Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rose Cottage - The Living Area

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are all doing well. Another week has gone by. The weather is still pretty much the same. Still the same; sunny and hot. Hopefully in the next couple of days we are waiting for some sort of storm. There are big chances that it won't even reach us. I don't mind a good storm as long as me and my family are in the house.  The kids have settled to their school routine and I am back being the normal me. I am really excited about the new premises and I can't wait to post some photos of it....but just not yet! ;-) Before I start I wanted to welcome a new follower to my blog; Welcome Lee Higings!

Today I wanted to share with you The Living area of Rose Cottage. More or Less it is more of a Kitchen but as the dolls house just has three rooms well we have to combine them.

The Living Area in 
 The thing about this dolls house is that I am not spending anything on it and it is just great. The furniture and accessories are all items that I had stashed and have fitted so well in this house. As the style of the dolls house is more of a kids dolls house I didn't want to go over serious but just pretty with detail. The best thing is that my girls helped to decorate. I practically gave them a box of furniture and some accessories and let them enjoy it. I think this house, even if  it is completely part of my collection, it has been an introduction to the girls in the world of the collector's dolls house. Little Leah also has confidence of opening the front just to look at it.

Even if the girls had a ball with the house, there is always my last arrangements and touches. As you could see I  had added a false room at the back and added a false ceiling so I could add a ceiling light.

The room came with a chimney breast. It wasn't really my choice but as it is stuck to the wall I didn't want to risk the wall paper so I guess I had to adapt to it. I had a smaller sink fitted in which has been just perfect for this room. I have added an open dresser and added some miniature ceramics that I had since the beginning of my hobby. Both the sink and dresser fitted in perfectly against the back wall. Just on top of the sink I added a wall shelf with accessories.

I had the perfect oven for the chimney surroundings and added more accessories to it.

As it was the living room I added a small sofa and decorated the wall with some frames and another open shelf.

In the center of the room I went for a small dining table and chairs and I was quite happy with the room.

Still the room could have afforded that little extra detail. So I have decided to make food preparation on the table. I enjoy adding my own polymer clay miniatures and I decided to go for Apple Pie making.

I just love it. Even if it takes me hours to finish off, it is always worth it at the end. So for the setting I totally went for the preparation. The dough flattened and there is another ball waiting to be flattened to be turned into a pie. We have the apple mixture in a ceramic bowl. A bag of flour, a ceramic jug of milk. A few more apples, one cut in half and another is already pealed. We have a pie already baked and a small piece of pie cut for the Mr. to try. Oh yes almost forgot and we have the egg yolks in a bowl and the broken shells by the side. Oh dear! The Mrs. had an accident. She must have dropped one of the eggs on the surface. Well what can I say all the miniatures were done by me except for the rolling pin.

Apple Pie preparation

Flattening the dough

Apple mixture and bag of flour

The ready made pie with the cut out piece


Egg yolks in bowl

Broken egg shells and egg
The food preparation was just right for the room and gave it that extra detail. With it, it didn't look childish anymore.

The setting in the room
And so with this the kitchen is pretty much complete. Here are some pictures of it all done.

So this is all for today. Next time I will be posting about the bedroom in Rose Cottage which will complete the house. So keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Autumn Pumpkin Tea Pot - Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are all fine. Sorry for not posting any sooner. What can I say...too many things happening at once. It's what I would say madness, but finally I am getting back to normal. October has started and we are now in Autumn. October is a very special month. On the 1st, I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary. I can't even believe it. Where did the years go? On the 4th my 1st princess Raquel, who is my second born baby celebrated her 7th birthday. Hubby has been busy as ever with the new property and well me???? I am assuming you already know. My Miniature World Shop at etsy has been extremely busy. We are introducing new products and I am really exciting to launch our new line. Rose Cottage is almost done. I have decided to make a Diorama for The Queen Mary's Bedroom Collection and finally I will also start working on the new project which will be part of Regent Street. Miss Leah has found a handsome gentleman.

Before I start I wanted to welcome seven new followers to my blog; Mandy, Pilar Garcia, Suzanne Sumrow, Teresa del Rio, Rosa Ma, Susanne Samuelsz and Gloria Cormick. A Big Welcome to All! Thank you all for your support. I am very pleased to say that we have reached over 200 followers on the blog and over 120 follower at Google +

Free Give Away Winner!
Today we have the Big announcement of our Winner for our Free miniature Readable Book called The Three Little Kittens. So today's Lucky Winner is Irina Saarenmaki. Well done Irina! Please contact me by sending me a message or email with your details so I can send it to you. To the others I want to thank you all for participating but please don't give up for in November and also December we will be have more free giveaways, so make sure to keep any eye out!

Time for some Halloween Spookiness! A few months ago I was asked to make a miniature Tutorial for the American Miniaturist Magazine. As it was for the October / November issue I decided to go for an Autumn miniature which can also be used for Halloween. For those who don't have a copy here is the tutorial.

The Tutorial that I shared was how to make a Pumpkin Halloween Tea Pot. Here is the article which was published on the magazine called It's Time for a mini tea party

Article on American Miniaturist 

The tutorial is very simple and it's perfect for a beginner.

