Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When diamonds are NOT a girl´s best friend...

       Sometimes I think it is quite nice when you get late presents - ones that were delayed in the post, because it means you still have a lot to look forward to!

This beautiful dish was from my man, a completely non mini-obsessed guy, but one gracious enough to realise that this little scallop dish by Peter Acquisto means more to me than a piece of jewellery would....

From the crenelated edge right down to the tiny sea snail feet... what a joy!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

And so to bed....


     Daviot House is currently winging its way to me, and should arrive here by next week.  So I have been thinking about the room that I will do after the parlour.  I had thought that I would do the hall, but for some reason, I am drawn to do the main bedroom.  Everyone loves four poster beds, but I wanted to do something a little different, and have been looking for inspiration for alcove beds.  

      These were beds either constructed directly or put into an alcove in the bedroom, often hidden by a curtain.  They date from the times when bedrooms were not as private as they are today, and often had more functions than sleeping.  They were also very efficient at keeping people snug and cosy at night!

A close relative of the box-bed, they were often found in poorer households, such as this one from Robert Burns' house.

But they could also be more elaborate....

And also extremely grand!

And there is even an example in miniature, thanks to the Thorne Rooms:

I'll have to do some dreaded woodworking to construct it though!

So perhaps that´s the reason why I started to make a half tester bed canopy, just in case my alcove plan doesn´t work...

  This half tester will be suspended above the bed 

The embroidered front panel adds a little, but not too much embellishment

And what is a bed without monogrammed linens?

FMG stands for Flora MacGillivray, my real ancestress and the 'owner' of Daviot House

Friday, June 22, 2012

Alcove Mark II

          Well, I remade the alcove using the bits and pieces of wood that I found in Spain at Easter, and....erm, I really don't like it!  Everything is wrong, from the angles to the finishing, and I have to say it made me feel quite dispondant, as this was going to be my first successful foray into woodworking (all other attempts have failed so far!)  I can't even show you the bottom, because it is even more of a mess!

Oh well, back to the drawing board!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Birthday Present!

     I love June, not only because it is the best month in my garden, but also because right in the middle it's my birthday.  And wasn't I a lucky girl, because lo and behold, I received the tilt table from Masters miniatues that I have been wanting for the longest time!  Isn't it beautiful?

    There are a couple of ther things that are still 'in the post', so when I get them, I'll share them with you.  Also, I hope to have Daviot House by mid-July, so this blog should start getting very busy over the summer! 

    I'm quite impatient to start as my little room box is beginning to get a little limiting:  I can't get started on flooring, walling, panelling etc. until I see the house, so I am a little stuck right now on small projects.  For example, this bonnet and reticule I made over the weekend, because I had a few spare minutes.  But I can't wait to start doing some architectural stuff!


Monday, June 18, 2012

June Flowers Update

My camera is working again!  Hurray!  So I thought I'd post a couple more photos of the new firescreen including a close up.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June Flowers

        I've had a disaster with my camera, so these were taken with my phone - sorry for the bad quality! 

I was inspired by a baroque painting and the flowers in my garden.

I also ordered these lovely Delft cow creamers from vrminiatures which should go nicely in my alcove when I finish it!

I should have much more to post - as soon as my camera is mended