A Fairy Garden Housewarming... And A Question

Hello, Club Little House friends~
I just posted about my new fairy garden and featured the adorable paper lanterns that I received in a CLH swap a few years back.  I don't have the name of who created them, and I would love to give credit where credit is due.  I really, really love how they look in my fairy garden!  Can anyone remember who made them? 
Anyway, the fairies are partying over at my blog~ please do come by if you would like to.  They would love to show you their new digs!


Basic Ingredients

by Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio

The Art About Food Show just opened at LibertyTown last Friday night.  I'd been collecting items to use in a food-themed assemblage for awhile and I finally got them all together about a week ago. It started with a cocoa tin and a small antique doll. (I think she's about 4 inches tall.)
And this page from a promotional cookbook:

Normally, I would make a color copy of it, but I started this project late at night, so I decided I'd go ahead and use the original.
This was my rough layout. I painted the rolling pin to match the ad, and then placed items where I thought they should go. I took this photo so I could put everything back after I added color and texture to the background. (Sorry the quality of the photos wasn't better. I wasn't thinking about showing them to anyone else when I took them.)

I had some old paper ribbon that I was used by 3 Chefs Restaurant to wrap around cardboard boxes of fried chicken. I used it to define the different areas of my artwork. You can see that I added color, too. Nothing was secured to the board at this point, so I took that photo to refer back to later.

This is the finished piece. It's rare for me to stay this true to my original concept. Usually, what I start out with and what I end up with are miles apart. In this case, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do, and not a lot of time to complete it, so I had to trust my instincts, and get it done. In the end I was pleased with the result.

a new little house!

I've had an idea that had been on the back burner since I participated in CLH December 2008 and finally I am acting on it. The idea is to create a dollhouse environment combining my little drawings along with miniatures, then photograph the scenes to develop a picture storybook. And if all goes as planned some stop motion animation too!

I have no idea how this will turn out but I am excited to have a project that will be purely experimental and just for me.

I searched for dollhouses on Craigslist hoping to find a used one. But there wasn't anything that fit what I had in mind. I'm still on the lookout for old dollhouse furniture that is 1/12 scale, so if you have some you don't want let me know!

After much searching I decided on this house from HomeDepot:

My dollhouse arrived today!

This weekend I put it together and blogged about it here!

I really hope we'll be able to do Club Little House again one day. It was so much fun and now I have so many ideas!


CLH 100th Post Giveaway

I have had so much fun in the last two CLH swaps and stopped by to see if anything was happening here. I noticed that there are 101 posts. Time for a giveaway. Leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win. I will send a little miniature gift for your dollhouse to a poster selected at random by Softie our big golden dog.


Happy Fall 'Ya All!

Just dropping in to say "hi" to all of my Club Little House friends, and anyone else who might be reading this. I just recently met up with two other CLH members at the "Showcase of Miniatures" show in San Jose, California. We all expressed how much we love CLH and hope that someday in the future we will be able to do another swap. We love the creativity and whimsy that everyone brought to the last swap.
Anyway, if you'd like to see what I brought home from the show, please feel free to stop by my blog, Little Nest Studio!


New Little House on The Block

Hello, friends! I just wanted to let you all know I've got a little blog now! See, you girls all got me hooked... and I was feeling a little left out! Anyway, please feel free to stop on by Little Nest Studio. Hope to see you soon!

Dollhouse Redecorate

I redecorated my dollhouse with some of my CLH treasures from the past couple of years and wanted to share photos with you. I haven't unpacked everything but hope to make some more changes with the seasons. Enjoy! Thank you so much for all the little treasures that everyone made. Its like having my own little fun house! Sharolyn