MY "THERAPY" CHRISTMAS ROOM BOX
Having become a bit overwhelmed by Life, the Universe, and Everything,
I am under a doctor's orders to spend time doing things just for myself for a change.
This is my first "just for me" project, and it was inspired by
"Mixed Media Dollhouses" by Tally Oliveau and Julie Melina
This room box was made almost entirely with materials I had on hand. The only items I purchased for it were an old home decorating book, the back cover of which became the walls, and the glass to cover the front opening. Everything else--from the craft lights to the miniature fabrics--were items that I had previously collected for never-completed projects, scrounged from trash piles, made as experiments, or had kept just because they might be useful some day!
This image shows the room box with the front open.
Views of the full finished project with the front closed are shown below.
The scene includes an old wooden spool used as an end table.
Spools were a staple in many doll house creations in my childhood.
The book is from my mother-in-law's collection and is my favorite Christmas story, "A Chritmas Carol".
Every one of my miniature creations will have a marble in it somewhere!
In this case a red marble has become a wall light with a mini light bulb behind it.
Why marbles? Mainly because I collect marbles, and have thousands!
They, along with miniatures, are also a nostalgic reminder of the best parts of my childhood.
The back of the chair is made from a jar lid to get that nice shape.
The fabrics were printed from my own designs.
I have a miniature fabric collection that is available through the printing company:
Jane Walker Miniature Print Fabrics
My attempt at making a Christmas tree that would fit into the very tiny space allotted was reasonably successful.
If I were to do it over, I think it would come out better, but I've moved on to new projects!
I designed the entire room around the pattern on the back cover of an old home decorating book.
The fireplace is made from craft tiles and cardboard.
The fire is made of scraps of foil and plastic with mini lights under them.
The floor is tongue depressors which are small enough that I can successfully stain them!
Staining is a skill that eludes me with life sized wood objects.
Below is the complete room box. It is intended to be displayed mounted on a wall,
which is where it is all year.
It looks great on the wall, but the lighting was not good for taking photos
that would show both the inside and outside clearly.