Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Printies in Half Scale

Hi, I have done The Easter Printies in Half Scale today for all the Mini People with Half Scale Doll Houses.
If anyone is daring enough to want these in Quarter Scale just put a request in comments.
Happy Easter every one: Easter Printies for your doll house

Go here to download them

I made these a long time ago when I first started making Printies. This picture was taken with a Polaroid camera. Does anyone remember those. Not a good picture.
They are a bit cute and I would love to make some new ones when I get the time but I thought you might enjoy them. These are in Half inch scale

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Easter!!! Easter Printies for your Doll House

Happy Easter every one: Easter Printies for your doll house

Go here to download them

I made these a long time ago when I first started making Printies. This picture was taken with a Polaroid camera. Does anyone remember those. Not a good picture.
They are a bit cute and I would love to make some new ones when I get the time but I thought you might enjoy them. These are in one inch scale

Monday, March 24, 2014

Machine Embroidery Designs by Barbara Del Duco

Machine Embroidery

I  love making Machine Embroidery Designs. I sell them online. These are Post Cards that are embroidered. The fronts and backs are embroidered separately and then glued together. They are standard Postcard size and can be mailed. You can write your message on the postcard with a permanent marker. These are inspired by the art work of a great artist of the Art Deco era. Mucha. I love his work. The Post cards are not up for sale yet.

This Machine Embroider Design is for a little girl. It is nice, I think, because it can be used when visiting or during a car journey or really anytime that the little girl might need some amusing. Especially when away from home as it is portable.  
                              The Miss Puff Purse and Kitty Cat Doll
It is a purse with a Kitty Cat Cloth Doll and her clothes and accessories.

I also love Crazy Quilts and decided to design Crazy Quilt Squares that could be made in the hoop with Machine Embroidery.
The Victorian Crazy Quilt Squares. ( I also have The Blue Bird Crazy Quilt Squares and The original Crazy Quilt Squares.)

Available on
 Thanks so much for looking.

The Miss Mouse Story - with latest episode

The Miss Mouse Story
The Miss Mouse Tea Pot House
There is a story to my Mouse House.  Many years ago I began to have a fascination for Mouse Houses. For a while about 35 years ago I made them and sold them. They were made of scrap wood and looked very rustic. People actually bought them. One year I made a Gingerbread Mouse House. Real gingerbread to bring to my mother-in-laws Christmas party. It had two stories and the upstairs was an attic. There was a bed and dresser, a little mouse curled up under a quilt on the bed and other things that you would find in a Gingerbread Mouses bedroom. Downstairs there was a table and a couch and other furniture. All made of real gingerbread. Everyone loved it and one of the aunts took it home to save it. Sadly it didn't last and after a few weeks the icing melted a bit and everything started sliding apart.
When I married my second husband and we bought a house, I decided to make a real mouse house. I choose half scale because it wouldn't take up much room. I had been thinking of a story of an older lady mouse that lived in the woods so I decided that it would be her house.

The Miss Mouse Story

Chapter 1.  The fire.

An older lady mouse lived in a hollow tree trunk in the Green Woods. She had made quite a little home in this hollow log. There were a few pieces of furniture from an old dollhouse that she found  in a deserted house and dragged to her log. She had two rugs that were from an old tee shirt and a dish cloth. She found those in the dump. Her name was Miss Mouse. Miss because she had never married. She had been in love once and engaged but he left for the Great Mouse War of 1876. He was never seen again. He was declared "missing in action" and given a medal for mouse bravery. She had the medal on her matchbox dresser. His name was Marvin. She often thought of Marvin but it had been so many years that she could hardly remember what his face looked like. That made her very sad. She wished there were such a thing as a mouse camera so she could have had a picture of him but sadly there was not. One night as she sat in her rocking chair listening to the wind howl through the knothole window. She saw a bright blue light. Lightning she thought, very afraid. Then she heard a very loud noise, like a crack followed by a crackle and she smelled smoke. Oh, my goodness. She was so afraid. She knew that her hollow log was on fire. She scurried around trying to collect some of her things. Her warm shawl, the medal, Marvin's old cap that he had left when he went to war. Then she saw flames and she knew she had to get out of her log very fast so she ran through the kitchen knothole door and into the woods. It was raining very hard but the log was dry and old and burned very brightly. She took shelter under a large leaf. She tried very hard not to cry but the tears came anyway. What a horrible night this was. All she had in the world was burning. What would she do?

