Monday, October 11, 2010

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

I am so delighted with this beautiful bead curtain!! I have always had a cunning plan to make a bead curtain for this little cottage but of course haven't found the time up until now. Recently, I went to a dollshouse show at my old club, and while I was admiring my friend Lynn's wonderful miniature holiday home (or bach, as we call them here in NZ), I saw that she had a multicoloured bead curtain hanging at the door. There really are no new ideas under the sun!! She told me where she got it, and when I went and had a look, there was one in white and pink. It arrived a couple of days ago and I just love it! It fits in beautifully.

The first picture was taken with the lights on in the living room, so it has a definite pink cast (which I like so I have shown you anyway). The above photo taken from the kitchen shows the colour a bit more realistically. I am so glad I have found this curtain because I am really short of time at present!

I am working on the little boy's room now. I must say, I don't think I have made my job much easier for myself by having a boy's room in a shabby chic cottage.....a little girl's room would have been a darn sight easier! But there you are, this girl loves a challenge!!

I have made some built in shelves, which you can see in the background, and here is a gorgeous little train set I have had stashed away for ages. It wouldn't stay together at all until I glued all the pieces of track to a piece of very thin acetate. I glued the train on the track, and then cut the acetate away so that you couldn't see it. If you look closely you will see I have done a crappy job of the trimming - I'll come back to that job later. The "station" by the track is a lovely little "dollshouse for a dollshouse" made by Twelfth Dimension. I bought it a long time ago and am glad to have found it a good home. The little pull toy dog that you can see in the background was bought at the same time, and is identical to a real one my father bought me when I was three.

I am taking this little cottage to a big dollshouse show in two weeks time so I have a bit of work to do in the next two weeks, that's for sure!!

I haven't been able to get hold of Marta, who won the giveaway, so if any of you can help me make contact with her, that would be wonderful. I had a similar problem with the last giveaway....don't know why!!!

26 comments:

Norma said...

I would never have imagined anyone would make tiny bead curtains, it's just great! Thanks for the links, 12th Dimension have some wonderful interesting things.

Flora said...

How wonderful! The beaded curtain is a new and highly original show, I like it!
And the boy's room, in my opinion, is much more classic: the train is a must!
As usual I love all :-)
I have the email address of Martha, do you need?
In this case, write me an email to your time.
Flora

by Sonya Rotella said...

Wonderful!It is like a 1:1 kitchen!
Lovely!
Minihugs
Sonya

auzilio said...

Precioso,una cortina espectacular y la habitacion de los niños preciosa,el tren es guapisimo,felicidades.Auxi.

Lara said...

Hi Carolyn, what a lovely kitchen and the bead curtain is so nice. And any boy would love to play in your little boy's room (even I would love to ;-) )
Picture perfect as always!

Marion said...

Hi Carolyn. Can't wait to see your cottage for real in a few weeks time!!! I've booked my flight. See you soon.

moti said...

what a lovely tiny bead curtains!!!!! I like the sweet decoration, great job!!!!!!!!!!!
regards
Eli

Ascension said...

Un trabajo precioso.
La cortina de cuentas me encanta.
Un lugar muy dulce para jugar un niño, enhorabuena!!!
besitos ascension

Marisa Stein said...

I love that kitchen! good luck at the doll show

PAKY said...

The curtain is fantastic, ideal for your wonderful kitchen! I love train! Is a big purpose make a boy bedroom! hugs

Heleni said...

This is a beautiful kitchen Caroline. So real, like 1:1.
The bead curtain are amazing and the boys bedroom is zo cute with the train...

gr.Heleni

miniacollection said...

The bead curtain is perfect for your kitchen, I'm sure that if the photo was in a decoration magazine people wouldn't believe it's a miniature room.
Good luck with the boy's room.
Geneviève

Patty said...

Carolyn, I WANT to move into your dollhouse!! It is so adorable and cozy! I love that curtain. A few years ago I was in an antique store and there was this wonderful dollhouse that was probably from the 20's or 30's and it had a beaded curtain on the main arch entrance to the livingroom! I thought it looked so incredible! Yours does too!! People are going to love seeing your dollhouse at the show!!!!

Knotty By Nature said...

Beyond adorable! Love the pink room next to the kitchen!

Frederica said...

Wow Carolyn , your dollshouse is looking so cool , can't wait to see it in real at the show , and you ofcourse , looking forward to catch up with you

see you soon , love from Frederica

Lataina said...

SO CUTE! The beaded curtain fits in great. I hope you post pics when you have time and it's all done for the show. =)

Christine said...

The beaded curtain is gorgeous, but I am in love with your toys! (I think I may have the same trainset)

Glenda said...

The bead curtain looks sooo good!
And it's a greatr idea to have a boy's room - refreshing!!

Karin said...

It loos very pretty in your wonderful kitchen!

Greetings, Karin.

CLARA said...

Está perfecta, desde las dos partes.
Cuando no responde el ganador de los sorteos, puedes no enviarlo o puedes pasar al siguiente.
Yo siempre me preocupo de que a lo mejor sea ganadora de algo y no enterarme porque el pc tiene problemas o blogger o lo que sea.
Esas cosas pasan por no tener bien la ficha de blogger, con su mail.
Disfruta de tus minis en esa habitación del niño.
Besos Clara

TINK-SONIA said...

Hi Carolyn the new courtain is lovely,your kitchen look fantastic now! I used your plates tuto and I'm happy by the result,a lot of thanks again,miniregards.

Kim said...

I love the beaded curtain- and the little train set is too darn cute!!

May said...

La habitación del niño te esta quedando muy bien, pero la cortina de cuentas es una maravilla.
Besitos, May

Margaret said...

The beaded curtain looks perfect for your kitchen Carolyn, and looks great from the living room too. Your boy's room pic is lovely, really like the toys.

Nicole said...

Wow.. the curtain is wonderful and in the combination to the other furnitures! It looks perfect. The pictures are great and show very well the harmony of the pastel colours. I like this very much, also this little lovely train!

Pan said...

Lovely photos. What a great idea. The bead curtain works so well.