Monday, 19 August 2013

Making my Bed



I use to have a pretty little bed that looked like this!
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But
 I needed another pretty little bed for the bedroom of #43 and so I decided to see if the size of the bed  I already had would work,
 and it did.
but the style of the bed was not the look that I was after, at all



I was looking for something more solid and Victorian but the shape of the head and footboard was the right height and shape for the sloping ceiling and the length of the bed was perfect too.  
Reluctantly, I stripped the bed down to see what I could do with it.

Right shape, wrong material
and WAY too country!
Yet, where there is the will there is a way!
... you just have to find it
hmmmm?
metal cutters to the rescue!

 First, take out the metal filigree insert since I did not like it or need it 
That's better!
 I did both ends
 I tried out the mattress and had a look.  I think it needs something don't you?

I was going to use wood but didn't think that I could do a good enough job with it
so,
 I decided to use card just because it was easier and I have lots of it .
 I drew the pattern onto paper using the bed frame as a stencil
I cut the pattern out with a pair of scissors and then transfered the pattern onto some heavy card

I checked the fit of the card and then glued it into the centre of the bed frame with
Quick Grip glue.
Oh dear, is that a gap I see?
Yes, it is!
 ( dog gone it! )
 But Never fear...... Car putty is Here!
Why do a little when you can do a whole lot!?
so I did the back of both the head board and the footboard.
 
 I used a flexible putty knife and leveled it out on the mat board as cleanly as I could.
This sets up very quickly and is as dense as wood. It has fumes, so I had the window wide open and the fan on.  I let it dry overnight.
While the backs are drying I tried to work out the embellishments
Where's my ball chain?
 Ahhh yes, Here it is !

 Maybe this?
not sure
 I am Still  Experimenting
 and Still checking!
I like this combination of metal bits on the bed
So I glued it all in place. 
 I decided on the paint color and began to paint it all out .
When the putty was dry, I then I sanded and and cleaned it off and painted it.  Then I waxed the ends  with brown and then black shoe polish.
The finished frame
not new looking but more like it has been around for a while
A closer look at the headboard
 I Made a pillow case from an vintage cotton handkerchief
and also a cotton sheet for the mattress






I made a pillow with ticking fabric and filled it with bird gravel to give it weight
and drape
 I also Needed a bedcover, so I used a man's undershirt that came from the thrift store.
( I think it looks like chenille )
For warmth, a nice fluffy bed quilt of tea stained toile, to curl up under.
and
Some needlepoint throw cushions from my dear friend Pamela Grant




This is it finished

Now I have a pretty little bed for the house on
Green Dolphin Street.

vintage victorian
sweet dreams!
the end
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elizabeth

75 comments:

  1. Привет, Элизабет!
    Я как раз собиралась ложиться спать. Решила посмотреть на вашу кровать, а потом идти спать и мечтать. Сначала мне было грустно. Но с каждой новой фотографией мой интерес возрастал. Очередное волшебство. Вы фантастически талантливы!
    Я теперь не усну!!!!
    Татьяна

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    1. Hello Tatiana! I do not want you to lose any sleep! :) But I am glad that you enjoyed this tutorial/demonstration enough to stay awake for. heehee So I thank you sweet lady, for your lovely comment and hope that you will dream of minis while there is still some night left on your side of the world! As usual your comments bring great joy to my heart!

      elizabeth

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  2. You made a really great work! ;)

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  3. Thank you so much Eliana! I made this bed not knowing what the end result was going to be and with only a vague idea of what I wanted. Once it was completed I was satisfied that it was what should be the look of the bed for this bedroom. Nothing too plain or too fancy, but very comfortable and warm and to wake up totally refreshed in. I hope that this is what you can see too.

    elizabeth

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  4. Hallo Elizabeth !
    Ich fand das Bett im original Zustand auch schon wunderbar. Aber die Veränderung ist wirklich beeindruckend geworden. Sehr schöne Arbeiten. Was haben sie denn für die Verzierungen genommen ? Ich suche solche zum verlöten !!
    Die Idee mit Tee einzufärben ist prima und sieht toll aus. Das werde ich auch probieren. Danke für die Tips der verschiedenen Materialien. Manchmal denkt man zu kompliziert und es geht prima mit den einfachen Mitteln (dünnes Hemd).
    Nun noch eine schöne Woche und einen lieben Gruß
    Skiddi



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    1. Hello Skiddi! Thank you and Welcome! I made the original bed in the top photo, as a way to test the foil backing when I did a tutorial on it some time ago, but it has sat homeless for many months. When I decided to cut out the metal filigree, it came out very easily. After the back side was puttied with the auto body putty, I just glued on bits of wood and metal and layered it until I got the 3- D relief effect that I was after. Then acrylic Paint joined it all together. I am glad that you like the way it turned out, Skiddi! The man's winter undershirt was a 'buried treasure' in a box of fabric that I have had for a long time. And it was waiting very patiently just for this bed! ( smiles)

      elizabeth

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  5. Элизабет, привет!
    Мне нравился первый вариант кровати, я с ужасом наблюдала, как вы её ломаете...
    Результат порадовал! Кровать получилась великолепная!
    С любовью из России. Елена.

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    1. Hello Elana! I am not surprised that you were 'horrified' when I began to break the bed apart. I do that a lot though, so I am use to it! heehee To me it is worth taking the chance because otherwise the bed will just sit.... and sit... and sit! I have many pieces of furniture that have been homeless far to long and I now I get to actually use what I already have. I shall always have the pictures of the original bedding but I am much happier with the way that this looks now, even though it is much simpler. I am glad that you are also happy with it, Elena. Thank you for saying so! But just wait until you see how it looks with the other items in the bedroom.... trust me it looks Perfect!

      elizabeth

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  6. Oh Elizabeth, you are so daring and fantastic at what you create! Love what you did to that bed! I know Sam has that same bed frame stashed away in her piles but she wouldn't be as brave as you to change it. Now she might have the courage to try something new. Thanks and great work!
    Isabelle

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  7. Hello Isabelle! I am so happy to hear from you today! I am glad that you like the bed, Isabelle. This bed was originally practically perfect in every way except the frame was visulaly too lightweight for the bedroom. The removal of the filigree was a breeze and I Didn't even need to apply a lot of pressure! Tell Sam, to dig out her bed and just begin, playing with it! The auto body filler I bought at Lordco but I know that this stuff has to be available Everywhere they sell auto parts but probably check first at Wal-Mart because they are usually cheaper. I have used it before to fill in around the windows that I blocked off on the front of this doll's house and so I know that it is very durable, and easy to sand! Tell Sam Not to be afraid to think outside the bed frame, because She may just discover Your dream!

    elizabeth

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  8. You are so brave pulling that lovely bed apart, but what a great effect you achieved in the end and it looks just right in the house. I love all the bedding and cushions.

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    1. Hello Sharee! Thank you for your lovely compliment! You know, I am so surprised to hear the word "Brave" used for the making of this bed! This bed was sitting around for Months, doing nothing and so I felt I had nothing to lose by the re-making of it! If it had turned out to be a Flop, then I would have simply tried something else. There really was very little risk involved. ( smiles ) Aren't the cushions wonderful though!? I am so glad that you like them Sharee; I do too. To me they are the finishing touch!

      elizabeth

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  9. oh ! je crois que je n'aurai pas osé cette transformation ! Rassurez-vous Elizabeth, elle est réussie.
    Le lit est superbe !!!
    Décidément à chacun de vos nouveaux messages, je prends une leçon sur "l'art et la manière" de miniaturiser, de transformer. Bonne journée ! rosethé

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    1. Good day, Rosethe'! I am so glad that you have faith in me to be able to transform this bed, Thank you! To me it was not frightening at all since I half knew What I wanted it to look like.
      What I did not know was, How to achieve it. Having a picture in my mind was a big help to start with. There is a saying, Rosethe', that goes " Begin with the end in mind" and that is all I really did!

