Friday, December 4, 2015

Red HOT Seating!

Hi all! 
I had to take a break from repairing the state fair entries. Don't worry.  I will be back working on them again soon!  I did what I sometimes do. See little things I had been meaning to change, fix or add to and then do it. It gives me a quick sense of accomplishment and of course progress on my many on going projects.
There is one house you have seen before. It was Niecy and Trey's house. I didn't really like the pink flowers in the living room set since it was not just a lady's house and kind of outdated. It seemed that everything they picked to be in their living room has some red in it.  They needed something more modern and youthful.
I had seen it done before so I tried painting the set. I love the way it came out! My only complaint is that in some places you can see where the glue seeped through the ribbon. I managed to clean most of it off. I still may either replace it with anther piece or just change to another ribbon.
Funny, I don't have one red thing in my 1:1 house but I have red rooms in two of my mini houses with that color scheme!
This is the original pattern also known as "before"

   Here the pieces are freshly painted. I was afraid they would stay shiny. It dried with a more realistic mat finish.
A comparison after the painting the loveseat and chair
Here is the sofa. I did mange to get a little more glue off of it after this photo. That is a Gamecocks pillow (South Carolina University) I have several I made some time ago and will add them to the other pieces.

The completed set
Two possible arrangements


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Friday, November 27, 2015

A Day At The Fair I (The Chalet)

Last year, I had a pipe dream to enter my miniatures in the state fair. I ran out of time and felt really disappointed. When I went to see the exhibits, there were only a few and not very impressive.

This year I was determined to enter something. Soooo I entered three things. LOL Even if they weren't as completed as I wanted, I was going to enter something! The Chess-taurant, Church, and Chalet were chosen.

None of them won. But, I was still excited. My grandchildren got to see their grandmommy's work in the state fair! Now, I know what the judges look for. Most of us miniaturists look for details. The judges looked for construction. Next year I will ramp up both.  I wish I had gotten pictures of the winners They were all awesome! I left my camera in the car and didn't even get pictures of my grands at the fair or next to my exhibit! Darn!

Unfortunately, they all were damaged in transport either going or coming. Securing things is something else I learned. They are in the process of being repaired and touched up then will only be shown one at a time when they are decent enough to show. None of them are totally complete. I have a whole lot of ideas I want to add. You, my sweet followers, are always able to see past my incomplete work and  beyond as this is a never ending hobby. :-) I will return from time to time to show any significant progress on any of them.

Please share any ideas you may have that might enhance these projects!

Next year,
 1st Prize!
This is the bathroom attached to the Master bedroom. The window was printed off the internet. The TV is Barbie sized Almost everything was purchased and redone somehow. You can tell but the dominant color is copper

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The hanging over the bed is a leather part of a sandal I was about to throw out. lol
I made the pillows and spread. The bed posts are Halloween trees from the Dollar Tree

Remember that fireplace and the contest? I need to add pillows to the sofa and a few other things to look "lived" in

The first floor recreation room. Something fell off the wall and I can't remember what! That thing in the left corner is a saddle. I wanted it to hang outside. Must fix that! This TV is also supposed to be Barbie scale.

One fish on the wall is missing in action.
Second bedroom it needs more wall decorations and something on the right. I might add sheer curtains

The wall is a from a framed picture glued to mat board.

The wall needs a few more details
There is that empty right wall problem again!

A close up of the fish and ice in the kitchen sink after a fun day at the lake
More recreation room
The whole Chalet


Thanks for checking me out!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


 Hi everyone!

Here are a few things to make you smile while I  get the next post ready. I'm taking pictures and will share soon.

I am also adding new items to my Esty store. Check back regularly!

Ok, who wants to make this with me?

...when you wake up and don't feel like walking down stairs.

now how cool is that. by lilly

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Monday, October 19, 2015


Liebster Award

Hi Everybody! {{{waving}}}

I am so glad I have been tagged again! This time by Shasarignis at I struggled to make a post when D7ana  from tagged me for the "World Doll Day" this past June. Summer got in the way and I never got around to it, darn it! I have time now. I will tell you more about why in an upcoming post. It took me a few days, but I am here! (grin) So, I will respond to both at once

Thanks shasarignis and D7ana!


The responsibilities associated with this award are as follows:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. (Check!)
  2. Give your readers eleven random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate eleven bloggers to receive this award.
  5. Invent eleven questions for your nominees.

Here are the questions from Shasarignis:

1. What is your favorite doll and why ?
The one I love the most is the one I found buried in my back yard. Aside from being beautiful, she makes me think of one word... survival and has become my muse. She sits on my desk.
I also like any doll with full articulation. The ones I  would want to own are any found at
2. One of your best childhood memories
Going to the New York Worlds Fair

 3. Do you travel with your dolls (plane or go to job) ?
Yes, I have a post coming up where I took  a fashion doll and a 1:12 doll to the beach this past May.

