Thursday, 18 August 2016

The New Bedroom in Sea Shells

Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your week and keeping busy. I am slightly under the weather. Got myself a bad cold in the middle of Summer. It is just awful....but I am sure I will survive it. 

Before I started I wanted to welcome a new follower to my Blog. Welcome Magical Miniatures Ashbrook Studios.

So I can say that the bedroom in the Summer House Sea Shells is pretty much done and I like the new style and details.

So this small tiny bed room now has been changed for the third time. What can I say I was never happy with it. 

The first time I had decorated it looks pretty but very Victorian. Even if it was pretty it didn't really match with the style of the Summer House. Too warm in my opinion. 

It didn't last long. After a couple of months very close to a year I changed all the furniture.

The Second time the decor looked more Summery with the pine furniture and I kept it like this for the rest of the years until the last couple of months. 

For some reason I just can't get it right and I know the reason why. The room is too small, Apart from the room being too small. The ceiling doesn't help and as you can see the staircase ends almost in the middle of the flooring. 

At this point my only solution for this room was to eliminate some of the furniture and add more detail. As posted previously it was a good thing to add some beams to the ceiling. I tried to use most of the pieces that I already had for the room. I changed the bed and went for a small bed. At least it gives the idea that there is a bed.

As I have changed the wall paper I also made the pretty bedding for the bed.

New Bed with the new bedding
On top of the bed I thought of adding a small shelf to keep some books and a teddy.

Still I didn't know what I was going to do with the other pieces of furniture. I was sure that I wanted to keep the small side table. I call it the multi purpose side table. It could have been easily used as a desk and even as a dressing table. 

I still wasn't sure what to do on the other side. I thought of adding a chest of drawers but thinking about it, it would have looked too bulky.  I originally had a chest but it looked to small to put by the side and it didn't have much need in the room. But then I saw the chest differently instead of displaying it closed I thought to myself  What if I had to open it...???? Then ideas started flooding in. The possibility were endless. What if the chest held some old pieces that belonged to the lady during her child hood??? And so I decided to decorate the chest.

I have added some accessories that I had used in the previous settings, I added a few of my own miniature books too.

As there was also the small old sewing machine I added a mannequin that I had stashed and I covered it with some fabric.

Still it needed something grand for the little room. Something special was needed so for some reason I thought of adding a tiny dolls house. I had to be careful what kind of dolls house I wanted to fit in the room. I didn't want it to be big and with that idea came another picture in mind. I thought What about making a miniature copy of the Summer House...? The more I pictured it, the more I liked it. Was I capable of making a 1:144 scale dolls house?????? You bet I was!

To make the small house I used carpenter's cardboard, tooth picks and polymer clay. And this is what I made and I love it!

The Summer House with the small miniature

The Summer House in 1:144 scale

Inside the Summer House
There is a big chance that I will end up decorating the small house with some nice tiny furniture too.

And so this is how the room looks.

 And here is a picture of the inside of the house with both rooms.

I hope you like what I have done so far. I might add some more details here and there and I still need to finish the outside. So keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Completing the Living Room in Sea Shells

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are fine and doing well. August is here and it's my time to start thinking about the children's school days. Preparing their stationary, books and uniforms. Making sure that by September everything is ready and settled for their new scholastic year. 

During this weekend I was very busy finishing off the living room in the Summer House called Sea Shells. I have been making miniatures and adding some nice pieces. Once again restoration has proven me to be right. Even if I haven't changed the outside I think it looks much better. It was my second dolls house and I believe that I was still pretty raw but now I think you will see a great difference.

What do you think?

For some reason  I have realized that the room was looking childish. I don't know how to explain it. I just didn't feel comfortable with it anymore.

The living room before renovation
Ok you might say it did look cute but it was no longer me. I tried to keep the same few accessories around but added some new pieces.

I wanted to add a small coffee table to put between the two armchairs. I needed something low and small. Yes my dilemma you never find what you imagine. So back to the drawing table. I have designed this small circular coffee table. For the center I have cut a thin piece of perspex and stained it the same way I painted the kitchen. I think it really turned out fine. 

Scratch built Coffee Table

I added a few more furniture pieces such as shelves, stools and a small side hall table. I got them in bare wood so I could also match the color with the kitchen. 

To the small hall table I have added one of my father's hand painted phones, a small plant that I made and I also made a small sailing boat with polymer clay.

hand painted phone and hand made flower pot

Sailing boat made with polymer clay
 I wanted the kitchen cupboard to look a bit busy. The more the detail the better it looks. So I decided to go for a food preparation which I made with polymer clay. I have filled a pot with pasta and boiling water and added the ingredients on a chopping board to make the sauce for the pasta. Having a summer house with some good pasta what do you need more in life?