What you need
All you need is a ball of orange polymerclay, some green or brown polymerclay, a needle tool, a ball end tool, a small circular cutter and pastel colors to add the details. Some of you might not have these tools but don’t fret you might have household things that will do the trick. Instead of a needle tool you can you a tooth pick. Instead of the ball end tool you can use the end of a thin paint brush. Instead of the circular cutter you can you the top of a biro or pen. So there you go.

Step 1
First take your orange clay, work it like a piece of do and turn it into a 1.5 cm ball. Flatten the ball slightly to make it look more like a pumpkin shape.

Step 2
Using the ball end tool make a slight dent in the top center and another one in the bottom center. These will help you to identify the upwards of your pumpkin and will also guide you when you come to do dent in the lines.

Step 3
Using the needle tool, dent down the pumpkin into section from the top to the bottom. You will be having around 8 sections.  When you have finished making the sections add random dented lines around to add more detail.

Step 4
Using a circular shape cutter or biro top dent slightly press down on the top of the pumpkin. This will give the illusion of the teapot lid. Don’t press down too hard as you will lose the shape of your pumpkin. 

Step 5
To make the teapot spout roll out another piece of clay around 1 cm wide and 3 mm tick. You have to make one of the sides thinner than the other.  

Step 6
Shape it in to a tea pot spout and stick it on the front of your pumpkin the way you want it.  Try to blend in the edges so it will look part of the pumpkin using a ball end tool.

Step 7
To make the teapot handle roll out another piece of clay around 2 cm wide and 2 mm tick. Make sure you stick the handle parallel to the spout.  

Step 8
First stick the top end of the handle, shape it and stick the end part to the bottom. If it comes longer than it should you can always cut out the left over or you can use it to decorate more your teapot handle with a curl. Make sure that the handles and secured in place. Just like the spout you can blend them in with the pumpkin. 

Step 9
The final piece to the tea pot is the handle on the lid. Get the small piece of green or brown clay that you want to use. I like using them both by marbling them together.  Roll out a 1 cm log. One of the ends has to be slightly thinner than the other and it will look nicer if the tip was pointy.

Step 10
Stick the thick part of the log in the center on top of the pumpkin and bend it or curve it the way you like.

Step 11
To add more detail to your pumpkin brush in some pastel color. I like to add Autumn colors such as burgundy, red, yellow, browns and a little green.

Step 12
When you are pleased with your pumpkin you can than bake it in the oven. Always bake according to the instructions of the clay’s manufacture. 

There you have your Halloween Pumpkin Tea Pot.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I have used this little teapot in one of my Halloween Projects which you can see.

Halloween Project
So this is all for today. Next time I will be sharing with a glimpse of the Diorama of The Queen Mary's Bed Room. I am really excited about it and I can't wait to start it. So keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See you all soon.


Rebecca xxx

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Bathroom in Rose Cottage- Making a few miniature for it.

Hello everyone,

Quite a busy week but also an exciting one! First of all hope you are all doing fine. Autumn is here and well even the weather has changed. We've had a couple or showers and now we are waiting for a storm. Tomorrow my oldest princess will start off her new scholastic year and so little Leah will keep me company for this coming week. 

Gilbert (my hubby) has been very busy working on the new property for the dolls houses. I have to be very honest the man know how to work. He is practically doing everything from electricity. pipes, gypsum boards....in short whatever is needed he is doing. I just don't know what I'll do without him. I am a very lucky lady to have him in my life. Thank you my darling Gilbert for your love and support. xxxx

I am also excited as we will be working on a new line of products which hopefully they will be out just in time for Christmas preparation. We have also started painting and decorating some miniature furniture pieces and they have been doing well. You can all visit My Miniature World Shop at etsy

The Bathroom in Rose Cottage
Today I will be sharing with you the complete Bathroom in Rose Cottage. I really like how it turned out. I have made some miniature myself for it so I guess it is always worth it.

I have made the laundry chest or hamper. I have used thick cardboard covered with cross stick fabric. I think it looks just right.

Hand made laundry chest

I have also made the two bathroom rugs using string. They remind me of what my grandma used to have. I have also made them matching the laundry chest.

Bathroom Rugs
Using a facecloth I have cut out some towels to hand on the towel rack. 

Finally I got to make some bathroom toiletries. I have made some bottles using beads,. I made a few more towels and also a roll of toilet paper. I have also filled a few of empty canisters with wool and  broken beads and the shelf looks quite full now.

Accessories for the bathroom

Bottles made out of beads

Filled canisters 
Finally I made the little curtain for the room. I tried to choose the colors to match the wall paper.

Curtain for the room.
Here are some pictures how the room looks like.

Before we end today's post it is time for a Free - Give - Away.

Free-Give-Away Miniature Readable Book
We will be giving away a Free Miniature Readable book which is called The 3 Little Kittens.

All you have to do is: 1) Be a follower of our Blog 2) Leave a comment on this post so I know who wants to take part.

Closing Date is on the 7th October 2016. The Lucky Winner will be announced shortly afterwards.

So this is all for today. Hope you have enjoyed the new bathroom. Keep tuned for the next update on Rose Cottage.

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx