Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lounge, Pots, Plants, roof tile test

About the lounge, dining area and kitchen...
A big moment when I could install the modern 'metal' doors I made a few months back already.
They open an close because I fed a steel wire through the hollow frame (brass) on the side, inserted 1mm of the wire into the frame of the upper part window and the wood strip at the bottom.

This lower part outside wall was supposed to be fixed so that I could attach lights outside. But alas - plans change as one goes along... no working lights outside ;-) but able to have a full view of the ground floor.

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About the roof....
Thanks for everybody's input and ideas. Spent time on researching hoping I could find ready made terracotta barrel-type roof tiles. No such luck up to now...
So - rainy weekend was perfect for testing different materials to make them myself.
Here my findings

About the garden....
Was busy making flowers from Pascale Garnier. The hortensia was the toughest, the lavender like a walk in the park...

I realized that I needed more pots for the garden though and found old coffee capsules in my box (Tschibo or Chicco d'oro - they are identical and the right size).

I primed them and gave them a first coat with terracotta clay slick mixed with white chalk paint. But the color was not intensive enough. So I did a 2nd and 3rd coat with terracotta clay slick mixed with a little white glue.
the square one is made from foamboard

I added a ribbon to the rim on this one

I did not want them to look too new and I dry painted them with a little mossy green and chalk white.
Very carefully... because you cannot sand them (without ruining everything) !

About recognition....
And to top it all: my container home model made it onto the front page of U.K. Dolls' House Magazine :-)

PLEASE NOTE: I do not expect praise for each new blog from you.
I am just happy to share my diary with you...  :-)


Friday, August 19, 2016

Bathroom Provencal

I did finish this a while ago but needed new LEDs. The ones I usually use from Modeltrainsoftware turned out to have a green tint - very strange. The ones from Nalladris look much more natural, especially on photos.

Here a few detail shots:

the tiles are real tiles - love their shine

please note the bathroom key ;-)

.. more to come soon - taking big steps at the moment: it is like a puzzle finally coming together..


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Entrance finished!

A month has gone already since my last blog entry! Enjoying outside was further up on my list than working on the house - but I did finish off a few things...

The advantage: it gave me a bit of distance from it all and I suddenly knew how to furnish and decorate so that it looks realistic.

Decided to use modern coat hooks and wall lamp as a contrast to the door
Look, I just unpacked the shoes home from Patricia Santi!
Tried to make the sneakers from Pepper - but that was even extremely fiddly.
So I settled for espadrilles...
It is the door from Pipi that makes it all so magic!
And all my baskets now found a home ...
And Francisco's lamp looks perfect on this commode.
Please note the electrical socket ... ;-)
(Staircase not attached yet - hence not straight)

New table lamps I made! My passion....
a lamps, of course...

with wood
with beads
with stone
Pictures for the lounge
Did the flooring on the upper floor using balsa strips - ready for decorating now
and I filled the dresser shelves
Does anybody have an idea how to make the tile roof (spanish barrel type)? The plastic sheets look terrible and real clay tiles are going to be too heavy. Gratful for any ideas..


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Miniature Kitchen with natural stone walls

I have been pottering around quite happily and my house is now starting to take shape.

the kitchen, which I did twice because I did not like the first more rustic version.. it somehow competed with Pipi's door.

...see what I mean?
Pierluigi's gas hob is perfect for a French country house and I was glad he gave me a couple of extra dials for the oven. For the first time I used these tiny LED lights from Nalladris. They are a little whiter than the ones I usually use but: they have white wire and no resistor I need to hide somewhere!

made a few pieces of furniture
- A console in the entrance hall using the baskets I got from Louise Pendereich and lamp from Francisco.

- A country style dresser for the dining area. First bought this one but this was way too big for a private home - I never noticed that it was meant for shop furnishing;-). 

And third:
I completed all the wiring and things I needed access to - and then came the big moment where I could put in the ceiling!

Now, it was time to fit all the ceiling hanging lamps, especially my Ingo Maurer Zettel lamp!

The chairs are standard stuff: broke off the back, gave it an angle to make the chair more realistic, repainted and recovered. The table is standard as well but I only used the leg and made a new top. 

Great to share this diary with you all :-)

Monday, June 27, 2016

SIMP Miniature Fair in Paris 2016

Spending more than 4 hours to get that little???
Seems crazy - but it is always difficult to avoid kitsch...

And then: to meet all the FB friends finally in person :-)))

Probably the greatest decorator is Janny Warnaar of Artofmini. She has a wonderful way of presenting things... I am very impressed! And therefore it was rather difficult to get access to their showings because the rock the market somewhat with their products (good business sense..). Janny, wonderful finally meeting you in person. Wish I could hire you to decorate my new house :-)

With Catherine Ferouelle of  l'atelier du chat botte I shared a salad, a smoke and we just took to each other instantly! What an admirable artist: totally uncomplicated, ready to share knowledge and she simply seems to have fun experimenting. One day, Catherine, I will be as good at painting as you are... long way to go though.. Looking forward to getting your garden chairs though :-)

And I finally met Francisco and his lovely (good looking) mother from Artmajeur! We have been exchanging so many mails about perfect stone wall, LED for his lamps and his perfect models.. I could obviously not resist and chose the lamps that are least retro to fit into my present project.

I promised Susanna Alberti of MiniatureFashion to come to the Milan Fair! Susanne, glad that we met in person and I could see your delicate work! You should be very proud of your sense of fabric and fashion...doing creations like you do is totally beyond me :-)

I always worked with LED light from modelltrainsoftware in USA. I few miniaturists have mentioned Nalladris and I had a look at their LED products. This is really an alternative AND their lamps to not have these terrible resistor units I always have to hide somewhere. Bought a few and will check them out...

And: Elisabeth Causeret with her pottery...

And: Elsner van Gronow with an incredible choice of metal ornaments....

When unpacking my 'loot' it looked like so little...
But I am so excited about using all these things eventually :-))