Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A little peek in the barn!

Of course there's still a LOT more to go in the barn but I thought you might like to see a little of what I've been making.

I saw a shelf like this at the garden centre but I couldn't afford it in real life so I made it in miniature!

The rusty bench was originally white metal. I wasn't going to make it quite so rusty but I always get a little carried away when it somes to rust.

The 'Bistrot de Paris' box I made from a kitset.

Katie made the basket which I filled with pillows.
I decided the basket needed a rusty stand so I made one.

I made this little cupboard from some painted sticks that someone at my club was throwing out.

I haven't fixed the door in properly yet but I love the way it turned out.

Just look at that sunlight coming through the window!
Unfortunately it's the last of the summer sun, there's a definite autumnal chill in the air these days (I'm not too happy about that!).


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A little building renovation...

When I first joined the miniatures club they were building Victorian shops to be displayed at their next show and I was asked if I'd like to build one too. I said 'yes' and was given the pre-cut pieces of wood to build the shop. One of the ladies from the club helped me with the building and wallpapering - it was a great way to learn the basics.

The bricks were the most tedious part. They're made of sandpaper that I added a little grey paint to before I cut it up into bricks. I can't say I ever want to brick anything again!

I made the upstairs shop a Victorian photography studio called 'Liberty Art Portrait Studio'.

The downstairs was a toyshop called 'Noah's Arkade'.
But that was five years ago...and I've grown tired of looking at these shops and thinking how much better I could do things now that I (almost) know what I'm doing...

So I've been renovating and here's the downstairs shop now.
All shabbied up of course! It's not quite finished yet.
I had to make a new front window which turned out to be quite a challenge - the weather was so humid the glue wouldn't dry.
I love that wallpaper (Roosevelt Rose by MiniGraphics).

The flooring and ceiling are scrapbooking papers.

The newly shabbied brass light.

It's not a toyshop any more...soon I'll show you what it's going to be.
I'm having so much fun with this little renovation!