In my early teens I LOVED minis. I had a shop that my mum had found at an auction for me. It had a dark green double front, with bay windows that were amazing for setting up little displays. I eventually set it up as a Haberdashery & clothing store & spent hours making little items for it. It was eventually sold & many of those miniatures sold with it or lost.
In my early twenties I started to make a new one using plans that came from a Magazine (Dolls House and Miniature Scene, i think). I had the shell built, components for the front, and had wallpapered the inside with Brodnax Prints, but never finished the facade, nor did I ever get any interior fittings made. I don’t even know what happened to it
I’ve always wanted to re-make it, so during the COVID lockdown I decided to have a go. I started with the Dollhouse Shopkeeper book as a starting point for sizing & construction techniques (and realised that original shop was made from one of those plans!). The front was inspired by False Front Architecture sHops that were typical of gold rush towns. I just liked the style. And well, I just kind of made it up from there!
Re-build of partially constructed Pierce. First dollhouse since 1982! Dollhouse partially assembled with glue gun and wood putty. Porch floor was scored for floor board look and painted grey. Musty, dusty house that had been stored in a basement. At least it is dry!
This is my second miniature project and I decided to go with half scale due to space and the extra challenge. I am creating this with the Taft General store as the basis, and making it my own. This is the side of the building with the entrance to the quilt shop. I created the brickwork with styrofoam plates and the Coca Cola sign by printing onto a dryer sheet and then decoupaging over the bricks.
I've been doing counted cross stitch (and occasionally needlepoint) since 1995. A few years ago I ran out of wall space so I started focusing on petit point instead of life sized pieces. Here are some of them.
I'm finally getting back into the builds after the fire took out my old ones. It was so disheartening to have to start over from the beginning - but i can fix the things that I didn't love in the first build I suppose!
it's been just over a year since I finished the exterior of this little home....life has taken its twists and turns and I've only recently started the interior decorating....I started with the kitchen, here's a few photos to share progress.