Friday, July 25, 2014

Everything but the kitchen sink....




At the moment, Daviot House doesn't have a kitchen - I'll be putting in an extension at the back or at the side, when the main house is finished. But that doesn't stop me collecting and making!

I painted the top of a McQueenie's sideboard a lovely smooth cream, and added some hooks for a tea towel.  The little yellow crock is from One Pottery, the honey jar from LugartPetit and the doily on the milk jug is from Roslyn Treasures, who sadly stopped making last year.  I added the glass beads and used fabric stiffener to make the doily into a jug cover - I have lots of these in my real life kitchen!

A little trip to Small Wonders Miniatures resulted in a Duncan White chicken finial teapot, a Danny Shotton pastry brush and a Veronique Cornish pumpkin jug.

To stick to my New Year resolution of trying to make instead of buy, using materials from my stash, I made a little blue salt box and a painted egg hutch, which considering my non-existant woodworking skills was a miracle as it even has a working door! Thank goodness the style is supposed to be what I would describe as 'rustic primitive'!



Speaking of woodwork, you'll be pleased to know that the sewing for the stumpwork mirror is finished!  I now have to make a frame, and as you can imagine, I am dreading it... bad finishing can ruin a piece, and I have spent so long sewing, I would hate to have a problem now.  More pictures to follow soon,

                                                    Jonquil

17 comments:

  1. Your miniatures always amaze me. And you have collected beautiful pieces. Thank you for the links!
    Geneviève

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    1. thank you! I like posting links for other miniature artisans, it's sometimes very hard to find them, especially on Etsy

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  2. Hello Jonquil,
    I don't see any miracle?! Having seen what you are capable of doing it is no surprise you can make such a wonderful egg hutch. That's not a miracle, that's pure talent my friend. Your kitchen will be incredibly charming and I look forward to seeing it. Don't be afraid of the frame, just remember you arte very talented and you can do it!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. You are so sweet Giac, I have to say making a working door was quite pleasing! I still have to practice cutting straight lines though - or go to the opthalmologist and get my eyes checked!

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  3. This is going to be one very nice kitchen. Thanks for sharing your progress. I think shopping and making is most of the fun!

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    1. Thank you, I do like shopping, but it is also satisfying making things, just to be different. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. The table will be a nice addition to your house - Small Wonders have lovely bits, don't they? The egg hutch is great too, considering you don't credit yourself with the skills - I think it looks just the job.

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    1. hullo hen,

      Small Wonders is dangerous for the pocket - she has such lovely stuff, and it is always good quality: I don't have the skills, just a lot of swearing and sand paper!

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  5. What a great table, Jonquil, I love the colour you have gone for. Don't worry, I know you'll will do wonders with the mirror frame.
    hugs
    si

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    1. Hi Si,

      I'm actually freaking out somewhat over the frame - but I'll just have to keep calm and get on with it, thanks for the vote of confidence!

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  6. Hello Jonquil! I have such a Passion for kitchen minis and yours are Fabulous! I love all of the assorted items that you have so beautifully displayed. Your teapot is a small wonder and the items that you made go so well with the items that you bought! I love the addition of the beads to the doily to give the jug a cottage style cover! I may have to "borrow" that idea from you, so Thank You! :D
    I am full of suspense about seeing your finished Stumpwork! I took the opportunity to see more of the full-sized pieces on Pinterest. Knowing the quality of needlework that you do, makes the excitement of viewing your miniature version, that much more intense. :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much - I have to say that your house has been an inspiration to me, I hadn´t really thought of the kitchen as worth doing until I saw yours!

      You will get to see the completed stumpwork soon, I know I have been coy about showing it - I just wanted to make sure that I could do it!

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    2. Thank you Jonquil! What a tremendous and unexpected compliment. :D

      elizabeth

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  7. I like the way you have painted the top of the dresser base, it looks like a marble top. The miniatures on top are delightful! In particular, your egg cupboard, which looks as good as any of the other items on the table, so you must be a better woodworker than you give yourself credit for. Opening doors and all! I was always fascinated by those lacy doilies weighted with beads that people used to put on top of jugs, I had never seen a miniature one before that I can remember, so it's lovely to see you have made one!

    hugs
    Andy x

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    1. Hello Andy,

      I may be a bit retro, but I still use beaded jug covers! I think I'm a bit of a 1920s throwback....

      Thank you for your lovely comment, I think the egg cupboard worked out more from chance than anything else, but I have been working up to making a frame for my stumpwork, so I hope I have improved somewhat!

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  8. The hutch is perfect. Its rustic, but that doesn't mean its not well made, I really like it. Its a gorgeous display of miniatures, I like what you did with the table top too. Thanks for the links.

    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you so much - at least it doesn't wobble and the door stays on the hinges! Enjoy the links - Small Wonders is a little dangerous for the bank balamce!

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