Update Post!

Hey,

Just thought I would do a quick post to let you know that I haven’t been able to work on the doll house very much. For the past few weeks my life has been so hectic. The school holidays were taken up with activities with the children, then last week we were getting ready to house sit for a few weeks. So no time for doll house stuff. 🙁

I have made a couple of things in between all of the chaos, I will post up about them as soon as I get a spare couple of hours.

I will get back up and running on Project Doll House very soon and keep up to date with my blog posts. So please keep your eyes out for new posts in the next couple of weeks.

 

Angie xo 

 

 

 

Project Doll House – Week 4

Hey Everyone! 

Welcome to week 4 Project Doll house!

This week I have been very busy painting and building. Take a look at what has been achieved:

I will start with the dining room; it was meant to be the simplest and quickest room to paint/decorate on my list of things to get done this week, but it turned out to take a bit longer than what I was hoping:

I decided on the leaf design for the feature wall on this room, a marble like floor and a green colour on the two other walls. I chose the colour Sage but that wasn’t what I first had in mind. I thought like a lime green would look pretty cool, but when I saw the Sage when I went to buy the colour I changed my mind and I am glad that I did. 

Beginning:

First Couple of Coats:

Ready For the Wall Paper and Flooring:

All measured, cut and ready to go:

And…. Well, I messed up…

My measurement was wrong, it was too big and the wallpaper kind of scrunched up as I was putting it on, making massive lumps, so I cut it and as you can see on picture one, I cut too much off. Picture two: there is a triangle shaped tear in it from where I was using my ruler to try and flatten it out and it tore it up. 

  1. 2.

Attempt Two:

I used the previous piece and traced around it (because it was now cut to size), and started applying it. I went from left to right, and it ended up so crooked and bunched up half way through that there was no point of return. I had to start again. 

 

Attempt Three:

It was going really well as you can see in the first picture. I took a different approach and went from top to bottom…

The second picture shows how it ended. I was getting pretty frustrated at this point. No way that I was doing it was working, it just wanted to bunch up.

Attempt Four:

And it went on! There are some spots wit alot of bumps but they are little compared to the other attempts. From afar you can’t tell that they are there, but that was the last and final attempt that I was going to try and it worked for me. Thank goodness! I think I had to pull it off a little bit at the bottom and I am actually quite surprised it stuck on again.

 

And then comes the floor…

IT DIDN’T STICK PROPERLY! ARGGHH. I used PVA glue and a lot of books to hold it down:

And done:

Kitchen:

Ok, so here I started off with measuring the lay out in the actual doll house and drawing how I want the lay out to be, I knew that I wanted the benches to be 100 wide, I just wasn’t sure how deep, I used a barbie as a reference and went by what my measurements for the bathroom sink for the children’s bathroom is (the depth) and came to 6cm for the depth. I then needed to work out how high the benches were, so I measured on a barbie and then measured onto the wall. The two pictures you see is how high I thought the fridge may be. In the pictures following you will see I was out by a lot. The fridge would have been way too short. 

After measuring the fridge and then seeing how tall that was on the walls I had to get a barbie in there to see what it would look like the line I made just seemed so tall. And the measurement for the benches seemed so tall. 

Then when it came to the benches they felt too tall and skinny so again I went and got some barbie furniture from the girl’s collection and when it was in there it looked fine. It just doesn’t look right when it is drawn in there. 

Then it came to drawing my design onto paper  and working out doors and where the sink, oven and stove top would be placed. I am still not sure if we will have opening cupboard doors or not. I think it may be out of my league. LoL. 

As you can see a lot of deliberation happened that day, I was trying to work out designs and colour schemes and what the progression looked like. I can honestly say I don’t know what is going on with it yet. I have put it away for now and will go back over it when I have a quiet hour or two. 

