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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Happy Holidays from My Little Big Chair

A new furniture design, a classic side chair, will be available on Sunday, December 7th. This is a simple chair with a nice little curve in the back to cradle your doll.  White linen, charcoal velvet & lace, and an animal print will be ready, and maybe a few more.  They all have handmade oak legs sanded to a smooth natural finish.  I’ll have a few for larger dolls uploaded at 3:00 Central time.  Wishing everyone a very lovely holiday season and very Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays!

 

Classic Side Chair for 24" Dolls

Dolls Love the Holidays

 

Back at work and Embellished!

When I read last November that artist and embroiderer Sharon B of:

(no wonder she’s so busy)
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would make 2014 her last year to give online embroidery lessons, I had to sign up.  Sharon does lots of traditional embroidery, but her encrusted work is so fun and inspiring.  I jumped on it, not thinking about how busy I’d be when the class started in May.  Above and below are samples of her work.  Click on any photo to enlarge.

Sharon B's encrusted embroidery

The course was a lot of fun and being a beginner, very informative.  I was a bit too swamped to finish the second project, but here’s the first one which, of course, I make into doll furniture.  She wanted this first project to be mostly monotone to push us into focusing on texture, which is what encrusted embroidery is all about.  Texture includes different kinds of threads in size and content.  I’ve got cotton, rayon (shinier), metallic & silk threads in floss and pearl textures.  Beads, buttons and anything of visual interest is encouraged.

Encrusted embroidery by Melanie
Most of the class discovered how much effort and skill it took to get all those stitches crammed into the design…..but a lot of fun trying.
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Angie with encrusted doll ottoman
After doing re-upholstery for great designers for over 34 years, learning about embroidery has really make me realize that most of the amazing patterned fabrics I’ve worked with  were actually mass manufactured products inspired by centuries of handwork by the women (mostly) of the world doing embroidery for their families and the very wealthy.  Thanks ladies!

 

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

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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