Monday, July 21, 2014

A Piece of Cake

Hello again! I have just popped into the kitchen for a small splash of wine and I am delighted to see how many of my friends and followers have decided to drop in. Thank you all so much, it is lovely to see you :-) If anyone fancies something sweet, there is cake in the dining room…

It is a bit of a squeeze: the room is very narrow. I had a hard time finding furniture for it. At the time, a Canadian company called the Daisy House was producing wonderful kits and their Harvest Table and Harvest Benches just fit without looking too cramped. The benches seat four and the table has enough room for a nice display of "china"…

Glass in hand, I must get back to the studio but, in the meantime, help yourselves to a slice of Jacey Culham's luscious-looking carrot cake :-)

Next Time: A tour upstairs…

Friday, July 18, 2014

Come into the Kitchen…

Having had a busy week, I am ready for a relaxing weekend at the cottage and I hope that you will join me in the kitchen for a cup of tea (or perhaps something a little stronger).

I love this room…it is my attempt to create a "champagne taste" kitchen on a  "beer budget". My inspiration came after looking at, and drooling over, pictures of fabulous kitchen roomboxes created by the extraordinarily talented team of Ray Whitledge and Scott Burgess. The result is nothing of that caliber, not as detailed, nor as classy, but I am still pleased with how it turned out. Especially, since I bought the cabinets, the fridge and stove when the house was still a boxed kit on a shelf in the cupboard under the stairs!

The cupboards and "appliances" were purchased when the local dollhouse shop was closing. The selection was limited (but bargain priced!), so I bought in a panic and crossed my fingers that it all would fit. After trying many arrangements, I got everything to fit and look as though the space would be workable :-) Originally, everything, except for the veggie storage cupboard, was painted that shiny, sort of nasty, factory-finish white. It had to go, so I painted all the cabinetry with Ceramcoat acrylic paint.  The "marble" countertops were created from heavy cardstock covered with marble-patterned wallpaper from a wallpaper sample book that I had in my stash. To give my cottagers a top-of-the-line kitchen range, I gave the stove a make-over; covering the shiny white paint with brushed silver cardstock, adding polymer clay knobs and making the "cooktop" (hob) from plastic needlework canvas painted black. The "range hood" was made from copper-coloured cardstock and miniature crown molding scraps. I also covered the fridge/freezer with the brushed silver cardstock too.

I tried to give the kitchen a well-used, well-loved look. Every cupboard and drawer has "stuff" in it and the counter-tops are "busy". On the centre island, there are blueberries in a dish and a pint box of strawberries by my friend, Jacey Culham, who is a very talented Canadian miniature artisan, specializing in polymer clay food. 

As well as filling the cupboards and drawers, I had great fun cramming the fridge/freezer with foods. I am still looking for food favourites (none of them healthy!) to pop inside.

Well, I think it is time that we had a little snack and a small libation :-) We have red and white wine, a selection of cheeses and crackers and, for my Sweetie, a plate of salmon sandwiches that our friend, Martha, brought for us to enjoy. There is even kibble and water for the resident cat "Dorien", who was created by Karl Blindheim, another wonderfully talented Canadian artist.

I hope you have enjoyed the visit. 

Thanks for dropping by and, thank you to all of you that have taken time to follow my miniature ramblings and to comment. I am sorry that I haven't had the time to reply to your comments individually or to keep up with your blogs…I am under the workshop gun, again! This time, I am in the midst of designing and making the samples for the two workshops that I will be teaching at the Canadian Miniatures Gathering next April. I know that it sounds a long way away, but the samples must be finished by the beginning August to be ready for the Gathering website in September…so, it is back to the studio for me :-}

Next Time: Cake in the dining room and a look upstairs.

Kitchen Update:

Firstly, I must apologize to Martha McLean for neglecting to mention that the jar of flowers on top of the veggie bin are by her. Sorry, Martha! 

I also forgot to mention that all of the wall treatments in the kitchen are done with full scale (life size) wall paper. The paper above the chair rail used two pages from a wallpaper sample book. The pattern was identical, but there was a slight colour difference, so I was careful to apply the paper so that the difference wasn't obvious to the viewer. I know where the paper changes, but I am not telling! The paper below the chair rail and the "border" paper just below the ceiling are strips cut from a roll of life size wallpaper with a pattern of vertical stripes of different widths. Vertically, the scale was ridiculous, but horizontally, the strips look perfectly in scale :-)

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.