Thursday, 24 October 2013

HOW 'ARTHUR' TOOK A BATH! (bathroom of #43 Green Dolphin St.)






THIS IS the TRUE STORY OF
HOW ARTHUR TOOK A BATH!

Well, technically speaking 'Arthur' did Not really take a bath anywhere, but IT IS TRUE that I took an empty space, in the Arthur doll's house, which was not very appealing and turned it into a very vintage looking Victorian style bathroom.  To say that this bathroom is taken as far as it is going to go, design wise, is inaccurate, because I do believe that there is going to be a sequel to this particular saga somewhere down the line. But for right now, this is what I would like to show and tell you about.  So sit back and relax, as I open the pages and begin this tale with .......
                                                                                  
Chapter One
 the intro
( in which I throw a little light onto the subject )
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As all stories begin somewhere, this one began when I decided to make a plan on how I thought the bathroom should proceed by considering the placement of the fittings and then where the lights should go. I happen to have a
armed chandelier by Scott Hughes that was purchased somewhere in the 1990's from a miniature show in Seattle, Washington.  It is very Victorian but the question is "Why?", when I was not doing Anything Victorian at the time of purchase, nor was I yet planning to.  That goes also for the Ni-glo parlor lamp that is stationed in the bedroom.  Puzzling, to be sure, but yet here they were; and now after all those many years of waiting I had a opportunity to use both of them in the same house!  So the wiring was planned to accommodate the chandelier and also for the set of lights for over the sink.  
I don't know if any of you recall that I use to have this room wall- papered with a brown and white stripe.
Well, All of that wallpaper had to be scrapped ( once I moved the window over by an inch), because I ran out of it and so I had to go to PLAN B.  Enter the faded yellowish scrapbook paper that I muddied up even further with a  thin wash of brown water-based gel stains.  I seem to like things that look like they have been taken a 'beating in life' and so the walls, with lovely water stains and shadows became the order of the day.
The walls with the stained paper and the lamps that are finally up and running

a close up of the Scott Hughes Light fixture
This light fixture cast a nice warm glow throughout the room, but because it  did not hang low enough, I was faced with a new dilemma of how to suspend it properly AND securely.  I eventually decided to run a beam made from balsa wood, which I stained and then installed to stretch across the top which gave a needed flat surface for the light base and also hid the electrical wire which runs its length and then into the exterior wall.  
                                             One down and one to go! 
 The light fixture for over the sink didn't extend far enough away from the wall to clear the medicine cabinet that would eventually be under it.  To solve that problem, I glued a brass button to its base from which I could then, thread the wires through the holes of the button and then again through a hole in the wall board and finally secure the hardwire into the tape wire's current.  It worked out better than expected.  The light shades are of plastic and I brushed Glossy Accents over top to make them appear more glass-like, and then toned down the glare from the lights with a touch of Amber glass stain applied lightly to the shades.  It cut the starkness of the lampshades and added a bit of extra interest by making them look more 'old'.  I also aged the metal housing which use to be bright and brassy.  I used a favorite product of mine which I shall tell about a little later.  Meanwhile, I needed to install the tub.

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Chapter Two
(  in which I'm showing how the tub got soaked)
This is the bath tub that I started with which I purchased at a drug store last Christmas.  It was filled with Real life bath products which I promptly discarded. What I was after was The Tub.   The shape was lovely and deep and looked to be to scale and and it was in fact the Perfect size for the proposed Victorian Bathroom plan.  I had seen a great instructional posting from Brae at Otterine blogspot.com.  She re-did a Chrysnbon Victorian claw footed plastic tub for her Haunted Heritage doll's house, and made it look like porcelain over old metal.  It was Incredibly impressive.  I thought her masking- off technique was a great idea and so I thought to try it out with this pink plastic drug store tub.  Everything went well until I tried to correct an over-spray by protectively masking around the base of the tub( a la' Brae), still feeling very much in control of the situation.  As it so happened,  the paint on the outside of the tub had not completely cured, but I was too impatient. So there I was merrily re-spraying the white tub interior.  But when I finally removed the outside masked-off covering...

Uh oh 
And it just Had to happen on the side that would be facing out!  Okay, so now I had to make it rusty.
Yes, turning a sow's ear into a silk purse yet again.  Now, am happy that this big corroded area is there?  What can I say?.... ( shrug )

maybe
that it adds character? 
oh well....
Janine's 'Trusty Man' (aka her husband Bruce), made me a bath rack for the tub.  I coated the 4 ends with white correction fluid to make the sharp ends softer, and then fitted it out with some french milled bath soap, a bottle of bath gel and a sponge.  Then, with the addition of a drain a plug and some additional grime, all I had to do was to
Just add water



and a Duck. 

Janine remarked that the tub looked like it needed a good cleaning! Hah! She's right!  But old tubs like this one, readily show their age and the lady of the house has some 'Old Dutch' cleansing powder handy sitting just under the old toilet, but grunge is grunge and there is only so much one can do, I think.
 HOWEVER
 If I Do decide to clean the rust out from around the drain, then I shall simply Peel Out the gel candle water and 'scrub' out the rust color out with more white paint.  However right now I am really Into rust AND soap scum so I probably won't bother.

 I really aged the taps for the tub.  These I took out of the doll house the rats ate through.  The pipes were very new looking and use to be glossy white with the taps of nice, bright and shiny brass;
but
NOT   
ANY   MORE
Now they're just old
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Chapter Three
( showing just how far I can actually sink)
You'll never guess where I got this sink!   I found it at the thrift store!!!  I have several stores that I am constantly scouting out and at this particular store, I had set myself a quest of looking specifically for a sink for the doll's house and I found it!  It was already whitish in color but it was without a drain.  It had some ugly platsticy hardware...  actually, now that I think about it, only the faucet was ugly. ( It looked like a huge white plastic banana )  The taps were out of scale too, although I did save them, but my Big concern was the drain.  
The pedestal was originally positioned at the back of the sink.  I had to cut it off and move it forward so that it could cover the new drain hole and since the unit was hollow I was able to re-use the old Chrysnbon sink pipes that I salvaged from my other doll's house.
the old pipes
I added eyelets to give some additional length and width to the fitting
so that it could reach the wall

"Yoo hoo!  
Has anybody seen my RUST?"
It's right here!