Sam’s Bed:

In my last blog I showed you guys my failed attempts at Sam’s Pirate Ship Bed made from match sticks and then from paddle pop sticks. I decided to go a different path with this attempt and I am happy with it:

This is how it started. I drew a small rectangle of 8cm x 17cm (the size I made for the beds that I showed on my last blog post) on two pieces of paper I taped together. I measured the space where the bed would be and drew that around it. The rest just followed. The third picture here is of what I wanted it to look like at the end of being built. I was trying to figure out how tall it would be:

The pieces are cut out:

(they aren’t exactly the design that I imagined and drew, there was a whole process that I didn’t take photos of to get to this point (my daughter had my phone). But I like how this turned out.

Seeing how it was going to look:

The gluing process:

Trying to make a box lid for storage at the back section, realising it would take a day to learn how to do it properly, and just gluing it down instead. (I haven’t given up on making a storage box with hinges, just wasn’t going to do it that day).

All together and then where it will sit in his room once it is finished:

The front part is going to act as storage for his toys or what ever little pirate treasures he has.

Master Bathroom:

I chose Magenta for the base colour, I was going for a look that had pink, purple, turquoise and the magenta slightly mixed but decided against it, I tried it on a canvas that my daughter had painted on and I just kept mixing the colours too much I added a photo for reference, that was the better one of the three tries. You can also see the Magenta I used for the Master bedroom is darker than the one I used for this bathroom, I chose the lighter one because I didn’t want the space to feel too small, but it kind of did any way so I opted to cover the left wall and back wall in the covering. 

I wanted to make a shower for the master bathroom as opposed to a bath, I have decided to make it a bath/shower instead. The first photo is of the attempt at the base of the shower, the second and third photo is of me figuring out the length I needed the bath.

Placement:

I was trying to decide whether or not to have the bath along the outside wall and not along the back, where the toilet would go and then measuring out for a sink.

I came to the conclusion that the bath would be better suited at the back, the toilet would go on the right wall and the sink on the left. This would make for easier playing.

I ended up using the piece of MDF I cut out for the shower to make the part for the sink and just glued it on, here you can see I had it taped up while the glue dried: 

And then the rest of the pieces I just measured, cut and glued as I went along. It was an all day type of process, so I did it in between other stuff:

The side of the bath was too tall, so it got a trim:

And it fits!:

The process for this wasn’t too hard, I did however make a mistake and made it too short and put the left side on crooked so I cut it at the top to make it level and that is why there is a pink strip at the top, to make the back match I put the contact on level with the left and then taped the contact to paint the pink strip, but it worked out ok in the end.

And this is the reason for the gap in the middle, a mirror mosaic feature:

The Children’s Bathroom:

First up was the floor and then the paint/floor was done for this room. I put the strip of the brown floor in instead of the bathroom flooring, I think it looks great:

Then making a sink hole and the sink:

Gluing it on:

Making a clay sink, then realising when the clay dried it shrunk:

Doing some construction work on the bath tub:

Nearly finished, just needs the front:

And done:

Spakfilla:

Sanded:

Attempting Clay again:

And I didn’t get a photo but decided against the clay, it was too heavy and the bath tub wasn’t drying, the sink ended up shrinking again, even with the added length on the outside. (It just cracked off when dried because it wasn’t thick enough). I think the next thing is paint and coat in some sort of gloss coating so it looks like a bath tub. We will see how it goes.

That is all for Week 4 of Project Doll House, I am unsure how much I will get done this week and next during the school holidays, I have made one thing so far over the weekend, but that is for next weeks blog ;). I do apologise this blog post is late, but I haven’t been able to get onto write it.

Thank you so much for coming back this week and checking my progress out! I hope you enjoyed the read and like how the doll house looks so far, this isn’t a very good photo because it has stuff all over it, but this is it at the end of this week, with out the furniture in it.

 

 

Any way, thank you again for coming back to check out the progress. I hope you have an awesome week!

Angie xo

 

Week 3 Project Doll House

 

Hey Everyone! 

Welcome to Week Three. I hope you all had a great week! I was a busy bee and got a fair bit of painting done on a couple of the rooms in the doll house. This is what we had at the beginning of week 3, Sam’s room painted and flooring in, Chelsea’s feature wall started and the bathroom’s bath and sink shell constructed:

Firstly, I finished painting Chelsea’s Room, her feature wall was a bit of a hit and miss to begin with, just like Sam’s was. I chose to do a pink feature wall and antique white for the side walls.

