Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Guests have arrived at the party!!

 Remember last time we visited the party room there was only the birthday girl there...

Well, Kim (who gave us the birthday girl) read all your comments saying she needed friends and she totally agreed with you!

Kim sent four fabulously gorgeous little friends to attend the party!
This one in the blue dress is my favourite.

All made by Bonnie Justice.
Kim has a fantastic collection of these sweet little dolls. I don't know how she could bear to part with them - it is incredibly kind and generous of her to share them with us.
But that's just Kim - she's wonderful!

This little gift giver is Liberty's favourite.
We have great fun rearranging them all the time!
 
There's one more essential party item this room needs - Kim's working on that!
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Progress in the kitchen!

I thought you might like a peek at how the country house renovations are going.
I've built a pantry in the corner of the kitchen.
As you can see I'm taking the house in a whole new direction.

 The pantry has given the room a more interesting shape and created a nice little nook, perhaps for a dining table.

 Lots of shelves to fill in the pantry!
Nothing's fixed in place yet...my plans are prone to change.

And I made a new floor - it took time and patience (I don't have much patience)!
Getting the colour right was the hardest part.
They didn't have the colour stain I wanted at the hardware shop so I bought a different one...and the floor turned orange.
I had to sand it and re-stain it with the colour I originally wanted but those little floorboards didn't want to let go of the orange. Rather than buying another stain I just rubbed black paint over it...
by some miracle it turned out ok!
 I may not have patience but I don't give up easily!
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Published in American Miniaturist!

I am thrilled to tell you that there is an article on my little Bed and Breakfast room in the September issue of American Miniaturist Magazine!
 
 It was a wonderful surprise to have this little magazine arrive on my doorstep on a bleak winters day!

Many thanks to Auralea for inviting me to be part of this lovely publication.
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Past the Point of No Return!

No point in sitting around waiting for things to happen...however if I did have to sit on one of those chairs I'd choose pink...always pink! 
I painted the chairs as a pretty diversion from the BIG job...
 
Sometimes I ask myself why I've started renovating this big little house for a third time.
It wasn't an easy thing to start.
I did take all the furniture out and then put it all back in again!
As you know I stripped out the kitchen...and then I started filling it up but soon realised if I was going to renovate properly I'd have to strip the whole house out all at once...so one cold rainy day that's what I did.
And here it is...way past the point of no return.
 
Right back to the bare bones!
Scary stuff!
But I have plans...although they change every day.
 
Finally we had some sun in the weekend and I was able to drag this house outside and start the exterior makeover.
Of course no sooner had I started when the rain came back!
I'm so over winter...would you people in the Northern Hemisphere please send summer my way!


I did a bit of cafĂ© hopping while I figured out what to do next...I soon figured out that three mochaccino's in one day does not help my creative process!