Mini Canvas Wall Art

Hello Friends and Happy Friday from wherever you are! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you stay awhile and consider subscribing.

This post is a re-blog from Life By Wyetha.

Today I’ve completed another mini-project for my dollhouse (diorama).  I have some ambitious plans for my little house, and I can’t wait to share them with you.  That’s coming soon.

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Right now I’m working on accessories, furniture, and art for my mini-house.  I have so many craft supplies that I want to make sure I utilize everything. I’m closing in on a month since I’ve moved, so I know where everything is.  I mean … it’s still in boxes so that makes it easy.

Following the theme from last Friday, working on my diorama eases my anxiety, and decreases my stress. It also keeps me from watching too much of the news. (win-win)

I wanted to make custom canvas wall art for a gallery wall in the house, and this couldn’t be easier.  Since finding canvases that small is a hassle I improvised by using small wood pieces with batting in between.

Here’s What I did!

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If you want to see the entire diorama process? Start here —> The Dollplace Project Gallery to see how I started my little house.

What projects are you working on to east your stress?  Share them in the comments!

With that, I’ll end my post today.  I hope everyone has had a great week, stays safe amongst the chaos.  Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe …  have a great weekend. — Peace —

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Friday DIY: Yarn Wall Art

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Hello Friends and Happy Friday from wherever you are! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you stay awhile and consider subscribing.

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So due to limited resources and Amazon slowing down the delivery on non-essential items, I thought I would try a quick DIY project.  Since I have a little time I want to get back into making accessories for the house and this activity eases my anxiety, and decreases my stress. (We can all use a cup of that right now)

So I decided to make a mini-macrame wall hanging for the lower level. (I’ll eventually make a pipe-ladder to connect the two levels, but that will be in another post)

Here’s What I did!

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This was super-easy, and now I’m feeling motivated to start working on my dollhouse again.  I say if it brings you joy … why disrupt that flow.

With that, I’ll end my post today.  Remember to stay safe amongst the chaos.  Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe. — Peace —

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“Happy Fathers Day”

Once again in the spirit of the holiday + I’m not doing any work on the dollhouse . I thought about posting a poem for Dad’s day + but that seems forced and awkward + like Mother’s Day I’d rather just speak on what I know.  My dad is the gentle giant + he is a man of few words but when he speaks you pay attention.  As an only child I was spoiled in the way of attention + I didn’t have to fight for affection + it was always there.  Growing up his mannerisms were methodical + intentional + and always caring.  I could sit with my Dad for hours without saying a word + and I still felt that was much more than meaningless conversation + it was his presence + if he was around I always felt safe and sure of myself + always my protector + and always giving even as I approach 50 + all he wants to do is give of himself + as I type this my eyes well up because I know that our bond is special.  I love my dad + and not just on this day but everyday + because everyday I get closer + and everyday I love him more.

To all the “Dads” — Happy Fathers Day + and may you know the happiness and joy you bring to those around you. — The Dollplace Project (Wyetha)

“Happy Mothers Day”

This weekend I decided not to do any work, or build, or make anything in honor of Mothers Day.  While my mothering is not over but has shifted since my daughter is 25, the role doesn’t change. + I think of where I would be in this world without my parents but especially my Mom. + My Mom has helped me more than she will ever realize, in her patience, and wisdom, and constant support. + Motherhood can be one of those thank-less jobs but it’s the most challenging, frustrating, rewarding jobs of your life. + I think back to what I sacrificed being a single-parent to my daughter which doesn’t even hold a candle to my Mom. + The days of working as a hotel housekeeper, and making sure Sunday dinners were always a constant. + I didn’t get everything I wanted but I got what I needed. + I don’t have any siblings so my friends would call me spoiled, I just say I was loved, because me and my Mom had a special type of relationship. + There were times when I tried her patience and she drove me crazy once I hit my teens. + There was a time and space where I just didn’t understand her logic, and we argued all of the time, I was feeling my britches (as older folks would say). + I knew that I wasn’t grown, but old enough to know what I wanted, but that just wouldn’t fly with my Mom (she really wasn’t having it).  + Not strict but to the point…I didn’t understand then, like I know now. + Mother-daughter relationships are special and no matter the circumstances you only get one Mom, and I love mine dearly. + So to all the Mothers today, and all that you do, we may not always know how to express it but just know that you are loved, respected and appreciated….I would like wish everyone a Happy Mothers Day. — Wyetha

Project #7: Lighting

My lighting for my dolly house is done, and I think this is the best project that I’ve done so far, and the easiest one yet. + I had so much fun hanging these little gems. + These would even work for a standing lamp or table lamp provided I can make or find the right vessel to set the LED light in. + White IKEA style lamps could also work providing I can make the paper for the shape . + In my last post I mentioned that I was ordering these little paper lantern LED lights. + They arrived last week and so far so good. + The lights came 24 to a pack and can last anywhere from 4 to 10 hours which is perfect because I’m only using 3-4 lights, and mine are off most of the time just by loosening the cap. + Now I’m trying to plan some other projects that I can use these mini LEDs. + I can’t wait.

Here’s a recap and of my dolly lighting project. + I’m also working on a printable tutorial, and I’ll post more .+ Details to come.

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Once I gathered my materials together + my project went quickly

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First I pulled the lanterns from the string light + most of the string lights that you find in your local Michael’s or Target store are pretty much the same. + The lanterns or globes should come off pretty easily since you may have to replace a bulb after long use.

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Then I broke off a small piece of wire to string through the top of the light + Once through I twisted the top to secure it

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Meanwhile I screwed the c-hook to the ceiling where I wanted the lantern to hang + then I just hung the lantern from the hook + it was that easy.

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog + and come back Sunday where hopefully I can complete something else from my long list here on the Dollplace Project.

++ Want to know more about my upcoming projects + click here ++

++ For a picture gallery of all my past projects + click here ++


EQUIPMENT//SHOOTING
◈ Nikon D90
◈ Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
◈ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
◈ Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-H100 LED Ring Flash Light

PROGRAMS//SOFTWARE
◈ Adobe Lightoom
◈ Adobe Photoshop
◈ PhotoScapeX

OTHER SOURCES
Amazon
Etsy
IKEA
Fabric[dot]com
Michaels

DOLLY CLOTHING//SHOES
◈ Lotuslina
◈ Summomo
◈ FantasyDolls
◈ Karapisdiza
◈ Guppykisses

Project #6: Little Details

It seems that nothing goes as planned when I’m working on my little diorama. + I know what I want to tackle next but things happen beyond my control so I can’t procure what I need to make that particular project happen. + I always assume that giving myself a week can work in most instances, but when items take a week to arrive I have to shift and try something else. + What also happens is the idea in my head doesn’t translate well once I see it, and touch it. + There are so many factors when it comes to completing some of the projects that I have planned. + Even though I can’t always do what I want I always want to tackle something, no matter how small. + So here’s a re-cap.

TASK #1: Lighting
I got these cute metal indoor/outdoor string lights from Michael’s. + The allure was that I could remove the lantern and use them individually. + You may be wondering…why not just string the lights and hang them all. + There are 10 little lanterns to a string, which is too many. Hanging them all will crowd the space leaving little to no head room.

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My idea was to use some tea lights (I have on hand) in place of the string light, but when I paired them together, they were awkward. I could glue the light to the lantern and affix that to the ceiling, but that leaves me no way to access the on-off switch once hung or the battery.

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Ok that’s problem, but the solution is individual LED lantern light.s + The light has a hook at the base so I can use the same C-hook or wire (after I fill the holes in the ceiling) to suspend the light. + Amazon does have them (great!) but it means more waiting for that to arrive, so the lights will be waiting until next weekend.

Task #2: Mini Flower Pots
I decided to maximize headroom in the space by not hanging the plants as I had planned but, creating a faux living wall using the plants that I got for $1.99 from Michael’s. + I already had everything on hand. + I pulled the plant from the pot, glued them to my chalk wall, and added some rocks which I had on hand. + I got some inspiration from Pinterest to add some hand lettering for spring, and that’s it! + Now I have a faux living wall that can be swapped out whenever I decide to change the decor.

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The succulents pulled from the mini pot

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Adding some hand lettering

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog + and come back Sunday as I finish my lantern lighting on the Dollplace Project.

++ Want to know more about my dollies + click here ++

++ For a picture gallery of all my past projects + click here ++


EQUIPMENT//SHOOTING
+ Nikon D90
+ Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
+ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
+ iPhone 6+
Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-H100 LED Ring Flash Light

PROGRAMS//SOFTWARE
+ Adobe Lightoom
+ Adobe Photoshop
+ PhotoScapeX

OTHER SOURCES
+ Amazon
+ Etsy
+ IKEA
+ Fabric[dot]com
+ Michaels

DOLLY CLOTHING//SHOES
+ Lotuslina
+ Summomo
+ FantasyDolls
+ Karapisdiza
+ Guppykisses

Project #6: Paint Touch-Up + Decals + and Window Framing

This weekend I managed to do at least two things on my list of projects which was, touching up the foam core walls with chalk paint, adding some decals to one of the walls for decor, and cutting out a window and framing it from the inside. + In the past, I said that I wouldn’t tackle a window again because of the way foam core looks when you cut it. + It doesn’t lend itself to be the smoothest easiest surface, but it is easy to score and cut.  + Since my dolly tower is so flexible I could remove the walls all together but, I do like the effect that the walls give to the space. + Creating them is timely but once in place you really don’t have to bother with them at all. + I wanted to be able to do more but I hurt my back last week so it’s made my simple projects extra difficult, and crouching down to take pictures does not help the recovery process. + I still did what could and here’s a recap.

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Not that they will ever be standing in the structure + but I still wanted the window to be the correct height

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Since the white foam core was really showing after I made the cut + I wanted to touch that area up with chalk paint + I also touched up another wall where the foam core paper portion tore + because of a command strip pulling away (contrary to popular belief they aren’t the most reliable when it comes to hanging things)

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I used painters tape to hold them in place + then glued them to my foam core

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Once everything was dry (chalk paint dries quickly) + I put the walls back up and went to work on transferring the wall decals. + My decals are from Blik.  + They’re left over from my living room wall project + and although scale wise they’re too big + bigger worked better in this instance + it’s like adding a life-size decal which gives my little room an art gallery effect

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The graphic decal turned out better than I thought + however it took a really long time to transfer because + they are about 3 years old + so the rubbing really took some work + the decals come between this transfer and sticky paper + you turn them on the opposite side and use the tool they provide to rub the decal onto the contact (sticky side) side of the paper + then you peal that surface off and transfer that to your medium again using the tool to rub off the design + it sounds way more complicated than it is + it’s time consuming but really easy

 

 

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Personally I think the decals turned out way better than the window

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog + and come back Sunday to see what’s next on the Dollplace Project.

++ Want to know more about my dollies + click here ++

++ For a picture gallery of all my past projects + click here ++


EQUIPMENT//SHOOTING
+ Nikon D90
+ Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
+ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-H100 LED Ring Flash Light

PROGRAMS//SOFTWARE
+ Adobe Lightoom
+ Adobe Photoshop
+ PhotoScapeX

OTHER SOURCES
+ Amazon
+ Blik Designs
+ Etsy
+ IKEA
+ Fabric[dot]com
+ Michaels

DOLLY CLOTHING//SHOES
+ Lotuslina
+ Summomo
+ FantasyDolls
+ Karapisdiza
+ Guppykisses

Project #5 Wrap Up: Floors Done!

Yes finally the floor project is done + I mean really + or almost done + but just about done.  My shelf (contact) paper came in last week and I couldn’t wait to put it down.  I’ve used the same product on the ceilings so it was easy to install once you cut it to size + and I must say that it really looks nice + again it’s a doll house + so how authentic should it be (trust me I struggle with this) + enough to please me I suppose + but I really do like how it turned out and now I can focus my attention on my next project.

Here’s a recap of what I worked on last week…

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Once I cut the paper down to size it seemed to work + I could fuse the paper together without there being a break in the design of the wood

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Here is the finished floor

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This is the full diorama + and I must say it’s come a long way since my first post

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I also covered the top of the table to make the whole structure look more cohesive + now it really blends into my room well + the top of the Ikea table surface is awful + so it will be easier to keep clean now that it’s covered

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Thanks so much for visiting our space + and come back next week to see what I take on next + on the DollSpace Project!

EQUIPMENT//SHOOTING
+ Nikon D90
+ Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
+ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-H100 LED Ring Flash Light

PROGRAMS//SOFTWARE
+ Adobe Lightoom
+ Adobe Photoshop
+ PhotoScapeX

OTHER SOURCES
+ Amazon
+ Etsy
+ Home Depot
+ IKEA
+ Fabric[dot]com
+ Michaels
+ Utretch

DOLLY CLOTHING//SHOES
+ Lotuslina
+ Summomo
+ FantasyDolls
+ Karapisdiza
+ Guppykisses

Project #5 Continued: Lower Level Carpet Tiles…Fail..”Whomp,Whomp, Whomp”

I can’t say that I didn’t give this the ole college try, because I really did.  Now mostly this is all my fault considering that I didn’t know what to expect for 8 x 8 carpet tiles that were only a buck each. The price was great but I should have known better…#whatyouexpectforadollar.  I got 8 tiles from Home Depot because I’m working with a 21 inch square surface.  They looked and felt really cheap and the quality was terrible, but I was going to make it work.

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I knew they would be thin that wasn’t the problem + I really thought the fibers would be wound tighter + or at least that what’s the image foretold.

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Once I cut the carpet tiles to fit the legs (which was so much easier than the flooring) I laid them all out on the surface but they just didn’t look good.  Like I said the tiles were a dollar but what I didn’t expect was this medium pile carpet with the edges fraying, and the carpet fiber dust everywhere. I was really disappointed by this point and this was after I glued down the first four tiles.

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I wiped down the surface really well before I started glueing

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They fit so easily into place + however if I ever needed to get to my L-bracket + it could be a problem

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They were also curling up + which is probably due to how they were shipped

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This is when I knew that it wasn’t working + “sigh”

So I basically spent Saturday afternoon, cutting the carpet tiles, glueing them down then, pulling them up and scraping up the hot glue with a box cutter.  I thought Ok this was a huge fail on my part and why is this project giving me so much trouble.  This was supposed to be done in two weekends time… oh well exhale…  So, I am back on Amazon looking at contact paper.  If I get contact paper and it’s wood it could clash with the vinyl tiles planks that I just completed, so now I just don’t know what to do.

However all is not lost.  I do still have three vinyl flooring tiles and several planks left over from the other project.  I figured ok I don’t want to spend hours doing this so I will lay them down as is.  I only used 3 vinyl tiles total.  I’ve laid them out and… I still don’t like it, so now I need to really think if I want to continue with the floors as is, using the leftover tile, or get contact paper from Amazon that looks like a wood a floor.

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By this point I was ready to pull back and think over some other options

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I really wanted to be done with this so I could move on to cutting out some windows and painting some foam core walls but these floors have turned out to be such a pain.  I really should have just used contact paper on both levels rather than trying to create an authentic floor.  On that note, I don’t think I’ll complete the lower level this weekend.  This will give me a few days to think about whether or not I want to use a vinyl shelf liner as I did with the ceilings.

Here are some choices that I’m thinking about + all under $16 dollars +  all from Amazon

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I really like all three, however it would be a big change, and if I put contact paper on the lower level, do I then change the upper level and pull up that floor.  That’s something I don’t want to do.  I’m proud of that project that poured all of my energy into, and with a bit of trim it will be perfect.  In general I know I’ve run into some setbacks but it’s turning out well, and I love giving the other side of my brain something to chew on.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog  + come back next Sunday for a completion of this project as well as something new, on the Dollplace Project.

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EQUIPMENT USED:

+ Nikon D90
+ Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
+ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
+ Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-H100 LED Ring Flash Light

PROGRAMS & SOFTWARE

+ Adobe Lightroom
+ Adobe Photoshop

OTHER SOURCES

Utrecht
+ Amazon
+ Home Depot
+ Michaels
+Little Victorian Blog