Friday, September 8, 2017

"The Witch's Inn"

Hello Everybody!
How have you all been?
Thank you for looking at my posts
and for commenting.
I appreciate it all.

Halloween is just around the corner and
I have been busy for a while in making over
the bottom floor witch apartment. Especially
since Permelia was only renting the apartment and
last year she moved out in search of another
apartment!
Permelia was renting this apartment back in 2011.
You can see her apartment when she lived there if you
check the right side under the mini labels. Look for her
name Permelia and you can view them all. 

Also, Permelia's apartment was published and featured in the
"American Miniaturist" magazine October 2011,
issue 102.
It featured on page 90 and I was given
5 full pages!
It was called, "A Bewitching Apartment".
The pages show the other 4 apartments also as to
what they looked like at the time.
Thank you again - Miss Traci!
It was also published again in 'Dollhouse Miniatures'
or 'Dollhouse World' magazine,
but I have forgotten the date it was featured.
I think it was in 2012. I was so surprised and thrilled!!
I would have shown it back then, but I could not
get the magazines on my site.
I will try again soon.

Since Permelia moved out the landlady decided not
to change any of the wallpaper or floors as it still
looks in good condition.
The landlady rented the apartment
to a lady named Irena.
Unbeknowing to her - Irena is
also a witch! 
You will meet her real soon.

I cannot
for the life of me decide on a name for this Inn. Sometimes
I want it to have a name and sometimes I don't. If I do
not have a name then it can stay secretive and hidden from
the outside world!
If I name it then who knows what porcelain doll will come
by and peek in, only to be disillusioned that this Inn is not
for the mortals!
So, at least for now, I will call this
'The Witch's Inn'

Note: Do not worry, all of my witch's are sweet! And most
importantly they hold jobs and help out each sister!

Also I want to say, that it is possible that Permelia moved
out of this apartment because it was haunted by ghosts!
So you must meet the ghosts also!
I have been getting into Halloween. This is so much fun!!


'MEET THE WITCH'S'

Now, this apartment in Louisiana has become a small Inn.
And the owner
of this Inn is named 'Irena Infect'. She is the 'Innkeeper' of
'The Witch's Inn', situated in the 'French Quarter'.
She does not make much money cause
she is so sweet. She lets anybody stay at the Inn, 
even if they do not pay her. She never turns
anyone away!
There are all kinds of conventions going on
this week in the French Quarter so her
Inn is at full capacity! Some of them
must sleep in chairs!

Meet - 'Delilah Deranged'. She is the towns 'drunk'
witch. And she stays at Irena's Inn almost
every night. Grateful to sleep on the
sofa!

Meet - Hepsiba Hallows. She is a
Hairstylist and she lives in Vermont.
Hepsiba is a long way from home. She is in town
for a 'Hairstyling Seminar'. She often
tires out easy and is often seen sleeping.
Most of the time she has her comb, mirror
and scissors in her hands. So watch
out if you wake her up, she might
accidentally cut you! After the seminar
she will immediately get on her
broom and fly home. 
Hepsiba forgot her bag with her
night clothes. I guess she will be
sleeping in what she has on.

Meet - Hilda Hagg. She is an 'Historian',
for witch's, that is. She knows anything
and everything there is to know
about the history of witch's. She also,
is in town to give a speech at the
witch's convention. She will be conversing
about Dorothy and 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Afterwards, her
broom will take her back to Kansas
where she can rest up before making
another speech in another State.
Hilda is already dressed in her
nightgown and robe, ready to get
some sleep eye.

Meet - Narcissa Nagg. She is a nutritionist from the
State of Arkansas. They have lots of old witches
that live there. Narcissa is also ready for bed. She
has her blanket that always travels with her. This
witch is highly sought after for her knowledge of
keeping witch's healthy. She had some brochures but
she has misplaced them somewhere. She will be here
at the Inn for at least 3 days. 

Meet - Wendy Wendlewood. She hangs wallpaper.
She brought some samples with her. Wendy travels
all over the states and is in high demand, cause
she is the very best in her field. She will be hanging
wallpaper in a very expensive 'mortals' house
on this occasion. They have paid for her trip here.
She will be here for about a week.
Wendy is already for bed. Don't you just love
her long flowing red hair that is turning white!


