Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Mmmm, it's actually quite a list....
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Here is a close up of the fireplace - I made it out of an old window that was left over from a part works dollhouse - as I said above, I don't really like it, but it will do for now. The "tin plates" are just scrapbooking embellishments, painted with gesso and aged.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The design is loosely based on the cutest little studio created by Sandy Foster - she turned a little Catskills hunting lodge into a shabby studio. When I first discovered Sandy's blog, I was more interested in creating a copy of her shelving unit and book case, which is fabulous - I was wondering if there was a way to incorporate it into my French House.......
Anyway, below are a few "work in prgress" photo's of the basic structure - mdf carcass, with some scrap balsa wood for the siding - I've kept everything a bit wonky deliberately, as I want the wee house to look as if it has been put together using what was available.
Right side of the house.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The lilac velvet upholstered sofa will eventually form part of the master bedroom. The gold paint will fade over a few weeks, and become a lot softer, giving a very beautiful aged effect - it looks very bright now. It's made as usual from cardboard and a couple of beads, findings and some scrapbook embellishments. The rusty white chair is copied from the Lea Frisonis Flower Shop, and I made the little round cushion to make it a little bit more comfy.
This is the dreaded sofa! It was easy enough to make a cardboard frame, which I padded out with felt. Having been lulled into a false sense of ease, I figured, how difficult could it be to make a loose fitting cover, ala Rachel Ashwell? Mmmm, after several tries, and many metres of white muslim later, I was ready to bin the darn thing. My mistake was to think that it would be easy to use a sewing machine, so after switching to hand sewing, it worked. The cover below is only the first attempt, and I guess that I could get it looking much better if I tried it again, but quite honestly, I'll probably slit my wrists if I had to try again!!
The coffe table was inspired by Carolyn http://carolynslittlekitchen.blogspot.com/. I used an old white wire chair from a part works dollhouse series I did years ago (That's a story for another time!!) made the base and legs from card and beads a dab of paint, some rust, and voila!
This is my altime favourite piece. It was inspired by a real French Country Cupboard that was been sold at my favourite shop for the budget price of R35000.00! (about $4700.00) Like a spy, a took a couple of surreptitious photo's (the sales woman was VERY intimidating) glaring at me like a vulture as I exclaimed in delight and awe! I tried to reproduce the painted panels, but this was beyond my capabilities, so just used a copy and stuck it into the panels. The door and drawer open, and are lined with a beautiful French script scrappbooking paper. I still have to find the perfect door knobs and drawer pulls - my local bead shop has nothing to offer, but I did manage to find a tiny little key that will look perfect.
The cupboard as usual is made out of card, with many layers of paint and distressing and sanding in between to give it an aged look. I love it!!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The above photo's show the layout of the rooms, and below are some closeups od Robin Betterleys beautiful furniture.
My all time favourite, the Pie Kitchen.......
and just for fun.......
This is the 12th scale dressing table, next to the House, with a quarter scale dresser..
just to show scale!!!!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The above two pictures show 2 different views of the bottom floor - still stacks of work to do!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This little table was made out of 1mm thick cardboard, and is based on a picture out of the South African Garden and Home magazine - I find a lot of inspirational room settings in this magazine, most of which are going to form part of the house. The top is made of balsa wood, painted a dark oak colour, while the jug is based on the tutorial offered by Marlies - I need to work on the scale a bit, as it looks a little on the big side. The gorgeous brose bowl is from Linda Carswell, and was something that I just had to have. I made the little books, and the little house is from the Lydia Pickett range. The frame will not stay - my intention is too create a traditional Scandinavian wall hanging - maybe!!
Note to self - work on taking better pictures!!!