Posing Angie

How many ball jointed doll owners reading this pose/re-pose their doll(s) once a week?  How about every day?  Ahhhhh…. another junkie after my own heart.  It is addictive.  Of course proximity helps a lot.   I have a  “cubbie” in my staircase in which I place recently finished furniture pieces along with my doll Angie, providing the perfect opportunity to mess with her.  Occasionally, she gets into such a charming pose it simply must be retained for some time, but it’s a fun exercise in her best trait…..that would be being more limber than I am.

Ball Jointed DollsHere’s some new furniture, not yet ready for posting to my Etsy shop, but perfect for highlighting Angie “the poser” and some other new accessories which might interest the DIY’er in you.

BJD FurnituireShe looks a bit lost on this settee for 24″-26″ dolls, but finds it extremely comfortable.  She loves to relax in style.  I confess, playing with her and all the accessories, and then the big photo shoot, is more fun than I can say.  If you’ve followed me for a while you might notice the new end table and lamp. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

Exquisite doll furnitureI’m working on a post to show how I made it and will also provide information to DIY’ers, who might not have my workshop of tools, to create end tables that perfectly fit their dolls.  The lamp is one of two new ones and I’ll bet no one can guess what the base is.  Come on.  Give me your best guess!  It’s very heavy and about 50 years old.  I found it at a local antique shop and with a pre-made shade, it’s just about perfect for dolls.

Of course, end tables and lamps, backdrops and carpets are only rivaled by fashionable seating like nothing else you can find in the known Universe (well that’s what I heard).  Everyone knows that when Voyager sent back a message from deep Space after finding highly intelligent life deep in the galaxy, the message read “Send more Chuck Berry and Little Big Chairs!!!”.  What more can I say?  Photography and dolls are popular everywhere and accessories make it more fun!

Here are a few of the poses Angie came up with this time.

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Dolls & Lace

Lace can be difficult to apply to little chairs and even more difficult to photograph.  I like it non the less, having used it a few times in the past, like this early effort to create a unique doll chair.  The black lace was from a corset-like top used while dancing Argentine Tango and up-cycled perfectly to a miniature chair (it was for 14″-16″dolls).

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A year or two ago I purchased some off-white lace from a local fashion fabric store which  had a stretchy quality and a bit of sheen in some parts.  Since I usually use natural fibers, I had trouble coming up with a design that pleased me.  My embroidery class (see previous post) taught me the wisdom of texture and the idea of a little shine suddenly no longer seemed to be a problem.  The lace is placed over a neutral/tan cotton/linen blend and provided the opportunity for a bit of embroidery practice.  Click on all photos to enlarge.

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The embroidery became a slouchy pillow which is trimmed in silk.  The chair is a restyling of my favorite club chair and I’m hoping you like it as much as I do.    Angie looks like she just got home from dancing all night, exhausted but thrilled, kicked off her shoes, collapsed into the soft decadence of her new favorite spot and is letting the morning sun soothe her toes.  Happy dancing everyone!

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New Doll Furniture Coming Soon!

It has been a very very busy year!  My business in Austin has been booming, but it didn’t leave any time for little big chairs.   I finally decided “this would not do!” and started finding moments to create New Stuff.  My vision also included a new garden window to go with my garden door, and an archway from the library to the new “Sun Room”.  I just love makin’ all this stuff and the remodel should be finished soon.

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The photo is just a teaser to let you know I have been busy (click to enlarge).  As you can see, there are no complete shots of any single piece of furniture……..but you kind of get the idea…..yes?  This is about half of the new stuff.  The brighter colors were inspired by an Etsy visitor and thanks again Linda for your influence.

My girls are in “rehab” and as soon as they return…..looking better than ever…..I’ll post a notice here to let you know that I’ve finished: taking the photos, taking the measurements, processing the photos, creating the listings, figuring the shipping, getting the boxes, and uploading everything…..phew!!  I need a nap just thinking about all of it.    So be sure and follow this blog!  I’m pointing towards the end of the month.  Thanks for your interest and have a great October!  Melanie

Welcome to the world of A. Morrison Millard!

Since I’ve been too busy to work on my doll furniture lately, I thought it might be fun to highlight some inspiration from around the web.  Pinterest is proving to be a great way to find stuff that inspires.  That’s where I discovered an amazing artist and doll furniture maker specializing in mid-century modern for 1:6 scale.  Yep!  That includes the mid-century babe of all babes…..Barbie!  

