Thursday, July 21, 2011

A lovely addition to the cottage

Yay!! I think I've finally figured out how to load photos without it driving me crazy! Don't know why, but recently I've had so much grief trying to add photos to my blog. I used to be able to load them in and them move them around to where I wanted them fairly easily but lately it's been a complete mission. Anyway, now I've figured out that if I actually plan which ones I want to use and then load them in reverse order, then they will all end up in the desired order and all I have to do then is enter my comments and it's done. It was driving me crazy! How typical - I should've been planning it better. That's my whole life in a nutshell but I'm not sure that's a lesson I'm going to remember, going on past experience.

Anyway, what I am all excited about tonight (hubby is away so I can stay up really late blogging without annoying him) is this little bench which arrived in the mail. It is just so perfect for the bedroom of the Shabby Cottage. I had always meant to make something for the end of the bed but I've been lazy about working with wood lately. But isn't this just so lovely?? This was a gift from the lovely Norma, who planned it out and carefully checked measurements with me and chose just the most beautiful soft shade of blue and sent it over to me even though she hasn't been well. Thank you so much, Norma! I love it!

I set this arrangement up just for the photo but liked it so much that I have left it this way. The little gerbera flower was made by Pei Li - it is sitting in what is meant to be a scent bottle made of cranberry glass by Phil Grenyer of Glasscraft. I took the stopper off - it is just right as a little vase instead of a scent bottle. The shoes were made by Sylvia Rowntree and Linda Carswell made the little shoebox, which is full of the most delightful miniature mail. I was so glad to find the little Eiffel tower is so cute.

After my last post, a few people wanted a closer look at the little doll who was hidden away in the she is, looking very pleased to have a bench to sit on!

She is very sweet and even has bendable arms and legs and tiny pantaloons!

She also quite likes to be tucked into her cosy corner.

Now don't worry about the next photo. It doesn't look good but here's how it happened....

It is school holidays here now (and it is the middle of winter). Last week, my dear little seven year old Ella, followed closely by her nine year old brother Matthew came sheepishly into my room to tell me, in fear and trepidation, that they had accidentally landed a karate kick on the Shabby Cottage. So I went to see the damage and thought you might like a photo of the living room after Cyclone Ella had struck (could have been worse). Well the few things that were blu-tacked down stayed put but everything else (in all the rooms) went for a tumble. I'm not one for sticking things down much as I like to move things around a bit. I was very kind to Ella as she obviously felt terrible. Matthew's comment (wise from years of experience): "See, Ella....I told you it's best to tell her straight away." Anyway, no harm done. It's all back in place now. Wish tidying my real house was as easy.

I thought I would show you this cute little thingy. Don't know what to call it. I think it might have been meant as a candleholder or a too-small fruit bowl or something. Someone was giving away their unwanted miniatures and I was lucky enough to get this little cupid thing. The purple sparkly thing on top is a tiny bead I bought (thought it would make a good lid for something one day). I'm glad I've finally found a home for it before I lost it.

And here it is on the little table in the living room.

Oh....I have a funny story to tell you!

I received an email the other day from a journalist who works for NZ House & Garden magazine. She had stumbled upon this blog accidentally and wanted to know if my real house was similar in style to the dollshouse, in which case she would like to send a photographer down and do a feature on it. I had to disappoint her (and myself) and tell her that no-one in their right mind would want to do a feature on our very average family home, with train sets in the lounge and plastic compost buckets in the kitchen. But thanks for asking. Well I didn't say it quite that way (I was awfully polite) but you get the idea! I was pretty chuffed to be asked, however, and emailed hubby at work all excited about it. "It's a scam, don't answer" was his take on it. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I will never have a home fit to feature in NZ House & Garden but at least my dollshouse is worthy of consideration. How cool is that??

Today I have been messing around with paint and some little metal miniatures that have been sitting around here for ages, and these little jugs are the result. The smaller one was meant to be a coffee pot but I ditched the lid because it didn't fit properly.

They look quite cute as a pair in the little kitchen. I'm still moving them around to find the right place for them.

They look quite cute up on top of the pantry cupboard but you can't really see them too well because they are right up by the ceiling. Not sure they go too well....maybe they should've been white....but I can't bear to part with them....I think they are cute!

Hope those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying the is winter here and cold and wet. Looking forward to Spring


Judith said...

Oh, so many beautiful things here Carolyn. I love the bench. You're right, it's such a perfect shade of blue and that doll looks wonderful sitting on it. I love the jugs too - they should definitely be where they can be seen. Judith x

SaMiRa73 said...

Wow, Carolyn! I looove your long posts! The bench looks beautiful and it matches so perfectly to the shade of blue in your rug!
And the "Northern Hemisphere" here in Germany enjoys 3-days-raining-cats-and-dogs-summer! (But we´ve had a really nice spring!)
I´m looking forward to your next post! Sandra x

Steinworks said...

your bench is wonderful, I love bed too. are those little coffee pots collectables? Im sure you'll find a spot for them.

