Now, I know I have shown you this room before but there have been some major changes since then. I just took this pic this morning and I've just noticed there's a little tree in there at the back of the stairs, my niece has been playing in here! Firstly, the stairs - you can see in this before picture the stairs were in a rather bad state when I got the house. I bought a new set of stairs but Anne (who helped me with the wiring) thought they would look better all faced with kauri (a native New Zealand wood which we buy in various thicknesses for making our minis). I would still be sitting here years from now wondering what to do about the stairs if I hadn't had Anne's help. She even made a nicer rail for the stairs. The other major change is the shelves behind the bed. In order to have somewhere to hide all the wiring I needed to have a chimney going up through the middle of the house, it was an absolute brainwave from Anne to add the shelves in there to give it more character. And there's nothing I like more than having shelves to fill, (just ask my hubby, my obsession with 'stuff' drives him nuts in the real house lol!). The lights in this room were made by a lady at our club, the shade is a jewelery making thing and she makes porcelain flowers and sticks them on. The one in the ceiling unfortunately gets knocked around a bit. There's my sweet little Finnish kitty hiding under the stairs, a gift from Hanna. Rosanna's basket from Italy is at the top of the stairs. This beautiful painting is an original painted for me by my very talented little sister, Narina. She usually paints enormous pictures of little girls, they are stunningly beautiful. This chair I made from a kit that came with a magazine but I covered it with my own fabrics, the flowers in the vase I learned to make at our club, sorry Jane, there's nothing realistic about them! The sweet little hot water bottle I bought at our last show two years ago, it was my one expensive purchase back then...I spent quite a bit more this year!And here is the most beautiful shelf that Sylvia made for me. The Paris tin is a little metal mini I painted. The perfume bottles are all made from beads and that gorgeous tiny Eiffel Tower was a gift from Sans in Singapore. I made the picture and little tassel at the last minute before the show because I needed something to hang there. The box on the floor came from Marlies, she had gifts in it for Liberty which I've cleverly managed to borrow! Here's the little bedside cabinet I made at the club, I still have to put a handle on the drawer, what is it with me and handles? lol! Notice the wardrobe still has no handle either. The beautiful tea cup and teensy spoon was a gift from Katie in America. I scanned an Eiffel tower postcard Sylvia sent me from France and miniaturised it, on the floor is a letter and a brochure for a cruise, along with a packet of Sealegs (travel sickness pills) Sans, I can almost hear you thinking up a story. The little trinket box with the Angels on the lid I made. The bottom is a bead and the Angel lid was a nose or belly button stud (I wouldn't know the difference between the two!) I got at the $2 shop, I thought $2 was a bit much for something that small! lol! The beautiful jar of flowers I bought in Melbourne, it came with the little 'Miss you' sign, they were rather pricey (by my standards!) but I couldn't resist! Sometimes you've just got to treat yourself!
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