'MEET THE GHOSTS'!!

Meet - Reubella Rattles. Most of the
time she rattles chains,but Irena
has banned Reubella from rattling
chains when out of town guests
are here. It is okay to rattle them
when only Delilah stays at the
Inn. Sometimes this angers
Reubella. But there is nothing
that she can do about it.
Irena will banish her from the
Inn, if she disobeys her.

Meet - Cherie and her baby Charlotte.
Both of them died in this apartment, back in 1917 when
the 'Spanish flu' was going around.
Both of them were buried together. 
Each night Cherie comes out of 
the painting holding her baby
looking for her bottle of milk.
Which is never found. By morning
she returns back into the painting.
So sad!

Meet - Cookie. Her fate was really terrible!
Cut down at the ripe old age of 102. She
was taking a bath and drowned while
playing with her ducky. She does
not know how her legs got cut off!
Nothing more is known about cookie, cause she
cannot remember how it all happened. She
remembers only her age. And if you need
a bath, she will not get out of the tub,
so if any witch wants in, they must share
it with her. Most just let her be.

Meet - the ghost twins, Remmy on the left and Bemmy
on the right. They used to have a good life
until an evil witch spotted them playing too close
to her lair. The witch gave them a lollipop that
contained a potion in it to turn children into
ghosts! Ever since then, they follow Irena
everywhere that she moves too since they do
not have a permanent home. I guess their permanent
home is with Irena. 
The girls play tricks and are always trying to spook the 
guests but their schemes never work. The little
darlings are bored.


'MEET THE HELP'

Meet - Betsy Sue. She is the cook, the maid and
anything else that Irena needs her to be.
She is the only help that Irena has!
Poor Betsy Sue. She works so hard from sunup
to sundown.
She used to be a mortal until
one faithful day when she was strolling around
in the woods. She also met up with that evil witch.
Betsy Sue used to be so lovely as a mortal. Look
at her face - she is still lovely!! The evil witch
has many traps set all around her lair so that
no one enters it - if they do - they will meet
the fate of the potion. In this case, Betsy Sue 
was thirsty and drank from what she thought was a
good 'Water Spring'. It glistened and did not
look bad. But the water spring was tainted to
turn any mortal into a bear. That is why so
many bears are running around in that forest!
As Betsy Sue was unable to return back to her family,
she happened upon Irena. And Irena took her
in to live with her. She feeds her and makes sure
no more harm comes to her.
Irena tried with all of her
might and cannot change Betsy Sue back into
a mortal. 
Now, bears hibernate - but Irena was able to make a potion
and cast it upon Betsy Sue so that she will not
hibernate like the other bears. Betsy Sue
is forever in Irena's debt until hopefully the evil
witch dies or 'a high priestess' witch can
change her back.
This is a Christmas Ornament that I have
had for many years. I was not using her and she
is the correct size for a miniature. I wanted to
use her here, so I named her and of course she
needed someone to look after her. 
Isn't she adorable!

This is the back of Betsy Sue. She looks very
simple to make if you wanted to make her. Or
perhaps someone is selling her.

This is how she stands up all by herself. The tulle
is the stiff kind and it is rolled up as you see here.
This is kind of a good way to make a doll stand up
under her dress if she has no legs.
These witch's and ghosts, (except for the bear) are all
made by Detta's Darling Dolls. 
She will  make anything
that you want. And she sells them all at an
affordable price. Check her out!
She sells them on eBay, so here is her store address.

http://stores.ebay.com/Dettas-Darling-Dolls-And-Minis

Thank you all for visiting me!
I hope that you have had a great time reading
their stories and looking at my sweet witch's and
wonderful ghosts!
I will be posting again soon the things that are
inside the Inn.
And then will post again, the Halloween apartment!
Hopblogger

Saturday, August 12, 2017

MAKE GRANNY'S VEST TUTORIAL

Hello Fellow Bloggers!

Hope you all are well.
Thank you for the comments.

Granny's vest is super simple. It only takes a couple
of minutes to make this.

Supplies: cotton cluny lace, scissors to cut, tiny button,
and a small threaded needle. I always use quilting thread
cause they are strong.

Granny wearing her vest.

The back of Granny's vest.

MAKING GRANNY'S SLIP
Granny's slip is merely a piece of white
cotton fabric sewn in the back. A piece of the cluny
lace is sewn towards the bottom to the cotton.
Once that is done,
I cut off any excess cotton fabric at the top,
and hand gather it around her body.
Am sure you all know how - this is for those
that do not sew a lot.


MAKING GRANNY'S VEST
 For those of you that do not know what cotton
cluny lace is, this is what it looks like.

For the vest, you need approximately this much.
If you are unsure, then just cut more. Or read to
the end of the directions to get an idea.

The cluny lace only needs to be this wide. I used this
same size width for the slip as well.

Start by positioning the lace in the front. Refer to 
the complete picture of Granny, if necessary for the
placement. Ideally the center point is mid-way of
her neck. Make sure the lace is straight.

I have marked the spot with a pin of where
and how I want the hole to be for her arm
to go thru.

I cut only 2 of the threads. 

At this point before
you go any further, try it on your doll to see how it fits. 
If you need to cut another thread then do so then.

Ooo this fits nicely!

Now, take the cluny lace all the way around
to the other arm. See where you think that the
next hole needs to be. Be careful about stretching
the lace.  You do not want the back to be tight.

Again, I only cut 2 more threads. Then place her
arm thru it.

Now, judge the front. Make sure it meets
where you want it to. Cut off any excess
that you might have once you are satisfied
with the results. 

Next, take off the vest.

Thread your needle with white or cream thread. Start
at one edge and sew thru the top as you see here.

Once finished, it will look like this. Be sure to knot
both ends so your threads do not pull out.

Place the vest back onto your doll.

Just give one tie - DO NOT KNOT IT!!
You just want to make sure that the bottom ends
meet up good and that it all looks great.

Just a close-up to show only one tie - NO KNOT.

Go to the back of the doll and position the gathering
threads so they look nice.

Now you can knot it!
At this point, I will tell you DO NOT CUT THE
THREADS OFF!! If you are going to place a 
button there, then take those threads and thread
them thru the button. Then tie another knot and a
bow and then cut off the remaining threads if you
want. (I had meant to do this step, but forgot!)

Or if you prefer, then just tie in a knot, cut off the
threads, and glue on a button like so. 
Enjoy!!

Thank you for visiting me!
Hopblogger




Thursday, July 13, 2017

TUTORIAL - GRANNY'S SHOWER MADE FROM A PHONE BOOTH

Hello Everybody!
How have you been?

Thank you for your sweet comments!
They are greatly appreciated.

I have been trying to stay busy to keep
my grief at bay. Am not sure that it
works, but I try.

Granny's shower is very simple to make. I am
not sure if you have guessed what it is
or not.
When I made this shower, I was not sure
that it would look good.
But it does work and I am very pleased
with the outcome.

Do you remember what
Granny's shower looks like! Here are
4 pics to recap.
The curtain was made by taking a
piece of fabric that was about 
2 inches wide by the length that
I wanted. The shower curtain is
glued at the top under the valance.
It is shaped into place.
The valance was cut the desired
length and width that I wanted.
And then I lightly gathered the top
of the valance and glued it into
place. I did not hem the shower
curtain or the valance.

The pink tile is just paper that I printed
off of the internet. The same tile paper
covers the floor and the walls.
I did not do a good job matching the
tile together at the top. But it is okay.
I bought the shower nozzle and
the shampoo bottle. The hot and
cold knobs are just beads.
The little shelf was already attached
to the phone booth, but it was easy
to remove, so I tiled it to match
the shower tile. 

This pic is a close up.

I wallpapered the only side of the phone
booth that had a back with no plastic.

 This is the bottom of the shower. Look at the price
of this when it was new! Too pricey for me. In fact,
I never bought this item, it was given to me by a lady
that was getting rid of some of her stuff. I had no use
for it, but I do not turn down anything that anyone
gives me.
I have had this for many years and on Granny's 
apartment finally figured out what to do with it.
Have you guessed now what this is?

I did not take any pics of my progress, but I will
tell you what I did. 
Here is what the phone booth looked like when
I received it. It was in bad shape.

See how dirty the plastic is. I
was not sure if it would come clean
or not. The doors were easy to take 
off of the pins. I left the pins there
just in case I want to put them back
on. I hid the pins with the shower
curtain.