 4. When did you start to collect dolls ?
I was probably about four. I never threw  them away. They all just sort of disappeared!
5. Do you collect anything else than dolls ?
Cameras, antique books, especially old hymnals to name a few.
6. Do you have a favorite place that you like to go, and why this place and not another place ?
Any warm place near water.
7. If you have a machine to go back in time, in which time do you want to go ?
I would be chilling (spending time ) with Cleopatra in her palace using her natural products and talking about girly stuff. LOL
8. If you could choose your job, what kind of job you would choose ?
Since I am now semi-retired, it would be one that I would make my own hours and play a lot.
9. If you could make a movie, what kind of movie would you make ?
It would be a hilarious comedy,  but Denzel Washington would have to be in it!
 10. Have you been on a cruise, if not, where would you like to be on a cruise ?
I have been on two cruises so far. One to Panama, Cost Rica and Belize, the other was to the Bahamas.
 11. Do you think it is important to respect nature and why ?
 Yes. I Recycle, repurpose (watch next post) and reuse a lot! Many of us are fortunate to have plenty. We need to honor that by not wasting while protecting and preserving the earth and all of its inhabitants.


1) I was once invited to and attended a press conference at the White House
2)I have nine grandchildren
3) I speak intermediate Spanish
4)I was a cheerleader, a color guard and on a drill team when a teenager
5)I played first chair/string violin in high school
6) I know how to dance ballroom dancing
7) I am tall
8) I am currently writing a novel
9) I really like comedy clubs and I am always making people laugh
10) I enjoy good jazz
11) Finally, I am  much more spiritual than religious and enjoy reading about spiritual things

I now tag:

1) Jocelynsdollhouse
2) Giac
3) Marta at all 4 Barbie
4) 1/6 Point of view
5)Miranda  @ One sixth Avenue
 6) Pier One Sixth
7) darkroomdolls
8) smallerplaces
10) Lily

The  World Doll Day  questions tagged from D7ana  were also answered above  which were :

 1.  2014 Favorite Dolls (and/or Action Figures)

2.  2015 Wish List Dolls (and/or Action Figures

3. Tag 5 people to do as I have done.

I will not tag anyone for the World Doll Day because that takes place in June.

My questions to them are:
1) Have you ever shared your dolls/miniatures with a member of the opposite sex?

2) Do you tell others about your hobby?

3) Do you have dolls /miniatures of other scales?

4) Do you have a budget just for your hobby?

5) Blogger or Facebook? Why?

6) Who is your biggest supporter in the world of dolls/miniatures?

7) What doll/ miniature would you like as a gift?

8) Which of your miniatures or dolls reminds you of yourself the most? Why?

9) Do you have other hobbies? What are they?

10) Have you ever traveled far for a doll/miniature purpose? How far?

11) Do you have dolls of other races or cultures than your own? Which are they?

BONUS: Can people buy anything for their dolls/miniatures from you? If so where?

Happy Tagging!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love ALWAYS Wins

Even though I have been pretty quiet since my last post, I have been very busy. Most of my projects are medium to pretty big. I will share the updates in a future post. So, I needed a quick project I could complete just to feel a sense of accomplishment.

I looked at my mini church. As most of you know, it was completely built when I purchased it. I drew out some ideas for a renovation and began working on it when coincidently tragedy struck.

 On June 17th the embodiment of hate walked into a church, prayed with a group in bible study, then, massacred nine of them. I live in the state where this happened. The victims were wonderful contributors to society. The victims consisted of a state senator/minister, librarian, grandmothers and other beloved people.

The gunman wanted to start a "race riot!" Instead people came together in love and peace against hate. In court, the family members forgave the shooter. How noble! The whole country has been affected with a lot of shifted  thinking . As a result, many changes have already been made. I want my grandchildren to always see this as an example of the power of love over hate and so...

I have decided to dedicate my church in memory of those nine saints. It will have a prominent place among my other projects.


To be able to understand the entire story
Even though I am still working on it, I wanted to show what I have done so far. Look for the completed project soon!

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Downstairs is the Pastor's office. Notice the floor.
It is actually printed photo paper I purchased on EBay
(papers on the floor are for the mini wastebasket) The desk will either be painted or replaced.

The attic will be where out-of-season items will be stored

The floor/ceiling was taken out to be painted.
I painted over the downstairs "windows'

These ladies are ready for service! (this with the floor/ceiling dry fitted)
 I have a stained glass I am going to add to the sanctuary.

This curtain fabric came in handy and fit perfectly.
Sorry for the dark pics I used a light and it made even it worse!

NOTE: Several years ago nine heroic firefighters were killed while on duty in Charleston. They were memorialized as the Charleston Nine.  Many people have now re-memorialized the victims of the church massacre as The Emmanuel Nine as a gesture of  respect to the firefighters.


Saturday, June 6, 2015


Well, the Mystery doll is not a mystery any more! Barb the Evil Genius has found and shared not only her name, but her whole history (just when I was going to have a name the mystery doll contest! lol) Guess that makes Barb not so evil after all! Just a genius. :-) She really knows her dolls! I was so excited I started researching everything I could find about her right away!

Ladies and Gents You have met Rose of the Magic Attic Club dolls series!

