well... for now.
Richie did a great job! Maybe he'll do something else for us one day!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Another One for the Halloween Challenge

THE PLAN:  1) Gulp down drinks, 2)  jump in the jet and 3) par-tay at the Jazz Club, (check out Jazzi's blog) 'cause clearly, ain't nothin' goin' on here!  The party's over there!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Whatcha Lookin' At?

I purchased this original piece of art from one of my very creative and talented nieces (there are a few of them, nephews too, hmmm....sons too!)  I was instantly drawn to the colors and the urban style.  It took me a few seconds to see the pair of eyes in the painting, but that made it even more appealing to me, but I don't think I'd appreciate these eyes on me in 1:1 scale.  I thought this painting would make a great backdrop for a little touch of funk-y-ness.  It turned out to be a very graphic room.  I have an idea when I start out, but I never really know where I'm going with these rooms until I get there!  One or two items can totally change it up, and for the most part, I'm too lazy to make changes!  For instance, the sofa, pillows, and egg table look like a face!

Check out the weenie dog book ends, too cute! (Stick pins from Target)

The painting is by Jocelyn McDaniel.  The red sofa is from minimodernistas.   The entertainment center is a painted box from Target dollar bin.  The rug is a cut up hand towel from Target.  The dalmatian pouf is a cat toy from Target.  The gray steel recliner is a phone holder (a little large, but I have large friends), yep from Target.  I didn't realize I spent so much time in Target!  The egg table is a magnetic paperclip holder from Pier 1.  The chrome pendants are pen parts (love the pen parts, whoever started using them gets mad props!) . The pillows are by me and the accessories are a mix of beads, craft store finds, thrift shop finds, and some homemade stuff. 

Welcome to a couple of new followers, how cool!  Thanks for joining me!

Now I can try my hand at some Halloweeny stuff!  Peace, Beany.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Martha's in the House!

I've been seeing the Martha Stewart craft line for a while now, but I had never stopped to investigate it.  While I was shopping for paper in an independent craft store, I asked about the Martha Stewart paper punches and the owner graciously gave me a demo and let me try it. It was very easy to use and this particular punch can be used on a full sheet of paper instead of just creating borders. I was sold and I bought two full sheet punches and one border punch.  I have a tendency to overdo everything. I see some great potential with these punches in creating wallpaper, furniture, accessories, wall art, etc.  So, you know what that means?  Yep, you'll be seeing them at work again!  

The stuff:  The flooring is a place mat.  Wall panels were made with the Martha Stewart paper punch by punching a row of white paper and backing it with black paper.  The table base is a painted candle holder (the original color was orange, so why in the world would I paint it chrome when the chairs are orange AND it's my favorite color?  Well, I wanted it to match the chair legs, but it would have had more punch if I'd just left it alone, oh well!)  The acrylic shelves are storage containers.  The zebra print vase is covered with Sally Hansen's Salon Effects. The chairs are painted CB2 chairs and I used the greenhouse from IKEA. The accessories are dollhouse, craft store & thrift store finds along with some homemade stuff.

I'd like to welcome a few new followers!  I appreciate you being here and I hope you enjoy what you see. 

Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday (US followers)!.........Beany

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Garden Room

This room was inspired by the plastic plant square that I picked up at the dollar store during Easter.  I thought it would make a great plant wall, but this isn't the room I envisioned, so I will make another attempt at a later date, (TRANSLATION: you'll be seeing this plastic plant square again).  I finally got around to making my first sofa and attempted to follow the tutorial by Pepper of MitchyMooMiniatures, but I detoured (almost immediately) from the tutorial because I suck at following directions, but it was a great guide. I used foam core and wood, and the wood was pre-cut, so it actually turned out to be a love seat.  I need WAY more practice and I think I'll really try to stick to the tutorial next time (I'm sure it'll save a lot of time)!  The credenza is a pimped out iPhone box. The coffee table is a bracelet topped with a mirror.  The wall mirror is a painted purse handle.  The chairs are CB2 painted chrome.  The purple table is a hair product top. The assorted flower vases are pen parts. The white hanging pendant is made from paper.  The rug is a napkin.  I replaced the back of the Lekman box with a wine rack.  My favorite thing of all are the colorful wine bottles that I ordered from an eBay seller in China and couldn't wait to get.  Paper and accessories are from Michael's and HBS Miniatures.  Well, I think that covers it.

