New Photo Story Posted – Shriek!

While I put together the post on the lighting of the apartments, I rustled up a quick little photo story with Dana and Skylar. Check it out here.


Here are some extra shots from the story, taken specially as an inside look for this blog.

Closeup of Table setting

Closeup of Table setting

Closeup of stove top

Closeup of stove top

Behind the scenes of photostory Shriek

She just would not kneel on her own!

Then after their story was complete I moved over to other areas in the city for some quick diorama setups:

Shop together

Shop together

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

Selection of cheese to go with these wines?

Selection of cheese to go with these wines?

And a few Behind The Scene Shots of the dioramas specially for you my readers:

Outside Laundromat

Outside Laundromat

Corner of Laundromat

Corner of Laundromat

Dry Cleaner corner

Dry Cleaner corner

To the right of deli

To the right of deli

Supermarket bts2

To the left of deli

Thanks for visiting!

Lighting up the apartments Part 1

The day I decided to build apartment building structures…

Section A without base-1

…instead of single rooms with an open roof…

Stand Alone Office Structure


…I knew there would be an issue of lighting the rooms once complete.

I searched several sites and tried out items like watch battery led lights to flashlights to push button closet lights and then finally just shone photo lights into the rooms but to date nothing does the job quite right. My last test involved the photo lights and this is the effect without Photoshop:



Way too bright in certain areas and dark in other spots like instead the kitchen. Even after Photoshop there wasn’t much improvement:


I continued to test out the photo lights with a closeup:


The picture did not improve. So I headed to the apartment downstairs to test these photo lights in another room:


The room looks nice an bright and cheery and much improved from the shots from upstairs, so the photo lights could work here. The picture quality can only improved further when I hit the jackpot and get a new camera. 🙂

So a solution has to be found with the upstairs apartment’s dark corners. And I think I finally found the perfect solution, LED strip lights. I bought these some time ago and it may help the situation greatly.

Stay tuned when I post part two to this post where I will go through step by step of the installation of the LED strip lights.

Thanks for visiting!


Back to the doll room

First things first. Thanks to everyone who participated in my survey last month. It is my pleasure to announce that the information gathered has assisted in the preparation for the revival of my photo stories which will be published very very soon. 🙂

So what have I been doing since my last post?? Playing with dolls of course! LOL!

After the drooling session over the IT dolls released on the webinar last month I took a little hiatus and now I have lots to share….

Presently under construction in the doll room is a coffee shop. Once again MyFroggyStuff and my daughter have influenced some creative play. Here are the results so far:

Construction of Jammin Javas 2

The main counter was made like on the video with a few adjustments, like a little more support on the base. I also used a little more pliable board than cardboard for the base and then the counter is actually foam board covered in contact paper. The red display case/cashier counter is from the My Scene coffee shop playset, along with some of the accessories on the counter like the coffee machines and red cappuccino cups. Other miniatures are from Re-ment sets and Barbie playsets.

Construction of Jammin Javas aerial

The red display case/cashier counter is from the My Scene coffee shop playset. To make the display case a bit more realistic, a piece of clear plastic was cut from packaging and glued on to the front right as seen below.  Construction of Jammin Javas pastry counter

The accessories on the counter like the coffee machines and red cappuccino cups are also from My Scene playsets. Other miniatures are from Re-ment sets and Barbie playsets.

Construction of Jammin Javas

The chalkboards are from a roll of chalkboard contact paper and the writing is applied using a white pencil crayon. The red raised

Next on the list to do are the surrounding walls, floor, cleaning up the edging of the main counter, making little trays for the food in the display case, make miniature packages of coffee, sugar, etc and dig for more miniatures to accessorize the diorama.

Oh before I forget, the name of the coffee shop is Jammin’ Javas. I made a coffee shop many years ago and made t-shirts and aprons, so this setup is just another franchise branch in City Circlez. My new girls are modeling the attire:

Jammin Javas attireCloseup of Jammin Javas tshirt

Closeup of Jammin Javas apron

For those curious about my previous attempt at a coffee shop, here is a quick flash back:




As always I try to make sure there is quite an assortment of reading material for the guys and gals, so on June 2nd (a day after release) multiple copies of the latest DerPuppe issue was made and distributed.


Guess this is the only time Ianna got a chance to catch up on her reading. Others decided to be antisocial…


Barbeque on roof4

Which brings me to an update on the roof top balcony…

Barbeque on roof2

Barbeque on roof

Barbeque on roof3

Grill closeup

Apart from creating the stone area I am most pleased with the result of my re-upholstered patio furniture. All pillows were hand-sewn by me, and boy was that tedious.

Reupholstered bench

Reupholstered chair

Couple things still need to be completed up here, like making the blue sky more realistic, putting soil or stones or moss in the flower beds along the wall, raising the height of the grill, put in lots more trees and shrubbery on the wall and of course placing more minis and dolls in the scene, so the party can get started. 🙂

In other parts of City Circlez people are getting on with their lives, so here’s a sneak peek:

Zolamakesa smoothie2

Zola is making a healthy smoothie after a long day of meetings at work.

Zolamakesa smoothie

Mercedes as usual has guests over at her apartment…


Don, Dante and Julian (Mercedes’ current boyfriend)


Phoebe with newborn and Felicity

Phoebe and her newborn

…but where is Mercedes? Probably in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

And oh dear looks like lights are out over by Dana and Skylar.

Change a lightbulb

Skylar, Carly, Elizabeth, Melanie (on ladder), Val (holding ladder), Dana and Cazia.

Finally just for fun, here’s a super quick tutorial on how to make doll sized door knobs:

Doorknob tutorial

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