Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Time for a cuppa?

Hello every one,

A big sigh of relief as we finaly make it to our Holiday destination and the world stops spinning so fast!!

I am up early as I usual before every one else, it's my favourite time of day, peace and quiet before the days activities. Not much on today except beach and sitting beside the pool so a quick blog catch up is ideal relaxation.  My apologies to all for being so absent from the blogsphere, some how I wound up with both sides of my family for Christmas dinner only 2 days after we arrive home from our holiday which meant I had to leave the house fully prepared for Christmas, not to mention fitting in my son's 18th birthday and getting him through all his final exams before we left.

So needless to say I had a very long list of things to do stuck on my fridge and I managed to get through all of it except for one, which was  Do Kitchen Post. One I was supposed to do early on but I was disappointed with how my photos turned out because I rushed them and I haven't been able to re-photograph them. So I have decided to post just a few for now because I don't have much else and when things slow down I can photograph some of the lovely things I collected for my kitchen and properly link them to all the places they came from.

Here are just a few that will give you a bit of an idea on my progress so far.







My original idea was to go step by step through the kitchen door, as if the lady of the house had arrived back from the market and was about to have breakfast before she prepared for lunch with her friend.....thus the wine, wheel of Brie and baguette in the basket (my favourite with friends). Each step showing the little things I have made and collected. I did make the baguette and found the wine and cheese label on the internet. I made pears and lemons and other goodies and painted some little paintings but unfortunately you can't see them.......I will re photograph when I get back.

Happy minis every one!!

ML Fi xxxx




38 comments:

  1. Oh, what a Lovely glimpse of your Kitchen! What a Fantastic room it is!!! I LOVE the way the sunlight comes in the door... and the basket by the door...just set down because she rushed back out to the garden... ! And the view of the Aga cooker in the background with the tall ceilings...! I WANT that kitchen in my RL!!! Lol!
    Take your time with the rest of the photos... and Enjoy your vacation! Sounds like you deserve a good rest!!!

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    1. Hi Betsy,

      thanks so much for you compliments. I'm glad they came across the way I intended. I love to look into a Doll house and get the feeling some one has just been in there, it's a little voyeuristic I suppose but it helps to make it look RL I think.

      ML Fi xx

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  2. Gorgeous kitchen and lovely photos! I've no idea how you do that, it really tells the story.
    Have a great holiday!

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    1. Hi Idske,

      I'm so glad you like them, thanks for looking.

      Fi xx

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  3. Your photos are gorgeous, Fi! Already what we're seeing of your kitchen is amazing. I'm so glad you'll show us more photos too. Thank you again for naming Flossy the bunny--she's been very busy at Cupcake Cottage--and I just wanted you to know how much I love the name and the meaning behind it. Have a wonderful vacation. I look forward to hearing from you after Christmas, once you've caught your breath. xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I'm glad you like my kitchen and even gladder you like the name Flossy, I must pop over and have a look to see how she is going. I have a lot of catching up to do.

      Ml fi xx

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  4. Hello Fi,
    Boy, you have been busy! I hope you'll enjoy your much deserved holiday.
    Your pictures are just wonderful It is so ahrd to tell that thiey are not pictures of a real kitchen! you really did a fantastic job. Good work! i can't wait to see more.
    big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello my Lovely,

      I'm so glad you like them, I will be stopping by your place very soon.....; ) I wish I was meaning that in RL....haha wouldn't that be fun!!!

      ML Fi xx

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  5. I think those are fantastic pictures already :)

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    1. Thanks Sans!! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  6. Love your kitchen! Have a wonderful holiday at the beach and a good rest before the family descends on you for Christmas.

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    1. Hi Elga,

      Thanks, I am having a nice holiday and I will need to catch up on your blog today!!

      Fi xx

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  7. Well done! It looks just like a 1:1 kitchen in the French countryside.

    And do my eyes deceive me, or are those REAL plants outside the back door? If not, they certainly look it, and make the house that much more convincing.

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    1. Hi Anna,

      Oh I'm happy that you think so!

      No your eyes do not deceive you, that is a real plant. I took the photos inside but wanted it to look real, so I took some branches off a tree that had small foliage and taped them to the back of the doll house so it gave the effect of a garden out side. It does help to make it look more convincing.

