Monday, May 11, 2020

French bedroom - major progress ...

This is the current 'state of play' in the French apartment bedroom, it's taken a long time to get this far!


I started fiddling with possible furniture placements in 2015! 




This was at the beginning of lots of moves with full-time housesitting so it was put into storage for a while at that point and didn't come out again until 2016 when I started playing around with wallpapers finally settling on the pink before it went back into storage AGAIN.



Fast-forward to 2020 and we finally have a completed room, same wallpaper, same chest of drawers, same dressing table and chair (although the chair has undergone some 'surgery', details on that at a later date) different bed, armoire instead of  the corner cupboard. 




The bed is painted with Annie Sloan 'Old White' Chalk paint then aged with a wash of strong tea. I printed the fabric to match the wallpaper. 
The very handsome little is cat by Alice Zinn, I've named him Gillou
The red toile hatbox is by Marg Taylor (Argus Minis on Etsy), the pink one by me.
The be-ribboned box is by Bea she's on Etsy at Le Miniatures di Bea, the ballet slippers that are hanging on the back of the door came in this box. 


The chair is painted and upholstered by me, the seat fabric is silk dipped in tea to age it. The cushion and mats are printed by me too. A chair in the same style is available in my Etsy shop (the framed Marie Antoinette portrait will be available soon).  I wasn't sure how the chest of drawers was going to come out when I put the dark grey coat of paint on it but I'm happy with it, the patina is achieved by dry brushing with pale grey. I like that there is a little piece of the gold trim missing on the front of the top drawer, it hints that this piece of furniture has seen a long life. Never mind the expression "if walls could talk", imagine if furniture could talk - what tales a piece like this would have to tell!

The lovely lamp is from Marg Taylor. The beads were a gift from Susanne who sadly left this world early this year. Some of you will know Susanne from her blog and Facebook as Petite Brocante. We started blogging around the same time so were online friends for quite a few years and I have very happy memories of spending time with her in Denmark in 2017.  It's very special to have some of her work in this room and elsewhere to remind me of her creativity and warm heart. She is deeply missed.

The fabulous boudoir vanity tray is from my dear friend Linda Park, some of the bottles/jars are by Elizabeth @ StudioE. Linda blogs (occasionally, certainly not as often as we'd like) at Linda's Mini World - she's a fantastic miniaturist and I'm so lucky to be the recipient of lots of her lovely work including some beautiful petit point slippers (below). 





The ballet slippers are by Bea ( Le Miniatures di Bea), ballet skirt by Susanne, amazing leather shoes are by Patrizia Santi (Website). 


I love the stockings and wish I had more as they add such a nice touch but unfortunately I have no idea where I bought them, they've been in my stash for a very long time.
 Box by Bea (Le Miniatures di Bea)  


The dressing table and chair from Vilia Miniature (Etsy)  (Facebook) were a special request birthday present from my family a few years ago (the chair has been altered, the back and seat were originally upholstered). 



The beautifully made basket is by Lidi Stroud, Basketcase Miniatures (Facebook), linen bundle is a gift from the talented Elizabeth @ StudioE.  The pretty paper roses are by Lea Frisoni (Facebook) (Website(Etsy), they are a special reminder of meeting Lea at the Paris show in 2017.

The lamp is by Brooke Tucker. 
The pretty, delicate, pink perfume bottles are also by Elizabeth @ StudioE
The exquisite silver is from Russian silversmiths Shew Jewelry House. It was a highlight of our 2017 travels to meet one of their team members, Dmitri Shevenko, in St Petersburg when I collected some of their silver for myself and a couple of friends. They are IGMA members and in 'normal times' attend some of the European shows. To visit their website click here, they have an amazing range of  high quality miniature silverware from small inexpensive pieces to show-stopping tea services. 

Most of the room will stay as you see it here but I've decided to swap out the smaller white bed for the larger one with the faux cane ends so watch this space for the update. Ceiling lights still have to be installed as well but that's going to have to wait for the moment as I'm busy preparing new furniture and accessories for my Etsy shop ready to trade from there in an online Australian Miniatures and Dollhouse show on 7-8 June.  

Thanks for taking a room tour with me - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed working on it, albeit in small instalments over a long time. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Etsy, the good news and the bad news



My Etsy shop remains open but sadly it looks like international shipping is becoming increasingly problematic so I'm only selling within Australia for the moment, with free shipping. I have a few more pieces to list soon including some cute French breakfast trays.  


Monday, December 9, 2019

Make Mine Mini on Etsy - nearly ready to launch


Just a few finishing touches to do before sending listings live!


See you there soon!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Let's relax in the courtyard ...

It's challenging but interesting to have to think of different ways to present miniatures to appeal outside the usual 'dollhouse' community. I hope the folks who come to the French Country Market will appreciate this little piece of courtyard serenity in miniature...


