I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning up my craft space in preparation for my Undersized Urbanite build.  I don’t have much space in our home to do this, and as it was my minis had spread, turning an entire chair and our ottoman into general dumping grounds for items.

There are no photos of this because…well, I really didn’t want any evidence to exist 😀

Here’s what it looks like now…


A few days ago I carefully packed up the Fairfield in preparation for a new build, because I figured two active builds at a time is plenty to keep me busy.  I haven’t been working on the Fairfield much lately anyway, just bits and pieces here and there when I feel motivated to do *something* but uninspired or out of time to do something for the Christmas House.

Perhaps the most striking thing about my Undersized Urbanite build and the Christmas House is that the UU build has a smaller footprint than the house, but will ultimately be a full living space on the same scale as what is essentially half of a living room.  Ha!

The biggest thing I did, however, was finally pull out my old college storage unit from the bathroom.  Originally it served as my “everything but the kitchen sink” area – it always sat near my front door with all my toiletries, phone, and a hook for my keys.  Now the drawers are being put to a much better purpose holding minis supplies in a far more organized manner than when they were scattered across the living room…

Nothing else exciting to share today, and I likely won’t have time for updates for a little while – I really need to put a lot more energy into my thesis than I have been, and my first big grading load starts Tuesday.  Oops.  🙂



Older projects

I thought I’d take the time to showcase some of my previous made-from-scratch items, since I have not had anything new to post about this week.

1. The weathered coffee table


Made from scratch and scrap wood, and weathered with a watered-down mixture of blue, brown, and cream paints, I wanted this to look very rustic and homemade.  While all of the pieces were ultimately glued together, I did create a nailed-board look on the top of the table with jewelry pins.  To do this, I snipped them very short, made pilot holes with a thumbtack, and hammered the “nails” in.

Additionally, I wanted the appearance of drawers (an extraordinarily useful feature in coffee tables, in my humble opinion).  I checked out the jewelry section at JoAnn Fabrics to see if I could find anything good for knobs, and ended up coming across those findings.  They are brads with flower backs to them – several different flower types and brad lengths were included in the package.  The leftovers are very likely to make an appearance in my Undersized Urbanite build!

2. The sofa

IMAG0752I can’t even tell you how extraordinarily proud I am of this thing!  I searched for ages for a sofa that fit my vision for the Christmas House, but just couldn’t find anything that worked with both my desires and my budget.  After putting together a House of Miniatures Chippendale Wingback Chair, I felt I’d gained enough knowledge to tackle building a couch from scratch.

The primary structure is composed of a combination of foam core and stripwood, with a layer of thin foam providing a little softness in the arms and back.  I then carefully cut and covered the couch with a lovely faux suede fabric I found on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.  The seat cushions are also made from thin craft foam, with a layer of felt on top for a bit more softness.  The cushion trim was perhaps the trickiest part, but I realized that the nature of the faux suede was such that I could actually use a tape runner from my scrapbooking stash, and simply use that to adequately “hem” the strips before gluing them to the pre-covered cushions.

I did find that for this project, superglue was probably my best friend because of the multiple textiles I used to create it.  The back cushions were sewn by hand, and filled with seed beads for a more realistic appearance of weight and impressions.  The feet were shaped wood disks from Michaels.

Along with my up and coming “useful tools” post, I also hope to get some great shots of the Christmas House in the near future; I plan to work on the lighting tomorrow 🙂



Recent purchase, finished product!

It was a really nice surprise to check my mail today to discover my recent purchase from LDelaney had arrived.  I was pretty surprised at how quickly it arrived after I received the notice that it had been shipped.


These books are simply precious.  I knew I needed The Grinch for the Christmas House when I first came across it, and I was entirely enchanted by the entire Chronicles of Narnia set as well – those will be held in waiting for the Undersized Urbanite contest.   And my goodness, check out the details!:

IMAG0727The “pages” are glued together, but it’s so nice to actually be able to see them – they look well-loved, which always makes for a good book!

All in all, I highly recommend LDelaney for miniature books, and she also has many other delights listed in her Etsy shop (linked above).

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Finally, I’ve just finished my most recent punchneedle project, a large area rug for the Christmas house.  I’m very pleased with how it came out, but I definitely need more consistent practice with similar projects.

IMAG0730I’ve entirely forgotten to take the final measurements.  I placed it into the house with everything set up; I will try to get good photos of the complete picture on another day.