I have photographed some of the tiny treats I received for Christmas and tinkered in my mini kitchen. Although I didn't make a huge amount of progress in my kitchen I have made some important decisions regarding the completion.
First of all I would like to show you some lace handkerchiefs my Step Mother gave me. They were passed down to her by her Mother. The one that is at the very bottom was hand crochet by her mother, the one on the very top with the most intricate lace was her Grandmothers, the others have been collected for special occasions. I feel very fortunate to have them.
You may very well ask what this has to do with miniatures.........and of course I will tell you. I plan to use these in the bedrooms of our Dollhouse as bed linen, Lea Frisoni Style. http://atelier.kazeo.com/ Linda Carswell also uses lace handkerchiefs as bedclothes http://une-petite-folie.blogspot.com/search/label/Petite%20Maison?max-results=20
Mia has been very excited to get started on the Children's bedroom. For some time now she has had firm plans in her mind as to what should be in the room. Apparently it is a bedroom for twin girls, Ashley and Tibet. Tibet I hear you ask?...... Mia was a very impressionable nine years of age when she first got her dollhouse....... her much older cousin is named India.......her other older cousin is Bailey, a boy/girl name......and there you have it!
Below we have the Bed steads for Ashley and Tibet. They came all the way from Pheonix models in the UK. I think they will look delightful when the whole room comes together. The chamber stick is also from Pheonix www.phoenixmodeldevelopments.com/acatalog/bedroom.html
Whilst it is all very pretty I must soldier on with the kitchen. I have been playing with the range above the AGA as I want to light it. I have worked out how to do this by drilling a whole in the back and widening the opening for the light. The only thing I am worried about is the fire safety. I wonder if the heat of the globe with the wood fibres inside could be hazardous. Any advice would be appreciated.
I have also designed the bench to go around the Belfast style sink. Whilst the other cabinets I have made are in balsa wood I have made this one in Rose wood. I realise it is not a traditional timber for bench tops but I had it on hand and decided to go with it. It was my first attempt at using something of good quality and what a joy it was. Originally offcuts from my framer who makes Guitars it was left with Bandsaw marks i had to sand out. It took a while but it was wonderful to watch the beautiful grain of the wood slowly appear. i'm now thinking I might use it for a nice piece of furniture......who knows?
This is an image of the before and after. Still a way to go but I enjoyed the process.
I have more little treasures to show but I think I will leave that for later in the week.
Many happy mini moments to you all!