Grr!

29/10/2012

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Grr.... the frustration!
I had to unpick the border of roses as well as the 3 border rows on the right hand side, because I was 1 stitch out!  It took me 3 hours because I had to be very careful not to snip the canvas.  Thank goodness for the James Bond movie festival on TV!  It gives me something to glace at while occupied with such a mind-blowing, boring and frustrating task.



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To save my sanity, I also worked on the chaise lounge kit Jeanene of Everything Laser has cut for the DAME club in Durban.  Here it is in Milady's bedroom bay window; upholstered in silk dupion fabric to match the curtains and quilt.  There is also a matching bolster cushion as well as the cushions I embroidered to match the rug and carpet.  A vintage lace collar in a triangular shape (which I didn't want to cut up) makes a lovely lace shawl to drape over the back of the chaise, which also adds interest when viewed from the outside in. Milady's glasses are lying next to a photo album I purchased at the Kensington Miniature Festival in 2009.  Now I want to make a spectacle case for the glasses!

 
 
Spent nearly the whole long weekend "playing" with my dollshouse, which is a UFO more than 10 years old LOL!
A few years ago, a friend - Louis Kleyntjens, cut out the harpsichord featured in the Motts Furniture book.  Well, after replacing the parts which gave me trouble,  and throwing out others (my fault, not Louis'), it is finally complete, with a piano bench which opens to show the stored music sheets.

Took lots of new photos of new arrangements of furniture, etc, but when uploaded to my computer, I was horrified to see large specks of dust and sticky marks.  I'm going to have to do another Spring Clean!
 
 
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Just completed a cutlery canteen I started more than a year ago!  The box is 3cm x 3cm x 1.5cm high! Click on the photo to see inside.
(not getting much sleep lately)

 
 
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Dinner is served!
Spent Sunday putting food on the table - LOL.
The side board in the dollhouse dining room has now been loaded with the evening meal.  There is a tureen of soup; a seafood platter with salmon, crab, prawns and oysters; roast beef and potatoes, with side dishes of beetroot and broccoli; and a dish of lamb stew.
I also spent time writing a tutorial (with photos) on Basic Wigmaking.  This is for my moderating day on 16/08/12 for the MSAT Mini Dolls group and will also be available here after the 16th

 
 
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I have been looking for a narrow shelf or cupboard for the remaining space in the study to display some beautiful handblown glass decanters and wine carafes on.  I bought these at the Kensington Miniature Festival in 2009 and haven't dared to take them out of the packaging.
At the DAME Miniature Show last Saturday I found this kit by Everything Laser, and after chopping the shelves in half and adding a mirror behind - it was perfect.
The top shelf holds 2 Wine Carafes with matching glasses, all with gold rims.
The middle holds 3 plain decanters with little sterling silver tags hanging from the neck which label them as rum, hock and vodka.
The bottom shelf contains a whiskey decanter with matching glasses and a soda siphon.  I wish my camera could take better close-ups - the decanters are only about 1.5cm from base to neck!
(Sorry about the black blob behind the decanters - its a reflection of my camera!)