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The 1:6 scale dollhouse blog...

I have loved dolls and dollhouses and miniatures, all my life. 1:6 scale is an exciting scale and challenge since there is so little out there in the way of this 'playscale' to make our dioramas and scenes look 'real'. Since I love a challenge, my 1:6 scale world has become one of my most favorite to work in, though from time to time I do showcase my 1:12 scale miniature collection here as well.

I hope you enjoy my endeavors into 1:6 scale and will follow my blog and the projects I work on with my fashion dolls in my collection. Please follow us & enjoy the pictures- tell your friends as well!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Making Minis and I found Darrin!

Forgive the haphazard title. I have been working on some books for the dolls, and that has been what I have been doing for a couple of days. 
PLUS,I found the ever elusive hard to find Darrin! He was in my local Walmart and the LAST one. If they ever had them. Maybe they only come in one at a time. lol.

But back to mini Bookmaking. I belong to a group on Facebook called 
Paper Minis for 12 inch Fashion Dolls and the person who started it, Angel, created oodles of miniature book cover files. You can also upload your own paper mini files to the group as well. Over the weekend or on Monday I printed off a bunch of these onto cardstock. It has always been my intention to make bookshelves filled with books for an elaborate library. I love to read and so do my dolls. 
Here are some of the finished books.

I printed the files out onto regular cardstock, then used scraps of foamcore cut to fit the book covers and glued them, and let dry. I then coated the front, spine and back with triple thick to give the colors more pop and make the covers look glossy.  

the doll at the desk is my original Mini Me - or Mini Lisa. Her desk looks alot like my own out in the office- covered with books (mostly bills and paperwork and folders and computers in real life!)  and my 'real' desk is much larger, lol. Mini Lisa's desk looks more cleaner and fun then mine...Right now she is reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and like me, loves Egyptian history. 

Mini Lisa, Trixie, Darrin and Tommy are enjoying the Harry Potter books- they have the whole series. 

I had also made a long time ago reproduction Victorian Godey's ladies cards with matching envelopes and stationary paper, tied with silk ribbon for the desk. The envelopes were made with a crafty punch that I purchased online a few years ago and I still use. 

Here are the photos of Darrin in his package and size comparisons with Tommy:

He is much cuter withthe plastic hat off. His head is ok, but seems a little larger than Tommy's, and I dislike those teal boots/sneakers intensely. He looks too feminine for a boy- his sneakers should be white and the soccer ball on his shirt should not be pink!! Tommy on the right looks far more boyish and real looking to me than Darrin. He looks like a Chelsea with a short hair bob. I will probably be changing his shoes most definitely. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Joyous Celebration Poppy Parker...

...has arrived, and she is exquisite! This doll is so retro vintage 60's, the era I grew up in, can't get enough of her. Finally got things set up for a photo shoot and instead of the same old same old props, added splash of teal and pink and gold to pick up that dress and fuschia pink crinoline.

Lovely isn't she? I can't get over that braided updo. And the jewelry is glam, and simple- too much jewelry would take away from the gown.

The first set I did with her is the chair is Jim Coates Miniatures/ Bespaq, the hutch is a vintage Pricepessa Italian piece from Ebay, rug is a glitzy little placemat from my stash, and the portraits are from the $1 bins at Michaels, the portraits themselves are pictures of Whistler's women cut out of Victoria magazine.

2nd set shows a walnut Bespaq table with a floral arrangement and the back and sides of her gown. Simply lovely.

** Now a little behind the scenes on 'how I do it!'

My temp diorama sets are on 4 ft tables, side by side. Here is the backdrop with foamcore covered in marble contact paper for the floor. There is another set beside this for another photo shoot with wood grained contact paper on foamcore for flooring for that. My lights are clamped to the side of the dollhouse walls. This room is quite small so I have very limited space on setting up my photo shoots. At the most I can sometimes fit three on these two table surfaces. The dollhouse sits in the middle of the wall to the right, and behind that, the 6 ft table that holds the bakery and LaBelle's and the faux boutique. In another corner is the two shelves filled with props and a close also filled. For this photo shoot I wanted to do a mix of new with old and the 60's were all about those pastel loud colors with antique furniture and modern furniture. Enjoy the pics!~Lisa

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rainy days....

It was a very muggy, rainy day yesterday.  Had alot to do to get ready for the FR Convention, but instead decided to do some sewing so pulled out some items from my stash. I am still working on the frock coat jacket for this, but the fit on the skirt was fabulous. I altered the pattern a bit to fit Royal Monaco Vanessa...

I have more work to do on this outfit, it was amazing how quickly it went along. I literally made the blouse from scratch and used the embroidered part as a frontal decor- with the open back which is not period correct but looks pretty cool...Ihad to redraft alot  of the patterns that I had in my stash. Have been wanting to do another Victorian ensemble, hopefully can do more. Enjoy!~Lisa

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fredericksburg doll show and more sightseeing...

Yesterday I attended the Fredericksburg doll show which is put on by the Fredericksburg doll club...small but has alot of great stuff. Mostly lots of antique dolls and my Barbie club members had a show table there too. I purchased some inexpensive items outfits mostly, for the dolls as autumn is coming and they needed some new outfits. I also found the perfect Tommy doll to complete the French royal family for the French Chateau project. He will make a great Louis Charles, the Dauphin. 

I also purchased four stands from the local stand guy. They are nothing fancy, but I prefer these as the stand pole does not come out of a pole and I can lift the doll from the back without having to use two hands to balance her, since she is firmly held onto the stand, unlike the fashion royalty stands. 

Here are some photos of Young Sophisticate and Pillow Talk, my two favorites, wearing some new autumn fashions. 

The coat, two skirts and sweater were purchased from one of the bargain bins for less than $3 altogether! Young Sophisticate is wearing the new leopard Poppy Parker boots from this year's shoe pack. 

here are some more of the outfits and stands I purchased, as well as the Tommy doll. He was the most expensive item I purchased for $10 with his little sailboat and shirt...but I would have spent that much on ebay for him with shipping. He matches Marie Therese and his parents quite well. 

After the doll show, went to lunch in the historic part of Fredericksburg, and walked around to the shops and antique shops. I didn't have my camera, and really regret it. Here are a few pics of the amazing stuff we saw. I promise next time to take my camera like I did to Williamsburg. Chris and I love taking a Saturday to just go for a day trip now and then and walk and see the sights. 

In one of the shops, which was quite large with individual booths, this antique doll display.

turn of the century settee, reupholstered it looked like, and some reproduction Napoleonic /Empire swan chairs. They looked reproduction to me because of the way they appeared to be made. Price was too cheap as well...would have loved to bought them and had them reupholstered. Look at the swan detail!

Bonnet Highboy, lovely and very similar to the ones Pitt Ginsburg did in 1:6 scale Bespaq I used to sell. 

Gorgeous goose-necked canopy antique bed....

Shop windows in a shabby chic shop, just loved the mix of white with cream, taupe, and goldtones in this display. I would love to reproduce this in 1:6 scale. 
Sorry to bore everyone with full size decor pics on a doll blog, but this is where I get inspired- from real life. Then it's to the diorama drawing board, so to speak.lol...

cute shop and sign...downtown Historic Fredericksburg is quite artsy and eclectic, you NEVER know what type of shop you will find. It abounds with every type of gourmet cuisine!

The historic Hugh Mercer's apothecary shop with its garden in back, they weren't open yesterday...

and a shop with Halloween decor...hopefully we'll be able to get back up and peruse it more. It is so much fun! We ate at an Italian bistro that had been there for years, then visited Ahlman's jewelry store where Chris' mother used to order her china and crystal. Goolrick's pharmacy, which has the best ice cream, was already beginning to close. They have the best ice cream sodas!

We also stopped by an old bakery Chris used to go to as a kid and got cookies and some sweets like he remembered. Chris grew up in Stafford and went to alot of the shops that are still open when he was growing up. 
Enjoy the pics! Happy Sunday!~Lisa