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    Dolly Did It

    This is a complete rework of my Doll House blog. It deserved better pictures original was rushed and there are parts of the house I have re-built twice over since the original post. I still love this doll house and I need to find a home for it! The Crazy Doll House Lady In the process of finding wallpaper and flooring for the Maya Doll House, I became obsessed with some of the amazing miniature creations…and a couple really  captured my imagination – like these ones I scoured online sites and local stores to find the right cabinet and NOTHING was right (or the right price). Then I had an…

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    Josie #1

    When I was 4 years old and still living in England, Aunty Joyce, Mum’s twin sister, would take me into town every single Saturday. We’d go shopping, buy sweets, and she’d spoil me rotten. One day she took me into a big department store called TJ Hughes and their massive toy department and told me I could choose ANY doll I wanted. I looked at the shelves upon shelves of dolls – and quickly pointed to a little black doll and would not be swayed. SHE was the doll I wanted and her name would be JOSIE. My aunt was so sweet. She realized that the doll shook her head…

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    Crystal Towers

    A few years ago I saw some of these cool glass towers or “totems” on Etsy and Pinterest – and then I was having my nails done at Carolyn Manchulenko‘s house and she had made a couple of beautiful, elegant and quite whimsical ones…which of course got me inspired. Our balcony is 55 ft long and it seemed like a great idea for my pot plants, so I made a bunch of them. Six summers later and most of them are still intact. When they break, I throw them out. This little red one (above) is the first I ever made – I’d had the little cake plate for ages…

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    SHHHHH – it’s a secret (garden)

    I’m not sure how the name came about but it’s the description a few people have come up with when they first see one of these creations…”it’s like a …. secret garden” they say. So, the name has stuck. These are my secret gardens. I find old clock cases and turn them into whimsical wall decor. This is the first one I made from a clock case I found in Lynden, Washington on one of my “Lynne Days”. I have a circuit of thrift/antique/consignment stores that I go to between here and Bellingham and the rule is “don’t worry about the exchange rate and don’t worry about paying duty”.  …

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    Reflecting on an Obsession Part 1

    I am very partial to mirrors – and it would seem I am in a minority because when I go to auction I can pick them up for peanuts. I’ve bought some very ornate ones and some very simple ones and I like to change them around to suit the season and my decor. I am very happy with my bedroom mirrors…they go with our hand painted Indian furniture perfectly. I fell in love with this unique shaped mirror and picked it up for $15. Very happy camper! It was quite a buy – the hall stand and mirror for $35! Oh yeah, and just to the right there’s an…

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    Mirror Mirror

    A couple of years ago, I put an absentee auction bid on a lot of 8 plastic containers of beads and baubles. They were packed full: Silver Gold White Black Wooden Clasps and findings Glass beads Pearly green, pink and cream beads I was pretty surprised to get it. I bid “high” because I wanted those beads BADLY. So $32.50 later I had a treasure trove that was conservatively worth around $400. My next attempt was more pleasing I started playing round with some of the cool beads from those treasure boxes. In combination with brooches and bits of thrift store jewelry, they started to take shape. It takes a…

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    In From the Shadows

    January is (blissfully) quiet here at the Bed and Breakfast. I’ve only had a handful of guests, and they’ve been mainly upstairs so I’ve had full run of my downstairs workshop, plus the time to work on finishing a lot of projects. I finally got the dollhouse finished. It had been upstairs in the lounge since around October but I hadn’t glued anything in place and some lighting needed work. Done and DONE! I’ve also been itching to finish some more shadowboxes – I had a stash of “findings” and frames that needed to be put together. That was a lot of fun, but once again, it’s nice to have…

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    Airy Fairy

    I was in Calgary a couple of weeks ago visiting Stacy and Craig and wee Maya who is about to become a BIG SISTER! Stace is nesting, and has the new baby’s room ready for his arrival any day now! She’s got air plants and ferns in his room and one of the things we did was visit her favourite shop “Plant” – it is amazing and funky and friendly, and has become quite an icon. Should be a franchise we reckon. I bought some decorative moss and started thinking about some of the things I might do when I got home: I had lots of shells and crystals and…

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    Mirror, Mirror II

    I’ve been painting and refinishing lots of mirrors – they’re fun, easy “fixes”. My current project is my favourite – I’ll post it soon. I’ve been experimenting with broken plate mosaics too – and have incorporated some flowers in the mirrors  – with the big white one also having some china mosaic around the border.