Thursday, 29 November 2012

Just had to show you this

Hi all
I know 2 posts in one day, but I just had to show you my modern bed, I also made 3 handbags, busy bee today

I was asked if I sell my work, the answer is yes, I usually sell on eBay, but if anyone is interested in any of my work just contact me.

Photo time


A Miniature Christmas: November Giveaway......

A Miniature Christmas: November Giveaway......: OK..... so here's the deal. My November giveaway is a kit to make this wonderfully seasonal book.....Nellie's Christmas Eve, which was ori...

I know its not Monday but had to let you know about this lovely give a way, why not have a lookk at her blog and enter the give a way

a bit upset

Hi All
pleased you liked the tutorial on shabby chic, most of my own house is in this style, has my son says, "better not stand still mum will shabby me" I am still waiting for my bathroom to be finished, my friend has more work and has this is paid work he has to take it, but it means I wait, my son is going to paint it today, its only a small room so he should be alright.

I was a bit angry this morning, i belong to many groups on face book, all to do with minis and I have my own group from where I sell my minis, I went on this morning and found my shabby chic desk had been copied, it was not exactly the same but it was my style, someone even commented thinking it was my work, now I do not mind being copied I always say " if they think my work is that good and they cannot think for themselves then good luck" but I draw a line when they then sell cheaper than me, beginning to think it is not a good idea to put my work on face book. moan over.

Yesterday I found some lovely material, so I am making a modern bed, yes Jazzi a modern bed, it was the materials fault, will show you later

Don't forget my give a way ends 1st December

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

How I do my shabby chic look

Hi All
Wow when did that happen, 200 followers, when I started this blog I never thought I would get one let alone 200, it makes me feel very good to know so many of you think my blog is interesting enough to have a browse and look at my work, many of you have given me a lot of encouragement and praise, I thank you all.

A little while ago someone asked me how I did my shabby chic look, so here it is,

Step 1

I first choose a piece of furniture that I want to change

This is the piece I chose, you need to remove all the fixtures, the handles usually come of quite easy, sometimes if it is a bigger piece with doors, I microwave, yes I did say microwave for a few seconds at a time, until the glue melts a bit and then it is easier to take apart, be careful with this, do not microwave any metal or glass objects, I only do a few seconds at a time, I find if I can take a bit to bits it helps with the painting, do remember how it goes together.
Step 2.
you now need to sand the piece all over, this helps to provide a key for your paint to stick do.
Step 3.
Choose your base colour, this is the colour you want to show through when finished. sometimes I will do a base colour of white if the piece is a dark colour, now paint it

step 4.
When dry I painted it white, you can choose any combination of colour,
Step 5.
When dry, take some sand paper and rub the piece, it should look more worn in areas which have the most use or where it could be knocked against, IE, legs, edges, tops,
If I am doing a bigger piece I put on a tiny bit of Vaseline on the areas where I want to show the worn look, this stops the paint sticking to that area,
you can decide what way you wish to do it, I suggest you experiment on smaller pieces or a scrap of wood first,

after sand papering/

Step 6,
put back the fittings, or change them to something else, and decorate
complete set
Mine I made ready for Christmas

Now thats how I make my shabby chic minis

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

have you entered

Hi All

A reminder about my mystery Give A Way, winner to be drawn on 1st December, just leave a comment, pop me on your blog if you have one and that's it.

I forget who asked but someone asked for a tutorial on shabby chic, I am now in the process of doing that for you, when I have finished will put it on here for you to see.

Staying in this week, it does not stop raining, my lawn is sodden, but I am lucky compared to those who are flooded and there still may be more,  hope every one stays safe.

Now on to minis, I finished my little wall unit, I added little bits to it, I also made a Christmas apron, oven gloves and tea towel, I popped items in the drawers and added a hanging rack for the little brass measuring cups. I think it came out good, today I am making a sideboard to go with it.

My bathroom is still not finished, bit fed up but as its a friend doing it and I am having to fit in between jobs its been difficult for him to find the time to come and finish it, but I have been told that Wednesday is looking good, I do hope so, I just want my bathroom back, next room to be decorated is the hallway, that's being done the 2nd December, have got to choose the paint, not sure yet what colour to have, something light. After that I can start to get my Christmas decorations out.

Well I had better show you the photos

close up of the shelving

Monday, 26 November 2012

Modernist Molly's Minis: Challenge 1: The Mini-Nut Challenge

Modernist Molly's Minis: Challenge 1: The Mini-Nut Challenge: Does anyone recognise the items in the photograph below? They are the little doohickeys that you pull out of the seal in the top of vinega...

found this one, just finish the sentence and enter the give a way

Honey, I shrunk the house!: Chantilly Lace / Giveaway Time!

Honey, I shrunk the house!: Chantilly Lace / Giveaway Time!: Last week a friend pointed out that I do a lot of remodeling on my houses. I thought of her when I busted out my half scale Chantilly from...

Scroll;; down to see this lovely Give a way, it is so sweet, I love the cat and the fish bowl, I've entered so why don't you

Jazzi Minis: Monday Mini Link Party #34

Jazzi Minis: Monday Mini Link Party #34: Welcome  to another Mini Link Party for fellow miniaturists everywhere!    Jazzi's Mini Link Party is to increase awareness of Miniaturist...

As usual I promote my friend Jazzi, why not join in her Monday link party, its a great way to get more people to see your blog, and its so easy to join, hope to see you there

Its Monday

Hi All

yes its Monday and time for me to run around the world and find you some Give a ways for you to enter

Don't forget my mystery Give a way, ends on 1st December, just make a comment and put me on your blog (if you have one) you can still enter if you do not have a blog, good luck

right my running shoes are on, off I go

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hi All

Just a quickie to show you my minis that I have finished, the desk still needs a chair, being painted as we speak, the cabinet came out very well, I found some old plaster Chinese figures, I had forgot I had them, so I put them in the unit, the drawer is full of cutlery and the cupboard has part of a dinner service, I think it came together very well.

In work room today, the weather is so bad so the ideal day to spend inside,
Have a look at the photos