Ok, I sat and looked at my Cherrydale, studied landscapes done by talented people in Miniature Collector, and started to get ideas.
I have some photos in progress. Haven’t glued anything down here–trying everything out. I plan to do a flowerbed under the front wing window: an irregular shape outlined with brick, filled with flowers (that I have yet to make).
An overview first, then details.
Purchased brick stairs, made the side columns, put in front walk plus flowers (pansies made by me).
What I bought from Creative Accents: Climbing roses, forsythia bush (bright yellow), pink border plants. Found the picket fence and gate in boxes that came with the house–I cut to size and painted then hinged the gate. Will put a park bench out here too.
Detail of climbing roses, border plants. Little green bushes are made of “green stuff ” I bought from All Things Small (http://www.allthingssmall.com); birdhouse in redwood bucket I bought at a local miniature show.
I’ll be paving the side yard and putting in brick stairs.
Much more to do, but it’s a start. And I’m no longer afraid.
Printies in many scales. Wallpaper, books, tablecloths, labels, rugs, fabric patterns, and many, many accessories
Printies (My Small Obsession)
All kinds of links to sites with all kinds of printies (all scales)–wallpaper, flooring, boxes, plates, books, etc etc etc
Wendy's Minis (Pillows galore!)
The beautiful, handcrafted pillows in my collection come from Wendy Smale. In addition to pillows, she offers crystals, minerals, shells, and “scientific collections” for the dollhouse.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
Lovely museum in a historic house (house is worth the visit, even if you’re not interested in minis). The collection ranges from antiques to modern artisans. Note the extensive tiny circus! The trip through narrow streets of historic Denver is worth it.
Mini Time Machine Museum, Tucson, AZ
Must be seen to be believed. A huge collection of dollhouses and miniature settings made by prominent artisans, as well as a solid collection of antiques, in a beautiful building designed around the collection. All I can say is… Just Go!