The pretty French graphic was transferred using the freezer paper technique, if you're not familiar with it there are several tutorials on YouTube including this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUdIOjZ8dlA  Give it a try sometime, it's lots of fun. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Une petite retraite à la campagne

Since returning from our trip to UK and France (Paris and Normandy) I've been working on several projects including this fun little country retreat. While it's tugging at my heart strings I will nevertheless be taking it with me to the French Country Market which is coming up very soon on 9 November. 




A big motivator for this project was this French magazine that I picked up at Gare St Lazare in Paris while waiting to take the train to Normandy. 


For a great instructions on making mini lavender I recommend Annie's video on YouTube 


My first and so far only pot of  hydrangeas :)  The paving stones are egg carton. 



Window box filling is several mosses with tiny flowers cut from a miniature 'tree' intended for miniature railway landscaping https://fairymeadowminiatures.com.au/flowers/trees/8cm-tree-with-pink-flowers.html


Pompom hydrangeas by Jody Raines


Fireplace and mirror handmade by me using picture framer's mount/matte board.
Don't you just love the little angel? 




Windows can be purchased from https://www.dentelles-et-ribambelles.fr/en/

Instructions to make the French window closing can be found in Lea Frisoni's book on page 33. 


Right, back to work for me - still LOTS to be done before the market!! 




Thursday, July 4, 2019

The third Brocante style vignette

Thanks very much for your encouraging feedback on the first two vignettes, as promised here's the third and last for the moment. I think the poster needs a bit of aging with some tea though, it's looking a bit pristine. I particularly enjoyed doing the multiple pink/grey paint layers on the back wall, and the corset was fun to do but I don't think I'll be going into serious mini lingerie production any time soon.


I've started work on a French farmhouse kitchen dresser, that'll be the last project for a while. As soon as I've finished it I'll be tidying my worktable and then starting to pack for Paris, can't wait!! I'm not sure if I'll be able to post from overseas, I'm having trouble with the Blogger mobile app but we'll see.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Has it really been a year???

I can scarcely believe it's been a year since my last blog post. I have been doing some miniature work from time to time but have obviously been very poor at sharing here. Anyway here I am again at last 😊

In the last couple of weeks I've been working on some pieces that I hope I'll take to offer for sale at the French Country Market which is held in a town north of Sydney in November. I haven't booked my trading space yet so hopefully I'll get in okay. It's not a miniatures fair but my thinking is that the people who visit the fair love all things French. As well as French music and food there are several regular traders who sell (1:1) upcycled French style furniture and Brocante. Not everyone has room in their home for the full size pieces but maybe some will have a little space on a table or shelf for my mini version. Time will tell! 

I've done three Brocante theme vignette settings so far, each is 'one of a kind', and lots of fun to put together. This one is the perhaps the most 'glamorous'.  





The second is much more shabby/rustic ... 


Photos of the third one to come soon - I promise! 😊

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

So the plan was ...

NOT to fill the armoire - but look what happened!  It all started out with couple of boxes ... 







It teams up with this bed and chest of drawers 




All of these pieces are for sale at Fairy Meadow Miniatures (available separately or as a set).  Please contact either myself  or Lorraine (@ Fairy Meadow Miniatures) if you think they might be just what you're looking for 😊 

If you think you've seen that 'day in the country' image here before you're absolutely right, I was playing with it as wallpaper in the French apartment bedroom a couple of years ago. I haven't touched that project in a long time, it's in storage as we're still full-time house-sitting. It's just not practical to move everything around with us all the time but I manage to squeeze in a few pieces of furniture and paint and paper, etc. Some of the little things (more to come on those) will eventually go into the Brocante but most of my work is going to Fairy Meadow Miniatures. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Safely arrived from France ...

               
   

The delightfully tiny (4 cm) Mrs Hedgehog has just arrived from France, still smiling after her long journey 😊 She's so lovely I'm going to keep her on my work table so that I can enjoy her company, and she can advise me on French style 😉

Her creator is the incredibly talented Veronique Lux. Click here to visit Veronique's Etsy store where there are other whimsical creatures waiting to amuse and delight you.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Catching up with a few projects

We've been without wifi for a few weeks at our house-sit so have had to rely on a limited amount of mobile data but we moved to a new house a few days ago and have unlimited wifi data again, yay!! Now I can catch-up with sharing some of what I've been up to and also with what you've been doing - I'm looking forward to a blog reading feast 😊

I'd had dreams of making a couple of curtained kitchen dressers for a long time so I really enjoyed working on these. The signs are my own design, I've discovered I quite enjoy playing with graphics. 


The top frills on both dressers aren't sitting quite right, I hadn't noticed until I looked at the photos, they're fixed now but I forgot to take a another photo of them before sending them off to the shop. These two are for sale at Fairy Meadow Miniatures. They're not in the online catalogue yet though so if you're interested in perhaps purchasing one please contact Lorraine  or email me - normabennett@hotmail.com. I want to do something similar for myself some time as well as more to sell but they'll  probably be slightly different so these two are each effectively 'one of a kind'. 

I have some more bits and pieces to share shortly including a pretty armoire that I just couldn't help filling 😃