A side view of the phone booth.

The phone sticker was so old that it peeled
right off of the plastic with no problem.
I kept it just in case I need it for
something.

This is the back of the phone sticker. It was not
even glued. No wonder - who would have guessed!

The bi-fold doors are so cute. I contemplated using
them, but decided I liked the idea of a shower
curtain better. I will use these doors as a 
folding screen in another apartment.

Okay, for the first thing I did
was to remove the phone and the
little attached table. On the last
pic you can see the damage it
left on the inside wall. 
Next, you will need to clean it
up, take some window cleaner and clean
the plastic till it sparkles!
Then paint all of the wood pieces
inside and outside
white or any color that you
desire. Afterwards, save some
tile pictures from the net or
use what you have and tile 
anyway that you like. Add your
shower curtain, a valance and
you are done! So simple.
Just a little time consuming 
because of the paint. It took about
4 coats of paint on my shower to
get it to look like that. You might
want a few more coats if you are
going for a pristine look. If you
want shabby chic then stop painting
after a couple of coats.

Damage on the inside wall before it
was tiled with paper.
If you have a phone booth, I hope you get
some use out of it, if not a phone booth,
perhaps a shower!!
I hope you enjoy this tute!
Thank you for visiting me!
Hopblogger




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Granny's Apartment - The last section

Hello everybody.
I hope you all have been well.
Thank you very much for your
lovely comments. They are greatly
appreciated.
I still cry a lot. I miss my daughter
very much.
I cannot believe how fast the days are
flying by. On Saturday she will passed
away for a month already.
Anyway, it is hard to move on. But again
I try.

This is the last segment to Granny's apartment.
It has been hard to figure out how to show
this last section of her apartment. You will
see why and understand once you see the 
last photo's of how the apartment is laid out.

I have tried to put everything in order as usual,
however for this apartment I have decided to
start with the clothes first and take it from there.

This is the dress that hangs on the green bookcase,
otherwise known as her dresser. I had a hard time
photographing the dress - it is green. This is the
front. No fancy hanger as Granny is just into
the basics.
I bought this dress from ebay for little money
from a mrs.hughs.mr.carson.
Sorry, I forgot who sold it to me. But the dress
had the exact look that I was going for which
is something that looked old and still
had style. So this dress Granny cannot part
with, cause it is from her younger days.

Here is the back of the dress.
Cute - isn't it!

Here is Granny's robe and nite gown. It is
made from a stretchy knit fabric. It is not
tattered but old looking just the same. Granny
loves to wear white!

Here is the robe opened up.

Here is the nite gown.

Just a little bit of fabric, lace and ribbon.

This cute little set came from ebay with a seller
named: my newt. I bought this about 3 years ago.
It did not age very well. So much glue has turned 
yellow on the outside and the inside of each piece.
Granny's apartment was the perfect place to use 
these pieces here. 
However, these pieces are stiff!! I reckon because
of so much glue to hold it all together.
Nothing in Granny's apartment is suppose to 
match and she likes it that way.
The bra, panties and the corset are in still working
order.

The backside does not look good either. They
look a little worse for wear, but they are not
holy or tattered or torn. There is a patch on
the inside of the bra - not done by me. I never
saw it when I bought it.
You can see everything when you take pics
of it. Some things do not show up right away,
they show up later!
However it is still a lovely Blue set!!

You can see the glue that has yellowed.
This is the bottom of the corset looking inside.

This is the back looking to the inside of the
bra.

The pocketbook is really cute. Love the laces
and the straps on here.

Much glue on the outside back piece.

More pieces that match the pocketbook, and all
of the underwear. This is a cute hat. Does not 
look bad from the sides.

You can see some dingy parts - that is glue. The hat
looks so good for it aging - at least Granny thinks
so. She loves her hat and will not be replacing it
any time soon!

The star is so cute on top of the hat. The bow is a
little big and stiff but I just left it that way.

There was also a hatbox - now what can I say about
that. The hatbox is so cute!!! It still looks very nice!.
From the upcoming pics you will see that it has not 
yellowed from any glue. Still looks brand new!
There is some blue tissue paper on the inside.

The hatbox has a cute emblem on the front!

Cute, cute hatbox!! Sweet ribbon, bow and trims.
The box reads Paris. Awesome!

