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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cozy Cabin Front Porch

I made some headway on the front porch this evening. I am using Paperclay to create the stone porch.  I rolled the Paperclay into sections that were about 1/8" thick.  I had designed the wood frame for the porch and screwed and glued it to the base of the cabin.
Initially I was going to use wood for the porch floor, but then decided that stone would look better.  I infilled the center of the porch sections with foam.  It is both lightweight and created a surface that I could glue to.  Another reason I am using Paperclay instead of real rocks is because it is very lightweight.  I had used real stone on a house previously and it weighed a ton!


I coated the porch with craft glue and laid the clay over it.  I smoothed it out and then 'drew' a stone pattern with my clay tools.  Then I worked each stone to try and make it look unique and stone-like.


Here is the corner column with the stones attached.  While the clay was still moist, I worked & shaped it into the original angled design.


Here was some more progress on the floor and one of the other corner porch supports.

Just one more column to go, then I will continue with the stone base around the rest of the cabin. I have decided that I will hold off painting the rocks until after I get  all of the stone installed.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cozy Cabin Fireplace Update

I have been making lots of "rocks" this week for the cabin fireplace.  I have been using Paperclay to create the stone.  After some more 'trial and error'  I figured out that the most successful method was to make the rocks individually then glue them to the fireplace when they are close to being dry.


I added another small section of roof to the living room.  I ended up using some paint stir sticks for the structure from the local big box store.  I had been holding off on the roof and shingles around the fireplace until I figured out how I was going to create the stone. I wasn't sure if I should build the roof around the fireplace or install rocks around the roof.


After the roof piece was in place, I finished shingling the roof on both ends of the cabin.  


I decided to create a stone top for the chimney out of the clay also.  Now I get to select some paint colors for the stone.


Here is the view of the chimney from the living room side of the cabin


Here is the view looking over the front porch.

Here is a birds eye view from above.


The other project that I started was the stone work at the front door.  
I used some cardboard to build a base for the stone column surrounds. 


I toyed with the idea of creating four stone tapered pieces -but decided on three. 
Four didn't leave a lot of room for furniture.  I may build some sort of trellis over the front porch to tie the elements together. The porch floor and the three pieces will be covered with stone.  I am also going to put stone around the entire base of the cabin.

Click on the cabin label below to see the progress on this project.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cozy Cabin Fireplace Update

I haven't worked on the Cozy Cabin project in ages.  To be honest I was a little discouraged after I started the fireplace a while back.  I used some inexpensive air dry clay.  I made the rocks, glued them in place and let it dry.  Sadly, the clay shrunk by almost 50% and most of them fell off the walls.  Needles to say it has been sitting in this state for quite a while,


  Until today!

This is what it looked like at the end of today.  

Let me back up-


I started off by removing all of the cabin furniture which needed to be dusted any way.


I scraped off the old air-dry clay rocks.

This was the debris field outside the cabin.  I decided that since the clay was done shrinking, I could probably re-use some of it. 

After a little research, this was the design I came up with.  I made a template out of cardboard and a removable firebox too.

 I decided to work horizontal this time.  The two logs will support the mantle.


This is the firebox portion of the fireplace.  I started by re-using some of the old pieces and gluing them in.

This was my progress early on.  I had envisioned that I would roll our the clay and glue it on, but I was having trouble getting the river rocks to look round, so I ended up rolling the clay into different sized "rocks" in my hands and glueing them on one at a time.  I mixed in some of the rocks from the previous fireplace. After the everything drys, I will paint.

To see my earlier posts on the cabin click HERE or on the cabin label below.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Recent Acquisitions

I found a few miniature accessories at an estate sale this week.

The plate measures about 1" across and is marked "Limoges France" on the back (see below).  The tiny piggy bank is made from wood. The tiny totem pole and monkey sculpture "speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil"  are some kind of pewter.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few items here and there, mainly at local estate sales.


I came across this 1930's Rich dollhouse.  I will need to make some new windows, but other than that, it is in pretty great shape.  I located an advertisement for the house in an old catalog, it is called the "Berkshire" and has six rooms inside.  It was unique because the second floor overhangs the first floor. It sold for $2.94 back in 1939.
The advertisement describes the roof color as brown, so I may have to fix that too!



A cow-worker picked this small cottage up for me at a garage sale for $5.  
It needs a little TLC. 


I came across these antique or vintage handkerchiefs at a garage sale. I liked the blue tatted edges.  I am envisioning it as a bed spread in my Tynietoy house in the blue bedroom.  It can be seen HERE




I have picked up a few random pieces here and there.  I found this Dollhouse Victorian wallpaper book from the the 1980's.  It still has all of the paper in it!  I found the porch swing at another sale and it will most likely end up on my daughter's house. CLICK HERE

I left another sale with this vintage 'antique' map of the world with burnt edges.   I think it will end up on the wall of a library. 

The Dolls' House book was a great find.   


Here is the inside cover page (1965)  It is mainly black and white photos and the typeset looks to be done with a typewriter.


When I visited the Smithsonian a while back, I was able to see Faith Bradford's dollhouse that is on display there and I picked up the the large full color book "America's Doll House".  It offers a totally different perspective than the 1965 version.  The new book is full of color photos of each individual room and goes into detail about how the collection was put together and also has some history.  The vintage book is put together more like a story book and describes each of the dolls in the house and talks about some of the rooms.  They are both great!

To see more about Faith Bradford's dollhouse at the Smithsonian, click HERE


Monday, July 11, 2016

La Pausa - Coco Chanel's Home


I was able to visit to the Dallas Museum of Art recently.  One of the permanent exhibits was a reconstruction of La Pausa, a home that Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel built on the French Riviera in 1927.  The 5 acre lot was originally located near Monaco.  In the early 1950's, fellow model Emery Reves, purchased the home and it's contents from Chanel.  In 1985, Reves donated the home and it's vast collection of art and antiques to the museum.

The home is reconstructed inside the walls of the museum and is pretty much in contrast to the other galleries inside the modern building.

This is the entry hall into the reconstruction of the house.


The reconstruction includes a replica of the exterior coutryard
Some of the furniture was given to Coco by the Duke of Westminister with whom she was romantically involved with.

The master bedroom



The house is full of antique furniture and great works of art including Renoir and Monet.

The dining room opens into the courtyard



The living room  or Salon opens to the courtyard opposite the dining room

Each room has a directory identifying the artist and the date


The home has hosted all kinds of dignitaries: Greta Garbo, Aristotle Onassis, and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, just to name few.  Another frequent guest was Winston Churchill.  He would stay for months at a time. The following are paintings that Churchill worked on while staying at the home.





Churchill first stayed at the estate in 1956 after retiring from public life.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Maison de Monet a Giverny

I have picked up a few items here and there at estate sale.


I found these round wood pieces and knew that they would look great as a medallion on a ceiling supporting a light fixture.  The metal napkin rings looked like crates or cages to me and I found the wicker chair at another sale.  My daughter had the opportunity to travel to France and brought me back the fold out mini version of Monet's house in Giverny France.


She took hundreds of pictures, but I thought I would share a few.


Here is a shot of the real house while on her tour.  They had room boxes for sale in the gift shop.  She took some picture of those for me.

Room Box for sale

Room Box for sale

Monet's Dining Room

Monet's Dining Room in miniature

Monet's kitchen

Monet's kitchen in miniature

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