Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Shadow Box

Hello Everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are fine. Are you all set for Christmas? I am looking forward to it like always. I love Christmas and I enjoy it especially with the kids and sharing the excitement of it all. There is so much to do and so much to prepare for. I also wanted to welcome two new followers to my blog; mfdez and Sylvie Vanden Berghe. Welcome!

Today I wanted to share with you my new Christmas Project. I have made a new Christmas Shadow Box display.


Finally I have found myself one of the Dolls House Emporium's Old Shadow Boxes and best of all the one in Mahogany. I always imagined this to be decorated with a Christmas Scene.


A few years ago I had decorated a Room Box with a Christmas Scene but for some reason it doesn't appeal to me like it used to and I believe that there is so much potential for the room box, that it looks wasted. 

Room Box
The pieces that I had used for the room box I decided to move them into the Shadow Box. There was no way I was going to used them for a Christmas project. I had gotten the lovely Resin pieces from DHE for free a few years ago and it was a pity if I didn't use them.

So the first thing I did was wall paper the walls and flooring. I have designed the pattern for the floor and printed it. On the walls I have added like a brick wall to add a little detail to the walls.



Once those were done I tried out the pieces that I wanted to add to make sure that everything will fit in the display.





At the ceiling of the shadow box I have also added embossed paper and added one single battery led light.



Once the pieces were all in place I started decorating the room with Christmas Decorations and accessories. And I was really happy to that most of the accessories used in the room box actually fitted in the shadow box. Also I was even happier to see the shadow box so full.









I enjoyed adding the little pieces and the decorations. It is fun to decorate a Christmas scene in Miniature. Now the Shadow Box is set in the Living Room and just in time for Christmas.





So I really hoped you have liked my new Christmas project. I already have some plans for now the empty Room box.



Before closing this post I wanted to remind you of our Christmas Advent Calendar. I hope you are all enjoying it. From what I can see so far it has reached over 2,000 views. Thank you all for your support and it is always a pleasure to see so many people interested.

Hopefully, as I am still working on the Queen Mary's bedroom Diorama, I am to start a new dolls house project.

Make sure to be good and don't forget to write Santa a letter. I have done one and my letter is pretty much the same as last year's. I am sure that you are not surprised!


So I guess this is all for today. Hope that you are all in the Christmas Spirit. Keep tuned for the next blog post. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxxx

Monday, 28 November 2016

Santa's Work Shop in print on the Dollshouse World Magazine

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you all had a great weekend. Time for Christmas once again. We spent the whole weekend decorating our home and the kids loved it. I also wanted to welcome a new follower to our blog Karin McMullen 

Before I continue I wanted to announce the the lucky Winner of our free give away. So the winner of November's Give Away is Denise Cole. Please contact me with your details so I can send it off to you. In just a couple of weeks we will be having another free give away. Thank you all for participating. 

Santa's Work Shop

So Santa's Work Shop once again has made it in print on the Dollshouse World Magazine January 2017 Issue 292. It has been 4 years since I have completed Santa's Work Shop and I have to admit it brings such sweet memories especially of my little Leah who was just a new born baby.


Article on the Dollshouse World Magazine

For those who would like to read the article A Special Magic in Santa's Workshop just click on the title link. 

I never tire of looking at the house and it always pleases me when a Dolls House Magazine asks me to publish an article about it. I know that Santa's Work Shop has still so much to offer and I still have to share so much about it. 

Here are some pictures of it.

Inside Santa's WorkShop

The Work Shop





Santa's Quarters





In the mean time I am working on a small Christmas Shadow Box. A few years ago I had made a room box but I am not very pleased with it so I thought of changing it, use less items and try a new Shadow box. I still have plans for the room box with another project. Also if all things go on as planed I am thinking of making a big Christmas project some time in late Summer which will be Santa's House and a Christmas Shop. 

Also like the years before we will be having a Christmas Advent Calendar 2016 with some great miniature tutorials and projects. So on 1st December you can open your first door. I am sure you will find it useful. 



So this is all for today. I will be sharing with you some new additions I have for the Queen Mary's bedroom diorama. So keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Making the Ceiling and lights for The Queen Mary's Bedroom

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are all fine and have enjoyed your weekend. I haven't posted as regular. Had a very bad cold which kept me away from my play time. Also I have to say that I have a new member that joined my family. Yeps I have a 5 week old puppy. She is really sweet. A baby Chihuahua. Trust me not to get the smallest dog. A miniature for a miniaturist.  She needs some extra attention just like a new baby.

So for the past week I have finally finished the ceiling and lights for the Diorama.



I never got to see the Queen Mary's dolls house in Windsor Castle but I have been through books and the details are amazing. One thing that always impressed me was the ceiling and the very obvious Chandelier.

Queen Mary's Bedroom
There was no way I would get a chandelier looking anything like the one in the real room. So instead I have improvised. 

I had one of these six armed ceiling lights and I thought it could have an uplift.


It took me hours and days to finish it off. It was the first chandelier that I ever made. I might use a different method eventually but I am pleased with the results. I have beaded it all and used tiny glass beads and also crystals.




When that was done I was pondering how I was going to make the beautiful ceiling. The kit didn't come with one so once again I had to see what I could find.

I came across a nice high definition picture of a ceiling which I believed was just right for my project. Took some measurements  and printed the picture in a poster size which took me almost 6 A4 sheet papers.

Printing the ceiling
Now the tricky part was how to fix the picture to the ceiling which is angled in four sides. And besides all that I still had to add the lights .

The ceiling was going to be slightly difficult to work with as the ceiling itself wasn't straight as it had 2 supporting beams. So the only thing I could think of was adding  a piece of mdf wood with the same thickness of the support beams. 



With that I took the measurements. I have stuck the ceiling paper to a cardboard so it would be much neater and stronger and slowly I started to stick the ceiling to the roof inside.

Sticking the paper the ceiling


I was over joyed that the ceiling looked so perfect with the measurements and all. It was just meant for it I guess.


When that was done I was very anxious to put the top on top of the room. I wondered if it would look up to standard. But once it was there I was relieved to see it in it's glory.

Here are some pictures with the room and it's new ceiling and chandelier. 











So I hope you like my Queen Mary's Diorama so far. 

Before closing this post, I wanted to announce that we have another free give away for the month of November. We have the ready made miniature readable book called The Story of the Three Bears.

Free Give Away.
All you have to do is

1) Be or become a follower of our blog.
3) Leave a comment on this post so I can add you to the draw.

Closing date will be on 26th November 2016. The lucky winner will be announced shortly afterwards,

So  this is all for today. Hope you have enjoyed what I have done so far. 
Keep tuned for the next update on our projects.

Take Care and see you soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx