Thursday, May 11, 2017

Back to Mannequins...

Sometimes I start projects and get a little frustrated when I run into difficulties. Well, late last year I started working on covering mannequins with muslin. The goal was to cover, age, then add a stencil number on the fabric. I just love that look…but I ran into some problems getting the fabric to lay nicely on the curves of the figure. I thought about it for a long time and now I think I know how I can resolve the problem. So, next week, "I'm working' on mannequins!

Here's a look at where I stopped last year:

Working on Muslin Covered Mannequins

…my inspiration. LOVE!!
Not so bad, right?

Gotta get this together???

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lots of New Items Listed...

I've been spending time working a multiple projects; custom orders, clocks, cork boards, vintage signs, the travel trailer and uploading new items to the shop. I have tons of new duvets sets coming too.
If you get a chance, please stop by.

fabulouslyflawedmini Etsy shop:

French Vintage Signs 

Dollhouse Miniature Handmade Hat and Scarf Sets in lots of colors

Dollhouse MiniatureVintage Inspired Wall Clocks

Miniature Hand Knitted Sofa Throws in lots of wonderful colors!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Vintage Styled Corkboards...

Just finished this little cutie. A vintage "styled" corkboard. Each board has an aged tin sign, (this one "To Do"), aged list sheets pinned with a rusted tack and 2 vintage photos. The board measure 1 3/4 square inches. This one will be available in my shop today. Finishing up a custom order, then will began making the boards in several colors with different signs and board items, as well as more clocks.

Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Styled Corkboard
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Styled corkoard

Miniature Styled Dollhouse Corkboard

Friday, May 5, 2017

Clocks in Color...

Today I finished a few more of the rusted clocks. I have listed a the small rectangles and a small round. I also got a chance to work on a few with colored housing. This group of three, is painted in French Blue and of course, distress to give an aged/shabby look. I played around with painting the interior edge the same color, but I wasn't too happy with it. I thought it worked better rusted.
These are listed as well.
Have a great weekend.

Miniature Dollhouse Table Clocks
by Anita Smiley for fabulouslyflawedminiatures

Miniature Dollhouse vintage inspired table clock

Miniature Dollhouse Round French Blue Table Clock

French Blue Miniature Dollhouse Table Clock

Miniature Dollhouse French Blue Wall Clock 1 1/4 Round

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Then There Were Three...

Finished the clock testers today. I will have three different sizes with a few different faces in each size. I figured out a way to make color bases, look for the colored clocks next week. The three I have here have a rusted tin housing with distress faces. The larger is a wall clock, the other two are table clocks.

Coming soon to fabulouslyflawedminatures!

New Miniature Dollhouse Vintage Inspired Wall and Table Clocks
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Vintage Inspired Wall Clock
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Vintage Inspired Table Clocks
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vintage Table Clock...

It took a few tries to get the clock to work out the way I envisioned. I wanted it to look old and not so perfect, I guess you could say "beat up". Using the rusted technique I was able to accomplish that look. My initial goal was to play around with different Annie Sloan colors, I am not sure if I can achieve the same effect with paints. I'm going to at least, give one a try. I will let you know how it turns out. If it is not successful, this is the design I will make for the shop. I'm also working on a round one (super difficult). 

Vintage inspired miniature dollhouse table clock
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Close up of vintage inspired miniature dollhouse table clock

Vintage inspired miniature dollhouse table clock
in scene

Will look great in a vintage, cottage, shabby or eclectic setting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tick Tock it's Time for Clocks...

I've been thinking of this idea for a long time and finally decided to give it a try. Little vintage inspired clocks for your mini home (and mine too)! 
I cut out a bunch (spent all day cutting) because I want to make them in all the Annie Sloan colors I have. If they turn out the way I image in my head, should be pretty nice. 
I will keep you posted.

BTW, kinda in between "real" house stuff and miniature stuff (that balance is difficult). Finally can pick up  the Travel Trailer again. Getting the top together, should have progress photos next week.

Vintage Inspired Miniature Dollhouse Clocks coming soon!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Vintage Style Posters….

After spending so much time working on the fabulouslyflawedminiatures craft room, today I felt a great urge to make something in mini. So I decided to play around with vintage tin signs. These are super cute images of Marlo Thomas from the "That Girl" series I grew up on, a "It's a Wonderful Life" poster and a few Barbie and Skipper images.
I have a few in tin and I'm working on a few with a wood background. Will have them listed in the shop at the end of the week. 

Vintage inspired signs on rusted tin background

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
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Miniature Dollhouse Bouquet
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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
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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
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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.