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Specially Made Quilted Rugs for the Veterinary Vignette

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Bettie Pharr’s handmade quilted rugs arrived at Julie Western’s house yesterday and Candace the Muse is over the moon excited!   Just one look at the details and you’ll be planing your own miniature vignette adventures!

Here is the latest news from Julie, complete with links to her fabulous designers and suppliers:

“Two quilt rugs arrived by Bettie Pharr yesterday, Piecefulthings on Etsy.  I send her a photo of the project underway and some measurement guidelines and then she provides the creative genius to design, select fabrics and quilt the rugs.  The photos don’t translate the details in the quilting that she has invested in the pieces, small medallions, floral motifs on some of the central squares, diagonal ovals on one of the rugs, wavy lines on another.  It is a thrill to commission her for the quilts and be so delighted by the beautiful outcomes.

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Lindsay Pastore of PleyDey on Etsy, created the shabby chic table in the reception area and the narrow table with the microscope/lab work on it.  She does wonderful distressed painted finishes.  Most of the miniature apothecary and vintage pet food items were ordered through Valerie Claire Miniatures in England.

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On their way are two miniature guinea pigs by Ginko305 and a rabbit from RuthCreates.  A custom pink cabinet is being worked on by MinisbyJan  to house the small creatures on the third floor kennel.  A pale pink sofa with linen pillows with Paris prints is arriving from LasMinisdeMaini in Spain for the reception area.  All of these sources were found on etsy, my go-to global marketplace for handcrafted wares.  I have discovered so many talented, creative vendors through my etsy searches.  Working on these miniature worlds has been so rewarding, creating the vignettes and connecting with so many wonderful people who craft meticulous tiny wares.

Julies vintage inspired vignettes are fascinating to me!  Don’t you just love all the tiny details?  Do you see the fish bowl in the first floor reception?  The tiny jar of cotton balls in the second floor lab?  The tiny dog bed in the third floor kennel?  How perfectly divine!  I love it when Julie shares!  Enjoy!

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 Specially Made Quilted Rugs for the Veterinary VignetteLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


The Vintage Inspired Veterinary Vignette is Coming Along Nicely!

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Candace’s friend (and artist extraordinaire) Julie Western is pulling together elements for this charming miniature, vintage look clinic!  Just take a look at the details!  Warning:  This post might make you want to start a whole new way of crafting!

In Julie’s latest letter, she said:

“Just wanted to send you a couple photos of the veterinary hospital in progress.  Bettie Pharr is working on two small quilt rugs for the reception and kennel floors.  She has done such amazing work on the other miniature quilt rugs, I’ve left the design and details completely in her hands.  Also, in the works is a three level, wire front cabinet for rabbits and guinea pigs for the kennel area.  Still waiting on the large apothecary order from England to arrive.”

Now, prepare to feast your eyes!

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I can’t wait to see when it’s finished!  I still have my mini piece to make, I’d better get on that!  Thanks for the update, Julie!

If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love to feature it on our Creative Community Blog!  Email me at candace@cool2craft.com

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Julie Western’s Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited

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Last December Candace the Muse introduced our readers to an amazing woman who happens to be a wonderful artist.  Julie Western dives into each new artistic adventure that comes her, taking a bit of the previous adventure with her.

Julie’s artistic dance with fibers and quilts moved gracefully into an extension of a life long love of paper dolls that translated into miniature rooms!  Here’s an update on Julie Western’s Dollhouse shop makeover.

