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.

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A new mini house to flip?

A new house flipping project

I got together with my friend Janet a few days ago. You may remember her as the friend who found my original mini house at a flea market, back in the summer of 2014. It was just $35! She and her husband then brought it to me and the blog Flip This (Mini) House was born.

Well… She’s at it again. Here’s her latest find. This one I got for the low price of free. It’s in pretty bad shape, but, like my original project, I see a great deal of potential in it. I’m not really sure that I’m ready for another mini house flipping project just yet, but maybe when the snow begins to fall outside I’ll change my mind.

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

After almost a year of flipping my mini house…

Flipping my mini house

It’s almost ready for the grand unveiling! Here’s a look at the exterior:

Flip This (Mini) House -- almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Flip This (Mini) House — almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Soon you’ll get to see the other side! See which of my handmade items, eBay finds, splurges, and repurposed household objects made the final cut. But first, there are a few more pieces of trim to install, a couple of places where the paint needs to be touched up, and a some final decorating decisions to be made.

From so-so to super! A new look for this tiny sofa

Handmade decor for my mini house

I picked up this sofa at a garage sale a couple of months ago.

Mini sofa from a garage sale. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

While I haven’t been obsessive about the scale within my mini house (in part because there are issues within the house itself, with differences in door frames and things like that), this sofa leaned toward being a little too big. However, I thought I’d refinish it with some of my awesome mid century fabric I got at the St. Vinny’s in Canada last month, just to see if I could make it work.

Choosing between these... and I went with...

Choosing between these… and I went with…

Sofa with fabric. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

This one.

Can you guess what these will be?

Can you guess what these will be?

Almost ready!

Almost ready!

Ta-Da!

Tiny sofa by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The end result is quite cute, but especially with the addition of the legs, I feel that it might be a tad too big for my house. We’ll see if it makes the final decorating cut…

More photos from the Chicago show! Here are some of PRD Miniatures!

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I still have plenty of photos from the Chicago show last month I haven’t had time to post. Here are some of PRD Miniatures. Also, here’s a link to the PRD Miniatures story.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Artist Paris poses with his mom.

Artist Paris poses with his mom.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Creating a one-of-a-kind end table for under a buck

Handmade decor for my mini house

A simple, inexpensive way to create a unique end table for your mini home is to pair a garage sale figurine with a mirror.

Here are my garage sale panda and a bag of mirrors from my local craft store:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Moments later, and with the help of a dab of glue, we have this:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Finished product:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Once the glue dried, I paired my table with different furniture and placed it in different rooms, seeing where it worked best.

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

It must be the animal lover in me, but now I feel kind of sorry for this panda. Like maybe I could have left it alone and not turned it into a table.

Well, I guess it is what it is isn’t.

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

More photos from Chicago! This time, it’s a closer look at the creations of artist Michael Yurkovic!

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Here are some more photos from the Chicago Miniature show I attended last weekend. I’m a huge fan of  Atomic Miniature artist Michael Yurkovic’s work.

All photos link to the Atomic Miniature Facebook page.

Atomic Miniature. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Michael Yurkovic of Atomic Miniature. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
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Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Imagination capturing scenes from Wright Guide Miniatures

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I have plenty more photos from the Chicago show to share! These little shops from Wright Guide Miniatures amazed my mom and me! I especially loved the little autobody shop, with its tiny fan belts and cans of oil. All photos link to the Wright Guide Minis website.

Imagination capturing scenes from Wright Guide Miniatures.

Imagination capturing scenes from Wright Guide Miniatures. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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The World’s Largest Miniature Show

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This weekend was Chicago International 2015, the world’s largest miniature show, and I was there! I have tons of photos to share, but I’ll start with just one, showcasing these beautiful original paintings by artist Leslie Smith. For more information, click on the photo to be redirected to his website:

Miniature paintings by Leslie Smith.

Miniature paintings by Leslie Smith.