Before and after

I found this 1:6 scale resin chair on eBay.

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I believe it was originally part of a set of three. They all have hangers on the back so you can hang them on the wall. I love the lines of this chair, but the paint job … left something to be desired. So I pulled out some cream chalk paint (which covers everything) and went to town. I added some metallic champagne paint on top to make the upholstery look like satin. A bit of gold on the nailhead trim … some dry brushed shades of tan on the woodwork to show normal signs of wear … and voila … a new chair for my dioramas.

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Royal Belle for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker & Victoire Roux

I’ve been wanting to figure out an easy way to make fully lined bell sleeves … and I finally did it. I’m often asked if I could make some of my fashions life size, to which I reply, “Um, no.” But this one, I would like life size! I love the colors, the fit, and the sleeves. So elegant, but also so wearable. Available now in my Etsy shop. Oh … and did I mention I’m running another sale?

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1:6 scale treasures

This week, we’ve been exploring northern Michigan with family. Today we stopped in Beulah (on US 31, west of Traverse City) to do some antiquing, but all the antique shops were closed. So we walked around downtown and found the shop 254 South. It’s an amazing store of collected, repurposed, found, and created items. From original paintings, to housewares. knickknacks, and more. We had fun browsing and each ended up with multiple items to purchase. I found this miniature original oil painting and clay vase for my Barbie vignettes.

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Beulah is right on Crystal Lake, so you can enjoy boating and swimming, and don’t forget to stop for lunch at The Cherry Hut, for the best cherry pie a la mode around.

OOAK face mask from vintage wedding hankies

I was organizing my fabric yesterday and discovered I have a lot of leftover scraps of vintage hand embroidered wedding hankies. The embroidery is so special, I just couldn’t bear to throw out the scraps. But I didn’t have enough left of any one hankie to make Barbie an outfit.

My niece is getting married next month, so I decided to see if I could piece together a face mask for her to wear at the reception. Turns out, I had enough scraps for 2 masks. So I made one for the bride and one to sell. Where the hankie scraps overlap, I stitched them together with little pearl beads. I lined the mask in white silk tissue taffeta, and added some vintage lace and a silk flower for even more detail. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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