Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Dining Area for Pembroke Grange

Hello Everyone,

Here we are once again at the beginning of a new week! Hope you all had a good weekend. I definitely did as I continued to work on my Pembroke Grange Dolls House. I started working on the dining area. It was one of those challenging moments that I didn't rest before I saw it through. I still can't believe that I actually made it. Quite proud of myself too!

The Dining Room
The room is quite spacious so I could add a few additions of my own.  This room is the one next to the conservatory on the ground floor.


 To give the house more depth I added another wall with a false door at the back, which means that on each wall of the room there is actually a door. This was going to be slightly tricky as I wanted to make a mural around the room. 


It was not easy to find the scene that I wanted and even more difficult to find a mural that covered the three walls. I found  the mural with  a periodic garden scene and it was exactly what I was looking for. I downsized the paintings and printed them.


I pasted the mural in place which fitted nicely. I added the back door and an embossed foam decorative ceiling. 


Finally I mixed my own color for the borders and trimings to match with the mural color pallet. 


For the ceiling I made another ceiling rose that I printed with my 3D Printer and I painted it to bring out more the details.


Once the chandelier with the ceiling rose were in place, I turned on the lights to see how the room looked. I have to say I love it! Here are a few more pictures of the room.




I hope you like the room. I can't wait to start decorating it with furniture pieces and accessories. I think in the long run this will be my favorite room.

Looking forward to continue working on the other rooms. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx


Friday, 6 September 2019

The Hallways in Pembroke Grange - Part 2

Hello everyone,

Here I am once again and just liked I promised, I with be updating you will the second part of the Hallways in Pembroke Grange.

The Hallway at First floor
Just like the ground floor, I wanted to do something a bit different by giving the property more depth so it will look larger. 

Once the ground floor was done I moved to the first floor.


I used the same tiled glossy board paper and the same leaf designed wall paper.  The staircase was already in place and all I needed was to add the railing and posts around the well of the staircase.


Keeping in mind the design of the ground floor, I have added an extra room at the back leading  to nowhere but giving the idea and illusion that there is another room.



Once the walls were built I added the doors to see if I got the picture right that I had in mind. The door set on the left will be leading to the main bedroom. The door on the right will be leading to the study and the door at the back will lead to any other room that you can imagine. For me it gives me the impression that it is another bedroom.


I was happy how it looked so far so I added the posts, spindles and the railing around the staircase well. We don't want our dear Jane Austen to fall down in the stair case ;-)

I have also added the skirting around the room, the embossed ceiling paper and the cornice.



Finally I got to add the lights. I have made my first ceiling rose with my 3D printer and add the lantern. In the staircase I added also wall lights to add that extra glow.

3D printing ceiling rose 





I was so happy to see the hallways all done and ready.


I was so curious to see it lit up. I totally loved it! I like the warmth it gives.


And here is a picture of the complete hallways in Pembroke Grange.


I will still be adding a few furniture pieces and a few accessories. But I have to say I am  very happy with the out come.

Hope you have liked what I have done so far. I can't wait to continue working this weekend on the other rooms. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update on this project. Wishing you all a happy weekend.

Take Care and See you soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

She Builds for Dolls - Article on The Sunday News Paper 'Kullhadd'

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are well and that you are having a great week. It has been a bit chaotic here but I still manage to squeeze in my miniature work. In the past two days we have had some rain and in the evenings the temperature has gone  down a bit. I guess these are the first signs telling me that my Summer is saying goodbye.

Last Weekend I also celebrated the first anniversary since the official Launch and Grand Opening of My Miniature World. Can't believe it has been a year already. So much has happened in the past year. For the new followers who have missed last year's big event, you can go to the link of my blog post The Launch and Grand Opening of My Miniature World to see more.

I have been working further on my Pembroke Grange and I have to say that it is looking great so far. A few weeks ago My Miniature World was featured on the Maltese Sunday Newspaper 'Kullhadd'. I was interviewed by Ramona Portelli and she has asked me about My Miniature World and how it all began.


It was quite a long and intense interview I have to say which earned a full page. A big well done to Ramona for such an impressive article. Thank you once again for the opportunity to share my work. 


Last Sunday it was also featured online on the Personalities section on 'Kulhadd' site. The article is in Maltese Tibni ghall-Pupi.

As I have quite a few foreign followers from all around the world, I took it upon myself to translate the article for you in English. Here is the article in English called She Builds for Dolls

During the interview
Some photo that have been featured.



I hope you found the article interesting. 

