Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Night Table Update

Here is 2 of the 3 night tables that I have been busy with. The one on the left has it's drawer and top lying in front, the top still needs to get the glass and embroidery in (I am still busy with the embroidery, will probably have it finished later this week). I struggled finding some thin enough plastic to use for the glass, well sometimes you find the right thing in the most unexpected places. A few weeks ago I went with my husband to a motorbike shop and lo and behold they sell replacement visors for the goggles that bikers use for off-road biking and it is only 1/32" (0.8mm) thick , just perfect. The table on the right has a solid wood top and is ready to be delivered to it's new owner.

The finished size of the night table is 2 1/8" (54mm) high and the top is 1 3/4" (45mm) square.I learned a lot of new techniques while making this, I had to overcome a lot of difficulties that cropped up but all in all a wonderful learning curve.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Victorian Kitchen

The kitchen was the first room that I built in this house when I was still very new to the hobby. I built the stove from the kit that came with the house but I made a lot of changes to it, the door leading to the hallway is also my own work.

You can get a glimpse of the hallway through the kitchen door. I made the little salt box and the plate is a paper plate with a picture of a real plate glued on top. I crocheted the potholders using a real life pattern.

I made all the furniture in this photo and hand painted the colonial chest.

To the left you can see a bit of the scullery which I will show you in a next post. I made the pie safe as well, making miniature furniture is something that I really enjoy very much.

The dresser is still far from finished, the stain needs to be redone and it still needs some drawers and doors on the bottom half. The little spice drawers in the top part can pull out and they still need knobs, as you can see I love blue and white porcelain, my real kitchen also has quite a collection.

Here you can see the kitchen as it looks today, the table and chairs were also made from the kits that came with the house, I used Houseworks legs for the table. The candle box is also one that I made and painted. The container next to the dresser is an antique fair find and is Dutch.

Until next time.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Victorian Dollhouse History

I started my blog with a few pictures of my Victorian dollhouse and decided to tell you a bit of it's history. It started out as a Del Prado kit that was available in weekly parts, I quickly realized that it wasn't the best quailty kit out there and that I will have to make a plan to make it better. I lined the bottom with 2 sheets of 12mm thick MDF and the outside walls with 6mm MDF, I also enlarged the right side rooms and added bay windows on that side. Next to the kitchen I added a scullery. The house is quite sturdy now, but I would not recommend a cheap kit for anyone, but well, this one did get me into the hobby :-) This house is still far from finished, I am building it room by room, but at the moment I don't have a lot of time to spend on it, as I am busy with some 1/12 scale furniture commissions and working on a French Knot rug that I want to take to IGMA's Guild School next year in Castine as part of my exhibition, I haven't mentioned this before but I won a scholarship to attend Guild School in 2011 and I am really looking forward to it.

Here you can see the right side of the house, each brick is individually made from woodstrip and painted with DecoArt's sandstones paint. A plaster filler is smeared all over the bricks after they are glued in place, a terrible messy and dare I say boring job, but I love the results.

This is the left side and here you can see the scullery, it swings open from the house so that one can easily get into it, I still need to make a lot of furniture for the porch.

This is a quarter of the French Knot rug that I am busy stitching, it takes me about 2 1/2 hours to make 250 knots, so it is slow going, but I will have it done in time for Guild School. It will go into the bay window of the dining room when it is finished. As soon as I have time, I will post pictures of each room in the house, well the ones that are there in any case.
Till next time, Elga.