This was after the first coat of antique white and another coat on the pink wall. This pink took a few coats. It was a different brand of acrylic and I found it was a lot runnier than the other ones:

I bought some stencils from Kmart and painted some love hearts on the back wall in antique white (the same colour as the sides), the first attempt was a fail. 

The white smudged line in there was where I tried to wipe off the extra hearts, I messed up with my placement and ended up with a big gap and 3/4 of a line of hearts:

I thought I had taken photos of when I painted over that work and restarted… But I was either dreaming or I have some how deleted them.. So any way, I painted over those hearts and taped up the stencil so that there weren’t as many hearts and I painted them purple and antique white, the first lot of hearts still show through the paint, but it gives it character I guess. 

Once that was done, I put the flooring in, well I messed that up too. It went all bubbly, I tried to get the bubbles out with a pin and pushing it down to get the air out, it just didn’t work :(. To hide the worse parts there will be furniture, like a bed and the rest I will crochet some floor rugs. I’m not overly bothered. I am not great with contact so Sam’s room was just a fluke I think.

From afar you can’t see the bubbles.

I ended up opting to put a strip in between the rooms, I did attempt to cut Chelsea’s floor to fit so there wouldn’t be two lines in the flooring, but I couldn’t get it right, I measured twice cut once and it still didn’t work out, so a strip it is:

 

Sam and Chelsea’s Rooms Painted:

 

As I was working waiting for the paint to dry in Chelsea’s room I worked on the lounge room and the master bedroom. These two rooms were quite simple. Besides needing a few more coats on the magenta than the rest both of them were easy and no mistakes were made. Yay!

 

I chose Magenta and Eggshell for the Master Bedroom:

And the floor is in, no bubbles 😀 Big Smiles:

And I chose Wisteria and Eggshell for the Lounge Room:

The couch looks pretty cool in there. Just needs some flooring and the rest of the furniture. I am just not sure what do do for the floor in there yet.

My work space gets pretty messy as you can see, the doll house started becoming a storage place for me, lol. Until I moved it out of my sewing room (I was getting sick from the paint fumes cause my sewing room is a small room and the open window wasn’t enough). 

All of the stuff from there ended up here, on top of the other mess: 

(I did spend some time this afternoon cleaning it up, it was getting a little bit out of control).

 

Next was the bathroom, I really wanted to do something bright, colourful and fun for this room. I also have some cool little mosaic tiles I wanted to utilise so I wanted to choose colours that I reckon they would go good with. (Fingers Crossed they do in the end result), I am a little bit worried that the yellow is not going to work with them, but will have to wait and see…

I made some mistakes with the pattern part. One: I didn’t rub the pencil off of the wall where I marked the lines and it showed through the yellow. It took a few coats to get rid of it. (I learnt my lesson and rubbed it off for the other colours). Two: My impatience ruined my paint work, I put the tape on the orange colour in order to do the blue when it was only touch dry, not fully dry. And three: I did the lightest colour first. Rookie move! It was so hard to fix when trying to cover up where the other colours bled through. Here’s the photo process:

Looks pretty good here hey? Nice and neat…

Time for Orange :):

And for some reason, no photos but of it covered?? Gee Angie. Great work: 

After the orange was on I went to the dentist, then spent some time in town doing some stuff, so when I got home I thought it would be OK to put the tape on for the blue because it was touch dry…

It went from it was a Bad Idea:

To it was a VERY BAD IDEA! With every tape pull :'(:

But I did fix it the best I could:

I ended up free handing the door, was quite impressed, no drama and no slips:

This is the finished result I am pretty happy with it and I can’t wait to finish the rest of it:

During the times that I wasn’t painting and doing motherly chores I decided to start on the beds. Say hello to the models: (I don’t know their names (only Chelsea, who is in the yellow), but if you were to ask my littlest she will be able to tell you, so I do apologise I can’t introduce them fully to you) :D.

