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Club Little House Reveal

Look at all the wonderful Club Little House Littles!

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    Club Little House assortment. Cake by Alisa Petersen. Macarons by Lauren Whittaker. Silver cup by Debbi Greenlee.
  • alisacakes
    Cakes by Alisa Petersen.
  • amyembroideries
    Embroideries by Amy Powers.
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    Sewing bag by Amy Powers
  • ashleyflowers
    Floral arrangements by Ashley Bidwell.
  • beccipaintings
    Assemblages by Becci Bybee.
  • bethebouquet
    Bridesmaid bouquets by Bethe Cunningham.
  • carolwreath
    Wreath by Carol Schmitt.
  • claudiarackandcrate
    Rack and crate by Claudia Hill.
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    Rack and crate by Claudia Hill.
  • crystalpillows
    Pillows by Crystal Wisniewski.
  • debbiesilvercup
    Silver teacup by Debbi Greenlee.
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    Silver teacup by Debbi Greenlee.
  • debbiespillows
    Embroidered pillows by Debbie Reed.
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    Embroidered pillows by Debbie Reed.
  • debbybabies
    Babies by Debby Messner.
  • eileenmirrors
    Mirrors by Eileen Hull.
  • franciechest2
    Chests by Francie Thornton.
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    Chests by Francie Thornton.
  • gailsigns
    Signs and tray by Gail Swain.
  • janinecat
    Cats by Janine Slaatte.
  • jeanniecases1
    Suitcases by Jeannie DeGruccio.
  • jennsbuntingandcrown
    Bunting and crown by Jen Kershner.
  • kerriemaps
    Maps and school posters by Kerrie More.
  • kimbirthdayparty
    Birthday party by Kim Thomas.
  • laurenmacarons
    Macarons by Lauren Whittaker.
  • lindavalentines
    Valentines by Linda Coppom.
  • lorraineslippers
    Bunny slippers by Lorraine Rose.
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    Bunny slippers by Lorraine Rose.
  • lynneponds
    Goldfish ponds by Lynne Hoffman.
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  • marybellpaintings
    Paintings by Mary Bell.
  • Maryelizabethwreath
    Wreaths by Mary Elizabeth Caverly.
  • maryepaintings
    Tiny original paintings by Mary Engelbreit.
  • patsalads
    Miniature tossed salads by Pat Wehmeier.
  • pegrugs
    Rag rugs by Peg Vessels.
  • sallybirdhouses
    Gourd birdhouses by Sally Berryman.
  • senahats
    Derby hats by Sena Garrett.
  • shellyblankets
    Crocheted blankets by Shelly Rawlins.
  • sherrybowls
    Wheel thrown bowls by Sherry Zehner.
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    Wheel thrown bowls by Sherry Zehner.
  • stacyartset
    Art supplies by Stacy Costner.
  • tracydoor
    Screen door by Tracy Brewer.
  • viviantables
    Side tables by Vivian Neroni.

The Club Little House boxes are on their way to all the members. Some received their littles today. Others will get them tomorrow or Monday.

the little room

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I had to take my little room out to change the batteries in the motion-activated light so I thought I’d take some photos. It is almost impossible to take photos of the interior of this room while it’s installed. I can hardly fit the camera in the room, it’s dark, and there are some angles that are impossible to get.

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I love details like this little tissue box and tissues! I like for the room to be just a little bit messy and lived-in. I can just imagine that some little person living in the little room has a bit of the sniffles, right?

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This is a corner of the little room that I just can’t get the camera to shoot properly.

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It does look a bit messy, doesn’t it? Where is the mom of this house to fuss at people for leaving a sandwich on the coffee table, a dessert on the side table, and a record on the floor? Someone could step on that record and break it! Do I look like I’m made of money and can just buy a new record because you were too lazy to pick up that one up??! Even miniature moms say stuff like that.

The slippers? Oh, those are mom’s! tee hee!

