Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Lady of the Night (Not for Nice Ladies!)

You may wonder why, oh! why did I make this little setting? Long story - short version. My large Victorian 8 roomed dolls house, now called Downton Lodge, used to be a house of ill repute, all because I enjoyed the Dolly Parton film, 'The Best Little Whore House in Texas' as the grandchildren started to grow, it had to be changed, for obvious reasons. Rather than dress this one lady, I decided to make her a little setting, where she was having a rest between clients. I took her out on my talks to W.I and other groups, she always created a laugh, a smile or even a gasp, any reaction was welcome.

Items to note, I dressed the porcelain doll in a basque which I stitched onto her, the long bloomers were hand sewn. The tea cosy was knit by a fellow miniatrist who sent it to me for a gift. the Jimmy Shoo shoes were purchased, I say Jimmy Shoo because they were a ridiculous price. I framed the pictures, the other two wall hangings are from brooches. Thanks for your visit, I apologise for there being a week's delay in posting.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Butcher - Mr. E.W.E. Lamb

I purchased Mr. Lamb at a DH fair in York, of course I already had half of the stock for a butcher's shop made. I made all of the meat in the shop with salt dough, except for the sausage on the counter which I bought. There is tripe, lamb, beef, pork and chicken. I made the counter and back bench but bought the butcher's block with knives and meat cleavers. The little dog is so hoping a piece of sausage will fall from the counter. The floor tiles were made by adding in true Blue Peter style, some sticky back plastic to old greeting cards, then cutting them out into squares and laying them in a pettern onto a sheet of plain card. Of course, this is in the era long before food hygiene, Health and Safety laws were in practice. I would so much appreciate you leaving a comment, I am beginning to think there is only little old me looking at my blog.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone, I am taking a few days break.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Auctioneer - Mr. H.I Bidder

Mr. H. I. Bidder the Auctioneer is set in a Box File with the lid removed. The auctioneers is a good place to set the small accessories which I may not have found a place for as yet or sometimes, I acquire items which may not be 1/12th scale. I made his lecturn and a few other items, but in this setting most have been purchased. I've had a busy family weekend, sorry for lack of postings, but don't worry there are still lots more to come. Don't forget as I said in my first posting, I have made these settings over a period of maybe 12 years, they are not overnight wonders. LOL I hope you continue to pop in and have a look at my little treasures.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Dolly Mixtures Sweets and Confectionary

Apologies for missing yesterday, just one of those days when time passed me by. here are 3 pics today to make amends. This shop is a box I bought at a DH Fair at York, many years ago. It is only 4" deep. As soon as I spotted it , I wanted it to be a sweet shop. Please enlarge by clicking on the photos to see the details and close up of the many varieties of sweets and chocolates. I made all of the chocolates in the cabinet, filled many of the jars with hundreds and thousands, by splitting the colours up a long and interesting way to pass the time! LOL I used downloads and adverts from the internet to produce many of the enclosed plus a few special buys to add the final touches. Have fun, see how many sweets you used to enjoy when you were young. The licquorice sherbert dips used to be one of my favourites.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Russel Sprout -Greengrocer

Mrs. Russel Sprout is tending the greengrocer's stall, at the local market. I made the majority of the produce with either Fimo or Sculpey clay. I bought the mushrooms, garlic and cherries they were too fiddly to make. The cauliflowers, bananas and pineapple were fun to make. I bought the stall ready made but made the table at the front. Be sure to click on the picture to get a zoom in to spot all the fruit and vegetables. Thanks for looking, not many comments, but the visitor counter does tell me people are looking for which I am very grateful.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Gentleman's Study

Gentleman's Study - items I made are the letter rack, the plant, green books on a stand, waste paper bin, framed the pictures. The glass cabinet drawers contain specimens of rocks, minerals, butterflies and shells. this is all contained in a box made with MDF which is 4" deep.