Friday, April 11, 2014

A little bed goes to upstate New York!

This is a secret project I've been working on, a gift for my blog buddy Claudia (Mockingbird Hill Cottage) who lives in upstate New York (ok, technically that's not absolutely correct since she lives not all that far from NYC, but it's got a nice ring to it don't you think?). She has the cutest cottage style dollhouse but has been in need of a bed for a long time and I had a bed frame that I wasn't using so I couldn't resist making a dressed bed for her almost empty bedroom.  

The frame was originally shiny black but has been spray painted matte off white, not by me but by my son who is a dab hand at spray painting base coats for his hand-painted Warhammer models. Dollhouse meets Warhammer, who would have thought??!

Claudia chose pink toile for the main fabric and likes a simple 'tidy' look to her bed. I'm a bit more of a 'messy' bed kind of girl so it was a personal challenge to be so neat! I was hoping that the exercise might rub off in real life but one look in my bedroom will confirm that hasn't happened unfortunately.

I'm still frantically painting and upholstering in preparation for the fair in 3 weeks time.  Many thanks for your nice comments about my efforts so far, and for your good advice, all greatly appreciated.

Photo credit: Claudia Hill


Daydreamer said...

Hi Norma! I had to laugh about your "messy bed".... I have that same problem! (I somehow think they look too empty when they are neat!) The one you dressed for your friend is beautiful and I hope she loves it too! My older son also paints warhammer models and is a dab hand at spray painting! Good luck with the show.... and try not to stress too much.... that just ruins the fun and accomplishes nothing! :)

My Wee Life said...

Love what you've done to the bed and I know your friend will like it. I like nice tidy beds because I can never achieve the messy look :)

mcddiss said...

una preciosidad de cama , seguro que tu amiga habra quedado mas que encantada con ese maravilloso trabajo



Deni said...

thats so gorgeous Norma! love that bed!!!!

Claudia said...

Thank you, thank you, sweet Norma. I absolutely love the bed. Every time I walk by the dollhouse, I stop and stare at it. Thank you again!


Lucille said...

It's a lovely bed, Norma! It looks very nice in Claudia's dollhouse! Try not to stress, okay. You're a very talented miniaturist and, of course, your items will be well received!

Steinworks said...

I have a messy bed too but it's because of the cat..Baxter likes to go under my comforter when I leave for work (at least that is the excuse Im using)

your bed for the cottage looks cute I know she'll just love it


Fabiola said...

I like your chic bedroom. The bed is amazing.

Wyrna Christensen said...

It's all so very beautiful and elegant. It's a nice gift. Your friend must be so happy.

Yolanda Morán said...

Precioso , seguro que queda encantado con esa maravilla, menuda sorpresa.
Un abrazo.
Villa Pulgarcito.

Lisa T said...

Hi Norma!
That bed is so beautiful and elegant. I popped over to Claudia's blog and it looks fantastic and she seems over the moon with it. Wonderful work!

Catherine said...

The bed looks great Norma. I am sure she is thrilled to bits.

Plushpussycat said...

What a lovely gift for Claudia, Norma! She obviously loves it, and it looks great in her dollhouse--congrats all around! xo Jennifer

Anna said...

Beautifully done, Norma...I, personally, think highly detailed miniature bedding (ruffles, lace, etc.) is very hard to get just right, since fabric thickness is very difficult to "scale down". This bed isn't just pretty - it looks real because the bedclothes hang realistically (due to not being too thick). Even with the comparatively fancier bed frame, it works really well.

Susan said...

You got this " just right" Norma! Just right dressing for the bed and just right for the's lovely.

Carolyn said...

It's lovely, Norma....hope you have a brilliant time at the show....everyone will LOVE your miniatures!!

grain de folie said...

trop joli!!!
j"adore ce mini monde.