Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas ornament with tatting

I bought some Christmas balls, diameter 5 cm. I want to cover them with tatting.
First try is finished now. I took a pattern from Jon Yusoffs book tatted snowflakes, Pirouette.
That, without the middle, is the bottom part of the tatting. Fiddled around with it, added a couple of rounds to cover the whole ball.
I am going to make this with a white around a matte red ball.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

1:48 again!

I had promised myself not to buy any more 1:48, but couldn't resist when I saw this kit by Jane Harrop. It is a clog maker's shed. My grandfather used to make clogs when he was young.
Today I had a day to myself, and made it up.
What you get, is a whole load of little pieces.
Jane Harrop has good instructions, with a bit of patience I did get a nice result.
This is the shed finished. I found this not hard, it came together easily. I did not put on a thick layer of paint, more like a drybrush, it is a shed built of wood, and left as is. Dirty because of the weather was what I was aiming for.
Now for the things inside. That was fiddly, because of all the little pieces. I sanded a nice bit off of my nails, sanding those little clogs.
I love peering through the doors!
I have taken a picture of the things inside, with a euro, so you can see how big it is.
I really should take pictures in daylight, but couldn't wait.
I did do something else this weekend, Friday night I made myself a pair of Christmas earrings. They are made from a pattern, and idea, by Blue Buddha Boutique, they call them Holly earrings. chainmail. Theirs was made with aluminum scales, I made mine with polycarbonate scales. These are  a bit transparent. They look a lot better in my ears then they do in the picture!
I was finished in half an hour with these, I tried them at first with 4.2 mm rings, but that did not go well with the scales. I ended up using the 6.2 ones, which are advised by Blue Buddha. The smaller ones I had in green, the larger ones only in silver color.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Finishing off

Finishing off - that is my embroidery. I got a kit from Lorna Bateman some time ago, for a lovely flower garland, silk ribbon embroidery.
This is the finished embroidery. All that was left was to take it out of the hoop, and find a frame for it.
The frame had to be a deep one, to avoid crushing the dimensional effect from the ribbon. I found this frame, it is from Riverdale. And finally framed it.

I think it looks good!

Last night I started another Christmas ornament, this will be a bell when finished. Pattern is by Renulek.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Finished the fences

Have been working on the fences I bought for my dollhouse. Hardest part was already done, just had to paint and glue together. I didn't buy enough posts, but that was no problem, piece of wood does very well.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Apeldoorn show

This weekend was the show in Apeldoorn. It was a lovely show, with a lot more customers then last time. I had one thing on my shopping list, that was fencing for my dollhouse. The fencing is from Arjen Spinhoven . And the book by Petitie Properties on finishes.
The wood in the picture is oak and mahogany, from Hubert Boom. For furniture for a room box I want to make, this will be set in the time of Vermeer. I want to decide what furniture needs to go in it, then I will know the size of the box to make. Original idea was to make it 1/24, but I did find a lovely painting, which will go in there, size will now be 1/12. The painting is by Elly Ypma.
The spool of whool I bought from Annelies de Kort.
Vonas Miniatures had a lovely stand with pipes, which will go into the room box also.
And last, a little glass vase with a gold rim from Leo Reijnders.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bit of tatting and beads

I  liked the flowers and leaves from the Tischband tatalong, on Umi and Tsuru's blog. Nice to tat.
I made 2 leaves with oliver twist thread in green. Thin thread, the leaves turned out just over an inch in length. Nice, but what to do with it?
add a couple of beads, and earring wires, et voila!
As I had my wires and beads out, started playing arount with them. Really just playing, trying out combinations and ideas. When I do this, the whole table is covered with my beads, wires and tools. I have cleared everything up now, after making this bookmark, with gemstones I had. Malachite, Cornelian, and I forfot what the light green was. These were leftovers from a necklace I made a long time ago. Set the beads on wire, the dangle nicely now.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Shawl is finished!

Finally finished my shawl with tatted edging. It has taken me many hours, I don't know how many, I don't want to count.
The edging is made from a pattern by Bestitched, the sisters edging. I changed it a bit.
The thread used is King Tut quilt thread, at the moment my favorite thread to tat with.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Made myself a fern

I made this staghorn fern, made a couple of them actually. They are fun to make. A lot of work though.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Griffin House inside

Almost finished! The furniture is a mix of kits by Templewood miniatures, Petite properties, Jane harrop and a couple from SDK Miniatures, the chair and hutch, these last were a gift from a dear friend, as were the 2 pies. The pots and pitchers are by Annie Hendriks.
Now I am going back to 1/12, a lot easier then 1/48!
The kit of this games table is by Arjen Spinhoven. There ar no instructions included, but it is an easy kit to put together. I painted it brown, with a few gold accents.
Another buy from him were 2 kits for a 'raamhor', I have no idea how to translate thate.
These are typically Dutch as far as I know, to protect the plants from direct sunlight. Or keep people from looking in, as some say! I need one more kit, I bought 2, but have 3 windows to the room! Next time at the show I will buy another one.

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 Arjen Spinhoven, 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?