I pretty much put the ‘kids’ on the cardboard and made a rectangle around them, measured the squares and just rounded up or down for the measurements. The adults I just used the 100 x 330 rectangle measurement we came to the conclusion with measuring height and sizes previously.

These will be their mattress sizes: 

 

This next pile of mess is what I was doing to try and figure out the frame for Sam’s bed, I tried to make a helm wheel for the top and bottom of his bed frame, (if you could picture it). Only half at each end. But I used match sticks and masking taped them, then Clear Glossed them to get them to stick together, then tried glue… Well, that experiment didn’t turn out how I thought it would. So I binned it. 

Boo! Lol.

Next is the start of a pirate ship, well, this has since been put in the bin also and have now got a different idea for the ships body I was trying to build it up but the glue and paint weren’t drying fast enough and I had stuff I needed to do and screaming children (always happens right when I need to hold things together), so I have opted for a different way to build the ship that won’t take as much time and patience (Both of which I lack): 

I figured out what colours/wallpaper I would do for the Master Bathroom and the Dining Room after I had finished the bathroom, but I ended up with a bit of a sore back so thought I would rest for a couple of days, so today and yesterday I haven’t done any work on the doll house.

 

That is pretty much it for this weeks time on the doll house. My goals for this next week is to get the rest of the house painted and ready to start adding furniture as I make it or find it, make some sort of progress on Sam and Chelsea’s beds and I am hoping to also get some sort of flooring for the lounge room. See how we go.

 

Thank you for coming back for Week Three! I hope you enjoyed the read. Have a lovely week, I will be back next Friday with an update of how Project Doll House is going :).

Angie xo

 

Week 2 of Project Doll House

Hey Guys,

Welcome back to another week of Project Doll House, I hope you all had a great week!

Week 2 of Project doll house was a little more productive. The floor I was working on is now finished, it just needs to be taped onto the house. I did have a bit of an issue with it but will get into that a little more into the blog. I also made a start to the ‘children’s bathroom’ sink and bath tub.

  But the highlight of this week is: There is now colour on the doll house!!

I struggle a lot with picturing stuff before I make it, like vision, until I am actually doing it. It takes a bit for me to figure out what kind of picture I want to create. That is why I decided I would start with Sam’s room, (the little boy doll) because I figured if I just start painting it blue the rest would come (because I knew I wanted it blue from the start), it worked! Now, as I am working on one room, ideas are flowing to me for the other rooms, it is great. Oh and Chelsea’s room (the little girl doll) has a pink feature wall started..

Here is what we have achieved this week:

The Flooring for the top part:

I realised that in the last post I didn’t really show you pictures of the process for the floor. So I will add them in. The issue I had with the floor is that I put way too much gloss on the top and it kinda curled up! So now I need to have something heavy on it at all times (until it is taped onto the house), I also had to crack it a bit to flatten it out. Just keep in mind a part most of this was done in Week One, the gloss was done at the start of this week, I just wanted to show you the process, which I didn’t do on last weeks post. And… I don’t have a photo of the curled up mess it turned out to be. Damn. Sorry!

Getting the pieces all cut:

All Cut, ready to assemble:

Assembling:

Needed to mark and cut the ends so they were straight.

Ready to be glued to the card:

The Gluing Process:

(It wanted to curl up and the pieces wanted to stand up a bit so the books held them down while the glue set).

Finished Gluing:

Even when finished the pieces stood up, so the books stayed on over night to wait until the glue set, I eventually added more books but didn’t get a photo.

