Monday, 24 December 2012

I managed to get some more pictures done today.

 Here's the door wreath that matches the garland on the fireplace.

Lunch is a simple affair. I'm working on the cranberry sauce and gravy.

And there's Christmas pudding, mince pies and a Yule log for dessert.

Have a good one!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Hi everyone, i've been waiting for a sunny day so I can take pictures of the French house and its Christmas decorations but no such luck!  Anyway, here's the best of the pictures so hope you get the idea.  I'll try and come back with more if and when the weather improves. 

The colour scheme in the sitting room is pale mint green, pale pink and dark pink...

The tree came from eBay and is the perfect size for the room and the perfect colour to match the garland over the mantlepiece which came from America (I have a door wreath to match but just can't get a good picture of it until the light improves)...

Some of the christmas cards have been sent by friends and have tiny little writing in them...

I bought the gorgeous little hand-stitched stocking from Rosanna at http://lastanzadigiuggiola.blogspot.co.uk/

On the sideboard there's wine and chocolates and a papier mache bowl from South Africa.  I'm going to try and make some nuts to go in the bowl...

There's a little wooden dolly being wrapped up ready to go under the tree...

And there are crackers that I made from silver paper, silver thread and pink jewels.

I hope to be back in the next few days with pictures of the Christmas food.  Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and thanks for keeping me company in 2012 X!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Hi everyone, and a special welcome to any new followers. 

I've been working on a little string mat for the hallway. Easiest thing to make although it does get a bit messy.  You just need some rustic looking string, some glue and a suitable surface to work on (one that won't stick to the finished piece).  Start coiling the string around in a tight circle gluing all along the outside edge of the string as you go.  When you finish place something heavy on top so that the rug dries nice and flat and there you go! A lovely little rustic rug.

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hi guys, before I show any more rooms from the French house, thought I should give a mention to Julie, who made the house in the first place.

You can check out her other wonderful houses, cottages and shops, in both 1/12th and 1/24th scale at the link below;

Julie's Dollshouses

PS. She sells them on Ebay!

Bye for now x

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a great weekend.  I thought you might like to see close ups of the hall items.

On the settle there is a Lavender garden trug which is made from a Jane Harrop kit.  Everything you see comes in the kit with really simple instructions.

Under the stairs there are crates of wine.  I purchased the bottle 'blanks' and created the labels and bottle tops myself.  There are also baskets of fruit and veg made by Et Cetera. 

Since my last posting I've added a lace curtain to the kitchen  side of the door which you can see from the hall.
And here's the curtain from the kitchen side.  I will be showing you more of the kitchen next time.  Bye for now x

Friday, 19 October 2012

Hi everyone, hope you're finding time to work on your mini projects.  I've been very busy here with life in general so I've neglected my dolls houses and my blog but now the weather is turning cold time to get playing again.

So now the tour of my Georgian house is finished (see older posts if you missed it) I would like to show you my French style house.

 I say it's French style but you will see as we go along I have chosen to decorate and furnish the inside of the house in particular in a style that is not predominantly French.  The reason for this is that I had a lot of nice pieces of furniture that I had purchased over the years and I wanted somewhere to put them.  So perhaps it's an English family living in a French house.  What do you think?

The outside of the house is just rough plaster.  I added the shutters and the black 'metal' railings you can see at the windows.  Outside there is a little space to put plants and maybe a bench (when I find one I like). You will see from the pictures I keep moving the plants as I can't seem to make my mind up what looks best where.

The hallway has a 'terracotta' floor that I made from paper.  I also made the settle from a kit by Jane Harrop.  It's a large hallway but I don't want to fill it too much as I don't like clutter.  Maybe a bicycle or a pram would look nice. And I need to make an umbrella to hang on the coat rack.

Bye for now x

Friday, 24 August 2012

Hi everyone, hope you're having a wonderful summer where ever you are.  We now come to the second bedroom in the Georgian house.  As you can see it has been decorated in a lovely pale pink and lace style.  The bed cover is a vintage hankie that fits the brass bed perfectly without any alteration and the pillow is threaded with a line of pink ribbon.

(I love the little castors on the feet of the bed).

You can see the side table from Tarbena that I am using as a dressing table.  It is a beautiful honey colour wood with gold, pink and green floral decoration and brass handles. The ribbon mirror is also from Tarbena and the china jug, basin, potty and tray are from Stokesay Ware.  The little pink shoes were a gift from a friend.

