Sunday, 8 January 2017

Working on Woodcutter's Cottage Exterior

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year to all! We're in 2017!.....Time does fly. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a good start for the new year. Once again we are back to the old grinder. Tomorrow the kids return to school after their 3 week Christmas break. I will be missing them. All the Christmas decorations are put away and the house looks bare without it's magic.....but then again I always look forward to the next Christmas preparation. Yes I love Christmas and you all know that. Before I start I wanted to welcome a new follower to my blog. Welcome John Wesley Brett! Also I wanted to welcome the new followers on Google+. Thank you all for the encouragement.

We also have the winner of our free Give Away. So the lucky winner for the miniature Christmas Books is Alexandra Martinez. Please contact me and send my your details so I can send off your win. I want to thank you all for participating and we will be have a new free give away very very soon so make sure to keep an eye out!

In the past few days, I have to admit I haven't done much, not only because I had the company of my darling children but the weather turned to ice cold. Unbelievable as it seems, Malta got cold. extremely cold. The type of cold that we are not used to. Like some of you already know Winter and I are sworn enemies. I hate Winter. If only I could hibernate for the season it would be a dream. It makes me feel gloomy and tired. 

Nevertheless even if Winter is here to stay for the next couple of months, I have to keep up with life, work and yes My Miniature World.

Woodcutter's Cottage Exterior
I prefer working on the exterior of the house before I think of working on the inside of it all, especially when using a stencil to brick the outside walls.

So first I painted all the walls and floors with an undercoat. This helps to preserve the wood and the most important the interior when wall papering the wall. Sometimes I prefer building the house then paint it, so when I don't I am very careful not to paint the slots were the wall panels should fit in.

Undercoat for the walls
As I was going to use the stencil method to brick the outside walls, I have painted the exterior wall with a grey mouse color. This will be the color of the mortar when it comes to using the stencil.

When it was ready and dry I started using the stencil with plaster to brick the exterior walls.

It does take a while to finish but I don't mind it as the effect is very realistic. Once that was done I let the walls to dry out for a day or two depending how the weather will effect. I am pleased as we had the North Wind which means no humidity.

Plastered Wall with brick effect
Once all the wall were ready and dry. I wanted a complete different color so I was busy painting every single brick in ocre color and sometimes I shaded a few in a light brown.

Painting every brick
It took me a few hours or more or less days but it was worth every minute. While I was still plastering the front I also stuck the name plaque for Woodcutter's Cottage. Finally I got to use it. I have had if for quite sometime and the good thing about it is that I had actually won the name plaque.

Woodcutter's Cottage Name Plaque
And finally here it is. The house is built and glued and the wall are all ready. Just need to add a few details here and there. Have to work on the roof and on the front garden but I am really happy with the colors of the house. I have to admit it really suits it.

So this is all for today. I hope you like how this has turned out so far. I can't wait to really start working on it.

Keep tuned for the next update of this new project.

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx


  1. Si!!! Me gusta!!! Ese color de ladrillo la hace además muy especial... El invierno traerá la primavera, Rebeca; pensemos en ese consuelo mientras pasa :)
    Un abrazo!

    1. Muchas gracias. Me complace que te haya gustado. Oh sí estoy tan ansioso por la primavera. Abrazos xxx

  2. Oh thank you very much for the give away, I cannot believe I am the winner, thank you!!!!

    Your brick work has turned out amazing, I really like it, it looks so real. Thank you for sharing all your work and wonderful projects.

    1. Thank you so much Alexadra. I am pleased you like my work. I hope that by now you have received your mini win. Hope you liked it. Hugs xxx

  3. Te ha quedado una fachada muy bonita,has logrado un color muy de ladrillo!!!!
    Es cierto que la ola de frío,nos está afectando a todos,pero el lado positivo,es que apetece dedicarse a las miniaturas al calor de casa,ya pasará!!!

    1. Muchas gracias, estoy muy feliz de que te haya gustado el efecto de ladrillo. Solo deseo que la primavera llegue antes. Abrazos xxx

  4. Very nice work on the house so far. Thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations to the lucky winner of your lovely giveaway!
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Thank you so much Drora. I am pleased that you liked the house so far. Hugs xxxx

  5. The brickwork looks amazing! Can't wait to see what you do with the inside. Congratulations to Alexandra on your win.

    1. Thank you Yvette. I can't wait to start working on the inside too. Hugs xxx