Friday, July 1, 2016

Back from my Sabbatical





Well, that was a long break...  my poor blog has been neglected for a while, as I had to take some time off - time off from making, typing, gardening, sewing...  I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in November and had to rest my hands.  However, after a good rest, and some good physio, things are much better, and the even better news is that after such a long pause, I am full of creative energy!

I have been painting a lot recently, as it is good to regain precision, and this latest addition to Daviot House is a lady from the 1830s.  She graces the chimney breast in the new Morning Room. 

 This is a little sneak peak, but I will be updating regularly to show you the new additions to Daviot House, because we have had the builders in and the original four-room house has been extended by five new rooms!  It is so big, I'll have to get a new table!




The Tower is the original 14th century Tower House... the rest of Daviot House on the right was built in 1615.  In the 19th century , a bay window was built on to the Morning Room on the Ground Floor.  Above it is the library, and the third floor is a bedroom. 

 For the moment, it is still a work in progress, but you get the idea.  Ted Sills at Dolls House Concept built the tower for me, and I am really happy with the extra rooms it gives me.


At the back of the house is the kitchen, in the old stable block.   I had been thinking about adding a kitchen for a long time, and the original one that I made was too delicate for the long term... It had an open side that made it far too vulnerable, and the final straw was when Edgar the cat decided to take up residence....  so it had to go. 


 I found this building on Dolls House Emporium.  It was designed as  barn, but I thought the dimensions were perfect for a kitchen.  There is also a decent sized room above, which I haven't decided about yet..




I've been applying a lot of DAS clay, and making leaded windows, and hopefully I'll be able to start giving you glimpses of the inside soon!



  Jonquil


25 comments:

  1. Wow - just love the new additions to Daviot House. They certainly are coming up in the world!

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    1. Yes, it all started with one room box... now it's taking up a lot of room!

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  2. The paint and the house are beautiful. Mini regards.

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    1. Thank you very much Claire! They are still a work in progress!

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  3. What a great structure! I love the new additions.

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    1. Thank you Shannon, The house just keeps growing and growing as if it has a life of its own!

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  4. Dear Jonquil, it is so good to see you posting again! And Daviot House has Grown so much!!! It all looks so wonderful and full of that potential that is so much fun at the start of a project! Your painting is beautiful and brings the occupants of the house into a more recent era. I love to see that progression of history! I can't wait to see more!

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    1. Yes, it has been too long a break, but I am glad to be back too! I like playing with the historical time line, I think it gives the house a lot of interest, and most old houses were not perfectly put together in one decade, most have spent centuries evolving, and I watned to capture that feeling. Thanks for your comment, I shall be making the rounds of everyone's blogs soon, it has been too long!

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  5. Wow!! What a difference - your house looks really big now. I love the paintwork and the windows :)

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    1. thank you... yes it is growing exponentially, and I need a new table for it! I'm dreading packing everything up to move it... almost as stressful as a real life move!

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  6. Hi, Jonquil! What a wonderful house, I want to live in that! I like your blog!
    Привет! Какой чудесный дом, я хочу жить в таком! Люблю ваш блог!

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    1. thank you for visiting my bog, I'm glad you like it!

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  7. I'm very glad to see you back. Your painting is beautiful and your house amazing.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you so much Geneviève, I'm very happy to be back too, and to reconnect with the mini-community!

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  8. Me alegro que estés recuperada y con con tanta energía.Es una casa de preciosa estructura y muy grande.

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    1. muchas gracias Isabel! si, la casa es muy grande ahora, pero no es grave, tengo bastante trabajo para tres o quatro anos mas!!

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  9. Oh Jonquil! What a cruel twist of fate being diagnosed with something that so directly affects your creative outlet! I'm so pleased that you are getting through it though and appear to doing well. Stay strong *hugs*
    I love the back-story to Daviot House with the layers of history depicted in its architecture. It's so exciting.
    Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery...
    Si

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    2. Hi Simon, yes it was pretty depressing, thanks so much for your kind thoughts... but the silver lining is that I have a renewed burst of creative energy now! so I'll be creating more back stories soon!

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  10. There is never a stopping point is there.... glad to say in your case as your creation is just fabulous and so exciting to have more for us to look at. The barn conversion is just astonishing... as for the tower.... wow

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    1. Thank you!
      I don't think this house will ever be finished! But for me it is about the process rather than the finished result. I don't think I have much more room to expand more though, I'd better concentrate on the job in hand!

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  11. HOW MARVELOUS!!! I love the new additions as well as the converted barn into a kitchen! I can hardly wait to see more of this house that is growing like Topsy! Hey- I think that you and BETSY/ DAYDREAMER may be related ;P
    WElcome Back, Jonquil! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much! It is growing, it's nothing to do with me at all, I think it grows over night like a plant... I swear I had nothing to do with it ;D

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  12. Hello Jonquil,
    I am so happy you are back. you have been greatly missed my friend. I am glad you are feeling better. The additions to Daviot house are wonderful! I love the kitchen quarters very much and cannot wait to see more of your work. Take it easy and don't strain yourself.
    Big hug
    Giac
    N.B. Did I mention how happy I am you are back!!!

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    1. Heyy Giac, you are always so supportive! thanks... I missed making things too, but now I have so much more to share, but you're right, easy does it.

      I'm happy you're happy I'm back! I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on, I'll be over to yours asap,

      Jonquil

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