Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Bunch Of Flowers

Thank you so much for all your supportive comments on my last post - they really raised my spirits, and also inspired me.  Josje suggested flowers, and so I attempted my very first bunch, red parrot tulips.  Not quite as spectacular as Ilona's fabulous flowers, but the best I could do using all I had to hand; florist's wire, watercolour paper, water colour paints and a mini snowflake punch.

They look quite at home on the mantle piece, and really do enhance the paintings on the chimney brest...

And I do like them on the parlour table too.

I've started the chippendale sofa, made from an Xacto kit, but it still needs quite a lot of work.  The rug is only a paper print out, as I will sew one soon, but I wanted a visual guide for the proportions and the colour. I think a little more faded would be best, more threadbare!

And I could definitely do with more blue and white china... the shelves look very empty!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Good End to a Bad Month

     This month has been pretty terrible for me, for various reasons, and as a result, my miniatures have suffered from neglect.

   But to celebrate the birthday of my sons, I received this beautiful miniature painted on ivory.  I've chosen to hang her in the parlour, and I think it is just the touch I needed to get on and start finishing the decor of this room!

I like the added coral red colour, and I think I'll try and add that to the room when I do the soft furnishings and upholstery.  I think it is a good foil for the turquoise and slate blues.

Still nothing is finally fixed down (there are so many gaps in the woodwork) but I think it gives a good idea of the proportions.  I added door handles and a latch from Sussex crafts and granite steps.  I am still waiting for architraving!

Next on the list for this room is a chippendale sofa that I need to upholster, but I have so many sewing projects on the go that I have banned myself from even thinking up a design!

I hope you have had a better October than I, and I would just like to say that all of your comments and support have been SO appreciated.

Also, a big welcome to new members, I will try to get my blog activity levels up again after this pause,