Milwaukee Miniature show highlights: Meet the artists and shop owners (part 2)

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Happy Monday! I’m back with more mini inspiration for you. Here are Marcella and Diamond, two more of the talented miniaturists I met this past weekend at the Milwaukee Miniature Show.

Meet Marcella of Cutie Mini Dolls!


Marcella was so much fun to talk with! I really had fun getting to know her. She makes these adorable porcelain dolls, creating every detail down to the tiny hand-crocheted dresses and bonnets herself. (Check out that teensy crochet hook!)





You can follow Cutie Mini Dolls on Pinterest, or reach Marcella at the email address shown in the photo above.

Meet Diamond of Diamond’s Unique Gifts!


Who doesn’t love mini food? Check out her adorable, calorie-free (her words!) offerings.




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Follow Diamond’s Unique Gifts on Instagram.

I’ll be back to sharing my own roomboxes, mini furniture, and dollhouse flips soon. You can follow me on Instagram here.


Milwaukee Miniature show highlights: Meet the artists and shop owners (part 1)

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I met so many other talented miniaturists when I was signing books at the Milwaukee Dollhouse and Miniature Show yesterday. Come on a little tour with me. Here in part 1 you’ll meet Suzanne of Suzanne’s Miniatures and Bradley L. Meinke of Purple B Emporium.

Meet Suzanne!


I LOVE her style. She makes lots of fun miniatures that look like something you’d really see in a modern (or 1970s or 1980s) house, like overflowing hampers and tiny mops. She’s is about to open a miniatures shop in St. Louis. If you’re in that area, please pay her a visit and support her new business!


Here’s a look at the booth of Suzanne’s Dollhouses & Miniatures.

Tiny handmade copper pockets by Suzanne

Tiny handmade copper pockets by Suzanne

1970s rug

A vintage rug. What a find!


Overflowing laundry hampers and tiny mops.

Overflowing laundry hampers and tiny mops.

You can see more of Suzanne’s creations on my Flip This (Mini) House Instagram page or on her website.


Meet Bradley L Meinke of Purple B Emporium!

Bradley Meinke of Purple B Emporium

IGMA Artisan Bradley Meinke of Purple B Emporium

Bradley belongs to the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, class of 2017. Per the IGMA website, “The primary goal of The Guild is to promote fine miniatures as an art form, thus removing them from the category of crafts. This goal is achieved in various ways… all of them innovative and exciting! The Guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have much in common… an appreciation of fine miniatures. We are an organization which unites them both!” Learn more about the IGMA here.

Purple B Emporium

Purple B Emporium

Purple B Emporium

To me, these tiny liquor set ups from Purple B Emporium feel like they belong in an old Savannah, Georgia mansion.

Bradley Meinke

Purple B Emporium

Learn more about Purple B Emporium here.

See more photos and videos featuring these artisans (and many more coming soon) on my Flip This (Mini) House Facebook and Instagram pages.



Reunited: the story of a tiny traveling tureen



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:


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


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.


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.









All photos by Melissa Johnson. All rights reserved.