Monday, 25 March 2013

I am a frustrated miniaturist....

Real life is getting in my way!! I'm working full time at the moment and the weekends have been taken up with mundane RL stuff! I keep looking at blogs and seeing lovely things made and I'm itching to work on my doll house....

However I have had a problem as well ..

Do you sometimes find yourself just looking at the house and procrastinating? I had a little time the weekend before last, and I did make the bread shown in my previous post, but I did that really because I had dismissed all of the jobs needing to be done to the house. The coving needs to be done but I am hopeless at getting the angles right! Husband came and showed me and it looked clear on what I had to do, as soon as he had gone I tried it myself, disaster struck!

I'm not happy with the lights I fixed in. They are hanging too low from the ceiling! I need to unstick them and pull the wire through.

Some wallpaper still needs to be fixed... My list could go on!

The good news is it is a bank holiday weekend coming up! I am going to work on my house all day Friday and not do a single 'grown up' thing :-)

Finally, I thought I would show my birthday cake made by my lovely youngest daughter. She adores baking and makes a beautiful sponge :-)



Tuesday, 19 March 2013

My First attempt at a wood floor

Some time ago I made the floor for one of the bedrooms in the house. I used lolly sticks, cutting them with an eze mitre cutter (I think that is what it's called?) I made a template of the room out of cardboard and then stuck the sticks to the cardboard. That way I could work at my kitchen table and not be tied to the house :-)

Work in progress

Once I had finished the floor I sanded it and then waxed it. I haven't stuck it down yet in the house because I still need to wallpaper the walls. Above is a picture of work in progress. You will see that I had drawn guidelines in pencil, can't say I managed to keep entirely to the lines all the time:-) oh and I used a wood stain on the sticks before I started to cut them.


Finished floor

By the way, on a completely different subject, can I just say thank you to all 27 of my followers! I was surprised but really pleased to see that many :-) You are all welcome, and if anyone has any tips for future floors please let me know!


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Anyone for bread?

I've had a go this afternoon at making some French baguettes using Fimo clay. Not bad I don't think for my first attempt, but need to work a bit more on the colouring! I also made a couple of pies...

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Best chocolate for a diet...

Just putting another quick post to show you my first attempt at a box of chocolates.  I used fimo clay and made the box using a printie from  I made this one for a swap, so will do another one for my house :-)

Friday, 1 March 2013

Unexpected delay on progress of Wisteria Lodge...

I just wanted to explain why I have not posted for a while on my blog. There was no excuse before Christmas, other than the usual build up to the festive season!

I had two weeks off work over Christmas and new year and had planned to work on the house the second week. Unfortunately I caught a cough and cold and felt miserable, so laid on the sofa watching TV and reading other people's blogs instead!  Very frustrating to say the least!

Then more sadder events occurred... My dad had the same cold but also suffered with COPD which is an impairment to the lungs.  He was not feeling at all well for the week and had three visits from the doctor before being admitted to the hospital. It was with massive shock and sadness to us that he died that night with his four daughters and wife of 53 years by his side. I can't describe how that feels, only those who have been through it will truly know how it is to lose such a loved person.

That was on the 12 January and all mine and my sisters spare time has been spent sorting his affairs and looking after our Mum since then.

This is the first weekend where I have felt as though I can do some work on the house.  By the way, it is called Wisteria Lodge because my Dad was born and lived as a child in Wisteria Cottage.  The house didn't really look like a cottage so I changed it to be Lodge as it looked suitably grand for the name. I know he was chuffed to think that I had called it that :)

I have got some photos of other work I had completed before Christmas though, so I will sort that out and get another post sorted.

Sorry that this was has been a bit of a downer, but wanted to explain.

Thank you Elizabeth for your comments on my bed, I haven't dressed it yet but will be doing so soon and I will post pictures.