WELCOME BACK Everyone!
As usual I'm LATE AGAIN! ⏰😩
Sheesh! where has the time gone?
I honestly meant to have Part 2 published early last month but wouldn't you know, I've been totally engrossed in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial on youtube, and between that and actually working on the bedroom of this DOLLHOUSE, I've missed my blog deadline by a mile- 🤥 yup- MY BAD!
Anyway, I'll try and make it up to you in this post, because I'm going to show you what I've finished inside the Dower House living room AND I'm going to show you what and how I'd made ( then remade) the leaded glass windows in the living room using an unconventional method, which happened to work for me.
There's A LOT to cover so grab yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea because this will be a long, Long,LONG post and times a-wastin' -
beginning with -
THE New FRONT DOOR
|The door is a "vintage" Miniature House |
Victorian front door kit.
I already had in my stash and believe it came from my dear friend BETTIE SMITH'S miniature collection.
I didn't realize how old the door was
until I tried to find the image of it via Google and wasn't able to,
but here's an photo of the companion window which will illustrate the carved detail above the door:
which I was forced to remove.
I had to lose the cap due to the sloped roof of
that angles down over the top right corner of the door: there just wasn't enough room
The new door is rectangular however I still wanted to keep the look of the old gothic archway
which is original to the kit.
To do this I re-used the old kit door finishing trim and extended the "legs" of it on both sides
to match the taller height of the new door.
The door itself is flush with the exterior front wall of the dollhouse and is pressed up as tight against the existing exterior wood trims as it can go.
making it work from the inside created a 1/2 inch recess around the front door .
In other words, installing the new front door was the equivalent of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
I had to modify the installation to enable the door to swing open without any impediment caused by
the interior door surround resulting in a deep space between the door and the wall.
Clear as mud - right? 🧐
this is what it looks like and
I've left it removable for the time being.
Who knew that changing out a door could turn into something as complicated as this proved to be?
Even so, I'm happy with it because
the little recess is unusual and quirky and has a very
feel to it! ❤😌
I've painted the door both front and back,
several times trying to get it to look fresh
without appearing too pristine.
In the end I lightly aged it with a graphite pencil then called it a day.
Just in case you're wondering why I wouldn't want this door to look 'BANDBOX NEW'
is because I want my tiny dwellings to appear as though they've been occupied for a long time
and time and the elements have a way of removing the surface sheen from just about everything
people have a way of causing certain amounts of distress on the things we regularly use.
Which is why, I didn't want the door to look
I Did however,
want a letter slot in the front door but
I didn't want to have to cut one out of the door
so I purchased a set of 2 brass mail slots and glued them to both sides of the door.
I ordered a package of mini mail
from the U.K complete with U.K stamps and postmarks.
If you're in the market for British mini mail, I've included the link below-
I left one letter on the floor under the mail slot: the rest
are housed in the Secretary.
Because of the long glass panes of door,
I felt that The Dowager needed a bit more
a iron slide bolt at the bottom of the door
became a requirement.
I had made one out of card-stock for the front door of
which turned out quite well,
however I didn't feel like making another so I bought mine on line.
The one you see below is by
TOWN SQUARE MINIATURES
I really like the look of the black iron bolt against
the white painted wood.
It stands out (but not too much!)
and thus the Dowager is able to rest securely!
I had enough wood trims for the replacement panels,
me and wood have a very shaky relationship.
I inevitably waste more wood than I actually use.
With me it's -
measure OFTEN then cut it WRONG anyway.
I painted lots of trims knowing that I would mess it up and of course I did.
As for the acetate,
I had just enough of it
to make the second set
It is difficult to see in the photo below but I cut 3 separate panels of clear heavy plastic and built the frames around them
into one single unit.
|For the leading in this window|
I used the metal cross-hatched mesh
The Zappers look like plastic tennis rackets with 3 layers of grills (2 big over1 small) which are sandwiched over each other and connected to wires; which are connected to batteries; which are housed inside the handle.
I've seen them in action on t.v. although I've never used one myself.
I found these at the thrift store.
