Miniature Decor

DIY Miniature Shutters

The Lorny Bin, my crazy little big dollhouse is under major renovation.

The exterior has had the shutters removed, siding cleaned and lightly sanded and is getting ready for paint, new roofing shingles and a porch renovation is in the planning stages.

Today we are making new shutters. I could buy shutters but they won’t be exactly what I’m looking for so I’ve had to improvise. I’m quite pleased with the outcome. One pair down, 16 to go!

diy shutters made from paint and coffee stirrers
Side porch is coming along. Ready for new windows.

The shutters were made from contents in a junk drawer that has accumulated years of paint stir sticks. Yep…. the one’s they give you when you buy paint for your big house will make perfect shutters for your little house.

What do you think? What’s your favorite dollhouse upcycle / recycle project?

Keep makin mini memories,

Miniature Mayhem!

I have been crafty all my life. So it’s no wonder I love hanging out in a miniature world. There is a lot of crafting to be had here! I’m restoring a dollhouse and decorating it with a primitive farmhouse flair. If you think the world of crafts is crazy. Try crafting on a 1/12 scale.

Holy bologna I never knew my hands were so dang big. #truth

Within the miniature world there all all these little niches and it can be a bit overwhelming. Since I love building full scale furniture, building miniature furniture was a no brainer. So fun. So easy and it’s way easier on the back! #arthritisisnotmyfriend

Then one day while mindlessly scrolling crafts on Amazon I happened across this needle felting kit. OMG the possibilities. I ordered the kit. I just wanted to make a couple of pillows for my dollhouse.

Pillows turned into cushions. OMG I can make cushions and build a sofa.

Cushions turned into snowmen. OMG I can make snowmen for outside in the winter. (If you’d like to learn needle felting, here is an amazing company, Bear Creek Felting…. oh the possibilities!

Snowmen turned into a Baby Yoda because ummmm lets get real people; everyone needs a Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda turned into Lorna Jean!

Shit on a shingle! I can make my Grandmother, Lorna Jean. After all, it was her dollhouse. I can make her out of felt and have her in the kitchen cooking and drinking coffee. Or put her in a porch swing. She can work on the roses in her garden…. I feel like I am reliving my childhood.

OH the rabbit holes I have traveled….


I CAN HAVE A LLAMA FARM. I’ll need a couple rabbits too because this effing rabbit hole is BIG! Bear Creek even has a llama kit on Etsy!

So have you ever tried needle felting? I want to take the class, one day. I tend to be a bit of a serial learner. I want to learn all the things.

This episode of my ADHD brain brought to you by me.

The Lorny Bin, say what?

Way back when Mark Zuckerberg added the ‘check in’ feature to Facebook we were having a party and I decided to check in at my own home…. and the play on my name stuck…. so if you come visit, you too can check in at The Lorny Bin. It’s a crazy good time.

Lorna @ The Lorny Bin was named after her paternal grandmother, who was also a Lorna. I was blessed to inherit one of her most prized possessions, a very large Woodline Products Victorian dollhouse.

Woodline Victorian Dollhouse
Mini mansion renovation. 1:12 scale

The dollhouse has been in storage for easily 25 years and I’ve been meaning to get started on it. The time has come. It will be a great project, my #minifixerupper #theminilornybin

I have been researching dollhouse miniatures and specifically my kit and just today found out it is a Woodline Products Victorian House produced around 1977ish and apparently it was quite popular. It is a large unit measuring 48″ wide x 36″ high x 19″ deep in 1/12 scale (1″ per foot).

Further research using my google machine located a couple of great blog posts about this exact model / kit and I could not be happier to learn more about it. You can check it out at Lori’s Magestic Dollhouses

I plan to DIY it all! Including the landscape. Did you know people make miniature flowers and plants. Like make them out of paper and they look like the real deal? There is a whole world of miniatures out there and I have been fully engulfed.

Until next time my friend,

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