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Friday, 10 January 2014

BEFORE AND AFTER


Back in October 2013, I told you the story of "How Arthur took a Bath" At that time I believe I mentioned that the story would no doubt have a sequel as the room was probably only the first draft and I have been known to fiddle with stuff until I feel that it is finally right.  Well, I was right and no sooner did the bathroom hit the air waves that I immediately set about revamping it.   By the beginning of November the bathroom was re- done, but I didn't want to over-load you with more of the same stuff, so I have left it until now for more show and tell.

  This is how the bathroom in #43 Green Dolphin Street, reads now.
THE New and Improved Victorian style Bathroom!
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and below is how the Old bathroom
use to look


 "Before"
Do you see the differences
in the "After"?


One of the questions that I regularly ask myself when composing a room in miniature is-
"Would I like living in this space?"
To be honest, the bathroom shower curtain was not working for me, especially after I installed the side chair and used the bolder toile print on the seat cushion.  Once I gave that seat cushion the "2 thumbs up", then the old shower curtain had to go!  The original toile fabric was white with a black print.  To make the curtain more harmonious with the chair upholstery, I stained the cotton with 'Oak' Decorator's Glaze.  I used all the original steps from my 

"BED CURTAINS" tutorial,
 lusing the gel glue as directed.  Then I added to the wet fabric, a small amount of the gel Decorator's Glaze and smooshed it all through the gluey fabric and then when I was satisfied with the color concentration, I proceeded with the Pretty Pleat directions as I outlined previously.  The final results are as you can see. I now have a brighter and prettier shower curtain and valance, that perfectly matches the chair seat in the bathroom. 
 This makes me much happier! :D

This is the first time I have used this product to dye fabric and so it was experimental but it works!
I also use this to add aging to the walls and the floors as well as add the toasted, golden brown accents to miniature baked goods. 

 It is very versatile.
Another change was to add the BULL'S EYE MIRROR (using my tutorial) over the tub.   I used the second mirror that I had left over after doing the original tutorial and by mounting it over the tub on the ceiling slope, it allows a better look at the "water" inside the tub.  It also eats up an otherwise 'dead zone'  space on the wall, and reflects more light.
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Just as a side note: 
 I often am very grateful for blogging my own tutorials because believe it or not, I forget how I did stuff and this gives me the opportunity to try it out again to see if they really work! :D 
In this photo, you can see the "steam" (diluted white glue) on the mirror and the reflection of the water inside the tub.


The sink has now been semi- affixed to the wall and I have added a few more items to the ledge around the taps.  On the chair I laid a towel and on top of the towel is a blow dryer, made from a phone charger plug and a bit of black coated wire.  I guess I will now have to make a wall- socket for it around the sink, but that I can do a little later.  
The brassier that Janine made, is draped over the edge of the sink.
( I really like this little bit of lingerie. )

This is Porcelain touch up paint that is meant to be used to  fix nicks and chips in Real Life porcelain fixtures.  I used it to paint over my miniature toilet tank and the plastic toilet bowl.  It gave the finished piece a bit more depth.  I continued to fiddle around with the toilet and cleaned it up a little so it wasn't quite so derelict looking.
 I still wanted it to look old and dated, but a little more "user friendly" so to speak.

( hahaha )

The revamped toilet
Keeping true to form, I added "water" to the bowl using the same melted gel candle that I had used in the tub.  The funny thing was that, as I was pouring the water in, it was "Flushing" out of the bottom of the bowl!  Yikes!! 
 I had forgotten to seal up the base.
 (duh) 
I corrected the problem right away by gluing some aluminum foil to the underside with Quick Grip glue and then trimming away the excess.  I was then able to pour the "water" back into the bowl without any further leaks.  
Water in the toilet bowl, and it looks pretty good
 I changed out the old long rectangular framed painting  for this more compact model
Remember the radiator that I mounted with wax directly to the wall under the window?
I had wanted to make the unit appear as if it was anchored to the walls by actual pipes and plumbing, and not sticky wax.
 The radiator was to stand out and away from the wall without intruding into the bathroom any more than was necessary.  I solved this problem with the help of grommet heads.
You can just see the silver toned metal grommet heads that I inserted between the grill to move the radiator forward and into the room.
 Since the grommet heads are flanged and flat, I could use the wax ( undetected) to hold the unit in place on the wall.  It is positioned where it can effectively circulate the heat into the room and yet not take up any more physical space than it has to.


