The rug and carpet set for Milady's bedroom, as well as matching footstool and cushions are complete! Now I just have to make the chaise lounge.
Next petite point project already started.......
YAY!!! I've just completed the carpet for Milady's bedroom. I altered the original design to make it slightly larger by adding the outer floral border. The matching oval rug is also almost complete - just needing a fringe. The cushions need backs, but the footstool is also complete. Below is a photo of Milady's bedroom with the carpet in position.
Still no or intermittent internet connection, but I have been hard at work on the carpet for Milady's Bedroom. The stitching has been completed and the piece blocked. As soon as it is stretched dry, I will be able to neaten the edges. In the mean time, I have started a small matching rug for the bay window area, to be followed by a set of cushions for the chaise I intend to make. I am imagining a sort of mini vignette in the bay window: - a chaise with pretty cushions; a lap desk with fancy notepaper, letters, etc; spectacles on a chain with an embroidered spectacle case; and of course, a cat in the most comfortable spot!
I haven't had access to the internet for the past week - so haven't been able to update my activities. I have been busy though!
Some time ago I bought a few sets of little oval boxes - there are three sizes where the smallest box is only about 2cm wide and the largest is about 6cm wide. I thought they would make lovely hat boxes which could be stacked. I invited Shirley Nixon and my Mom around to play, and we spent the day covering the boxes with pretty paper, lace and ribbons. We also made a bonnet to peek out of the smallest box. I was so happy with mine - I made 2 sets!
I have also made some progress on the petit point rug I'm making for Milady's bedroom.......
And I've joined the Doll-a-Month Club on the MSAT Doll List, whereby we have to submit a photo of one of our UFO's and make some progress towards completing it every week - now that's incentive!
My first UFO is a lady dressed in a gown from the height of Marie Antoinette era, when the side panniers on a lady's gown were so wide she had to pass through a door sideways! She needs her arms (with sleeves) a high white wig and loads of trimmings to finish her.
Its my turn to moderate on the MSATMiniDolls list today and its the weirdest thing to post messages to people who are in a different time zone (about 7 hours behind) and who are all probably sleeping while I'm in the middle of my day! Hopefully though, they will have an interesting topic of conversation when they do go online.
My topic today is "Wigmaking" and I have also uploaded the tutorials on my Tutorials page for your information.
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!
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!)