Built in the 1700's and renovated many times. Bare windows emits morning sunlight as evening cast shadows. Electricity is non-existent. Air in old pipes spit and spat when the taps turn on. Doors and windows dont open or close properly. Trims along with cabinets get stripped, repainted and reused. Appliances work sometimes. Tenants are happy as they enjoy life!
Location: Somewhere in Louisiana
Here is the sewing side of the apartment. All n all
I am very happy with the way it has turned out. I
still have room to put in the other bride doll and a
few other mini's if I want.
Amanda Grace hung this up the minute she moved
into the apartment. The apartment was affordable.
'Home Sweet Home'
I guess you can call me a 'Peeking Tom' cause I
love to look into the miniature windows. That is
the only reason that I try not to put up any curtains.
Olivia Evans is trying on her wedding veil!
I try not to glue hats down on my dolls heads
because I like to change things too often. I feel that
it locks me into a certain look.
The bridal veil is so lovely!!! I hope you agree.
Amanda has been hard at work on this veil trying
to make Olivia happy.
Amanda Grace is on the floor straightening out
that lovely veil!! She needs the money to help
with her bills. Also is a better view of the crochet doily that was given to me by my friend Lynda. Lynda crochets the loveliest granny square bedspreads, afghans and rugs. Check her out on e bay. You will know her site cause she has the prettiest granny square bedspreads made from SILK!!! A few postings back is a link to her site!!!
The veil turned out better than I expected! It is lovely
at the back of her gown.
Olivia loves looking into the mirror just like all
Bride's love to do. Things must be perfect!!
The cutting table is a table that I had that was
missing its drawers. Nothing wrong with nooks to
stash something in. Fabrics are stored on the little
boards under the table. My fabric boards are generally
a piece of white cardboard. But the white one you
see there propped up against the table leg is a piece
of balsa wood painted white.
The top of the cutting table has a little black
stand that holds a couple of little ribbons. I made
the shoe pincushion with strawberry. I also
made the heart chatelaine for the scissors.
The cutting mat with rotary cutter is a print
that I printed out of cardstock. A little box of
floss that I do not remember where I got.
The little bit of fabric you see is a long
piece that is rolled up on the floor. Sorry
you cannot see it on the other side of the table.
I made the pink and white striped little
arm ironing board.
A table top view. The little white scissors was not
of my own devise. Someone had the bright idea of
opening up hooks and using them as scissors. I do
not remember who started it. Sorry. But I love the idea of it.
The mirror was from a large compact. I painted
some strips of lumber and cut them down. They
are glued onto the mirror itself to frame it. On the back of the mirror is a piece of white foam core.
The bolts of cloth are stored on the sides of the mirror. The cream colored bolt of fabric
is actually a paper towel. To the right is the front door.
I took an extra ironing board and padded
it lightly. I then applied cross stitch
fabric (Aida Cloth) and glued it down. I followed
it with some pretty pink ribbon. On top
is the iron and the cord hangs down.
I also made the pink and white striped
ham. Amanda loves to use these things!
A piece of light pink ribbon dangles
across the board.
A view of that side of the sewing area.
I have made 2 vests in which one is
draped across this ironing board waiting to be ironed. I took an image and resized
it very small. Then I glued the side pieces
to the back that you see here. It was just
too small to hand sew. The vest was
called 'country blessings'.
Both vests turned out so well!!
In this photo you can see the image so much
better. It is so clear!!
I moved the ironing board aside so you could
see the black manikin and the other vest I made.
Better pics will be seen at the next photo.
This table has a bar on each end of the table.
Here is the other vest that I made. It hangs on a hanger on that bar.
It is the same size as the other one.
I love sewing baskets and chests. I did
not make this. T hey are so inexpensive
that I cannot resist them.
A close up of the vest.
A cute little basket holds threads. the bigger basket
was also an item that I bought from eBay.
I have had this basket for a long time. I have
forgotten who sold it to me.
I could have placed the sewing table and stool along the wall, but it would have been boring to put it there. I kind of like cattycornered like it is in the room
In the chair is a little red chair pad made from
leftover curtain fabric. This sewing basket was also bought online.
A little piece of lace is on the sewing table
being sewed. Amanda likes cone thread. It is cheaper for her to use and more thread on each roll than a regular spool.
I made the dress and hat in a bohemian
style. I love these styles cause anything
The hat was just a little piece of lace sewed
together. The ribbons were glued on.
A side view.
The full ensemble.
The dress without any hems.
Amanda has not gotten any further,
so her dress is not completed yet.
A close up of the back. I think that I did
glue the back closed. The piece of lace
going around the top is also glued shut.
This is the front.
A side view.
A back view. This was before
the top was glued down. However
the lace on the bottom of the skirt
was sewn on before the dress
was placed on the manikin.
You may recognize this manikin as being black.
I painted it gold.
I have had this cabinet forever. I believe it to
be rare as I have never seen another one.
On the top is a resin cup holding excess scissors.
A little sewing machine figurine and another
pincushion that I made from a shoe.
The cup was given to me by a dear friend, Catherine
over at http://diamondc-diamondc.blogspot.com/
The little doors open.
The drawer opens to show many cards that I
made many, many years ago. They drawer only holds floss.
The floss cards hold different colors and are in 3
rows. These are so small. Amanda Grace use to cross stitch
but the sewing has taken over.
Inside the cabinet below, the drawers hold many
things, buttons and more pincushions. A pair of
purple handled scissors in a thread spool.
Buttons are beads with holes in them. Ribbons also are here.
There is not anything in the drawers. I cannot decide what to put in them.
Some books and threads wound on metal spools.
I also forgot where I got them.
A better pic.
A better pic.
Glued to the opening door is a seat that I made.
Top view shows pillows. I made the cardboard spools that hold lace.