Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Decorating the Bathroom in The Woodcutter's Cottage

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well and that Spring is treating you well. The weather is getting slightly warmer but still not settled in for the Summer. We are still getting a few rain showers and it gets quite chilly in the evening. 

I have been quite busy with miniature work for clients and hubby has been really working hard on the new premises for the move of my dolls houses. I can't wait to see them in their new permanent home which also means I will be having more room to add my big dolls houses that still need to be built.

For the past week I have been working on the bathroom for the Woodcutter's Cottage.

Bathroom for the Woodcutter's Cottage
I really didn't know what I was going to do with this room. Such a small room, perfect for a bathroom  but I wanted to give it that little extra.

First of all I started by paneling the floor with wood strips. These are the type that you iron on. I also added a little skirting.

 Still I thought that it could look much better or add a little detail. So I had gotten myself a pack of lolly sticks, cut the end parts and used them to panel the walls.

My fingers did turn blue and numb with the cutting but it was worth it all. I have stained the wall paneling and the floors and added a nice wall paper for the room.

I had a Victorian Bathroom set in my stash for quite a long time that I never got to use and  I thought that it would look lovely in this room. I wasn't sure how to position the pieces in the room and like I always say I end up playing musical furniture around the room till I get it right. 

I have made my own wall shelf and a railing with some wood. I think it looked quite nice and added a few accessories to it.

After I got the bathroom set in place added some more touches here and there and I can say I am quite pleased with it. I also added a small side table which I think fitted in quite well. And so here is how it looks so far.

There is still so much that I still need to add to the room. I have to work on the beam work for the ceiling, add the lights and some more accessories.

Hope you like what I have done so far. Please keep tuned for the next update of the cottage. Next time I will be also preparing a free give away for you. 

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Miss Leah's Boutique once again makes it in print!

Hello everyone.

How are you all? Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Spring is here and it's time for me to stretch and wake up from my hibernation. Lol!... yes that is exactly how I feel all Winter. I have been very, very busy. My Miniature World Shop has been keeping me very busy. We have some new miniatures and books that you might like to see. Still whilte being busy I still try to fit in my hobby. I will not let anything interfere with my hobby time and so in a couple of days I will be sharing with you the bathroom for The Woodcutters' Cottage.

I am pleased to tell you that once again Miss Leah's Boutique makes it in print on the Dollshouse World Magazine April 2017 issue.

Miss Leah will always hold a special place in my heart for so many reasons.

The article is spread on three  full pages with lots of nice shots of the Boutique.

For those who would like to read the article here is the link Take a Guided Tour along Rebecca's Regent Street

Sometimes I wonder to myself "What makes this dolls house more special?" I never really fully understood why I feel that way about it and I can't fully understand why I love Miss Leah so much. You all think that Miss Leah has a connection to my youngest daughter Leah and yes it is a part of it but still there is so much more. 

Only recently I figured out why Miss Leah's Boutique is so special. When I first started building it, it never crossed my mind that it would turn out the way it did. I always knew that it would be part of my Regent Street which  had to go along with the street of shops. I remember that for some reason I held the project on hold for some months even if I was fully aware of what I wanted. I knew I was confident enough to start it but still I backed away from it. I was passing through a rough patch in my life. Actually it was a rough patch that had to be fought by myself alone. A hurdle to overcome without any help from my loved ones. I couldn't bare myself to remain in the shadows of self doubt, of not having pride in my work and of not accepting that I was capable of what I know too well today. This project was my inner challenge which I pulled through with flying colors. I knew that Miss Leah's Boutique would be the turning point in my life. The turning point of how I saw my work. Miss Leah helped me through out the project to have pride in my work to be confident and to actually believe that I could reach my goal. The stories that came with Miss Leah only proved to me that a dream with perseverance and faith in ones ability could actually turn in to reality. Even if Miss Leah's Diary was written by me I never felt that way about me or my ability in the miniature world. Once Miss Leah was done all my doubtfulness vanished and nowadays I see myself more positively. So many things have changed to the better since the boutique and all my graduate goes to my dear Miss Leah for helping to see myself clearer and in a complete different light. 

So as you can see the hobby has actually helped me to be proud of myself and to accept who I am. Yes I finally can say I am a Miniaturist Artist without thinking twice. 

Here are some picture of the boutique.

A few are probably asking if Miss Leah will return. Or if there will be any additions to Regent Street.  My answer is a definite YES. There is no doubt about that.

Regent Street already has Matquel's Antiques and China Shop, Little Angels Toy Shop, The Coffee Corner and Le Forge. I already have some great ideas and shops for the street and yes I already have the kits which will be part of it. 

I am really hoping to start working on a new project in Regent Street as soon as I finish the Woodcutter's Cottage or more likely as soon as I have the big move to the new premises. I already have some new additional characters and I am working on some story lines for Miss Leah.

And here they are.

Down in Regent Street two new residents arrived. They dropped by at Miss Leah's Boutique. The young blond beautiful lady is interested in new attire. While the handsome gentleman has eyes only for the lovely Miss Leah. Who could they be??? Where did they come from??? What is their business around here???? 

Regent Street is getting busier and busier. Pretty Miss Violet a new resident had an early appointment with Miss Leah for a fitting. During the fitting they spoke about a lot of things; books, theater, the people and the eligible bachelors. For a brief moment Miss Leah's thoughts drifted to the young handsome gentleman that visited her just a few days ago. Who could he be? ...

Miss Quelina was running late to open the Antique Shop. She had just dropped by at the Boutique to check on her little Sister Leah. As soon as she was out of the door she bumped into a stranger. With a friendly grin the gentleman greeted her and stepped aside for her to pass. Quelina blushed and apologized. Why was she blushing for? Was it because for a second she acted unladylike? Was it because the stranger was a young handsome fellow?

There is so much that still needs to be done but it is a beginning. Having the characters in mind can make the project so much easier and more enjoyable.

So this is all for today. Keep tuned for the next update on The Woodcutter's Cottage. 

Take Care and See you Soon.


Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Making Miniatures for Woodcutter's Cottage

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are doing well. I am so sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Been very much under the weather. I just can't help it when I feel unwell and low. I have been also very busy like always. I guess it served me as a very unwelcome mini break. I am looking forward to better days now and for Spring. 

While not being that great I didn't work much on the project The Woodcutter's Cottage so I managed to make some miniatures.

Making my own miniatures always gives me the extra satisfaction in my projects. I like to give that extra detail which is completely mine. 

One of the first things that I like to add in a kitchen is a messy sink filled with bubbly soap and plates. It looks more realistic and unique.

I guess it is one of my tricks which I have accomplished to perfection. Yes the bubbles are real and they will be staying there pretty much forever.

Then I  added some polymer clay miniatures that I did to the butcher's cutting blog. The preparation of some vegetables and beef for dinner which suits very much the cottage. I wonder what the misses has in mind for supper,

And what is a kitchen without some fruit? I have also made a fruit bowl with my own miniature fruit. I have made a bunch of grapes, bananas, oranges, apples and kiwi. I am so thrilled how these turned out. It is the first time that I made some bananas. 

Finally I have made some breakfast for the Woodcutter. Yes the Misses enjoys pampering her husband as he works so hard. I have made toast with jam, a bowl of cereal, cookies with his tea and a boiled egg. As you can see I have also used my ceramic miniatures.

And finally this is how I have set them in both the kitchen and Living Room.

Aren't these lovely aged couple cute? I just love them and they were just meant for each other,

I hope you like the new additions that I have made. I am looking forward to share with you some more of my miniature works on this project so make sure to keep tuned,

Take Care and see you soon.


Rebecca xxx