I knew it was her when I saw the hands. I found many who looked like her, but none had her hands. She feels like vinyl to me, but after more research I realized she has to be porcelain. Could that explain her changes?  She once sold for $150.  (She sure didn't look worth that when she was unearthed!)   One reason I know she is porcelain is because she is only 16 inches tall. I could not figure out why she was so much shorter than the description.  Only the porcelain dolls were that height. The other reason is, she has no navel so that makes her from the older line. Rose even has books about her adventures!

She was changed from Native American (Cheyenne) to Hispanic. Her original  makers made primarily Native American dolls. Her name was first Cheyenne Rose then Rosa. I still call her Rose, her original name, in the early books. Here she is in her original box.

Learn all about her background and that of her many manufacturers over the years. She even has connections to Robert Tonner and Marie Osmond. Read about it here

Although, I thoroughly enjoyed designing and sewing her first outfit and was ready to sew more, I did buy a pattern for four outfits once I found out who she was. Oops, Just realized that would be the 18" version. Oh well, I guess I will have to use my alteration skills to adjust them.

Thank you so much Barb for finding out my little girl's heritage and sharing it with all of us! ~hugs!

p.s. There is also a Magic Attic Club Yahoo group which I have already joined. Don't be surprised if you see some of her MAC friends here in the future!

The Grandmommy

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quilting, Shopping and MYSTERY DOLL MAKE OVER!

Hi everybody!
I have been all over the place concerning my hobbies.  While looking for something for one project I found something I was working on a few months ago. This is my first attempt at making a quilt. The pieces came from a bunch of small precut squares for a 1:1 quilt. I know now I need to be careful about the prints and line them up better. I was mostly concentrating on making the seams and the squares even. It does not have backing or fill because it was pretty much for practice. Next I will learn about patterns. This is in 1:12 by the way.
 Here is something I have never seen before. It was in Walmart for only $5.00. You of course understand I HAD to get it. I plan to paint it. Probably yellow.  I didn't see the house just furniture for the rooms.  Sorry, it is so dark!I really need to go back and finish that light box!  



Apologizing once again for the dark pictures. This was the fourth take. Clicking on them will make them a little clearer.

Mystery Doll make over!

Here she is! I looked into my bag of wigs you may remember from a previous post.  I first tried a black wig, but thought it made her too old. I wanted her to be a sweet little girl. I also have a little information about her. DC 1997 21060 is stamped on the back of  her neck. I could not find the company online. So, I don't know what DC stands for.

I chose a wig I thought went well with her complexion and eye color. It was straight and best suited for a woman until I curled it with the boiling water method. For some reason the pictures don't do her justice of her in  the Auburn hair. She also got some brighter lipstick and a little acrylic rouge on her checks to look more cheery.

I tried this wig first. I thought it made her too mature looking. I wanted her to look like a sweet young girl after all she had been through. I do like it though.

I got an idea for this dress and made it in one sitting.  The plant next to where her right hand is pointing is exactly where she was buried.

I also made her sandals and bows.

I handled her so much I began to muss her hair. It can be touched up again. If it will not stay put I might just switch it back to the black wig. Which do you like best?
 There is still one mystery...most people suggested her eyes and mouth were swollen from either being buried or in the rain.  However, her body didn't seem to be swollen at all and they are made of the same materials...



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Doll Mystery Continued... WARNING!! Not For The Faint Of Heart!

So sorry I have not been sharing my mini stuff with you lately. So much has been going on in the RL...nothing bad thank God! Still I have been doing a little mini-ing here and there and planned to do a good post next week and then this happened today!

Some of you may remember this doll that was found buried in my backyard. The last month has been extremely busy for me so I didn’t bother with her anymore. I2 Create’s and Georgia Girl’s remarks made me think maybe I should clean her up, dress her, maybe give her a little hair, lots of love and see what she looked like. In the meantime she has been on the ground where she was rained on (thought it would help clean her), and had plenty of sun.

Last night I happened to run across a wig that looked like it would fit her so I thought I would give her some attention and fix her up today. This is how she looked this morning. Her eyes are completely changed and her face looks very different. Doesn’t her mouth look way less pouty? Do you think the elements, first being buried in dirt then the weather changed her looks?

Yep, she is the same doll!
 Exactly what do you think is going on here?
Could someone be playing a joke on me?

By the way, I am a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ and I fear no evil which is why I have not gotten spooked by her. No weapon formed against me can prosper.(Isa 54:17) However, I do think this is extremely odd.

Yet, I still feel I should not throw her in the garbage and I don’t want to thrift her for someone else to buy her not knowing this strangeness about her.

How did her lips become so red?

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Hey, everybody! There is a very interesting discussion going on at MitchyMooMiniatures! I would love to know your feelings about it! Hurry up, get over there and comment! :-D

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hello Goodbye/ We Have A Winner!

In the past year several blogs I have enjoyed over the years have shut down . For different reasons the blogger could not continue. I just want to let them know they and their blogs are missed. They know who they are.

I have sought out new blogs and I want to say welcome to blog land to the new bloggers. To the longtime bloggers,  I am enjoying both your great old and new posts!

Drum roll please...

The number Camille chose was 20 to commemorate her 20th published book!


Please click on the link to contact Camille with your mailing address!

A picture of Camille's 3 floor mortuary roombox

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