Marisa :)

Brandy Rose said...

That was a great post and of course the pics were awesome. Glad you were able to figure them out :)

Heleni said...

It's every time lovely to visit your blog Carolyn. So beautiful is everything.
The little cupido can hold a piece of soap, I think.


miniacollection said...

I love your bedroom. The bench is perfect in it and the doll is too sweet.

Chris V. said...

Love this cottage and the additions. Inspiration for my half scale shabby house I want to do. You've given me some great ideas!

Maru said...

¡Qué bonito está quedando todo! Me gusta muchísimo todo lo que has ido poniendo, muy dulce.

Yo también tenía problemas para subir las fotos al blog y después muchos más problemas, por eso he abierto uno nuevo:

Espero verte por allí.

Un beso

malu2 said...

He pasado un rato muy agradable leyendo tu entrada,gracias por esplicar algunas cosas de tu vida.
Besos desde España.

MelyMel said...

Ciao Carolyn,il tuo cottage è meraviglioso,la panca si intona alla perfezione con letto,mi è piaciuta tantissimo la bambolina e gli oggetti per la cucina,tutto perfetto e armonioso!
Un bacio

Flora said...

Carolyn, it's always a pleasure to read your blog, see pictures laboriously loaded, even when the earthquake happened in the cottage!
The bench made ​​by Norma is perfect: I know her and I am sure that she has prepared it with great love and attention.
I embrace you with affection, from the warm hemisphere :-)

Lataina said...

Carolyn, I never get tired of looking at all the beautiful details in your house! =)

Eliana said...

Glad you can already post your photos more easily.
Congratulations on this
and the purchases of other miniatures. They complete this scene.

Caroline said...

Carolyn your doll house is so pretty...and I look forward to seeing pics of it and whatever else you are working on. Do you decorate your home shabby chic at all? I
love to decorate in the shabby chic style in my home. Now if I can get my dollhouse built I would love to turn it into a shabby chic dolls house.

MiniJoJo said...

I just love your shabby cottage. I was hoping that my next project might be a mini shop, but the more I look at your blog, the more I want shabby chic!

My Wee Life said...

I just love your little cottage - wish I could move in there myself :)

Christine said...

I could happily move into it with you, mwl. :)

Everything is just lovely.

amy fletcher said...

Hi Carolyn, Your blog is a pleasure to read as usual. That is so cool about the NZ House and Garden magazine. How flattering! The little bench that Norma made is super cute and looks lovely in your little bedroom.

Mona said...

Lovely details. Your house look great, I love the bedroom.

Jorgelina said...

Hola Carolina! soy una gran admiradora de tu blog y de tus minis!!
Vengo siempre a ver las maravillas que haces!
te felicito!!!
besos desde Argentina!

Sandra from Sydney said...

Carolyn, your cottage inspires me to want to try the style too. Your bedroom is scrumptious and the bench (Hi Norma!) is perfect for it. Love the doll and all the accessories. The jugs definitely need to be seen and admired. Photos are being difficult on blogger lately for everyone I gather, but your method is a good one - must give it a try myself. I am enjoying our Sydney winter, even having to extend our return trip home from western NSW because the highway was closed by snow ;)
Sandra (Snippets from my Studio)

Norma said...

I finally have internet working at the new apartment!! *very big smile*

Phew - the little bench fits!! YAY!! Even tho I'd checked the measurements so logically it must it didn't look right when it was just sitting on it's own. Looks like the colour was a pretty good guess too so anxiety now over ;)

The little accessories are so cute, love the little doll.

Oh dear, that was quite a cyclone that hit poor shabby cottage!

You should have invited House and Garden to do a feature on the shabby cottage anyway - I'm sure a lot of their readers would have been entranced and it would have been something 'different' :)

Sanne said...

Just found your blog. What a sweet mini world you've created!
regards from Finland

Las pequeñas cosas de Victoria said...

Tienes una casita realmente bonita !!
La primera fotografia de esta entrada me encanta !!
que cuarto tan bonito !!
Un verdadero placer para la vista !!
felicitaciones por tu buen gusto !!!

.. * . (\ *** /) * . * Un besito
.* . * ( \(_)/ ) * * . cielo
.* . * (_ /|\ _) . * . que tengas
.* . * . /___\ * . . un buen dia

maria said...

Wow, so many lovely miniatures you showed us.
I love the bench, the flower in the lovely vase, the jugs you painted, love the pansies on them, love the sherub and the table it stands on,love your cabinet in the kitchen too and the tassels on it.
You have a great style and sense of color!

lulaby homeplace said...

So warm and lovely atmosphere you created ! I love it and your post as well, congratulations.I'll be back....