Friday, June 20, 2014

And she's back.....




Hi everyone,

well that was the longest break from blogging - a six-month haitus - but I do have a good excuse, planning a wedding drained quite a lot of my time and energy as you can imagine!  I also took some time to work on my miniatures without being near a computer, so that I could catch up on a lot of things that needed done.  There will be more surprises soon.  I'm starting back after the break with the exterior of Daviot House, which I have worked on a lot recently.  Lots of DAS clay!



A lilac branch has suddenly turned into a small cherry tree...



And a sprig of dried thyme became a windswept shrub ....


And here is the front of the house so far...



The roof still needs a lot of work, and I am in the process of creating the chimneys.  On the right hand side you can just about see the edge of a turret. I'll show you that when I've finished the infernal DAS-ing!  

In the meantime, here is a 'before' shot taken in June 2012, just to remind you how it all started...










18 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I am amazed that you did all this work while planning a wedding. The small cherry tree infront of the house give the whole scene a certain je ne sais quoi... it adds a little life to the house. Can't wait to see the inside.
    Hug AM

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  2. Welcome Back, Jonquil! I LOVE the before and after shots... it really makes it obvious how much work you have put in! The house looks Fantastic! I LOVE the lilac branch "cherry tree"!!! I am wondering about making mini trees and shrubs... and the steps necessary... but using a real branch seems like such a great idea! I look forward to seeing more!!!

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  3. Bentornata Jonquil! Ti ho pensata ogni tanto. Sono felice per te dell'avvenuto matrimonio. Daviot House è diventata molto bella! Avevi progettato un ingresso esterno, ma forse ha abbandonato il progetto! Trovo che così sta benissimo lo stesso. A presto! Sono proprio contenta che sei ritornata sul blog! :-)

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  4. You're excused for not posting so long ;-) A wedding is pretty special! I'm lucky to catch your first post as I have been absent a lot from blogger as well, just being busy with other things.
    The house looks great. The clay stone work makes it stand out, what a difference to what you started with! The plants make it come alive.
    I hope to see an update on your beautiful stumpwork mirror surround soon!

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  5. Welcome back, Jonquil. Daviot House looks beautiful!

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  6. Se te echaba de menos, ha pasado mucho tiempo. La fachada se ve preciosa, y el detalle del torreón estoy deseando verlo al completo.

    ¡Un abrazo enorme!

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  7. Welcome back!
    The house is amazing. I like the details.

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  8. Welcome back, Jonquil! A wedding takes a lot of time....
    The house looks great, I love your DAS-ing work, well done!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  9. Hi Jonquil! I was just visiting you a few days ago just to see if you were back and now here you are! Hooray!!! I love the cherry tree and the wind-swept plants by the door. I think that they visually soften the entry. Your stone window and door trims are also quite wonderful. I know that this method is labour intensive but the way this is looking makes it all worth while.
    I hope the wedding went without a hitch and looking forward to seeing what else you have been up to.:D

    elizabeth

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  10. Lovely to see a post from you! It's absolutely gorgeous, I love the white walls with the stonework! Beautiful work! I know you're a Scot in France, and I know the house is Scottish, but it looks like someone has taken a 17th Century Scottish house and transplanted it into the lovely climate of southern France, which I suppose is what has happened! It definitely has a French-esque styling vibe . Forget about worrying about keeping up with blogging Jonquil, work away on the house, it's more important, plus I want to see more :D x

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  11. What an absolute transformation from standard to amazing. The work is perfection and the imagination behind it inspired. I wish I had a tenth of your talent. It is lovely.

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  12. Sounds like you deserved a break! We all need to take one sometimes. What a wonderful house, such a transformation from the basic structure you started with. It's true to say that the magic of miniatures is in the detail, and you have certainly work some magic here!

    Andy

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  13. Great to see you back! I was on hiatus, too, but because of such an exciting reason as you --best wishes! Your latest project is quite charming, Jonquil. Hope to see more, soon!

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  14. Hello jonquil,
    It is wonderful to have you back! You have been missed! The house is looking just beautiful. It is incredibly well done and the finishes are superb. Bravo! I hope the wedding was everything you hoped it to be...and more.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  15. Thank you so much everyone! It is such a delight to come back to such amazing and supportive comments, and they ñotivate ñe to show you all of the other things that I have been up to recently!

    much love

    Jonquil

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  16. I have just discovered your blog, and so looking forward to reading it all. You have a lovely house and I can't wait to see more.
    All the best
    Vivian

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  17. Welcome back! The exterior of your house is really amazing, beautiful work. I admire your work so much.
    Geneviève

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