I've included a link to Walmart's so you can read up about it if you're interested.
|The front and back of both rackets have a VERY FLAT crosshatched metal which I thought would work the best. |
I first tried it up against the window opening to see if the scale of the leading looked right but
it was too hard to tell
| I proceeded to pry apart the plastic frame from the bigger of the 2 zappers because I wasn't able to unscrew it.|
The smaller racket was easier to disassemble as the screws were more accessible.
|This method worked but I had to be careful not to accidentally bend the mesh. |
This is what it looked like once the grill was removed from the frame.
|The photo below shows how thin |
the profile of the mesh is
|Below the "leading" in millimetres|
NO SOLDERING REQUIRED-
I laid the window frame over the mesh to test it out
Once I was satisfied that it would work,
I cut out 3 separate sections of leading for each panel using tin snips and laid them between the wood strips.
To hold them in place
I used a tiny bit of Fabri-Tac around the edges of the metal to prevent them from shifting as I continued to build up the wood trims around them.
|Once the window panels on the inside were completed,|
I BRUSHED over the leading and the clear plastic with
a very THIN coat of UV RESIN
|I USED A BRUSH |
having learned the hard way with the first set of windows
that pouring on the resin
makes the glass way too thick and uneven.
unless of course, that that's the look you want
|I tested the window once again once the interior glazing was done.|
I installed the new window.
As you can see,
this dollhouse is in desperate need of a repainting
which I shall do LATER.
For me I start with the interior and develop the character of the owner.
Later, (much later) I'll work on the exterior after I've established the history of the house
and its current occupant-
kinda backwards to the norm but that's how I like to do it.
|The window in situ|
I made these drapes for Villa Leone but I swapped them out with some fabulous fabric which Jodi
MY MINIATURE MADNESS
had gifted me with instead.
Initially they were place holders but then I decided to make them permanent.
They're held in place with Museum wax
and the stiffness of the fabric.
The next thing on my
TO DO LIST was
|THINGS ARE LOOKING UP! 😎|
|Before I forget to tell you-|
the little blue and white dish on the wall
is by artisan Sue Sherrill
an Ebay purchase
but the pictures on the wall
are magazine cutouts
which I pasted onto heavy card and hung with a wire and/or BlueTac
The majority of artwork in the living room,
as well as in the bedroom are mounted onto card-stock which I've edged
with complimentary wood stain furniture markers.
or a matching felt pen.
Once I'd decided that I wanted a green plant on the mantle, I quickly made one using some dried green plant materials from my stash.
But then, as usual,
I changed my mind and decided to replace it with something different.
Since I specifically wanted an overgrown ivy
to crawl and drape around the mirror and mantle,
I decided I needed to make one myself.
I made the ivy using multi-twists of fine copper wire which I shaped and then painted.
Once the stems were dry,
tiny ivy leaf paper punch outs
securing them to the stems with
white glue and super glue.
When all was set,
I brushed over the stems and the leaves with a thin mix of white wood glue and water.
The stems were planted into a square plastic
spray nozzle which I'd painted and glazed with UV resin.
I filled the vase with brown plasticine
to hold the ivy in place.
Below is a photo of the previous dried plant material
The wall sconces were fortuitous purchased from
originally intended for Villa Leone
however, they didn't work for the Villa
so on a whim,
I tried them here and
THEY WERE PERFECT!
The over-mantle mirror is one I've had for AGES (1970's)!It's a heavy metal casting which use to have a print of a Old Masters painting.
I replaced the print with an old compact mirror then painted and aged the metal frame.
Also on the mantle, are a brass candlestick; a playing card stud earring used as free-standing picture frame; another magazine cutout; a tiny Capodimonte china ornament; and 2 white rabbits from the ebay store of
which I painted with clear UV resin.
The third rabbit from this set, sits on top of the Secretary.
|On the left side of the fireplace wall|
is a fimo cornucopia sculpture which FATIMA
gave me more than a decade ago!
It looks like Murano Glass and
I've filled it with long fireplace matches:
wood slivers shaved
from a full-sized matchstick.
To the right of the match holder is a nesting table,
with a display of a cranberry glass drinks set by
The wine bottle contains red printer ink.
There's also a small wooden camel which I glazed with UV resin and a delicate china bowl by Teresa Welch and a photograph in a brass frame; all of which is illuminated by a brass lamp sporting a burgundy shade purchased from an online miniature show.
|The pink glass display and the pink roses in the painting |
appear to have been made for each other!
The TREASURED paintingwas a gift to me from
Ninette & co.
which she painted specifically for
#43 GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
I think I've found a better home for it here
in The Dower House!
