Monday, January 6, 2014

Photos Du Jour: Birds At Balboa

Photographs were taken by me at Lake Balboa. Happy Monday and have a terrific week!

You can see more of my photos here.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Food: Chicken Marbella

This recipe is so easy -- go here for it  (courtesy of Costco Connection). Chicken Marbella is a signature dish of "The Silver Palate Cookbook." Absolutely delicious.

Poupées: A Doll's Closet

I have closet envy after creating this room. :-)

The nail polish is a square bead with a toothpick colored black and inserted inside (stuck inside with the pointy end). The perfume bottles are beads that were glued together (a larger bead with a smaller one on top). The frame is a mini from Aaron's Brothers with a magazine advertisement for L'Occitane (I love their products!) cut up and inserted inside.

The sofa is from the IKEA Huset mini set. Since it's a little small for a 12 inch doll, I created a pedestal for it. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, the flooring was made with leftover tiles a friend had and wanted to discard. Using a board, I created a design and had someone who understands how to glue down tile help me. I used a gray grout.

The dolls pictured here are Mattel's Model No. 2, Collection Red (she's one of my favorites!) on a pivotal body (don't remove the doll's head unless you know how) and Fashion Royalty's Poppy Parker (The Young Sophisticate edition).

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Coconut Banana Bailey's Milkshake

For two servings:

  • 1 medium or large banana 
  • 6 to 8 ounces of coconut milk creamer 
  • 6 ounces of Bailey's Irish Cream (a little more, if you like it stronger) 
  • 6 to 8 ounces of crushed ice 
In a blender, add all the ingredients. Give it about 30 seconds. And you're done. You can add ice cream, but it may be too sweet. You could even sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon, if you like. If you are lactose intolerant, you may want to make your own vegan Baileys Irish Cream.

Inspired by these recipes (but without the ice cream).

Poupées: Modern living room

I have to thank MitchyMooMiniatures whose tutorial inspired the sofa. Her tutorial is for 1:12 scale, but I was able to adapt it and use her ideas to make the sofa look seamless. Thanks so much!

The sizing used was considerably larger (but not doubled!). The sofa is about 9.5 inches wide. The seat is about 3 inches from the ground up (including the legs). The back rest is about 5.2 inches tall. And the sofa seat is 4 inches deep (and 8.25 inches wide). 

You can use balsa wood or foam board. If you use foam board, you'll have to double it up so it's sturdier and thicker. And I used actual foam cushioning on the sofa seat.

A modern living room has got to have Eames and Verner Panton style chairs. The coffee table is a piece of tile glued down on a thick strip of wood. The rug is a dinner place mat from IKEA.

I made the pillows using fabric scraps from Jo-Ann Crafts and Fabrics. 1:6 scale shopping bags can be created using cardstock paper or print outs of store brands (then use a piece of string as the handles).

The flooring were leftover tiles a friend had and wanted to discard. Using a board, I created a design and had someone who understands how to glue down tile help me. I used a gray grout. Basically, the floor was the inspiration for the entire room. I am not too sure how I feel about the walls, but I used what I had. Anyone know where I can get cheap or free wallpaper samples?

The books were made by using and a printer. Just search for book jackets. You can use real pages (which I did for some) so the book opens or can look like it is being read. For the ones on display, however, I used one or two pieces of white foam sheets. The pencil cup holder is a small wooden tulip cup I had on hand (these cost pennies at craft stores). 

Things on display include a little jade-colored Budai statue I found in China Town. The little Eiffel tower is a charm (I cut the top part -- the charm link -- and filed it down). The frames are scrapbook embellishments that looked like frames but needed frame back (used thick cardstock paper). The little glass vials are from Idea-ology (purchased from Michaels). I cut down some small, false flowers. In one of the vials, I added small seashells. You can pour a little water inside the vials for photographing purposes. Be careful not to drop them -- they are very fragile (learned this the hard way).

The dolls included in these photos are Fashion Royalty's Poppy Parker (Lilac Frost edition) and Mattel's Harley-Davidson Ken doll. The Tommy doll is an old "Tommy Sailor" doll that is occasionally available on eBay for pennies.