Monday, July 6, 2015

Dealing with a Diva!

Oh boy! Polly has been a little difficult, to say the least, since we aren't going to Europe. In order to pacify her a bit, I had to but her her very own windmill! No, not a full sized one, I found this vintage, ceramic windmill in an antique shop. It was made in Japan, but please don't tell Polly, she thinks it is from the land of tulips and wooden shoes.
Did you notice Polly's hair clip? She calls it her windmill clip and you can get one for your girl here.

So I have started working on a bed for Polly to use in our new trailer. I bought a plastic shoe box at the Dollar Tree. Shhh! Don't let her know I bought anything at the Dollar Tree. Divas shudder at the thought of bargains. They only shop at all the best places. Maybe one day, when I too am a super model, I won't have to shop at the Dollar Tree. LOL! Like that is ever going to happen! Any way, back to the bed. Here's the box I bought:
I found some fabric in my stash the would go with the green in the trailer. I made a bedspread and a few pillows.
 
 
 

It still needs the mattress, sheets and blankets, but it looks good so far. I plan to use the inside of the box to store Polly's things.

Speaking of Polly's things, I had heard a commotion coming from her room. When I went to see what was going on, this is what I found:
There were bags and trunks and clothes and shoes everywhere! Poor Ramona was trying to get Polly under control. She reminded Polly of her trip last year and how she had to sleep in the console of the van because we drove all night.
Ramona also told Polly that she was only allowed to bring one case with her things. There was no way we would let her bring everything she owned. She suggested that she borrow Raleigh's suitcase or visit The Black Onyx Boutique and buy her own.
 
Well, Polly said that the suitcase might be enough for her earrings, but it would simply never hold all her belongings. A super model after all has an image to uphold and must look her best at all times. She must change her clothes for every activity. Maybe 20 to 30 times a day and that puny suit case just wouldn't do!
 
Please help me! Dealing with a diva is going to be the end of me! I had better get back to working on her bed/storage before I go straight off the deep end.
 
Oh, one more thing before I go, Polly wanted to let you know that her fabulous swimsuits are now available at the boutique.
 


Monday, June 15, 2015

Move Over Tess Holiday!


Has it really been since February that I have written anything here? I have no idea where the time goes, but I am sure a lot of us feel that way. Anyway, enough of that and more about the girls and their house.

So, as things happen sometimes with dolls, the longer you have them, the more you figure them out. Just like when Hyacinth let me know that her name should be Margot. Well, Polly’s story has changed. You see, I had told you that she was pregnant. The more I thought about that, I realized that if that were her story, she would eventually have to give birth and go back to her pre-pregnancy body and that wasn’t going to happen.  So Polly has reinvented herself.  So move over Tess Holiday and meet Polly, the newest plus sized super model!

 


 

This is Polly’s room and yes, it is Barbie pink. Not my favorite color, but she likes it. The bed and closet were items I won at a meeting of my Indy Fashion Doll Club.  The end tables, with working lights, were part of the bedroom set that Annabelle has, but the color went better in this room.  The flowers on a stand are made of resin and purchased at Goodwill. This room is still very much a work in progress and I will share more as more in the future.

                                                                                       
                                        

                                                                                                    

Because my posts seem to be few and far between (SORRY!), this post, like my last one is about vacation. In October, I took Ramona with us on a vacation that didn’t go as originally planned. This time, Polly is going to join us and hopefully things will go better.

I told Polly she was going on vacation next month. She immediately put on the dress, made by Charlie Green, with the wooden shoes and windmills, grabbed her own wooden shoes and announced that she is ready for her trip to HOLLAND. I don't want to be the one to tell her that we are going to New England and not Europe. I think since you made the dress, you need to tell her Charlie. LOL!

                       


Polly is upset that we are going to New England, instead of merry olde England, Holland and other European destinations. I had to pacify her by promising her a new wardrobe to bring on vacation and by making her some deluxe accommodations in our newly purchased travel trailer.  So, stay tuned while Polly becomes my task master and works my fingers to the bone.
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lots of Progress on the House

Well, where did I last leave off with the girls. Oh yes, we were going on vacation. Things started off well enough. Ramona got to ride up front.  The bobble head Chihuahuas and pig kept her company.





This was not well taken by the rest of the divas, but there just wasn't enough room for anyone else.

Ramona needed a break, so we made a stop in Ohio.
 
She is actually a very good traveling companion.

 
We drove straight through so she decided to curl up in the console and use some napkins to cover up with.
 
She was very happy to get out of the van when we got to NH
 
From there, things went down hill a bit. It was rainy and cold. None of the girls wanted to be out in that weather.  We ventured out, but ended up getting sick in the process. All in all, the vacation wasn't the best.
 
The good news is that once I got home and got over the bronchitis, I have gotten a lot done on the house.
 
Let's start in the living room.
 
To start, I changed out the black pencil holders, I mean end tables for silver, to brighten up the room.  I added a fireplace, which is another Gloria place set. It came with the tools, candelabra and clock. I also added a big screen TV to the mantle.  Took out the two lamps I had made. I replaced the table lamp with a new one which is another Christmas ornament.
 
 
Next to the arm chair, which if you remember is also a Christmas ornament, I added a carved wooden table. I found it in the Spring décor section at Joann's . It is meant for a fairy house. I switched out a few of the accessories, that were already in the room, on it.
In the back right corner, I added a plant for some color. I bought an ugly planter of various greenery at Goodwill. I am taking random pieces from it to use in the house. These tall grasses are in a ceramic doodad that I also found  at Goodwill. You know me, always bargain shopping. The girls may be divas, but I'm on a budget!
 
Margo's room came together nicely. While on vacation, we went to a flea market. I bought some contact paper with a black and white print. I also found a great vintage armoire, both were perfect for Margo and her sophisticated taste.
Here's the armoire with the contact paper hung on the walls. The white dress hanging on the door is... can you guess? A Christmas ornament! I don't quite get it for the tree, but for the girls, it's perfect. You can see the TV stand and aquarium from the living room are now in Margot's room. Not sure if they will stay, but they are here for now.
Here's another Goodwill find:
 
I didn't know what it was, but I knew it could be something perfect for the house. I just added an oval mirror to the top and instant table!
And here it is next to the bed, with the lamp from the living room. The "jade" elephant on the table is was a keychain.
The bed is a vintage Suzy Goose that I won in a raffle. I made the bedding myself. The wall mirror is from Michael's. Unfortunately, it won't stay on the wall. Those cute little twin dogs, well Margo's boyfriend gave them to her for Christmas. Hush, can you keep a secret? The dogs are really Christmas ornaments.


Yes, I check the Christmas aisle all the time for things I can use for the girls .
 
So the other new thing about the house is that we are going to need another new room. A new girl is moving in. Her name is Polly.  She was a model with the other girls, but she got married and moved away with her new husband. Now, she is expecting and her husband has been deployed, so she is staying with the girls for a while.
 
 I am now creating fashions for pregnant or plus sized Blythe dolls. My new items can be seen in my Etsy store, The Black Onyx Boutique

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Divas are driving me a up a wall


The Divas are driving me up a wall – and I mean that figuratively and literally!

 

Well, since the last time I blogged, I have moved and so of course, the divas have too. We have much bigger digs and we are just loving it. Also since the last time we chatted, two new girls have joined us. There is Anabelle, who is an Orange and Spice Blythe and there is Hyacinth, who is a factory girl.
 
 
So with all of this going on, lots has changed and lots still needs to be done on the girls’ house.

The literal “up the wall” is that the house is now 3 stories tall on one side and 2 on the other. I am hoping for it to eventually be 4 stories tall on each side.

The figural driving me up the wall is that the girls are yelling that I am not building fast enough. Rebecca and Ramona have bedrooms that are pretty much complete. I just have finishing touches like wall décor and such to add.

 
 
 Raleigh’s bedroom is built, but she has been complaining of a stiff neck from sleeping in her chair
Hyacinth and Annabelle have been standing in the closet because they have no rooms or furniture of any kind.
 
          
 I understand their complaints, but when I have asked for their help, the divas have flatly refused siting the possibility of breaking their nails or messing up their hair. HEAVEN FORBID!!!

The way the girls have been acting, you would think I had done nothing at all on the house, when in fact I have gotten the bathroom and kitchen pretty much done.

I had to scrap my idea of making a shower. I couldn’t find the materials I had in mind to create the “glass” walls. I also had visions of making a toilet, but couldn’t figure out what to use. Instead, I bought a set on eBay.  For the time being, I have left the shower has is because it had a purple backdrop. I may eventually change it out to “faux” tiles, like I used on the bathroom walls.

 The mirror portion of the sink was already white, so that worked. The only change I made to that part was that I replaced the cardboard strips of printed toiletries with tiles and I put glass bottles of nail art stuff on the shelves along with Barbie accessories. The sink cabinet was BRIGHT pink, so I spray painted it. I may change out the cabinet handles at some point. 


The toilet was also glaring pink, so I painted it as well. I learned a valuable lesson about spray painting; never do it in hot humid weather. The weather caused the paint to bubble, wrinkle and just plain look yucky. I am going to put some things on the toilet tank cover to hide the imperfections.  Yes, girls, I know it does not look pretty and I will fix it. Give me a break my darling divas!

I did a few more things in the kitchen as well. I had a bright pink shelf that had been part of a Barbie refrigerator. I painted it white, as well. I found a perfect magnet in the shape of a drip coffee maker. I put it on the new shelves, along with some coffee cups. I am going to either make or buy a microwave  to put on the shelves as well. I add a rack of copper utensils near the stove and a wall clock made from a couple of buttons.
 
 
The living room was the next that I built. I used black foam core instead of the white. I put white felt on the floor for carpet.
 
 
 Remember the chandelier Christmas ornament I found? Well here it is hanging from the ceiling. Just wish it gave of some light because this room is very dark. I need to find a way to brighten up a bit.
 
I found another great ornament to use in the room as a decorative piece. Doesn’t it look so chic? The divas adore it as it reminds them of some of their modeling gigs in Paris.
 
Above the sofa, I hung a decorative mirror that was on clearance at a craft store. The lamp started its life as an air freshener that I bought at the dollar store. Once it was empty, I washed it out, filled the glass base with faux pearls and painted the shade with black nail polish. This room still needs a lot of work, but it is at least a start.
 

The next floor up is Raleigh’s bedroom. I covered the walls with contact paper. Her floor will eventually have carpeting, but I have haven’t gotten that far. The hutch in her room was a gift, so I don’t know much about it. The great chair and ottoman were from a swap and the wicker jar in the corner once held potpourri.  This room is certainly far from finished. I haven’t decided whether to purchase or make a bed. Either I will see the perfect one in completed form or find some doodad that inspires me.
 

The “wall” theme of this post has made me realize that I have used a different wall treatment on every room I have built thus far. The bathroom consists of upper walls I printed on computer paper and the faux tiles I printed on photo paper. The kitchen is done in scrapbook paper. Rebecca and Ramona’s rooms are both done in wrapping paper, but one came on a roll and one was flat, folded sheets. I prefer the rolls, btw, because the fold lines are almost impossible to get out. The living room walls were just a matter of using a different color foam board. Raleigh’s room is contact paper. Of course the black foam board was the easiest, but aside from that, my favorite is the contact paper in Raleigh’s room. Because of the nature of the contact paper, I did apply it before I put the room box together. I think it would have been a mess trying to apply it afterwards. I had to go slowly when applying it, but it looks great once I got it up. I know I am using rolled wrapping paper for the girls’ craft room, because I have already purchased it. I have no idea what I am doing for Anabelle or Hyacinth’s rooms. Shhhh! don’t tell them that or I will never hear the end of it! I am sure something will turn up to inspire me, just as it has in the other rooms.

The girls are going on vacation! I am taking them with me when I travel to New England to visit my family and friends. I am going to try and help them with a travel journal, but we may be having too much fun to remember to keep it up. It is going to delay construction on the house, but for once the divas aren’t complaining. They are all looking forward to coming along for my visit home.

Anabelle is packed and ready to hit the road. If your girls would like a suitcase like hers, you can find one in my Etsy shop, TheBlackOnyxBoutique
 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Constuction Continues


The progress on the house for the girls has been slow. Why does life always have to get in the way of fun?  The bathroom is unchanged since my last post, but I have worked on the kitchen and there is now a second story!

Let's start in the kitchen. I did decide to use scrapbook paper for the walls. I used a solid and a print and divided them with a strip of black card stock.

The flooring is 1/12th scale flooring. It works as small tile, whereas it would be larger in a traditional dollhouse. It is glossy plastic, so it looks quite authentic.

I have also added some furniture. The table and chairs are from the Gloria Dining Room set. The chair seats were of course bubble gum pink! 
I knew the girls would never put up with that so I had to figure out how to make them match the divas' decor. I could have painted them, but I thought that I would try upholstering them. The seats popped off so I simply wrapped them in a square of fabric and glued it to the underside.
To complete the look, I glued Bunka, Japanese embroidery thread, around the edge to look like piping.
The glue was still wet in that pic, but it dried clear.
 


I am happy with the way the kitchen looks, but more importantly, the girls love it! There may be more items added in the future, but at least they have a place to eat.

As promised, I wanted to give a quick explanation of the construction of each room (floor). I use a full sheet of foam core for both the floor and ceiling. I cut one sheet in half and use it for the side walls and for a divider if it will be used as 2 rooms. The back wall is the width of the sheet and 18" in height.

I use Tacky Glue to put it together and use T pins to hold it together until it dries.

After making the mistake on the first floor of putting the entire box together and then trying to wallpaper, on the second floor, I put everything together without the ceiling and then did the wall paper and flooring.

The second box is Rebecca's room, although I will probably actually make that the 3rd floor and put the living room as the second floor.

I was going to make her room pink and as you may recall, I had started making things for it. Well, that was until I found some really cute fabric and Joanns and changed the whole color scheme. I used the fabric to make a day bed. I found the idea on-line, but I can't find a link. If I run across it again, I promise to share. Here are some pics of the construction of it:





Rebecca seems to approve of her new bed. Now on to the rest of her room.

I found some plain, pale aqua wrapping paper that would work perfectly as wallpaper. I couldn't paint the walls because foam core and moisture don't mix well.
See that cute little quilt at the end? My friend Josetta made it for me and it matches the fabric in the bed perfectly. I once again made a new tablecloth for the "jar" table, made a tiny tissue box for it and added a flower that I got in a swap. I will probably make a lamp for it too.

Also in the room is the vanity that I repainted and found a better stool for it. I made a cushion out of aqua felt. The flowers, painted on the mirror, where already there and were the perfect color!


I found this little wooden dresser at Michael's. I used a coupon and saved 40%!
I used acrylic paints, in aqua and white, to finish it. Rebecca should have lots of room for her clothes in it.
Her jewelry box, on the top of the dresser, is made from a small Altoids tin covered with scrapbook paper and ribbons.  Did you see the little puppy bed on the floor? It belongs to Alexander, Rebecca's new furbaby. He is so little that his toy teddy is bigger than he is!
So, that's where the house is so far. Still lots of work to be done on the rooms I have started and lots of rooms left to be built. I will keep you posted as construction continues. 

When you have a minute, please feel free to check out my Etsy store: The Black Onyx Boutique to see my latest creations.