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

Monday, 19 August 2019

Pembroke Grange's Roof

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well and you had a great weekend!  I had another progressive weekend on my new Project Pembroke Grange.  

I have been working on the roof of the dolls house. It took me a few days to complete but the end results are worth the time taken.

Pembroke Grange
The roof of Pembroke Grange is basically built separately from the whole building.  I started by dry building it first, to have a good idea how it would look. On its own it is quite heavy and big. 


Once it was glued, I gave it an undercoat of grey paint and painted the rim around it in cream. I also fixed the chimney stacks in place.


Then I started tiling the roof slates. I like to use the wooden ones. I find them easy to cut and paint.


Tiling the roof was quite challenging. It took me a few days to finish off.


Once the tiling was done from four sides, I tiled the edges. These were cut and made by me using cardboard so I could bend them into an angel. 



In all it took almost 1, 500 roof slates. I think this is the largest roof I ever made to date.

A few days later I started painting the roof. I was curious to see how it would turn out once it was painted. I painted it in a dark grey color and also added the chimney pots to match.





I could already see a huge difference once it was painted in one color but then I started weathering it so it will look a bit more realistic like a real roof.



I am very happy with the end result. I must say it is the best roof I made so far.

Here are some pictures of the complete roof in place.




There will still be some more weathering around the chimney stakes, but that will be done once I start working on the building outside. 

I hope you like what I have done so far. I can't wait to work on the inside of the house. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update on Pembroke Grange. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Tri-ang No. 76 gets it's Kitchen!

Hello everyone,

I hope your Summer is treating you well! August is our hottest month of the year. This week Mother Nature decided to set a BBQ and apparently she is trying it on the tiny island of Malta. It is really hot so staying outdoors is not an option. I don't mind it at all as I get to work more on my dolls houses. 

As the girls got to work on the kitchen in the Traditional Dolls House, I got to furnish the kitchen in my Vintage Tri-ang Dolls House No. 76.


The kitchen is situated in the first room of the dolls house. Being a vintage 1:16 scale dolls house, I opted to decorate it with vintage furniture pieces and accessories. 

The first pieces of furniture to arrive were the 1950's Barton dining table and chairs. They are quite cute and for the table I managed to find a vintage Lundby Breakfast set. 

Barton dining table set

Lundby breakfast set
 I also found this cute Dol Toi kitchen sink which matched with the other furniture pieces. 

Dol Toi kitchen sink
I came across some nice Barrett & Sons miniature pieces. My favorite  piece is the cooker with some pots and frying pan. 

Barrett & Sons Cooker
In the corner I added the vintage metal vacuum-cleaner. 

Barrett & Sons Vacuum-cleaner
I had this side board by Oakleaf which came with the Tudor Manor. It looked nice in the room. I added a few accessories to it. A Vintage working lamp which I still need to fix. A vintage flower pot and a Barrett & Sons metal telephone. 

Oakleaf side board with accessories
On the adjacent wall I have added an early Barton Dresser with some vintage accessories as well.

Early Barton  dresser
I still need to add a few more accessories to it. My favorite pieces are the metal Barrett & Sons metal pot and the salt and pepper. 

Barrett & Sons pot and Salt & Pepper
Finally the last piece and in my opinion the most prestige one in the whole room is the metal 1930's gas heater. Don't know much about it but it is made in Germany according to its markings.

Miniature metal gas heater



Here are few more pictures of the room.



I hope you like how I have decorated this room. I will be adding a few accessories here and there when I come across something that I really like. I am quite happy how it turned out. 

So this is all for today. Will be updating you very soon so make sure to keep tuned. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Friday, 9 August 2019

The Kitchen in The Traditional Dolls House

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great week. I am so looking forward to another weekend. I will continue working on my Pembroke Grange. Last weekend I have tiled the whole roof. Still lots to do on the outside of the house. 

Today I will be giving you an update on The Traditional Dolls House. The girls have completed the kitchen and for their first time decorating one, it looks gorgeous.

The Kitchen in The Traditional Dolls House

The girls have quite a good taste and it was great hearing them choose the miniatures together to add to the kitchen. They asked for pots and pans. Plates, cutlery, glasses and mugs. 

We got to work on a few miniature food pieces with polymer clay and they enjoyed being with me while working on them.

  

They have spotted that the kitchen sink didn't have any taps for the water to run. It surprised me to see that they were looking for tiny details to make it look realistic. I gave them some glass jars and they filled them up with all sorts of mini food. They wanted their favorite soft drink 'Coke' So they got a whole crate of that.


Here are some more photos of the welcoming kitchen.






The girls tend to enjoy playing with this room. Apparently the dolls are always hungry. I think they did an amazing job.

Will be sharing with you some more updates on  the rooms in the Traditional Dolls House. 

Also for those who haven't noticed, Posy has been on another adventure. She has Discovered Mummy's Old Dolls House and she has so much to share. Visit Posy The Tiny Bear Blog to see more.


Make sure to keep tuned for the next update on the blog. Very soon I will be sharing with you the on going progress of Pembroke Grange.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx


Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Refurbishing the Conservatory for Pembroke Grange

Hello everyone,

Hope you are having a great week. Can't believe how fast the days go by and today we are saying goodbye to the month of July. Summer can be so short especially when you look forward to it every year.

During the weekends I am enjoying working on my new project Pembroke Grange. As I tend to work on the outside of the dolls house first, I thought it would be a good idea to start the renovation of my old conservatory which will be attached to Pembroke Grange.



My Dolls House Emporium Conservatory which I had for years and now has been discontinued for quite a while was a stand alone project. I always thought that one day it would be part of a dolls house but that never happened. At this time, seven years ago I was hoping that the conservatory would be part of my Wood Cutter's Cottage but that never materialized.  The conservatory was quite pretty and I remember making my own flowers and plants for  it. For those who would like to see how it was before you can visit the blog post The Conservatory with New Plants and Flowers.

By time and neglect The Conservatory lost its charm. Totally my fault for leaving it in disarray. Pembroke Grange was the right project for it and so I brought out the conservatory from its hiding place to give it its refurbishment and spark once again.





I cleared out all the plants and furniture pieces from the conservatory. It is heart breaking when I get to restore or refurbish a project. It feels like I am wiping cleaning history and memories of when it was being done. Remaining in focus and knowing that this is for the best I dismantled it all and pealed away the paper. 


The back wall was removed and a new coat of paint was given to the conservatory. It was already looking better especially when I have placed it next to Pembroke Grange.



To give it a bit more color I went for a marbled checkered tile flooring that suited it very well. The interior door leading to the conservatory fitted nicely and added more depth to it.



I am glad that I took the plunge to refurbish the conservatory.  The stand alone room deserved to be part of a bigger project.

Here are some more photos of the conservatory next to Pembroke Grange. 







I can't wait to start adding furniture pieces, accessories, flower pots and plants.  Hope you like the new look so far of the conservatory. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update on Pembroke Grange.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx