New photo story uploaded and diorama updates

Episode 2 of the Gift Exchange has been posted and looks like the ladies are getting a little  heated over the game.

Gift Exchange 2016 -69

While in the doll room I finally found a solution for privacy on the rooftop patio. Using my Silhouette cutting machine, I cut out a lattice pattern from sheets of cardstock paper. Then each were mounted on to the back of the surrounding wall with balsa wood strips for support.TI5A7903

As explained in a previous post, the picnic table was made by TnT Things on Flickr. The shrubs where bought from several craft shops and the surrounding wall was made with cardboard and brick paper printed from the internet. The tutorial explaining how the wall was constructed can be found on the MyFroggyStuff youtube video on How to Make a Doll Swimming Pool 2 TI5A7915Then over at the home of Zamora and Sayyid, their bathroom was created using the recent Barbie bathroom playsets with a few modifications.


BEFORE (Picture from Amazon, click picture to be transferred to product listing)


BEFORE  (Picture from Amazon, click picture to be transferred to product listing)






It may not be that noticeable in the pictures, but all silver tone fixtures (sink faucet, tub faucet, shower head, towel rack and tub tray) were spray painted with a shiny chrome spray paint. The miniatures beside the sink are a mixture of Barbie minis and Re-ment items.

The walls in the shower were replaced with sheets of dollhouse tiling, and this was also used on the walls. The shower curtain was replaced and a tissue box was made using the same fabric. Dollhouse windows were painted white and inserted into the cardboard walls. Eventually I will frame them with strips of balsa painted white. The toilet orginally came from a Gloria playset and was repainted white. White towels are baby bath rags cut and edges hemmed. The pink mat on the bathroom floor is a piece of craft foam.

Bathroom and NurseryNext addition to the Rultan home was the installation of a wall between the bathroom and the nursery. A shelf was placed on the wall in the nursery to display a few toys.

Nursery additions 2The numbers and letters on the wall to the right are foam stickers. When the baby arrives Zamora will need some support holding him/her for breastfeeding so I made a coordinating “Boppy” pillow, which is seen above the stuffed lamb on the rocking chair.

Boppy PillowThe baby car seat seen in the picture above to the right of the rocking chair used to look like this:

24614531601_40e4291f30_o (1)Then with a piece of gray material and hot glue it was transformed…24079933304_070358df2c_o (1)

24708145185_0f190d8913_o (1)24590437232_7aa478f1c6_o (1)Well back to the doll room to get some photo stories set up. 🙂

Thanks for visiting!



14 thoughts on “New photo story uploaded and diorama updates

  1. The story is good. I can’t wait to see who ends up with what. I hope the fighting isn’t too bad.

    I like the updates to the house. The nursery is beautiful.

    • Hi Jaye, I appreciate hearing you like the story. This is a sort of re-enactment of the gift exchange game I partake in every year with my friends. We have no fights or squabbles like these ladies, but we do get disappointed when we lose out on the good stuff. Glad you also like the Rultan home, I am so anxious to get it fully complete so I can dive into their story. The nursery is my favorite room, and pretty soon it will be well used.

  2. Everything looks great. Love, all of your modifications, especially the baby seat! I may have to steal that idea from you. Lol. Knowing me, I will STILL be too lazy to do something like that. I’ve been making a more realistic baby stroller for years. Just can’t seem to even get started .

    • Thanks vanessamorrison! As always I strive to make the doll world as realistic as possible. I toyed with just spray painting the baby seat then thought it still would look hard and stiff for the baby, so more padding would be suitable. Now I am trying to decide what to do with the handles. Feel free to use the idea, I am yet to tackle the baby stroller. There just doesn’t seem to be a realistic enough one in my collection. I guess the Happy Family blue one will have to do in the end. I am like you sometimes, there are lots of things to modify, kit-bash or just create from scratch, but life or simple procrastination gets the better of me. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Oh that LV Bag is to die for! I am so happy I have this mini version, because with this dolly habit there is no way I would be dishing out the money for a real one. The dolls do live a much more lavish lifestyle and I thought why not give them gifts that simply would not show up at my gift exchange.

  3. The story was wonderful! That is how we do our gift exchange for our family Christmas. I got my picks stolen 3 times this year, so this story made me laugh! Loving your bathroom dios and the baby room too!

    • Thanks Phyllis, happy to hear my game is keeping true to the real version. Sometimes I wish I had a shrinking machine to try out these rooms. The bathroom was a cool project which didn’t take too long when I finally decided they would be getting the new play set. The transformations are the most fun. 🙂

Leave a Reply