      Fi xx

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  8. I just peeped into your cozy kitchen filled with the most beautiful miniatures. You've done wonderful work and the pictures are atmospheric: you come at home and you leave the kitchen to do something (I hope I can express what I mean). You think I couldn't see your wonderful "dusted" pears? I did......I saw them immediately on the table ;)! The painting on the shelf is a bit hazy, so with new pictures I can see this one too, I guess?
    Dearest friend, enjoy your well deserved Holidays! Relax and enjoy with your family!
    Thanks for your comments, I've missed you ;)!
    Lovingly, Ilona

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    1. Hello my dear,

      yes I'm just starting to catch up now!! I'm so glad you like my kitchen, perhaps we should shrink down in blogsphere and sit down with a cuppa for one of our long chats.....; ) and perhaps some wine and Cheese after....hehe

      Oh the pears!! You know I was so happy with them and they are one of the reasons I changed it all around because I realised they were not to scale, I forgot to account for the shrinkagewhen I baked them and realised they are not much bigger than my eggs, perhaps I should pretend they are seckel pears which are a small variety.

      I promis better photographs when I get back!

      ML Fi xx

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  9. HI Fi,

    yes, it's hard fitting minis around real life - or is it the other way around?! I hope you have a good holiday.

    I love this kitchen it has a very calm and warm atmosphere. You take amazing photos! The lighting is just perfect!

    Jonquil

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    1. Hi Jonquil,

      thanks so much, I do wish I could spend more time with miniatures, it's such a nice place to be!!

      Fi XX

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  10. Wow! What lovely photo's. Looks beautiful.
    Kat x

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  11. Delightful! Beautiful photos!
    Geneviève

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  12. Hi Honey
    So sorry I'm late. Like you, Christmas can't come soon enough and I spend all my "spare" time running round after other people!
    I love the colour in your photographs - they are so rich and lifelike. I wish I was better at photography. I adore the little basket with bottle of wine - I could use that now LOL
    Have a wonderful time and get plenty of relaxation in - no matter how early it is.
    Lots of love
    Si -x-

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  13. Hello my lovely!!

    Oh Si, I know just how you feel, it gets so exhausting, so many things to fit in and I hate saying no to anyone. Just imagine me pouring you a glass of wine and we can drink it together in cyber space!!

    Oh and I think you very good at photography, and with those beautiful rooms they speak for them selves. I hope your website plans are going well I can't wait to see it!

    Fi xx

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  14. Your photos are lovely and you've caught the angle of the sun perfectly (something I don't get to do too often up here ;-() I had a nice little poke around your kitchen.

    I hope you enjoy your holiday and can return refreshed and ready to mini like mad!!

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    1. Hi Irene,
      oh I'm glad you enjoyed your poke around, next time you should stay a little longer and soak up som of that sun....; )

      Fi x

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  15. Finally!

    I am able to post things again. Yes, the world should be quaking!! Being The Most Beautiful Bear in the World isn't easy, and how am I supposed to let people know that if my so called PA won't even tell anyone for months!

    Anyway, Fi, What an honour it is to have me post a comment on your blog. I am impressed by your pictures, I think I might have you as my new decorator, and fire that awful chap I use now. I mean really, have you seen my Christmas tree this year? Not even one little model or picture of me on it!

    Now, I am more than happy to pack myself up and take my private jet over to your humble little house for Christmas dinner, but the invitation seems to be very slow in arriving here. You haven't forgotten to post it again have you?!

    SNOWY xxx

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  16. Hello Snowy darling,

    It's so nice to have you back, and I'm particularly grateful that you have taken the time to post a comment. I'm incredibly flattered that you like my decorating and would be honoured to take the responsibility of being your decorator.

    As for you invitation for Christmas diner.....it's in the mail!! So hurry your PA to pack your bags and fire up the Jet and get over here!!

    I will be popping over to see what your up to very shortly!

    Fi XX

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  17. Hmmm, I feel you have just opened Pandora's box there Fi!!

    Anyway, what beautiful pictures, they are so realistic! I would be happy to drop buy for some cheese and wine myself!

    I hope you are having a very relaxing holiday, and look forward to more exciting pictures soon (I don't see anything wrong with these by the way, I love them!)

    Holiday hugs
    Andy xxxxx

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  18. I think your photos are wonderful! Looking forward to see more.
    Mona

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  19. Fi - I couldn't believe my eyes when you said that all these images were of MINIATURES!!! They're quite incredible - and so warm and inviting. I feel I am actually there. You are a genius.

    I see that Snowy has muscled into the debate. He's always doing that. I dressed him up as one of the three kings and all he can do is complain. (Incidentally, he has a new photo of himself wearing some of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra jewels on his blog. Do take a look.) He's sometimes a trial, but he's so beautiful we have to put up with all that. As he keeps saying, beauty does what it must, being merely 'all right, I suppose' [how he describes me] means you have to do what you can. ( I think he was misquoting that thing about genius doing what it must, talent doing what it can. Well, I know all about doing what I can. I think one's style is the product of one's limitations - but there seem to be no limitations in your exquisite miniature world!!!)

    I had dreadful nightmares last night - quite awful. I even woke up shouting "No!!!" as in a Simpson's cartoon: a factory had been built in the village with a railway line running through it, the house was consequently worthless, my parents had died - I saw their disembodied faces drifting away from me into the distance - and Andy had left me. It doesn't get much worse than that, does it? I very relieved to wake up, my poor heart going pit-a-pat with a dreadful headache! Mind you, one of my dreams involved unzipping my face, which then peeled off in two halves like an orange or a banana. I thought that might might an interesting picture - and grasping that idea cheered me up, oddly. I need to have an idea to work on, otherwise I seem to get rather depressed and negative. Oh dear, you'll be thinking I'm barking mad. I think I've been over-taxing myself. I decided I'd make a complete new edition of all the poems I've written - so far I've got up to volume four. It sounds so effete, doesn't it? - re-writing your poetry, but actually, it is quite hard work and makes me really tired - especially as my eyes are now such that I keep squinting at the computer screen. All that word balancing and image arranging. It's rewarding, but so time consuming. And I wonder what will happen to them all when I'm not here to read them to myself? I think of all the things I've tried to do, my poems have been the most worthwhile.

    Anyway, I lay in the bath this morning and thought I must write to you - not only to wish you a very Merry Christmas, but also to thank you for all your lovely and inspiring messages over the year. I value them so much. And what good friends we have become! THANK YOU!!!!

    Love and festive wishes

    David xx

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  20. Oh my dear David,

    you have me worried now!! What a horrible dream, I hate it when that happens, a dream like that can effect you for days and it's so upsetting. I think at this time of year we all become very reflective of the year that has passed and those of us that are artistic seem to feel it more. At least you could wake from this dream and know that all was well, that in itself is a blissful feeling.

    You know I think perhaps we have been friends for a year now, I seem to recall chatting to you around the Christmas break last year. You know how much you and Andy have become part of my psyche when I see things on my holiday that remind me of you. This is my last day here and I have spent quite a bit of time trying to find a pineapple and a bat to send to you and Andy for the cabinet of curiosities ( I mean trinket size) but i have had no luck. I think Noosa thinks it's above such souvenirs.

    We have made a wonderful friendship and it is one I value very highly , our philosophical, religious, artistic and even silly discussions have been enlightening and meaningful to me and have helped me get through one of the toughest years I have had experienced.

    You know David, I will always read your poetry, I have never had poetry bring a tear to my eye until I read yours, please keep writing and drawing.

    Love and festive wishes to you too.

    Fi XXXX

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  21. Thank you, Fi! I am sending a very special Festive hug to you - you should be feeling it...round about....NOW!!!!

    (You'll find it lasts longer than usual at this time of year!)

    David xx

    (Back to my poems!)

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  22. I seem to be missing notification of your posts so I've done the only sensible thing and added you to my homepage blog roll :)

    This kitchen is absolutely delightful. Your bread and wine in the French shopping basket made me smile because I've done exactly the same thing in my basket from Lidi - I guess nothing else says 'French' quite as well as bread and wine :)

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  23. Great lighting and great photos! Thanks for the post and best wishes for the New year to you. Troy

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  24. Ahh your photos are gorgeous, im racing through your blog, so ill have to stop and look properly tomorrow, it deserves my full attention, I knew I shouldn't have checked my emails before bedtime :D I love light and shadows in miniature scenes!!

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      I'm at the opposite end! Its the last day of School Holidays and I'm trying to make myself get out of bed!! Funny, I love your photos because they are so crisp and clear. I have been out of action for a while but intend to post tomorrow when I have less distractions...; )

      Great to meet you!

      Fi XX

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