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.
Take care until next time…
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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It’s such a great feeling when you have accomplished a tedious project, and I am proud to say the upstairs apartment is basically completed. A few pictures have to be hung here and there and a hand towel rack needs to be placed in the bathroom, but it’s ready for it’s tenant Ianna to move in.
Ianna wastes no time and invites her friends and niece over to the apartment.
Oh and the quick tip I wanted to share was how to make a shower curtain like the one in this bathroom. Take a retractable pole from an Integrity Toys doll stand, two silver eyelets, sheet of cloth batting and hot glue.
1. Place a doll tub snug between two walls then measure the distance between the walls (call this distance A).
2. Measure the distance you would like the curtain to hang from down to the tub. Ensure that you measure how far down you want the shower curtain to fall down into the tub (call this distance B).
3. Use distance A as the width of the shower curtain plus two inches (extra is for the gathering), and distance B as the length plus one inch (loop to fit pole) and mark onto the batting and cut out the rectangle.
4. Along distance B fold over by about half an inch and seal with hot glue, making a loop to run the retractable pole through.
5. Using the eyelets hot glue each on the opposing walls above the tub making sure they are level (I used a mini level tool to ensure this).
6. Put one end of the pole with the shower curtain into one of the eyelets then pull the retractable side so that it fits into the opposite eyelet.
Here are close-ups of the result:
Instead of tackling the huge feat of creating the back wall running the whole length of this upper apartment, my focus is moving to the lower apartment, diner and other areas in the two buildings needing attention. The lower apartment kitchen got two shelves recently, the wallpaper on the wall with the window was straightened and the window was framed.
Then out of the blue today I decided to change what the area I designated as the clothing boutique to a nail salon on the ground floor. If you remember this space was originally going to be a hair salon, but to be honest the boutique and hair salon need larger spaces, so they will go in another building I plan to add to the city. Here are test shots of the nail salon after digging into bags of beauty products. Need to find all my mini nail polish bottles.
Most of the furniture comes from the Fashion fever era. I don’t plan to repaint anything here, except for the receptionist table in the back, as the colours work for this setting. This week I have to figure out what to do on the walls.
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