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So, just in case you don’t know about our little room…it was a Christmas gift a few years ago. My husband, Rich installed this dollhouse door in a real wall in our home (the chalkboard wall). Behind the wall is our kitchen’s pantry. Opposite of this door, positioned inside the pantry, is a dollhouse room-box. It’s removable but kind of a pain to put in and out because all the little things fall all around. It looks like a miniature earthquake hit! So we usually access through the tiny door to decorate. Visitors, especially children, love to peek in and make little changes. I still haven’t found the log cabin canister when our little nieces redecorated for Thanksgiving!

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Don’t you love the wreath on the door? It’s from Club Little House, years ago by Cindy.

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See that little birdhouse? Mary Engelbreit made it for me! She’s so clever…guess what it is made from???

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A lamp finial atop a little button! Isn’t that adorable?!

The pictures are framed scraps from magazines and catalogs as well as stickers. Some of the frames are made from bits of dresden. Others are miniature frames by Melissa Frances. The large frame over the fireplace is my favorite…it’s from an old tintype photo!

If you don’t have a dollhouse, don’t think you can’t join Club Little House! Any shelf or little box can become a little house. Sign up here.

Club Little House

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Club Little House Registration is now open!
Let the fun begin!

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tiny pincushions!

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These tiny pincushions would be so cute as a charm! Imagine how cute little tiny pincushion earrings would be! Or a ring!

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I made this tiny one in the same way you might make them in regular size…as a sort of stuffed yo-yo. Start by tracing the circle onto your felt. I traced a penny to make a finished pincushion about 3/8″ or, if using a scale ruler, about 4 tiny inches. See this post for an explanation of how to use a scale ruler to make your miniatures accurately to scale.

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I doubled the thread and knotted the end, leaving a little tail. This is helpful for tying off once you’ve gathered the pincushion.

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I stitched as small as I could all the way around the perimeter of the traced circle.

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I trimmed around the circle and then cinched the thread. Before I cinched it all the way closed, I stuffed in a tiny ball of cotton.

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I worked carefully to cinch the opening all the way closed, or as much as I could. I stitched around a few more times and tied both ends of the thread together to secure.

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I trimmed the ends of the thread flush with the ball. The opening of the ball will be the bottom of the pincushion.

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I used pearl cotton floss in green next. With a threaded needle, knotted at the end with a tail, I sewed through the ball, from the top to the bottom. I inserted the needle through the top again to make the first stitch, pulling tightly.

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I continued around the ball with these stitches, pulling tightly, to create the pincushion’s sections.

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Pull tightly and trim.

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I used Martha Stewart’s Microbeads to make the pin tops. Boy are these tiny!

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To make the pin part, I used very fine wire…the thinnest I have. (I’m not sure what gauge) I threaded the wire on a needle to make it easier to insert in the pincushion. The wire by itself bent when I tried on its own.

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But first, using quick dry glue, I placed one of the microbeads on the very end of the wire. This proved tricky but what a great detail it is! The easiest way to do it is to cut a few 3″ lengths of the wire, glue a microbead on the end of each one. Wait for each to dry and then sew the wire through the pincushion, trimming the end. Make sure the bead is all the way on the tip of the wire, not on the side. It’s so hard to see though. It’s so much easier to see these details in a photograph than with the naked eye!

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Shortcut: The teal pincushion above was made from a felt ball. I also used sequin pins, trimmed just a tad. I used the thin wire, inserted in the same way using a needle, to make the needles.

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SO excited for Club Little House! Alfredo is excited too…and keeps coming up with new ideas for what he and I will make together. Also have some fun friends joining in the fun…maybe someone you know…hint, hint!

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teeny tiny embroideries

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As soon as I decided to host another Club Little House swap, I knew exactly what I wanted to try to make. I challenged myself to make the tiniest embroideries possible!

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It proved a bit of a challenge for my old eyes. I can only really work on these in the bright light of daytime but I think I figured it out. And I have ideas to make them even better.

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I’ll share with you how I did the embroidery, including how I made the little hoops, a little later. Tomorrow, I’ll show you how I made this teeny tiny pincushion! It was easy!

Club Little House? Are you in?

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