Friday, July 31, 2009

It's Curtains for you!

The Greenleaf Blog has an entry all about windows and curtains.
Actually, in this picture, the ferns are the window covering!

Note the wicker furniture by Wenlaine

Architectural Inspiration
This Flickr site has some wonderful architectural pictures of old buildings in Irkutsk.
Where is it, you say?
In Siberia, where many Russian artists, nobles and officers were exiled for revolting against Czar Nicholas 1.
Looks like Dr. Zhivago country!

French Inspiration
Shannon's blog has lots of inspiration and eye candy. This is a picture of Marie Antoinette's bedroom at La Petite Trianon.
If you search her blog for "France," you can see more pictures and articles.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Miniature Mysteries

Not the one about the disappearing "whatever you were working on" that was her just a second ago! These are two talented artists who can write mysteries with minis in'em, AND are real miniaturists! How cool is that!

Margaret Grace
aka Camille Minichino
Her series about Geraldine Porter, granddaughter Maddie and their adventures sounds very interesting.

Look at her minis here:

Christine A. Verstraete has published a mini-Ebook, and Searching For a Starry Night, a miniature art mystery.

Christine's blog is here:
You can see Christine's miniatures and read more about the book at:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Queen Mum

You know about Queen Mary's Dollhouse but did you know the Queen Mum also had one as a child. It is on display at Glammis Castle?
This is the site, but there is not a mention of the dollhouse. There are videos, and wouldn't it be lovely to have one of the dollhouse?

Take note of the contact button...hint, hint.
A link you may also like to see is the fashion site here:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cake Shop in a CD Holder

Laura M from Tucson posted this to the Quarter Connections group:
Her directions are clear and the result is classy!
She used plastic canvas for the baker's rack.

Laura's Website:
Check here for the CD bake shop if the Webshots link doesn't work.

Sharon shared her cake shop and had other suggestions as well:
  • Birthday cake with a birthday party inside
  • An Over the Hill cake
  • A get well cake with a hospital room inside
Sharon's Webshots:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

More Stick Bodies!

The crossed knee is difficult for me. This stick figure makes the pose relaxed and easy. This is a TUT by Dutch fantasy figure artist William Li.

William Li's site is here:

Wrought Iron Fence

Neat Tut posted by Jennifer in The Camp, good use of quilling paper!

Try experimenting with thin slices of aluminum pan in quilling strips for the more elaborate scroll work, it might maintain the shape of the curls better.

Crime scene Investigation Leads to BODIES!

This site is a commercial site selling tools for Police investigation, but it has several interesting templates, some for furniture, cars, boats, etc.

The Human Body and its World

This site provides basic human measurements and then shows how that related to furniture design.
Links to supplies:

The Rule of Heads

Marthe Miller has a very unusual variation on the rule of heads, often used to get the proportions of the human body in scale.
Her portrait of her parents and herself is witty and charming!

Dani gives some pointers on how to draw and pose children.
Scroll down to the character sketches - adorable!

Sculpting Dolls - proportions

Andrew Loomis made a series of drawings to illustrate the body, different ages, proportions, etc.
You can download some of his books here:

Check p. 56 for positioning using stick figures to illustrate motion.

If you like animals, this might be interesting:

Another site with lots of links for doll sculpting.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Making an Armature

Wayne has a new website, and the link below is to his generous free tutorial on facial expressions.

Check out his links page for more resources!
Andrew Loomis's "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth"
Bruno Lichessi's "Modeling The Figure In Clay"

Scoring Paper for Printies

Do you have problems with the paper on the fold of books splitting, or when you are making items from printies?
Will you fold, score and bind your paper or will it crush, break or warp?
It is important to know the direction of the grain. If you score with the grain rather than across it, you will have a smooth

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Animal Crackers!

These artisans are outstanding for their creativity and ability to create and capture the personalities of our furry friends!

Karl Blindheim has a real knowledge of breeds, and their characteristics.

Michelle Bradshaw
"s site is fanciful and fun!

