Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Back to Working on the Miniature Craft Room...

Getting the craft room together
Back to working on the Miniature Craft Room I have been creating for the last few months. I had a burst of DYI energy, so I decided I better get back to this big project. I have spent the last 2 weeks painting the built-ins, Annie Sloaning furniture, organizing the storage for tons of miniature art supplies and getting the garage back to a garage. I probably have another week or 2 left to get this entirely done. I looking forward to the space and can't wait to get back to making miniatures!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Potted Plant...

I've always wanted to try a potted plant, so I gave it a try today. After playing around with the leaves for a bit, I got them to look pretty realistic. I put them in a painted pot with a little dirt (tea).

Miniature Dollhouse Potted Plant
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mini Flower Bouquet...

I've been playing around with mini flowers. Today I came up with a few ideas to display the flowers and thought, "wow, maybe I can sell these???".

So now I'm working on a (small, very small) collection of miniature flower bouquets and vases in different colors and vase style. I just love them.
Miniature Dollhouse Bouquet
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminaitures

Miniature Dollhouse Bouquet
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminaitures

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring is in the Air...

Spring is in the air, but it's still a little toasty. While working on colorful flowers, I decided to add a bunch of colorful hand knitted hats and scarves. Will shorten the fringe, but they are adorable. New items coming to the shop in April (including the hat and scarves).

Tiny miniature hand knitted hat and scarves.
Coming to fabulouslyflawedminiature's Etsy in April

Working on colorful hydrangea for the Travel Trailer Flower Box

Friday, February 24, 2017


I am so happy to share the things I worked on this week. Flowers, lots and lots of flowers are needed for the hanging flower box. I attempted flower making before, but was never happy with the results. The thin clay roses that some artist make are absolutely beautiful, but I imagine they take a lot of time to make, so I decided to go with paper.
I want color variation, so I mixed and diluted several paints and colored the paper. The colors are beautiful!! Once the paper dried, I use an mini punch and started working. Yes time consuming, but not too bad. Feeling happy with the results. Next I will attempt Hydrangea and Geraniums based off of 1 inch mini tutorial.
This week I also completed the chair, made a hanging mail catcher, as well as installed the windows in the trailer.

Miniature Dollhouse Flowers
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Colors created to make miniature dollhouse flowers
Miniature Dollhouse Setting by Anita Smiley
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Friday, February 17, 2017

So…This Week...

This was a very productive week for me regarding the Travel Trailer. I spent some time on the exterior, working on the door and window trim, the screen door, and decided on the accent color for the stripes and window flower box.
My favorite for the week though, was creating an oversized wood chair. I wanted a school house looking chair for the desk/table below the wall shelves. A few weeks ago I went to a local thrift store and almost purchased a wonderful vintage Oak Schoolhouse chair for my studio. For some reason, I decided not to buy it at that time. Once I returned home, I could not get it off my mind. The next morning I returned to the store to find it gone :(. When thinking of the design of the trailer, I knew I wanted that type of chair, but had no idea how to create it.
Snooping around Instagram, I found a wonderful artist from Finland (@slallaheikkila). I love everything she creates, including the perfect chair for the trailer! I contacted her to find out if the chair was a kit, or if she designed it. She created it based off of a rocker chair she has in her dollhouse. She was so kind and wanted to let me have the chair. I told her, I would try to make a version. I created the template (the sides) in Illustrator, then traced the design to wood and cut it out with a knife. I measured and cut the other parts out as I put it together. I LOVE this chair and can't wait to paint it.
As you can see from the flower box, I need to make tons of flowers. I think my goal for next week will be "flower making".

Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend;).

Oversized Wooden Chair
for the Travel Trailer Desk/Trailer

Greenleaf Dollhouse Travel Trailer Redo
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Trailer Updates...

I figured out why I'm enjoying making the Travel Trailer so much…it is giving me the chance to make all the little minis that have been sitting in my "I'm going to try that" space. Still nervous about the flowers though, I need so many! If anyone knows of a few great tutorials or sites, please let me know :).

Here are a few trailer exterior updates and photos of new accessories I am trying for the first time.

Screen door for the Trailer Trailer.
The handle is made using layers of glued paper, then aged.

The exterior of the Travel Trailer. The flower box is painted with Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. I would
like to add some type of sticker trim with a name before I do the aging.

Today I played around with creating a computer. This is the first tester. I see a
few problems that I think I can work out to make it better. Will give it another try tomorrow. 

