Hi, my name is Elga and I live in South Africa. I love dollhouses and miniatures. My two biggest passions are furniture making and embroidery and of course the two combined. Welcome and enjoy browsing my blog.
I went to my local saw mill today to buy some African Blackwood that I want to use in turning knobs for the sewing table and for the chairs that I will start in the new year. It sure was my lucky day, the manager at the mill gave me a bag full of African Blackwood offcuts and one with the Mopane wood that I have been using for the sewing table. This mill specializes in supplying wood for the making of musical instruments so it is choice wood and well seasoned. The best thing is that the mill is only 10 minutes drive from my home and they asked that I give them photos once my tables are finished to put on their website.
I want to thank all my faithful followers for their support, encouragement and friendship since I started my blog just over a year ago. I wish I could give all of you a little something, but since that is going to be impossible, I am having a giveaway. This giveaway is only open to people who already follow me, new followers are always welcome, but this time round I want to thank the people that has been following me for a while.
Up for grabs is this little beaded purse that I made sometime ago and one of my very first petit point pieces, a cat, he was stitched on 40 count canvas with DMC, the winner can choose whether they want it framed or made up into a cushion.
So if you would like to own these two pieces, here is what you must do:
1: Already be a follower.
2: Tell me why you follow me and what you are going to do with the two items if you win.
You have until midnight (South African time) 30 November to leave your comments. I will draw the winner on 1 December, good luck to you all!!!!
The first drawer of five is finished, the partitions are made of 0.6mm thick wood and they are joined with tongue and groove joints, what a fiddly job!!!! I cut the writing quill down from a feather with scissors, I plan on raiding a bead shop soon to see what I can find to make ink bottles. The scissors are from Cats Paw Miniatures and I found mine in the Miniseum in Denmark when I visited there earlier this year just after Guild School.
As you can see my blog has a new look, I am not sure if I am 100% happy with it, but I got sick and tired of the green. What do you think about how it looks now????? Any suggestions of where to look for backgrounds will be more than welcome!!!!
I did some more stitching on the Christmas petit point and you can start to see the subject emerging. Anyone want to take a guess at what it is going to be???? PetitPointers you are not allowed to guess since you probably know already.
I finally have all 5 tables glued together, here is the last one showing all the pieces.
The two on the left already have a layer of Danish oil on them, isn't the grain and color just fantastic?
View from the top, they all have a scrap piece of wood in the back where the sliding screen will fit in.
All four sides in one view.
Close up with one of the Queen Anne chairs, there are still a lot of work to be done, the candle slide, the small drawer that will have partitions for ink, pen, scissors, etc, the big drawer for the needlework, the screen in the back and the top that will be able to raise at an angle to form a writing slope. Oh and little caster wheels, my husband is helping me figure out how we are going to make those since all the commercial ones are too big for this project.
I started a new stitching project for the Christmas season. This time I am working on the smallest size gauze I have ever tried, 75 count!!!!! I promise I am not crazy ;-), keep watching and you will see the subject soon, hopefully it will be finished for this Christmas!!!!
I am married and the mother of two grown up daughters plus two dogs and two cats. I love working with my hands and enjoy furniture making, petit point, doll making, crochet and knitting and I am also building a dollhouse to house all my treasures.