This is a picture of the kitchen of The Miss Mouse Tea Pot House.

Chapter 2. Crying and crying.

 As she sat on a twig with a leaf over  her head trying to keep the rain from soaking her. She heard a strange noise. Ker-plump, ker-plump, thump, thump. Miss Mouse turned her head so her ear was turned to the sound but she couldn't figure out what the sound was coming from. The sound stopped for a moment then continued. Ker-plump, thump. What could it be. It was pouring rain. The rain made a hissing sound as it hit the ground and the leaves. Her leaf was soaked and no longer protecting her so she looked for another leaf, preferably a dry one. She found one under a 
large fallen branch and placed it over her head. It helped a bit but she was quite wet. Out of the corner of her eye she saw a bit of shiny green, an almost glowing green color. Then the thing that was colored the glowing green moved into view. A frog. It was Mr. Frog, her old friend. Howdy Miss Mouse, he said. I saw smoke from over yonder and wondered what it was. Oh my, he said and his eyes grew large and round. Your house burned. Oh my. Mr Frog was always saying oh my. He said oh my about everything. Oh my, he said again There is almost nothing left. Miss Mouse faced with the the complete realization that her house was gone started crying. Large fat tears dropped from her tiny mouse eyes.
What will I do she cried. What will I do. Mr. Frog tried to comfort her. There, there he said, it will be okay. I will get all the forest friends together.
In a little while Miss Mouse saw Tommie Turtle and Horace Mouse come along the path to what used to be her house. They both comforted her. We will help you they said.
The next day her three friends, Mr. Frog, Mr. Turtle and Mr. Mouse went on a long trip through the woods gathering all their friends. All the small animals had a meeting and decided what to do. They went to the peoples town dump and looked all around. Then Bill Mole found a wonderful old Tea Pot. It wasn't new but it could be cleaned up and they all pitched in and cleaned it up. Bill Mole scrubbed and scrubbed it. Soon it looked shiny and new. Mr. Turtle was working on the inside and soon had it spotless. When they finished they all stood back and looked at this Tea Pot. It was a very large pot. she will love it they all said and they rigged up a wagon with several of the friends pulling it with old shoelaces. Through the woods they went. Bumpity, bumpity bump, went the cart. Soon they arrived at  The Huckle Berry Clearing. There they set up the Tea Pot and congratulated themselves on a moving job well done.Later after they had done a bit of landscaping and Mr. Mole had planted some wild flowers, they thought it was most complete. Mr. Frog went back to Ms. Mouse. She was still sitting on the log but no longer had the leaf over her head. It had stopped raining and her poor charred log had stopped burning.  Miss Mouse was still crying.

Chapter 3. Marvin

                                             The new Tea Pot House inside without stairs.

Miss Mouse looked up and Mr. Frogs large green eyes peered into hers. She didn't say a word. Mr. Frog didn't say a word. Without so much as a glance left or right Mr. Frog took her little mouse paw in his froggy green hand and led her down a path in the woods. The path was littered with sticks and there were large stones in the way sometimes. Mr. Frog told Miss Mouse not to worry that her friends would clean the path up and it would be safe for her to travel. She wondered where they were leading her. She was still crying and hic-cupping. I, I, I don't know what to do she managed to say between sobs. "Where are we going Mr. Frog" she said but Mr. Frog did not answer her. He just smiled and looked mysterious. Soon she heard noises in the woods near the Huckle Berry Clearing. It sounded like hammering and scraping. What could that noise be she thought. Very soon she saw the teapot and she exclaimed, OH!!!!  and put a tiny paw over her mouth. What is that, she said. The hammering and scraping noise that she had heard were Mr. Mole and Mrs. Minny Squirrel sanding the floor of the teapot. As Miss Mouse watched the floor became shiny and pretty. Oh, she thought. It is a house. What a fine house in a teapot. Who could it be for?
It's for you all her woodland friends said as if they had read her mind.. It is a new house for you.We worked so hard Minnie said We really hope you like it.
OH!!! said Miss Mouse with another hic-up. OH!!! It is wonderful. I love it but what shall I put in it? I need furniture. I will go to the mouse dump and look around. There must be some good things there that I can use. We will go with you they all cried. They were laughing and congratulating each other. Mr. Mole had a very proud look on his little mole face as he was the one who had the idea to do this for Miss Mouse.