"OH Thank you!!"
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Chapter Four
(in which the tension mounts)

Now don't tell me that you didn't know that I was going to install a Shower Curtain for the bathroom!!?   I had planned to do it right after the bed curtain tutorial. But I got lazy and left it propped up against the tub.  I finally got the 'lead out' and got to work again and found the brass rod that I had been looking for and BONUS, I found my brass cutter too.  The circumference of the rod fit the hole of a brass grommet and so I glued one to the end of the rod and sewed some curtain rings to the top of the drape and slid the whole unit onto the rod.  I had inserted a small length of toothpick into one end of the brass rod before I put the second end cap on.  I positioned the curtain and the rod between the wall using only the tension to support it.  If it needed to be re- adjusted I slid the toothpick in or out as required,
no muss no fuss
But it was  ALL too shiny!
ENTER CHANEL!
( dressed in black and fashionably late )

I LOVE THIS STUFF!
I am pretty sure that this was NOT what the House of Chanel envisioned for their prestige nail product but I would gladly buy it again once it runs out.  It is of course, for nails, and when applied it gives any shiny nail enamel, a mat velvet look once it has dried and makes the color or finish, dull and flat in appearance.  My nails are never very pretty.  Paints and solvents and soap and water, keep them short, and to tell you the truth,  I'm not that interested.  So I had this bottle kicking around and thought about trying it out on something shiny.  I have since used it on wood, metal, plastic and paint and wonder of wonders it works on EVERYTHING!
I brushed it onto the shower curtain rod and the rings.  It made a terrific primer and then when it dried, I aged them a bit more with some water-based gel stains and then
PRESTO!
AGE appeared!

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SIDE NOTE
Janine has recently reported that she has found the same kind of Mat Top Coat 
available in REVLON for a fraction of the price
(MUST check it out )




Now I have an aged tension curtain rod with rings.
easily installed or removed whenever necessary


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Chapter Five

( wherein I talk about my shelf life)
I made this shelf unit after watching a series of Christel Jensen polymer clay tutorials on you-tube.  I used her as inspiration for these but they look nothing like her Lovely Fimo Tea Shelves.  I have chosen to load mine up with necklaces of chains and beads that I had in my ever- growing stash of "goodies".  I think that they look pretty good here, don't you?

vase on toilet tank is a gift from Fats
For the cabinet over the sink, I used the Chrysnbon one from the old doll's house and just repainted it and added a small hand towel with a lovely bit of cut-work at the hem and draped it over the bar.
The gap you can clearly see between the bowl of the sink and the pedestal is because it is not yet glued in.  NOTHING IN THE ENTIRE SPACE has been AFIXED INTO PLACE YET.
(still not yet brave enough for the full glue 'commitment' )
sigh


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Chapter Six
( whereby I'm patching things up)
Nothing is considered sacred when working with minis.  Levi Jeans are no exception.  I'm sorry to say that
 I OUT-GREW mine,
However, I managed to keep a great little souvenir


( just for old-times sake)  


Chapter Seven
( wherein my toilet's looking crappy)
Of all the elements in the bathroom this toilet is the most visible and the most unsatisfactory.
I took the tank from the old doll's house and cut it down... crooked!  I had already tried to add some extra interest to it after looking at
Sarah's from Amber's House blog, where she made a Fantastic looking vintage loo with the addition of applied relief.  Sarah, if you are reading this, you are in NO WAY held RESPONSIBLE  for this disaster!  This was supposed to look like a vintage fixture but it looks like it was rescued from the side of the road.  I must have a least 4 toilets of various pedigrees but I have taken half of the Chrysnbon kit and my own wonky tank with the Chrysnbon bracket supports and connected them with a stem from a cotton swab.
( but now I am pooped out!)
 I have tried and tried to make it look prettier but instead it just looks crappy.
( but How appropriate. )
If you want to see how I WISHED it looked, then just pay Amber's House a visit, and you will not be disappointed

Ahhhh,.... I nearly forgot  about the radiator.  This was painted to match the tub and then I had to turn it sideways and remove the feet, to fit it under the window.  It still needs to be supported out from the wall and I WILL get to it eventually, but for now it is officially how the bathroom is being 'heated'.

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Chapter Eight
( in which I publicly disrobe)
I had mentioned to Marisa from Steinworks blog, that I had made a ratty old bathrobe, in her honor.
I sewed a robe using a 'bathrobe looking' piece of cotton fabric which I draped with the gel glue and hung proudly on a peg on the bathroom door.  However, once all the other elements began to move in, the bathrobe was no longer looking discreetly tatty.  It took up too much attention and competed with the rest of the visual clutter in the room so of course, it now Had to go and also, of course, it was already Firmly Glued in place

one last look

It wern't easy but now she's a goner, sorry Marisa!

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Chapter Nine
( wherein I'm asked to take a seat)
There was enough room to the right of the sink to add a chair.  I had wanted also to have some towels for the bathroom and Heaven knows that I have SCADS of them on hand.  It was either a chair or a basket and then I thought of using the chair as a way to hold the towels on the rungs underneath the seat.  However, once I reviewed the photos it looked to me like a secondary toilet?  It was confusing to me so what would it look like to others.  If you have seen my post
"CHESTS CHAIRS AND PILLOWS"
you will see just how much furniture I have on hand.  Much is recycled from dismantled doll's houses and some is new stuff that has never had a home other than a packing box.  I rifled through my 'home store' here, and came up with an alternate choice.
It's the chair from my posting
"SHABBY DABBY DO!"
I re-upholstered it and then colored the new toile seat with diluted gel stain which I painted directly onto the cushion and then edged with some black cord trim.
chair before the trim
Now that's better!
The french chair is consistent with the style of the bathroom and the new seat cover is a good match with the color of the room and the pattern on the shower curtain.
Hey!
I hope that you are still with me

because we are very near to the end of this story
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EPILOGUE
( in which I demonstrate just how many ways there are of taking a picture of the same tiny room) 


 





hair brush courtesy of Irene's Hambleton Hall blog tutorial
(and the bra, as it turns out, came from Janine at MINWORKS blog )
***
And so dear readers, I must leave you now.  I hope that you have enjoyed this adventure story of just how "Arthur" took a bath. It was quite lengthy wasn't it?   I know that some will read the story along with the pictures and some will just want to look at the pictures and forget the text.  Whichever suits your fancy is alright by me.  Janine told me that she looks at ALL the photos First, and THEN goes back to read the print.
 YOU SEE!
And YOU thought that You were the only one who skipped  right to the end first!

and this...Realy IS ..... THE END

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elizabeth



105 comments:

  1. Te sigo de cerca, eres una gran artista de las miniaturas.

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    1. Hello Sara! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I don't think of myself as a "Great Artist" but I have been known to be "pretty good"at Art and Great only at being clumsy and careless. And also impatient ( I'm really good at that! ) and let's not forget somewhat lazy and then there is..... Hey, it turns out I Great a more than what I had originally thought!!! Who knew? :D heehhee
      But Sincerely, Many Thanks! :))
      blessings

      elizabeth

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  2. Yes, I'm in shock! I never cease to marvel and admire your work. Everything is so real! I'm scared! I always ask myself. How? Even after your explanation of what art can not be repeated! This requires a sense of awareness, a sense of proportion. That's how you turned pink plastic bathroom in an old cast iron and is a real shock. And in the bath water splashing and swimming duck! Unbelievable! My respect!
    Tatiana