Julies Dressmaker Shop 12 2011 300x198 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited Julie told me:“The quilt shop has transformed from its holiday decor to include more quilts and a lacemaker’s work area.  The Ohio Star variation floor quilt and toile wall quilt with the children and dogs were custom made by Bettie Pharr, Piecefulthings on etsy.  Bettie created a 16″ x 20″ framed wall quilt out of the toile fabric and after seeing it in her etsy store, I contacted her to see if she would take on a small commission for similar quilts for the storefront.”
DSCN2594 300x224 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited “Working in miniature is a very challenging scale to quilt.  Bettie did amazing work translating the original design into two small format quilts with beautiful details.
The burgundy basket quilt was made by Pamela Boatright, Pamelaquilts on etsy, the pieces in the basket handle are only 1/4″ half triangles and The lacemaker’s bolster pillow and stand, chair, mini pillow with handmade lace and the glass globe table are by Ingeborg Krebs, Ingesminis on etsy.  Historically, lacemaker’s would fill a special glass globe with water and use candlelight to illuminate their intricate work. meticulously pieced.”
DSCN2585 300x224 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited “The fabric dolls, dog and cat are all by Holly Stinnett, Hollylovesart on etsy.  Holly has been creating the Tea with Jane Regency dolls for some time, all in glorious period attire with lovely embellishments.  Her latest art doll Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is fabulous.  She is creating one for me, along with the additional dolls for the cafe.
I am so grateful to all the artists that have crafted their wonderful wares, their work had made the quilt shop and cafe storefront such a delight!”
Julie Western Doll House 300x224 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited Back to the miniature cafe:“Bettie Pharr just e-mailed me a photo of the quilt she created for the bakery cafe floor.  Bettie is amazing at taking a few descriptive phrases from my “wish list” and designing the perfect additions for the rooms.  I love how she chose the curvy fabric for the sashes and borders, and the actual quilting is done in directional lines within the quilt blocks, in such tiny detail.”
image 300x222 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop Revisited   I tried to quilt in miniature for a day and a half, before I thought I would lose my mind trying.  That’s when I started scouring etsy for small scale quilt artists.  Bettie creates framed quilts and larger quilts, but she usually doesn’t work in this miniature of a scale, but she accepted the first commissions and followed up with this special project for me. She surpasses my every hope with her talents, design instincts and vision.

Thank you Julie, for all the fabulous ideas and contacts! 

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.2012 Logo C2C a creative community e1326591287152 Julie Westerns Dollhouse Quilt Shop RevisitedLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers

Glue Tube Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers can make something out of nothing. What looks like an empty tube of glue to you and me turns into an art doll for her! An inexpensive craft box makes the perfect throne for her fanciful doll.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cute Glue Tube Art Doll YouTube video tutorial!

For instructions on how to make the Art Doll Throne – click here.


Materials
Aleene’s Platinum Bond Super Fabric Textile Adhesive
Empty glue tube
Heavy duty small hole punch or drill with small bit
Fabric scraps
Toothpick
Craft sticks (1 for arms and 1 for legs)
Jump rings (2 to attach legs)
Needle and thread
Cool2Cast face
Embroidery floss – 1 skein – hair color of your choice
Gold foil
Rhinestones
Cool2Cast face (you can purchase a painted face at shopcool2craft.com or create your own face from polymer clay and paint on features)

Heidi Art Doll 1 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers Bend empty glue tube into seated position. Leave cap off empty glue tube for several days so that remaining glue in tube can dry out.
 Heidi Art Doll 2 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers Punch or drill holes along bottom edge of tube. Insert jump rings.
 Heidi Art Doll 3 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers For legs, cut one craft stick in half, paint with flesh paint. Let dry. Paint shoe design.
 Heidi Art Doll 4 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers Tear 3-4 strips of fabric (approximately 3/4″ – 1″ wide) to wrap around tube. Glue in place starting with the bottom piece first. Use toothpick to apply glue to tube and then glue strip in place. You want the first strip to hang off the edge of the tube to cover the jump rings.
 Heidi Art Doll 7 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut remaining craft stick in half. Paint with flesh paint. Let dry. For sleeves, cut and glue fabric to cover sticks. Glue sleeves to glue tube. Let dry.
 Heidi Art Doll 6 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers To make top, cut fabric approximately 3″ x 8″. Cut down center stopping at mid point. Using photo as guide, cut snips into fabric. This will help fabric to fit around neck of glue tube. Drape fabric over top of glue tube. Adjust neck to fit tube. Glue in place down back seams and at side.
Heidi Art Doll 5 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers Tear or cut one strip of fabric approximately 2″ x 10″. Stitch running stitch along one edge. Gather skirt to fit around tube and glue in place over top at waistline.
 Heidi Art Doll 8 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers For scarf, tear strip of fabric approximately 1″ x 8″.
 Heidi Art Doll 9 Glue Tube Eco Art Doll by EcoHeidi Borchers You can create a face from Cool2Cast, polymer clay or purchase one pre-painted by EcoHeidi. Glue face onto front of tube lid. Let dry. Glue skein of embroidery floss across back of head. Let dry. Cut crown from foil and embellish with rhinestones. Determine size of crown by overlapping ends. Adjust as needed and glue in place. Let dry. Pull embroidery floss up through crown, adjust as needed while pulling crown into place.Loop scarf around neck.