Between the sink and the chair is a metal waste basket that Janine gave me a long time ago.  It use to be a lipstick holder and by adding a gold filigree bottom and some bead feet it is now a  miniature waste bin.  Perfect for this bathroom in shape, size and color.

And finally a
 basket of clean and fluffy towels that are filled with 
the sweet fragrance of the summer sunshine. 
Line dried and standing at the ready.
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So there you have it.
The bathroom for #43 Green Dolphin Street is done.
 Of course that doesn't mean that I have stopped fiddling with it entirely ...

But I think I will have to stop...


Well at least, for Now!
(smiles)

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elizabeth

92 comments:

  1. Oh, Elizabeth. I love the yellow. Thank you once again for sharing your techniques. I just love the thought and detail that goes into your miniature scenes such as steam on the mirror, reflection of the bath water in the mirror and water in the toilet. These details give both realism and character. I also love the little metal waste basket. It is very sweet. It is amazing what you can use for miniatures. I am trying to make some plant pots out of a cardboard tube from a fax roll as we speak. I don't know if they will turn out but it is worth a try!

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    1. Hi Sharee! I love the yellow too! The yellow curtain is much more cheerful looking I think, and so I am glad that you like how it looks also. Steaming up the mirror was a kinda fun experiment to try; and I had wanted to put water in the toilet back in October but then thought -"Awe, who cares?"...... Then only yesterday, just before I began taking the shots, I decided that " Hey, I care! " and so I hauled out the gel candle to melt and pour. It is one of those little details that I love to do but I also like the toilet lid DOWN so it will just be my little 'secret' pleasure!
      I am delighted that you like the waste bin Sharee and I am sure Janine will be pleased.:D
      Good luck with your plant pots from the fax roll. In this business you know nearly 90% of everything mini, starts from rather humble beginnings! :))

      elizabeth

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  2. I am always just astonished by the realism in your shots. I know this is miniature and I see your process, but the mind still stubbornly refuses to believe!

    The amount of detail that you have placed on each item is "boggling my old noggling"..er noggin ;P

    Am I terrible for seeing all the lovely things in this room but fascinated by the old toilet and rusted sink? ....well I did say you boggled the noggin, must take time to process the perfection!

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    1. Hello Ms. Fanaticus! Thank You! heehee! You and I are fascinated by exactly the same kind of things Jane! I love old and used, the rusty and the woebegone, and anything that has seen their better days behind them. Perhaps it's because I "feel" their pain. Or maybe it's because they are the "underdogs" and I have a urge to want to rescue. This is okay in miniature, but it can be a real hazard and a liability at the produce store! I can't tell you how sorry I can feel for bruised and over-ripe fruits and vegetables. It can almost make me want to cry when I resolutely have to pass them over! :(
      Steady on, elizabeth ..... look the other way, and not at that lonesome brown banana..... sigh

      elizabeth

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  3. What a great re-do. I love it all. The fabric for the new curtain is wonderful. You have put so much thought and so many realistic touches everywhere. From the steam on the mirror to the water in the toilet. haha I don't think I have ever seen anyone do that before. :-)

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    1. Hi Catherine! I am so pleased that you like the changes! :D I am Much Happier with the re-worked curtain too. It has changed the atmosphere of the entire bathroom from "rather dull" to "more vibrant". Now the idea of "living" in this space was a lot more enjoyable! :D The steam on the mirror was a new thing to try as was the water in the toilet. Both were a lot of fun and worth it in the end!

      elizabeth

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    2. I love the water in the toilet too! Such a great idea.

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    3. Many Thanks Alessandra! It was a last minute decision to just go ahead and do it! I am very pleased with the way it turned out! :D

      elizabeth

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  4. Well, Ms Elizabeth,
    I must have looked a little silly just now. I was sitting in front of my computer staring, nodding and smiling. I could appreciate and understand everything you shared with us. At first I felt a little chilly in there with the window open. Then the heat came on and steamed up the mirror. The aged fixtures made me think I was visiting an elderly aunt who had collected fine perfumes and nice things like filigreed waste baskets over the years. Your posts aren't just pictures. Your rooms always evoke feelings and stories in me! Beautifully done...just beautiful!

