Sunday, 21 May 2017

Closing the Curtains to The Woodcutter's Cottage.

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are all doing well. I have been working hard while being under the weather. The change of  the weather always effects me. Got myself one hell of a cold. I am assuming that it is the aftermath after such a tough few weeks. My darling husband is back on his feet and working hard like always. He has been trying to make up for the lost time on the new premises but I don't want him to over do it even if it will take longer than planned. 

Now I am looking forward for the Summer days. As we are approaching June, I have to admit it is the toughest month. Getting the kids to study for their final exams, just before their long summer break. Can't wait to have them at home and enjoying our hot warm Summer together.

Before I start I wanted to welcome four new followers of my blog. Mashu Tres, Jadis Wolf, Missy or Nona and Ella. A BIG Welcome!

Today I will be sharing with you the end of The Woodcutter's Cottage. I can't even believe that finally I got it all done. After the big move I am hoping to add to it a garden and maybe even some sort of barn or tool shed Only time will tell, but for now it will be standing on it's own.

The Woodcutter's Cottage
To continue were I left off, I finally finished the darn roof slates. They say patience is a virtue. While tiling the roof slates usually I try to relax and just use the time to think on my next step or project. I have painted the roof grey and gave it some more detail by shading some ares in a darker color. 



When the roof was all done I wanted to finish off the front garden of the cottage. So I started by building the low boundary wall and painted the floor in grey.


Then I got some card stock and shaded it with dark browns, lighter browns and green and cut the card into small tiles.



I have tiled the flooring and sealed it.




The cottage didn't come with the front gate so I decided to add one that fitted the space perfectly. I also trimmed the boundary wall with some wood to match the gate.





When that was complete I fixed the front to the dolls house which my hubby hinged. For some reason after all these years he still doesn't allow me to use the power tool. I don't mind it at all. I wall papered the inside of the front to match the rooms and also made myself the curtains.




I also added the last bits and accessories to the dolls house. All lights have been fixed and lit. I love the little cottage. It is decorated very simple but warm at the same time. Here are the rooms.


The Bedroom



The Bathroom


The living / dining



The Kitchen


I also decorated the outside of the dolls house to add a few more details.




And so once again I have completed another dolls house. I am sure that there will be more added to the house especially if I have plans to add a garden to it. But I have to admit this is a wrap. I hope you like how it has turn out to be. 

A few might ask what's next on the line? At this point in time, I would say I don't have a clue. We are getting close to the move of my dolls houses in their new home and starting a new dolls house at this stage would be unwise. So for the time being I am hoping to finish of the Queen Mary's Bedroom Diorama and if it will be finished before the move I have a small room box which I might decorate. 

Next in line will definitely be a new property in Regent Street. I can't wait to start it off.

So this is all for today. Keep tuned for some more of my miniature work updated.

Take Care and see you soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxxx  

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Adding more details and miniatures to Woodcutter's Cottage

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Did you have a nice weekend? How was your Easter? I am so sorry for not posting sooner. I know I had to pop in sooner as I also have to announce the lucky winner but unfortunately right after Easter I had a very rough time. It started very much on Easter. My darling husband woke up with a very bad fever and as it didn't go down at all I took him to hospital. With such a high temperature  the hospital kept him there for almost a week running tests. So you can imagine me handling my three young kids, managing the household and running to hospital to be close to my husband. It hasn't be easy especially when my husband and I do so much things together. But now he is back home. He wasn't allowed to go out for another whole week. I truly apologize.

Before I start I wanted to welcome 5 new members to my blog Irene, Jemima, Reme, Irina and Mellis. A Big welcome! Also it is time to announce the winner of my Easter Free Give Away which are the two miniature Bunny Books. So the lucky winner of the draw is Drora Hed. Kindly Drora please send me a private message with your address so I can send you the books. I want to thank those who have participated. Make sure to keep on following as we will be have another free give away soon. 

Adding More to The Woodcutter's Cottage

Being busy with for the past two weeks with my family I have worked little on The Woodcutter's cottage. Little as it may seem I still did quite a bit of work.

First of all I did all the beam work on the ceilings of both the bedroom and the bathroom. The came out quite nice I have to admit.







After that was complete I added more detail to the rooms. I have added all the lights to the room. In the bedroom I thought of adding wall samplers which I have printed and framed. They look quite nice. I also added a few more accessories to the room and furniture. I think a few more additions will look nicer.