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    1. Hello my dearest Tatiana! What an Awesome compliment from someone whose work I also have the highest regard and respect for! Kisses to you and THANK YOU, my friend!
      I have and always will, look at this hobby of ours as "serious fun". I AM very serious about it, but it also has to be fun. I find the fun in working out creative solutions to the messes I continually make for myself,whilst pursuing my objective. I am more concerned about the final visual effect rather than the detailed finesse of the construction. I know this about myself and that is why I cannot take myself too seriously because I know just how lazy I really am. But when I show this work it is to reveal that 'perfection' is in the eye of the beholder. This bathroom is perfectly imperfect to me and it satisfies me completely on all levels. And It is very gratifying to me, that it resonates also with you too!
      again, Many Thanks :))

      elizabeth

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  3. Oh Elizabeth, your style is so great and so recognizable. It all fits so well together, even across your rooms. You are completely uncompromising in everything you do. There is only one way and it is the right and it is he perfektion way, as always so so very beautiful. There is a special warmth in your room.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hello Wyrna! Thank you very much! I DO like to think that I have finally developed a recognizable style of my own. (Sometimes though, it is preferable to remain anonymous ie. in the case of the toilet ) I will have to respectfully disagree about being "Uncompromising" Wyrna, because exactly the opposite is true. I compromise at every available opportunity!!!! And That is what gets me into trouble time and again. However, I try hard not to let it over-whelm me, when I am faced with yet another Miniature Crisis of my own making! In the end it all seems to right itself and the result is as you have described it so well, a room with a "Special Warmth"! :)) Thank you!

      elizabeth

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  4. Dear Elizabeth,
    What a story. Your bathroom looks amazing. I would never buy that bathtub. Purple and plastic....yack ..... !!! But how you turned that to become a real old amazing bath is wonderful.
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hello Dorien! I am DELIGHTED that you have enjoyed the story! The fact that you also have enjoyed the bathroom is Doubly Pleasing! Thank you so very much! You know Dorien, when I spied those plastic tubs filled with bath products, I actually looked around to see if anybody else was going to rush past me and get to them before I did! hahah However, no one else was even remotely interested. I bought 2 just in case I messed the first one up and as you can see, I did. But then I decided to use it anyway. I have a ball-jointed doll that wears a pair of high healed boots and has feet the size of a mini man. I managed to fit her quite comfortably into the tub boots and all! So the moral of the story is, Never discount a discount store yukky purple plastic bath tub. With a little bit of paint and patience it can wind up being the star of the show,... and your dolls will all Thank You! :))

      elizabeth

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  5. Review of "How Arthur took a bath" by Elizabeth. The author takes us on a unique voyage across time, space and materials. The nifty solutions never stop to amaze and chapter after chapter, the reader is riveted to the screen, avidly taking in the process. The visual end result is breathtaking and leaves the reader with an appetite for more of this writer's, and artist, creation. We give this short story 5 stars and predict it will be on the nation's best sellers list by Christmas.
    :-D
    Véronique

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    1. Whooo Hoooo!!!!! 5 STARS!!!???? Veronique, THANK YOU!!! Accepting the award on behalf of elizabeth,... is elizabeth. Who would now like to personally thank all the members of the academy and those who voted for her as It would not have been possible with out the aide of the Wonderful Artists of the various tutorials that she drew from and absorbed and the credit goes out to all of them too! THANK YOU ALL!

      (elizabeth takes a bow, blows kisses to the audience and exits... stage left.)

      Rumor has it that the rights for the book have already been purchased and it will soon be turned into a Feature Film. Casting has yet to be determined :D

      elizabeth

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  6. Dear Elizabeth, It is fantastic. Love the way the water looks in the tub. I could not wait to see what you did with that tub.It did not even look to scale when it was pink! As always you have a sure eye and you have added another thing to look for when I go anywhere. Who would have thought the Levi label would turn into a bath mat . Now I understand why you gave me that sample of leather! Little pots of flowers are so natural on the window sill.
    I have been expecting your post on the bath so Thankyou for all the hints. ... Always helpful.
    What hours you keep!
    Janine

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    1. Oh Janine! The Hour I keep, indeed! I was nearly blind trying to edit all through the night, and then again this morning. But I am very happy with this final publication. I am Thrilled that you are liking the tub and the 'water' and please let Bruce know that I have featured his bath rack! :D To At Last be more or less DONE with the Bathroom is such a 'weight-off'. What a relief that this is able to now be set aside. I know that your recent work on YOUR BATHROOM is something that you have been mulling over for quite some time, and now that the new transom is cut and the new window is now installed you must feel a whole lot 'lighter' too! It is much like when you were getting ready to cut out the kitchen door to your Fabulous walled garden; you hold your breath and cross your fingers. I kept having to hold my breath as each obstacle presented itself in this bathroom. Sticking my hand inside the room repeatedly knocked things about like you wouldn't imagine. But now it is done and waiting only for the glue. So it is complete and now it is onto the staircase. And Once Again, I will be holding my breath!

      Thank you my dearest friend for all that you continue to do and have done in the past. Every kind and thoughtful word of yours, is deeply treasured by me. :))

      elizabeth

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    2. Dear E, just wondering ... Did you obscure the lower glass of the window? What items did you place along the little shelf above and along the bath? Is the flooring also a pattern from a scrap booking book? I may know wo made the bra. Love the chair beside the sink and the jewellery on the shelf. ,so happy to be able to review the photos as one can never absorb all in one visit.
      Janine

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    3. Hey J! Yes, I did obscure the window "glass" on both the top and the bottom! I didn't want to curtain it off in any way so there had to be SOME kind of privacy. Right now this house is still in town and the neighbors Will talk! heehee Across the back shelf above the tub are some bath beads in the lidded jar and some fragrance and 3 bars of soaps, 2 wrapped and one not. There is also a hand mirror and further back in the left corner is a silver frog and and a bath sponge. Yes again, the flooring is scrapbooking paper with a good coat of spray gloss on it as well as gel stain. ( I love using gel stains! ) Thank you for liking that chair Janinine. This is the Fourth time that I have re-covered the seat cushion and I think that this one is actually a keeper! I am now seriously considering reworking the shower curtain to match it. I hate the fact that it is reading PINK in so many of the photos!? Wad-up wid dat???? It would be wonderful to know where the little bra originated;... WAS IT... YOU!??? :D

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  7. The bathroom looks like a bathroom widely used. Everything is perfect.
    I like the story "HOW ARTHUR TOOK A BATH". Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings, Faby

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    1. THANK YOU Faby! I believe that you have said the magic words! It does indeed look 'widely used' and perhaps that is why it feels so comfortable to so many! heheheh You know when you gotta go, you gotta Go!
      I really enjoyed writing the story Faby and I loved sharing it with everyone. This was a very long post but It DID have a very happy ending! :))

      elizabeth

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    1. Thank You Merja!!! I am so happy that you have enjoyed this posting of the bathroom in the Arthur dollhouse! I am Very Happy that it Pleases you! :D

      elizabeth

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  9. Thank you so much Elizabeth for brightening up a so far horrible day, and for two pieces of info that I can use RIGHT AWAY! The toothpicks in the brass tube...just a great idea to put caps on the ends (I was struggling with jewelry cement and a few swear words) AND the Chanel nail polish.

