Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Garden Room (or "The Sitootery")

Firstly, many thanks for your lovely comments on my previous post, they are very much appreciated.    You can probably tell, I'm having a lot of fun with this house.

The one thing that attracted me to this property was the swing out portion.   It presented lots of possibilities and was something a little different from the usual flat fronted houses available.

The section on the right swings out from the main building giving me three smallish rooms to play with.

The first to be tackled is the space on the Ground Floor accessed via the Dining Room.

This space is going to be The Garden Room or (as I prefer to call it) The Sitootery.*

* Scots English - from "sit oot", a small area to sit out and relax.

It's just a small space measuring 11" wide (27.94cms) by 9.5" (24.13cms) by 6" (15.24cms) deep.   I haven't got very far with it yet but there's paper on the walls, tiles on the floor and a decorative cornice.   I had to juggle that about a bit as I only had two strips and was determined to make it fit without the need of ordering more.    So, this is what it looks like so far -

The table has a wirework top so the card is there to make fitting a cloth much easier.    I'm still at the playing stage so not sure if the planters will stay.

This is the cornice I mentioned.

Lots to think about!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

At last, an update.

It's been a wee while since I last posted any progress on the work I'm doing with this property but at last I can show you what I've been up to.    Neither room is completely finished.   I've still to add all the little accessories that hopefully will bring them to life but all the decorating has been done.

In some instances I have had to use the flash as very little daylight gets to the Great Hall.   The pictures have also shown up little things that need attending to and improving - which is no bad thing!

Firstly, the Great Hall

and The Dining Room

I'm so looking forward to my trip to London next month which will include the Kensington Fair hence the lack of accessories.   I've been saving myself!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Almost, but not quite!

I've been on such a roll with this property (sadly to the exclusion of my other one Netherton) that I just had to get to a point where it was ok to let it sit for a while and proceed with my other project.

Work has been progressing well with the Dining Room but not to a point where it's a) complete or b) I can show you the whole room.    What I can do however is give you a little taster, so............

The ceiling -

Some panelling* -

*All credit for this panelling must go to Dada's Dollhouse blog where I found the "how to".

and some art work.

I know, he looks pretty fed up, doesn't he?

I'm in the process of making curtains at the moment so I should be able to reveal the whole room soon.

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Great Hall

Happy New Year to all my followers - I hope everyone enjoyed their festivities.

For a while now I've felt as though any mini-ing I have done has been more by way of buying than actually doing.   I can never decide whether it's better to decorate all the rooms of a property then fill them gradually or decorate and fill before moving on to the next room so with that in mind, what I do have to show you is a decorated space.    I have some of the furnishings but not all.

This is The Great Hall - it would have been used to greet/entertain visitors who were not so well known or not important enough to be taken to the private rooms upstairs.

It's a difficult space to photograph due to the additional swing-out part of the building to the right which blocks out any natural light so I had to use a lamp.

The piano was a basic bare wood affair to which I have added carved panels and lighting.    (I have also just noticed that it lacks pedals!   These were removed because they looked too clunky and will be replaced).

The area in the corner below gives the impression of access to other areas.   I've deliberately left out a kitchen in this property as I've done three already and wanted to use the spaces for other things so we can imagine the stairs leading to the services located elsewhere.

The door to the right leads to the Dining Room.    The little Coats of Arms were taken from a postcard and mounted on varnished panels.

All the windows to this property are situated at the front.   I created "stained glass" for the upper shaped part of the window with "leaded" glass below.

Below shows the "fourth wall" with it's stained glass windows and I've arranged the curtains to highlight the design when the lights are on.

I'm afraid my little canine friend doesn't look very welcoming!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Come on baby, light my fire..........

The Great Hall in Marsh Hall needed a fireplace.    I bought a fire surround, logs and dogs but, silly me, the logs were too wide for the fireplace opening.   I therefore had to resort to Plan B - make one.

Using the dimensions of the purchased fireplace but making the opening wider and then diving into my stash of foamboard I came up with this

Three coats of paint and two coats of dark oak varnish later, I had this

Hopefully, once it's in place, it'll look suitably Baronial.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

October Miniatura

Had a great weekend at Miniatura, Birmingham.   I travelled down on the Saturday, fair on Sunday, home on Monday AND I didn't spend all the budget so that can roll on to York in November!

Where I can, I'll list the sellers -

Fabric, The Silk Route;  brass strips, At Home with Mrs Hogarth;  wood moulding, Jennifers of Walsall  and laser cut detail panels, The Dolls House Builder.

Lights, Heidi Ott Miniatures;  plants, The Flower Lady;  woven trug;  resin figures, Eggers Delight;  lock, Sussex Crafts

Fabric, Blue Riband Fabrics;  Fireplace, Victoria Fasken;  decorative fire screens, Elite Petite Interiors;  slipper bath, Sussex Crafts.

I'm not sure yet whether this selection would work better in Marsh Hall or Netherton so I've posted it on both blogs!   The fire surrounds are from Eggers Delight and the chairs from Alison Davies Miniatures.

There were one or two sellers I had hoped to see who were not there which was a bit of a disappointment and there were quite a few items on my carefully crafted list that I didn't get, but I did however manage to make up for that by purchasing items that weren't on the list and some I hadn't even thought of so all in all, a good weekend. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Getting stoned - a Three Day Event

This is Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh and the building I'm taking as visual inspiration for Marsh Hall.

I'm using a Bromley Crafts stencil and compound for the finish and this is how it looked once dry but before any paint was applied.

Day 1

The house had already received an undercoat of watered down muddy brown emulsion,

then, using various "stone" colours I dotted and dabbed with sponges and brushes until I got an effect I was happy with.    This is the sort of finish you could fiddle about with for days/weeks and perhaps never be 100% happy with so you have to tell yourself it's fine and put the brushes down otherwise you could go on  forever 

Part way through the process I decided I didn't want the window surrounds or stonework around the Porch to have a different finish/colour from the main house.

I felt quite "arty" holding the inspirational postcard in one hand and dabbing away with the brush in the other, standing back to check the effect then moving in with another splodge!

As the house will be viewed directly from the front there isn't any special finish at the back, just plain emulsion.   The left hand side wont really be seen either given where the house is situated in the hobby room but the right hand side is more on view and also, because there is an additional section of house on this side, I decided to give the building a Clock Tower.    The table the Hall is on at the moment is 3' wide, the house is just short of that and the overall space available is just over the 3' mark therefore a full height tower was out of the question as it would overhang the surface so this little add-on was created to give a bit of interest and to take the 'blank wall' look away.   

The finish you see is untreated emulsion paint.    I've definitely stopped dotting and dabbing at it (for now, anyway) and the next thing to do is spray it with matt varnish to seal it all.    I'm working on the chimneys at the moment then the Porch will be fixed and it's on to the windows.

Day 2

Following on from yesterday's efforts I decided, after seeing the gray gables and quoins in the cold light of day, that they appeared to me to look too much like a framework round the building so I had another go with the dabbing and dry brushing to tone them down.

I'm happier with that, it doesn't look boxed in as much.

The chimneys got some stone/dry brushing treatment and I think I'm finally ready to apply two coats of matt varnish to seal it all.

My final "stoning" task of the day was to add gravel to the top of the porch and paving slabs to the base.    I'm pleased with this.

Day 3

This day saw the Clock Tower being finished

The bell and house name plaque was attached

I saw this little lion heads with rings idea while watching Monarch of the Glen (research) and thought it was a nice touch 

And, for a bit of panache, the Coat of Arms

This is the property as it stands at the moment.   There are still one or two tweaks to be made and I've had a further couple of ideas relating to the front but these can wait.