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  10. What a transformation. In the picture where you begin to cut the bed to pieces, I thought, no no, you can not do that. But I must say, that you have made a damn good job here. Car potty what is that?
    Shoe polish, I always learn a lot of new when I read your blog. thank you for this exciting and rewarding tutorial. Your bed quilt is super nice.
    The whole bed was so beautiful, so delicious and so inspiring. Beautiful color theme. Thank you.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hello sweet lady! and Thank you for your wonderful comment ! Firstly, what car putty IS: It is used to patch the rough spots and minor imperfections on the surface of a car. It is shrink resistant and dries smooth and fast and is very easy to sand. The putty acts like Spackle does for your walls except it dries waterproof and solid like wood, etc. It has a lot of fumes like turpentine, and can give you a raging headache so you MUST HAVE good ventilation when you use it. I have used it before to patch the wood when I re-located the staircase and removed the insignificant tiny front windows on the second floor of the Arthur. It works like a charm! I am glad that you have enjoyed the usage of it on this bed, Wyrna. It was my first time trying it on Mat board, but In minis we always use our Real Life materials for our abundant mini projects, don't we? Now this will give You something new to play with too!

      elizabeth

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  11. Dear Elizabeth,
    What a great idea! I love the bed, the way it looks now.I love your solutions. How smart to use car putty. You teach me to think out of the box. I wouldn't think of using material that's used for cars. I only think in plaster. But you can't use that for everything.
    Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hello my dear Dorein! I am so happy to hear from you and I am delighted that you like the end results of the bed! I wasn't sure if anyone would like it, although I actually love it so much more than what I had done with the bed, before. Now I can actually use this bed rather than have it just hanging around doing nothing. And I am always happy to share my tips and tricks with you, Dorien, cause that is what making minis is all about!

      elizabeth

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  12. Thank you, Elisabeth, for again another inspirational post. It is fascinating to see how you completely transform the bed, step by step. You are very inventive! The final picture is an adorable scene.
    Hugs, Liduina.

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    1. Hello Liduina! I am soooo happy that you have enjoyed this posting and I thank you for your very kind words! I never actually thought of myself as ' Inventive' although I suppose I am to a certain degree, but then show me a miniaturist who isn't! Correct?
      Thank you for your comment about my last photo, Liduina. It makes a world of difference when you see items within the context of their actual environment, and this bed looks Best in this bedroom!

      elizabeth

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  13. Hello Elizabeth,
    When I saw you take the lovely bed apart, I cringed a little. But your vision was right, it turned out beautiful and fits the room perfectly!
    I love how you dressed the bed, it is so inviting and looks so comfortable!!
    Véronique

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    1. Hello Veronique! Thank you for your kind words and the comment about my "vision"! To me the first bed was just wrong, and if I had used it the way it was, the bed frame would have bugged me forever! With this make-over it has the look of "long standing" and I see myself sitting on the edge and bouncing up and down on it! The creaking of the springs are making a bit of a racket as they contract and expand, and their noises are very real inside my head. I tried to dress the bed with those sounds in mind. I hope that doesn't sound too demented when I say this Veronique, but that it is how it is with me.

      elizabeth

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  14. belle réussite et jolis rêves assurés

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    1. Good day to you Claude! I am very very pleased that you have found this bed to be Successful! I am never secure about how others will accept the strangeness of my actions! And though I always have "good" reasons, the results are not always good. But that is life, isn't it? "Better to try and fail, than to fail to try"

      elizabeth

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    2. il faut toujours aller au bout de ses envies
      bon dimanche

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  15. Hello lady Elizabeth,
    What a transformation. You really took the bed to a new level. you always mix and match pieces of all sorts and create incredible one of a kind miniatures. the ball chain is a perfect touch and filing in the empty space with the cardboard was a brilliant idea. the bed looks so cozy and I love the linens and blanket. Very Victorian, very stylish, very beautiful, very Elizabeth!
    Big hug my super creative friend,
    Giac

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    1. Hello my dear friend! You never fail to fill my big head with Praise! ( smiles ) I am truly delighted that you like this transformation, Giac and you are such an expert on Victorian interiors so the praise is doubly appreciated! I used the ball chain because of its flexibility that allowed it to conform to the curve of the head and footboard. Plus I have a ton of it! It also reminded me of Victorian and gave me the feeling of something "old". I found the T-shirt in my box of garage fabrics and was able to finally use it. It still had the thrift store tag attached! The comforter matches the curtains that are still in waiting so there will be some continuity. I picture myself stretched out at night in that little bed listening to the springs creak and the frame of the old house settling just before I nod off to sleeeeeeep..... zzzzzzz
      A Big Hug Back, Giac

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  16. Wow Elizabeth! Lovely transformation of the bed! I love all the detail you added with the ball and chain. The color is spot on as well. I have never used car putty before for miniatures and will have to look more into it. I think using a men's undershirt was a phenomenal idea for the bedding... It looks just like a hand knitted blanket! I will have to "steal" this idea as well. Can't wait to see more!