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    1. Hello Grandmommy! It is winter-cold up here in Canada by which I mean that ordinarily, I would be feeling chilly with the window open as well, but it is perpetually summer in Miniland.
      It PLEASES ME TO NO END that you have made up a story to go with the photos! :D That is Real Success! That you can feel like you have visited with an elderly aunt or a friend and that the photos conjure up images in your mind, is what it is all about for me. So Thank You, Grandmommy. This is truly a very treasured compliment!!! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. Impressionnant travail, chère Elizabeth !
    L'eau, la vapeur ... rendent cette pièce tellement réelle. J'ai encore de nombreux progrès à faire, mais j'ai eu la même idée pour réaliser un sèche-cheveux.
    Bisous. rosethé

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    1. Hello my dear Rosethe'! I am Delighted that you have enjoyed the visit to this bathroom again as well as all of the progress that has been made to up-date it! I am also pleased , that you have seen the possibilities that are presented with the various plugs that look like mini blow dryers! I made mine at the beginning of 2013 with the intent to use it in a VERY GIRLY roombox. That project has stalled and has been in limbo for nearly a year and so I shop-lifted the blow dryer for my Green Dolphin street bathroom instead!
      More Good news! I bought a 12 pack of traditional Christmas Crackers this past Christmas. And contained amongst the paper crowns and usual worthless junk prizes and riddles, were some packages of ear plugs with jacks. And ALL of the plug jacks look like mini blow dryers! Whoopie! Now I can make some more! Christmas comes not once but Twice! :D

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  6. Yes!, a wonderful chance, all the tiny details and the new curtains....it looks so homely, I want to go to bath!

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    1. Hello Merja! Thank you for your lovely compliment and for your Vote of Approval for the new shower curtain! :D I felt kinda bad about having to remove the old one but the replacement is Sooooo Much Better that I now don't even miss it!
      And whenever you come again for a visit and want a quick bath, I shall make sure that the window is closed for Privacy! :D

      elizabeth

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  7. Hi Elizabeth,
    Water in the toilet! Super idea .... Soon you will see it appearing all over mini land. I appreciate that you share it all with us.
    See you Tuesday.
    Janine

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    1. Hello Janine! I am soooo looking forward to our Miniteers meeting next week! I think that I have a great project lined up for you and Fatima to enjoy! And bring your appetites with you!
      I am glad that you have enjoyed the water in the toilet idea, it was a piece of cake to do and anyone else trying it should just make sure that the holes are sealed to prevent happening, what happened to me. heehee The best part of it is that IF you don't like the way it looks you can peel it out and begin again.
      The gel just needs time to set up so make sure the unit is level. Other than that it is a GO! :D

      elizabeth

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    2. Oh I'm soooo happy! Can't wait! A project? Hooray!
      fats

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  8. I like all new details into your miniature bathroom! Steam on the mirror, water in the toilet and the bath, the new curtains, so really...
    The bathroom of The 43 Green Dolphin street is now wonderful!!!

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    1. A Big Thank You, Nono! :D As I said, I had already re-vamped this bathroom back in November 2013, but the water in the toilet I only did yesterday!.... More Fiddling Does Indeed- Pay Off! hehehe

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  9. I also liked your old bathroom, but I can also see that there is more consistency in the colors of the new curtain. the color fits so well for both walls and floor.
    I would love to use your bathroom, Mabye, with a little bit of magic,
    You must be a true master in paint and fabric techniques. You know so much. You ought to write a book so others can benefit from your knowledge and you can even remember it. Smile.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Thank you for this observation about the walls and the floors Wyrna! Yes I most certainly agree that the new curtain is a much better fit with those other 2 elements. Color is so important to set the mood, as you know so well! But I am not a Master, just a Fiddler on the mini roof! I don't always know What I Want but I can almost always tell what it is that I Don't Want. That is why I constantly review the photos. That old curtain looked too dull and out of step with the walls and the floor and the chair cushion. I feel much happier with how it all works Now! :D

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  10. une magnifique transformation et une patine de vieilllissement très appropriée
    tous les accessoires sont bien vieillis, jolie prouesse !

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    1. Hello Claude! I greatly appreciate your comment and your compliment about my transformed bathroom! :D I love to Age stuff and probably my biggest challenge is knowing when to STOP! It had been gently suggested, that perhaps I had over emphasized the age of the toilet. I had to agree and so with a few "nips and tucks" I removed at least 5 Days from the way the toilet use to look! hahaha Well, perhaps it is little more up-dated than that! heehee The point is that now I wouldn't hesitate to consider using it when needed, whereas BEFORE I was not quite so sure! :D

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  11. Oh the details! So realistic!! I can see myself in there, taking a bath, brushing my teeth... it's breathtaking! The steam on the mirror...wow! Is it o.k., if I just sit here and look, taking it all in (if possible)? I didn't think it could get better before, but you did it, you made it even more jawdroppingly beautiful (not sure that word exists).
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    Veronique

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    1. Thank you Very Much Veronique! This is such a wonderful compliment for me! The fact that you have placed Yourself into the room and are moving about in it; brushing your teeth and getting ready to take a bath, shows me how Successful this mini make-over has been! As I stated earlier, the question for me is always " Would I want to live in it?" That idea that YOU would like to as well, shows me that I'm on the right path! This makes me HAPPY, HAPPY HAPPY! :D

      elizabeth

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  12. Elizabeth, Arthur should be pleased. The bathroom is looking good!