 

 


Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor

Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor

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Tiffany Windsor creates an art doll celebrating her childhood memories of climbing trees. Cool2Cast is free poured on texture plates to create one-of-a kind art dolls.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s fun and fabulous Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Cool2Cast – available at shopcool2craft.com
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Zip bag, measuring cup and water
Texture plate
Face mold
Fine sandpaper
Large jumprings
Drill and small drill bit
Jacquard Pinata Alcohol inks
Alcohol ink extender or blending solution
Brushes to apply alcohol ink

Tiffany Doll 1 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Place texture plate on smooth level surface. Mix Cool2Cast with water in a plastic zip bag according to package directions. For the technique of free pouring Cool2Cast on a texture plate, you need to wait until the Cool2Cast starts to thicken before pouring. After mixing, this can take anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes for the Cool2Cast to thicken to a thick paste. (Don’t wait too long or it will start to solidify.)
Tiffany Doll 2 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Cut corner from zip bag and begin to squeeze Cool2Cast into head and body pattern.
Tiffany Doll 3 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Make your head and body pattern smaller than your desired finished doll because in the next step, you will be tapping the plate.
Tiffany Doll 4 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Repeat process to create two legs. Next, gently tap the sides of the texture plate so that the Cool2Cast begins to settle. This is where it will also spread out. Leave plate undisturbed for at least one hour for Cool2Cast to harden.For face, pour Cool2Cast into face mold and let set for one hour to harden. Then release from mold.
Tiffany Doll 5 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Gently turn plate over to release Cool2Cast designs.
Tiffany Doll 6 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor At this point, the design will have rough edges. To smooth the edges of the body, lightly sand.
Tiffany Doll 7 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor I wanted to show you this example because I accidentally broke one of the legs when I released it from the texture plate (in a rush and didn’t leave it to set until hardened.) So, I took advantage of the design opportunity and I purposely broke the other leg in the same place. Now I can join these two pieces together with jumprings. Let all Cool2Cast pieces dry overnight.
Tiffany Doll 8 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Apply ink directly from bottles or dilute with Extender and brush onto Cool2Cast shapes.Drill holes in top of head, body and legs and attach with large jumprings.
Tiffany Doll 9 Textured Cool2Cast Free Pour Art Doll by Tiffany Windsor Glue face in place.

 


Julie Western’s Dollhouse Rooms

Julie Western Doll House

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[Candace's Blog]  You may remember a miniature quilt shop designed by my dear friend, Julie Western, and here is her latest adventure – a vintage cafe!  I love it when my friends send me fabulous photos of things they’re imagining into being!

