I was disappointed with my Jim Coates Trumau mirror from the States (for me an expensive buy). The idea was to match the one I already have in the hall. This is a completely different colour - I realise it is likely to be slightly different from a different batch of paint but this one is waaaayyy off. I am very wary of having to repaint both of them to make them match as they are fairly complicated when it comes to a repaint. Additionally the moulding seems to be bordering on 'crude' - its partner is nicely done, hence my original and subsequent investment.
For four years, now and then, I have been searching for a House of Miniatures Hunt-board to match the one I made back in 2017 One extremely kind mini contact sold me one of hers and the very same day that it was mailed I came across one in Hobby's Most annoyingly, it had probably been lurking there all the time I was looking elsewhere. Being me, I decided on belt and braces and now have the two of them. If I make a mess of making one I do have a fall back position. This photo shows my 2017 make and one of the proposed ones.
I love, love, love this. One of Elizabeth's super-dooper creations from Elf Miniatures. I bet you are all looking and (a) wondering what the heck it is and (b) why is she so excited. Well, it is a pan rack which I love in its own right but the plus for me is I had a single miserable looking open shelf (over the sink area) between my cupboards in my student's kitchen and I kept putting this and that object on it and each time deciding it was too boring to stay. I actually risked being able to get this in the space but committed to it before its arrival by gently tugging out the offending shelf. It is such an exact fit it will almost stay in place without glue. I even have the set of pans to go on it.
The bundle beside the rack holds modern door handles - I will show you where they are going when I get to that task.
Mmmm, yet another disappointing expensive purchase. I paid £30 plus postage for this as it was the exact mirror I wanted for a particular place. When the desire for a Girondole mirror arose I couldn't for the life of me remember where I had seen one of them - years ago! So I was pleased when I fell across one via Etsy. I spent some time talking myself up into another extravagance but bit the bullet and off went my pounds and back came this broken and bent version of the Girondole mirror I craved. I am leaving the 'repairs' for now and just hoping it will be OK after a bit of glue and gentle reshaping. To add insult to injury I have, of course, since remembered that this very mirror is sold by Pheonix Model developments in a (very easy) kit form and I could have had that for £12.60 with less postage and the same amount of assembly (of not bent pieces) plus a little paint.
I also bought some silk fabric for curtains to match a Brodnax wallpaper which turned out to be absolutely not a match and managed to look like someone had been smoking in the house for the last thirty years. My sitting room wallpaper is an almost white background to pale pink cherry blossom and pale green leaves. The silk arrived with a cream/beigy background and very undefined pattern of flowers and branches. Most decidedly not the vendor's fault, just a rubbish product. I am hoping some of it might make cushions as my chairs are a cream silk. Again, fair warning if you are using Brodnax wallpaper.
This fabric shown below is from Les Chinoiseries and is a perfect match for their wallpaper. I also got a lovely little free bonus included which unfortunately I can't use as this fabric is for the library and I only have one chair int there which doesn't need a cushion. There is printed fabric for four different pattern cushions with plain matching backs. It is a nice weight cotton and will work well. If anyone can use them please let me know and I am happy to post them to you.
My first little make was a great kit by Jane Harrop. A shopping basket. One of the things I love about Jane's meticulous work is her spot-on scale and this was no exception. There are gorgeous baskets out there in mini world at a price but the budget end of basketry that I have found is a bit clunky. I have made some quarter scale baskets using a fine hessian and they looked good but I hadn't attempted anything for 1/12ths.
This is a simple matter of weaving some beautifully cut paper strips presented in a way to help you manage them accurately and easily. I honestly loved doing it and considered mass production on this one. The kit had extras in case of any mishaps and easily made two lovely baskets. I love them and wish I could think of reasons for having more. Don't be put off by the idea of them being 'just paper'.
By now I was on a roll - what else would be quick to do - a kit from The Craft pack Company
First things first I needed to find all my other Christmas decorations to see what I might want to put with what. This entailed clearing out the bogey hole under the stairs in Dalton House.
You can't see the poor light fitting in real life as you can't get your head through the doorway; unlike the camera. Mental note - when fitting a light in a deep, dark cupboard make sure it has some oomph! This is a bogey hole I would decidedly not go in.
The decorations were duly made and packed away with the other Christmas stuff. I decided the bogey hole would only have a ton of Christmas decorations in it. This is a big house and it needs a Christmas decoration cupboard.😏
In clearing out the (now) Christmas cupboard other things were unearthed.
Ah, those blessed chairs. I made them from a couple of House of Miniatures kits and their first incarnation was a mahogany finish which I thought looked poor. They hung around for a good long while and then acquired what was to be a shabby chic cream finish. Decidedly shabby and not at all chic. I was going to just add them to someone's parcel of goodies but am too ashamed of their awfulness.
How about I paint them gold for the music room?
Done.... and they looked even more dreadful - completely patchy all over and another thick gloopy layer of paint. Perhaps I would I like them better the next day?
New day and the dried paint still looked dreadful; out came the Super Hero of my kit....
Wonderful, wonderful gold leaf Krylon pen went on like silk and covered every blemish. The 'ugly' now is the gazillion layers of paint, which is never a good look. Why oh why didn't the god of minis give me that fabulous solution when they were bare wood?
Not content with almost bringing four scabby chairs back into the world with some paint, it was time to find fabric for the seats. One huge box of fabrics later and the only one I liked for the chairs was already on four chairs in the dining room. That's OK I was thinking of recovering those any way.
It was not so OK when I discovered that whoever had made them had used heaven knows what glue and a gallon of it. I pulled and prised and tore it off the chair and then discovered I would have to cut most of it away to remove the stiff unyielding glue covered pieces. I was left with only a few threads to roll over the edges of my gold chair seats. It is a very close call and I haven't done all four yet but I am now sort of committed. I have also dislodged a chair leg in the process so far.
Apologies for the hideous finish but, after such a hellish birth, they have become the screaming baby that I love. They can be 'got away with' as they are only glimpsed in amongst the other furniture.