Thursday, 13 June 2019

Conservative conservatory

Here's hoping this works. I am going solo on this posting, without the help of Norma or Janine.
I'm afraid it will be rather a rushed job as we're flying out of Sydney tomorrow morning at 6am to Zurich via Dubai, but I thought I should show you the nearly finished Conservatory.

I am calling it a conservative conservatory as it is without a lot of colour. Madame who inhabits the boudoir and conservatory, only likes white plants and lots of greenery.



Looking from the boudoir into the conservatory.




I couldn't find a wire plant stand that I liked so I made this one. It does look a bit English Victorian, but I believe Madame got it as a present from an 
English friend. The white geraniums (pelargoniums) are doing well

I also made some lily of the valley and a frangipani.


On the right are some fragrant gardenias and a
white orchid in the center

I will start on the exterior when we return from Europe.

Thanks for having a look at what is a pretty poor effort, but I think I've done it! And on my Ipad at that!
Hugs, Linda








Monday, 6 May 2019

Let there be light

My Conservatory is coming along slowly but in the meantime I thought I'd show you the central light fixture. It was fairly easy to do and it does seem to suit the space.


Below are some off-cuts of very thin brass, left over from scissors I purchased from DollsHouse Mall. Unfortunately there was not a long enough piece to go around the glass dome so I had to cut two pieces. I used a very small hole punch to make three holes in the brass strip. The really tricky bit was working out the distance between the holes. Mathematics was never my strong suit so it was a matter of luck. I guess if I measured the circumference and divided by three that would have worked. The fact that I had to overlap the two brass pieces complicated things!

Photo below shows the glass dome that I started with. Sorry about the order! I bought this from Michaels.
The actual light fitting was one from a table lamp. This photo below shows one that was going to work, but the bulb was not replaceable. Also, the table lamp that I used had two struts that not only added interest but held a larger jump ring in place. If you have a look at the first photo above, you can see that I glued the brass strip to the top of the upturned dome, after I had placed three tiny brass jump ring in the three holes - I think I used Quik Grip. Then I joined on three pieces of chain. At the neck of the upturned lamp I attached the chain to the larger jump ring. To finish the top edge I used a tiny bit of gold braid.

If you look closely you will see the lamp hanging from the ceiling , which isn't there yet!

I hope this has made some sort of sense! Stay tuned for the next blog as I show plants, etc. Thanks for looking!

Friday, 1 March 2019

Close encounters and into the future

Well here I am again. I promised Janine I would try to post again soon so as not to forget what she had taught me. So here I am and it is already March here in Australia. I thought I would give you a close-up look at some of the components of my "boudoir". I mentioned that the round windows were made from the lids of yoghurt pots. The only hard part to these was painting them to look like sandstone.

Somehow I can't get these photos to go where I want them! But these are the before and after of the round windows.



These are the before and after of the front doors. I used a basic 4 panel glass door and boarded up all but one window on each door. I then used "puffy stickers" to embellish the door before it was painted. I found these fabulous stickers at the dollar store and of course they have never been available again. They are so easy to paint, cut, etc. I have used them extensively on the interior as well - painted gold.

This is the interior of the front doors. I used 4 mirrors to block out the windows and again used "puffy stickers", this time colouring them gold and adding some trim at the bottom from "gold" bangles found at thrift stores.
This is a close-up of slippers I made on 60 hpi silk canvas. I had done a cushion on 56 hpi so I thought 60 wouldn't be any more difficult. I was wrong. This will probably be the first and last on 60!

This is the arrangement I showed in the last post - I think it was cut off a bit then. I made most of these from tissue paper.


And now for the Future bit!
The Conservatory addition is coming along. Here is the floor, made from Contact paper (the sticky backed paper used for lining shelves, etc). I found it at our big hardware chain which is similar to Home Depot in North America. I was lucky enough to find it in white and black marble effect. It is so easy to use as there is a grid pattern drawn on the back to help with cutting. The floor grates ( which are not showing up in this photo) are pieces of a Chinese wooden fan. Not sure if they are for heating the conservatory or for drainage, but I thought they belonged! As with the boudoir, I am building the conservatory from 10mm. foam core and balsa wood.

Stay tuned for more on the conservatory. I hope to get much more done in the next week but a bathroom renovation (in RL) and a visit from the Canadian grandchildren for 2 weeks, may cramp my style a bit.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

At last!

It has been  LONG, LONG time since I posted. Thanks to Janine http://www.minworks.blogspot.com, I'm back!
Since building the Ladies Emporium, I have made a French Pavilion or, as I like to call it, a Ladies Boudoir.


I've made this structure from foam core as I do not cut wood - well, not very well! Foamcore is amazingly strong and is so easy to manipulate. The round window frames are from lids of my morning yoghurt. Beautiful pots at front door are by Elizabeth Causeret. Over the front door is a bigger yoghurt lid cut in half and embellished.


