|Santa! I know him!!|
I came across the pattern on Quarter Connection (a Yahoo Group, free to join, and you do have to join if you want their project but certainly you can strike out and make your own, see below). This example uses bashed Cheap Brown Furniture (CBF), printies and little accessories. It is meant to fit into one of those little clear plastic photo cubes, but can be adapted to any container. The basic structure is very easy to make - I used matboard, which was cut into 3 equal sized squares.
|Wall paper and flooring|
This is the wallpaper and flooring I used from the site, but you can create your own, or if you are fortunate you might be able to find a small enough printed scrapbooking paper that will work. Jim's Dollhouse Pages might have something for you, or one of the other printie sites as well.
I cut out first the wallpaper and applied it to the matboard. Tip - you might have better success with a gluestick in this scale, as white glue tends to be a little too wet and will make the paper buckle a bit and can make the ink run. However, that is not to say white glue is verboten - if you find yourself stuck for choice you can use white glue, but you (yeah, I am pointing right at you, you know who you are) just have to go sparingly and spread evenly so you don't "drown" your paper. No one wants to come to a "sticky end", as Member Rosemary is fond of saying.
|Flooring in process|
|Seeing What Fits|
|Prepping the Furniture|
|Test fitting kitchen in to space|
Quarter inch - and smaller scales in general - can be a tricky, in that if you get 3 smaller scale miniaturists in a room, there are going to be 3 different opinions on what the scale actually is - for example, I have itsy bitsy 1/4 scale chairs, and then massive hutches, obviously not able to go in the same tableau and yet they were marketed as 1/4 scale. A layman might think - how can it be different, it is one-quarter the size of what it is supposed to be, why the arguing? At which point he would be banished from the room to think about what he has done. It is a mystery why we can't seem to decide on a standard (and again, it isn't just the 1/4 inch crowd, there are very specific camps of scale when you get into babyhouse territory). Full one inch scale has resolved some of the arguing over the years as techniques and people's quest for realism has become more sophisticated, so maybe it is because the smaller scales are just are newer (relatively speaking) and with new lands you need those who pioneer and settle. The rule of thumb in any scale, however, is keep "like with like", and it will keep your eye from reading it wrong.
Anyway, I thought this tableau had a better feel than some of the pieces I had in my treasure boxes. The cabinets of course haven't been attached yet in this photo.
|Kitchen in progress|
Until next time, gentle angels...
|Need a bigger tree, or a smaller doll's house...|