Saturday, 31 July 2010

I Belong to Glasgow, Dear Old Glasgow Town!

Or so the song goes! I have lived in and around Glasgow my entire life but there are many places I have still to visit. First on my list was The People's Palace and Winter Garden situated on Glasgow Green, the oldest park in Glasgow. It was on this site that the last public hanging took place in 1865 (a doctor who poisoned his wife and mother-in-law) but the Green, the lung's of the city, is known more as the place where women took their washing to dry 'on the green' and some original clothes poles still exist today.
At the front of the museum is the largest terracotta fountain in the world, the famous Doulton Fountain that was gifted to Glasgow by Henry Doulton in 1888 for Glasgow's first Great Exhibition and is now lovingly restored to its former glory. It stands 14 metres tall.

The People’s Palace was built in 1898. It’s a social history museum where you can find out how the people of Glasgow lived from 1750 until the present day.

You can find out about trade union struggles, crime and punishment, leisure and it also shows you what it was like to be in an Anderson air raid shelter during the war and how the weekly wash was done at the ‘Steamie.’ The pictures below show the wonderful recreation of a ‘single end’ – the one-roomed flat that was home to many Glasgow families. To the right of the range is a double bed set into the wall with another bed underneath on wheels that would be brought out for the children.

There were also a couple of dolls houses which unfortunately were in glass cabinets so photographing them was a bit difficult. The first was built in 1955 by a father for his daughters. He built it in secret in the Anderson Shelter which was still in their garden and it replicates a 'pre-fab' - houses that were built after WW2. Second photo is top view through the cabinet.

The second house is a Glasgow Tenement with each floor showing a different decade. It featured the 1930s, 1950s and 1990s. I would say it is in 24th scale but the detail is still amazing. Again it was difficult to photograph so these are the best I could take.

You can round off your visit relaxing amid tropical trees and plants in the elegant Winter Gardens conservatory.

Across the road from The People's Palace is the wonderful Templeton Carpet Factory. When the Templeton Carpet Company decided to build a factory towards the end of the 19th century, overlooking Glasgow Green it should have been a straightforward job. But the city council kept rejecting their proposals because they were not good enough. So William Leiper, a top architect, was given the brief to design a building with impeccable credentials. He came up with the idea of making it look like the Doge's Palace in Venice - it is not clear whether he was being serious but the council approved. So in 1892 his extravagant edifice of polychromatic brick - orange, yellow, blue, with turrets and arches and circular windows became a reality. It is no longer a carpet factory, it's now a business centre, but it is a stunning piece of Victorian architecture.

I hope you have enjoyed this short tour. I'll post my next visit soon x

Thursday, 29 July 2010

New blog for latest project

I'm about to enbark on another dolls house project (like The Laurels it'll be a long haul) and I thought it would be better as a separate blog. So please click on the picture to the right to read about 'Annfield.' I hope you'll enjoy seeing a 1930s home come to life x

Sunday, 25 July 2010


I see that I have reached 50 followers...who'd have thought it?
May I welcome all the new comers from the past few weeks and, again, thanks to those who have been with me for a while!
As always your blogs are inspiring, informative and thoroughly enjoyable.
Here's to blogging!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Good Boy!!!

I mentioned recently that I was going to have a play with needlefelting again. So here is the result....

This little dog is for my friend, Deb in the U.S., although it was soooo difficult to part with him! She's named him Brownie. Look after him for me, Deb!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Magazine Giveaway!

I'm endeavouring to keep my craftroom reasonably tidy and one area that always seems to overflow is my shelf of I've decided to thin out my collection a little. I couldn't bear to put them in the recycling bin and haven't the will to list them on eBay so thought that some fellow bloggers might have a use for them?

The majority are dolls house magazines although there are a few on cross stitching, teddy bear making and quilting. I've sorted about half of them so if you're interested send me an email and I'll forward a list for you to pick what you want. Strictly on a first come, first served basis! If this is successful then I'll sort the rest and post that at a later date.

I need the space so I hope to hear from you soon x

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Window Boxes

The exterior of The Laurels is coming along nicely. I had wanted to keep the front of the house elegantly plain but it ended up being too plain; some greenery was required! I dug out some topiary trees I bought ages ago and sat them either side of the door (after I repainted the containers). There was still something missing so out came my trusty mountboard and I made two window boxes to match the planters.
Like so many bloggers, I've spent the past few days making flowers - it is quite addictive, isn't it? So here are my window boxes filled with geraniums, petunias and some trailing ....plants!

My inspiration for these flowers came from 'Making Miniature Gardens' by Freida Gray. This book is so informative and "uses straightforward techniques to make realistic plants from inexpensive and readily-available materials", i.e. paper, beads, wire! Recommended for anyone who wants to try their hand at miniature gardening.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Hedgehog Corner

Work is progressing on the exterior of the Laurels and I hope to share it with you very soon. Meanwhile I thought you might like to see my small collection of hedgehogs made by the very talented Sue Quinn. We have met Sue at fairs on a number of occasions and she is a lovely lady. I only have three of her hedgehogs (so far!) and am looking forward to seeing her again at the next fair in August. I recently 'found' her blog so why not pay her a visit and "awww" and "oooh" at her lovely hedgehogs and bears.