"The perfect guide to select your first project. Includes instructions for a dolls' house, the interiors, furnishings, fixtures and even miniature gardens."--"Dollmaking.
Jean Nisbett’s classic volume gets a welcome update and expansion--making it a practical, accessible introduction to all the basics, with lavish images and easy-to-follow hints that help beginners save time and avoid costly mistakes. Nisbett explains how to choose and build a house from a kit; handle a period building; furnish the interior; create charming shops; and plan a dolls’ house that will enchant a child--and actually stand up to play. Equipment and materials, finishes, decoration, decorative detail, gardens and renovation all receive in-depth coverage, while checklists set out a logical order for work.
Now withe large images for tablets. Generously illustrated explanations and step-by-step demonstrations enable budding oil painters to improve and develop their skills and unique style. The many facets of the landscape, including water, skies, shadows, trees, and buildings are covered, with discussions on capturing even the most subtle variations in light and weather. Work with versatile techniques such as impasto, glazing, loose brushwork, wet-into-wet, and more to achieve stunning effects and different moods. Make the most of photographs and enjoy painting in the open air. An overview of materials and their basic usage will be especially helpful to the true novice.
In this ... guide to ... shops, cafés and restaurants, [the author] concentrates on design and decoration and, with [numerous] photographs and clear instructions, provides examples of realistic and stunning effects in period and modern settings."--Back cover.
Veteran dolls' house maker, expert on all things miniature, and prolific author Jean Nisbett presents a comprehensive volume that brings all the elements of her previous work together. The result: a complete guide to the making and furnishing of all kinds of dolls' houses, large and small, from the leading writer in the field. Incorporating practical advice, expert tips, and inspiring profiles of top artisans, it covers both the standard 1/12th scale and the increasingly popular 1/24th. And there's an incredible range of styles, from fabulous palaces and elegant mansions to country cottages and Shaker homes. Breathtaking photos display imaginative decorations, period rooms and room boxes, holiday settings, outdoor scenes, and charming collections of diminutive china and other trinkets.
Hundreds of budget-friendly projects include edible homemade goodies, holiday decorations, toys, musical instruments, and gifts made from wood, metal, glass, leather, clay, and found objects.
A not-so-mini trend The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop is the next big thing for the crafters and gardeners already captivated by gardening small. Organized by playful themes—including gardens around the world, holidays, and fantasy gardens—it’s a fun-filled guide to creating one-of-a-kind gardens and the accessories that make them shine. Thirty-seven projects are included with fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions. For a Japanese garden, you will learn how to create a miniature sand garden. For a Halloween garden, you'll learn how to make a flying ghost and zombie. And for a space garden, you'll learn how to make a tiny space ship and alien. The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop is for anyone enchanted by the whimsy of creating a tiny world.
Can I be a stay-at-home mom and still earn extra income? Which home business is best for me? Where can I find expert advice on launching my own business? How much will it cost to get started? For nearly two decades, bestselling author and home-based business guru Priscilla Y. Huff has run a successful writing business out of her home while balancing her family life. In fact, this book, now in its third edition, is proof of her success. Her valuable advice on what works—and what doesn't—is available to you. From start-up costs to potential income, this book shows you how to: ·Choose the perfect home-based business from 101 of the best: customer service, arts and crafts, entertainment, computer and high tech, mail order, home-based distributorships and franchises, and many others ·Take the first steps to starting any business ·Find and use valuable resources, including local, state, and federal government sources; business and professional associations; books, Web sites, and other publications ·And much, much more! You'll also find inspiring stories from businesswomen who have achieved success and financial reward. If you've ever dreamed of owning your own business, this book should be your first investment.
Modern miniaturists are ready to tackle a wider and more challenging range of projects than ever before. Whether you are a collector who wants a fully furnished doll's house, a miniaturist who wants a ready-made house to decorate, or a hobbyist who wants to make a house from a kit, you'll find a huge variety of exciting projects and ideas here?from Tudor designs, to a Georgian mansion; from a French farmhouse, to a 17th century Dutch home. Outdoors enthusiasts are not forgotten either, with whole sections on gardens, and garden buildings, such as an orangery and a summerhouse. Illustrated throughout with lavish color photography, this beautifully realized source of inspiration is sure to provide many hours of pleasure.
“Dollhouse furnishings ranging from architectural features...to metal working for miniature furniture and kitchen accessories to art objects....All 32 projects outline the creation of professional quality furniture and accessories with the use of basic skills.”—Doll Castle News. “Decorate your dollhouse in a unique style without spending a lot of money.”—Doll World.