The fire surround is very plain and simple.  I will try to find a nice portrait to hang over it. 

The tabby cat from Sarah Schiff has decided to make this bed his own!  In this close up you can see the lace edge of the hankie where it has been turned back. 

And here's another picture that shows the lace edging.  Gorgeous isn't it?  There's one more corner of this little room that I have yet to furnish.  I'm thinking of a bedroom chair or a full length cheval mirror but as yet am undecided.  I've included a reminder of the silk curtains and blinds that feature in an earlier post.  This bedroom is fitted with the little ruffled blind.

See you all next time and thanks for following x

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Hi everyone!  So, now we come to the top floor of the house where there are two bedrooms.  This is the gentleman's room.  There is a mahogany sleigh bed by Escutcheon, a Queen Anne cupboard by Trevor Jiggins and a fabulous little chest of drawers with a pull out shelf from Denis Jenvey.

 The mirror is no longer over the mantelpiece, I changed it for one of the pictures I bought at LDHF.  On the chest of drawers is a shaving stand by St Leger and a cutthroat razor that opens and closes by Danny Shotton.  There's a pair of gentleman's leather riding boots and a walking cane by the fireplace...

  ...the bedlinen is made from an old lace handkerchief simply folded over at the top edge with a piece of ivory fabric for the coverlet, the pillows are from the miniature bedding co. and on the bed is a mahogany breakfast tray with tea, toast and marmalade and the morning post.   Hope you like it x

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Well, the sun shone very briefly yesterday so I tried to take some pictures of the sitting room.  I'm not sure if it's the colour of the sofa or the colour of the wallpaper in this room but however I take a picture it just doesn't do the room justice. 

The sofa and chair were made by Arlette in a dusky pink velvet.  It's a late Victorian style but I think it works equally well in a Regency setting.  The cushion on the chair is by Nicola Maskell (the stitches are unbelievably tiny) and the convex mirror by Tarbena.

I've added the 'Constable' painting I bought at Kensington but have failed to find anything nice to put on the mantelpiece so it looks a little bare.  The Queen Anne style tea table was made by Dovetail Miniatures.  You've seen the tea set in my Mothers Day post.  It was made by Avon Miniatures but I'm not sure who painted it although I think it was a Dutch or a German miniaturist.  If anyone does know please contact me. 

The blue and white biscuit barrel is a colaboration between Ken Palmer who made the silver lid and handle and Muriel Hopwood who made the porcelain.

The burr walnut sewing box is one of my favourite pieces.  It was made by Geoffrey Wannacott.  I'd like to get a small piece of embroidery being made to put in the box and some more sewing notions. 

And that's it for the sitting room for now.  I'm looking to add new items to the mantelpiece and maybe another painting plus I want to change the rug at some point as although I love this one it does not go with the other rugs in the house.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Hi everyone!  Hope you don't think I've been neglecting you but ever since Kensington I've been suffering from 'miniaturists block' - do you get that?  It's not that I don't have things to do.  My Georgian house needs some final touches, the bathroom is ready to go in the French house and the shop is right at the very beginning so still needs lighting before I can put the flooring down.  I also have more sweets to make for the club project that I showed in a recent post but I just don't seem to have had the motivation.  Terrible isn't it?  Anyway, I'm just waiting for the sun to shine again here in the UK and then I'll take fresh photos of the final rooms in the Georgian house to show you.  Hope you're all having fun with your minis x

Monday, 14 May 2012

I had a fabulous time at The London Dolls House Festival on Saturday but spent waaay too much : )  Here's what I bought;

For the Georgian house - Two 'paintings' which you will see in situ in upcoming photos of the sitting room and bedroom,
 this amazing little box with brass inlay containing three removable bottles with removable stoppers,

 a handpainted table from Alan Barnes (Tarbena).  I'm going to use this as a dressing table in the bedroom,

a fern from The Flower Lady to go in this jardiniere that I have had in my collection for years,
 and the sweetest lace and embroiderie hankie.

And for the French house I bought a little vanity case with mice prints and a pink handle,
 a teddy for the bed...
... and the most gorgeous shoes ever by Judith Blondell. Cream leather with ribbon bows...

...now that's my kind of shopping trip x