Monday, December 12, 2016

December 13th through 18th Sale

This week's Bitsy Nest Sale 
includes all items in the Miniature Accessories section
 No coupon codes needed, sale items will 
automatically be calculated

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Holidays Sale

 This Week's Bitsy Nest Sale (Dec 5th through Dec 12th)
 Includes all items in the Seasonal Buttons &
 Miniature Holiday Decor Sections
No Coupon Codes Needed
Sale Prices Will 
Automatically Be Shown
Sale Starts at 3:00pm (central time)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Big Sale This Week, 11/29/16 through 12/4/16. Making Room for New Inventory

 This week's Bitsy Nest sale includes all items in the 
Sale and Bitsy Things Section

Sale starts 11/29/16 (at 1:00 am), ends 12/4/16 
Items will be marked 30-50% off original prices. 
Items on sale include, miniatures, fairy garden accessories, 
crafting supplies and more
Quantities are limited, these items will not 
be restocked. We are making room for lots of 
new inventory coming soon 

A Repurposed Vintage Shadow Box Turns Into A New Kitchen

The "Remodeled" New Kitchen

I found this old shadow box that looked a little beat up, but I instantly saw the new kitchen I needed for photos. Sometimes getting good pictures of new miniatures in my dollhouse can be tricky, depending on the light, room and object. I needed a bigger, brighter kitchen and saw it with this box and great Black and White Tiled Floor. 

I decided to keep the paint and see if it would work, it's working for me with the White appliance right now, but who knows what color it will be in the future. The shadow box was probably a diner or shop at one time because of the same entryway on the right. I thought it would make a great pantry. 

Here's what it the shadow box looked like when I brought it home

After cleaning the walls and floors, I cleaned out the fireplace and added the curtains. Next I added my appliances and cabinets (of course I moved them around in several different ways, several different times)
The coffee pot found it's spot right away. I added a backsplash behind
the sink and hung hand crocheted pot holders under the microwave.
A filled baker's rack fits perfectly next to the fridge, a tiny decorate shabby step ladder sits in front of the pantry door. A cute "hand drawn" turkey picture decorates the center island

Family pictures, recipes and a picture of home decorate the front of the fridge

I made chalkboard signs for the walls along with a couple vintage
ones for the top of the cabinets and decorated the fireplace with Thanksgiving cut outs. 
The pantry is still a work in progress, but a cute Blue shelf holds some groceries, a broom and
feather duster also help decorate the space. 
A pretty fern and soft White Eyelet curtains brought helped bring the little kitchen back to life. Now it's a sunny bright spot perfect for picture taking and mini holiday decorating. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Sale Starts Today 11/22/16

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Everything in Bitsy Nest is on sale this week 
(11/22/16 through 11/27/16)
No coupon codes needed, sale starts at noon. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

You Want A Dollhouse, But What One?

So you want a dollhouse, you've always wanted a dollhouse in fact, but...never had room for one, never had time for one, didn't know where to start. Well, maybe I can help a little. First you need to decide on the scale, do you want a 1:12 scale dollhouse, maybe smaller, 1:24 or even smaller. This was an easy decision for me...1:12 scale means if it's a foot it's a inch. Easy peasy...that was the one for me (not to mention, holding miniatures, even with tweezers can be tricky for big fat fingers). 

Okay, now you've decided on the scale, Where are you going to put your dollhouse? If you go with the 1:12 scale, you will have a pretty big house. Do you want to make your house, or buy it already assembled. For me, it was about the decorating, not the assembly so I went with a house already built, luckily I found one at a great price. Be patient they're out there, you just have to search. You may find one that needs new wallpaper, flooring or some minor fixing up. You can do it! Fixing a dollhouse isn't difficult, but keep in mind you do need patience (glue dries slowly when you're waiting and watching). Believe me when I tell you I'm not a patient person, but I do love crafting so if you can craft you can work on a dollhouse. 

Okay, are you ready to invest in that dollhouse? Not sure, do what I did, first a room or shadow box to see if you really love it. If you can't get it decorated fast enough and can't wait to change it the minute you've finished it, you're probably ready for something bigger. 

Still not sure, how about a small house with one or two rooms to try out. Maybe a tiny cottage...

This sweet little house has one large room and a tiny attic. It's been my flower shop, family room and now dining room. Perfect for making sure I wanted a dollhouse, small enough to sit on a side table and easy enough to change for holidays. Loved it, still love it, but, outgrew it quickly. So I knew I needed (and wanted) a bigger house. 

Maybe a small cottage is all you need. If you'd like a small cottage or one or two room dollhouse, be sure that the room or rooms can be what you want them to be. Do you want to decorate a kitchen, master bedroom or nursery? If so this type of house/cottage won't work for you. The windows and door placement in this small house limit the rooms you can create in it, but for me a shop, dining room or living room in this house work out perfect. 

Once you've decided you truly want that big dollhouse, have a plan in your head when shopping. What rooms do want your house to have. Do you need a dining room? Do you have to have a craft room or nursery? Can some of the rooms be a baby's room this year and a play room, den or game room next year? 

Of course there are a lot more questions like do you want electricity, do you want hardwood floors or carpeting, should you paint or use wallpaper, etc... but these are the fun ones that come after you decide on the type of house you want and where you'll put it. 

Have fun, create and always remember if you outgrow your dollhouse, have to move, want a new one or just need a new style, there will be someone out there who would love to have your dollhouse. 

Dollhouse Shadow Boxes

So now that my dollhouse is full and almost completely decorated, it's time to decorate shadow boxes (or get more dollhouses of course). The nice thing about shadow boxes is you can easily change them for the holidays or different room settings. Depending on what style you want that month. 

I purchased this shadow box already painted, with this fantastic built in fireplace. I'm not really in love with the floor though so I might be changing that soon. 

 The fireplace was easy to decorate in a matter of minutes I was happy with it. 

Right now I have simple White furniture in here along with a great hand braided rug. I made the tiny wall quilt on the left and added a Christmas tree and framed Christmas picture to the back corner. Under the window sits my favorite miniature birdcage with two tiny blue lovebirds perched on the top of the cage. 

The great shades on the window, really roll up. I'm working on getting these in the shop

Above the front door I hung a large White wreath I experimented on (not sure how I feel about it) and on the arm of the chair I have the tiny granny square I crocheted under the magnifying glass last week (wow is it tiny).
A vintage wood buffet table stands under the other windows (for now, may put a different table here soon) decorated with Christmas Cards and a pretty Poinsettia. Above the windows is a "It's the most wonderful time of the year" sign and a string of Christmas cards. 

That's it, my shadow box decorated for the holiday, but can quickly be changed for any season, holiday or occasion.