Thursday, June 21, 2012

Better Luck Next Time

I'm sorry to say that none of you guessed what I took home from the Nitro Antique Mall. I gave you plenty of time, and even allowed multiple guesses. Oh, well... maybe you'll try harder next time ;)

I guess I'll just have to keep the giveaway prize:

More treasure for me!

So here's the big reveal--this is what I came home with:

Will someone please pass the salt?

I won't say that this was my FAVORITE thing that I saw at the antique shop that day, but it was something I needed for my 1/12 scale dollhouse: a stove for the kitchen. AND it wasn't very expensive (a big selling point for me, lol). I think the rocking chair will look good in the bedroom (see previous link).

The dollhouse kitchen still needs work, and who knows when I'll have the time, but I promise to post pics when I get an opportunity. I haven't decided on the color yet, although I am leaning toward black/white checked tiles. Suggestions/feedback are always welcome.

Parts in Bottles

It's taken a few days, but I think the brain in a jar and other body parts are nearing their terminal size. I've also added a few more jars to the collection (thank you, Goodwill!).

Perhaps it's not a human brain... And the hand and foot are from a very
small person.

What else should I fill my mad scientist jars with? For other decor/props, I'm thinking computer parts, a microscope, perhaps some tubing (thanks, Mieljolie!), and maybe some glow sticks and strange lights. I have some orange twinkle lights and some black light bulbs in my Halloween stash. 

Every picture of a mad scientist lab I've seen looks like it's in a cave or a dark basement (thank you, Google image search). I have considered using a giant piece of cardboard to block out the window in the back living room--but there's also the extreme other route, which is making a bright, shiny, well-lit, white lab. After all, I do intend to have a project or two for the little scientists in attendance. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mad Scientist Props

I'm already planning for my son's Mad Scientist birthday party  in August. I got this jar for $1.50 at Goodwill and the gross growing body parts for $1 each at the Dollar tree. Every mad scientist needs a brain in a jar, right?

I put a hand and a foot in this jar. They are supposed to grow up to six
times their original size. I may ad a drop or two of yellow and red food
coloring to make a cloudy/formaldehyde-like solution.

I'll post another pic when these have grown. I picked up a few extra body parts to put in the mad scientist gift bags for the kids. Any ideas on how to decorate for a Mad Scientist party are welcome. Also, anyone know where I can find a lab coat to fit a 5-year-old?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dollhouse Nursery, 1/6 Scale, or How Barbie Left the Rental Life and Became a Homeowner

My son and his friends had been misusing the cardboard dollhouses we had built together (for some reason they thought they were meant to build forts out of... I have other cardboard boxes for that.), so I thought it might be a good idea to remind my son of how much fun these are and why he should take good care of them. What better way to do that than spend the morning playing with them and working on them? The kids and I had a great time playing and decorating, and we'll probably go back for more after lunch!

Remember THIS dollhouse? This poor neglected thing has been sitting
with white walls and white floors since we first put it together back in July
(JULY!!?) of last year. With all the white walls, you'd think it was a
rental! My niece has been by a few times since then, but never
for long enough to really work on this again. So my kids and I decided
to do something about it.

Room 1: The Nursery

Ta-da! Pink, flowery, pretty, girly nursery. Because this room has such
a low ceiling, it has always been designated as the nursery. Now it actually
looks like one.

The wall and floor covering were made almost completely from gift wrapping.
The floor and the pink walls are tissue paper glued down with white school
glue. The floral/butterfly and striped paper all came from a gift bag.

This butterfly trim also came from the gift bag.

The window pictures were the cardboard backing in a package of toy horses
the girls got for their birthday.

You may recall the bed--it's a ceramic music box. The over-sized stuffed
sheep is one of my kids' undersized stuffed animals.

Kelly really seems to like her new room.

Room 2: The Teenager's Room

This is the second room we worked on today. This room has the same windows
and also has tissue-paper flooring, but the wallpaper is homemade from
construction paper and markers.

This is the original bed and side table that I made for my niece. My son
has broken all the legs off the bed, but the bed skirt hides the books it's
sitting on just fine.

The gold tray was 30 cents at a hobby store. The little tea cup and plate
are part of a set that was probably $5, but might have been less. I can't
remember. My cousin crocheted the blanket you can see peeping out
between the bed rails.

The laundry basket was given to me as part of a Mother's Day present
from my friend. You may recall the gray shirt that's hanging out of it... I
wonder why the Joes have left their clothes in the teenager's room? Should
we alert her parents?

This 25 cent doily from Goodwill is a great throw rug.

One of my favorite things about these low-cost dollhouses is that they
are so easy to re-make. If my niece doesn't like it, we can paint or paper
over the walls and floor and re-arrange the furniture from room to room
or house to house.

Barbie's house looks a lot more lived-in now. It always makes me happy to eradicate white walls (probably a response to renting for about 8 years and staring at those horrible chalk-white walls that landlords are so fond of), and I think Barbie and her kids will be pleased as well.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!