Kerri Pajutee
's animals are furred and adorable. Check out her cats!
www.kerripajutee. com
Kerri also has a page listing other artisans.

Elizabeth McInnis
carves her animals out of wood, then furs them!

Alice Zinn is just amazin! Check out her catalogue.

Lucy Maloney specializes in pet portraits and her animals are so lifelike!

No Sew Curtains

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Museum of Miniature Houses

The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, Indiana.
There are many pictures in the Photo Gallery.

For Film Noir Fans: Detective's Office

Free DIY Flocking

Chris from Canada wrote:
I will always remember my best friend's great-grandmother, Granny
Ruth, who taught us both to embroider, saying we should use every
last possible bit of the strand of floss, even if it meant re-
threading the needle after every stitch, as that 1 or 2 inches of
floss we threw away might prove to be just what we needed to finish
the design. Many years later, I still save every snippet of floss as
well as sewing thread, crochet cotton and yarn. I have a
compartmentalised plastic bead storage box from the dollar store
where I keep them, sorted by basic colour.

Once I have accumulated a small handful of similar-coloured bits and
pieces, I haul out my garage sale blender, toss in the snippets then
buzz until everything is fluffy, just like the 'real' flocking, only
free, thanks to Granny Ruth.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sonia's Kitchen

Sonia's blog is in Spanish, and she does offer translation.
The dishrag is made from Kleenex. Check it out!
A great site for DIY and conversion of Michael's hutches.

How to Drape a Quilt

Other ideas include inserting wire at the edges of the quilt or bedspread (like in a wired ribbon, and gluing silver foil to the underside. Then adjust on the bed.

Betsie from SA Minis wrote:
  • Cut a piece of lining, the final size of the tablecloth, and a piece of
  • heavy duty tin foil, the same size.
  • Cut the tablecloth with a 5 mm seam allowance all around the edge.
  • Apply a thin, even layer of tacky glue to the dull side of the tinfoil.
  • Smooth with a craft stick or an old credit card.
  • Stick this to the wrong side of the tablecloth (the one with the seam
  • allowance).
  • Iron to speed up the drying of the glue, and smooth it.
  • Iron the 5 mm allowance to the wrong side, apply a thin line of glue, and
  • glue the allowances to the underside of the tablecloth. Iron again.
  • Now apply glue to the tinfoil side of the cloth, making sure that you apply
  • the glue to the edges as well. That will prevent the edge of the lining
  • from unraveling. Smooth as before, and glue the lining to the back. The
  • lining should now be the same size as the tablecloth. Iron.
  • Now put your tablecloth, right side down, on a smooth clean surface.
  • Put your table upside down on the tablecloth, centering it. If it's a
  • cheapie table that you don't care about, you can glue the tablecloth to the
  • table at this stage. Or make a thin card template the size of the table,
  • and glue the tablecloth to that.
  • Turn the table and cloth right side up, and push the sides of the tablecloth
  • down. Make sure its even.
  • Arrange the corners nicely, and push down. This really makes anything look
  • more in scale. Fly-away tablecloths and curtains aren't nice.
  • The lining is necessary, as the tinfoil back may show especially at the
  • corners. I don't think a lining is necessary when making a round cloth.
I have also made a Santa's jacket hanging against a wall (for a swap), and
for that I also didn't use a lining, just the tinfoil. It worked very well,
as I could easily drape the thickish fabric.

So sorry, never made a quilt, but I'm sure it would work just as well.
Maybe with less glue, as a quilt is more puffy than a tablecloth.

Felicity Walker added her comment:
I have used tinfoil as a backing to curtains to get them to hang in folds. I don't use glue but the applique paper which one can buy from hobby shops. I ironed the paper to the underside of the fabric, let it cool and then peeled off the paper, placed the tinfoil on top and then ironed again.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Poodle Skirt - DOO-WOP Dorothy!

This costume site gives all sorts of ideas on 50"s costumes.

Remember Happy Days? Laverne and Shirley? Grease?

Cynthia Howe has a TUT here.