Monday, May 23, 2016

Little French dollhouse parlour

 I know I haven't posted on my blog for quite a few month. Work and sheer laziness have been my downfall. I want so desperately to play in my completed little French house and I can't do that if I don't finish. So thanks to a long rainy weekend I did manage to spend some time on construction. You would be shocked to hear how many hours were spent just to get this far and yes, I did have to do it twice as per my usual MO.
If my work space seems a bit messy, note I cleared the table before starting this wall and this is just how I work it seems.  FYI I am terrible, shockingly terrible at cutting casings. I will persevere.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Progress on Lea Frisoni's Little French Dollhouse

I did manage a little progress on my little French dollhouse this weekend.  I received the brick work kit from The Little Dollhouse Company so I was able to get the brick wall for the bathroom completed.
 I am quite happy with the way it turned out and it was super easy to do.
 I was also able to finish the parquet flooring for the main room. I stained and waxed it in situ and need to do a major clean up of my work area before starting on the living room wall. Fingers crossed I have all I need to complete the living room.

 Small shot of the middle floor sans finished living room before the roof goes on.
I also wanted to share with you my new Marina Bychkova resin Enchanted Doll. She is still with her faceup artist Mai (Belle Nolia) as she hasn't had her body blushing and finger and toe nails done yet.  I am quite excited to have her come home soon.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


It is 11 pm and my fingers are now numb so dollhouse flooring will continue in the morning. I have been working on this all day and hand cutting each and every tiny piece.  I did however make one major mistake ( I know, I am just as surprised as you are!).

When resizing the template for the each floor tile, I sized the tile with the outer frame to 8cm X 8cm. The template size was right but it was only suppose to be in the inside tile sans frame. So as a result each tile is 1cm smaller than it is suppose to be.

I have bought enough wood planking to do a full sized house so I could have restarted but I was already many, many hours in when the penny dropped I and decided to continue as is.  The pattern will be slightly smaller, so a little more delicate and I can live with that.

I wanted to also share with you the news that beloved miniature artist Jane Newman recently passed. I don't have any details and found out via a posting on facebook from Kensington Miniature Enthusiasts and borrowed the above picture from their post also.

I am a collector and lover of all things Jane Newman since I started back into miniature in earnest a few years ago.  I have been fortunate to have been able to acquire quite a few pieces including Welsh dressers, tables, chairs, washstands, a tiny bed and bedroom pieces. I cherish them all.  Jane's work was pure perfection and her scale was spot on. The miniature world has lost a huge star.

Okay it is past midnight and my numb fingers and mushy brain can't type or think anymore. Everyone have a grand week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hallway and Bathroom

 This is the completed hallway.  I have been using little brass grommets to make it easier to align the staircase railing. I like the way it looks and lines up. I haven't found any of my dollhouse furniture and accessories so it is rather uninteresting at the minute.

 Unfortunately I spent a good hour or so opening boxes to find my plaster brick making kit that was bought to do the bathroom wall. When it was finally located I realized that I had ordered the slate tile plaster kit not the brick kit. So back to the internet to place another order with The Little Dollhouse Company and now we wait....
I haven't shabbied up the walls of the bathroom yet, but wanted to show of my handmade bead board using cardboard and a utility knife.  I am quite pleased with the way it turned out.

I have applied one coat of wax to the floor, but it needs more and then a good old hand polish. Oh, and I put together my little Chrysnbon bathroom kit which is so sweet and perfectly proportioned in my humble opinion.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Midwinter treat.

I decided to give myself a little after Christmas treat and order all three issues of  Miniologie magazines
I came across their website during a late night mini hunt a awhile ago and now am so glad I decided to order them. They are simply delicious and diet approved!

It is advertised as a twice yearly publication but to date only Summer and Fall 2013 and Winter/Holiday 2013 seem to have been created.  I ordered them a few days after Christmas and in less than a week they arrived at my door in Canada which is absolutely amazing!

The Winter/Holiday 2013 edition features mini artist Lea Frisoni with some of her loveliest French style Christmas vignettes.
This little kitchen scene is positively sublime.  If you need a little after Christmas pick me up I encourage you to order this little set of magazines and hopefully we can encourage it's authors to make more issues.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Perfectly imperfect.

Last New Years Eve found me working on the dollshouse. I believe I was making the staircase for the first floor.  This New Years Eve I am installing the second floor staircase and trying to complete the second floor landing.

I love the style of this little house, although you want to do the best you can, imperfection is all part of the charm.  I actually anticipate finishing the landing and bathroom this weekend as most of the components are already mostly made, so it is simply assembly. Although I don't have the wax needed for the bathroom floor  to have finished it so I will have do some shopping.

Love this little house, it is perfect stress relief for me.  Fingers crossed I can finish and furnish it in this calendar year.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hello again and Merry Christmas!

I can't believe it has been 6 months since my last posting!  My husband and I made the decision to downsize our older home and move. Whew, if I had actually realized what downsizing and building a new smaller home meant, I don't think we would have done it.

I could write a book on homes behaving badly as the old house definitely made it clear that it was not happy to be abandoned.  Along the other little eccentricities that required attention our water heater burst hours before an inspection!  Anyhow, we are in now  in X 1 week ( I don't recommend moving at Christmas either) and with my own things now surrounding me, it is feeling more like a home and less like a hotel.

A lot of my collectibles are in a storage pod, but I did keep the little French dollshouse project in my possession as I had hoped to work on it in between packing and moving but alas it didn't happen.

Let me share with you all the first pictures of my new home which we have dubbed "the dollshouse" because it is so basically a one room kitchen, dining and living room.
Today we unpacked the dollshouse and my husband set up a table on a large rug in our new but unfinished basement.  Unfortunately the lighting is so poor that I will have to remedy that before work can resume.  Tomorrow we are heading to the hardware store to purchase better lighting and I noticed that most of my glue has dried up so that is on the list too.

I managed to find most of the windows for the second floor and get them together. Baby steps.  I received Lea's book in English from my daughter-in-law so the build is now one year and counting.

 Anyhow, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year!