Wednesday, September 30, 2015





Apart from the endless books I have been making (and still need to finish), I made a few items for the library, and combined them with a few items that I already had, but could never find a place for.  Suddenly, everything seemed to fit together, which was really satisfying.  Just like the dining closet, the library sees to have taken on a life of its own - I don't think I actually made a decision, everything fell into place.  




I made a couple of vases of narcissus and daffodils, a smoking cap, a sage green lamp with tassels to match the curtains and a framed painting of Narcisssus, based on a fresco found in Pompeii.  

The beautiful Italian plate was from an Etsy seller, who unfortunately closed shop a while ago, and I haven't been able to track her down since.  It's just lovely and pulls all of the little items together.

So far the library has been made on a shoe-string, with only things that I had to hand - and yes, Irene, I did have quite a stash of bits and bobs!  Normally this never happens, and I spend weeks waiting around for parcels to arrive, and pay ridiculous amounts in postage. 

 It was quite a challenge to use and make do with what I had, and if I had had the budget, I would have certainly spent more on it.  But there is something quite satisfying about using what you have and thinking a little bit more creatively perhaps than usual.

Of course, as Daviot House is my only house, and will probably never be 'finished', I know that I can change things in the future whenever I have the budget to do so.  But for now, I'm quite satisfied...

That said, of COURSE I had to treat myself too.....!




A beautiful table made by Ken Kirkbright from Small Wonders miniatures, and a marble bust from the same shop.  I do love Small Wonders, but the current euro-pound exchange rate and eye-watering postage rate means that a trip to Doreen's shop is a special occassion!  

The table is fabulous, as the square shape fits perfectly in the library, without being too overpowering.  The book of monkeys is from Kenneth Blythe, and fits perfectly on the book rest from Artofmini, which is where I bought the key, sconces and andirons (nice, euro-friendly prices!)


I still have a lot of books to make, and I am pondering the wall colour, whether I should keep it white or go for a slightly creamy colour...but it is getting there!

Jonquil


Monday, September 14, 2015

One Thing Leads to Another, and another, and another...




Back from holidays, and the plasterers have finally been in, finishing off the ceiling of the hall.  Plain off-white, it makes the space seem much larger than it is.

The door at the back on the left hand side always bothered me.  There was something too final and restrictive about it, rather than enigmatic, and was also a bit redundant, as it was supposed to be a doorway into an imaginary kitchen... which is now a real kitchen to the left of the hall.



There was also the problem of the imaginary stairs, so I thought I would resolve it by getting rid of the door, and making the beginnings of a staircase.  I added some light by putting in a stained glass window with the family crest, and I think it finishes off the hall well.


But where does the staircase lead?


To this delightful mess above the kitchen!  I normally post photos when I have completed a room, or it looks passable, but I thought this time I'd treat  you to a glimpse of the disasters which I start off with... this room was done all day Sunday, though the theme is 'Make do Monday' - I only used things that I had to hand...



First, wooden floor boards - nothing too, too fancy for Daviot House, but just lovely, good quality wood...



Wide lolly sticks and foam board to make a book case and steps...


Now a doorway and chimney...


Some cornicing...



A little white paint job and floor wax...


A ceiling, stonework and a light source...



And we start to get the makings of a little library above the kitchen!  So that's where the stairs go!

 

I just have to make a lot more books now!

Thanks as ever for your interest and your comments, they are, it goes without saying, most appreciated,

Jonquil