zondag 24 januari 2010

Colour advice wanted

Today has been a bad day for my little black cat. I guess he tried to walk on thin ice, because he came back from his daily 5 min walk outside wet from tail to ears. He didn't let me help him dry, but I'm just so happy that he's alright! After he washed himself dry, I spoiled the poor thing by letting him sleep in our bed beneath the blanket. He hasn't left the spot all day!

I've been working on the conservatory again, the floor, the back wall and the door in the wall. The tiles are from Jennifer's Free Printables. I still need to do the joints, but I love the result.

The door will get a leaded window and a shutter for a cat (for me a house without a cat is no home). I want to make a used look by painting it with colour 1 and then with colour 2, and then sand the used parts, so colour 1 will show. But which colours? First I thought colour1 to be white, and colour 2 to be bluegreen like the wall, or a lighter shade. Then I thought colour 1 to be dark grey (which the red part of the outside will become as well) and colour 2 to be white. The light blue-ish grey of the tiles is also a good colour 1 or 2. Or... what do you think, what would you do?


zaterdag 23 januari 2010


Since Christmas I got an amazing amount of new followers! So a warm welcome to Josje, Eva, Rose, Ascension, Eli & Karina, Kim, Susanne, Minna, Evelien, Karin, DE, Mermaid Treasures, Anneke, Lori and Lisette.

Eli & Karina: I can't find a blog of you, if you have, please let me know!

I hope you all keep liking my blog!


zondag 10 januari 2010


Recently I decided to get my conservatory out of storage to make a little garden-project of it, instead of adding it to my dream house (which I will build one day, if ever). The first miniature I made for my new project is this weather-vane:

It's not only decorative, it also works, of course. Here some pictures of the making process:

The ornaments are from Tiny Turnings, I sawed the arrow and the bird.
So far, all I made has been made pretty, well painted, clean, just the way you would buy it in a shop. In real life I do not like the old look given to new furniture by sanding the corners, adding uneveness and sometimes even a dirty glaze. In my opinion new needs to look new, and things with history may show history, but not too much. Your work, and also the book of Lea Frisoni, made me see that in a dollshouse a used look adds charm, makes a dollshouse more realistic. So I did the unnatural thing: after finishing my beautiful weather-vane, I made it ugly and dirty. I did the same to the conservatory, and then added the weather-vane. I'm quite happy with the result, but also a bit sad about the loss of beauty... Here's the result:

I hope to show you more of the garden-project soon.

Bye for now,