Category Archives: Small projects

A little bit of something else and a big hurrah!


Hip hip …

Starting with the cheery bit; the PayPal link to Dolls Houses Past & Present fund-raising page appears to be now fully restored – am keeping my fingers crossed.

Under the other heading, I’ve been experimenting with possibilities for the scene down the length of this very long gable end/next door.

Definitely a ‘high up’ theme going there.  I’ve continued to make the ex-room spaces speak a little of what was there, although first thoughts were to only do a very little of that.  The gable end feels so big that it’s crying out for something less bland than large and unadorned areas of brick work or more rough cast.


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I’ve bought fibreglass cladding tiles but feel the roof may need something a bit more solid. Had a go at trying out colouring for these strips of grey card roof tile and when they are dry I’ll compare the two materials

And finally

While everything was sitting around drying I turned to something completely different and nothing to do with the 1930s house or the 1950s.

but I now find myself preparing a 20th century sitting room.  I really don’t know what happened there but it was the bench/chair’s fault.  It ‘told’ me that it could become more of an easy chair if I just added some padding which I’ll try out when the piece is dry – must be the influence of the 30s house sitting there. It will be a bit of an unusual easy chair as it has two large box drawers under the seat, and what a fiddle they were to put together may I say.

I’ll let you know how that all goes and if we stay in the 20th century or revert, more suitably to earlier times.

What once was clear now is not


Was going to call this piece “Bandstand and bodies” but it made me think of the film The Gazebo and thought I’d better not.  No bodies hidden under this one.

It was clear, really

A tale of biggish pictures and little work

Am thinking on the lines of painting the bandstand a pale sky blue with green here and there.  Not fixed on it but will try out a patch or two.

Not ‘cooked’ till at least Sunday

The clay heads won’t be sand-able till after the weekend so have prepped five neck/shoulder shapes and they’ll be ready for sanding by Wednesday.

Then I can use pipe-cleaners, wadding and fabric to build up the arms, legs and bodies.  I’m talking here as though I firmly know what I’m doing which is not so.  But am hopeful that I might get one or two figures out of this first collection.  Starting out on a new project I’d forgotten just how long it takes to get to the interesting bits 😉

Meanwhile there are hands to make

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Fish fingers anyone? First run at a pair of hands that have to hold a triangle and stick. Must try harder eh?

Ms Lear’s refreshed surrounding pool

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It had become dusty and scratty and I’ve topped it up with a bit of this and that

A bit of this a bit of that


Invisibly working



someone has come to stay with us  🙂

This is a piece I couldn’t resist and is the work of  cottagekitty333. Wee mousey is very welcome here.  He/she looks most put out at being pointed at by my thumb nail – apologies are due obviously.

On another front dust is flying

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Just don’t ask

Bustling around sorting through videos – yes I did say videos which we’ve not yet replaced with other formats (or may I say watched in eons) the aim being to thin the whole lot down.  I mean, how long have we got to watch them all for goodness sakes?  Besides which the player is not going to last much longer either.

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Top unit had the videos now squeezed into Potting Shed and sitting on two other bits from local charity shop. Yes, those are cat trays – I find shallow storage trays useful and generally easier to forage around in

Ulterior motive:  This shelf unit is from a wool shop with deep box sections and it just so happens it would be ideal for storing delicate mini things in their protective wrappings.  The video job is just the overture to the opera entitled “Deep sorting in the Potting Shed”.  Catchy title.

I have been working on the brown painted cardboard but have reached the stage of brewing up second and third thoughts and will post more info as and when a more resolved outcome comes to fruition.

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and the loft dormer has gained a shutter which you have to fall out of the window in order to reach – hold my ankles will you, please?

Meanwhile I’ve acquired/squirreled away various boxes (from the usual auction site) mostly glass fronted and in which I’m imagining scenes unspecified.  Possibly a kitchen corner, or a garden/shed setting, though for one or two I’ve a fuzzy plan fomenting.

Need to spread more dust about and find long lost items so am about to dive back in.


Walking the road edge day


We live in the countryside, quite a bit of it is a National Park.  Usually if we go for a walk around and about we pick up what litter catches our eye here and there.  It still builds up when you’re not looking so there are times we all need to do ‘catch up’.

Yesterday was “Litter Pick Sunday” in our area, in which a group of locals don bright yellow waistcoats, pick up black bags and metal grabs and go out to clean up the verges each side of the road for a length of about 6 – 7 miles.  We did our allocated stretch early on, finding the usual chuck outs of cigarette ends, bottles (glass and plastic), cans, bits of vehicle (some large), paper cups and food trays, snack packets, polystyrene (though less of that this year) and yes, used tissues and wipes in various states too.  Lovely.  Enough of that.

Pleasant pickings

Our early session left us with time later to shoot off for fresh fruit and veg in a local town including a rummage around in Lidl where I found the following in their chuck out basket.

I’m thinking about lots of things for these, all in a twentieth century setting:  possible wall covering, cushions, bedspreads, upholstery generally, linings and stiffenings … and I promise not to chuck the packaging out of the car window when I pass your way 😉