vrijdag 31 december 2010

Happy New Year


I wish you and your families a blessed 2011.
(picture taken from http://www.cfcharlingen.com/)

zondag 26 december 2010

Christmas swap



Yesterday I could finally unwrap my Christmas swap from Rosella. Look what she made for me. It is gorgeous. Thank you so much Rosella.

woensdag 22 december 2010

Christmas blessing


I wish you all a blessed Christmas and all the best wishes for 2011.

Giveaway winner


There were 113 entries (one reaction twice) and 104 came out as the winner. I have counted a few times and that means Rosanna is the winner. Congratulations!
Would you email me your address please?

dinsdag 21 december 2010

Last chance giveaway and welcome


A warm welcome to:

Kaisa Miltonia
b_e_i_s_
bridgetranslation (TZel)
quynh nguyen
annemari80
Britt
talitha overweg (my little sister)
Bianca D´Alessandro
CWPoppets
GeMa
Chris
drora hed
laprincesasarita
Valentina Mastwijk
Jezabel
Victoria
Annegine vd Berg (friend of mine)
Ivani Grande
janike hooiveld (my eldest daughter)
Madeleine
Jolanda
Olga
Antonia
malu2
Carla Gabriela (she has another link)
Livia
özden ceyhan
Eva-tatalamaru
Francesca
Yolandaj
Lady Jane (and she has another link)
weelittlewest
Kathy B. (and 4 other links)
music_ana
Jean Tuthill (and another link)
Ana Correia Correia
AYAMONTINO35
Rietje
Monique Janssen
Jollie
suzeeez

Hope you like what you see and read. If you have a link you wish to share, please tell me and it will be added to the list.

This is the last day to enter my giveaway and the winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!

dinsdag 7 december 2010

Welcome and 400+ followers


Welcome to my new followers:

Dee
Rosell Torres
Annina
Eva
Phoebe
Morena Ciambra
Lydia
Mieke
Dienke
Patrizia
Sibren Hooiveld (my youngest son, isn´t he sweet?)
Minimariba
Folk Artist K Arthur (she has more blogs)
Elga

You are all very welcome. If I missed a link, would you be so kind to tell me and it will be added.

Since I passed 400 followers (unbelievable) I have prepared a giveaway. I hope you like it. It is all handmade ( I have shopped on other blogs for ideas :-) ).
To enter you have to be a follower and leave a comment on this post. You may post it on your blog, but it´s not a must to enter.
Here is what I have made:




You can enter until December the 21st at midnight (Dutch time).
Good luck to all of you ;.-)

woensdag 1 december 2010

First attempts in clay and purchase...

Yesterday I have tried to make some cheesecakes, but I already knew I am not that good with clay :-(
and it was clear to me after struggling for almost a whole day that I need a lot of practice to become good at it!!!

This is what came out of my hands:



It always seems so easy when I see someone else do it!
Now I know I just have to buy my minifood from people who know how to make it look great.

I received my etsy purchase from Ana yesterday and that looks gorgeous!!!!!




The jelly pudding was a gift. Thank you so very much Ana!

Question: I find it very hard to make good pictures in this time of year. In the summer I try to take them outside, with lots of daylight. But in the darker days I have to take them inside with little light. How do you all manage to make beautiful pictures? Can you give me some hints?

woensdag 24 november 2010

Welcome


A warm welcome to my new followers:

Lena/cjk1701
Sophie Appleton
HelenLovesCashmere
misminiaturas
Julie (she has two blogs)
Petra
Susan (she has more blogs)
Faith
Adela (she has two blogs)
Teresa
Pepi (she has more blogs)
ullaczn
Susi
Miette
Debs
Piikko
Loly
Keli
Martimez (two blogs)
Giulia
Bea
Alicia Castro Masaveu
Dominique
Minna
Alison
Galina (Галина)

You are all very welcome and I hope you will enjoy my blog.
If I have missed some links would you please be so kind to tell me, so I can add them to my list?

Gifts... and swap is on it´s way

Today the giveaway by Beatriz arrived. Thank you so much Beatriz. I love it!


And my mother has made these beautiful Irises for me (recently, in the past she has already made various things for me, she is very talented). They are made out of silk.
My mother has no dollshouse for herself and doesn´t want one either, so everything she makes goes to me. Lucky me :-) 


Before the summer she made me all these books and boxes. She loves bookbinding 1:1 and lucky for me she does it in 1:12 scale too. Some (Dutch) people might even recognize the W.G. van der Hulst books (for my thirties house).


My Christmas swap is on it´s way. So I hope to have some time for blogging again.                                     

dinsdag 16 november 2010

Purchases and busy...

Last week arrived some purchases I did on etsy (Jennifer):



A lot of beautiful pieces of soap and her ´famous´ robins egg soaps in a glass jar. They will look great in my new shop  ;-)

And below some vegetables and fruit and cakes. I bought them from Annet. She makes beautiful food.



I am very busy with the Christmas swap. Takes some time to get ideas and then work them out. But I hope to be ready soon :-)

woensdag 10 november 2010

Print

The print for the Christmas star can be found here and the picture of the star here (look for Oct. 17th).

Christmas star

Yesterday Nadine showed a Christmas star made out of printed paper. It looked lovely. I have made it to scale for my dollshouse (I think it looks great with shabby/french/scandinavian interiors).



The original idea was from Miette. It was not easy to do in this scale, but it´s finished ;-)
It measures 2 cm, so it´s not big! I have to practice a bit more to get it perfect.

maandag 1 november 2010

Welcome


Welcome to my new followers:

A Bee in a Bonnet
Lyssa
Titta
Lucy (she has more blogs)
Robin
Cidisu
Marie (she has more blogs)
Yakiynuca
Frederica
LaSeineMiniatures (she has more blogs)
Kitty
Natalia (she has more blogs)
Pity
Nicole
Titta
Lorraine (and she has her own website)
Maria
Meapunto (she has picasa albums too)
Ilonka (she has more blogs)
wrowsell

You are all very welcome and I hope you will enjoy what you see and read!

vrijdag 22 oktober 2010

Inspiration

Lately it seems I am only working after pictures that inspire me :-)
I had seen a black (aged) wardrobe, don´t even remember where I saw it and even if it was 1:12th scale or 1:1!!! I am getting old :-(
I changed a eurominis closet and turned it into:



Inside is a beautiful candlestick and candle by Flora , the other bits and pieces are made or bought by myself.
The wallpaper is a print from a wallpaper catalogue which I reduced to a smaller size (in paint).
The little shells in the glass jar are found on one of the beautiful beaches of Denmark.

Patty told me it might have been her wardrobe that I had seen, and I believe it is. Take a look, it is beautiful!

dinsdag 12 oktober 2010

Lavender

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my sofa and table (and of course for all the comments on other posts, I love every comment).
I had a few questions about the lavender.
Here is how I make it (it has been in a dutch dollshouse magazine years ago, don´t remember when):
You need Lycopodium (pictured below). I bought it from http://www.sillysisters.nl/pakketje-kerstboom-sil0013-p-1413.html . I don´t know if it is sold separately. The Silly Sisters sell it as a workshop package for a Christmas tree.


It is a very dark green, so I picked a piece of lavender out of my garden to try and mix a similar colour.


I used bayberry green and mixed it with a little grey and black until it was the right colour greyish green. Then I painted the Lycopodium with this mixed paint and it came out like this (below).


To make the flowers I used Flower Soft in the colour (of course) Lavender.



Dip a piece of iron wire (it might be painted in the same colour as the leaves) in glue and after that in the Flower Soft. Use your fingers to shape it a little.


Cut the leaves and put them in a pot (or basket like I did). I usually put selfhardening clay in the pot and cover it with glue. After that I put some tea or coffee (as soil) on the glue. Put the leaves in (before the clay hardens ;-) ) and put the flowers in between the leaves to make a nice lavender.


Hope you like making lavenders.

zaterdag 9 oktober 2010

Sofa and table

Last week I was reading a book about interiors by Rachel Ashwell. And I wanted to make some furniture in that style. So I have searched my kits (I have a lot waiting for me to make them :-) ) and found this Queen Anne settee and a Hepplewhite Serpentine table. With some painting and sanding it a little it looks different doesn´t it? 


I also made a lavender in a basket, some books (these were the ones I meant Susanne) and cushions to dress the sofa. The tiny buttons are made out of those plastic clips that are on a bag of bread. I punched them out and made two holes in them with a needle. 




The last picture is one of the pictures I took during the day, but the sun was shining very bright. I placed it because you can see the colours better.


My thirties house is still waiting and sometimes I´m doing little things for it. I will start working on it again next week. Have a nice sunday!

woensdag 29 september 2010

Hallstand finished :-)


My inspiration came from this picture. I wanted to make it in miniature. It is not a copy of the picture, but it has the same style I think.
The hallstand is from euromini´s and is painted grey and afterwards it is aged.
All the accessories are made by myself except the umbrella (it´s from a chrysnbon kit).
Below is a picture of the finished hallstand.


Some pictures of the details:  








Hope you like it :-)

dinsdag 28 september 2010

Welcome


A warm welcome to my new followers:

Ultsu at http://ultsununelma.vuodatus.net/
Mandy at http://mandy-webb.blogspot.com/
L Maddaford
Shrinking Violets
Cora at http://pollicina81.blogspot.com/
Marielljessica
Claire at http://pinfactoryart.blogspot.com/
Valentina at http://minibonbons.blogspot.com/
Joy at http://adora-bella-minis.blogspot.com/
Soffy at http://lemondedesoffy.blogspot.com/
Belinda at http://lacasitadebelinda.blogspot.com/ and 4 other links
Christine at http://postwarthatchedcottage.blogspot.com/
Vana at http://xartinakaravakia.blogspot.com/
Francesca at http://miniricamo.blogspot.com/
Valerie at http://www.houseofvalerie.blogspot.com/ and http://www.ausrose.blogspot.com/
Gaye at http://mysmallobsessionminiatures.blogspot.com/
Jenya at http://knottybynature.blogspot.com/
Lia e Alma at http://viliaminiature.blogspot.com/
Kimmi Lou Miniatures at http://kimmilouminiatures.blogspot.com/
Monique at http://nikkisknutselhoekje.blogspot.com/
Cindy at http://littlebearpaws.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://lindasminiaturehappenings.blogspot.com/ and http://pin1056.blogspot.com/
Sofia at http://sophia-miniatures.blogspot.com/
Shelly at http://chellekeshome.blogspot.com/
Beatrice at http://lesminiaturesdebeatrice.blogspot.com/
Trudette at http://trudette.blogspot.com/
Wunder
Eva at http://lapappilon.blogspot.com/
Olga Milona at http://imaginationandcreationbyolga.blogspot.com/
Silvia at http://ilpiccolomondodisilvia.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://shop-around-thecorner.blogspot.com/
Peskypeanut
Natasja at http://jamatoostende.blogspot.com/
Margarita at http://stipje.blogspot.com/
Wolfsrain at http://candy19candy.blogspot.com/
Alessandra Caprini at http://design-you.blogspot.com/
Lubaska at http://verejny.blogspot.com/
Gonda at http://gondasminiaturen.blogspot.com/
Ana at http://elmundoana.blogspot.com/
Rosamargarita at http://chiquicosas.blogspot.com/
Marta at http://martapelliseg.blogspot.com/
Margriet at http://e-beertje.blogspot.com/
Paul Smith at http://afanvalleyminiatures.blogspot.com/
Chris P. at http://chrispycrittersminis.blogspot.com/ and http://chrisandfriendsminiatureprojects.blogspot.com/
My Wee Life at http://my-wee-life.blogspot.com/

You are all so very welcome. Thank you for following me :-)

maandag 13 september 2010

Weekend results

Last weekend I have made a Mora clock. I love these clocks. Especially the older ones, with a nice antique patina. I have tried to recreate that patina, but it wasn´t easy. Problem is always that I like it when it is on my desk, but when I have taken pictures and look closer at the pictures there are always some imperfections :-(
I have also made some flowers and some kitchen items.






It will end up my french/scandinavian house (a lot of inspiration comes from magazines like Vakre Hjem and Jeanne d´Arc Living).