Off they all went to the people dump. When they got there they stopped quickly and hid behind the fence posts. There was a people there and he was raking all the things into piles. What was he doing. This had never happened before. Maybe he is raking it into piles so that they can take it away Mr. Mole said in a mouse squeak. Minnie answered in another different sounding Mouse squeak.  I agree with you croaked Mr. Frog whose first name was Freddy although all the forest folk called him Greenie.
They waited and waited and finally the people person left. He must have been tired of raking. Miss Mouse was disappointed because she has know just about where everything was located in the people dump. Now it was all mixed up. She went to the nearest pile and started looking through the mess of things. Oh my, she thought as she saw some papers. When she looked closer she could see that they were people pictures. Well. she thought, if there are any pretty pictures here I might use them for pictures for my walls. She used her mini mouse paws to sort through them She was shocked. What was she seeing! It was a picture of a mouse scurrying towards a hole in the wall. It was a bit blurred but still she could see. It wasn't just any old mouse. It was "Marvin". His face looked very scared but it was a picture of Marvin her long, lost, love. Oh, Marvin she thought. This must have been taken before they had met as he looked very young. It must have been when he had lived in that big old people house. He had said it was a good place to stay but he was always afraid. He must have left right after the people took that picture of him.
She looked at the rest of the pictures. They were very dry because the tin box they were in must have been closed before the people person had started raking. She picked up Marvin's picture again. Oh Marvin, she thought. Oh Marvin.

 Look for the next chapter soon.
Barbara  thank You to all my friends. I would love to have comments.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New! FREE Easy Pendant Roller Tutorial Shabby Chic Pendant

                                                                       The Shabby Chic Pendant
Hi to all my friends. I have just finished a new Free Tutorial for the Easy Pendant Roller. It is about making Jewelry Pendants. This one is a Shabby Chic Pendant. I love Shabby Chic.
Now for the tutorial: This is .pdf file to download
The Pendant Roller Tutorial.

Go here to download  Look for The Easy Pendant Roller Tutorial

Have a great day.   PS: Hoping to write another installment of the Miss Mouse Story very soon.

There is a site called One Inch Minis. She has some great mini tutorials on it. I love the way she makes things from card stock, mat board and paper. She is really very talented.
Take a look.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The EZ Pandora Bead Roller

The EZ Pandora Paper Bead Roller

Pictured below are Pandora Paper Beads made with the Pandora Paper Bead Roller.
These are Pandora like beads that fit on the 5mm Snake Bracelets.The silver plated grommets to fit the holes in the beads can be purchased on  Your Pandora Roller comes with 20 grommets to get you started making beautiful Pandora like beads right away.  
Go to the above url to download free templates to make Pandora Beads.

Go here to purchase The EZ Pandora Bead Roller

The EZ Pandora Paper Bead Roller

The Pandora Beads in the picture below are on an Hallmark
Stainless Steel Snake Bracelet purchased on
I really think you will love my newest invention.
It's a great little machine to make Pandora Paper Beads.

The Easy Pendant Roller

The Easy Pendant Roller

Make your own beautiful jewelry.

The Pendant Roller

Go to the url below to find out even more about The Pendant Roller

This is the new Easy Pendant Roller. With it you can make many beautiful pieces of jewelry.
I have pictures some of the pieces that I made pictured below. There are so many things you can craft on this.

Attention Miniature makers. I am going to start experimenting with this machine making miniature dollhouse accessories. I am sure that I can make little dishes, cups, pots and pans and all kinds of other mini things with it. I would love to hear your ideas Meanwhile I show below some of the Pendants I have made.

On the right. this is where you roll Pendants.
It comes with three different Roller Pins. You can also roll long Paper Beads with it. I use it to roll what I call Cylinder Beads which are long Paper Beads that have a hollow center. I used some of these to make little pendants to hold tiny things.
The Pendant roller ready to make long Paper Beads
 In the above picture you can see The Pendant Roller with the lexan cover plate turned back so that long Paper Beads can be made. I invented this machine so that myself and other craft people could make lots of wonderful things from paper. I have been making things from paper for many, many years and it is just recently that it has become so popular.