    I have the exact same stuff, and care even less about my nails than you do (plus gardening really puts the nail in that coffin)... and I have a bottle of that stuff languishing in the bathroom.... off I go to play around with it! Thank you!

    I read the text and the pictures, then look at the pictures, then read the text again, then have a cup of tea, come back and look at the pictures. Your posts are never long enough, and your bathroom is fabulous!

    A much cheerier Jonquil xxxx

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    1. Oh Jonquil! I know THAT kind of day too!!! So I am personally pleased that this has helped you get through it in a better frame of mind. It really is very satisfying when something is said or read that "Clicks" with the reader. It has been like that with me when viewing so many other Wonderful tutorials and I am happy to return the favor to others. You will get GREAT USAGE out of that Chanel Mat top coat!!! The best part about it is that it dulls everything and then provides such a great base for any water-based or other enamel products to stick to. For the curtain rod, it kept the brass but dulled it down so well that the gel stains could stick and not 'puddle' like they normally would have. I know you will have fun Jonquil, experimenting with it. Have Fun and Thank You for your lovely comment and your compliment. AND I hope the rest of today and all of your tomorrows will be happier ones! :D

      elizabeth

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  10. Sam here.
    Oh Elizabeth...........BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!! Your story style is so fun to read, and your descriptions and photographs are priceless.
    I actually read slowly through your post, examining every picture as I read. (I love the play on words too!)
    Your pictures are so dreamy and I love getting lost in them. Who knew I could look so long at a bathroom?
    Fabulous!
    Sam

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    1. HI SAM! So... I guess... You kinda liked it? heehee Thank You!... Those are such Encouraging Words to me, and I am very happy to hear them Sam! I am glad that you also enjoyed the little play on words, I got a real chuckle trying to come up with interesting subtitles for each chapter. heehee The pictures were giving me trouble this time around and so many had to go into the bin because of the queer lighting! How in the world did the shower curtain turn out to read so pink!? I'm still trying to figure that one out. Nevertheless, it was a Hoot to Compose and all I can say now, is that I just hope that the staircase will give me enough good material when the time comes to write about it! How much can one say about ...A STEP??? :0
      I shall soon find out!
      :D

      elizabeth

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  11. What a magnificent bathroom, Elizabeth! I like the story which you tell on this long work!
    The technique of rust is very good, and I like also the jeans label transformed into bath mat
    The final result is fantastic!

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    1. Hi Nono! Thank You!!! what a Wonderful compliment! My own personal motto should be, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS,.... add RUST! I have to agree with you too, Nono about the jeans label BATH MAT. It is one of my very favorite elements in this space. I actually had to reposition the toilet just so that I could MAKE SURE that the mat would fit! Now at long last, it really has a HOME! :D

      elizabeth

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  12. Elizabeth, I can not find words! It's hard to describe my emotions. Your work is so fantastic that help thinking that these photos of real bathroom. Bravo!

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    1. Hi Ludmila! You know you could not have said Anything that would have Pleased me More. It is always my goal, and I am sure the goal of most others to have the finished work look AS IF REAL! What an Achievement when their peers say that they have done it!!! Thank You So Much! :D

      elizabeth

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  13. I' simply speechless.... I love your bathroom!!!

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    1. Thank YOU, Ersilia! You know that I am a Big Fan of yours and so this Compliment means a whole lot to me! :D I know that this bathroom has not yet reached it's fullest potential and that some tweaking needs to be done here and there. But I have to say that even I am surprised with the finished project. I don't know what I expected it to look like but I know it wasn't THIS that I had in mind. SO needless to say that I am happy that it has led me and that I was able to follow its lead to this conclusion. Isn't this a Fascinating hobby? There is such a wonder to it all; isn't there? :))

      elizabeth

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  14. Cette salle de bain est minuscule mais vous avez réussi à mettre tant de choses . Incroyable ! J'aime votre recherche pour chaque objet . Bravo pour la baignoire , je ne l'aurrais pas achetée . J'ai commencé la salle de bain de ma maison de souris mais je suis bloquée au niveau des robinets de la baignoire . J'adore le style des vôtres .
    C'est amusant car j'ai fait un choix à l'opposé du votre pour la salle de bain . La mienne sera vide . Je n'ai pas regardé sur votre blog si vous mettez une adresse mail ou on peut vous joindre . Si je trouve votre adresse , je vous envoie des photos .
    Je suis toujours ravie de vous lire .

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    1. Good Morning Catherine! Thank You so much for your Very kind and encouraging words! I have to agree that this bathroom is very tiny and the fun, of course, was trying to fill it with the stuff of everyday living without compromising or impeding the view. That is always a challenge and it is always fun! But still I am not entirely satisfied with some little details that had escaped my notice until today. There Will be some changes made after all ( I am so thankful that I have not glued anything down because I just KNEW that this would happen.) Always, always editing!:D I'm happy that I tackled the bathroom prior to the kitchen which will,
      in fact be HALF OF THE SIZE of the bathroom and yet will also contain 3 major appliances. What a nightmare THAT will be; the bathroom was a good way to practice the art of condensing down. Having said all of that I have to say that one of my very Favorite photos on your blog is that of the view from Ninette's bedroom that travels down the little corridor and up the 2 steps to face the vanity. The sunlight from the left side is streaming through an unseen window and spills onto the floor and the top of the vanity table where a collection of perfume bottles rest. I love that shot! Nothing else is visible of the bathroom except that and yet there is so much promised. That photo is so Inspiring to me and a great pleasure to look at whenever I visit your blog! Now I must apologize for such a long delay getting this reply out, but I have had to call in the BIG GUNS ( my daughter) to see if there was a way of including my email address on the blog, but after much of her muttering in her frustration, even she was stumped, so here it is Catherine, direct!

      bun.e810@gmail.com

      I would LOVE so see your photos! :DDD
      elizabeth

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    2. Je vous ai envoyé des photos . J'espère que cela arrivera jusqu' à vous . Je vous remercie .

