Saturday, March 24, 2012

Parlour Half Finished!

 Gosh, it doesn't seem that long ago that I started this project, and considering I have very little spare time, I'm quite happy that I've got this far!  Here's a little tour of the parlour room box...  there's still so much to do!

  A temporary table made from an upturned box (I'm saving up for a proper tilt table!)

  The half moon table complemented by Ray's curtains

    Can you guess what the candlestick is made from?

     The reason I am a bit chuffed about getting this far is that the room box was a sort of test, to see if I had the time and reources to take on a proper house - a big project when you have work to do and twin toddler boys running around creating havoc! 

    In a way, I guess it is a bit like giving myself permission to launch, though the next hurdle is creating the alcove shelf out of wood, which will be my first attempt at the dreaded woodwork!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Parlour Alcove

   I've been constructing a shelving alcove out of mat board for the parlour, to get an idea of scale and space.  Hopefully, I'll try and construct the real version in wood.  The room box has the same problem as my real life house - no walls are straight!  However, I think this problem will be resolved when Daviot House is constructed, as I'll make sure the angles are 90°.

  I've tried to make it a little rustic, to suit the house - although the parlour will be the most impressive room in the house, to wow visitors, the family who live there are not the sort that live in the grandest of places.  So although there is classical influence, it's all a bit more hand made by the local carpenter.

  Apologies for the photo quality, a reminder that talcum powder is dangerous for camera lenses!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fireplace Update


It's not often I find myself standing in my kitchen burning dowling over the sink and then dusting it with talcum powder, but it is an effective way to make logs for the andirons in the parlour fireplace! 

  I also added a fire crane, and I'm on the look out for a nice copper kettle to hang from it.

I think I'll metalcote the crane and the andirons to give them a forged iron feel.
***** update on the update!***

Here are the andirons painted with humbrol metalcote in gunmetal - I think they look a lot better!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Current Project...

I searched and searched for a sampler pattern that I liked - and there are some fantastic ones out there - but none of them had that asymmetrical, home-made charm that you see in old samplers.  I wanted things that were not to scale, slightly odd looking animals, and, of course, Daviot House included. 

I designed one that included all the things I wanted, to make it very personal and picking up my trusty Piper's silk floss and a random piece of cotton (thread count unknown, but it looks to be in the high fifties - sixties), I got to work...  I'll let you know how I get on!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Club

 I finally tracked down a book I have wanted for a very long time - it is about a dollshouse city from the turn of the eighteenth century, created by a German princess as a hobby.  The town is housed in a museum in Arnstadt, and although their website (and book) are only in German, the images speak for themselves...

A Visit

The Bedroom

The Kitchen

The Music Room

A Street Scene

  The period detail is atonishing, and is an important indicator of what daily life was like at that time.  I hope one day to go to the museum and see it for real!

PS - I do not own the copyright for these images.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Curtains à la Ray!

 I am not very good at following tutorial directions - something usually goes horribly wrong, and everything ends up as a sticky mess.  However, I was pleasantly surpried with the results of Ray's tutorial on curtain making.  Now, obviously, Ray is an absolute master and professional, but even my first attempt isn't so bad... although in the photographs I can see a million and one things to improve (especially the 'hang', it isn't quite right yet)  So merci mille fois  Ray for your tutorial and advice!

The secret weapon is hairspray!  Sadly, I couldn't get the recommended 'White Rain' here in France, but the local supermarket's bog-standard extra hold stuff did the trick - though I have to say I did inhale rather a lot, and it smelt awful...