Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kitten Update

Hi everybody!  I hope you have had a great weekend!  I've been chasing little kitties around.  They are definitely getting around good now, even getting the hang of running after me wherever I go.  They are so cute though!  I've attached a few pictures so that you can all see how fast they are growing.  They  just turned four weeks old.

It was really hard to get a good picture of them all together until they were sleeping.  They prefer to sleep in the dog's bed, LOL!  The dog isn't too happy about it though.

So cute!
I hope your upcoming week is a good one!
Bear hugs,

Friday, August 7, 2015

~ New Little Ones ~

Happy Friday everyone!
Today's post doesn't have anything to do with bears or minis, but I wanted to share anyway.  :o)
A while ago we took in a stray cat that ran out in front of my sisters truck.  My sister couldn't keep her, so of course she brought her to my house. (because I don't know how to say "no".)  So ,fast forward a couple of months and now I have kittens at my house.  They are about two weeks old now and sooooo cute!  I wish they would stay like this forever, but alas, they grow up. 
So anybody want a kitten when they are old enough to leave their mom?!....Please!.....Yes, I'm shamelessly begging here!  If you are close to Northern Indiana feel free to come get yourself a cute little kitty in about four weeks or so.  ;o) 
Ok, I'm done begging now, LOL!  If nothing else at least I've shared some cute pictures here.  :o)  I will try to post some updates as they grow.  Of course my daughter is on cloud nine right now, she is already attached to them. 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

~Bright Star Online Show today!~

The Bright Star online bear show has just started!  I hope you can stop by and visit the bears!
Have a great day!!
Bear hugs,

Monday, July 27, 2015

~Newport Update: The Garage~

Good Morning!  I hope you all had a great weekend!
I would like to share some photos of the Newport garage with you today.  :o)  I will definitely be adding more to this room as time goes on, but for the most part it is finished. 

It's funny how I notice things in photos that I didn't notice at the time I took the pictures.  I can see on the right wall that the wallpaper is starting to bubble.  I will have to get that fixed.

The shelf on the left wall is one that I made from bass wood pieces that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't want anything really fancy,  just something to hold the things you would normally find in your garage.  I believe the little crates on the top shelf were purchased on Ebay.   The paper towel rolls were made by me.  The large flower pot on the bottom is one that I picked up at a show and the bags of potting soil were purchased from Hobby Builders Supply. 

The overhead door does open and close.   I will have to get a picture of it in the open position and update this post.

The workbench was a kit that I found on Ebay a very long time ago.  I believe it is by GJ miniatures (?)  I can't find a website or any information on them though.  It was a fun kit to put together.  It even has a little working drawer on the front and it came with a small working turntable to set on top.  I decided to leave it as is instead of painting or staining it because I just like the way it looks this way.
The assortment of tools were found at shows, on Ebay and on Etsy.  The blue bins are from Shapeways.    The rake in the corner is by Sir Thomas Thumb.

Here are some shots from the back of the house.  You can see the kitchen to the left.  There will be a sunroom above the garage.  That will be my next project.  I have a picture in my mind, but figuring out where to start is the hard part.
I will post some updates as I add more details to this room, but I hope you like it for now.  :o) 
Next time I will share the master bedroom.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

~ Newport Update: The Kitchen ~

So, we are pretty much settled into our new house now, just a few more stray boxes to unpack.  I really need to have a yard sale before the summer is over!  You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to move it.
Anyway, as promised, I have a few blog posts to do on the Newport.  The first one today is the Kitchen.  I also have the garage and master bedroom to show you, but those will have to be separate posts.  I was working on these rooms before we moved.  None of them are 100% finished, but what miniature project ever is?
Some of these photos were taken at night with the dollhouse lights on, some were taken during the day with them off, some with my camera flash and some without.  I tried to show it in all lights because I think it changes the atmosphere of the room.  (maybe its just me?)
I will try to add links to where I purchased the different elements of the room whenever I can.
The cabinets began life as basic Houseworks unassembled kits that I purchased from Hobby Builders Supply.   You can see in the next couple of pictures that they are pretty easy to assemble and once I got the hang of it, I had a little assembly line going, until I got to the dreaded words "sand to fit".  After that it was slow going for a while.  I did eventually get all of the doors and drawers moving smoothly though.  These are basic kits, meaning they are the cabinets only.  You have to add your own countertops, trim, etc.  This was what I was looking for though, I wanted to customize them myself.  I ended up painting them cream and spray painting the knobs black.  The countertop is actually paper that I just printed off of the computer after resizing.  I glued that to the wood base I built then added a couple coats of Triple Thick glaze for a nice finish.

When I purchased the Newport, the kitchen already had the gray wallpaper, which I like.  I decided to find some countertops that would coordinate with that and tie it all together. 
 It also had a range hood, which I liked as well, but I wanted something a little bit bigger.   I found a couple of inspiration photos on Pinterest and built this one from matte board and scrap wood.   I love the way it turned out! 
The oven, stovetop, sink and faucet can be found on Hobby Builders Supply website as well.  The red candle on the counter was made using a tutorial I found here and printies here
The island is a kit that I got on NAME day in our local mini club a couple of years ago.  I went with the butcher block top and painted the cabinet red. 
The lights above the island are from Ray Storey.

The jars on the counter are some that I found at a miniature show.  I filled them with fake flour and sugar, then painted some little cups to use as scoops inside.  The rooster tray hanging on the wall is from Hungarian Miniatures.  The sandwiches are by Amanspeak Miniatures.   The star above the door was purchased at a miniature show and the little chalkboard sign on the right was made by me.

The large cabinet in the dining area was an ebay find that I sanded down and refinished.  I still need to do the same to the kitchen table top and I also plan to add cushions to the chairs.  The bar stools were found at Hobby Builders Supply.  ( I really like that site.)
The tobacco basket hanging on the wall was made by me.  I had a lot of fun with this little project.   I might add a few of these to my Etsy shop soon. 

I'm not sure why I like this last photo.  It's kind of fuzzy, but it shows everything in perspective and keeps it "real".  Look at all those wires, LOL!  I'm still trying to come up with a way to disguise those, but I guess I've got plenty of time before I get to the landscaping and have to deal with that. 
Some of the minis in this room were gifts and some I have just forgotten where I picked them up at, but if there is something I missed and you would like to know where it came from, just let me know and I will do my best to find a link for you.
I hope you enjoyed the little room tour!  I will be back soon with an update on the garage.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Delay And A Move

Hi Folks!
Sorry for the long delay in posting! 
Long story short, we had to move house unexpectedly and quickly.  I've spent all of the past month packing and unpacking, but we are in our new house now and as soon as we are settled I will get back to posting.
Before we found out we had to move, I did have some time to work on the Newport a little bit. Thankfully I remembered to take pictures before I had to pack everything up!  So I will be back with some updates on that.  :o)
I also have the Bear Hugs 4 U online show right around the corner, so I hope you can join me!
Be back soon!
Bear hugs,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you out there celebrating today!  I hope your day is wonderful!