Thank You again Catherine! 💖
Initially my plan was to use ALL of the available wall-space in the Living Room
to showcase a number of the Dowager's prized pieces of
miniature blue and white china.
as the room began to fill up with other things,
the only wall left for a china display was the left one.
the large secretary in the middle of the wall
reduced the space even further to
the area above it
and a tiny bit on either side of it.
the BLUE AND WHITE CHINA
|The top of the desk|
proved to be the ideal place to feature the taller pieces
in my collection
THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED
of Latchkey and Jonquil
sent me a parcel for Christmas
which contained (among other small wonders)
a tall blue and white vase
which she'd hand painted!
I'm perpetually gob-smacked and in awe
of her talents!
I placed it Centre Stage on top of the secretary
flanked by a couple of plates from
TWELVE TIMES MORE TEENY
alongside a couple of ginger jars I'd found on Etsy
and a large white rabbit from
The Secretary itself, is a vintage resin plastic piece from
The Goebel Butterfly Collection
which I'd painted a long, long time ago
using a faux bois technique
to get it to resemble a dark burl.
is "Vintage" JEAN DAY.
Back in the day
(no pun intended),
Jean used to make Wonderful little porcelain dolls
and dollhouse dolls
and I'm proud to say that I have quite a few of them
some of which you can see in
my blog post
The original seat cushion is a burgundy suede,
and the entire cushion lifts out of the frame,
I recovered it using a section of a man's Italian silk tie depicting a circus elephant
of all things! 👀
I've recovered the cushion with great care so that the silk can be removed without leaving any damage
on the original leather.
I know this for a fact
since I've already changed the fabric on this chair
5 TIMES! 😅
Back to the desk...
|British mail |
purchased on Ebay
|The small scalloped dish above the light fixture |
was made by U.K. Artisan
Nikki Naki Nu
and the English mirror to the right of the desk
was purchased from
another favourite resource of mine
A growing collection of canes and umbrellas are placed next to the desk alongside
a pair of muddy Hunter Wellies
|The canes and the brollies|
|the Mary Poppins |
Miniature Crush on Etsy
|This lovely umbrella was made by Fatima|
Sadly, I had to steal it out of
#43 Green Dolphins Street
whilst I wait for Fatima to make more of them.
The Muddy Wellies
I wouldn't normally have such dirty boots inside the house but
they'll have to remain in the living room
until the exterior gets done.
I've already got the boot-scraper for the front stairs!
INTO THE HOME STRETCH
Yes! I'm almost done😄
So having come full circle
we are back again at the window.
In front of the window I have installed a wide arm chair
from a miniature furniture lot purchase-
It was already upholstered in a multi-stripe of light & dark stripes of pink, gold, beige,
and gradient blues
The silhouette on the table is another magazine cut out
mounted onto card-stock.
The sterling silver cream and sugar on the silver tray
were all made by Don Henry.
The tray came from
and the silver sugar and cream I acquired from
|The black and white Staffordshire china dog|
is the mate to one displayed in the secretary.
The painted metal hunting dog was a lucky find
inside a bag of thrift store junk.
A blue and white Stokesay ware plate
sits in front of a bouquet of white daisies, pink dahlias and burgundy peonies.
Daisies made by me
Peonies I made from a kit by
The Miniature Garden
The silver teapot is one of my
I can't remember where or when I bought it,
but what I liked about it
was its unique shape.
When it finally arrived in the post,
I was SMITTEN even more! 😍
It's hand-signed but the signature is so faint,
that it can only be deciphered via a jeweller's loop.
The knob on the lid and the carved handle are both made of (ebony?)wood.
There's also what looks like a teeny tiny hallmark
stamped in the metal
which is impossible to make out even with my loop.
Regardless of whether it is sterling silver or not,
the entire teapot with its curved spout and squat body is
SO there it is-
YOU'VE SEEN ALL THERE IS TO SEE!
SUCH A LONG POST😂
but I hope you've enjoyed the tour
and found it worth the wait!
|the DOWER HOUSE LIVING ROOM|
there are still a few more tweaks which I need to complete so let's say it's 99.9%
Thank you everybody for you patience
for sticking it out to-
before you go-
here's a teaser of the Dower House bedroom which I'm currently working on....
and I can hardly wait to show it to you-
IT WILL BE READY"to post...