Reunited: the story of a tiny traveling tureen

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Remember this Victorian cottage I added to my dollhouse collection a few weeks ago?

It came with furniture, decor that included tiny dishes, and a sweet little family. In the dish collection, there was a lid for a soup tureen, but no bowl. That’s the nature of dollhouse life, though; the tiny bits and pieces that make up a miniature world often go missing over time.

A week or so ago the sellers contacted me to let me know they’d found another dish that had belonged with the dollhouse and they wondered if I’d like it. Naturally, I said yes. You can’t have one little dish just hanging out, alone in the world. They mailed it to me and when I opened the envelope, which dish was in there? The bowl portion of the tureen! Seriously, I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see it. Many people would have chucked it in a drawer or the garbage, but they went above and beyond to get it to me.

Here’s my tureen, with both parts (and a little spoon I added since I don’t have a ladle) together again:

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A sweet little Victorian cottage

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This past weekend I got this sweet, adorable cottage. It came with the furnishings and family. The beautiful little staircase is what convinced me to drive all the way from Madison to Dubuque to get it.

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Make your own mini bamboo planters from a lotion cap and a coaster

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Here’s a quick, easy, very inexpensive project for you. Use bamboo coasters, old lotion caps and lids, and a little glue to make planters!

A little scotch tape will help hold the bamboo in place while you get started.

All you need for this project are some old bottle caps or lotion container lids (or lip balm containers, or the other small container or cap of your choice) and some bamboo coasters or placemats.

Here’s what I started with:

Step one was to cut the coaster to the desired height you’d like your planter to be. I started with the green cap and decided I’d like the bamboo to extend just above it on either side.

Once cut, I wrapped the bamboo around the cap, using a little scotch tape to help secure it in place while I worked. When I determined the right size to fit around the cap, I cut it and glued it into place.

I like the kinds of coasters with a mesh backing because you can cut them up and they never fall apart. These coasters didn’t have that kind of backing, so once I began cutting, the tiny bamboo slats began to come out. It wasn’t a big deal — I just put them back where they belonged, but if you can find the coasters with a mesh backing, they’ll save you that trouble. Another option is to glue some kind of backing onto your coasters before you cut them. Some paper, mesh, or lightweight fabric, for instance.

I repeated the process with the lid. It was much bigger, so I needed two sections of bamboo. Here’s a look with section one getting put into place:

After my caps were nicely wrapped in their strips of bamboo, I used a rubber band to hold the bamboo in place while it dried. Later I removed the rubber band and added a little twine as both a decorative touch and also to help keep the bamboo in place over time.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

A poppy-papered writing studio

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Time to catch up on letter writing in this poppy-papered studio!



This poor little dog has been dirty ever since he had to live in a flower pot one summer. I can’t get him clean! But how can I throw him away? He’s too cute.


Coffee, puppy, poppies. Ready to catch up on letter writing!

I’ve got some Big News for you! Flip This (Mini) House is now a book!

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Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve had any house-flipping news for you, but I hope this makes up for that!

Flip This (Mini) House is now a book!

It’s available in paperback or Kindle versions.

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Inside, you’ll find all kinds of tips, templates, befores-and-afters, hits and misses, and the whole Flip This (Mini) House story. Much of the information in the book has appeared on this blog, but there is new content as well.

Over 100 full-color photos guaranteed to inspire you and bring out your inner miniaturist! Grab your copy today!

FEATURED MINIATURIST: A loft dollhouse by miniaturist Melissa Johnson

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Please note, this post is highlighting the work of miniaturist Melissa Johnson.

Melissa Johnson has been a wonderfully supportive fan of FlipThis(Mini)House over the years. She recently reached out to me to show off the loft-style dollhouse she just completed. With her permission, I’m sharing it here!

Made from scratch from an Ikea wood storage box and decorated with a combination of handmade furniture and vintage pieces from the 60’s and 70’s, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece! Finished size is 18X18 inches.

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All photos by Melissa Johnson. All rights reserved.

FEATURED MINIATURIST: Madeline Thoman of La Vie Mini

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One of my favorite things about Flip This (Mini) House is that it helps me connect with other miniaturists. Madeline Thoman of La Vie Mini recently got in touch with me. I just had a chance to check out her website and it’s AMAZING. If you love all things mini, like I do, you’ll adore her curated ensemble of interesting stories and tiny treasures.

One of the more fascinating posts is this one about a father who created a dollhouse grave for his daughter.

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Photo source: La Vie Mini (visit site for more information)

There’s a definite dark, beautiful quirkiness associated with dollhouses and miniatures, and La Vie Mini captures it perfectly.

In that spirit, I’ll leave you with a little information about one of my favorite miniaturists, Frances Glessner Lee, as highlighted in this Slate article from 2014.

Merry Christmas! Here’s an old favorite!

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Remember these mini ornaments I made, featured in 2015?

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Here and here are links to the original posts about them, including a printable template to make your own tiny ornament box! Enjoy! Merry Christmas!