Food preparation made with polymer clay
With a good supper of pasta and sauce, I think you will all agree that a nice piece of cheese cake with fruit toppings and a nice glass of lemonade should be served afterwards.

Desert and lemonade made with polymer clay
To the kitchen cupboard I also decided to hand paint an electric kettle with flex. I think it looks cute on the cupboard.

Hand painted electric kettle
I fixed all accessories on the cupboard and they looked perfect. But still there was something that annoyed me. I would say it looked quite busy and messy but the sink looked to clean and too empty.

So I rolled up my sleeves again and  added two ceramic dinner plates that I made and dirtied them to make them look used. Using polymer clay, I have made a small bottle of Fairy Dish Washing Soap. Yes it is the brand that I use. I have also made the bottle look like it is half full of liquid soap and  also made the sponge. Still I wasn't happy, so just like the pot I have added the soapy water effect to the sink......and it was perfect.

The used sink
Food preparation
The kitchen cupboard

As I didn't do a dining table but used a breakfast table  I have added the new accessories to it.

I also added some accessories to the coffee table and added the cushions to the arm chairs.

The Small Hall table was set under the hall mirror which looked perfect near the stair case.

The cat designed plates that I had stuck to the wall now are settled on the wall shelves. I didn't want to part from those plates.

And this completes the living room. Here are some pictures of the finished room.

I hope you have enjoyed the progress of this room. I am really pleased how it turned out and I still can't believe that the style and new pieces can change a room. A big thank you goes to Elizabeth from ELF Miniatures for customizing the wonderful kitchen cupboard kit. 

So this is all for today. Keep tuned for the next update on our Summer House. There is quite a lot of work to do in the upper room.

Take Care and see you real soon.


Rebecca xxx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

DHMS Magazine Featured My Miniature World Blog

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend. Here in Malta it is extremely hot and sunny.  The sea is just beautiful and in the evening it gets cool and perfect to stroll in our village. I live seconds away from the sea and I wouldn't want it any different.

For the month of August the Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine featured My Miniature World Blog. I was asked by the Editor Karl Golder if My Blog could be featured in the magazine.

Well you all know what my blog is all about; the love for the dolls house hobby that grew and grew. Through it I have learnt so many techniques and history, got to meet so many new people, made a lot of great friends and best of all I've learnt to appreciate what I  can do. Yes finally I started believing in myself and that no hurdle will stop me. I believe that there is always a way, that a problem can be solved no matter how big and that I will keep on striving till I reach my goal. At least I can say it always worked for me in My Miniature World.

Here is My Blog feature on the Dolls House and Miniature Scene on August's Issue.

 In November My Miniature World Blog will be celebrating five years since it's first post. My, my time does go by. I have to say I love it. Not just for the sake of having a blog but it is a way of keeping record of everything I did, every step I did of each project and even better I can keep count of how old my projects are. Even though I have to admit that some of my first projects are much older than the blog. Let's face it I wouldn't have built over twenty dolls houses in just five years. This year I also celebrated 20 years since I started dolls housing.

It is great to know that through my blog I got to meet so many people and if it wasn't for you I don't think I would have one at all. I remember one of my dolls house friends pushing me to document my work on a blog. I remember myself telling her that I didn't have what it takes. She brushed me off and didn't stop nagging until I have started it. Five years later here I am today. She was very right indeed, so I thank you my dearest Erin for believing in me.    

I still try my best to manage once a week to drop a line of what I have been up to with a project that I have been working on or something that was worth sharing. 

We have joined other social platforms too that have provided to be useful and now I have been asked to join Instagram. Still not sure all about it.

I also wanted to remind you that every year in December I make an online Advent Calendar for all. Every day from the beginning of December till Christmas eve I share a miniature tutorial that I found useful or a miniature print. I have done it for the past two years and this year won't be any different. 

Regent Street will still continue with it's story line and with new buildings. I will be starting a new project which will be part of Regent Street as soon as I get the new premises all set and done so make sure to keep an eye out. 

I am updating My Miniature World Books list in the next few days. Now we  have fifty books and many more are to come. With all the miniature readable books that I have been making, it is time to think of making a Miniature Library dolls house project.

I also can't forget My Miniature World Shop at etsy that has been very fruitful in the last few years. 

The DHMS team have featured some nice pictures of my projects with the blog which you can see below but their favorite was Kate's Cottage and for some reason I am not surprised.

The Sewing Room in Miss Leah's Boutique

My hand made tea party in Miss Leah's home

The living area in Kate's Cottage

The 1930's Kitchen in Tudor Manor
So this is all for today. We will be having a new update on the Summer House Sea Shells very soon, so keep tuned.

Take Care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxxx