This is the story of my Dolls House project, set in 1820 I am recreating a historic town house of the period.
I start this blog in my 5th year, alot of the house is finished I have just the street, terrace garden and the roof space to build. The house is now gone, but the blog lives on.
I found this frame in a local charity shop, £3.95, a bargain and perfect for a long standing plan. I threw away all the contents and cleaned the plastic back sections. Adding coloured papers to the back to cover the imperfections.
Then the fun, finding all these lovely items from my big house.
Just a few of the special items.
Now to hang it on my office wall.
It's great when a plan comes together, and after looking at loads of more expensive frames which did not fully meet the requirements, pleasing to have stumbled across just what I needed.
Most of what I have here is just so special to me, I hated having them packed away.
Still have plans for my library room, but my real garden is taking most of my time.
I had good plans for my mini corner this afternoon
I was going to get hubby to cut the ceiling board, and add this paper, I would then paint it white. I have used this paper in Somerset House it makes the ceiling look great.
I also wanted to lay the floor, I have found my wooden blocks and purchased a flat piece of black leather to use, my plans were set, by this time my corner would look tidy.
I have also made another mini rug,
not for this project,
I have all the rugs I require,
but as a gift for Laura it will fit in a project she is working on.
Oliver came to visit, so a few hours of fun and no mini work done, he is so cute he is forgiven.
I have Wednesday afternoon at home waiting for a delivery, so I will have a mini afternoon. I would like to have the floor done and paint the walls, the ceiling will have to be done next weekend.
With stitching and gardening my mini time is limited.
I am using pre cut tiles for the outer edge, these I had in my stash.
I always lay my flooring on card, it helps me keep every thing neat, and should I require access, I can slide the card out. I have glued the outer band, and just laid a few tiles to show the herringbone style I love for the middle. I would like to have a thin dark wood band between the outer and inner tiles.
I'm not as far forward as I wanted to be, I have packed my stash of used tiles away and can't find them, this afternoon I will have another look for them. I still need to purchase the wood required for the book shelves and wall panels, and the paint.
I did put the 1st level of mount board along the back wall, the door has been cut into the board, I still have to build both sides to create the alcoves.
The light above was purchased from Ray Storey, his work is fantastic, it hung in my basement kitchen, but I wanted to use them again, along with all the lamps I have.
I hope to have time this week to be able to do more, I still have the lighting system to connect to my other room boxes.
Can I point you all to a new website being run by Laura, she has started Insh Miniatures and amongst the normal items for sale, she has loads of hand made items, including 2 hand stitched rugs by me, please visit and support this new venture.
Have you missed me, it's been 8 months, it is fair to say I stalled on my last project, so a rethink has taken place, I got out my board, and some of the pieces I would love to use again from Somerset House.
Please do not look at the wall colours, I have put this together to see if it will work, and I am feeling happy. I have loads of desk and lamps, which I was thinking I could put in a shop, but this looks better, a library. I am reusing most of the nice things I have stored, it's time for me to put them back on show.
Along the back wall, I want to use mount board, 1st to set the door into the wall, and then on both sides, I want to have an alcove using the furniture pieces I have here. Also I want a wall of books, my plan is to build the alcoves out to the width of the book selves, which I will build into the back wall.
It came to me yesterday, the problem I had with my project in previous post, it's modern, but I love the style below. I will make a herringbone wooden floor, half panel walls and using the same dark green, but with loads of space.
My corner looks a mess, I have attached my lighting control box to the kitchen, and I will attach, my shop, my sewing room and the library, so each can be lit. I also plan to have a candle in my beach hut.
I am going on line to find the polished wood for the library shelves, and then later in the week, off to B&Q for the paint, Hobby craft for the mount board, I have all the floor tiles. The front I am going to have a clear sheet like I have on my kitchen, I want to be able to see in.
I am stitching another rug for dolls house's, it is a passion of mine, I do love these little complete pieces of work. This is the 4th time I have stitched this, but it is not for me, a dear blog friend has a new site which she is building and has agreed for a couple of my things to go on sale. Please pop along, it's a new venture and we should all support her.
I will let you know when I have finished both rugs and they are on site.
I am now looking at doing the floor, in Somerset House I did a wood block floor, which I glued to cardboard, so I could still get to the lighting. I saved the floor cards, just in case.
I have decided to reuse these, my new project has a very large floor space, and as each room was a slightly different shade I could not just put them together.
So to reuse the blocks, I laid wet paper kitchen towel over the under side card, and when it was mushy I scraped the card away from the blocks. It did not take long for the card to get soaked.
I am left with the blocks still stuck together, but whilst still damp I am able to separate them, I need loads so I have three floors to break down. I will mix the colours together, and reattach to new card board templates.
Not all the blocks can be used, I have have enough to do the main floor at no cost to me. So I am going back to my task, once I have all single blocks again, I will have to wait until they are dry and then stick them and sand them.
It's not the best task, but once done I will be really chuffed.
I am really having issues with my new build, there are no designs, I am doing every thing from scratch, and that's my problem, because I do not have a building, I can not decide what I will put inside, and therefore I can't build my project.
So I decided it was time for colour, and I went modern and bright, starting on the lower section I painted what I had. A jet black shiny door, with white frames. I have been thinking Jade for a long time, for no reason than it's bright. the other walls are pale violet, I will have a natural wood floor.
So what do you think, it does make a statement, and now it feels more like a building. I am thinking a shop in the big space, a posh shop.
An office in this smaller space, bit I will finish the windows and the floor 1st, it's a huge space to fill.
I would still like to have a glass front, like a studio, all the natural light.
I have been looking at every thing I have collected and there are some beautiful bits, which I can't part with so I am thinking an antiques shop, to show off my nicer bits, with an apartment above and a courtyard space.
I have so many things I can reuse, which I would love to see on display.
Slowly it is coming together...