Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Trying to get done for the show

I have been busy getting ready for our national Convention, which is held only every two years. I am taking the Shabby Cottage for the display area, so I need to get it a little bit more finished. Of course, there will still be a lot of little touches to be added as time goes by, but I didn't want it going to Convention with the little boy's room looking completely empty, so I have been trying to make it look a bit more lived in.

I bought some printable computer fabric (AND I got it here in NZ - I get a bit sick of having to order things in from overseas all the time, so I was delighted to find it in a NZ based online quilting shop. YAY....it only took two days to arrive!!) I printed some gorgeous Kath Kidson and Greengate patterns and have made some cute little cushions, pillow and blinds for the shabby cottage. I really like the pillows on the little boy's bed! They are so cheerful. I think I will make some blinds to match. I am a huge fan of blinds (that's because I am so crappy at making curtains. I used a cute strawberry print for the blind in the kitchen.

I also used the unprinted edges of the fabric - the bit that was outside the margins - to make some plain white blinds for the bedroom. I had pictured beautiful diaphanous curtains here but the blinds will do for now and I can figure out the curtains later. I also made the little patterned cushion on the bed and the big square lace-edged pillow.

And this little cushion for the living room.

I had to take the shelves out of the little boys room and redo them - they were all wonky and the shelves were sloping and sagging. I pulled it all apart and sanded it back, then reglued it back together with some spacers in between the shelves to try and hold them straight. And at the same time some friends called round, so I was making cappucinos and talking at a million miles an hour, while hoping that it was all straight because the glue was drying. Another coat of white paint, and back in it went. On the shelves you can see all his toys....he even has a tiny rock collection like my "real" boy! And lots of books, but I need to make more - I want to make some old-looking Biggles books, as my own Matthew really likes reading those! That will have to be done after Convention.

This is the table in the boy's room....he loves nature and butterflies and you can see that he has all sorts of things that interest him on his little table.

Thank you all for coming to visit my blog - I love reading your comments! Wish me luck at Convention!!

36 comments:

CLARA said...

Seguro que tendrás suerte. Estas habitaciones están muy bien decoradas. La habitación infantil con los estantes muy rectos y llenos de sus aficiones. La mesa con mucho detalle, me ha encantado esa pecera.
Todas la telas que has impreso están muy alegres y bien cosidas. Me encanta.
Besos Clara

Marfolhuz miniatures said...

Everything looks so wonderful! Nice and coulorful house to live in.
Good luck at the Convention!
greetings, Marieke

Marion said...

I sure wish you luck, Carolyn. As a matter of fact I will personally do so this weekend. :-)
So looking forward to seeing your cottage for real....
See you on Saturday.

minimami said...

Good luck! I really like your fabrics!

Christine said...

It looks wonderful Carolyn. Lucky thing, Marion - wish I could go too. :~)

Nicole said...

Great idea with the printed fabrics, wonderful colours. Reminds me that I also wanted to print fabric! Sometimes there comes so many ideas for new projects in my mind and I wanted to start them all at the same time... so some vanished in a drawer...
And such a nice idea with the nature and butterfly arrangment in the boys room. Looks so good!!!
Wish you all the best for the convention :-)

Lara said...

Good luck, Carolyn! Your little cottage looks absolutely beautiful.

Anthoula said...

Carolyn everything looks so fresh and cute!

Flora said...

I am sure you have a great success: your cottage is accurate in every detail with taste and fun, two things that people really like!
A big hug, Flora :-)

Daydreamer said...

Very beautiful, Carolyn! And your details are fantastic! I need to learn how to print cloth! You have made some great tiny pillows!
Good luck at your convention!

rosanna said...

I love the little boy's room, so cheerful and merry. Rosanna

Catherine said...

It ALL looks wonderful! Good luck at the show!!! I can't wait to hear all about it in a new post. :-)

Ascension said...

Son unas habitaciones preciosas, con detalles muy bonitos.
Me encanta la pecera.
besitos ascension

Patty said...

Caroline, Everything looks so adorable and perfect! I love the shades that you have made! They came out perfect! Lucky Marion gets to see it in person!!! If they hand out ribbons at your convention I am sure yours will be Blue!! This is the sweetest cottage!!

miniacollection said...

I simply love your shabby house. I like what you added in the boy's room, the pillows are great.
Your house will get a lot of admirers at the convention.

kimsminiatures said...

Lovely Caroline. Best wishes at the convention. Hugs~ Kim

Mooghiscath said...

j'aime beaucoup l'ambiance de ces petites pièces , c'est très jolie.

Marisa Stein said...

that's a wonderful little boys room, I love the furniture and the toys!

Heleni said...

Very beautiful Caroline. The pillows are so cute and the blinds are wonderful...
Best wish at the convention.

gr.Heleni

Irene said...

Have fun at the show and your little boy's room is just lovely - all the things a little boy could want.

An excellent idea too to use the borders of the fabric paper - waste not, want not!!

Lataina said...

Gorgeous! I love all the little pillows and the blinds are too cute. Your cottage is going to be a great hit at the convention. Have fun and best of luck!!! =)

Margaret said...

The boys room looks fabulous Carolyn and you have done so well printing the fabric. The cushions and blinds look amazing, I love how you have decorated the rooms. Have fun at the convention.

Glenda said...

It's delightful to wander around this house! Your sense of colour and detail is exquisite - a pleasure indeed!

Pity said...

Esta todo super bonito. Te mando la suerte porque la pides, pero no creo que la necesites.

Besos

Evelien said...

The room looks lovely and so do the blinds and pillows! Good luck!

Marta said...

Hi Carolyn

Marta I won your beautiful drawing, I thought you get my message with my address, which upset if I mail every day waiting to see if I get your package, you again send the message via email and your blog if you get please tell me my message. Thanks for your concern I hope to be in time to send it to me.
 My address is:

Marta Pellisé Gutierrez
Av Mare de Deu de Montserrat, 201 1 º 1 º
08041 Barcelona (Spain)

Thanks a hug

Carolyn said...

Marta....thank you so much for your address....I was wondering how to get hold of you as I had emailed a few times. I will post the parcel off to you straight away!!! Best wishes, Carolyn

Eva said...

Good luck!!! I will be a succes, for sure!
By the way, I am celebrating too the number of followers with two giveaways, just in case you would like to take part :)

Chris P's Minis and More said...

Thsi is justan adorable little boy's room!

Giulia said...

Hi Carolyn, i simply love your works! I like very much your style and i'm gonna be a follower.
Kisses, Giulia

Heather said...

So darling. Good luck!

Piikko said...

Carolyn, the room looks lovely.
I love the colours and fabrics:)

Paris Miniatures said...

It's so lovely!I love the style, would live there if it was possible!!
Emma

Marta said...

Hi Carolyn
It is an incredible children's room, looks so real you just want to get to play on it. Congratulations¡¡¡¡¡

Today I received your gift, it's beautiful ¡¡¡¡¡ very sad I would have lost, but already in my house.
Thank you for caring and interested to know my address.
A big hug.
Marta

Kleine Vingers said...

Prachtige foto's, zoveel inspiratie...Er komt gewoon stoom uit mijn oren door alle ideee'n die door mijn hoofd tollen.

amy fletcher said...

Hi Carolyn, what website did you buy the fabric paper from?
Everything looks fantastic! You are an inspiration. Amy.