So Chanel

This is a custom order for a friend who gave me a lovely orange silk Chanel scarf to work with.



Barbie’s ready to travel!

Lasr week, while strolling through the beads and charms aisle of Hobby Lobby, I ran across these two little charms  of passport books. These books have actual pages in them and they are the perfect scale for Barbie.


So I pulled out Barbie’s suitcases for a photo shoot. After all, she is getting ready to travel to the Grant A Wish Barbie Convention next month!


1:6 scale dining set

I just finished another 1:6 scale dining set that is now for sale in my Etsy shop.

This set includes two antique doll chairs that I picked up at an antique mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week. I completely refurbished these chairs with some glue, a little sanding, chalk paint, and seat cushions sewn from hand embroidered petit point hankies. Also included is a plastic 2005 Totally Real Barbie dining table.


Midnight Lace for Barbie & Victoire Roux

You should know I love hand embroidery and vintage lace. This dress definitely combines those loves.

I had two black vintage hankies embroidered in cream. One had a lovely border on all sides and one had some floral embroidery in the corner around a monogram. The monogrammed hankie had some thin spots to work around but pieces of the embroidery were intact and absolutely gorgeous. So I used the border hankie for the skirt and peplum and the monogrammed hankie for the one shoulder part of the bodice and the waistband. To continue the asymetrical design of the bodice, I appliqued some pieces of vintage lace onto the waistband and accented it with a black rhinestone in the center of the flower.

While all of my dresses are one of a kind, this one is truly unique.



Antique treasures

Today, hubby and I went antique shopping on Century Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A huge old factory building was converted into several large antique malls housing pretty much anything you can imagine. I came away with quite the haul … and maybe a little frostbite … they really skimp on the heat in that old building!


Here’s what I found. Counter clockwise from bottom left: a vintage Barbie sewing pattern, Scrabble tiles to make into books for Barbie, some exquisite petit point hankies, delicate lace, a table and chairs set to refurbish, a couple toothpick holders to repurpose into 1:6 scale planters, and a ladder back chair with woven jute seat.

Thinking this will keep me busy for a while …

Vintage mini planters

I’m always on the lookout for miniatures I can use in my photos. A few months ago, I found two mini ceramic planters at an antique mall. They were empty when I purchased them, so I kept my eyes open for something to put in them. After Christmas, I picked up some plastic ferns 90% off at Hobby Lobby. Then when the spring florals came out, I found another bunch of ferns at Michaels with a different texture. This morning, I decided to put them together. I filled with planters with floral foam and them took the ferns apart and arranged them in the planters.

Here’s what the finished planters look like in my diorama. The brick facade is simply brick printed fabric duct taped over a 20”x16” flat painters canvas board. The door is from Byer’s Choice — I removed the Christmas wreath and repainted the door to coordinate with the brick. To make a step in front of the door, I painted the lid to a cardboard necklace box.


And here’s how the whole setup looks when I add a doll and crop the photo. Instant house exterior!