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. Hello Lindsey, and Thank you! I Love your Real Life progress on your home! You are one creative cookie and I hope that the auto body putty will soon slip into your tool box arsenal too! I am delighted that you have enjoyed this Mini bed transformation Lindsey, as I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your Major home improvements. You have been laboring hard at all of your many projects all summer and Your Results are truly Spectacular and all are cost effective solutions. Most Impressive!
      The T-shirt idea is up for grabs and I am glad that you have liked it so well. It suited tihis bed although it has covered up the entire pillow. But I am still happy with the quaintness of the total look, and I am so glad that You like it too!

      elizabeth

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  17. Again you rock my world madam! You are becoming quite the mini mad scientist throwing in snips and rails and tshirt...tales.

    I think I am on to your secret now, you just walk around the hardware store with a blindfold and decide to create fantastic mini''s with whatever you place your hand on.

    P.S I did feint a bit when I saw the snips come out but again you turned a swam into a diamnond studded ...er.. bed ;P

    Hug!




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    1. Hello My dearest Jane Smith! As usual Jane your comments make my day! This auto body putty was something that I originally purchased to help fill the gaps when I moved the stairwell and closed off the windows of the Arthur right at the beginning of this doll's house reno. I found it to be very easy to use and it dries rock hard yet is very easy to sand by hand. Red dust does get everywhere when sanding but, it is no different than the Spackle. I shall be using this once again when I get the roof glued on because it will fill in all the gaps and keep any light from peeking through and smooth over any tab slots. And as Martha Stewart says, " Its a good thing". ... A diamond studded .... thing! heehee
      Hugs back!

      elizabeth

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  18. Eeeee! I love the ticking fabric pillow. Well, the whole redo is wonderful, but I love the ticking fabric pillow especially. I love making up little beds...so cozy. Well done! :D

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    1. Hello Brae! Thank you and thank you! I am glad that you like the ticking on the pillow and I can see that it would work very well in your grandma''s Haunted Heritage! The ticking is by Marcus Brothers Textiles, Inc. and it is perfectly to scale. To me it is always interesting what catches the eye, it can be so different for each person. Isn't that so? I love a cosy bed too Brae, and I have tried to make this one with mostly MY own comfort in mind. And I am delighted that you like it as well.

      elizabeth

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  19. That bedspread idea is my favorite, but the whole thing is fantastic! Love, love, love it! And your sweet "story" was fun too! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hallllooo Jennifer! Thank you and didn't the bedspread turn out well!!? If you decide to do it too, then you will have to seal the edges with some thin glue of fraycheck because it does require it. It is 100% cotton as is by Athletic Works, but I bet there are other brands with the same kind of textured finish that this one has. I found mine at the thrift store and that is where I would look first Jennifer, if you are interested. I had fun making this post, although I knew people would think I was crazy; (in a good way) and I am very glad that it was entertaining.

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  20. Me encantan las camas son fabulosas y la ropa de cama es preciosa.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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    1. Hola Yolanda! Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for your compliment! I am very satisfied with the bed linen too Yolanda, and I am so happy that you have also like the way that the bed has turned out! It was a lot of fun both Reconstructing it and also Redressing it!
      Hugs to you too!

      elizabeth

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  21. Dear Elizabeth,
    I too held my breath too when I realized you were going to cut down the bed. You were right that it was not the correct style. I momentarily wondered then if you were going to upholster it but the filled in style - wood look or metal is more recognizable as Victorian.

    I laughed when I read Jane Smith's comment about your visit to a Hardware Store. I can confirm Jane that ANY expedition into the world results in Elizabeth finding something that she turns amazingly into something else mini. She is an adventure to know and full of endless surprises.

    I'm waiting to see what you do with the pink acrylic bath displayed in one of the early photos in this post!

    Cannot wait to visit you - hope the three Miniteers can get together soon. Flying home this Friday!!! Had an amazing time travelling in Australia once again - amazing country allround.

