Friday, November 1, 2013

Purchase Update

        A lot of construction work is going on in Daviot House, so until the dust settles, here's a little post of my recent purchase and makes.  For the new dining room, I bought a very cheap whitewood sideboard and attacked it with watercolours to make something vaguely resembling fruitwood.  I've yet to find a nice matte varnish, but I did manage to paint the inside and legs a lovely blue.  So much for avoiding blue, it seems to be my default colour!  

     Gracing the sideboard is a fantastic chicken teapot by Duncan White, that I ummed and awwwwd about for an age before purchasing.  I'm really glad I did, it looks fantastic.

      I found the little metal coal scuttle in a flea market on Wednesday ... the lady in the shop had no idea what it was, and sold it for a song.  I think it is German, and has a lovely Art Nouveau pattern on it.

   The plates are from Peiwen Petitgrand, Muriel Hopwood and V&R Miniatures... they don't go together well, but I won't be displaying the together.  The Bonnie Prince Charlie plate will actually go in the hall (and has a story attached that I'll tell you when the hall is ready for a tour!).

For the bedroom I made a nice laundry bag that opens and closes for all those dirty socks!

A tiny, tiny teddy bear called Charles - he has jointed limbs and I was so happy that I found him at Judith Dowd's Etsy shop.  

A beautiful silver hairbrush and candle stick from Small Wonders on a fantastic crochet doily made by Roslyn Treasures, who sadly is not making them any more.

The lamp was a cheap 3 euro lamp that I jazzed up using glass paints.  If anyone has any ideas how to paint the base a more dark copper colour, please let me know!

     I found these  vintage ivory elephant beads that work really well as bookends.  They have been carved so carefully with a lot of detail.

And finally, I made a little photo frame for a photo of a married couple, because I am happy to let you know that I and my man will be getting married this April!



  1. OMG Congratulations! and you have some wonderful finds there :)


  2. Jonquille, what a lovely news, congratulations :D!!
    You also have done some very beautiful purchases, enjoy all your treasures!
    I am curious how the hall will look like...;)!
    Hugs, Ilona

  3. Such lovely images, you have made some beautiful pieces, and very romantic news, congratulations! I use a patina used in stained glass making, to darken metal but the result varies and sometimes goes very dark almost instantly. You can sometimes tone it down by rubbing lightly with very fine steel wool.

  4. Beautiful job on the sideboard --what's wrong with blue? Your new pieces look perfectly charming in their elegant, new homes.

  5. Hello Jonquil! A very lovely post with such wondrous treasures to behold! I am smitten with the display case filled with the gorgeous china and also of the 3 little plates and the antique coal scuttle. What a wonderful find that was! Your silver collection will be perfect wherever it is placed and the bear is beyond adorable! I love tiny teddies.
    All of the items are delightful Jonquil, but you have saved the best for last with the news about your planned wedding for next April! Congratulations and All the very best as you make plans towards that end. :D


  6. Firstly, congratulations on the upcoming nuptials.

    You've picked some lovely pieces and I'm itching to read the Bonnie Prince Charlie story.

  7. Congratulations on your good news!
    Exquisite purchases! I have had the same sideboard for a long time and decided to paint it, I realize with your work that it can become a beautiful piece of furniture.

  8. What lovely news, congratulations Jonquil!
    You have found some great pieces. My favourites of course are the tea pot and the silver pieces ;-)
    And you did a wonderful transformation on the cabinet and the light. As for the lamp base, I have painted numerous brass lamps using different methods. As you won't be touching the lamp (much), you can get away with just sanding it lightly and painting it with some acrylics. Of course that will rub off easily. You could also rub it with some gold wax (Treasure Gold Wax available in several colours f.i. here:
    Or what I think works best is to use Humbrol paints ( I have several colours so I can do a little mixing, but the copper looks good and can be mixed with a hint of green or turquoise and grey or brown. It does need a few hours to dry. The pots are tiny but they'll last you a very long time. I still have my dad's pots which must be 30 years old and they are still fine :-)

  9. El aparador creo que ha quedado precioso.
    Enhorabuena por la noticia.

  10. Congratulations Jonquil! How exciting,I do hope we get to see some pictures of the lovely day.

    What a beautiful effect painting the fruitwood, it looks so authentic, I was completely fooled at first glance.Your other pieces are lovely too, especially the plates and the silverware, very nice indeed.

    ML Fi xx

  11. Hello Jonquil,
    I cannot decide which purchase is the most wonderful. they are all fantastic. Well done!
    Big hug,