Yesterday I make a few vintage looking keys to hang on the wall shelf.
See that little heart?..Happy Valentine's Day :)

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Teeny, Tiny Distraction...

Happy Monday!
This weekend I worked on the interior trim and the screen door for the Travel Trailer. Again, I'm using lots of Annie Sloan Old White…I just love the color! I know for sure I will age the exterior of the trailer, as well as the screen door. I'm still trying to decide if I want to age the interior???

I had an overwhelming desire to to create miniature Campbell's Soup cans. I found a wonderful vintage looking label on the internet, dragged it into Photoshop and made the necessary adjustments for mini size. I thought it would look great to have one in the trailer holding beautiful flowers (now I'm researching how to make flowers...see it never, ever ends).

Here's a peek:

Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Campbell's Soup Can

Work in progress, screen door for the Travel Trailer

Finally finished the interior trim!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Adding Finishing Touches...

Today I worked on the finishes for a few recent builds. I rusted the coat rack and made a cute vintage rose colored umbrella (a super easy build).
Yesterday, I stained the table top of the iron round table I created to sit in front of the settee. I was not happy with it at all:(.
Today I came up with an idea to make it better, I added a thin strip of rusted metal around the edge, then glued a bunch of thin wood strips on top (I distressed the edge of each one). Initially, I was going to paint to top, but decided to try to tea stain it. The tea stain was too light, so I added my Peets used coffee grounds, which gave it a look I was happy with.

Here's a peek:

Miniature Dollhouse Coat Rack, Umbrella and Round Table
Anita Smiley for fabuloulsyflawedminiatures

Miniature Dollhouse Coat Rack, Umbrella and Round Table
Anita Smiley for fabuloulsyflawedminiatures

Not crazy about the table top ;/

After the redo…much better
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Tiny Pair of Sneakers...

Just playing around with sneakers…they are so tiny :0. Should have curved them more around the ankle, but I can live with it.

Playing around with sneakers. These will work perfectly for the Travel Trailer.

Miniature dollhouse accessories by Anita Smiley
for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

New Builds...

I think I may be done building the freestanding furniture for the Travel Trailer. Today I worked on a table that will go in front of the settee, a vintage style coat rack, and a peg shelf for over the iron bed. I more work to do getting the table stained and rusted, rusting the coat rack and rusting the pegs. There are a few more accessories I would like to make as well: an umbrella, a tutu sculpture, sheets and pillow cases for the bed…so much to do, but loving it.

I also wanted to share with you a few adorable books I found at Hobby Lobby. They may be slightly larger than they should be, but they will go on the built in shelf, so hopefully they will be okay.

Round Small Table with Rust Iron Base (still working on the rust), Vintage style coat rack
and Over Bed Peg Rack by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures.

Wonderful finds at Hobby Lobby, coverall books.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bear in the Box...

I stumbled across a miniature artist, Yukitsplace on Instagram. She created a wonderful Jack in the Box using a bear instead of a clown. I fell in love with it. She photo'd a few steps to give an idea of how she put it together, so off I went. I made a few adjustments, but creating it was pretty straight forward and fairly easy.
I think I'm going to try one with a Bunny:).

Here's a peek:

Miniature Dollhouse Bear in the Box
by Anita Smiley for fabuloulsyflawedminiatures.
This is the inspiration for the Bear in the Box. Yukitplace. The artist creates wonderful mini's. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

House of Miniature Kit Redo...

Just finished this vintage inspired seating for the "Travel Trailer".  I love HofM kits. They are well made, easy to put together, inexpensive, and you can redo them in many different styles.

This one is the Queen Anne Settee. I used a "linen like" fabric that I tea stained, added extra padding, aged the feet and left off the arm rest. I made a little mistake on the side, so I decided to make it look like it was part of the design by adding little squares and a nail head. I think it gave it a vintage, modern look…feeling happy:).

HofM Queen Anne Settee Redo
by Anita Smiley
for fabulouslyflawedminiatures
(that cute "D" pillow was sent to me by Kat from Kitty and Kat Miniatures)

HofM Queen Anne Settee Redo
by Anita Smiley
for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

HofM Queen Anne Settee Redo
by Anita Smiley
for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lots of Accessories This Week...

A super busy week as I continue building the Travel Trailer, as well as make accessories for the decor. 

I started the week off with a small tray. I used paint samples swatches from Home Depot and a super small square punch for the mosaic. For the grout, I mixed white sugar and glue. Once dried, I used clear nail polish to seal it. The wood is painted with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.   