In a few days I will be sharing with you Part 2 of the Hallways in Pembroke Grange so make sure to keep posted. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Monday, 26 August 2019

The Hallways in Pembroke Grange - Part 1

Hello everyone,

How was your weekend? Hope you have enjoyed it. I can't believe that August is almost over. It also means that my Summer is coming to an end. Now I have to start preparing for the new scholastic year of the kids. I hate September for that simple reason. I miss having the kids around. 

This weekend has been quite busy at My Miniature World. Finally I got to finish the hallways in Pembroke Grange. Today I will be sharing with you the hallway in the ground floor. 


The challenges in this project seems to be endless. As the house itself has only four rooms excluding the hallways, I wanted to add much more to it and give it more depth. I wanted to make it look bigger; if not in proportion at least with an illusion. 

The ground floor hallways leads to two rooms which eventually they will be turned into the sitting room and the dining room. The staircase leads to the upper rooms, the bedroom and the study. I have designed the hallways  a bit more spacious so I could afford using the back.


The new walls and doors were already fixed and I started off  by working on the staircase. I have added wooden strips to the staircase surface to give it a bit more detail.



By now most of you know how I feel about staircases especially the space underneath them. I hate them! They are a waste of space and you can't really use them. So I decided to build an extra wall with an arched opening. This gives the illusion that there are other rooms or hallways in the background. 


I started working on the wallpaper of the hallway. The wall paper was downsized from an original periodic style and printed. For some reason I liked the climbing leaf pattern. 


Once the wallpaper and flooring were settled, I continued working on the staircase. I added the spindles, posts and  the railing in place.


I have added the small wall underneath the stairs and even the new additional back wall. 


With the wall in place I could continue working on the remaining part of the staircase and the ceiling. I fixed the hanging lantern in the middle of the room which was quite common in the Regency period.


Having my new 3D printer I made cherub faces which I added to the door pediments.


Finally I added the false door behind the arch, added the cornice, trimming and skirting around the room.

The false door at the back


Here are some photos of the complete hallway which is now ready to be decorated.




At the end, I got to lit the hallway in the dark and I really liked the atmosphere.



I can't wait to start decorating the hallway. There is still so much to add. I hope you like it. Very soon I will be sharing with you the second part of the first floor hallway so make sure to keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Friday, 23 August 2019

Miss Jane and her Portrait!

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well and you're looking forward to the weekend. Definitely I am looking forward to it so I can continue working on my project Pembroke Grange.

Today I want to share with you someone very special. Let's say that she is my inspiration behind the project that I am working on. 


Pembroke Grange is inspired by the British novel 'Pride & Prejudice' written by one of my favorite  romantic authors Jane Austen. If I had to pick my favorite books written by her they would be Sense and Sensibility (1811) and obviously Pride & Prejudice (1813).

While doing my research for the project on the Regency Period, I came across the sketched portrait of Jane Austen herself. It is thought that the portrait was sketched by her sister Cassandra back in 1810. I printed the little portrait on canvas and also printed the 3D frame for my project.


 From there I wanted to know a little bit more about Jane Austen. Jane was born 16th December 1775 in Hampshire England. She didn't come from a wealthy family but she was quite the accomplished young lady. Apart from her education and helped with the house shores, she knew how to play the piano and was quite the dancer. She was very close to her father and her older sister Cassandra. Getting to know Jane Austen I could see her life and character being reflected in her six major novels. Unfortunately the world lost Jane Austen at the very young age of 41. Her death was caused by her illness known as the Addison Disease  on 18th July, 1817. 

I also came across another painting of Jane Austen. I am quite sure that this was not an original painting but just an interpretation of the sketched portrait of Jane Austen. The Austens definitely couldn't afford being painted especially after the death of Jane's father. I am sure who painted this interpretation of Jane Austen made a great job.  I also downside the painting and printed it on canvas and made another frame with my 3D printer. 


Looking at the painting of the young Jane Austen a thought came to my mind. I contacted my friend and favorite doll maker Beverley Senatore  and after a few weeks she made a doll inspired by the painting just for me. I would say that the doll is an older version of the teenage girl in the painting. 

Jane Austen


I was blown away with the doll that Beverley made for me. Jane's facial expressions are just perfect. 



I am so happy with the lovely doll. From here I would love to thank Beverley for such an amazing job. No matter what I ask from her she always surprises me. Beverley, I am sure that you made Jane Austen proud.



Miss Jane eventually will be residing in my Pembroke Grange once it is all done and ready.  I hope you like her as much as I do. It warms my heart knowing that I have a miniature Jane Austen roaming around my dolls houses. 

Off I go to continue working on Pembroke Grange. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx