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1  Miniature Witch House in Completed Projects by steiconi on: February 23, 2015 07:54:24 PM
I never see dollhouse miniatures here, maybe this will start something!  I finished this house a couple of months ago, and it's currently on display at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo, HI (right in your neighborhood! Cheesy )

The building was inspired by the Storybook houses of the 1920s.  The 1" to 1' Coventry Cottage Dollhouse kit was donated to my mini club a few years ago, and I bashed the heck out of it, removing internal walls and replacing the entire second floor.  The swooping, irregular roofs were a real challenge!

I got to include a lot of favorite pieces from my stash of mini furniture and accessories, and only ordered a few new items.  (Well, maybe several new items)

Here's the story of the house:
The Peacocks Screech, or Happy Endings Through Adversity
   Cat (short for Caladium Angelica Truffle; in the language of flowers and herbs, her name means delightful magic surprise) is not just one fairy tale witch, shes all of them.  Also various hags, crones, and beldames, elves, good fairies, bad fairies, and fairy godmothers.  If something magical or mysterious happened, that was Cat.  She gives her clients difficult tasks to prove they deserve a happy endingand she has mementos from every story.  I included souvenirs from 56 different childrens stories and Fairy Tales--and people who come to the show see some I didn't think of!

The outside




and my favorite parts of the inside:
the bedroom (the roof lifts up for access) with a Princess and the Pea bed, a Beastskin rug, Red Riding Hood's cape, and hand-drawn wallpaper featuring Sleeping Beauty's roses.


the living room; I drew the wallpaper and built the couch and chandelier from scratch.


and the seance table; you can see Pinocchio and the Chesire Cat off to the left, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice mop in the doorway:
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2  Monthly Tree project in Completed Projects by steiconi on: February 15, 2015 09:11:33 PM
I fell in love with the bleached and dyed trees at xmas, and decided to create a new one each month.  I started posting in "Winter Crafts" but that's just not going to make sense come June, so I moved them here.

January "Ice Blossoms"

I took apart a necklace made of flower charms with rhinestone centers; used the chain as garland, and added a few silver sequins and silver glitter. 

February "Patrice"

My friend Patrice is VERY Irish, loves peace symbols, and collects watermelonabilia.  And this is her birthday present!  ooh, and the peace symbols glow in the dark!
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3  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by steiconi on: February 15, 2015 08:25:14 PM
I did it!  I did it!

I cleaned my work table!

Before^


After^

Why don't I do this more often?  It's like day and night!

Oh, and I finished my swap projects, too.
Lee
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4  Re: Furniture decoupage? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: January 22, 2015 11:15:20 AM
ooooh, it's DONE!

the color problem was solved by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426373.0
She used coffee to tint her glue, but I used a tiny bit of black and brown craft paint.  Took down the bright white just the right amount!

Also put a clear plastic top on it; I cut a thin, flexible sheet of acrylic (like a giant placemat) and used clear silicone glue to tack it to the top.  No worries about wet stuff destroying the paper!

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5  January bottle brush tree in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: January 20, 2015 02:03:34 PM
My goal is to keep the love alive by decorating at least one tree each month.  

Here's January's "Ice Flowers"
I took apart a necklace made of flower charms with rhinestone centers; used the chain as garland, and added a few silver sequins and silver glitter.  Funny how pictures show what you don't notice in person; think I'll add a bit more something near the top.



And here are some bonus pinkies; I read online that  you can't color the trees with acrylic paints.  These are a flocked plastic tree and a bleached sisal tree, both colored with the same bottle of watered-down acrylic craft paint.

so there!
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6  Re: Furniture decoupage? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: January 17, 2015 11:06:24 AM
I'm making progress; turns out it wrinkles, then flattens back out--mostly.  I used the smaller, heavier book pages this time, and covered the whole thing, including the back, which is going to show.

new problem:  the pages are lighter than the exposed part of the drawer front, so the drawer looks dingy.  I'm thinking of mixing a bit of paint with the next coat of glue, to darken the papers to match the exposed "wood."  Alternatively, I could whitewash the drawer front to lighten it, but I think the darker color would look better in my house.

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7  Vintage wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by steiconi on: January 12, 2015 10:54:04 PM
A good buddy got married New Year's Eve, so another friend and I decorated for the big event.

Heritage lace over pink tablecloths, vintage cocktail glasses for the champagne toast, local fresh flowers, and black accents made the carport a lovely place.  (Actually, practically everybody entertains in their carport here in Hawaii).  We begged, borrowed, or already had nearly everything!


cake table (lace over black in this case)


head table (they wanted the gorillas on the table.  what can I say?)


the view behind the head table (great for wedding photos!)
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8  Furniture decoupage? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: January 11, 2015 01:49:34 PM
I have a laminate nightstand from the 1980s.  'Nuff said?

I'd like to cover it with pages torn from Asian language publications.  I have books and magazines.

I started it this morning using the magazine pages, but they bubbled and wrinkled, so I scraped it all off.  
(Actually, some of the ink stayed behind, really nice effect, but spotty.)

I'm thinking the problems are that mag pages are glossy, thin, and large.  
Would using smaller, thicker, rough-surface book pages work better?  
How big should the pieces be?  The books are smallish, 4" x 6"; should I tear them in half or quarters?

Bonus question:  the drawer front is carved with a neat art deco design, with a coordinating pull.  I'd like to keep these, so can't decoupage the drawer front.  Any suggestions?  Incidentally, the lower half of the cabinet is an open area, which I'll paint turquoise instead of decoupage.  I don't want the drawer front turquoise or another color, so maybe just paint it to match the pages?  

Update:  I've painted the interior and washed the drawer front with turquoise (that problem solved).  Sloppy edges will be covered with decoupage.



thanks for any advice, theories, commiseration, or observations
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9  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 25, 2014 01:56:26 PM
Sad, pathetic tale:
we invited 6 friend for dinner tonight, and we had great plans for food and decor.
Sadly, my husband woke up sick in the night (maybe the flu), so the party's been cancelled.

Now I have an unexpected day off.  It's nearly noon, and he's still in bed, weakly demanding various things. 
At least I don't have to do any more cleaning.

So I set the table as I'd planned and took pictures with my new camera (xmas gift from sicko).  What am I gonna do with dinner for 8?  Leftovers all week, I guess.

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10  My first decorated bottle brush tree! in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 23, 2014 01:27:04 PM
I finally got it together; found trees that would bleach, and even dyed some, but this is a gift for a special friend.

Her grandmother had given her one of those framed Christmas trees made of rhinestone jewelry, but she lost it a few years ago.  That was the inspiration for this 4" tall treasure:


The base is a dragon charm (she was born in the year of the dragon), and the tree has dragonfly and frog charms, both things she collects.  And rhinestones, of course!

I'm pretty sure this is the first of many.  Next year, I'll clean out a section of my china cabinet for tree display!
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