Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Take 2 . . . (And don't forget the Mystery Basket drawing!)

Hey, y'all, remember the plastic needlepoint Barbie room fiasco of last Christmas? Well, I'm at it again!! (If you weren't around for that tale, check it out in this old post.)Only this time, I'm doing the Barbie Boutique which is complete with glass (fake) show cases for jewelry and such, dress forms, one of those funky little stools they use for trying on shoes, shoe boxes, and so much more. (I've made two before. the last one was for a now 22-year-old.)

I know, Christmas is still 80 some days away, so I've got plenty of time this year. (I really intended it for her birthday on the 9th - of October - but I think I'm revising that plan as it means, even with Express Mail service, I'd have less than a week to finish. (The earlier reference to last year's fiasco only takes you to Part 1, here's where you'll find Part 2 of that tale!)

I'm doing pretty well, so far. I have all of the outside walls done and I'm starting on the interior ones. I honestly enjoy making these. (Just ignore that muttering under my breath.) It's like being a mini-architect and a mini interior decorator.

I've even completed the signage on the outside of the building. This particular design does call for a lot of decorative stitched details above and beyond making the tiny furniture and such.

I also like shopping for the store's stock - sets of shoes, pieces of clothing (No, I've never allowed enough time to make the clothing. My patience does have some limits!) and I'm considering making jewelry for the showcases this time.

So, what do you think?

By the way, any brilliant ideas for a quick and easy, spectacular, birthday gift for a 6-year-old ? I need to ship it by mid-week. (Check out this old post for how the Post Office got the last laugh last year!)

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There's only a few days left to enter the drawing for the Mystery Stitcher Basket. I'll be drawing the winner's name at midnight on 9/30/11.

For more details, see this post.


Holly said...

I can't even imagine how much time it must take to create a Barbie-sized boutique. Sound fun though! Is the 6-year-old a girl or boy? I'm a big fan of polymer clay. Maybe you could sculpt a little trinket for him or her, perhaps a favorite animal?

Dale said...

I loved the room you did last Christmas - can't wait to see the boutique... right up my alley with the miniatures - I should try and make some shoes for you in the bread dough I do the tiny flowers for my brides and grooms in....

Do you design these rooms yourself or do you have a pattern to follow. Would love to tackle a music room..

Ramblin Mama said...

Holly, she's a girl (quite a tomboy, tho!)

Dale - I use a commercial pattern for all but the flooring (Actually, I had a floor pattern but can't find it!) Sometimes I sway from the pattern a bit but usually stick fairly close as they're pretty intricate. I'll talk to you about lending you the pattern as it's old and out-of-print. I thought of you last year when i made the piano. (I guess you'd have to adapt it to a pipe organ!)