Sunday, 9 November 2014

Adding Accessories

This is just a very quick post showing you what I've been up to lately. I have started to add items into the Kitchen and Bedroom of my French House. I still have a lot more to do, but I like to take photos as I'm going along, as it helps me to visualise what else to add. 

1st Fix of the Kitchen

 This is what I have done so far, I'm going to attempt to make some Fimo food items once I've finished all the internal decorating.

More goings on in the bedroom

Sorry for all the shadows on the photos, I took them when the light was fading. 

Until the next time

Take care

Jayne x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Updates on my French House

The Bathroom

I've finished decorating the Bathroom. I used some scrap booking paper for the walls and some old wooden plant markers for the floorboards. I just cut off the pointed ends and they were perfect.

I used chalk paint for the sink and wall cupboard. The wall cupboard was actually another sink unit, but I didn't really like it, so I removed the sink and used some scrap wood to cover the gap. I also flipped it around so the base became the top. I really like how the shape of the base has made the cupboard look really decorative.

I made the 'copper' bath tub using cardboard to get the shape. I used flexible wire with a plastic coating around it to make the round shape on the outer rim of the bath tub. I then painted it in burnt sienna and then did a few tops coats of copper enamel paint. I'm not sure about it yet, it looks OK to me in the photos, but when I see it in the flesh I think it's too amateurish .  I want to install a shower and some shower curtains so maybe it'll be alright. Oh and I have yet to find a toilet I like, so I'm on the lookout for a suitable one.

The Bedroom

I made a cupboard. This was mainly to cover up some very bad wallpapering and gaps in the corner. However I really liked the effect. The cupboard took me longer than it should because I had a lot of timber strips that were only 1 inch wide so I had to glue two strips together to make the frame. I also added some cornice to the top for a decorative edge. I was quite pleased with my handiwork, all I have to do now is to arrange some items in it.

I also made the fire surround. I used an old picture frame and added a mantle from some scrap wood. I had some individual brick slips so I glued them on to a piece of plywood and used some black paint to make it look like soot. 

The mirror is a little off center, that bothers me. I will moved it as soon as I can. 

I glued and painted some lace on to thin strips of wood, it really gives a good effect. I think it makes the room look pretty and girly. It is after all a French single ladies house, so she is entitled to decorate it anyway she likes.

I need to find just the right fabric for the bed linen and I must create a fancy fabric canopy to cover up the wrinkles in the wallpaper. Oh and to make the room look extra pretty.

The Kitchen

I made the sink using the directions from Lea Frisoni's big book of dollhouse miniatures. To create the stone effect I used some realistic brick compound from Bromley Craft Products. As I used the red brick coloured compound I just painted over it with a cream emulsion. I mainly use tester pots of paint, as they are so economical to buy and they last ages.

The splash back was just some painted wood, I added two brass taps and a small gold coloured oblong tray (Tee Pee Crafts). The soap is a real piece of Coal Tar soap (I love the smell of this soap) and I used a bit of linen for the dishcloth. I also bent a piece of brass tubing and added an eyelet to the wall to give the impression that the sink is plumbed in. 

It's a bit of a tight squeeze in the kitchen, I moved the side wall to create more space in the living room. 

The canisters were made from capacitors that you find inside a PC. I found the idea from someones blog, I had an old PC so I took it apart and there were lots of them inside. They are covered in plastic which you have to cut off, but they come in lots of different sizes. I just covered mine in paper I printed from Pinterest  and added buttons to the top. 

 These are the items I got from the Autumn Miniatura. They are from Art of Mini. I just need to decide what to put in them.

The Living Room

 If you look close enough you will see real chocolate mice inside. Well, maybe its chocolate Fimo, but one can hope.

This pretty armoire is actually a Hello Kitty product. I found it for £1 in a charity shop and it was pink. I gave it a couple of coats of cream paint. I also used some gold enamel paint which I painted on and then quickly wiped off to give it a lovely shabby chic aged look.

Now that I've finished all the decorating I just have to 'stage' my French House. 

Please keep coming back to check on my progress. 

A forgotten item

I forgot to show you this lovely dinner plate I bought from Stokesay Ware at the Autumn Miniatura.

In my last post I told you that I was going to build a Recency inspired dolls house from the Town house concept from Bromley Crafts. Well, once I've finished the hall and parlor room box I would like to start on the dinning room and I have decided on the Jubilee Gold dinner service from Stokesay Ware. I love all of their products and this was a difficult decision to make, but I'm really happy with my choice. 

