Saturday, 12 April 2014

Griffin House - building work is finished

Roofing in progress. The tiles are up, base coat of coffee paint is on. The front has been put together, the chimneys are painted 
I have finished the house now, painted the roof, set the chimneys, added details, made it a bit old. This picture has my reading glasses in it, to show the size of the house.
Inside the house
A few details
Now the furnishing!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Apeldoorn show

An update of the Apeldoorn Show this weekend, april 5-6

This is Leo's stand. His table for the glassblowing in the front, most of the glass is in display cabinets. Only the cheapest things in front for customers to touch.
 these 2 pictures were taken Sunday, around 11 o'clock. The show was very quiet this weekend, not as many visitors as usual.

I had made myself a list, and almost kept to it, just a few bits extra. Did not get some items, because I could not find what I wanted.
So what did I get?
first, for my 1/48 mediƫval house, a few (ahem) bits of stoneware
The coin is a 1 euro coin. These are made by Annie Heinrich
For my lacemaker, bobbins and sewing thread spools, and a darning gadget from JoKra
From Hazel Dowd, a kit for making 2 mannequins with Edwardian gowns
From ODH, a games table kit, and 2 screens. The screens are put in the window, to protect from sunlight. Need to put thin gauze in those.
A kit from Lutje Boudel, for a sweet toy. And it really is a kit, it has the wood, but you have to cut out the shapes yourself.
Every day there is a lottery, with all proceeds going to the childrens hospital in Arnhem. I never win anything when I buy a lottery ticket. I bought tickets Saturday, and to my big surprise, I won 3 prizes!
I know who made the wine cabinet, it is by Loes Snoodijk. Lovely, isn't it? and a little porcelain boy, he has a cute face. And a Chrysnbon bathroom accessories set.
That made my day!
Then Sunday. I bought another set of tickets, they are 5 euros for 12, not expensive. All the money is given to the hospital, standholders are asked to donate the prizes.
And guess what, I again won 3 prizes! A set of 6  black mugs, those are in the box in front.
A packet of Christmas things, and a kit for a doll.
The doll is an old crone, I think she is lovely!
All wrinkles.
The show was not busy, easy to see everything. I don't know how much money Marjan and Leo make, I only help with the selling, but I have been told they have made enough to cover costs.
Why the show was so quiet, I have no idea, could have been the weather, wich was quite nice, or the time of the year, maybe the economics, maybe to many other shows around. Who knows?

more beading

Just an update on what I have been beading lately. I gave the star to my aunt, made myself a new one. A blue and silver one.
A tila bead bracelet
From a pattern by beadaholique on YouTube
Earrings, with garnet colored swarovski and Pearls, the pattern also from YouTube, by Sidonia's handmade jewelry

Sunday, 23 March 2014

woodwork, and a tryout, to see if it will all fit. 

Still painting....

...the woodwork of my house! I decided it was too dark, now have to change the color to a lighter one. In other words: do all the painting of the woodwork again!
I don't have much time, or the energy, in the evening to do much. It is slow, but there is no deadline for this house.
While the layers are drying, I am doing other things.
This is a brickstitch bangle, with a kind of netting on top. One I can't give away, it is exactly fitted to my wrist. Done with size 9 seed beads.
This one is made from a pattern and kit by Geralda den Hollander, from the Daver. Her instructions are very good, making it easy to make a pretty bracelet. Size 8 and size 11 Toho beads.

And my masterpiece, this one took quiet a few hours. A peyote stitch star ornament, for Christmas. it is finished in time to hang in my tree....
This one is also made from a kit by Geralda. Just follow her instructions, put in some time (or rather quite a lot of time, this is one thing you don't finish in an evening), and you end up with a lovely ornament.
The start....
.... and the finished star!
the colors don't show up well in the picture. it is a lovely gold and bronze lustre.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Griffin House

New project! This is the kit Candlewick House, by Petite Properties. A quarter scale house.
My version will be named Griffin House, because of the griffins guarding it. A medieval property.
All those pieces - I started by painting most of them.
Gave me time to think about what I wanted to do to the walls and floors. with this size it is easier to decorate those before putting the whole thing together.

These are the tiles for the ground floor. I want to simulate a slate floor.
and lots of beams! This is the ground floor partition wall, between the kitchen and living.


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lapis lazuli bracelet

The lucet cord - that will end up eventually as a bracelet. Got sidetracked by some lapis lazuli beads. Found a nice button, some leather cord, and made it into a wrap bracelet.