Welcome to a few new followers!  It's always exciting when someone joins in! I can never believe that someone actually interested in seeing what I'm doing.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!   Beany

Monday, July 16, 2012

Poolside Livin'

Recently, I purchased a huge Moroccan style lantern from Z Gallerie for the patio and I thought it would make a great cabana for a mini scene.  Stop, let me start over, but with the truth:  I already owned a smaller version of this lantern and wanted to do a scene in it, but there wasn't much floor space, so I bought the larger one because it had twice the floor space, but of course, it will go on the patio with the smaller one, so, yeah, I bought it for the patio. :)

Summer is my favorite season!  I love hanging out at the pool and I love going to the beach.  I could lounge 24/7, but work prohibits that.  But, every weekend I'm chillaxin' poolside or ocean side!

I took three sets of pictures; outdoors in the sun, outdoors in the shade and indoors.  I'm starting with the outdoor pictures taken in the sun and I hope you can get past the shadows, background and cut out pattern on the walls.  It may be a little distracting, but I think it's interesting. I'll end with the indoor shots, with white paper behind the cut-outs, so you can see what's actually in the room.  I should probably start with those pictures first, but I don't like them. Does anyone else take 50 pictures only to post a few?

Postcard of Laguna Beach, our favorite beach and hangout spot.

This one was taken in the shade.

These were taken indoors with no distractions.

The lounger, ceiling fan and zebra print pillow are by me.  The floor is a cut up beach mat.  The floating shelf is a box. The mirror is a picture frame. I used cheesecloth for the sheers.  Accessories are items from HBS Miniatures, Michael's, doll accessories and local shop finds.

I hope you're in a summer frame of mind!  As always, I had fun with it!

Until next time, Beany.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Greetings all,
I love my lush, plush, long-haired Mongolian lamb pillow from West Elm! It's been with me for about five years.  I keep it in my bedroom to insure its safety from spilled drinks, the cat, the humans and the floor.  Yep, I love this pillow!  So I was running my fingers through it one night, as I often do, and I was thinking about how cool it would be to have a wall like this.  Well, of course, all things are possible in the mini world.  I removed the back from the Lekman box and taped the pillow case to the box and immediately loved it.  I want my own shaggy wall!

The wood grain paper is from Michael's.  I tinted the window with a yellow notebook divider. The rug is a gift bag.  I made the pendants using needle craft grids and lined them with paper. The table lamp base is the lid to a perfume bottle.  The African mask is a key chain mounted on a bamboo coaster and the African statute is a chess piece from my hub's collection.  The large vases are pen parts from Michael's (they have a great assortment and I bought a bunch of these, so you'll be seeing these often because I love big vases).  The flowers are from the yard.  The side table is a candle holder from the thrift store and the coffee tables are painted wooden cubes with acrylic tops.  The fireplace crystals are seed beads.  The mounted boxes are part of a set from minisx2.  The sofa and pillows are by me and the accessories are craft store finds.

While I was working on this post, my scene was violently disrupted by an earthquake (my big clumsy husband!)  Here are shots of the aftermath.  This had to be a 7.5 on the Richter scale!  It could have been so much worse, but luckily I had puttied most of the items in place so I could take the box outside for pictures.

I'm so glad I made a ledge at the bottom of the fireplace!
Until next time, Beany.
Have a great and safe July 4th!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Steppin' Out

This scene was inspired by this greeting card I found at Pier 1 Imports.  Kinda sassy, huh?  Animal prints and bling!  This is not my typical gear for a night out.  Typical...oh, who am I fooling?  I would never wear this, but I do wear leopard print shoes!

This room has been sitting for two weeks, and the longer it sat, the more I tweeked it.  I got a little tired of it.  Lesson learned:  Finish and post (or at least take the pictures).  It's like when I do my Christmas shopping too early.  I leave myself too much time to change my mind about a gift and wind up buying something else or adding to it, so I do most of my shopping the week before.

I painted these chairs today with a metallic paint and the chairs actually look like metal.  The picture doesn't do them justice, but they're quite shiny.  I tried this type of paint some years ago and didn't get the desired results, so it may be the surface material that makes the difference.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

The crap:  OK, so I guess I really don't like this part!  I hit the publish button without doing this section and had to come back and edit.  Hunky Dory pointed out to me that when you're first starting out, this section is a good source of information, and I have to agree with her on that.  I pick up a lot of info and tips by reading this section on other blogs.  So, here we go....the striped wall is the inside of a shopping bag.  The folding screen (which I covered with paper), trunk, and nightstand base are part of a set I purchased from ebay.  The vase and planter ( a sake cup), and gold purse are thrift shop finds.  The white base on the trunk is a chopstick holder.  Palm tree, chaise lounge, pillow, and dress by me.  Accessories are Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and me.

I hope you like it and if you're a new follower, many thanks for joining!
Later, Beany.