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Loving Miniature Patio Furniture

I love the dollhouse patio and all the wee little bits and pieces that go into it. It is what got me back into making miniatures again. I think for me the patio and the gardens are something I can’t master in real life but with miniatures the sky is the limit. Not only am I a master at the art of killing plants but we have a really bad mosquito problem at our real house so from mid June to the first frost our outdoor experiences at home are nonexistent to say the least. So that means no cook outs, no pool, no drinks under twinkling fairy lights and no pretty patio furniture. So it is only miniature patio furniture for me! Luckily I love my dollhouse patios and gardens and I so enjoy making all the things that go into it.
I got back into making miniatures, like a lot of people, during quarantine. I was watching Youtube and somehow came across a miniature plant tutorial. Then I watched another and another. It looked like so much fun and I needed a creative outlet to keep my mind of the worldly happenings so thought I would give it a try. Turns out I LOVED it! I made Ferns, Roses, Lavender, Ivy and even a Staghorn Fern. There were miniature plants everywhere. All things I would never be able to grow in real life. I had a ball. Now armed with all these miniature plants I needed a place to display them so I created a French Provincial style patio. Well that started an entirely new obsession and I started making miniature patio furniture. I made potting tables, bistro tables, garden benches, cafe chairs and trellises. I made several pieces of architectural salvage like shutters and columns that fit right into the decor of my outdoor spaces. I made some corbels that acted as wall shelves so that I could have plants spilling down to the ground. I could now have those twinkling fairy lights that I always dreamed of.dollhouse miniature shutters wee little studio
After I finished my French Provincial patio I went on to make a whimsical fairy patio. Since I didn’t want to have typical dollhouse patio furniture in that scene I made some tree stump seats, an idea I stole from a dollhouse restaurant I made. You can read about that here. I made some mushroom umbrellas and acorn cups for fairy tea. It was a fun project to do with the kids.
Now with summer coming up I am thinking of making some sort of beach house. Maybe a house with a vintage beach style outdoor space or maybe a seaside cottage or maybe even an old fisherman’s oceanfront house with crab traps and row boats instead of the typical dollhouse patio furniture. I could get my Dad in on that one. The options are endless. My ideas definitely are greater than the time I have to make all this stuff but a girl can certainly dream can’t she?

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