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09/01/21 OK – So lets dive straight into 2021 with some of my favourites from December 2020!
Had a bit of a ‘car fest’ recently with several commissions – the one pictured above was made for a fencing contractor and comes with a cheeky chappie in flat cap, knotted kerchief and hammer tucked in his jacket loop! The back of the pick up is packed with garden fence panels and posts – but has had to be trimmed to length and is balanced on the back with a saw on it.
This chap is based on my Edward doll, but he is looking less than sartorially elegant while changing a wheel on his Rolls Royce (You just can’t get the staff these days!) Behind him is a workbench as this group is going into an indoor workshop scene.
The chap above – Max, is just standing admiring his lovely new workbenches – the car is outside!
This is my first ever full living room scene andthe idea came about after a customer bought the dresser in the background and wanted a room set to match it! I supplied the furniture (painted and reupholstered to match) then dressed the tea table and flower table as well as dressing the two ladies taking tea.
This custom version of the reception desk and key unit from the Featherstone Hall is one of my Favourite pieces of the year!
The working grandfather clock was made to match the hotel reception desk and has marquetry style panels instead of the hand painted chinoiserie ones of my stock clocks.
As well as making commission clocks I also made some for my shop stock. These have hand painted chinoiserie style decoration – straight off a willow pattern plate! Available in the shop now £69 each.
sinceI seem to be getting more and more commissions for tea tables, I decided to make some for shop stock too. The first are now avaialble in the dining room section of the shop. Each set comes with table, two chairs and all accessories shown £69
As well as new stock, I have revisited some old pieces and have added some framed embroidery samplers to my shops stock. They are printed on canvas to give a realistic fabric look, and there are four different designs at £5 each.
This is all bits and pieces I say to people or they say to me (I will add them as I come across them) – so imagine you are sitting on a bus and a conversation is going on nearby – your are not eavesdropping – you just can’t not hear….
Have we discussed a fireplace for this room yet? I was wondering if a Harewood fireplace with a separate over mantle might work with your wallpaper panels? I have attached a picture of my stock one, but a custom
version of this perhaps without lights, and picking up on the sage green and raspberry accents in the paper – I have just been 3D printing some new
ornaments and clocks which I think may look ideal. Then the overmantle could have a big oil painting or perhaps mirror – because when the chandelier is
switched on the mirror will double the light in the room.
…it’s so helpful to hear other people’s experiences and short cuts to avoid extra work. When I built my first house I read just in time to decorate staircases before fixing stairs in if at all possible and boy does that safe a lot of work and time. Also I wish someone had suggested the idea of false doors on landings and corridors to give the impression of rooms beyond as I so wish I had done that on the half landings and impossible to do afterwards. I love the idea of having the house open with perspex too brilliant!and everyone can see in and no dust -always a winner!
I was having a little daydream (as you do!) about your room scenario – you know how I like to invent scenes to help me work out what to do – I kept thinking about the breakfast table being set with two chairs and breakfast stuff (boiled eggs toast post/letters teapots etc) then across the room was the sofa with a small table with a pot of black coffee and a newspaper on – I imagine that the husband has not long crawled in from a
night on the town, (perhaps top hat cane and white silk scarf thrown on the sofa) and the black coffee and newspapers are for him (he can’t face anything else yet!), while his wife and mother sit at the breakfast table – LOL – I do get carried away sometimes!
…when buying make sure to buy what you love NOT what you think is right for the room. If you don’t love it, you will get fed up with it and end up buying something you do love (and redecorating in the process).
…Forgot to tell you – another thing that came up at the Kensington show was that an exhibitor I know bought a load of my stuff at the show as she works part time in the Basle Dolls House Museum shop and the manager had asked her to look for stuff at the show to sell in the museum shop. The thing is all the best miniaturists want to get something on display in the museum – so I’ve sort of managed to get Dee-Daw Designs in via the back door – LOL (According to wiki: The Dollhouse Museum in Basel is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. Now known as the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel With over 6000 teddy bears, dolls, toy grocers’ shops, doll houses and carousels, the Toy Worlds Museum Basel is unparalleled in Europe. The museum shop is also well worth a second look, offering a wide range of gifts and mementos)- I can now vouch for the shop LOL
…My best advice in the first place is get the house built then do one room at a time. If you try and do several you can end up with a lot of half done stuff and get demoralised by the whole thing. Doing one room at a time and finishing it gives you the motivation to do the next room,
and any mistakes you make on one room won’t happen in the next one!
…buy your furniture BEFORE decorating. If I had a penny for every time someone has bought from my stand then said they will have to redecorate their room to match the furniture!