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  15. Hi Elizabeth, I just love your results. That well-worn, run-down feeling you've created is so fun! Arthur's bathroom looks like it belongs in some pulp fiction noir film. Great work! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hello Jennifer! It Makes Me so Happy that you love the results! Thank YOU! Your description of well-worn and run-down are so Applicable! I don't know WHY this appeals so me as much as it does, but it does! Perhaps because those phrases indicate that there is a story lurking somewhere in the background, as to how they became that way, and I LOVE STORIES! .... Just in case you didn't know! :D

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  16. I love how you told us everything about this bathroom. You're very clever in the way you use things to make and manage to get what you want for your miniatures (like the bath ...) I'm in awe. Your bathroom as a lot of style and makes me think of the kind of bathroom you could see at one's grandmother, the furniture, the not too clean look, because she couldn't see too well and/or because because the bath etc...was too old to get completely cleaned. The water with the duck in the bath is wonderful. Well I will stop otherwise I would go on and on. I love your bathroom and your work.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank YOU Genevieve! My great grandmother had a long narrow bathroom with an old clawfoot tub and a pedestal sink, although I can't recall what the toilet looked like at all. Granma was Very clean and Very tidy but Her house was old when she moved in and showed its age in every corner and at every turn. Even when scrubbed it was still old and the porcelain sink in the kitchen was just as aged. Thank you for bringing this to mind, I had forgotten it until you mentioned it and what happy memories they were for me whenever I would visit her for the summer. :))
      The water in the tub was such a lark! Initially, it was just to see if I could get it to look like a wet tub, with only a little bit of the gel candle on the bottom of the tub, but then I got carried away and added more gel candle and tried to get it to "move". Days later, when looking for towels to try out for the bathroom, I found the "rubber" duck. When I set it on the water it fell over so I had to take a match, light it, then blow it Out and run the hot match over the spot for the duck to sit on. As the gel cooled around ducky, it remained upright! Woohoo! I love success stories :D and I am so glad that you do too! :))

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  17. Great story& wonderful photos with thrilling excitement...Congratulations!
    Excellent work!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Hi Kikka! Many, Many THANKS for your comment and your compliment! :D I loved writing the story and taking the photos is nearly as much fun as building the room!! The most difficult though, is always the editing! That always takes the longest to do, but once it is done..... "Celebrate good times come on!" ( a 70's disco song.. Woo hoo!) :))

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  18. Elizabeth, thank you for this wonderful story. I always love to see your work. I'm also glad to hear that I am not the only one purchasing minis for "someday." The bathroom is magnificent. Thank you for the tips/tricks. Spectacular!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa! My reply got bumped down 17 places below Lina !? :o I didn't skip you, it is just the way my laptop acts up on occasion. so see down below; .... :/ waaaaaay down below! :)

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  19. It is a work of art Elizabeth! I picked up an old Chrysenbon Bathtub for a couple of dollars at an Estate sale last spring and ever since have been scheming and dreaming up ways to make a bath rack! I never thought of engaging the assistance of a skilled gentleplum in this matter:P Perhaps I shall take said miniature bathtub to Calgary with me at Christmas and my Dad and I will root around his work shop in the basement and we will come up with something! I adore your picture Ma chéri!
    XOXO
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    1. Hello my sweet Ruth! I have been wondering what had become of you!?? You were getting ready for the Edmonton Show but when I checked your blog, you were in your "quiet zone ". I am so Happy to see your smiling face once again! :D Hooray!
      Yes, the aide of your Trusty Man Dad, who already has an arsenal of Mad
      Skills, should really do the trick! Janine's Bruce, soldered this little rack together and I think it is out of brass wire. You could check out the blog posting of where Bruce is building a garden gate for Janine's walled garden. The gates are wonderful and Mr. B demonstrates a very good technique that helps to hold the pieces in place while the solder is applied. Janine is at MINWORKS BLOGSPOT. com and I just know that you and your dad will enjoy this project together.
      and Welcome back Ruth! :))

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  20. Hi Elizabeth,

    Great problem-solving skills! I love it when you turn lemons into lemonade! Your bathroom certainly has a lot of character. It reminds me of the bath in my first apartment at college --here were five or six guys that shared a single bath in an old Victorian rooming house. We didn't have pretty plates on the wall or French soaps but I think there were beer cans on the floor and a poster of Jennifer Beals. Your distressing skills are second to none and the styling is spot-on. I can't believe that tub transformation! The Scott Hughes fixtures are brilliant --wish I had a few of those lying around!

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Hi John! THANK YOU for your compliment and also for the Validation of the old misused and abused bathroom that you actually lived with! That is music to my ears! Sometimes when I am trying to put something together what can go through my mind is " Is this for real"? "would this actually be like this in Real Life"? It is wonderful to have those choices confirmed in a First Hand, Hands On kinda way! Hey, Was that poster of Jennifer Beals the one where she is seated wearing an over-sized ( was it grey?) sweat shirt? She was quite a 'maniac' once upon a time :))
      I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed my distressing of the various elements. When you wreck as much stuff as I do unintentionally, then it is advantageous to learn how to do it on purpose too. heehee

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  21. Un precioso trabajo. La bañera ha quedado realmente bien y poner la cortina es todo un acierto.Bonito también el detalle de la tubería del lavabo.

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    1. Hello Isabel! THANK YOU for mentioning the pipes! I am so pleased with the way that the pipes turned out. The bathtub pipes were a whole easier than doing most of the other work in this room, and the ones behind the sink, which are not yet glued into place, were a lot of Fun to do too. It is the most interesting for me to make things appear to be old and well-used but also very well-loved. :))

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  22. Hey, wait a minute, why asks nobody where Arthur is ;)?
    Elizabeth, I am sure he loves this bathroom, because rust, water and aged stuff belongs to an old and used bathroom. Don't dare to change this room into a perfect room, because no bathroom really IS perfect. I've told you before that I really love this very realistic look of you!
    I also love to read your (long) blogposts, they make me smile and I always can learn something from your inventions, so I am grateful for that. I also like to learn something new, so if I see your blogpost popping up on my reading list I take a cup of coffee and a long break, scrolling from top down and I look all the pictures and read, read until the end, they are never too long, my dear ;)!!
    Thanks for this very long blogpost with all its lovely pictures, Elizabeth!
    Big hugs, Ilona

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    1. Heeheee, Ilona, you are sooo on top of it! Where is "Arthur" indeed! :D Arthur is always the ' little dictator ' but I am the general contractor! THANK YOU Ilona for enjoying all of the imperfections, both intentional and unintentional. It has pleased me so much that you have said that you have learned 'something new' from my inventions. Since I think that you are a creative genius in every area of miniatures that you tackle from dressmaking, toys, doll-making, furniture, and food to flowers; I don't believe that there is Anything that you wouldn't already know, but I thank you for the compliment none the less! :)) By all means, do continue to enjoy them my dear; with such an appreciative audience I might make the postings...
      EVEN LONGER!!!!! hahahahah

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  23. Wow Elizabeth, I just spent quite a while enjoying reading and looking at your amazing
    bathroom. I am completely hooked on and will be visiting your blog as frequently as possible.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Hey Drora, it is Great to see you! Thank YOU for your compliment and I am truly Delighted that you have enjoyed both the story and the bathroom! Needless to say, It is always double the fun to do when it can be shared with so many others! :))

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  24. Hi Elizabeth,
    What a great read!! I did NOT skip to the end but sat with my morning cup of tea and read each chapter and looked at the photos as I went. Fabulous!! So glad to read how you evolved so many pieces, I have been wondering how to go about improving some of the lights I have that don't look so great,you have given me some great ideas, I did laugh at the creative use of the Chanel, and I'm with you on the fingernail thing! All in all your bathroom looks amazing, the bath tub was an incredible transformation, my sons girlfriend wants to learn about miniatures so she can do a scene for her art folio and I will be bringing her here to show her the amazing things you can do.

    Well done, your bathroom looks incredible.

    ML Fi XX

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    1. Hi Fi! You know I always have a cup of tea at hand whenever I am before the computer screen too! I love a cup of tea anytime. Thank YOU Fi, for your comment and for your Lovely compliments too! I have a collectors appreciation for good lighting but I also use the regular brands if there can be a way to improve them and kick them up a notch. Sometimes all it requires is a little hand painting on the shade or a toning down of the metal housing. When the metal is too glossy it seems to make the fixture look bigger than it is. The lights themselves often BLAZE and what a nightmare trying to cut the glare when you are taking photos. That is why, I usually tone the shades down with some glass paint. It helps a bit. Meanwhile, I want to say that I have never seen you take any miss-steps within your own Beautiful little house. So once again Fi a BIG Thank You once again for your praise and for The Referral! ( Love those page views!) :D

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  25. You have created another little masterpiece, I love the old rusty look that you achieve, with loads of charm, and your witty narrative is alway enjoyable. I like to see it from all angles too so keep up that great photography. Sometimes you can see things in the photographs that aren't always so apparent just looking at the scene, so I think taking lots of pics helps you to get a better result. The bath with water looks amazing.

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    1. Hello Margaret! A BIG SMILE! THANK YOU so Much for this wonderful compliment and ALSO for clearing up a 'mystery' for me,( referring to your later comment further below) I am sooo relieved, you can't imagine.
      You are so right about not seeing things that are obvious until you take a picture. I use to do that with my garden using a POLAROID instamatic camera ( that feeds out the photo and wasted so much film) but nevertheless I did it because it allowed me to view the garden as it really looked and not just as I thought it looked. That was 12 years worth of pictures that all eventually will have to be trashed but it really helped at the time. Now with the digital it is faster and easier, not wasteful but just as necessary to getting the placement of things just right! Because I "inherited" a small Canon Elf, from my children who graduated to more sophisticated equipment, I am able to get the body of the camera into the space and still be able to stick my big hand it with it. I love the feeling of being inside the room physically so I try to take lots of photos from many different angles. The editing always takes the longest but I am so glad that you have enjoyed the story too. That was a real Pleasure to compose. :D

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  26. Dear Elizabeth, I am Awed!!! (I read Every Word... in Order.... with the appropriate pictures.... so I will see just what you are talking about!!! And I LOVE your Pun-ishing commentary!) And then I have to go back again and soak up every single detail of the Perfection you create!!! Isn't it Ironic that Perfection comes through such diverse and "marred" pieces??? You have an Amazing ability to find just the right pieces... cobbled together from parts of this and that... and somehow they come together and look like they belong together!!! Add to that you knowledge of how to "ruin" them just the right way... accident or not... the bathtub is Much more realistic with the stained rusted part!!! And what a Delicious "find" to begin with! Clearly I don't do enough "shopping" in the right places!!! I find it really fun that we have both been working on Bathrooms... and yet could there be any two more Different results???? (You asked if I am planning to keep the hole as a drain in my bathroom... and I have to tell you I have been thinking I need to disguise it... and was thinking of a little yellow rubber duck!!! Except it would be too out of place in my Fantasy Bath Grotto!) I LOVE your little rubber duck!!! There are So MANY things I Love about this bathroom... about ALL your work.... it just feels So Atmospheric and cozy and Charming and Worn and Homey.... !!! As usual... you have just overloaded my senses with GORGEOUS Jaw-Dropping Eye Candy!!! Wish I could move in!

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    1. Hi Dearest Betsy! You have the soul of an Artist and that is what I Love about your comments! THANK YOU! :)) I like your phrase " cobbled together" because that is exactly what I did! Just like when I cook, the best tasting meals are the "Mustgo" meals which I learned from my mother-in-law who calls it that. Definition is- that EVERYTHING IN THE FRIDGE MUST GO! She use to cobble together the most appetizing dinners from left-overs. I have applied the same principal to minis. The tie that binds it all together is the aging. If it all looks old together, then they can all be Friends. That tub WAS a "Delicious Find"and the way that the uncured paint stuck to the masking paper turned out to be not such a major catastrophe as I had thought it would be. Rust to the rescue! All in all, I am pleased that it has finally come together but I still feel the need to fiddle with it a wee bit more. Something still feels undone and until I figure out What it is, I won't be gluing anything down. I read your most recent post Betsy and I see that once again we are in Perfect Harmony! :D
      I's Uncanny, isn't it?

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  27. Oh my Elizabeth!! You've created something really wonderful here. Thanks for the myriad of lovely pics, I'm going back to drool some more.

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    1. Yay,SUSAN!!! I am soo happy that you are liking this bathroom! You are the one that I think of time and again when I am editing the photos; I MUST HAVE ENOUGH PHOTOS FOR SUSAN! Thank You so much, my dear, for the feed back. Soon I am going to review the stove for the kitchen as that is now the LAST room in the house to complete. I have looked at sooo many stoves including the one in the email that you forwarded to me. My brain is nearly fried but hopefully I will be able to narrow the playing field before too much longer. Meanwhile,please continue to enjoy the bathroom. This will feel like the town hall compared to the space that I will have to work with in the kitchen! What a challenge that is going to be!

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  28. Hello Elisabeth,
    You've had a lot of work with this one.
    great how-to's an re-use of stuff, I like that!
    Love your bath (and the rust just belongs there) and once again the overall impression is could just walk in there. Very nice!
    Hugs,
    Gee

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    1. Hello Gee! Thank You so very much for the Lovely compliment! :D I have enjoyed the idea of your observation of just being able to walk in there. I think that the lady of the house probably does do just that! I think that she must be getting ready to take a quick dip in the tub but had to go answer the phone or some such thing. That is no doubt why her bra is on the sink and the ratty bathrobe is no longer hanging on the door! :D heeheehee

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  29. My dear friend ....yet again it is such a beautiful masterpiece! I can't add anymore than has already been said. How you change a piece of plastic to such an amazing bathtub? Only you can. Beautiful and so full of character and ambiance!
    fats

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    1. Hello Fats!!!! I am so happy to see your smiling face again! :D Thank you my dear friend, for your kind and loving words! That tub was easier that I thought, and by using a spray Primer before the Hammered Metal spray paint and Brae's masking off technique, it was a cake walk until I had to redo and then the paint stuck! Always it seems that what at first seems Hopeless and a Write-off becomes the thing that is liked the BEST! I thank you for the compliment of calling it full of character and ambiance! For me that is what it is all about! :))

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  30. Another fabulous room that feels so 'lived in' and with lots of great accessories. Your work is always inspiring. (I must hunt out my old pair of levis that shrunk in the wash!!).

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    1. Hi Sharee! THANK YOU! :D I always love that compliment of " Lived in" I think it is so important for it to be just that! Accessories help flesh the house out so that they tell a story for you and give the space a personality. When you can "see" the occupant without them actually being there, then to me the project is deemed Successful! I am very happy that you think that this is Success too Sharee! And by all means; Hunt Down Those Levis!!!!!

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  31. Dear Elisabeth,

    I would like to spend hours into this bathroom.
    It is as a warm comfortable bedroom and very feminine.
    The sanitary items are very successful. ♥

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    1. Thank You Lea'! I have the highest regard for your comments and greatly treasure every one. I am Very Pleased that you think that this is a warm and comfortable bathroom. I have tried very hard to make it feminine without being too girly or frilly and without having to sacrifice the Victorian feel of it. In miniature a bathroom that is this old is interesting but in real life would it be so inviting? Trying to build a story into a space with so much wear and age is like walking a tightrope trying not to lean too far in any one direction. I had to envision that a lady would WANT to come inside the room, and not just HAVE to and Your words have encouraged me that I have succeeded! :))

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  32. Elizabeth!

    Well I'm flabbergasted!! you've absconded with my robe and now I have nothing but a towl and my bathtub gin to keep me warm when I step out of the Shower..er bath ...and no bubbles?? how's a girl to keep her modesty! you know that is against the movie code..your gonna get us censored..oh wait I forgot were I was .can you blame me the place looks so real (in real life I'd just bounce around in a towel so some strange man could warm me up *wink* no need for a robe.)

    Hugs
    Frisky Marisa :)

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    1. Hello Frisky Marisa! I Thank You for getting over the shock of the disappearing ratty old bathrobe. I will try to get you a replacement next time I am at Wal-mart. heehee. In the small town where you live I am sure that you wouldn't want to set the neighbors all a talkin and calling you 'Godiva' and I'm
      not meaning the chocolates!!! hahaha

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    1. Hi Debra! What a very nice thing to say and I thank you for it!!! And I am Thrilled that you have enjoyed the story of the Arthur bathroom, as much as I enjoyed posting it! :D

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    1. Hello Esther! Thank you so very much!!! I have just paid a visit to your blog and I love the dolls that you have in your most recent posting. They are full of character and personality!
      I really appreciate your compliment!! :))

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  35. Hi Elizabeth, I feel terrible, it is not lost in the mail I have been very busy and will finish off a few things this weekend. Yours will be in the mail Monday (bowing and scraping in deep remorse), I will add something extra in recompense.
    Marg

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    1. YOU are sooo Welcome, teja ul!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! Very much appreciated! :))

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  37. It's unbelievable that you created such a wonderful bathroom in this tiny space!
    I have the Orchid dollhouse and I have no idea how to creat the tiny bathroom!

    Thank you for sharing your work Progress and the Inspiration :-)
    Hugs, Lina

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  38. Hi Lisa! You are Most Welcome and I Thank YOU for your lovely comment and your compliment! I really enjoyed writing the story although I know it was rather long. I don't like to leave information out when I feel it is relevant and will add to the composition. Relaying the tips and the techniques is all part of the Fun! As you can plainly see, I have learned a lot from others who have also been very generous with their many mini experiments too! :D We are All in fact,... Paying it Forward!

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  39. I enjoyed every word and every picture, and now that I've been through it once I'm sure I'm going to come back more than once to take in all the details. One that sticks in my mind right now is the addition of the strings of pearls, so clever of you to think of it. And yes, it's a pity, but the bathrobe had to go... The aging techniques you've used are very interesting and you can be sure I'll be studying every one of them! Thanks for taking the time to share everything, and thanks for the enjoyment of reading the story, with the particular delight of the chapter subheadings which are really clever and made me smile widely.

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    1. Hello Norma! It makes my heart Glad to know that you have enjoyed the story so much! And please re-read it as often as you want! The string of black pearls was from a necklace that I purchased at a thrift store, just recently. The necklace was composed of a strand black ball-chain, a floral pendant from which was suspended the teeny tiny black ball-chain that I detached and then used for the pearls. It's amazing that they make them that small! But they are Perfect for the necklaces.
      I am so Pleased that you have enjoyed the Chapter sub-headings Norma. They gave me a Big Smile too, so Thank You for Your Appreciation which makes it all Worthwhile! :))

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  40. magnifique salle de bain où l'on a envie de se baigner pour être détendue
    belle lumière et tous les accessoires sont joliment réalisés
    grand bravo

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    1. Thank You Claude! Yes it would be wonderful to be able to soak in the tub and to relax. That is one of the features that I enjoy most about the tub is that the tub is quite deep and therefore one could really get wet all over! :)) I had the tub face the window just so the one in the tub could take full advantage of the sunlight from the window with the electric bathroom lights filtered through the curtain. This room may be old-fashioned but the home owner still indulges in life's little luxuries which include her beautiful perfumes and bath products.
      Just as every woman should. :D

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  41. Hi Lena! Thank You so much!!! This space was really challenging and I had to rearranged the fittings here there and everywhere over and over, to try and maximize all of the available floor space. My suggestion for your Orchid is to get your major fittings for the bathroom even if you just have to use mock ups so that you can actually see just how much room you do or don't have. I think that the Orchid has even less space than this house and the delicate proportions of the Chrysnbon bathroom kit may be your answer. If you visit Otterine blogspot and search the Haunted Heritage bathroom you will see how well the kit could serve your needs. I am so happy that you have found this posting Inspirational because it happens with me too; when I see just how clever so many hobbyists are and how they are so willing to share their talents and gifts with others! :D

    elizabeth
    oh, and another thing. Try to think Small. How would YOU use the room if you actually had to live in it and what would you want to live in it with?

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  42. oh ! elle longue cette histoire de salle de bains, mais combien intéressante, je la relirai encore, tellement les détails des transformations sont importants mais aussi amusants !
    Beaucoup de jolies choses la rendent vivante et très réaliste cette SdB.
    Un texte savoureux et un superbe travail !
    Bon dimanche ! rosethé

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  43. Good evening Rosethe'! Yes, it was a Long History for this bathroom but I am so glad that you have enjoyed it and found it to be Interesting and Fun! You must know that That is exactly what I was hoping to hear. THANK YOU and what a treat to read that you have also enjoyed the 'Tasty Text!' What a Great Phrase! Merci!!!! :D

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  44. A feature film, you said?? Oooooh, can I play you, Elizabeth? I have been acting since I was 5 and although I have only acted in about 2 musicals (1 when I was 5 ) , I think I can totally do this job :).

    I love every single rusty bit of your bathroom, Elizabeth. I, who think the bathroom is the most important room in any household. I am sure Arthur feels the same way although I am not sure how he feels about the curtain and the chair but who cares right? Everyone else loves it :). It takes someone very special to put together artisan's pieces like the lamp with plastic tub and make everything look like they were made to be soul mates. :)

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  45. Oh Yes Sans! I would LOVE for You to play me!!!! :D MY acting skills would be considered far too Rusty! heehee so a Big THANK YOU ( and what a relief ) I love that you love the rusty bits that are holding this room together Sans. For me the challenge was getting the right balance for the mix and I'm so happy that you feel that I have done it. Making them all 'soul mates' is often easier said than done so lots of kisses to you and a big hug ; Welcome Back Sans! :))

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  46. Elizabeth! This is incredible!!! I absolutely die everytime I see your work. It's so perfectly aged. I love how you think of everything. The look you accomplish is exactly what I love. A really lived in, vintage feel. It's so homey and cozy. I'm so glad you post how you get these things done. You are such an incredible resource.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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    1. Hello Caroline! Thank you for all of your Praise and Enthusiasm! This is truly what I would call "Soul Food"!!! :D And I will pass the compliments right back to YOU Caroline! :))
      I love it when the words "cozy" and "homey" are used to describe my work! I continuously strive to try and make it appear- Just That!