The kitchen still looked slightly bare so I added a few more accessories and once again more soapy water appeared. I had this metal bucket and added a mop and the soapy water effect. I also added some water effect in the cloth washing. Very effective indeed.



I managed to add a few more accessories to both the kitchen and the living room



I also started working on the roof. I added the chimneys and started working on the roof slates. I am almost half way there. Hopefully by next week they will be all done.



Before I fixed the opening wall of the dolls house I had to add the matching room wall paper and add the window and door moldings. The came out really nice and I have also started working on some curtains.


So here are a few pictures of the rooms. There is still so much that I need to do.








Hope you like what I have done so far/ I can't wait to see the little cottage complete. Keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and see you soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Miniature Naughty Bunny digging up a Flower Pot - Tutorial

Hello everyone,

Just as I promised here I am again today. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. Tomorrow is Easter Day. Kids are already up in bed waiting for the Easter Bunny! I also wanted to welcome three followers to my Blog; Georgina Wood, Julie and Sandra Morris. Welcome!

Don't forget that we have a free give away of two miniature bunny books. For more information and how to take part click On This Post.

So today we have something a bit different a special. A miniature Tutorial to make this cute naughty bunny digging up a Pot made out of polymer clay.


Naughty Bunny digging up a Pot
This cute little miniature could be used during Easter Time or just to add to your miniature garden.


To make this miniature you need: 
1) a piece of scrap polymer clay.
2) a miniature terracotta pot.
3) Miniature Spring flowers.
4) Moss or greenery.
5) fiber powder (or trim wool)
6) acrylic paint
7) pva glue
8) tea bag
9) clay tools

Step 1: Start by filling the terracotta miniature pot  with polymer clay.  Don't fill it up to the brim. You can use any color that you want. Eventually it will be covered.


Step 2: Using the same clay. Make a ball. I have made it at about 2 cm diameter. Form it as a body of a bunny without the head. The important part of it's body is practically his bottom. So don't worry how it is formed. If you are using a smaller pot always go for a small bunny.


Put the body in the pot to check for size. Like I said before don't worry if it doesn't look nothing at all like a bunny.





Step 3: Make two small balls approx 5mm diameter to make the back hinds of the bunny. Shape the into very tiny shapes like doll feet. Don't worry if they are not perfect, This is a fun project.


Step 6: Using a denting tool see where you would like to add the bunny legs on the back side and using a very tiny piece of clay add the bunny tail in the middle. Here you can start shaping the body better and see how you would like your bunny bottom.  



 





Step 7: With the flower stems make tiny holes where eventually the flowers will fit in. Don't leave the flowers there for baking. When you're done bake the clay as stating on the packaging of your polymer clay brand.




Step 8: After baking let it cool. Paint your bunny in the color that you will be furing it. I went for a grey color with touches of white. 




I have used powder felt for this bunny. You can find this in most craft shops. Some even use this for nail art. If you don't have any don't worry. Get some wool and cut it very finely It will look pretty much the same


Step 9: Using a paint brush add pva glue to the bunny body. Don't cove the whole body with pva glue if you are going to be using more than the one color. I have choose grey and white. The bunny is in grey with a white tail and a white straight line down his belly


Then start adding the felt or wool. Keep adding until you are happy. Make sure that you haven't done too much as you might lose some of his details. 



Using a fine paint brush and some black paint. Add the little details to his feet




Step 10: Cut out the flower stems to the right size you want your flowers to stand in the pot and add them to side of the pot. 



Using a paint brush add pva glue where the soil and flower stems are. Don't worry if some pva glue goes around the pot. It will look more realistic.



Step 11: Open one side of the tea bag and let the tea granules out. I like using tea for soil. It looks very natural.  Slowly add the tea granules in the pot. 





You can add some greenery in the soil if you like, or fallen leaves. I like to use moss. 






And here it is all ready to add to your project.















Hope you have enjoyed this miniature tutorial and hope you have found it useful. If you need more help please don't hesitate to ask me.

Here are some more pictures of the naughty bunny digging in the flower pot.







Before ending this post I want to wish you, your families and loved ones a very Happy Easter.



Hopefully next time when we will meet, I will be updating you all with the progress of the Woodcutter's Cottage, so keep tuned.

Take Care and see you soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx