I always have lots of projects going on. Right now there is the trailer, the Creatin Contest build, and a Tudor cottage.

The cottage is the Sugarplum cottage kit. My mom found it at a thrift store. 

It’s cute, but I’m not sure the scale. I assumed it was 1/12, but all of my 1/12 furniture is too big.  I’ve decided to fix it up. Maybe I’ll end up selling it. Maybe I’ll end up fully decorating it. 

Here’s a bad cellphone picture of the stucco I’ve added. I also added bricks to the fireplace. I spent the better part of today sanding stucco, painting, and adding wood timbers. 


 I’m being untraditional and painting it navy with walnut timbers and cream trim. It was fun piecing all of the wood together. 
Until I ran out. I guess I’ll be making a trip tomorrow for more wood. 

The two ends are done. I did a little painting to add depth and dimension to the chimney and stucco. I’m trying not to go overboard, but sometimes I just can’t help it. 

I’m sure the structural integrity of the timbers wouldn’t hold up in real life. I’ll do better structural research next time.

After the timbers, I’ll start working on the windows. I’m using the windows  that I didn’t use from my Denise’s City Cottage (the HBS Creatin Contest Kit) and attempting to build a few of my own. 

It’s an adventure. A chance to learn some new things. A chance to stretch my creative wings before I jump into the Backyard Bungalow. 

Undersized Urbanite

The results are in…  
 …and I didn’t win!

Honestly, I knew before I even started that I wouldn’t. The amount of time the previous years winners devoted to their entries clearly showed in how amazing they were. This year was no different. The entries are wonderful and the winners are amazing! Congratulations to them all! You can see them all here. 
I’m really happy with my entry. I wouldn’t change anything. It’s what I needed to do at the time and it turned out better than I first imagined it. 
If you voted for mine, thank you! If you voted for someone else, I can’t blame you, I did too. Maybe next year.

Baby Steps

I let projects intimidate me. Sometimes a problem seems too big or a too mentally taxing. I know I can do it. However, my brain shuts down and continuing seems more daunting than a trip to Mordor.    
The cabinets for the trailer have been one of those projects. I’ve been letting it get so much bigger mentally than it needs to be.


I decided to buys some base kits and then alter them into what I want. At the time that seemed so much easier than measuring and cutting. And I know ultimately it is easier. 

 After getting the pieces dry fit and into place, my brain decided it had had enough for the day. Instead I played with all my bits and bobs for the trailer. When it doubt, play.    

 I’ll get back to the cabinets…eventually. I’ve found some pictures to help me narrow in on what I want them to look like, so that will help. 
I have plenty of other little projects to keep me busy until I finally get over this little hurdle. 

Little Pieces of Art

My Undersized Urbanite submission is done.

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It’s a little art museum. My goal for this project was to not spend money.  The idea came to me when I found the mini frames and little people in my stash of “I bought this for a project, but never started it” supplies. The shadow box is from Ikea that was bought over 4 years ago.

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Each piece of art is a reproduction of art that each of my children have done.  I scanned each piece and then printed it onto canvas paper. Turns out canvas paper doesn’t absorb the ink properly. It runs and takes a long time to dry.

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Paint was used to touch up the art and help the details pop again.

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The little bench is a vintage bingo number and a slice of a cork. They were glued together and painted white.

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The little people were hard to paint until I started using the magnifying glasses I had gotten for Christmas. Also, not breathing helped.


My goal was to not spend any money.  I failed though.  I ended up spending $.94.  The floors were made from a wall hanging that is made up of small wood pieces (.69 at Goodwill). The frame around the outside was made from a frame that I cut down to size (.25 at a thrift store).  Everything else I already had.

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The recessed lights are framed by plastic mollies that are usually used in drywall to hold screws in place. The wall is made out of a piece from the back of a frame.

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It was a lot of fun to put together. I liked having the restrictions I set up for myself. A little extra challenge to stretch a little.

The only thing I didn’t think through all the way was how hard it would be to get pictures without glare. Oh, well, I’m happy with the final result.


My Backyard Bungalow kit, for this years Creatin Contest, arrived yesterday. Here’s a refresher on what it looks like:


To be honest I wasn’t thrilled when I saw it. I knew I just needed to give it time to grow on me. Boy did it ever. I’m now belond excited to start work on it. It will push me out of my comfort zone and give me a good challenge.

Now, I’ll leave you with a few pictures that I’ve pulled from Google for inspiration.


The last build was my dream flower shop. This one will be my dream vacation. 

The Opening


My submission for Undersized Urbanite is done. I’ll spend some time this weekend getting better pictures.

On a “I wish I had more time and less responsibilities” note, I recieved my Backyard Bungalow (the kit for this years HBS Creatin Contest) and some cabinets for the trailer in the mail today. Excited to bring out the trailer again. It’s been too long. And really excited to start mapping out my bungalow build. 

The Back of the Shop

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In the back the florists are hard at work, getting ready for upcoming events.

Finished arrangements boxed up and ready to be delivered and unfinished arrangements being finished up on the table.  The boxes were made using a cardboard box. The ladder is from Shepherd Miniatures.  The work mat is a place mat cut to size and painted.

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The table is made out of bass wood, pieces of mechanical pencils, and some tiny casters.  I used metallic spray paint with the hammered texture to paint it.


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The sink was made with the same materials as the table. The faucet is made from the casing of a usb cable, wire, a spring from inside a pen, and the tip of a mechanical pencil. They were painted with silver nail polish and aged with black paint. The large buckets are medicine dosing cups painted and aged.  The walls inside were coated with stucco and then sanded a bit when it was dry.

The broom, bleach, spray paint, and dish soap were purchased from Shepherd Miniatures. The mop was made using thick embroidery thread, a bamboo skewer, and some wire.  There are 2 metal watering cans that were a gift from my mom. The towel was a piece of fabric glued to aluminum foil, so that I could get it to drape the way I wanted.

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The chalkboard helps organize all upcoming events.  The clipboards were made with thin bass wood, wire, and small pieces of silver paper. They are holding future orders, proposals for weddings, and messages.  I shrunk down the forms and documents using a tutorial from Otterine’s Miniatures.

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The shelves under the chalkboard are a little wonky. They were a last minute solution to a problem I was struggling with.  They are built using bass wood and dowels.  The items on the shelves are from all over.  The candelabra, brass bowls, terracotta pots, basktes, white bowls, and blue box are from thrift stores. The blue box is actually a pill box that I cut apart and  sanded. The books were also from thrift shops, but I changed the covers to be floral design themed. The clear compote bowls and little clear bowls were purchased on eBay. Three of the colored vases are actually beads I had bought about 7 years ago on a trip to Zion National Park. The glass jars, vases, and wood disc are from Michaels Crafts. The candles are all made from mechanical pencil parts. The big yellow vase on the floor was one I’ve had for years.

I know I’m forgetting something.  It was so much fun learning new techniques and pushing myself to do new things.  I’ll get back on track soon with more updates on the travel trailer and plans for the HBS Creatin Contest 2016.

The Sides

I imagined the right side of the building was next to an abandoned lot.  There is a ladder to get to the roof, rocks and over grown plants, and a local artist’s street art.

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The vine was made from a small grapevine wreath that was soaked in water and straightened out.  The leaves were punched from paper and painted. The flowers were bought at a thrift store.  I used heat to make some of them curl in on themselves, to look more like buds.  I then painted them.

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The left side of the building is the alley, where the deliveries are made.

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All the bricks on the building are cut from thin cork that I found in the scrapbooking area of the craft store.  The mortar is stucco thinned down with water.  The faucet is from Braxton Payne.  The electric meter is made out of an eraser, pieces of a mechanical pencil, a cap for a spray bottle, and a print out of a electric meter face.  It was painted with metallic spray paint.

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The warehouse door is made out of bass wood, card stock, the heads of tiny brads from the scrapbooking department, a few pieces of broken jewelry, hinges and lots of paint.

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Corrugated scrapbooking paper was used to cover the roof. I wanted a rustic, warehouse feel, so the skylights were added to help create that. I had accidentally bought non glare plexiglass when I was putting in the windows on the front of the building.  Did you know that non-glare plexi is not clear, but almost frosted looking? Neither did I.  Turns out it worked great for the skylights.  The lead on the skylights was created using Plaid Redi-Lead Strips.

I had to create a small access panel for the battery and switch for the lights.  I need to learn how to plan my lighting and wiring better.  I made a huge mess trying to install it after everything was finished.

Up next is where the magic happens, the back of the shop.