Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pickett Hill

This is the beautiful Pickett Hill house that I have spent the last 2 years putting together. This fabulous kit is designed in quarter scale by Suzanne and Andrew, in collaboration with the amazing Robin Betterley, whose work I adore. I joined the Lydia Pickett Kit of the Month club run by Judith Dowden at, and have been recieving the furniture kits on a monthly basis. Judith, I must add, is the most amazing person, incredibly helpful and a wealth of knowledge.

I changed the exterior of the house slightly - instead of the green trim and roof, I went for a blue, and whitewashed the interior floorboards.

The above photo's show the layout of the rooms, and below are some closeups od Robin Betterleys beautiful furniture.

This is the pretty dinig room........

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

Working on the Entrance Hall

I had a little bit of time over the weekend to do some work on the French House. I made the front door........

...and printed out the Wallpaper panels that I'm wanting to use - this is an image I've had for a while, and can't remember where I got it from - I originally kept it as I was hoping to paint a copy of it onto my lounge wall. I'm just having problems trying to figure out the best way to do the panelling bits around it. All I have is a couple of sheets of cardboard!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Firstly, thank you to Claire and Joey for being my first 2 followers!! and secondly, I can't believe that its been so long since my last post, where does the time go?

I've been making slow progress on my French House - I feel that I should at least keep up with Claire! S0 (drum roll) I took all the pieces that had been lurking in the garage for the last year, and voila! put them all together and I now have 3 walls and a bottom. Not much I know, but this is supposed to be a lifelong project (haha!!). Below you can see the beginnings of the hall and kitchen. The kitchen floor is slate - made by smearing what we call polyfilla (that yucky stuff used to fill the holes one tends to bash into the walls when attempting to hang pictures) over a piece of 1mm thich cardboard. When it dried, I painted it using various shades of grey and white, and then cut it into 3cm x 1,5 cm tiles, and glued them down to another piece of 1mm card. Then grouted and aged a little. The photo doesn't show the subtle variations in texture that one can get from using the Polyfilla though.

The hall way is an almost exact replica of the hallway in Lea Frisonis book - I love that hallway so much that I had to try and copy it.
The dresser on the left still needs to be completed - I need to find someway of doing the handles and strap hinges, and it needs a door on the other side.

The above two pictures show 2 different views of the bottom floor - still stacks of work to do!