Inside the hatbox and the hat. And the hat does
not fit in the box. 

This was a pocketbook that I made from a cute
tutorial that was floating around on the net.
So sorry that I cannot remember who made the
tutorial - but it is awesome. Petite...??
I like mixing things up. This pocketbook was
made from paper towel and strips of plastic.
I glued the strips to the paper towel for
some added strength. And around the top I 
sewed some pink floss and then with a button!
It is different and unique and I like things
that are different.
And yes this pocketbook will open!!
It is great to hold extra soaps or 
whatever you want to put inside. Easy to
close up too.

Here is the bottom of the pocketbook.

This is a baby button.

A little close up but is a little blurry. The pocketbook
is shiny!

These are some cute porcelain bunny slippers.
So little!
I do not know who made them or where
I got them from.
I have had them for a while.

These are a pretty blue! This is the true color of the
slippers.

Cute - so cute!

The apartment has a few quilts that I made a few
years ago. I cannot remember the date. I think 
they are placed under the heading of 
'Make do' quilts.
I am glad that I finally found a place for them.

Here is the back side of the quilts.

The pink little crochet doily has hearts
on it. It folded up nicely.
The bottom quilt was easy enough
to make. The words:
'Home Sweet Home' came off of
something, that I do not remember
what. It was easy to strip the short
sides and the long sides to piece
it all together. 

Back of quilt is just a piece of muslin. I did not
even quilt the piece.

All of these quilts and pink crochet doily set a top
of the shower. She has to store them somewhere!

The toilet has an old rectangle plastic pink button.
Glued to it is strips of toilet tissue. So old - can you
tell? Also the sink has a cute pink bar of wrapped
soap. The skirt around the sink is easy to make.
Do you need a tutorial on how to make that?
the toilet also has a skirts on it. I will tell you
how I did that too.

I found this sticker among my stuff and just
thought it would be funny to use here. It has
a little piece of tacky wax to hold it up.

Here is the sink much better with the skirt. The
little quilt rack holds Granny's 2 towels and the
pocketbook. Also her shower cap sits on top ready
to be used. 

Here is where Granny's underwear is at. She
had to wash it so it hangs up in the shower
to dry!!

Her panties hangs from the shower head.
She uses Johnson's baby shampoo for
her hair and her skin. She thinks that
it softens just fine! Granny's always
try to get double use out of something!
Lol's

Another peek in!

Another peek from the other side.

Her bra hangs up with a little bit of tacky wax.

Her bra and her corset!

It is drying really well.

See the patch on the inside of the bra. It is drying
really well also.

Just a look from the outside of shower.

Another peek!

Love the flower on the corset!

 A better overall view!

Here is where the shower stall stands.
The robe and nite gown hang on the
side. the shower curtain and valance
look good here and gives added color.
I wanted to get a pic showing the bra
hanging on the inside.
The black and white bathroom mats
are made from ribbon as is the toilet
set. You can see the grandfather clock
from the shower stall.

This pic was before I put the grandfather clock
there.

Granny has to store the quilts somewhere!

Stacked to the ceiling!

A cute area.

Here is the other side of the apartment.
The bathroom is over here.

Up close of the toilet cover and mat. All
made from ribbon.

the shelves hold numerous things. On the
bottom shelf is a bodice, a powder box and
her brush, comb and mirror set.
Next shelf holds a few blouses, a pair of
old shoes and a necklace that she could
not part with.
The shelf nearest the pocketbook holds a 
pink box with letters and other notes
given to her by her husband. She had to
bring them with her to this apartment.
Also the red box holds a pair of white gloves.

the top shelf holds mainly empty boxes.

This is where the blue hatbox sits.

The dress hangs neatly here where
Granny can see it everyday. I am
sure she wishes that she could
still wear it. Even though the hat
does not match the dress, she still
loves to wear it out sometimes!

The pocket book hangs nicely here.

Just another view.

So far this was the best pic that I have of the robe
and nitegown hanging up.

Another look.

Peeking in!

A wide view!

You can see the apartment pretty good.

This is where the towel bar sets at. 
Granny's apartment is finished.
I hope you like Granny's apartment. I think that it
turned out good.
I hope you enjoyed it!
Thank you for visiting me!
Hopblogger