Kat from Kitty and Kat Miniatures sent me a package of wonderful mini's for the trailer.  I could not wait to finish the mattress for the iron bed to show off two beautiful, tiny xstitched pillows included in that "mini goodie package". Big hugs to Kat.

I found tutorials for the purse and tiny mini house. I just modified to my style. 

The shelf TV and Record Player is something that I always wanted to try. I had two 1 inch square boxes made from mat board staring at me as I was working the purse, next thing I knew I was building a TV and Record Player. Although I love the look, I see room for improvement (Still working on the TV knobs).

Lastly, I asked mom if she would knit a hat and scarf the the trailer, 2 days later I received a package with several in wonderful colors. She gifted me a few to sell on Etsy…love her!!

Happy Weekend:)

Miniature Dollhouse Mosaic Tray
by fabuloulsyflawedminiatures

Beautiful stitch pillows by Kat from Kitty and Kat Miniatures

Denim Purse by Anita Smiley

Tiny House by Anita Smiley

Shelf TV and Record Player by Anita Smiley

Miniature Dollhouse hand knitted hat and scarf

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This Might Work...

I wanted to share with you the Art Deco Bust. I completed the sculpture, put it in the oven and forgot about it. As you can see, the translucent clay burned. I tried making a mold of the bust, but it did not work out :(.
After a few days of thinking about it, I decided to prime the bust so that I can paint it. My initial idea was to use make-up to color it, because of the over cooking, that won't work.
Yesterday I sketched out the face, it looks like it just might work! Last night I sanded the bust and will take my time painting it. I really want this one to work out. I love the originals and know for sure I only have one shot at this. :0

Here's a peek:
The sculpture after priming it and sketching the face.

Put it in the oven and forgot about it :(…overcooked!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wrapping up the Week...

Wrapping up the week with a few more accessories.

I'm going to put my favorite first, the ballet slipper, I love it! My daughter is a little ballerina, so I thought it would be nice to include some ballet items.
I also tried to make a Ugg boot. I followed a tutorial I found on line, it looked so easy, it took me forever!!!…and I still did not get it right. I will give it one more try, but not sure if I can do it. Remember the clog? Well my clog turned into a sandal. I have to paint the straps, but I'm okay with it. I would love to make a clog, but I have to rethink how to put it together

 I also spent a lot of time on books and artwork. The trailer will have a wall of shelves, so spent much of the week creating and painting book covers in Annie Sloan paints. I also want to include a collection of children's books. I was able to find lots of great covers on the web, but have to Photoshop them (work in progress). This trailer will include artwork by the masters. I Photoshop several and will decide what to add once I start decorating.

Lastly, I worked on a few boxes. I love vintage boxes, they are so "girly". Found a few on the web and also scored a wonderful Tylenol box.

I'm in love with the ballet slipper!

Close up of slipper

The good and the bad

The clog turned sandal

Books, books and more books!

The Masters on canvas. Still need to age and add paint effects

Vintage boxes and Tylenol

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lots of Work, Little to Show...

Today I worked on the structure of the trailer. Lots of gluing, painting and taping. Not much to show.  There will be a table and shelves the entire width of the trailer, so I will need tons of accessories. Today I got a chance to work on a few.

First the lamp. I purchased the glass base from HobbyLobby a while ago. I immediately knew that I would be making some type of lamp out of it. I wanted to make something a little unique, so I created a lamp shade made from metal and rusted the entire shade. I love the two together. I am now searching for the tiny led lights I purchased for this project. (I can't find anything now that I have reorganized!)

While the paint and glue was drying, I was able to get the bust (which I overcooked) painted. I am not sure if this idea will work out, but I have to give it my best shot.
I also made a mold for the clogs (if I can pull this off, they will be super cute!). 

Lastly, a LIFE game box. We love playing games in our family, so I want to make sure to include several in the project.

Here's a peek:

Miniature Dollhouse Bedside Lamp
Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Miniature Dollhouse Accessories
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Monday, January 23, 2017

New Luggage for the Travel Trailer...

Happy Monday!

Wanted the share the new luggage I made for the Travel Trailer today. I am really happy with the colors and the way they turned out. Glad I decided to go "Eclectic Girly", it's giving me so many options....I just noticed that I did not age the handle on the Duck Egg case, will have to fix that.

Tomorrow I will work on the actual trailer structure, along with a glass and iron lamp that I may use to sit on the luggage next to the iron bed.

Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Style Luggage
Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Handmade Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Style Luggage
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Vintage Style Dollhouse Luggage
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