True to form-
this is an exceptionally long story
and of course it always begins in chaos
The photo above shows the state of
Dowager's former Kitchen
at the end of June 2022.
I'm including the months throughout this post
to show how the process developed
in starts and stalls and doubling back,
and how everything remained in a state of flux
until the very last leg of the journey.
For those unfamiliar with this dollhouse kit,
Here's the actual layout of
all highlighted text includes a link
The centre emblem
reminds me of a Tudor Rose
which ties in PERFECTLY with the
Garden Room Theme
At this stage
I took the room apart and began the process of permanently connecting the lamps to the electrics.
The wallpaper, the window, the wood trims, the flagstone floor and the fireplace were also permanently installed.
My daughter's boyfriend Lee,
says that for scale,
I should always include a HAND SHOT
somewhere in my posts,
this one's for you, Lee! 💕
This Perfect little needlepoint cushion
was also a gift from a LONG time ago,
from Pam Grant. Yet another
Needle-Savvy friend of mine!
Its pink and green geometric pattern
looks lovely on this small chair!
To the left of the side chair
directly in front of the leaded window,
( leading tutorial here)
is an inexpensive blue and white porcelain vase
which the Dowager has filled with purple hydrangeas.
The faded hydrangeas in the vase
are a Bonnie Lavish flower kit,
which I'd originally constructed for
the GARDEN OF VILLA LEONE
The tutorial of how I customized the flower kit is here
On the floor under table of hydrangeas
is a small basket of books,
and to the left of the basket,
is a rustic
which was a special gift
which Linda hand delivered to me
from the Amazing
Thank You again Lidi
for this Very Special Treasure!
The darling glass fronted half cupboard
makes an ideal liquor cabinet
next to the fireplace.
|I placed a few bottles in a round silver tray|
(a metal bezel casing)
displayed on top of the cabinet.
There's a better photo of the assorted liquor bottles
a little further down the page which
I'm not highlighting
since they'll be changed very shortly.
I've ordered a mini bottle of PIMM'S
from Shepherd Miniatures
which I'm waiting to be delivered.
I saw a BBC program which specifically talked about how much the British enjoyed drinking their PIMM'S
I searched high and low until I found one in miniature.
What is Pimm's?
I had no idea until I Googled it
"Pimm's is a gin-based fruity spirit.
A quintessentially British liqueur,
it's made by infusing gin with a secret concoction of botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices."
I also found a picture in a magazine
of a Regency Botanist.
I glued the print onto cardstock
sized to fit the gold frame,
then hung him directly above the liquor cabinet.
I like the new arrangement on the FP mantle.
is narrower than the old one so
the blue painted clock just barely fits!
I've dressed the surface of the mantle
with a Stokesay Ware Blue Willow china plate;
a Marie Freedman china cup;
a glass pink and green bead jar;
2 Peter Acquisto silver candlesticks
Above the clock
is a bull's eye mirror
which beautifully captures the reflection
of the corner cupboard.
I made the mirror using a recycled round jewelry pin
and a convex stick on mirror
from a dollar store auto parts aisle.
I've used a bull's eye mirror
in the bedroom of #43
which you can see here
They're very effective for viewing parts of the room which would otherwise be difficult to see
they capture more of the light.
The interior of the firebox surround
is outlined with carved metal bracelet links
glued inside its perimeter for additional texture and interest
|my Absolute Favourite Feature in this |
Garden Room are-
| THE FOXGLOVES! |
I made these foxgloves back in April of this year
just to see if I could.
I used several different paper punches
and a variety of colouring methods
attempting to improve my techniques
with each plant I made.
I'd been saving these flowers for the
Dowager's cottage garden.
once the room went into botanical overdrive,
I felt I needed something "growing" to go with the cut stems in the hydrangea bouquet.
Placing the foxgloves in the fireplace
was the only available space inside the room.
But who has live plants growing IN their fireplace?
I just happened to find a website of full-sized
Potted Porcelain Plants
used in home decor.
This quelled all my previous hesitations,
of whether or not to keep these where they are,
because now that they're officially
FAKE it no longer matters.
see 1:1 Porcelain FLOWER SCULPTURES
For a Wee Bit of Whimsy
I made a fireplace fender from a
length of plastic Railroad model
Gate and fencing
which I painted black then doused
while still wet
with a generous sprinkling of ground cinnamon
for textured rust.
| In the photo below |
is the new entry into the annex
currently plugged with wallpaper
for the Dowager's protection
Between the doorway and the fireplace
is a brass wall sconce that I topped with a
pink-tinted Chrysnbon glass globe
found in my stash.
featured in the preceding post of
the Dowager's bedroom.
The brass urn and the pedestal stand
came from the estate of Bettie Smith
who was a very dear friend of mine for over 40 years.
When she passed away last summer,
I was given a number of things from her vast collection
a few of which I've been able to use here.
They are a constant reminder to me of her
and her unfailing friendship
and her unlimited joy of minis-
I hope that she approves their new home.
is a garden trug I borrowed from the garden of
#43 Green Dolphin Street
which the Dowager has now decided to keep!
In it are a frilly variety of freshly cut Peonies
made from a discontinued flower kit,
and a small bundle of lavender stems
which Linda had given to me the year before.
I included a Mini Fanaberia gardening book
inside the basket, too!
|This is JENNY the Dowager's faithful spaniel |
made by Leslie Frick.
She's taking her afternoon nap on the sisal rug which
is a the last big bit left from the original wall-to-wall carpeting I'd installed back in the late 80's.
Returning again to the draped table:
It's been dressed in a mix and match of items
more for display rather than for dining.
Here's What's Currently On It
But then when the glass door was removed
and all the china was shuffled about,
the opportunity to move the Musselmalet onto
for display purposes only
wasn't the least bit out of character.
Its distinctive blue and white pattern
provides a smooth segue from the corner unit
to the table as well as visually hold its own,
in front of the bust of the Queen.
And speaking of the bust of the Queen
on the wall behind her head,
hangs a VERY large painting
of a small herd of cows in a meadow.
In the photo below
you can see the textured effects of painting over the surface using matte Mod Podge and a tiny paint brush
"how now brown cows?"
to the right of that bucolic painting is a framed picture of a goldfinch
(a plastic bird button with its shank removed)
Under the goldfinch
is a painting of a young woman in pink
( magazine clipping on cardstock)
and a 3 dimensional metal Leaf Sculpture,
a recent birthday gift to the Dowager
from one of her children.
something I'd saved from something I threw away.
A commemorative Qn.V plate
sits on the table below the pictures.
I've Tucked a tiny Teresa Welch flower bowl
in between the plate and a
I made this piece from a glass dome
purchased at a Michael's Craft Store.
The tiny puffy butterfly stickers I found a dollar store.
I cut them in half and glued them onto a snippet of dried grape stem then
planted the stem into a mound of fake moss.
a Marie Friedman teacup and saucer
a matching side plate with a chocolate and macarons;
and a Janice Crawley Chicken teapot
which after 25 years of storing in a drawer,
I finally get to display.
The colours of the teapot are PERFECT!
Definitely worth crowing about!
The Dowager has Treats and is serving Tea
here and in the living room and in her bedroom!
She's old enough and can do as she pleases
but it seem to me to be
somewhat eccentric... my question is-
should I be concerned?
Peonies and roses I made in September
during my 2 week hiatus
I lOVE peonies but since I don't have a lot of success with them in my RL garden,
it feels quite gratifying to me
to grow them in such decadent abundance in miniature,
even though I'm constantly picking them up off the floor after knocking them off the table with my giant hand.
This makes # 3 for you Lee!
I changed the lamp shade on the student lamp
upon the conclusion of my
Sherlock Holmes adventure.
I settled on this pink fringed one because it was in proportion and girly.
It came off of the brass Ni-glo lamp base,
installed in the Dowager's Bedroom.
Alongside the table is another
"wanna be fake"
I have it sitting on top of a
Al Chandronnait picnic basket
next to a stack of
Mini Fanaberia flower books.
I've installed a silk embroidered valance
with a bamboo pull shade
above the leaded casement window.
The valance with the tassles is another section cut from the same length of iridescent Thai silk
used to cover the chair seats.
The bamboo pull shade was cut from a painted asian scroll
purchased from the thrift store.
We've reached the end.
Here's a final OVERVIEW of
the Dower House
|"In proving foresight may be vain:|
the best laid schemes of mice and men
often go awry"
And I'm so glad they did!
As a reminder: I'm still having problems with the comment section. If you try to leave one before the sidebar finally appears, or before the whirly-thing in the tab stops twirling, then your comment won't register. This can take up to 60 seconds before the program quits loading and kicks in- Talk about frustrating for you as well as for me trying to respond:🙁 oh well,... it IS
what it is. 🤪