Until the next time

Take care

Jayne x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn Miniatura

Hi there, I'm back again after a long time. I went back to work at the start of September and I've been very busy. Working in a school is great for all the holidays, but it also means that I have less time to spend on making minis and tending to my blog when I'm working.

What I bought from Miniatura 

These lovely little kits are from Art of Mini and as you can see I couldn't wait to make them up. Janny also gave me a free gift of a Christmas clock, which was so generous of her.

I could of spent a fortune at this stand, but I had to prioritize what I was buying. I hate doing that, as I want it all, now.

Some fabric, I always try to get some to add to my supplies.

I bought a Biedermeier Table for my next project (more info to come).

A dress manikin, as I want to try my hand at some dress making.

A brass coal shuttle for my French House.

A lovely little writing desk bureau  

A close up. 

This is a lovely item and I was able to buy it at a discounted price as the exhibitor was selling off all their items. I'm not sure if they were retiring from the business, or just from attending the shows. I feel very lucky to own it and it will fit into my Victorian cottage house really well.

Three lights from Heidi Ott for my next project. I love the table lamp the detail is really lovely for the price.

An image of <p>This Regency fire surround is from the room where the Price Regent secretly married Mrs Fitzherbert in the Brighton Pavilion. Click enlarge to see it with PF22_SET 1, priced seperately. It can also be used with brick back BB3D.</p>

I also bought a Regency Fire place from Sue Cook, for my next project.

My Next Project

What is my new project I hear you say, well I also bought a Town house room by room kit from Bromley Crafts. I really liked this concept of buying a room box one at a time and then just adding to it. I've even thought of expanding sideways as well as upwards to turn it into a very large house. I want to do so many different rooms within a house and this will allow me to do just that. 

I've only bought the tall room box and front entrance fascia at the moment. My idea is for a Georgian/Regency style dolls house and decorate it as accurately as I possibly can. At the moment I'm moving more towards the Regency Style.

This will be a long-term project. I want to buy several room boxes and different fascias one at a time. I have come to realise that I drift from one project to another depending on my mood. However I have told myself that I need to complete one room box at a time, before I buy the next one.

This may take me some time as I really don't want to cut corners on this project and make little mistakes and say it's ok, it's shabby chic. I'll leave that to my other projects.

So, in the next few months I will be turning my room box into a hallway and parlor. 

I have still got lots to tell you, so I'll be back soon.

Until the next time

Take care

Jayne x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Reasons to celebrate

I was so thrilled today when I logged on to my blog to find that I have a follower at last. I was even more thrilled to find out that it was the wonderfully talented Giac. If you haven't seen his blog I suggest you check it out. Giac is such a talented miniaturist and he also shares his ideas and miniature work which I find so inspiring. He makes me realise that you don't always have to buy expensive items to make your miniature homes into works of art. However I do still have a long list of miniature items that I want (and will buy) for my dolls houses that I would never ever spend on real life items.

More renovations on my French House

Fluffy taking the limelight, again.

Since last time I decided to change the colour of the windows, they were the wrong colour blue for me. I repainted them and I think they blend in better now.

I have now added a front door, large upper bedroom window and attic window, all I need to do now is cut some glass to fit into the frames.

Here is a close-up of the front door, I'm going to add ivy just above the door to disguise where I had to add a piece of wood as it doesn't look very nice.

The inside of the door

Miniature keys

The Attic

I used ice lolly sticks for my attic floor and they look great. Once I had stained and waxed them, they really came up looking very authentic. My camera isn't very good and the photos don't really reflect how good they look, I promise.

Other things I have been making 

A pink cardigan

This was my first attempt at making a miniature knitted item and I really enjoyed making it. I was so impressed that I managed to keep the pattern looking somewhat uniform, especially as I lost five stitches along the way. 

It's not perfect, but for a first attempt I'm happy with it. I'm sure I will be making some more knitted items in the future, so watch this space.

A miniature rug

 This was my second attempt at making a petit point rug and I very happy with the results this time around. I found the free pattern on Pinterest and I'm so grateful to the person who provided the pattern for free as I think it is a lovely design. It was to me a very easy design to follow and the result is a very pretty and eye catching rug that will fit into my French home beautifully. 

Until the next time

Take care

Jayne x