New project: building my VERY first dollhouse!

I just bought a house! Well a tiny house. A dollhouse kit that is!

I had a whole bunch of miniature spaces and places that created a mismatched world as a kid: think of Polly Pockets hanging out with Barbie’s, Little People, and Lego houses! Hey, they made it work! Then growing up, the PC game The Sims came along and brought dollhouses to the digital world (with extra drama!) I loved creating lives I could never have for my tiny people and I credit those imaginative times with who I am today!

But I never had a dollhouse of my own. Now an adult, I’ve been gawking at pretty dollhouses for years and have been itching to fulfill my childhood dream and build one and fill it with tiny colourful furniture, adoreable re-ment items, and watch the equally tiny people go about their cute everyday lives. My real house was even inspired by my visions of cute pink dollhouses! Mind you, I didn’t think it would be SUCH a process (decorating my real house might just be easier!)

Just a tiny little four room house – quaint and cozy indeed!

I finally came across the Arthur by Greenleaf, which is considered a very good project for absolute beginners. Everything is included in the box except for the glue and the paint. The actual frame of the house can be thrown together in just a few hours, but the painting, details, and oh goodness – THE SHINGLES (!) are going to take a while.

Eventually it’s going to be painted… PINK (shocking, I know!) I’m going to share my building adventures here.

The inspectpurr checking it out 😉 It’s currently a “dry build” – meaning I’m putting the pieces together with tape instead of glue to make sure everything fits. But seems pretty sturdy!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite dollhouses and miniaturists for inspiration!:

  • Pinkinparadise808 on Instagram is SUPER talented and decorates her massive Garfield (my ultimate dreamhouse!) in meticulous shabby chic decor! Her pics frequently pop up on Pinterest and they look SO legit that they are often mistaken for “real” decor!
  • I came across Beargarden on Flickr a few years ago which ignited my dreams for a cute pink dollhouse! It’s a home populated by bears and bunnies and filled with re-ment and adorable homemade furniture.
  • Robin Carey is one of the most “well known” dollhouse maker on the internet. They are so darn pretty and inspirational.
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading threads on The Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum. So many ideas, so little time!
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Today is your lucky day! ♧ St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Rainbows, chocolate coins, and good luck galore! I’m not Irish, but it’s just a fun day to celebrate SOMETHING even it’s just because you can!

This years’ celebrations fall on a weekend so there’s lots of time to throw together a super fun party (I’m celebrating with my cat so there’s no excuse!)

I completely forgot to pick up some Lucky Charms ~ so I made my own (sort of – they’re probably not AS tasty!):

They’re after me Lucky Charms!

Everything – the bowl, spoon, and marshmallow charms (no cereal bits here either ;)) – is completely made of felt with stuffing on the inside. It’s nice and squishy so I may never get it back from Sugar! Yes that’s also a leprechaun hat you’re spotting!

I also made a tasty shamrock shaped pizza:

Obviously pizza is not very Irish, but jalapenos are playing along with the green theme! You could also try green peppers, avocado, or even rainbow vegetables to try to find the pot of gold at the end!

This awesome and very easy recipe comes from good ol’ Good Housekeeping – which you can find here!

How else to become absolutely giddy as a leprechaun?!

♧ Add a dash of green dye to your morning cup of milk or evening bevvie!
♧ Or maybe a dash of Bailey’s Irish Creme in your coffee or hot chocolate would pick you up 🙂
♧ Add some rainbow to your eyeshadow or nails as rainbows scream St. Patty’s as well!

And remember to wear that green so you don’t get pinched 😉

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Feltie Friday: Animal Crossing plush!

For the past couple days I’ve been busy working on some mini-plush based on my favourite video game series of all time: Animal Crossing!

What’s not to love about a world where you can become best friends with sassy purple cats and t-shirt wearing alligators, send refrigerators through the mail, and pay off the mortgage on your own home whenever you darn well want to (or not)?!

I created three of my favourite villagers: Bunnie (my all-time favourite since 2002!), Cookie, and darling Rosie (who left my village a few months ago and I’M STILL CRUSHED) and some of the other things that you’ll encounter around town. Even that damn dreaded pitfall.

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It’s-a-me again! (and I have Mario plush to share!)

Oh hiya again blogiverse – I’m back and FULL of happiness, rainbows, and ideas to share once again!

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past week stitching together all sorts of little felt friends. Here’s my latest crew in celebration of March 10th… other wise known as Mario day (took me a bit to figure this out, but Mar 10… MAR10! Mamma mia!)

I, like so many people, have such fond memories of spending weeks on end getting that little plumber to run through insane courses filled with adorably evil Boos, lava pits, never ending staircases, and songs that will NEVER leave your brain.

Here are Mario, Luigi, and some friends to celebrate this day:

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Whipple: Super Sweet Crafty Creations!

A few years ago I was surfing the net and saw pictures of plastic phone cases coated with realistic looking whipped cream with sweets on top and my sweet tooth went wild! A way to have your cake without the guilt?! Turns out the creation of yummy treat-covered objects (usually phone cases, jars, and the like) is a craft called “decoden“, which is a term that originated in Japan for decorating anything with other cute things! Now I’m by NO MEANS an expert in decoden, but I enjoy buying the creme and cabochens (they are little clay decorations used to make the treats even more fun!) and whipping up something tasty!

Whipple is a brand from Japan which allows you to create adorable decorative desserts from a boxed kit. I purchased my Whipple Starter Kit last year (I got the English kit for around $26 CAD on Amazon), but only got around to using it this weekend. The English kit is definitely aimed more for kids, as you can see by the packaging. The original Japanese kits are a bit more generic age-wise in my opinion so I don’t think that it’s strictly a “kids” craft toy.

The kit comes with the necessary plastic pieces, Whipple creme (clay cream) and pastry bag, and decorations to create four cakes, a cupcake, a wearable ring, a ice cream keychain, and a macaron keychain – exactly as shown above. If you count them, that’s definitely EIGHT not nine as the box says (unless they’re counting the big wedding cake as two separate creations…)

There is a little paper guide that is filled with picture-filled instructions and honestly it seemed a bit overwhelming at first (hence why it took a YEAR for me to get around to using it!) But once I read through a few times, it was as easy as pie! But I do still think the instructions are a bit unclear and took me a bunch of experimenting to figure out what worked. While it gives pictograph on how to hold the bag, but I feel this would be tricky for younger kids. There is a little practice guide which teaches you how to hold the bag and squeeze it out to create a star, swirl, sideways star, and spiral.

The Whipple creme comes almost ready to use (just needs some… kneading) and once you’ve setup an area that can get a bit messy you’re good to go! I do think you have to create everything at once because once the creme dries (it dries pretty quick, although it remains “squishy” for a longer time), it would be a pain to wipe off the dried nozzle. I was rather worried that I’d run out of creme, but there was almost half a bag left so I ended up using the rest on some other decoden crafts. Whipple does sell replacement creme (but it’s rather pricey at $16 for a bag!)

The whole kit took me about an hour from start to finish (I went SLOW – just as the instructions urge) and I have a ton of cute new decorations! However, as cute as the keychains and ring are, they are FAR too flimsy to actually be practical.

There are a few other kits (which range from $20-$40). But I think now that I have a hang of the process, I would probably order a Japanese Whipple kit (from ebay) as there are plenty more options for crafts (in addition to being less pricey overall).

Here is Whipple in action from their official Youtube channel!

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