Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Welcome to the Cottage

Hello Everyone, I am so glad that you were able to come up to the lake to see us :-) 

We left the porch light on for you…

Come on in!

Some of our Flea Market finds, all cheap and cheerful :-)

The Anubis statue was found on another "antiquing trip"

After the long drive, you probably need to pop into the loo…

The bathroom with all the modern conveniences

The decor is definitely "Tatty-chic"

While you are freshening up, I will make us a little something to eat. Meet you in the kitchen…

Heart of the home

I will have to stop the tour here. I am off to teach in Port Perry again, so I am dashing about madly in all directions! When I get back, we will continue the tour. Meanwhile, make yourselves at home. I have put out some wine and cheese for you :-)

Next Time: Kitchen details and cake in the dinky dining room.

Friday, July 04, 2014

At the Cottage…In miniature

Summer time and the livin' is easy. Well, that is how the song goes and, for many people, Summer means lazy days spent at a cottage by the lake. Unfortunately, we are not lucky enough to have a "summer home" but, in the cool of our basement, we have a miniature getaway…

Seneca Cottage, weekend retreat

complete with a shady porch and picnic table

The house kit was produced by IBEC Wood Products, a Canadian company that sadly, is no longer in business. It was a wonderful kit of mahogany and western red cedar. I bought it on impulse (it was on sale!). For two years, the Eight Room Cottage Kit lingered in its box, until the urge to build was too hard to resist :-) I spent a lot of time on the exterior because my original plan was for the open back of the cottage to be placed against the wall and the rooms viewed through the windows…

All the comforts of home

Just like many lake-side cottages, I wanted this house to have lattice panels all around the base of the porch but, being a bit thrifty, I balked at the price of the pre-made panels and decided to make my own.  Not being "good with wood" and dangerous with a knife, I resorted to cardboard, a material that is cheap, cheerful and easy to cut with scissors. After munching and crunching through a couple of large boxes of "Bran Buds", I opened the boxes, flattened them painted them, measured and marked them, cut strips (and strips, and strips and strips) of the painted card, painted each strip to cover the cut edges then finally, cut the strips to length and glued them to painted mat board panels. A cheap, long-winded and tedious process but, I must say that I am pleased with the results :-)

The porch with its cereal box lattice (I must be mad!)

On the porch is a wicker chaise and side table and, just beside the door is one of my miniature treasures…

Little Chippie

Sculpted, then cast in pewter and painted by the extremely talented Canadian artist, Francis Culham, "Little Chippie" looks as though he is waiting for a nice person to bring out the peanuts, just like the real-life chipmunk that inspired the miniature…

Big Chippie

Next Time: Let's go inside…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Of Counters & Containers

Hello Everyone :-) 
I have had a busy week since my last post: Madame Anastasia's Millinery Counter is finished at last. Tomorrow, two friends of mine are coming over for an impromptu workshop/play day, so while I scurry around getting everything ready, I thought you might like to look at Madame's counter and all the accessories…

Madame Anastasia's Millinery Counter
where the latest styles are on display
Mme Anastasia is also a  purveyor of fine millinery supplies
and keeps hatboxes at the ready for the next discerning customer 

I hope you enjoyed this sneak preview. I will be posting details of the workshop on my Workshop Schedule page at a later date.

So that is the counter part! Now, on to the container bit…
A couple of readers asked for more on organization, so while I was rummaging in my trim stash for Madame Anastasia, I took pics of one of my boxes of trim and how I keep things tidy :-)

I use the see-through, "snack" size of plastic zipper-type bags: if I don't have a lot of a particular trim, I shove it all in one bag. If I have lots of different colours, I use one snack bag per colour, then I shove all the snack bags for a particular trim into a "sandwich" size zip bag. Then, the sandwich and snack bags are bunged into a labelled plastic shoe box.  

That is how I keep my trims under control. I am sure that there are lots of other ways, but I do know, (and I am going to sound naggy), that the most important trick to keeping tidy is: put things away :-}

I must start getting out supplies for tomorrow, so I will close for now. Thank you again for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated and, thanks to those of you who have taken the time to become followers of my blog :-)