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!

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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!)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

 

 

Wallpaper in the farmhouse kitchen and dining area

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I got a lot of work done on my Craigslist farmhouse’s kitchen and dining area this weekend. I still need to install some trim, but I did a little decorating, just for fun. Here’s a look:

The light fixture and bowl on the chopping block are Etsy finds, mentioned in this previous post.

I made the little woven table runner on a small loom. Here’s a look:

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The wallpaper, including the flower mural, is scrapbook paper.

This little chopping block is from a thrift store.

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

In case you missed it, I’ve got a contest going on right now. I’m looking for a new for the dollhouse! Here are all the details.

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Today I created this sweet little room box:

The faux light fixture and two baskets shown above are recent purchases from Etsy artist MiniHome Co. Below is a photo of all my recent purchases from her: Two baskets, a macrame-style wall hanging, and three faux light fixtures. Check out her Etsy shop here.

The cute little glass animals are recent purchases from my trip to Prague.

The pink tasseled wall-hanging was made from some inexpensive jewelry.

This mirror was a quick project. You just need a snippet of twine, any inexpensive craft store mirror, and some glue.

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

Love miniatures? Learn more about the Flip This (Mini) House mid-century dollhouse project here, here, here, or by searching through older posts.

Check out the Flip This (Mini) House book, the Decorate This (Mini) Room book, and the Style This (Mini) Room book by clicking any of these links.

Check out some more of my room box projects here, here, and by searching through older posts or following Flip This (Mini) House on Facebook and Instagram. Both feature occasional exclusive content.

Stick around to see the latest project: a farmhouse style dollhouse makeover!

The Mouse Mansion

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Have you heard of the Mouse Mansion? I stumbled upon this adorable display (about 1/12 scale) at the Amsterdam airport when I was traveling last week. I’ve often noticed when traveling in Europe that they’re WAY more into dollhouses and miniatures than we Americans are. I remember, years ago, seeing a beautiful little shop in Venice devoted to nothing but extremely high-end roomboxes. Somehow, I can’t picture that kind of shop making a go of it at an American mall.

Here are some photos I took of the adorable display. Check out their website using the link above to learn more.

Mouse Mansion photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Photos taken at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, February 2019. All rights reserved.

Love miniatures? Learn more about the Flip This (Mini) House mid-century dollhouse project here, here, here, or by searching through older posts.

Check out the Flip This (Mini) House book, the Decorate This (Mini) Room book, and the Style This (Mini) Room book by clicking any of these links.

Check out some of my room box projects here, here, and by searching through older posts or following Flip This (Mini) House on Facebook and Instagram. Both feature occasional exclusive content.

Stick around to see the latest project: a farmhouse style dollhouse makeover!

Displaying mini collections

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If you enjoy collecting in your human-scale life, why not extend that to your mini world? I love collecting tiny baskets for my dollhouse and room boxes. Here’s a look at some of them on display:

I made the little macrame owl on the wall using a Jonathan Adler pattern. The plant is made from doubled-over painter’s tape, cut to shape. The birch tree is a twig wrapped in fuzzy yarn.

Un-be-weavable!

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Check out some of my recent weaving projects!

The black and white weaving makes a great little table runner, rug, or throw for the foot of a bed.

Here’s another look at the lemon-themed bedroom, but with the blue curtain covering the tiny bamboo shade:

This little curtain didn’t take long to make. I used a loom that came free with Mollie Makes magazine. Here’s a look at the process:

Wondering how I made the bamboo shades?

They’re made from inexpensive coasters, cut to size…

I tried out this old necklace with the blinds…

And felt it was the perfect cord. I snipped off a portion of the necklace and glued it into place with Elmer’s glue.

Looks good!

Wondering about the pretty artwork in this orange room?

These were gift tags designed by Katharine Watson, sold by Crate & Barrel.

Using some black paint (and a piece of junk mail as my workspace), I outlined three of the trimmed-down tags. After they dried I used double-side tape to affix them to the wall.

The tiny pillows in the lemon-themed room are from Shepherd Miniatures. The little books are copies of my own books, cut from my author business cards.

If you find when you’re weaving with a potholder loom that the yarn wants to slip off, wrap it all the way around the loom. You can then weave using one layer or both, depending on your project’s needs. Problem solved!

 

 

 

A mini book signing

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I’m planning to design new author business cards soon, so I have a big stack of old ones that I was going to recycle. Lucky for me, I realized they’d make perfect mini books! Once I made a few, I was inspired to stage this mini book signing.

The tiny handbag is made from a coaster. The newspaper is an image I found online, shrunk down, and printed out.

You know how I love a tiny bunting or garland to festive-ize a room box!

These coasters are great for all kinds of dollhouse and room box projects!