Monday, 28 December 2015

The Living Quarters in Kate's Cottage

Hello everyone,

How was your Christmas? I hope that you have enjoyed it and it was what you have wished for. I wouldn't have had it any different. The kids woke up early even if they slept late on Christmas Eve. Santa has been very generous to the kids. They got what they wanted and my girls got a dolls house each. I am also very happy as Santa also got me the lovely Corner shops from the Dolls House Emporium dolls house range. I already have some nice ideas for it but until next year it will go with the rest of my stashed kits. The weather was beautiful and I got to spend Christmas day with my whole family and relatives. It was perfect!

I also wanted to remind you that our Advent Calendar Page will be running till New Year's Day. So you are still in time to save the tutorials behind the doors until then.

The living are in Kate's Cottage
 Once again I am working on the inside of Kate's Cottage. There is still so much that I want to add even if it is such a small house. I never imagined that it was possible. In the past few days I have received some more pieces of furniture which came from Ashwood Designs. I have also been informed that my blog page is featured on their Links page. It is an honor and a privilege to have their wonderful pieces. 

The room is getting busy and I just love how it is turning out. So my new additions was a Serving table which you can see on the right hand side of the room, a washing tub and washing dolly, a butter Churn, a log bucket and a candle box with candles. 

Serving table

washing tub and dolly and the log bucket

The butter churn

Candle box
 So these pieces of furniture complete the room. I can't imagine adding anymore furniture in here. Maybe a shelf or two will be added to the walls.

I have added some accessories to start filling up the areas to add more detail. I have been busy making my own miniatures with polymer clay. There is still so much that I have to do and make. The larder which comes underneath the stairs is still very much empty. I still need to make all sorts of vegetables, fruit and maybe some dairy products.

My first creation was the Tudor Cheese with some grapes and figs which I made with polymer clay.

Tudor Cheese with grapes and figs
I tried my hand with pig trotters. Porky pig doesn't agree with me at all and the only time I ever saw trotters is at the butcher but it seems that they were part of their diet at that time.

In Tudor times it also seems that oysters were very much part of their diet too. At least it was part of their nutrition. To us oysters are some sort of delicacy and eat them on a special occasions.  In the Tudor era they were sold by the bucket and folks used to stuff them into pies. I can't imagine eating oyster pies but it seems that they did. And so here is my bucket of oysters which I made.

Bucket of oysters

Tudor style pie

I also managed to make some butter and even dirtied the butter Churn 

Butter and the butter Churn
I made some broad beans and also made some more figs which were very common in that period.

Broad Beans


So here are how I displayed them so far. There might be some slight changes as I will keep on making and adding pieces.

I also added some metal accessories, and other pottery pieces.

A new addition to the family is the Big Greyhound dog called Sturdy. Greyhounds were very popular in the period and for some reason they were quite big in size. They were especially good for hunting. Well our Catherine feels very safe having Sturdy around.

Sturdy the Greyhound.

So here are some pictures of the room so far. Like I said there is still so much to add that I hope that everything will fit.

So this is all for today. I hope you have liked it so far.

Hopefully I will be posting my last post for this year in just a couple of days. A run through of this year's projects and achievements and what to be expected in the coming new year. So keep tuned.

Take Care and see you real soon.


Rebecca xxx


  1. Very interesting to look at! I should say fascinating. Very well done!

    1. Thank you so much Lucille. I really appreciate it. Xxx

  2. Your daughters having new dolls houses? I wonder who was behind all this!

    It is always a pleasure to see your work and miniatures.

    Happy New Year to you and yours x

  3. Yeps, well you can tell who was the master mind behind it, but I have to be honest the youngest one really wanted a dollhouse. I hope she turns out like me. Thank you so much for your kind words. Wishing you the best xxx