Flower Shop open for business

I finally finished my flower shop. It all started with a Glitter Girls Sweet Shop. Almost every surface has been refurbished with paint or paper. The curtains are simply pieces of antique lace glued in place. I used scrapbook paper for wallpaper. The seat cushion is recovered with a scrap of fabric I had in my stash. The flower buckets are Solo cup shot glasses. Some raw brass stamped corners dress up the shelving unit. And the lollipop holder now holds stems of roses. The flowers are a combination of millinery flowers, paper, fabric, and clay that I’ve collected over the years. Now I need to figure out a backdrop for the shop … all of my usual backdrops are too small.

From Glitter Girls Sweet Shop to Barbie’s French flower shop, la Petite Fleur

More progress on the flower shop

I’ve got a bit more done on the flower shop. I finally figured out what to do with signage in the lollipop holder and on the side of the building … which then led to me redoing the overhead sign to match. I’ve got a picture sitting in the frame where the flamingo was … haven’t decided if it’s permanent yet or not. Considering making that an oval clock. I also made tiny little tags for the flower buckets with the shop name. Still to do: wallpaper, curtains, and recover the cushion on the window seat.

Sneak peek at my new flower shop

I was so inspired by the brunbellebarbie.com Glitter Girls sweet shop transformation that I purchased a used sweet shop on eBay to refurbish myself. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent a couple hours a day cleaning, painting, and sealing virtually every surface. I was able to pull off the plastic wallpaper. One side was just on with double sided tape; the other side was glued on and left residue behind. So I am planning to wallpaper again when I can get to a store with a nice selection of scrapbook paper. Once the wallpaper is up, I also plan to add lace curtains.

I removed the flamingo bust and plan to replace it with a picture or sign. Still trying to decide what to do with the lollipop display.

I’ve decided to make this a flower shop instead of a sweet shop, since I have so many flowers. So I found some little red shot plastic glasses that I painted pink to use as flower buckets. For the shop sign, I used a wood plaque, random wood pieces, some scrapbook paper, and foam letters that I painted gold. I hope to finish the project in the next week. Stay tuned for more pictures.

You’ll fall in love with Brunbelle Barbie!

This morning, I spent some time searching for other Barbie blogs. I got so caught up in one blog that I delayed breakfast for over an hour poring over her posts and awesome projects. I’m convinced Rieka can make anything! And most projects are made from Dollar Tree items and found objects. I was so inspired I had to visit Dollar Tree, Goodwill, and Walmart after breakfast!

I especially love how she customized a Glitter Girls sweet shop for Barbie. In fact after seeing what she did, I found a used sweet shop on eBay and ordered it to customize for my dolls!

Here’s a comparison of the original sweet shop to Rieka’s customized version.

Check out her blog at https://brunbellebarbie.com/

and her new Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/brunbelledesigns/

You’ll be glad you did!

1:6 scale table top portraits

I’ve been publishing Hankie Chic calendars for several years now. But invariably I end up with a few leftovers at the end of the year. I can’t bear to throw them out, so I decided to use them for a craft project. The pictures are a really nice size to frame for Barbie dioramas. So I found some brass stamping jewelry findings on Etsy, frames in the scrapbooking section of my local craft store, and some earring dangles to bend and glue onto the frame for a support. Then I simply cut the pictures to size and glued everything in place (gotta love Gorilla Glue!).

Limited edition Barbie print pillows

A couple weeks ago, I found some discontinued Barbie print fabric in a fabric store. They only had 2 fat quarters on hand, so I bought them both and made some adorable 1:6 scale pillows for Barbie to enjoy. I made up the first 1/4 yard into 13 pillows, and I might get another 12 or so out of the other piece of fabric. So far, I haven’t been able to locate any more of this fabric, so these pillows are going to be a limited edition. Each pillow features either Barbie’s face, a Barbie fashion, or the Barbie logo on a purple background. Available now in my Etsy shop.

A new photo backdrop

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make a modern backdrop to show off my Jonathan Adler Barbie sofa. I wanted something textural and white. So I decided a white washed brick wall would be ideal. I looked at mini kiln fired bricks, but decided I didn’t want to spend that much money. I’d seen dollhouse photos on Pinterest that used cut up egg cartons for bricks. When I got a package that included pressed paper packing much like an egg carton, I decided to take the plunge.

I started with a 16” x 18” MDF board. I drew a grid on the board so I could easily glue my “bricks” on the wall in an orderly fashion. I cut a brick from the packing material and used that as a template to cut the rest of the bricks. I did use a heavy duty pair of scissors designed to cut cardboard, lightweight wood, and leather — definitely a good investment! But my hands did get tired of cutting bricks! So I decided to strategically place the bricks rather than cover the entire wall. Once all the bricks were glued down, i did several coats of white paint. I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Refurbished Susy Goose Barbie piano

It’s getting very difficult to find Susy Goose Barbie pianos to refurbish, but I managed to snag one from eBay a few weeks ago, although I had to spend more than I usually do. The Susy Goose Barbie pianos were manufactured in Jonesville, Michigan in the early 1960’s. Since Jonesville is only 90 minutes from my house, you’d think I’d be able to find these pianos in antique shops in the area, but alas, no. This rare vintage piano and matching bench seat have been completely repainted in castle gray and gold acrylic paint. I added cameos to the oval insets on the sides of the piano to replace the stickers that were there. After painting, pieces were sealed with poly acrylic matte finish sealer. Cushion on bench was upholstered from gold silk fabric. Includes candelabra.

The keys are reversed in color. The Susy Goose pianos came this way, as they are modeled on historical pianos. In Mozart’s day, most piano’s had ebony keys with ivory sharps because ebony wood was cheaper than ivory. 

Note: The music box did not work, so it has been removed from the piano. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Books, books, books!

I started making some 1/6 scale miniatures a few years ago when I was looking for things to add to my doll dress photos to help set the scene. One of the first things I started making was books. I had bookshelves to fill and it was hard to find US suppliers with beautiful book covers in 1/6 scale. So with some desktop publishing software and pictures of old books, I set about creating my own. Once I offered them for sale in my Etsy shop, they quickly became best sellers (most popular color is pink – can’t imagine why). I don’t even want to know how many thousands of books I’ve made over the years. Lately, I’ve been getting bored making the same old books over and over, so I decided to add some new titles to my selections. While I have added a few more Barbie books to that listing recently, Mattel only published so many Barbie novels. So I decided to expand my vintage book listing. Here’s a glimpse at my expanded selection of books.

Barbie minis at Dollar Tree

I stopped at my local Dollar Tree store this morning on the way to the post office and scored a bunch of minis for Barbie and friends. My sister and I are planning to do another Barbie tree for her church’s Festival of Trees next fall, so the shoes and accessories will hang on the tree while the recycling bin will go with the house we bought. I’m thinking of making a coffee table from one of the wood pallets.