Thursday, October 09, 2014

It's October ??!!

Okay…who stole September ? It seems to have vanished! 

This weekend, here in Canada we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and, next weekend, we will be attending the Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto annual show. I thought you might like to see some of the new items that will be on our table…

Painted Glassware

Christmas Trifle Dish

Christmas Decanter & 4 Glasses

Christmas Candy Dish

Butterfly Cake Keeper

Rose Bouquet Bonbon Dish

Ladies Accessories

Purse & Glove Set

Special Occasion Hat

Stylish Straw Hat

Pretty Stationery Set

Boutique Items

Deluxe Vanity Tray

Spa Basket

Jewelry Display Boards

Fashion Portfolios

Filled Furniture

Bespaq Hat Display Unit with hats & purses 

Bespaq "Emporium" Hat Vanity & Chair

Vanity Details

Chair Details

Bespaq "Emporium" Corner Display

Display Details

Bespaq Shoppe Display Units
-La Parfumerie Anastasia-

Unit Details -front-

Unit Details -back-

Corner Unit Details

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking a Break

I am taking a mini vacation from the studio…

Enjoy what remains of the Summer :-)

Friday, August 08, 2014

And So, to Bed…

Only one room remains on our "Grand Tour" of Seneca Cottage and, here it is…

Cramped but cosy sleeping quarters

It is a very, very small room. There wasn't much that I could realistically put in it, other than just a bed. To have a room that didn't look like the maid's quarters in a period drama, I shoved in what I thought were the bare essentials and hoped it wouldn't look too ridiculous :-} It doesn't look too bad, though in real life, getting a pair of socks from the chest of drawers would involve moving the bed and a midnight trip to the loo would involve clambering over a sleeping spouse! 

I had a heck of a time finding a bed, any bed, that would fit against the low ceiling but, as you see, I did find one :-) It isn't the best quality (none of the furniture in the room is) but, it looks "cottagey" and, most importantly it fits! I re-upholstered the chairs with the same material that I used to make the "duvet cover" and "pillow shams". The "bed-frill" is made from cotton eyelet (broderie anglaise) and the "roller blind" is the same material, stiffened and wrapped around a dowel.

Getting ready for bed

The wallpaper is yet another page from one of the wallpaper sample books in my stash. To make the "border paper", I cut a strip from another page that had a coordinating pattern. The wall-to-wall carpet is a worsted fabric, used for making skirts and suits: it has just the right weight and texture for scale broadloom ;-) The rug was a gift from a very talented lady who was at the Miniatures Gathering (thank you, Teri!) and the lovely flowers on the chest of drawers are by Martha McLean. I think her wonderful anemones are perfect for a cottage :-) 

The little table beside the bed holds a porcelain clock, a box of tissues and, to while away a rainy afternoon, a pile of magazines. On the chest of drawers, along with Martha's flowers, there is a "silver" dressing table set, a "silver" trinket box (made of beads) and a poor-man's Tiffany-style lamp. The lamp is one of the cheapest lights available, but when lit, it throws the lovely colours on the walls :-) 

On one of the chairs, you will see a "vintage" train case that the lady of house came across at a flea market (the prototype for a workshop that I taught at the Gathering a couple years ago). Beside the chair is proof of another shopping trip: there is a shopping bag with undies peeking out of the tissue and a new nightie spread across the bed :-)

Bird's eye view

It has been fun to show you the cottage. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by :-)