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    1. Hi there Casey! I think that Arthur should count his mini blessings in that I NEVER give up in trying to improve him! If he had his way, he would be going around with a small veranda attached to his mid-section too! As it is he has been given a strict diet of completely feminine furnishing and fittings and now he is the most Popular guy in his neighborhood. Go figure!? :D

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  13. I love the bathroom with the changes. Especially the mirror, it adds a lot to the room. I liked the curtain of the 1st version but now I see the new one I find that the old one made the room far paler. Your work really never stops amazing me.

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    1. Hi Genevieve! I think that the mirror added a really needed change. I had tried to figure out what to do with that wall before and nothing came to mind except a picture or a mural. But the bull's eye mirror solved all 3 problems at once!
      The new curtain is a lot brighter than the old one. I had to include the old one so that the comparison would be easier to see. I have not been able to work out how to do the links inside my blog, so that the flipping back and forth would be easier. Still trying to learn though. Thank you for your comment and for the compliment ! :D

      elizabeth

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  14. The "new" bathroom is amazing and so realistic.
    The mirror is perfect.
    Greetings, Faby

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    1. Hello and Greetings to you too Faby! A big Thank you for the compliment! I like realism especially when adding layers of 'OLD' to something. :D

      elizabeth

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  15. Melted gel candle. Okay that's another genius tip! Thanks!
    The bathroom is so great. I can't even think of a word to describe it. You think of everything to make each room so perfect. You are(I know I've said it before but it must be said) a master artist!!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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    1. Hi Caroline! I am so glad that you like the gel candle idea!! :D I just take a small, perhaps less than a tablespoon at a time, and place it in a clear microwaveable glass and then set it into the microwave for 4 minutes at a time. The glass is clear so that you can see when it is melted. None of the books advocate doing this in the microwave because of the Danger of Fire but I have done it this way many times and it works fine. The gel is super hot so make sure that your surface is protected and your fingers are out of the way. It sets up rather fast so Make it Right the first time, but if not, simply peel everything out, re-melt and start again.
      I saw a blog where the gel candles were what was used to fill gel capsules and make the mini bath oils that you see everywhere and also for making mini gelatins with sliced fruit. The results are clean and easy and unlike resin, you are not stuck with it if you ever wish for a change.

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  16. Dear Elizabeth....loved receiving an email from Janine noting you had blogged! Finally the morning duties over, I rushed over to the computer. What marvelous changes! I really love the differences. I remember moving into a couple of old "tear-me-downs" with toilets looking just like this one so I know the look and it is very convincing! I love the fog on the mirror! Perfect! I love the little garbage pail and I do remember when Janine was making them. Now....you have sent me looking and investigating the usage of the "hair dryer". I know it was invented in 1890 but I'm not sure and can't seem to find the exact era for Green Dolphin. I'm sure you have and that you have done your research!, but you know how I am....a little a - - - l....hmmmm. Thank you for the great post. Can't wait to see it on Tuesday.

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    1. Hooray for Fats! I detect that you are over your flu and feeling better! Yipee! Do not distress yourself my dear Fatima about the authenticity of the use of the blow dryer! Remember that this is a contemporary time period within an old Victorian Style house. Problem solved :D The lady of the house loves vintage Victorian and collects memorabilia but she still enjoys things like telephones and blow dryers and modern electric lighting. But still I know that you are a avid researcher and a stickler for the finer details. :) The addition of the blow dryer only means that my time frame has moved from the 1940's and into the 21st century. Gleefully, this now allows for even more vintage stuff inside the Arthur, and I can time travel from now to as far back as I care and dare to go, to gather olden pieces that will add to the general ambiance. :D
      Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

      elizabeth

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    2. That is my favorite scenario much like what I'm planning on the "Garfield". Gives you a lot of freedom ....

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  17. Precios. Tiene muchos detalles que le dan mas realismo.