Time for the Varnish:

Finished, but still drying:

The Final Product:

The start of the Basin/Bath:

I really need to start taking more pictures. This is all of the pictures I have taken of this so far. So I can’t show you how I came to design it like this. But I basically wanted it to be one big piece that fit in the bathroom nicely. There is still a lot of work to be put into this but this is just the shell. There is a front part that needs to be painted and that will be the ‘doors’ for the cupboard, and also I plan to glue beads on for the handles of the doors. I am trying to figure out what to use for the tub but I plan to make an edge that it will fit onto. The bath tub isn’t going to be that wide or long. If that makes sense. But the process was the same as the couch, except I measured and drew the pieces onto paper to be traced around and cut. For some reason it turned out wonky again. So I think it may be me and how I have been working out the sizes on some pieces. Not sure. But my next thing to learn is how to use the computer software designed to work all of that out. But it fits and that’s what matters. My next step is to paint the bathroom and add some tiles, a mirror and some flooring, plus finish the bath and basin. I still need to find a tub for the sink and bath and… I have just as I am typing this figured out what I will use as a mirror. It has been on my mind for days what to use, yay! I had some little helpers helping me to hold it down while it glued. They’re the best.

 

Colour Time!

Getting ready to put colour into the doll house: Sam’s Room and start of Chelsea’s.

I was quite nervous at this point to be honest, I did want to use proper house paint, but for what I wanted to do it was just going to be too costly, even getting the small sample pots was too much. So I opted for just craft acrylic paint… I didn’t know what to expect but now that it’s done I am actually not regretting the decision. It does however take a few coats. I think 4 to be exact. Some other rooms have taken more. While I was waiting for Sam’s room to dry between coats I started on Chelsea’s as you can see in the 5th photo. The archway to the room left of Sam’s room goes into the bathroom. I decided to leave the archway for this one white and do it the colour of the bathroom instead of Sam’s blue.

Here is the funner part of the painting:

The mosaic type design, which as you can see in the third photo didn’t got to plan. Haha. For one: I was nervous about putting the masking tape onto the blue paint in case it ripped the blue paint off of the wall when I removed it so I didn’t push it down enough and the paint bled through and looked terrible, and two look at it haha, the picture explains it all. (Picture 3 and 4)

So then I needed to do some sort of repairing. I tried to cover all of the pieces up and paint over the blue, but that didn’t solve the problem of the colours being so small and separated and it was going to take a long time and required patience something I lack in. I then just spent the day taping around the colours and adding more volume (I guess the right word would be?) to the shapes.

Adding the flooring:

This was surprisingly quite easy, I just put the contact stuff in and folded it up to where the other side was and cut along the line, used a ruler and gradually took the bottom off and smoothed it down. I was actually surprised at myself because I can’t contact books neatly to save my life. So I was impressed with myself it turned out awesome. Now all that Sam’s room needs is furniture, some decorations and the ceiling to be painted. The ceiling will be painted once the rest of the house has been painted. I plan on using white house paint for the ceiling and the outside of the house. 

As you can also see in the last photo there is that Chelsea’s pink wall is complete. I just don’t have a good photo of it (yes, I need to get onto the photo taking). Again I am sorry, I will try harder in the coming week. 

 

Ok, so that is all I had time for this week for the doll house, I did spend one day attempting (and when I say attempting I mean it, they sucked! haha) to make masks for my family, so that took some time away from this, but a break is good some times, it refreshes the creativity juices.

Any way… thank you for reading and having interest in my project! I hope you come back next week for another update. Since we are nearly half way already because my weeks are going from Saturday to Friday, I assure you I have completed a lot over the last weekend to show you next Friday and will hopefully complete more before then!

Have a lovely week and I will hopefully have another blog post on Friday! If not Monday again at the latest. Stay tuned!

Angie xo 

 

Week One of Project Doll House


Hey Guys,

Week one of Project Doll House was not very productive at all. The only things that I achieved were: Making a couch, painting primer on the back walls, making some sort of start to a bit of the floor for the top shelf and put no more gaps on to fill the spaces, I would have loved to add some colour to the walls or something, but.. life. Haha. So any way here’s what I have so far:

The house with the prep coat on the back walls.

Before and after the no more gaps, there were other spots but this spot was the worse of them all.

 

The floor is made from popsicle sticks, I just cut the round ends off of them and cut some to size. I drew a line on the floor space indicating where I wanted the floor to stop at and just arranged the popsicles until it filled the space.

Here is the couch:

This is the finished product.