    Talk very soon.
    Janine

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    1. AAAAhhhh Janine! My happy Australian wandering friend has ( almost ) come home to her Canadian nest again! Welcome Back! I am so happy to hear from you via this blog and I have sorely missed the input of both you and FAts, who is Still up to her eyeballs in the aftermath of her daughters recent wedding. I have been holding the fort all alone ( sob sniff sniff ) But now we can all be together once again. Let the good times roll!
      I am sure that you recognize this bed Janine as you conceded it to me after much begging, when we were at the Seattle show, remember? And Now look what I have gone and done with it!!! Who knew? It is interesting that you have called it both wood or metal and it really could be either. I lean towards the painted metal only because my Great Grandmother had a similar style of bed at her home that I use to sleep in when there for the summer holidays and I had it in mind when I was reconstructing it, but it could be wood too. The main thing is that it looks " old-fashioned and well loved". I really think that it does. As to the tub.... it is finished and waiting in the wings for its turn, but you must still be patient for a little while longer. Soon all will be revealed! ( smiles )
      Welcome home again, my dear friend

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  22. Love it!! I want a RL bed just like that!

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    1. Hello Susan! Thank you!!! I have been thinking about you and I am so glad that you are here to visit with again!
      My great Grandmother DID have a Real Life bed like this one Susan, and I must have subconsciously had it in mind when I was transforming the frame of the mini one. My grandma's bed was a double and me and my cousins would bounce on it during the day and giggle and tell stories on it when we were suppose to be going to sleep. The bed creaked and groaned on the old springs but was very comfortable. My grandma even had a chenille spread on the bed, now that I think on it. ..... I had forgotten that. Anyway, there you have it, art imitating Life once again!

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  23. That was a nice bed, but now it's so beautiful! It was worth to broke it :)

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  24. Thank you very much Merja! I really appreciate your compliment about the bed. What an adventure it was getting it from point A to B! When I get the entire room assembled to show you, I hope that you will then see how well it all fits together with the New "old looking" bed!

    elizabeth

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  25. How do you imagine these things never mind actually make them - just wonderful.

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  26. Hello Em! Thank you for your comment and I it makes me very happy that you like the bed! I have to say that it usually begins by just STARING! I take photos of the spaces and then I pay attention to what I seem to keep staring at. Then I try to figure out "Why" I am fixated on the subject and then what would make it fit in better? I am looking for 'bit players' in telling the story and not 'superstars', so if I am staring at something over-long then it is taking up way too much of the limelight.
    God grants us all imaginations to different degrees. What He has given to me is one that kicks in only After I have made a complete mess of something and that I have to find a correction for. That is when He comes to my rescue! If you could only see the variety of some of the corners that I have painted myself into Em, ...... so not pretty! ( smiles )

    elizabeth

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  27. Hey Elizabeth!
    I love how you changed the bed, you are such a clever girl, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity (actually you put all kinds of wacky ideas in my head and I start to think about all the millions of projects that I want to do!) as always it's a pleasure to watch you work.

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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    1. Hi Marisa! Thank you for letting me put ' Wacky ideas into your Head'! heeheehee! Should I be sorry?
      Just do'in my job. :D

      elizabeth

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  28. So well done, Elizabeth! What a lovely transformation! I love the idea with the chain, the linens, the blanket, the beautiful needlepoint cushions... You are an artist!!!

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    1. Bonjour Nono! Thank you for your visit and this very lovely compliment!!! The chain was so easy to use and as I mentioned earlier, it was because I had lots of it and it was a snap to shape around the curve of the frame. I am quite pleased with the way the bed linens turned out and the cushions, by my long time friend Pam Grant, are perfect for the bed as they look very ' well- loved', and fit nicely into the theme. I am so pleased that you like this total bed transformation Nono, because I am very happy with it too!

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  29. Elizabeth, you are just Amazing!!! What a transformation!! If I had not seen it step by step I would never have thought those beds were related at all!!! Once again you have worked your Magic with the trims and embellishments!!! The end result is just PERFECT!!! And that is the real Magical part.... you know what you are trying to make happen... and you can "see" the potential in the original mass produced frame!!! You are making this Little house so Gorgeous... I want to move in!!! And you make it sound so easy! Car putty! Bird gravel!! Ball chains!!! Who would have ever thought that bed was made of such Ingredients? If I am learning anything in this dollhouse world... it is that Nothing is what it seems! I am still shaking my head in Wonder!!! You are Amazing!!!

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    1. Ahhh My dear Betsy!!! Thank you! I always am re-charged by your comments and your high praise! When I did this posting it was with you in mind as you had made a comment that you wanted to see the bed and the curtains, do you recall? So this posting should be dedicated to you, my dear. You say, who knew that a bed could be made up of so many different ingredients? But it is! And it is also EASY, just as easy as it looks. Those who may want to try it will find that it is as I say and so long as they don't get too high on the fumes, they will be able to use the car putty with great results! The bird gavel in the pillows is an old trick and is cheaper than the round beads although some may prefer them. A whole box of gravel will last for a Very long time! I am thrilled that you want to move in Betsy, but perhaps you had best wait until I install the stairs and the loo, YOU might find them needful!
      (Big smiles )

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  30. And so....to catch up as you well know I'm just coming out of a wedding, planning, doing, etc etc....All I can say for all the posts I missed is OH YES! Love love the bed....totally love the fireplace! All is so awesome! Can't wait to see it in person! I'm so lucky to know you.
    fats

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  31. Fats is Back! WhoooHooo! Hello Mrs. New Mother-in-law! I am so glad to see You and Janine together here again! I have been holding the fort and missing both of my comrades in arms! Welcome back to Liilput Land Fats and with our other Miniteer soon returning, Yes! we need a reunion luncheon to reconnect once again. Glad that you are liking the progress Fats, But Garfield is still calling out to you " When, ...when?" heehee

    elizabeth

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  32. How funny we are making beds at the same time! That's not the first time I've noticed we are in sync. The bed is so pretty. It really turned out perfect.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  33. Hi Caroline! You may be on to something here! Hah! What are the odds? I have just returned from viewing your new little bed and it is Utterly Charming! Yours is the perfect addition to your little Butterfly Cottage and I will love seeing how it looks once it is installed. Mutual Admiration is definitely in Play, Caroline! ( smiles )

    elizabeth

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  34. Hi Elizabeth, I love how you transformed the bed. Absolutely beautiful! And it's given me a few new ideas for the French apartment I'm planning.
    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny! I am so glad that this post and this bed redo has inspired you with some new ideas. This is what I feel when viewing the works of others, too. I am excited to hear about your French apartment Jenny, and look forward to watching the development of this new project of yours. The log cabin that you built for your son, turned out so well, so I am sure that the apartment will be just as wonderful! Thank you for your comment and also your compliment, Jenny. They both mean a lot to me!

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  35. Very clever re-furb Elizabeth! I love the use of the men's undershirt for the bedcover- I never would have thought of that. I hope you kept the metal bits you cut off the bed to use somewhere else, they're sure to come in handy. Sandie

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  36. Hello Sandra! Thank you and I am delighted that you have enjoyed the men's T-shirt idea! I have recently discovered a great way to make fringe for the edges of it that I will show soon. Very cost effective and authentic looking! Stay tuned for that, Sandra.
    As to the metal bits: part of my difficulties in life is the propensity to want to SAVE EVERYTHING small and that includes any metal bits and pieces. By reorganizing the stash I have on hand, and grouping and packaging the like items, I have discovered that I have enough ball chain to take me into the next century! I need to STOP SAVING AND BEGIN USING! This is my now my new mantra! :D

    elizabeth

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  37. That is such an inspired use of car putty! I have no idea what that would be called in France, but I will give it a go using milliput, I think it's about the same thing.

    You always seem to find exactly the right findings and metal bits and bobs, you must have a fabulous stash!

    Jonquil

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  38. Hello Jonquil! Thank you so much for this visit and your lovely compliment! I think you are correct in that trying the milliput may be a Great Substitution! Good thinking, let me know it turns out and I will pass it on. As to the stash of metal bits and bobs, you are right again! I even have too much! I can't find what I want because it has been all mixed up together but now I am sorting through it, and also trying to Use it, otherwise, Why have it at all??? :)

    elizabeth

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  39. Elizabeth, me gusta tu blog. He estado mirando entusiasmada los tutoriales que haces. Son muy ingeniosos y lo planteas tan fácil....Aunque con la transformación de la cama casi me da un ataque, me encanta la forja y la has hecho añicos, pero reconozco que la cama ha quedado genial. Estoy segura que será un placer seguir tu blog.

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  40. Hello Isabel! I Thank You very much for your comment and compliment! I know that sometimes it is hard to see what is already good, being "destroyed" right before your eyes! hahah but there are times when sacrifices must be made for the sake of Art! Each bed has its own personality and so I had to decide which personality worked best with this bedroom. I do not miss the other because this up-dated version is a much better fit. I am delighted though that you are enjoying my blog, Isabel and very happy that you have found the tutorials to be good. That makes me very happy!

    elizabeth

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  41. Wow, what a terrific tutorial about bed making, your bed looks fabulous! I love the one similar to when were young too. Hugs, Jean

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    1. Thank you so much Jean! I am so glad that you have stopped for a visit and I am so happy that you like the beds and the transformation as well. Congratulations, Jean, on your recent write up in July's Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine! A great honor again, for a great lady!

      elizabeth

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  42. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog Elizabeth! I've been browsing through your blog and I really admire the things you make, you are so talented!

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  43. Hello Ineke! I want to Thank You for your comment and for taking the time to browse through some of my previous posts! That was very kind and I hope that you enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed going through yours! You have so Much talent, Ineke, and so many skills that I truly admire and find so inspiring. I know that we two, shall get on famously together!

    elizabeth

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  44. This bed is just perfect, you did a wonderful job. I love the pillows too.
    Geneviève

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  45. Hello Genevieve! Thank you very much and I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the needlepoint pillows as well. I know that this is something that you Also specialize in, and your cushions are wonderful! PAM GRANT, my friend who stitched these up for me almost 17 years ago, made me LOTS! I am trying to use my collection of her fantastic cushions because they have been in storage containers far too long. I am very proud of her sewing skills and that she was so very generous to me with them!

    elizabeth

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  46. Elizabeth, you always make everything seemed like fun to do. And the other wonderful thing you do when you show us your process is how anything and everything is possible. With a bit of imagination.

    I love everything you did to the bed (although I rather love the old one too. I don't think I will have the courage to do what you did). The covers, the quilt and your friend's pillows. All the touches are perfect ones.

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  47. Hello my sweet Sans! It IS fun to do!!!! I love seeing the possibilities in what is mass produced and intended for use, one way, and making it change direction and become another. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella (and also Beauty and the Beast) both about transformations! Looking beyond what is most obvious and seeing just what it might become, and then helping it to get there.... And I know that you know this Sans, because that is just what you have been doing with your Abandoned House! You have seen beyond what was once cast away and totally neglected, and you have transformed it and filled it with new life, purpose, and artistic expressions... What can be more fun, than That!

    elizabeth

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  48. Good Morning Elizabeth,
    As always the atmosphere that you create is wonderful! Of course you know I am a pushover for sun-dried bed linens!
    The fireplace is a stunner and I love the glow of the fire with ash on the hearth.
    Thought the flooring was a bold choice but everything harmonizes in a most uncontrived way. It is always surprising how a space expands when you put the furniture in place.
    I am looking forward to spending time with you and Fatima now that I have returned from our Australian travels.
    Great work! Great techniques and thank you for sharing both!
    Janine

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  49. Good Morning to you too Janine! Welcome home my dear friend! I thought of you as I was arranging the stacks of linen on the bed ( re: "Hal yay you ya!" post ) Next to thoughts of my great grandma and her love of ironing, I think of you when I make or see pictures of stacked linen, it is like soup and sandwich, you and linen, just go together! :D Your observation of how a room visually expands when there is furniture in it is So True, and never ceases to surprise me. I am always amused though when I see those T.V. programs where the house hunters are inside an empty room and complain about it not being big enough and then when they get their furniture in it, they have More than enough room after all and often too much space! ( They then say that they are going to need to go and buy more furniture! ) hah!
    Thank you for your comment and your compliments Janine and mostly thank you for your Friendship. I highly Value and Esteem them, and am looking forward to our Get Together, very soon!!

    elizabeth

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  50. The ball chain worked wonderfully, such a great idea. The whole make over is fantastic. I have to keep a lookout for a t-shirt like yours, it looks so soft and pretty.
    A Big Mini Hug

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you for this comment about bed with the ball chain! I bought the t-shirt at the thrift store, and the texture looks just like chenille. It works beautifully! Happy hunting! :D

      elizabeth

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