She is A. Morrison Millard.  I had a brief and fun email exchange with Annie Millard, who seems to be a very talented and very very busy lady.  We all know that Barbie is big.  I mean BIG.   So leave it her to create little furniture for one of America’s most collectable dolls in the style of the times.  

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I am so inspired by this lady.  She does it all. Check out this room (above, click to enlarge all photos).  First of all, the whole shot is just perfect and beautifully cropped.  She does it all….the couch, the table, the carpeting, the lamp, the books, the window, and the framed portrait!   And here I thought I was getting obsessive.  Turns out there is much to aspire to with the likes of A. Morrison Millard around.  

50's banquetteSame thing with this room, the floor, the table (and it’s glitzy base), the banquette with it’s classic little lamps attached around the back, the brick wall, zebra covered frames on the art (casually cropped) a fabulous red bar stool, and last but not least, the amazing tiny L.A. Times sitting there for Barb & Ken to keep up with what’s up.  This really blows my mind.  

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Mid-Century Modern accessories are so distinctive and Annie does them spot on.  That orange chair with it’s delicate metal work and the cocktail table with inset glass….oh my!   Her clocks and lamps are like being there.  Hey!  I was there.  My parents had a floor to ceiling 3 fixture tension lamp just like these!  I’m havin’ a flash back. 

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Morrison Furniture StudioAnd be still my heart….the fireplace is just too good to be true.  Fire irons!  She makes fire irons!  I had to show both of these shots because the little red Barbie shoes are bringing back such memories.  But most noteworthy is that bee hive hairdo.  She’s amazing.  I remember those do’s so well.  When I was in grade school, all the cool high school girls wore gigantic teased hair styles.  Again, the wall, the window and art are just right and that brick wall knocks me out. 

Morrison Furniture StudioBarbie!These are just a few of the items at Morrison Furniture Studio (http://www.morrisonsfurniturestudio.com).  Check out her Archives to take a trip down memory lane, and if you’re not old enough to remember this era, you’ll definitely get the feel for this very unique time.  

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Here are two more complete rooms.  The throw pillows and their fabrics are perfect.  This artist works in wood, metal, glass, fabric, photography….you name it, she does it.  The window shades in the final photo have me in tears they’re so divine, and the inspired use of matchstick blinds to create a wall is simply genius.  Annie, my hat is off to you.  Love your stuff!!

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DIY Doll House Floor

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You can easily make this pink and white marble floor for your doll photography or for a dollhouse floor.  I’ve pick a pattern I saw in a magazine, but you can google marble floors and find ultra fabulous patterns that can make you crazy looking at them.  They’re not that hard to figure out and since there are no rules…..you can’t go far wrong.

Start with your materials.  I’ve chosen a large piece of pink poster board which will serve as the base for the tiles and will show through as my “grout”.  Honestly, it’s a pink grout floor, but that didn’t have the zing that “pink marble floor” has, and I was going for subtle pink.  Also shown below (click on any photo to enlarge), are a couple of pieces of white poster board and some darker pink wall paper which will be used as accent tiles for this floor.  Some of the white poster board has already been cut into small rectangles which will be my white slate/marble tiles.

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I started by drawing a very very very light pencil line on a diagonal across the pink board as a guide line to get started.  All you have to do is start placing the white marble tiles on the pink board with a touch of glue.  You don’t have to be perfect.  I only made the one guideline and eyeballed it from there, but do whatever you have to do to keep things in line and fairly square.

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Keep adding more of the white tiles.  Below, you can also see that I’ve cut up the piece of wallpaper into small accent tiles.  You will have to figure out the scale of your floor to suit your needs at the start of the project.  I wanted pink “grout” to also show around the little accent tiles, so they were cut with that in mind.  Paste them in just like the big tiles.

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Here’s a close look at the finished product and then a photo of the whole scene.  You might notice that the accent tiles are made from the same wallpaper as the wall.  These kinds of touches are fun to make and can add so much visual appeal to your doll photography or dollhouse.  The garden door in the last photo is fun to make and you can learn how here.   Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking.  Ask questions if you have any.  Best Wishes, Melanie

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