It took me a couple of days to get to this point. With a whole day of calculating the measurements (because mum life is consistent of pausing and un-pausing when trying to do something that requires brain work to assist little people), a half day to cut, because I had to measure one piece get it cut, then measure another so that we had no wastage of the MDF. Putting it together didn’t take too long surprisingly. (That’s the beauty of quick dry wood glue, it sticks enough to get the next piece on. I did however have to let it sit over night to make sure it was completely dry). Then a complete day of gluing the fabric on and making the cushions. 

Here is a more detailed look at how I made the lounge:

The Measurements:

The prototype couch before the house was made (as you saw in my last post), fit perfectly in the intended spot for it, I was just going to use it and not worry about making another one but I really wanted to improve the design. So I worked off of the measurements of this one and made one with a 1cm back and an arm rest. These were my final measurements:  

 

The Cutting:

I actually didn’t get a photo of the cutting process, but it was a long process having to measure and cut to save on MDF and also to make sure we didn’t take off a couple of mls of the piece next to it.

 

 

 

 

The Gluing:

This process was pretty easy and didn’t take more than about an hour. The glue dried fast enough for it to be able to stick together and not fall apart while I did the next piece.

As I was putting it together I noticed that either my measurements were out or the cutting wasn’t right. Either way the couch didn’t come together how I was imagining it. There were gaps and crooked pieces and it looked like and felt like it would fall apart while the girls played. So I used some other smaller off cuts to put in the gaps and waited for it completely dry before seeing if I needed more reinforcements.

The Covering:

The covering took me a little while, I have never done any thing like it before and it was a new experience. I used a hot glue gun to glue the material onto the wood. The first one I messed up pretty badly, I have all of the folds on the top, which when I did my practise run it was all where it wouldn’t be seen. I guess because I kept burning myself and my glue gun wouldn’t stop leaking and I was trying to work fast that my whole id

ea of how it was supposed to be just went out the window. I don’t know. But here is the results of that:

 

 

The Cushions:

This was a crazy unnecessary waste of time for most of it. Don’t ask me what my brain was thinking. I should always remember; google is friend, youtube is friend. But my brain just kept trying to teach itself some thing that it was just never going to get.

Instead of making just plain cushions like this:

I wanted to make them like this: 

(I did want them to look a little better but ended up getting a bit frustrated).

I tried making 2 squares and a long strip to sew around the edges, but then couldn’t get it to sew the ends up, I cut it and tried to do it in different sections but couldn’t figure out the trick to make the corners neat.

 

So I unpicked it and googled how to make cushions and found a youtube video of a guy making seat cushions. He measured the top with the sides and cut the corners and sewed them together. I decided to do that method

 

Although mine didn’t turn out like his (nice and neat) I was happy with what they did turn out like in the end.

 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day, Angie xo

 

Hey!

So, the tool came that we needed a while back. But finding the time to start the project has been a bit hard. We had all of the materials gathered and ready, we just didn’t have the tool to cut the pieces of wood. So then other stuff became a priority while we waited and then this new project was pushed to the side for a couple of weeks after the tool came.

A couple of months ago, in June actually. My daughters were going through the Big W toy sale catalogue and circled all of the houses in it. It didn’t matter if it was a dinosaur house, fairy house, barbie house etc. They circled them all. The main ones they really wanted was the LOL Surprise Doll house and the Barbie house with the slide. Their doll house was from before my second daughter was born so I thought it would be a good idea to get them a new one for Christmas. I looked at it for a bit and asked my littlest one what she would want in a doll house (the eldest one was at school). She rattled off a few things and the only thing the other Barbie house had that was on her extras list was a slide that went into a pool, . The other things were a room for Sam (her boy doll) Chelsea (the girl doll) a room for the mum and dad their babies. (When the big one came home she was happy with what her sister had chosen), with some added things. So I asked them if they would like me to make them a doll house and that is how the doll house journey began.

