Shelves have been stocked and the finer details are being added. This is what the mini market looks like at present:
Meat counter has been stocked with a variety of polymer clay and Re-ment items. Polymer clay is quite easy to work with. I have collected quite a few books giving tutorials over the years. The slab of meat and pieces on the tray to right on the bottom shelf, the meat in the middle also on the bottom shelf and the various sausages hanging were all made by me. I plan to make a few more hanging items and maybe a poultry item to add to the display.
The checkout lanes as you will see below have been outfitted with holders (bent paper clips attached to unit with hot glue) for the shopping bags. The funny writing on the bags will be wiped off with nail polish remover at a later date.
There is a holder which has several bags attached below and then a holder above to hold a single bag for packing as items are checked out.
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Finally the diner opened for business and customers flooded in…
Waitresses like Cara below were hired, but the owner is still looking for a soda jerk.
Then the Poppy bathroom got shower rings, a sink and a shelf. Still needs a mirror, mats for the floor, shower fixtures, shower drain, wall skirting and plumbing below sink.
Closeup of Toothbrushes, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser and gargle cup.
Seems like the Poppy’s really like mushrooms as they have mushroom themed items on display in the kitchen also.
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My Poppy bedroom finally got wallpaper!! Basically a graphic I found and duplicated it over and over on 11″ x 17″ paper, printed then glued to the walls. Door to the right leads to the bathroom, and door to its right leads to living room. Dollhouse tiles are used on the walls and also cut and fit around the shower base made from foam board. Looking at the picture now I will have to replace the toilet or raise it a tad. Just seems a bit too short.
Toilet brush with holder and package of toilet paper rolls are Re-ment. Dana’s towel is a white baby rag cut to size as seen above and sealed on edges with Elmer’s glue to stop fraying. Shower curtain is a piece of material. Will be taking it off and attaching to rod with silver jump rings instead for a more realistic look. Wallpaper is the same print out from the bedroom.
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Two centimeter wide strips of poster board were cut and sealed with Mod Podge then glued around the windows and doors. Then as there was quite a bit remaining I used it around the booths to give them a finished look and one strip for the side wall.
Back wall strip…
The back wall for the diner was cut with a door to the “kitchen”. Then I found this shelving unit I used in my previous diorama and elevated it with two wooden blocks painted red. The blocks will be covered with the same black poster board used for the frames. Note the rectangular holes behind the shelf where the food orders are placed from the kitchen.
Finally a public phone was installed.
Can’t wait to pull out the miniatures to accessorize this space.
My daughter and I follow a lovely kids Youtube show called “My Froggy Stuff” and to add to the realism of these apartment kitchens we decided to make some oven mittens.
I couldn’t resist and decided to use the same material for an apron for my Darla Daley.
On the site they give instructions on how to sew them by hand, but I decided to use my sewing machine. Here is the link to How to Make Doll Oven Mittens.
Here are a few tips:
1. If you want both male and female dolls to use the mittens, use a male doll hand for the template. I used the hand of one of my Hommes (male Fashion Royalty doll) as some of them are cooks too.
2. Make the opening at bottom a bit wide as even after you make the template from the male hand it’s difficult to get the hand in due to the thumbs of the dolls.
3. Sew a little yarn loop to the corners so you can hang them in your kitchen somewhere instead of stuffing into a drawer. Instead of a basic piece of yarn I did about 8 crochet chain stitches with the yarn and then attached to the mitten with an embroidery needle.
Which brings me to another update. The floor of the Poppy kitchen got some tiles in a wood grain pattern. It was sheer luck when I found these self-adhesive stickers. They are from the Fashion Fever (FF) diorama box sets from years ago.
These stickers could be put on then pulled off the FF floor sets. If anyone remembers them these floors were pink. I didn’t have the patience then to place each one of these stickers in a square so just decided to use the floors as is or simply spray paint the floors. Long story short, the stickers have come in handy here were they were glued to the floor using Elmer’s school glue. My Poppy pad is almost complete.
Ianna had more company over and prepared a nice meal.
And of course dessert to follow after.
In the past I have created many scenes with food, but this time I went a step further and wrapped the cutlery in a tiny square of tissue paper then secured with a small slip of tape in the back.
Then made a stack of napkins for the side, but it was a bit windy that day so I made a little napkin holder. To make of your own take a paper fastener and hot glue it to a button and voila!
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Outside the diner plastic ivy vines were hot glued onto the brick wall. I plan to put some more when I finally find some more in that leaf size. Here I have a few dolls testing out the corner.
Next door I added a blue poster board outside the mini market and placed a couple toparies to see how they fit in the space. A sign still has to be made and maybe a possible awning over the door.
As you can see inside the mini market is an absolute mess. It’s all in the name of getting the deli counters organized as shown below.
Lots of items to be added, or made like the cheeses and meats out of polymer clay. Fun fun fun! Most of the miniatures here are from Re-ment and the scale to the left is from a Barbie pediatrician clinic set.
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As a couple rooms are complete a few shots were taken to make the first short story on the blog. Check it out over on the “Short Story” page.
The top floor apartment tenants have moved in and have added some personal touches like finials on the ends of their curtain rods and artwork on walls.
The finials were made by joining a flat disc to a large large ball then to a tiny ball of polymer clay. Then it is baked, left to cool, painted the colour of your rod then attached to the rod with hot glue. Sometimes the glue can be seen so I will touch it up with paint (glue visible in second picture below).
The second floor apartment living room curtain also has finials added to the rods for a more finished look.
Another addition was artwork and floor mats in the top floor apartment kitchen. The floor mats are pieces of felt cut in rectangles.
Felt was also used for the bathroom mats but I glued blue construction paper underneath to give a touch of blue.
As you may notice the bathroom door finally has a door knob. This was made by inserting a paper fastener into an eyelet. Inside the door frame still needs to be sanded as it’s still a bit rough. The pattern on the door is actually a picture off the web resized and glued to the door.
This week my focus moves to the floor of the second floor kitchen.
Also the second floor bathroom and bedroom.
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This is the second kitchen I am working on in City Circlez. The main counter and fridge is from Re-ment, and as shown in a previous post, both along with the double oven were hoisted to be functional for a doll the height of Poppy. Remember this?
The styrofoam raising the height for the counter and fridge was covered with black poster paper, which I may paint over grey to soften the tone of the room. There wasn’t enough styrofoam on hand, so I built a box with foam board and hot glue, to lift the double oven unit.
The silver spray painted kitchen faucet was replaced by one from a Barbie kitchen and the oven was purchased from Amazon (search for dollhouse double oven). The two shelves were purchased a long time ago from eBay under dollhouse items and I painted them in white and mounted them with hot glue. Most of the miniatures are Re-ment while the others are from past Barbie kitchen playsets.
Seems like the spray paint didn’t completely cover the pink on the chairs, so back to the spraying box they go. I haven’t decided what will be done to the floor, but I’m definitely not going to use the tiling effect used in the upstairs bathroom. It looks great, but I had nightmares where I was just cutting those one inch square tiles over and over. Lol! A simple printed pattern sealed with Mod Podge will be quite sufficient.
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