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    1. Hello Isabel! Many many Thanks for the compliment! I love to add those often over-looked little details that give me a kick and make me chuckle! If they bring a smile to your face as well, then that makes me even Happier! :D

      elizabeth

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  18. Amazing work! Many touches of reality!

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  19. Hello Eliana! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really enjoy fiddling with things that should be finished but aren't. However, there has to be an end somewhere and I now feel that I have perhaps reached the FINAL l end to this bathroom story!
    NOW ON TO THE STAIRS!

    elizabeth

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  20. Your redos have resulted in a masterpiece. You attention to detail is just remarkable. I mean water in the toilet? The rust accents so perfectly placed. The grommets to make the radiator stand out? Such an everyday RL occurrences that so many of us forget in mini. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures, Elizabeth and challenging all of us to take our projects just a little bit.....further. :-)

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    1. Hi Lisa! This is such a lovely compliment and I Thank You so very much for it!
      I believe that it is always the "everyday" stuff that makes a mini house a home, don't you? Believe it or not, I am Not very observant in other areas but when looking at an entire miniature room in a photo it it easier for me to see what might be otherwise over-looked. By mentally "shrinking" myself down and doing a mini "walk-about" within the space, it becomes easier to determine what features would make sense or not, and where accessories should be placed to allow them to be usable. I often change my mind and that is how the "fiddling" begins...... Again! :D

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  21. Hi Elizabeth! You must be so proud of what you have done with this room! It has the old world look I love! I can see myself lounging in the tub with a good book! The toilets look so realistic and typical of old toilets in an old house! You have so many helpful tricks up your sleeve and you are so generous in sharing them. The mirror over the tub is a very nice touch! Every time I visit your blog, I feel so inspired. Once again, thank you for creating such marvelous eye candy!

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    1. Oh Lucille! I am so happy to see your smiling face back on the blogs! I missed you very much when you were away for such a long stretch of time. Welcome back, dear lady.
      You know Lucille, I have to say that I am Proud of the way the Arthur is developing but it is a constant surprise to me. This is NOT what I had originally envisioned when I began this project last year! Every time I start with one idea it evolves into another,- ALWAYS. I am not complaining because in the end I usually like it better than what I initially had had in mind but it does make for a lot of wasted time and product as I struggle to try and impose my will on the spaces. :)) I am always inspired by other peoples works and so if I inspire others then I am just passing it on. I find that in this hobby, one never stops learning. :D

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  22. Wow, Elizabeth!!! What Superb improvements on an already Awesome room!!! I cannot even begin to list the number of Brilliant little additions and "tricks" which make this room incredibly real!!! Water in the toilet!!! Phone charger plug as hair dryer!!! It has been fascinating and Educational to watch the evolution of this room!!! You are Amazing!!! Boy do I ever have a lot to learn!!!

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    1. Hello my Dear Betsy! :D When it comes to "Brilliant little additions", I would say that YOU are a Past Master. I am always blown away by the little extras that you incorporate into your Many Projects, and how you always surprise your "Dear Readers" with the totally Unexpected. :)) But I Thank You for the compliment Betsy! The water in the toilet was something that I had wanted to do last year but couldn't be bothered, since the toilet was needing some more work. Then, on the day of this posting I decided that it would be kinda fun to try anyway, so I did. I am very glad that you like it Betsy. It was easy as pie! :))

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  23. Hi Elizabeth, Your revamped bathroom is fantastic, although a bit grimey! ;-) The yellow really brightens it up--very cheery! I love all of the sweet pieces you added, plus I love hearing about the products you use. Really nice post! xo Jennifer

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    1. Oh Thank You Jennifer! Yes it IS a bit grimey! I often don't know when to call a halt to how much grime is enough and what is too much! :D When I am looking at the sink in person, it doesn't look as old as it does on camera. Weird huh? I have found that blogging has changed the way that I do things a whole lot. Using products in an unconventional manner to get a better photo is something I never expected to encounter when I began this Journal. No doubt you can say the same. :))
      Glad that you enjoy the re-vamp Jennifer. And I like the yellow curtain too! No more fiddling with That! :D

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  24. I like the changes that you did, it's a realistic bathroom, I love the water in the toilet!! Awesome!! Hugs

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    1. Thank You Paky for the lovely compliment about the changes! I had a lot of fun fixing the bathroom up but a lot of frustrations along the way as well. In the end I feel it was worth it and I am glad that you think so too! :D