Side view with wisteria, half finished. The front wall of the pavilion is removable, as is the roof.

Looking in from the front door, I have a lovely chaise longue and a beautiful carpet, both by Norma Bennett Miniatures. In the corner cupboard is my English silver tea service from Dimitri Shevchenko of St. Petersburg. Both of these friends can be found on Facebook.


The beautiful French Mantel Clock is by Keith Bougourd at Small Time and the sewing box is by Chris Malcolmson. On the right behind the screen is a selection of perfume bottles, and a fabulous mannequin by Elizabeth of studioeminiatures http://www.studioeminiatures.blogspot.com

Looking from the back door towards the front entrance.

The desk of Madame is actually a dining table from Alison Davies Miniatures and shoes are by Patrizia Santi.

And finally, a closer look at my beautiful silver (which I adore) and two beautiful white jars by Elizabeth Causeret. The petit point cushion is one of mine as are the flowers, sitting on the Alison Davies small console.
I hope you have enjoyed this little look at my "Boudoir". It will soon be joined by a Conservatory full of plants (eventually!)
And I promise to post again before another 2 years!
Mini hugs to all, Linda














Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Ladies Emporium ....etc.

After a very, very long absence Elizabeth and Janine have helped me do a post again. This time from Canada.

Here is my beautiful English-style tea set which is hall-marked sterling silver made by Dmitri Shevchenko from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dmitri can be found on Facebook.

This was a special gift from my daughter for a very "special" birthday. No, I won't mention which decade!

It is absolutely exquisite. The hot water pot is chained to the frame which also supports a removable burner. Each piece is very finely made and will be a family heirloom.

The following are photos of my (supposedly) completed - are they ever finished, Ladies Emporium.

The hat on the left was made by Fatima, the tray by StudioE. Elizabeth also found the mannequin on the left and the one on the right was a Thrift store find. Norma of MakeMineMini made the cushion.
The pink ensemble was purchased at the Sydney Miniature Show a couple of years ago.


The red bench in the centre was made from a sectioned round plastic pill box from the dollar store and the hat supports are stems of plastic flowers.  The shoes are by Judith Blondell purchased in Toronto.



The Chanel suit was made from fabric given to me by Elizabeth of StudioE  from a REAL Chanel jacket. Yes, she actually cut it up for minis!




Another beautiful vanity tray by Studio E displayed on a wood pillar given to me by Fatima of Beauxminis. The tray even has butterflies on it to reflect the name of the shop Papillion.




This is a 56 hpi cushion from a kit by Nicola Mascall. On this chair I removed the needlework canvas on the backrest and replaced with caning using linen thread - a bit difficult to do as the back is curved not rectangular.



I love doing petit point so I designed some cushion patterns, others are a combination of patterns from pinterest and books. It takes me approximately two days to stitch the design. It's like eating peanuts - once you start it is hard to stop.



Petit point 50 hpi slippers made for the Miniteers.  Christmas for Fatima - Vitoria, centre slippers for Villa Leone and bee slippers for Minworks French House.

Hopefully I will get back on my blog soon. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Happy mini-ing!
Linda

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Miniteers of Vancouver

I was thrilled to be welcomed to Elizabeth's for lunch in January with the Miniteers of Vancouver.
It is an honour and privilege to be associated with such talented people.
We, of course, talked (a lot) and exchanged ideas. Miniaturists are the nicest people!
 Janine, Elizabeth and Fatima
Linda, Elizabeth and Fatima

I'm now back in Australia after 5 weeks in the ice and snow (in Whistler, not Vancouver), and am anxious to get back to my Ladies' Emporium, "Papillon".
Hope you are all enjoying your minis.
Cheers, Linda

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A New Start for a New Year

Happy 2016 everyone.
I will make an new start on my Blog and resolve to work harder at it.
My florist shop and Salon de The are happily awaiting their new neighbour, "Papillon" - a Ladies Emporium. Progress is slow due to too much travelling in 2015.


These are espadrilles I made for Janine of Minworks for her future project.



Here is Flora and Salon de The awaiting the new neighbour. Of course they are both still "works in progress".

Here is view through the door of the Salon de The. The "real" canework on the chairs was a real challenge. Some of the cakes were a gift from Elizabeth of StudioEMiniatures.



This is a thread holder made from very old brass mirror mounts and a pincushion from another brass turning. The Australian 5 cent piece is about the size of an American dime.



This will be a counter-top display in the Ladies Emporium. The two rings in the crystal and black blocks are real diamonds from the Argyll Diamond Mine in Australia - one being canary colour and appropriately tiny. The counter-top base is made from a plastic picture frame and the "glass" lid is from a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box.

Today, being in Canada, I'm heading for a much anticipated meeting of the Miniteers!
Greetings to all, Linda