With a little imagination, ingenuity, and these colorfully illustrated projects, anyone can learn to make personalized furniture to decorate a dolls' house! Start with basic pieces that require little more than a craft set; as confidence and skills increase, move on to more demanding work involving cabinet construction and miniature power tools. At every stage, there's an inventory of the necessary tools, equipment, and materials, plus same-size drawings, cutting lists, and color photographs of the completed furnishings. Try easy upholstered furniture; balsa tables, benches, and birdhouses; and imitation basketwork, including a laundry bin. Among the beautiful and small-sized items: a simple winged chair; picnic table; elegant double bed; wardrobe, tall kitchen dresser, and a range of magnificent Portuguese painted pieces. They're works of art!
D.I.Y. Dollhouse is a lavishly illustrated guide for budding architects, builders, and designers, showing then how to build and furnish their own eco-friendly dollhouse, with an incredible eye for detail. The simple instructions cover everything children (and parents) need to get started, from making rooms out of crate boxes and pieces of scrap fabric to crafting countless furniture and household items using recycled materials, such as empty plastic containers and bottles, bottle caps, cardboard boxes, plastic trays, drinking straws, and more. Learn how to transform these easy-to find household items into a sofa, bunk bed, desk chair, fridge, stove, bucket and mop, or even a hot tub for the rooftop garden, and come up with ideas of your own. The photographs of the finished interiors provide plenty of inspiration, and the project is sure to keep crafty children busy for days on end.
Miniaturist Sheila Smith shares her unique weaving and plaiting techniques for making beautifully executed, authentic-looking wicker furniture for the dolls house. There are over 25 diverse projects tailored to suit all abilities, from the beginner to the experienced miniaturist and complement every room in the dolls house and. Supported by colour photographs, detailed illustrations and templates.
"...beautifully put together, featuring easy-to-stitch projects outstanding in both color and form....Tacon...includes 43 designs, many for small pieces like pin cushions, glasses cases, needlecases, sachets, and greeting card insets....these projects could be adapted to other textile crafts such as cross-stitch, tapestry weaving, and tapestry crochet. Recommended for public libraries."--Library Journal. "In one of the more innovative needlework books lately, Tacon creates new looks with American patchwork patterns, using color, more geometric shapes, and unusual combinations..."--Booklist.
“With its emphasis on the author's personal philosophy and approach...this book aims to appeal to all levels of woodworkers. [The] author generously relates tales of his own mistakes and mishaps, while providing encouragement; his furniture is quite beautiful and superbly made.”—Fine Woodworking.
This comprehensive book answers every question on the subject of restoring furniture. How to fix a wobbly chair or a scratched table top; how to identify and repair finishes and veneers; how to stain wood or remove white ring marks; how to French polish or apply a wax finish. The book guides the reader from the very first steps, so no experience is necessary, and every process is taken step-by-step. The author explains how, by using the minimum of tools and at very little cost, you can restore any piece of wooden furniture from the most shambolic to the almost perfect. Along the way, it exposes many mysteries and explodes many myths about restoration.
Here are 21 projects showing how to make practical bird boxes and feeders using inexpensive and readily available timbers. Each of the projects will actively encourage birds and wildlife to visit your garden. Projects include: nesting box and feeders, a bat box, a hedgehog shelter and much more.
Enter the plant world's heart of darkness--and discover it's beautiful, filled with luscious, deep tones to enrich any garden's color scheme. "Dark plants" are those with black, or nearly black, flowers and foliage. Unusual and marvelous, often tinged with purple or red, they can take the breath away; just look at the delicate, velvety "chocolate cosmos" (named for its delicious aroma), for example. Choose from an amazing array of annuals, biennials, and tender perennials; bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers; hardy perennials; and even trees, shrubs, and grasses, all in an alphabetical directory with descriptions and growing information. Six easy-to-implement design schemes take you through the seasons, and from sun-loving to shade plants. A Selection of the Garden Book Club.
An exquisite 1/12th scale garden perfectly complements any dolls’ house. “Grow” your own from inexpensive and readily available materials. Choose from a variety of realistic miniature plants that range from quick and simple models to meticulously detailed reproductions. Full plans and instructions are provided for eight projects: Trellis Arch, Walled Garden, Patio Garden Pond and Rockery, Cottage Garden, Greenhouse Garden, Kitchen Garden, and Window Boxes.
A master modeler reveals the tricks of molding marvelously realistic fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheeses, breads, pastries, and cakes—plus display stands and boxes. “Full of step-by-step projects for bakery goods, meats, fruits, and vegetables, all photographed in great detail....This useful book is certain to please in public library crafts collections.”—Library Journal.