My inspiration came from a picture I found on Pinterest. My doll house is kind of based off of it: 

With the picture of what I wanted to do in mind, next was working out how big and what measurements I needed for a good sized barbie house. I tried to base my measurements on the 1:6 ratio for barbie houses, but if I am being honest and to all the people who know me, know this: my maths is terrible! I had no clue how to calculate it. I even spent a few hours watching videos on youtube and reading things on the internet.  That was not sitting well with me. I think all up I wasted a whole day trying to figure it out. I did end up with the conclusion, (with some help from the brains of this operation), that I would need to picture a doll in a 100 x 100 x 300mm rectangular box. (I also got a big headache).   

My next move was to make a couch. Yep. I made a prototype couch out of left over MDF I had from making the sections in my drawers. I thought that if I made the couch it would give me a rough 3D view of how big the furniture and space I will need for the furniture would need to be.

I got a rough idea in my head and then we headed to bunnings to check out the wood… and then came home. So many options! I decided to google what type of wood was good for doll houses and alot of them were MDF. The ones I saw on youtube had the plywood stuff so I was a little worried I was choosing the wrong wood. But went with MDF any way. (No Regrets, yet).

When we went back to bunnings we found a piece of 1200 x 600mm MDF and the choice was made. The floor space would be 1200 x 450mm. We would only need to cut 150mm off of the side. I taped some sheets of paper together and measured the size of the board onto them. I had 3 storeys in mind with a little attic type thing at the top with a roof. I made all on the paper except for the attic. I wasn’t sure what to do with that part yet.

I spent all day figuring out the measurements of the loungeroom, dining room and kitchen furniture and drawing it onto one of the pieces of paper. I had figured out what I wanted and the measurements. The kids room floor were the same the next day. I didn’t worry about the top floor before the attic because I just based the measurements off of dividing the rooms up and making the master bedroom the biggest. 

With a few calculations and some drawings it was time to go and get the wood needed. We worked out that if we were to get 2 1200 x 600mm and we would cut 150mm off of them, we would have 2 floor spaces and the roof (which would be a little on the thinner side, but didn’t matter). No wasting here! We then chose to  get 4 1800 x 450mms and cut the excess 600 off of two of them to make 2 more floor spaces and the left over would be for the wall dividers. The remaining two would be the sides. Which calculated to be 1140mm. The excess would be wall dividers also. Then for the backing a 2440 x 1220 x 3mm sheet of MDf. The left over is to make furniture for the doll house. So all up we had: 2 1200 x 600mm, 4 1800 x 450mm and 1 2440 x 1220 x 3mm pieces of MDF. (Try storing that with no shed space). For about a month it was just crammed into my sewing room and the biggest sheet on the floor covered in a bed sheet because we had no way to cut it.

We ordered a jigsaw after we bought the wood, and because of Covid-19, they were out of stock so it was a little bit of a wait and then like I said previously, other things got in the way.

Then when we got the jigsaw, we thought it would be an awesome idea to cut the two 1200 x 600mm together, looking at the blade thing it looked long enough to get through the two at once. Big mistake. Big disaster. But… fatter roof pieces could be cut off of it, WIN). Back to bunnings to get a piece that was 1200 x 900mm and cut straight down the middle. Fixed.

So for the past week and a half we have been busy bees. Measuring, cutting (well I didn’t cut, I tried and I am still wayyy too wonky donky), making mistakes, measuring again, cutting again, then painting (that was the girls and I) and building. (Brent and I). It wasn’t until we were building the project that we decided on the exact positioning of the sections but in the end it turned out great. The girls are very pleased and I am quite excited to start decorating it for them.

Here is the shell of the awesome little doll house I am hoping the girls will treasure and make some cool little barbie stories with:

Angie xo

Hello!

I thought I would write a blog in between waiting for the tool to arrive for my next big project because I decided to make a couple of dresses for my girls while I waited since I finally brought the fabric I needed for them. I only ended up finishing one so far, the second I will try to complete this weekend if I have some spare time.

I used the peekaboo pattern called The Juliet Dress and Top. This was my first attempt at this dress.

I found the pattern quite easy to cut out and get all of my pieces ready, it was not difficult to understand. The instructions quite simple to read and easy to follow. But I struggled sewing. Which was no ones fault but my own.

