Saturday, 3 September 2016

A New Dolls House is born....

Hello again and thanks to Wendy and Jenni who left comments - it feels lovely to be back in the fold :)

Well Mimosa Cottage has been unpacked - I'd forgotten how many pieces there are in a dolls house!

I've built it but haven't glued it together yet because I remember from experience all those nooks and crannies that become inaccessible once the glue sets!

I've decided that this will be a cosy little Bed and Breakfast establishment and have renamed it Honeysuckle Cottage (mainly because that was the only house name sign that took my fancy when I last attended a dolls house fair.)  So Honeysuckle Cottage it is.  The basement will house the kitchen, laundry room and have a comfy sofa for the owner to rest on after attending to her guests.  The ground floor will be the breakfast room and guest lounge.  Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms on first floor and owners bedroom and bathroom in the attic.  There is also a little courtyard to the front of the property for use by the owner.  I think we'll start with the basement and work upwards.

First thing I wanted to do was enlarge the door between the two rooms so out came the hacksaw and in went the french doors.  Really (not) looking forward to painting those!

I also wanted the house to feel as though it 'worked' as a proper house so decided to install features to give the illusion of further spaces - do you know what I mean?  A staircase leading upstairs, the impression of a bigger room glimpsed through an open door, that sort of thing.  I had a load of MDF stairs left over from a previous project so with some lolly-pop sticks, spindles, MDF scraps and some paint here's my first Ta-Dah moment in a long time ....

I'm really please at how this has worked out.  The photograph shows it where it will eventually be fixed in place but I plan to add a false wall to make it look as though it's going further up than the eye can see.

I've acquired a resin cooking range which definitely needs some TLC to make it look more realistic and a fabulous fridge freezer that I am soooo looking forward to filling with all those miniatures I have that haven't seen the light of day in years.

Happy crafting, until next time! xxx

Friday, 26 August 2016

Hello Old Friends....

... and how lovely it is to see that some of my favourite bloggers are still around.  Sad though to note that other bloggers seem to have stopped sharing their craft with us but as I know only too well life events have a habit of overtaking us sometimes.

Over the past four years or so I've simply not had the time that I used to have in which to indulge my hobbies due to family bereavements and caring responsibilities.  But I need a life too ... right? ... so now I am ready to rekindle my love affair with dolls houses and all things miniature.

Since last here I have sold my largest dolls house, The Laurels, downsized my collection of miniatures, cleared out my stash of all those little bits and pieces we keep 'just in case' and tidied my craft room in preparation.  It's exciting!!

As before I still have a list of smaller projects that are in various stages of completion and, as I have been without a 12th scale dolls house for at least two years, I am itching to start on a brand new kit which has been gathering dust for such a long time.  It's the Mimosa Cottage and Basement from Dolls House Emporium.  It's a 'Quickstyle' kit meaning it's decorated externally and painted white inside.  Looks pretty enough but I've a feeling there might be some alterations in the future!

Oh, it feels like I'm starting this blog from the very beginning so lets put the past behind us and move on.

I am so looking forward to sharing my miniature endeavours with you all again and would be thrilled to hear from anyone who is still following my blog - even through the wilderness of the past few years!

Mini hugs to all xxx