Sheila

  • dollhouse

    Truth: I actually wanted to call this list "5 Books to help you furnish that dream dollhouse you've always wanted but you couldn't afford", but the title, though accurate, proved itself a bit unwieldy. I love dollhouses and miniatures, and below I've listed some of my favorite books that contain instructions on house to build inexpensive dolls, furniture, and miniature accessories for one-inch-scale dollhouses. These make great parent and child team projects!

    dollhouse decoratorTHE DOLLHOUSE DECORATOR
    by Vivienne Boulton
    (1993) 

    A guide to do-it-yourself dollhouse decoration presents full-color, step-by-step photographs that depict each stage in the creation of dolls, furniture, furnishings, accessories, and more, as well as pattern templates and photos of the finished product.

     

     

    food displaysDOLLS HOUSE DO-IT-YOURSELF: FOOD DISPLAYS
    by Sue Heaser
    (2003)

    A selection of 40+ projects guides readers in creating realistic-looking food from polymer clay for their dolls' house the easy way! Renowned polymer clay expert and author Sue Heaser teaches how to make over 100 items of food which cover a number of popular periods, including Georgian, Victorian as well as modern day. A comprehensive techniques section covers everything crafters need to know to work with polymer clay miniatures such as shaping, mixing colors, creating texture and baking. Illustrated step-by-step projects and color photos throughout show how simple the finished items are to complete. Presentation ideas for displaying the food, from bread baskets to complete table settings, are also included.

    finishing touchesDOLLS HOUSE DO-IT-YOURSELF: FINISHING TOUCHES
    by Jane Harrop
    (2004) 

    Create a range of beautifully detailed accessories for dolls' houses of every period and style. From tables, chairs and shelves, to letter racks, mirrors and coat racks, everything you need to make your dolls' house a home is here. Over 30 detailed, step-by-step, illustrated projects show how to make a variety of decorative accessories. Further illustrated variation ideas allow you to adapt the style or period of the project, and mix-and-match your favorite projects to suit your dolls' house. An illustrated section on the basic materials and equipment used offers practical guidance, while the basic techniques, such as working with wood, using glues, and varnishing, are illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Easy-to-use templates and diagrams are provided where necessary, including color photocopying pages with a selection of pictures and patterns, and inspirational color photographs show the accessories displayed in situ.

    toys and gamesDOLLS HOUSE DO-IT-YOURSELF: TOYS AND GAMES
    by Jane Harrop
    (2003)

    An essential step-by-step guide to making over 35 toys and games for the 1/12th scale dolls' house. Projects include: building blocks and mini houses, kites, abacus, xylophone, Jack-in-the-box and more! Templates and diagrams for each piece are also included.

     

     

    curtainsDOLLS HOUSE DO-IT-YOURSELF: CURTAINS
    by Sue Heaser
    (2004)

    Create life-like curtains and window dressings for dolls'houses of every period and style. From curtains, blinds and drapes, to pelmets, tiebacks and valances, everything you need to create inspirational window dressings for your dolls' house is included here.

  • kidsdvds

    Are you looking for a fantastic movie for the entire family? Here's a list of my favorite too-often-forgotten DVDs that your entire family can enjoy!

    1THE IRON GIANT
    dir. Brad Bird
    (1999)

    Hogarth Hughes just rescued an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. Now young Hogarth has one very big friend and an even bigger problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret?  

    2JUMANJI 
    dir. Joe Johnston
    (1995)

    When Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan tries to outwit the game's powerful forces.    

    3KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
    dir. Hayao Miyazaki
    (1989)

    On her 13th birthday, a young witch named Kiki must fly away from home to a new city to find her niche in life. Accompanied by her chatty cat, Jiji, she starts a flying delivery service and discovers lots of fun-filled escapades and meets plenty of new friends.  

    4BABE
    dir. Chris Noonan
    (1995)

    An orphaned piglet, Babe, is cared for by a sheepdog and soon thinks he is one too. The farmer senses something special in Babe and enters him in the National Sheepdog Championships.  

    5A LITTLE PRINCESS
    dir. Alfonso Cuarón
    (1995)

    An imaginative young girl is forced to be a servant at a boarding school after her father is killed in WWII.