I put a ball point needle into my machine (like it said I needed to do for stretch fabric in the operators manual of my machine), it did not matter what thread tension setting I had my machine on, it just did not work. The thread was either too loose or too tight, or just broke off mid sewing. I was getting so frustrated and my work looked dodgy as. At some points my material ended up sewed to my machine. It was just not working for me and I think I nearly broke my machine to be honest.

After wasting most of the day trying to make something work that was clearly not going to, I put my normal needle back in and was able to sew freely and easily. I felt completely stupid and wanted to give up before I had my ah ha! moment. Well it was more like a if this doesn’t work I don’t know what else to do type of moment.

I have now realised that the material wasn’t the right stretch fabric that actually warrants the ball point needle. So the next time this happens I will know to just change my needle. Or just have a breather and try and figure it out. It was very much an over eager Angie moment, I had been wanting to make these dresses for a long time, had finally got the material and decided to go full steam ahead with out really thinking about it.

I have not finished my eldest girls dress because I needed to unpick what I messed up, but I did finish my youngest daughters dress. I think I did okish, even though I had a hard time with it. I have just bought some new fabric to make another one and this time I will be putting a piece of fabric over the whole and not leaving it bare. My littlest thinks the bow should be at the front so she can see it. Haha. So I think its best to make her dresses with the fabric so that if she does wear it at the front like this first one she will be fully covered.

 

The end result:

Front View

Back View:

       

(I don’t actually have a picture of my daughter wearing it, but it looks great on her.) 

This is the the back of the first one I attempted. String everywhere and my sewing was wonky. It took about half an hour to do this. My thread just kept breaking and I would have to re-thread my needle and try to loosen it. Then I would lose it and the sewing was just horrendous.

This is the side everyone sees. As you can see the bow was wonky and my stitching terrible.

 

 

My First Blog Ever!

Hello and Welcome!

SO, this is my first post on my blog and the start of an amazing journey!

This marks the beginning of the next chapter in my life and I am really excited to be able to share it with you.

I have created this space for multiple reasons, a couple of them being that I want to document my progress with learning to sew, crochet and craft. Although I do have a little bit of experience already with crochet and craft, I have only recently bought my very first sewing machine. I am teaching myself, with the help from my friend and her wonderful books, videos, scrap fabrics and handy tips and help. She has been a blessing.

After speaking with my friend about her first projects, I thought to myself, it would be awesome to have some where to document and keep track of how much the quality of my work changes whilst I delve into this new world. I thought it would also be great to see where I struggled the most and what I found easy.

Why choose the blog? I know, I could just keep a personal journal. But… that would have not helped with my other reasons for starting this.

I want to share this journey with other crafty, sewing people and hopefully inspire and encourage people to never give up and have a go at something new.

I want to also show people that we all start some where and all as beginners. That not only pertains to crafting it is with any thing in life. Not one person starts something as an expert and not one person can say they didn’t struggle at some points and make mistakes. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses and it is great to acknowledge and accept them. My promise to you all is to show you every part of my journey. The good, the bad and the ugly. Trust me, there will be plenty of each. I do not want this blog to be about how great I am and hide from you the parts I struggle with and don’t do well, it would defeat the purpose of what I just said.

I also hope to interact with people. I struggle in social situations and find it hard to speak to people in person. I thought this blog would be the better option for me, as I would feel more comfortable to express my self without the fear of awkward encounters and not getting out what I truly want to say.

SO please, feel free to look around, I don’t have much on my page at the moment, but in the next few days I am hoping to post some past and recent projects that I have created to get started. I am hoping you have stopped at my home page and become acquainted with Mr Snowy the Snowman? I created him last Christmas to live out the front with our light display each year. I love every thing Christmas, so you will see a lot of Christmas crafts on my page. Along with many different things, I promise.

If you would like to keep track of my progress and join in on this journey, like my facebook and instagram page. As I said before there won’t be much on it at the moment but I promise there will be lots more to come.

Angie xx