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  25. Hi Elizabeth! "More Fiddling Does Indeed Pay Off", you wrote.......YES, it does, my lady, what a fantastic job you did on your (already) wonderful bathroom. I LOVE this yellow color as it looks like spring/summer :D! But I also know that your reality is a bit different: the huge cold in Canada and all the problems you all must have there. I hope you're well, my friend?
    Back to your plumbing problems: oh dear, you always can write with so much humor, I love that style of you :D! Reading about that dirty water into the toilet and how you fixed it up... It makes me smile and it makes me glad for being back in the blogworld now :D!! I have missed you and all the others!
    Have a great week(end), Ilona

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    1. Hi Ilona! :D Yes, the cold here in Canada has been a real problem for many, however it seems to be the worst from the central Canada and towards the east coast. I had trouble getting through to a Road Service help line when the worst of the cold hit and was told that motorists were sometimes waiting 2 days to get a tow truck back east because of the intense cold! Here on the west coast where I live it has been cold and Damp and that has been a blessing by comparison. Having Summer in the doll's house has been a way to take my mind off of the cold and dismal weather. Other than that I AM well, Ilona,. :)) I had a lot of fun filling that old toilet with "water". Having it flush itself out from the bottom was such a surprise let me tell you, but that reminds me that I should maybe install a mini plunger in the bathroom, just in case! heehee
      Glad to see you back in the land of Blog, dear lady. You have been missed!

      elizabeth

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  26. Está increíblemente bonito, los cambios han quedado muy bien y muy oportunos. Gracias por compartir las ideas. Àngels

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    1. Hello Angels! Thank you for your compliment because I think that the bathroom is more beautiful now too! I liked it before but I feel that the new yellow- toned shower curtain is by far a better choice. I think it really brightens up the tiny space and makes it more feminine, and I am delighted that you like it too! :D

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  27. Hello Elizabeth,
    Amazing makeover! the new shower curtain really transform the look and feel of the room and I think works better with the rest of the elements in the room. Another amazing talent you posses is accessorizing! You always make a room look real and functional like a real life room. Many times a room's atmosphere can be ruined by the wrong accessories or placement, but you ALWAYS get it just right, then you make over the room and get it even better! I just love it!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Oh Thank You Giac! You always know the way to a girls heart!!! :D I was so NOT HAPPY with the previous shower curtain and as I said the chair cushion sort of paved the way and set the direction. The new curtain looks more in keeping with the way the room was leaning and now makes more sense. And as for the accessories..... More to me is Always better and fiddling helps to get it right! :)) I highly recommend " more fiddling" as the cure to indecision as just trying things here and there can often lead to a solution you never even thought of. Works for me!
      Big Hug Back! :D

      elizabeth

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  28. You are amazing Elizabeth! The new colour has warmed this room and made it a cosy private place.

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    1. Ahh Susan! :D I Thank You so much!!! It was when I looked at the original photos that I came to the conclusion that the curtain was photographing strangely with pinkish undertones, and That really bugged me. It looked one way with the lights off and a weird pinky grey with the lights on! I had to change it and decided to match it to the seat cushion for uniformity. I am so much happier with it now as it does indeed "warm" up the room and makes it so much prettier to be in. I think that the Lady of the House is now satisfied and can take her private bath with great Pleasure! :D

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  29. Solo puedo decirte me encanta y me encanta eres genial, increible todo lo que haces.

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    1. Hello Sara! I love the changes too and it really pleases me that you have enjoyed them as much as me! :)) Sometimes it is just little things that can make a big difference and I am all about little things! Thank you for your lovely comment and compliment! :D

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  30. the idea of ​​a round mirror above the bathtub is a great idea! it changes everything. I never would have thought to do that. I like the way you make steam with diluted glue. it's on I'll try it one day. I admire your small bath taps .... I want the same! haha! By cons I do not always want to sit down on your toilet bowl .... rather go out in the garden. this is not possible! the new shade curtains is perfect, it is more in harmony with the wallpaper. all the little details are perfect. this bathroom just needs a major clean :))))) is that the house is finished? this is the last room?
    Je vous embrasse .

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    1. HO Ho Ho, Catherine! I am laughing out loud!!!! Truly I agree with you about it needing a major clean too, and as a matter of fact, Janine said the same thing to me about the tub when she first saw it! heehee But I can not make myself do it. For this house I like it old and a little bit dirty. I think that the toilet bowl is a few degrees Better than when you first commented on it but I shall never change it now! hahahaha However, I am Delighted that some things have your approval and so I shall forgive the insult to my toilet bowl! :D
      The round mirror over the tub I owe to YOU as it was after I saw your round empty picture frame in the photos that you sent me of your mouse house bathroom that reminded me of the Bull's Eye mirror that I had stored away. As soon as I mounted it above the tub I saw that it solved all the problems of what makes the most sense for that dead space! I used diluted MATT Mod Podge for the steam! Now as to your question as whether the house is finished: NO... I still have the kitchen and the staircase to do. I am full of anxiety about the staircase but it won't get done by itself so that will be next. I plan on making the kitchen just as worn out as the bathroom so brace yourself Catherine! Rickety stairs and a barely functional kitchen are on the back burner!!!! :D

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  31. Wow! I love all the changes Elizabeth! I am in love with your sink and all the old knobs on it and the tub. So charming. I also love all the accessories... down to the water in the toilet. I have never used glaze before but maybe I should try. I usually stick to watered down acrylic paint to make my things look old and dirty. The new shower curtain looks great as well! I really want to try your pleated tutorial somewhere and sometime. Can't wait for your next post!

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    1. Hello Lindsey! Thank you for the lovely things that you have said and I too hope that you will try the curtain tutorial. It is really quite easy and having done it now 3 times already I guarantee that it is just as easy as I say it is! I too have tried watered down acrylics for aging and staining but I have found that gel stains are sheerer and easier to apply and with a lot less effort and better results when dried. They are easier to layer over each other and build-able. Using the gel stain on the wet curtain material was a new venture for me but it worked a treat for this project. I like to muck about with stuff and often think that it doesn't hurt to try, even if it turns out to be a "Fail" cause at least I have learned something! I know that You are a lady who has a lot of natural creativity and resourcefulness and I love the way you have up-graded your real life home to the Incredible House that it has become. I can't wait for Your next post; you and Todd are a Terrific Team! :D

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  32. Ах, Элизабет! Я как всегда восхищена вашим фантастическим художественным талантом! Вы настолько внимательны к каждой самой малой мелочи. Водяной пар на зеркале!!! Супер! Мне очень нравилась вода в ванной! И было грустно, что ее не видно! И тут вы повесили это зеркало! Так все продумано! Мне все нравится ! И шторы, и радиатор, и кружевная интимная деталь на умывальнике! Все так реально! Меня немного смущает унитаз! :):):) Он такой старый....ой! :):):)
    Хорошей недели и большое желание создавать красоту!!!
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    1. My dear Tatiana! Thank You!!! Your comments are always so complimentary towards my work and I greatly value and appreciate them!
      I want to say that with the toilet, it was made to look old on purpose. Now, the reason that I made it so, was to see if I could and also that it would fit in with the sink and the tub. No doubt it is OLDER than the other two elements but it is serviceable, so unlike Catherine who would rather "go" in the garden, I would not hesitate to use it myself. ( hahahha) I have a bone to pick with shiny, shiny, shiny, porcelain fixtures and perhaps that is why I went the extreme opposite direction with these. I must get it out of my system before I tackle my next big house project Tatiana! :D And I love to age things, as you can tell. It makes me happy to know that you like the mirror over the tub and as you have said, it now makes the interior of the tub visible to the viewer without having to strain to see into it! I also like the way it reflects the sunlight that pours in and brightens up a dark corner! I just love mirrors!!! Thank You for speaking your mind and heart Tatiana, truly I welcome the feedback!!! :D

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  33. Wow!! The level of realism in this scene is very, very high!! Impressive!! Your attention to details is stunning and thank you so much for all the tips that you always share when making or changing a scene. And thank you not only for the tips but for the tutorials as well. When you see miniatures looking so real, I think, it's a push to everybody to try and excel when making something. I'm always fascinated by good (super good) work and you can see when a hobby it's a bit more than just a hobby for you....I'd say it's more of a passion because I can feel it just looking at your miniatures work!! Wonderful job Elizabeth!!!

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  34. Thank You Simona for such a glowing compliment!!! It is true that I do tend to become somewhat obsessive about this hobby. I love to do tutorials and show what I have learned but I am also Always learning from others as well. It just goes round and round. My greatest reward is when I see a tutorial being utilized by someone who has enjoyed it and very often, made the product even Better! That is very gratifying and Always puts a smile on my face! :D

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  35. Elizabeth, you are amazing! You take something that is stunning, and then you turn it into absolute perfection. I loved your bathroom before and I love it even more now! Your attention to detail is incredible.

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  36. Thank You so much Isabelle for this Lovely Compliment! :D I usually try to practice the "Good, Better, Best" adage, but I can sometimes be too picky for my own good but then again, I am often not picky enough! (?)
    I'm always looking to find the proper Balance. In any case I am so happy that you like the bathroom even more! This makes me Happy! :D

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  37. OMG.... Wonderful, so real and full of feeling... Perfect Bathroom!! Thank you for showing your techniques. .
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    1. Hi Kikka! Thank you for your lovely comment and I am so glad that you like it! I especially enjoyed the phrase "full of feeling" which is something that I strive to implement into all of my work. It can be difficult to get just the right 'feeling' which is why I usually keep trying to amend it.... Must stop Fiddling! :D

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  38. Good morning Dear Elizabeth.
    Congrats on yet another milestone 100,000 views and 360 members in one year! Hurray!
    fats

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    1. Hello Fatima and Thank You!

      Who would have guessed!!!????


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  39. Elizabeth, your bathroom is incredible. Looking at it is like looking at some nice old photos in an album. The details, the steam effect including, are more than perfect. The lighting... fabulous. What an eye feast! Thank you for sharing the techniques :).

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    1. Hello Gosia! What a wonderful comment and I Thank You for every syllable! :D
      This mini re-make-over was such fun to do and I feel that the changes have made the bathroom even more design cohesive as well as functional. Your reference to "old photos in an album" is treasured, and I am Very Pleased that you have enjoyed the techniques that I have talked about. In real life I can be pretty stingy especially when it comes to cookies and candy, ( just ask my kids) but when it comes to miniatures I love to share what I have learned from others as well as what I have taught myself because "Only by sharing can we fully enjoy this hobby" :))

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  40. Hello Elizabeth,
    the bathromm looks fantastic!! So real!! Great job and fantasic ideas!!
    Greetings and a hug
    Melanie

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    1. Hi Melli! How happy I am that you like this project! :D Looking for realism and trying to remain true to the style and the atmosphere was challenging but it finally got finished and I'm glad that you have enjoyed the final results! :D

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  41. Elizabeth,
    Not sure how I missed coming to your blog before now !!! What incredible detail in your bathroom...now I must settle in with a cup of tea and peruse the rest of your blog!
    Martha

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  42. Hello Martha! I hope that you enjoy it and I think that you will need to refill your cup a few times as I can be Pretty Chatty! :D

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  43. Hello Elizabeth
    sorry for being so late... I couldn't figure out how I missed your post but I see it was a friday when you posted and since I didn't have a computer at home (it was in the shop I finally broke down and took it in....Im a great one for denial and procrastination..ask anyone just not my mom she talks too much) I love the new look but I do have one question.. does Arthur wear a bra?


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    1. Whooops!.....Hahahahaha!... I suppose that should be "Ms. Arthur", Marisa!!! hahahahha!

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    2. darn it! here I had all these scandalous visions in my head about "arthur" and his sat night baths

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  44. Your job is amazing! It looks gorgeous...

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  45. Hello Sognatriceabordo! It is always a pleasure to hear from you and I Thank You for the wonderful compliment! :D

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  46. The new improved bathroom looks fantastic (though I thought it did before as well, but I understand the tinkering mentality, GUILTY! ). I love the little waste bin too. I can't believe your blog is one year old, I must check how old mine is :D. I am also a bit sad that you were worried about how your miniatures would be received. I think your blog is very, very popular and your house has quite a unique style too, so your worries were unfounded.

    P.s. You have no idea how much I want into that bathroom with a bottle of cif, a miniature one of course. I get no satisfaction cleaning clean things :D

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    1. Heeeheeee I think Sarah that you and everyone else would like to take a scouring pad and some cleaning fluid to this bathroom!!! :D Actually for that matter, me too,. But although I did remove just a teeny tiny bit of grunge from the toilet, I ended up putting some of it back! It just won't let me change it or clean it!? So I shall let it have its way and hope that my next house project, whenever I can get to it, will be more pristine..... well, maybe :))

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  47. I LOVE the not so "pristine" look. Okay - I'd have my problems with the toilet in real live:)), but what the heck! Your bathroom is just perfect!
    Andrea

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  48. Thank You Andrea! You are not alone in imagining this toilet as a "Fail" in Real life! :))
    I personally would not have it in Real Life either BUT for this story that I am telling within the walls of the Arthur, it would not be the same without it. Granted it could be a little cleaner but stains are there because it has been used a lonnnng time and so it has a story to tell all on its own. But thank you for liking the bathroom even In Spite of the poor potty.
    that makes me happy :D

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