You are all so clever. Go to and search for Paper Beads and Paper Jewelry. You will be amazed at what you will find.

You can make anything from paper. I know, I have. 
The Pendant Roller is for sale on 
This pendant was made from rolled different colors of card stock strips. The outer edge is a wider strip and the inside part was covered in Mod Podge. The outer strip and the curl for the chain or ribbon is covered with a press-on foil. Very easy to do.
Many different pendants can be made this way. 
This pendant is made from ribbed ribbon that is folded in half and glued, Then rolled on the Pendant Roller and shaped into and oval afterward. It is glued at the end of the roll and a cardboard oval is glued to the bottom. The cardboard oval is about a quarter of an inch larger than the pendant. Pearls are then glued around the pendant. A paper bead is put on the top of the string after the string is attached. A pearl button is glued into the center. A a bitty bow and isn't it charming.

I love this pendant. It is made from silver flecked cord bought in the craft department. The cord is rolled on a circle of cardboard and glued down as it is rolled. A circle of rhinestone chain is glued around it and a pretty butterfly decorates the front.

This is a canvas book with the cover decorated with pretty things made with the Pendant Roller.  On this cover you can see the beautiful paper roses you can roll with the Pendant Roller. Very easy to do. There will be directions and templates for doing these. There are two different kinds of roses. I am sure that you will find so many things to make with this machine.

This paper bag book cover is made like we used to make them for our school books. If you are of a certain age you will remember these or perhaps they are still done.
I decorated it with Pendants and Roses rolled with the Pendant Roller. A bit of lace and old ribbon, a vintage picture, a strip of corrugated cardboard rolled, a bit of rolled wire, and a paper doily. I think it is lovely.

This can be a cover for a journal. A few vintage pictures, some lace, a Cylinder Paper Bead with some ribbon hanging from it, and pretty things rolled on the Pendant Roller.
In the instructions I tell you of an online site where you can buy these pretty additions of lace, pictures and ribbons. I am just a customer. This is where I buy my little decorations. They have wonderful things. 

A closeup of a rolled Rose with a velvet leaf by it.

This could be a book cover or and album cover or just a picture with a frame around it.
Pendants are made from card stock and heavy twine.
This pretty pink pendant is simply made of yarn crocheted into a  chain and rolled on the Pendant Roller. It has a trim of fancy ribbon around it and a coating of Mod Podge. The ribbon roses add a nice touch. Paper beads hold the ribbon together on the top. 

This pendant is made from a vintage graphic glued to 1/8" foam core board or thin card board and surrounded with Cylinder Beads made from card stock on the Cylinder Roller and Long Paper Bead Roller part of the Pendant Roller. Pearls are glued in the corners. I think this would be really pretty if worn with a white dress.

A 3D card made with rolled paper Roses, Paper Beads and Paper Pendants. Even the crocheted gold chain is curled on the Pendant Roller.
The top Rose is the simple version.

You can see that I have been very busy. I love doing it. As all you crafters know, it is a labor of love.
Yours sincerely Barbara

Mini Quarter Scale Furniture

Quarter Scale Furniture

The Quarter Scale Printable Furniture for La Petite Maison. 

A Shabby Chic Dollhouse

It was allot of work but this tiny furniture is soooo nice. I just love it. Here are some pictures.

You will get all this furniture in the .pdf file.
It is easy to make.This is a Printable.
A sample of the pages and instructions are shown right and below. You can see how small it is by La Petite Maison with my hand in front of it. (left) I hope to come out with this same furniture in Half Scale.

This page has the refrigerator and the stove, sink, cabinet on it. Each piece of furniture has a picture so you can see what it looks like while you are making it. The little kitchen and bedroom chairs are so cute. The nicest thing is that if you make a mistake you can always print the page again. I know you will love this furniture.

Below is the page with the instructions for the Sofa. It is really easy because it is all there for you in photos.
You can even put tiny cushions on it or cover it with
dry wet wipes. You can color the wet wipes with water color. I am sure that some of you will make changes because you are all so talented. I really mean that. I have looked at Pinterest and WOW, the beautiful things that you make.

You can find it on my Etsy site. 

This Furniture is for La Petite Maison. A little dollhouse that you can also find on the url above.


The Bedroom Furniture