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  47. It's taken me a while but I'm catching up with blogland and have just finished reading this post - what an excellent tale and the pics are just fab. I'm fascinated by all the little details, not least the hairbrush. I'm so pleased you liked it enough to create your own.

    You've made such a small room probably the most interesting mini bathroom I've seen.

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    1. Hi Irene!!! I am So glad that you stopped by and saw the good use that I put your tutorial to! This brush was my second attempt and I aim to try again and make the handle better. Your mini tute was so easy to follow and I Thank you for sharing it. Thank you also, for all of your Very Kind Compliments. I have already amended the bathroom ( yet again! ) and I hope that you will return to see the changes and 'improvements' that I have made. :D

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  48. My dear friend Elizabeth....congratulations on you 300th member on your Birthday!
    Happy Birthday! I hope that we are all here next year to celebrate your 500th or perhaps 1000th.
    Mini mini hugs....fats

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  49. A VERY Happy Birthday Present indeed!!!! :D Thank you Fats! I think that I shall have to show my Appreciation for this Blessed Event, don't you? ( wink, wink, nudge nudge)
    stay tuned

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  50. Morning Elizabeth,
    Your attention to detail is just amazing, you have done such a phenomenal job on this bathroom, it is so wonderful and so real looking.........love how you told about it like it,
    as a fun story, very clever indeed. Loved that you used the levi tag turned over as a
    bath mat. I love to repurpose things and make things out of something different like that, very fun and creative. Thanks so much for coming by to see me last week, am
    always glad to hear from you, and so appreciate your comments hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. Hello Nellie! Thank you for all of the lovely things that you've said! Your kindness and thoughtfulness and your love for God and for others is so refreshing to read about in your postings. Thank you for enjoying the Levi jean patch! That was something that I have been waiting to use for quite a while and had not had the opportunity until now. I hate throwing things out unless I give them a good "once over" to see if there could be an "After life" for them( in miniature), before it hits the bin, and in this case there was! :D

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  51. Hi Elizabeth, You are so brilliant, I love this blog and your terrific sense of humour!! Beautiful light fixture and how wonderful to have such a great stash. The way you aged the paper makes it perfect. I just love worn, rusty and aged minis. I glued some of my wallpaper directly to the wooden walls of one of my old houses so now with the dust and wooden walls leaking through, it looks aged too (so much better to do it with purpose and as a mistake. Such wonderful aging on everything and you are so good at finding real treasures. I think that mini angels must be giving you help with your finds. This bathroom should be in an Art Gallery, it is a real work of art!! Thanks for the hint about the Top Coat too. Hugs, Jean

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  52. Hi Jean! Thank You!! I am delighted that you like the light fixture and you are so right; it was great to already have it stashed away and waiting. I love to age stuff and the latest find of mine has been the wood toned water-based gel stains that I found at a local dollar store. They age the walls so easily and well. I agree, that doing it on purpose, takes the sting out of making mistakes accidentally! :D Your old doll's house with the paper glued directly to the wood, sounds intriguing Jean. Since you are such a Fantastic Researcher when it comes to VINTAGE PAPERS and books, I can imagine that the walls of your doll;s house are beautifully covered even with the water marks and stains. I hope to get to see it sometime ( hint hint) :D

    elizabeth
    p.s. I ALWAYS like to think that Angels are giving me help, because God works in mysterious ways :))

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  53. Hello Lady Elizabeth,
    You should win a prize for this post...it was better then most books I have read in ages! I cannot put into words how much I admire and am inspired by your work. Your ageing is just fantastic and the way you find, use and transform every day items into miniature is terrific!. All the bathroom fixtures look so good together and really tell a story. Once again there is nobody that can create character and atmosphere the way you do my friend. The lighting was obviously meant to be when you bought it because it is just perfect in the room. I love the accessories. This bathroom truly is a work of art! Brava!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  54. Hello Giac!!!! I am so happy to see you back in Blogland and that must mean that your injured arm is better?! Hooray!:D Happy day!
    Thank you my most Gracious Friend for this Wonderful compliment! I had a whole lot of fun writing this post and in working out the variety of "problems" that came along as the bathroom was developing into what it now is. I kinda went over-board with some of the aging but I am,( in general) Very Pleased with the atmosphere in this little room. However, I have to tell you Giac, that I have already amended much of it and so there will be a new Up-dated posting on the bathroom, very soon. The lighting had to wait nearly 15 years to get used, but now I can hardly wait a full day before I start to play with them again,... go figure?
    Welcome back, dear Giac! :D

    elizabeth

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  55. Hi Elizabeth, I fully agree with Giac.
    You are so talented and generous in sharing your skills en experiences. Yesterday I looked at an older post of yours about curtains. It was such a fantastic and helpfull tutorial. Maybe one day I will achieve making a few curtains as pretty as yours :-)

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  56. Hello Liduina! I am always so pleased to hear from you! I Thank You for your lovely comment and I am delighted that you like the Curtains Tutorial as well! It always makes me happy to share with others what I have found has helped me achieve my goal and which may allow others to do the same. I have learned so much from Everyone else including YOU, in all the Fantastic Tutorials which have been published, so I really hope that I am able to return the favor back. We are all in this hobby together and get better and better at what we do when we share it and encourage each other and learn Together! :D

    elizabeth

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  57. Вау!!!!!!!!!! Здорово!!!!! Elizabeth вы потрясающий мастер , все такое реалистичное!!!!!!!!! я влюбилась в вашу ванную комнату!!!!!!!!!!

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  58. SNAP! I made a 1920s flapper pearl necklace with those bead chains last night! I like them in black too. Thanks for the mention, I am only reading this now!! Your toilet has turned out well, I like its "roadside" look. You are right about nothing being sacred for miniatures. I was looking at my great grandmothers tiny watch the other night, I don't think I could smash it up though :D The thought crossed the mind, and quickly left, the antique watch face sighing with relief at not becoming a tiny alarm clock :D

    Loved the story, it was very funny. Chanel stands out, we can all relate to that, I have nail polish, for miniatures :D

    Maybe the "disasters" are all part of the plan, as they do seem to fit in very well in the end. Great post Elizabeth, now I need to go and make another tiny belt before the day is through :D

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  59. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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  60. Wow! such a wonderful bathroom! Thank you for sharing :)
    Dorotea

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  61. Hi Dootea!
    I am Glad that you like my little bathroom! I had lots of fun putting it all together!

    elizabeth

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