Monday, April 30, 2012

Smiles all round...

Two gorgeous little girls + one "new" dollhouse = smiles

and fun playtime

and that makes every minute of the renovation work worthwhile.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Renovation Rescue completed at last!

Although more items need to be added (the living room and master bedroom are looking particularly bare!) the house is finally ready to be delivered to its new owners.   One of the things that held me up for quite a while was deciding what to do about getting more light into the bathroom.  I thought about installing a battery light fitting but eventually decided against it and instead cut a hole in the roof and inserted a little skylight, it's only small but it's made all the difference.  It opens so if in the future when the girls are a little older I decide to put in lighting it'll be easy enough to get access.

So here it is - ready to be delivered to its new owners very soon :) 

Remember to click on the pics to enlarge

The little bear at the foot of the bed was made by my cousin Lillian - it should be holding a striped lollipop which I put in a 'really safe place' so it wouldn't get lost but now I can't find it - I'm sure it will turn up again soon :)

Fortunately both of the new owners' names being with "A".
I knitted the little doll ages ago, now she has a home :)
Fimo fairy and bunny by Lillian.

Master bedroom needs a set of drawers or wardrobe to complete it.

 Cushions by Lamina
you can see the post about her screen prnted 1:1 cushions and their 1:12 copies here
Tiny cottage is pewter, I'm going to try to replicate it in airdrying clay

Cupcake poster design by Lamina 
to see a collection of Lamina's screen printing posts click here
Tea set by Lillian

Just to remind you how the house looked when I rescued it from being thrown into the garbage truck...
When I picked it up it had flooring and internal partitions, I had pulled them out to make cleaning easier before taking this pic. They were strengthened before being put back in and another partition installed in the top floor to make the bathroom and hallway space.

Well, it wasn't impossible but it certainly wasn't without it's challenges and it would have been much easier and quicker to have started a new house from scratch.  Still, there is some satisfaction in having 'rescued' this previously well loved little house for its new owners to enjoy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My lucky streak continues!!

I'm so excited!!  I won this fabulous set of Danny Shotton kitchenware in the incredibly generous giveaway at Mitchy Moo Miniatures - thank you so much!!

Pepper has some great tutorials on her blog so make sure you visit and check them out.

All of the lovely things I've won recently definitely deserve a more salubrious home than my minis storage box and now that the restoration project is finished (photos to come soon!) I can get busy and create the French kitchen - mind you I'm not sure that Emily would have the faintest idea what to do with most of these - I don't think she's too well acquainted with the culinary arts ;)