Friday, May 10, 2013

Spot the Difference...





First of all, thank you SO much for all your lovely comments - I really appreciate them, and it was great to get back to blogging with such a response!  I will try if possible to reply to them, I am always time restricted, and recently my boys' nap time has diminished dramatically, so less precious time for mini-ing!

The above photo is of the bedroom as I left it in the last post... let's play a game of spot the difference! (can you tell I have been hanging out with two and a half year olds?)


Here's the bedroom after a couple of additions....



That's right, bedhangings!  Sadly not my beautiful embroidered silk ones, they are going through a research process at the minute... but I thought that I couldn't leave the bed bare in the meantime, and made some quick drapes and a top sheet. 

The lace on the sheet was kindly given to me by Elga - thank you! - and is pure cotton.  This is important, as it drapes and folds well when I use my 'draping and folding' technique.  It's made with the same method that I used for the valance tutorial here.  Sitcky and messy, but very quick.

That's not all.... look carefully, and you will see that I finished the bedroom chair!


This is my latest adventure in upholstery... I have quite a lot to learn about getting the fabric very taut and tight on the edges without getting glue everywhere.  It is a little tricky, because when I embroider something, it takes so long that any mistakes in the upholstering process have to stay, I can't just rip it off and start fresh with new fabric.  So it is quite daunting...



I think it came out ok.  I made some edging cord with silk button thread, and I think I will have to invest in a crazy-corder!



Here's the close up - quite a bright palette of colours, but I didn't want the bedroom to get too yellow, and I think this flower combination gives it a little 'pop' of colour.



And now I need your help!  Does anyone know where I can get a monterey birdcage kit that will ship to Europe for a reasonable sum?  I have tried a few places, but they either only send to the US, or the shipping is exhorbitant for such a small thing!  Or if you have any other ideas for similar birdcages, I would love to know...





Jonquil



13 comments:

  1. Everything looks great. I love seeing your embroidery.
    Here is a link to Earth & Tree. They will ship to you. http://earthntree.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=shippinginfo

    The page with the bird cage on it is here...
    http://earthntree.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=25688

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  2. I like your elegant chair.
    Bye, Faby

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  3. Me encanta es una preciosidad, y el bordado es una maravilla.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda.

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  4. Un bordado muy alegre. Queda muy bien en la silla

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  5. Jonquil, your embroidery work is so delicate and beautiful. This room looks more beautiful now. The chair looks great, allthough you say it is quite daunting to see the result.
    I am afraid I can't help you with the bird cage, I am sorry.
    Hugs, Ilona

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  6. I love this project so much - it is delightful :)

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  7. What a difference Jonquil! I very much like the drapes, they add so much! And the sheet on the bed, so natural. Your chair is beautiful, I can understand how difficult that must have been and especially knowing it had to be good in one go. But you did a great job!

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  8. I like your chair and the birdcage too!

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  9. Hi Jonquil, love your room, I saw a birdcage kit here, http://www.cardstone.com.au/noe/index.htm
    Couldn't see a price, postage should be fairly low. Good luck.
    Margaret

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  10. Hello Jonquil,
    I swear I want to go spend a few days in that room. It is so beautiful and so well done! Even thought they are temporary the curtains already look fantastic! The chair is fantastic. You know I think you are one of the best needle workers in miniland! Your work always delights me! I wish I could help with the birdcage. In the past I have only seen them on ebay.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  11. Hi Jonquil,

    The chair looks beautiful, a great piece of embroidery and of upholstery too! The room is quite transformed by the bed hangings too!

    Lovely to see this room developing, I love spot the difference!!! ;)

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  12. Hi Jonquil
    I'm with Giac, I could read a book in that room for hours!
    ANother wonderful room, and I love the way you mix the tones and colours of objects - it looks so real and effortless.
    Much love
    Simon x

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  13. Hi Jonquil,
    Your room is looking beautiful, just so restful. The embroidery design is so pretty, its the perfect balance of colour and you have done very well with the upholstery, I haven't been game enough to give it a go so well done on putting it together.

    I hope you have some luck with the Bird cage, that really is a lovely painting.

    ML Fi XX

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