Here’s what Julie had to say:

“Creating the quilt storefront has lead me down the path of creating another room box.  I found an old chair for $15.00 without a seat and thought wouldn’t the carved legs and wood apron of the chair make a great vintage storefront.  Next, I found an old wood crate for $15.00.  I cut down the size of the crate to fit inside the chair’s perimeter, removed one of the crate’s sides to leave an open ceiling and fastened the pieces together with screws.  Located a vintage wallpaper in the etsy shop Patina Paperie and papered the walls.  Wish you were here to craft mini cakes and pastries with me!  (Me too, Julie!)  The french bread baguettes are my first attempts at polymer clay bread making after watching a tutorial on youtube.  Almost all of the furnishings and accessories have been located in antique malls to create a vintage ambiance to the bakery cafe.  The fabric doll is made by HollylovesArt on etsy.  Holly is creating two more dolls and a dog for the cafe.  I still have plans to add a rustic bread rack, art on the walls, more cakes, cupcakes and pastries and a quilted rug by Bettie Pharr, Pieceful Things on etsy (she made two quilts for the quilt shop for me.)

This is Julie’s first dollhouse project.  It was originally a dressmaker’s shop and Julie refurbished it creating a vintage consignment shop.  Love it!

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Do you have any doll projects you’d like to share?  Emil me at candace@cool2craft.com and be sure to add a link to it on our Art Doll Linky Party!  You’ll find the link on the frontpage of our website!

.2012 Logo C2C a creative community e1326591287152 Julie Westerns Dollhouse RoomsLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers

Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers

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This super cute Muse doll is made from a glue bottle, plastic spoons, balloons, fabric, paint, Cool2Cast, yarn, wire and a wild woman to think her up!  EcoHeidi is that wild woman!  Even cooler is the fact that this Muse is a recycle project! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Glue Bottle Muse YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Glue bottle empty 4 oz size (Hint: leave bottle upside down over night….transfer any excess glue into another bottle before beginning this project)
Glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
Wire – 18 gauge  2 pieces 10” long and 1 piece 6” long
Drill and 1/16” drill bit
Decoupage glue (I used Aleene’s Collage Pauge)
Brush- ½” flat
Wax paper
Needle nose pliers
Paper- rice paper, or scrapbook type
Plastic spoons- 4
Candle
Balloons- small water balloon size
Acrylic paint- flesh, black
Head (from ShopCool2Craft.com –  available unpainted or painted)
Colored foil (for crown)
Yarn or embroidery floss (for hair)
Miscellaneous items- daisy trim, organdy fabric (for skirt), ribbon (for bow), Wood heart and bee (for hands to hold)
Paper towels

GLueMuse1 300x225 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Drill two holes for legs at bottom of the glue container.
GlueMuse2 300x225 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Insert the 2 – 10” wires into the leg holes and up through the top of the bottle.  Using the pliers twist the tops of two the wires that come up through the top of bottle.
GlueMuse3 300x225 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Drill holes for the arms about ½” from top edge of bottle. Insert 6” wire through one side and out through the other.
GlueMuse4 300x225 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Insert wire through glue nozzle. Twist the end of wire into a swirl with pliers to hold it inside the nozzle.
GlueMuse5 300x238 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Tear pieces of the paper into small pieces (1” to 2”). Brush the collage glue onto the bottle and onto the back of the paper. Place paper into the wet glue, then brush a coat of the glue over the paper.
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GlueMuse7 300x171 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers To shape the legs, hold spoon over the candle (not in the flame) until it just starts to soften. When soft, immediately shape spoon into leg by bending. The spoon bowl is the foot/shoe. The handle is the leg.  Repeat for other leg. For arms heat each spoon over candle and cut with scissors toremove the bowl from the handle.
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GlueMuse11 300x265 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers To create hair, wrap the yarn around four fingers about 25 times. Tie off with extra piece of the yarn. Cut the loop area. Glue the hair to the top of head. Cut small pieces for bangs and glue into place.
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GlueMuse13 e1303393604244 Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue the finishing touches onto the Glue Muse. Shoes can be painted on with the black acrylic paint, a ribbon bow glued at the neck, the skirt is made from organdy fabric gathered with sewing machine.  Glue daisy trim onto the skirt and the shoes, a wood heart and bee are glued to the arms.