Category Archives: Themed settings and boxes

The usual minor crisis of a time-wasting soul

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Fireworks in the flower bed

Garden tasks between the raindrops

Been clipping the box hedge and replacing the long garden divider/fence posts and couldn’t resist skyving off for a wee while.

Right; what to build next.
Something?  Nothing? Too much choice?

I’ve re-sorted and tidied – sort of – the space waiting for the next task, and still have lots of disparate things in the furniture line squirreled away, plus a couple of ready-made and flat pack room boxes, including two shop fronts.  Lots of building materials too; mostly lightweight stuff but some wood sheets as well.

Ideas aplenty, all of which have their attractions in the brain stimulus department but not all appeal equally.

No problem sticking a pin in the mental list as it were, and just getting on with it, but indecisive ‘cos of space; just where in the name of all that’s wonderful will I put something that has a footprint larger than a couple of hand spans!

Then, of course, there’s the usual question of why would I lumber whomsoever has to clear up after I’m gone with all these flights of fancy that are already lying around clogging up the living space, let alone add to them?  Aren’t we supposed to be thinning out possessions as we age?

Found somewhere for the Market Cross building to sqeeze in, by the way.

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At moment swithering between nothing at all (but then what would I do?) or the very first thing I intended to make about eight years ago before it sort of grew and became Hogepotche Hall, and that is a long house or, on the other hand, something Victorian.

Been ‘window shopping’ as it were on the Weald and Downland website, looking at the wonderful Anglo Saxon Hall House in the woods and perhaps, living as we do in the old Kingdom of Northumbria, I should lean that way.  I find these structures very beautiful and would have to make lots of things to go in to dress it which I find appealing.

Then there’s the possibilities of a two-up-two-down Victorian house with attic and outside loo and maybe a washhouse too.  After student hood I shared one in the north east and am rather attached to the shape.

Both structures have long, narrow footprints that might, just might be squeezable inable here or there.

Am leaning a little towards the two-up-two-down though it might have extra length for backyard services.  I’ve got one or two things possibly to furnish the two-up-two-down and there’s quite a number of cupboards to make, not to mention fireplaces to construct or buy.  Also would be interesting to do.

Back to the stores

Of course there’s still all the bits sitting in there boxes and cubby holes that won’t be used.  There’s a small, well medium, selection of medieval to Jacobean items such as tables, corner cupboards, benches and settles lying around doing absolutely nothing to earn their living space and they are lovely things just going to waste.

I had a fancy to do a Regency style scene of the Georgette Heyer variety with a young man and woman along with a saturnine-looking fellow leaning nonchalantly against the fireplace looking on.  Originally it was to be a booth at either Ranelagh or Vauxhall but a sitting room or even an old coaching inn where some of the ‘period’ furniture items could actually come into their own at last is a possibility there!  Who knows?

Meanwhile, in the garden

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Weather is dark, muggy and sad-making but the smell from this area of the garden is a fair pick-me-up

May have run amok with the links here, for which I apologies, but am hopeful that some may be of interest, one way and another 🙂

Anglo-Saxon Hall House


Bayleaf Farmstead from Chiddingstone


Poplar Cottage


Medieval building from Hangleton


Things are getting small


It’s been hard on the finger tips handling some of these items but tweezers and particularly a pair of cocktail sticks saved the day when firmly seating some of them on their blob of wax.  There’s not enough room in there for my hands.

Some post, some printing

Calendar, clock and the neighbours across the street

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Started on the fourth wall and used a small print of the 1:12 Nostalgia Close as the view to be seen from the window beside the sink.  Rinso on the drainer and a drum of Ajax underneath.

The view assumes you’re able to squeeze inside this 1:24 kitchen with the fourth wall shut, of course.  Am still pondering whether to use a little more half boarding across the bottom half of the wall or a little something else?

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A very small (golden?) ladle on the drainer along with two plates and a badly used tea towel

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And through the post, cup, milk jug, a pie dish and useful cupboard stores 🙂

Hoping to buy some veg and strew them around a little – but we’ll see.

Tea, anyone?


Bring your own cup

Working on with the two Jane Harrop 1:24 kitchen kits, still not stuck cupboard doors in place as waiting on some packaging etc to possibly display there, and have been struggling with the framework for the Belfast sink.  Took the laser-cut sink supports and their extra bits apart twice as couldn’t quite get the loose side braces square in three dimensions, which meant that the sink would not fit, of course.  My hands/sleeves, wrists seemed to be in the way of viewing what I was doing(?)  Finally achieved something closer to square and added the finished off sink unit 🙂

The sink and drainer kit comes with two draining board supports, depending on which side you want to place the drainer.  I’ve used the second one to support a very short length of extra work surface between the draining board and the cupboard unit and added extra tiling.

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The cup of tea? Well, have you seen the size of that 1:24 teapot? Enough there for one-and-all!

The large plate with the giant jam tarts has to go, (far too big and hiding the bread bin) but the other set dressing items seem OK so far – I’ll see what happens when the other bits and bobs turn up.

Not sure about the ‘ultra-modern’ mid to late 1950s space ship light but will stick with it for the moment.  Its colour cheers up the place and the low ceiling needs something fairly flush fitting.

Think I’ll work on the fourth wall, perhaps add a window and clock there.  Would like a window cill there but can’t make the scene too deep as a good half of the box lid edge is needed for closure over the lip of the wooden liner.

Off to rummage in my many boxes and tins of bits for items to throw together for the lid and then I’m planning to put a chair next to the letter box, where I might sit, warmly wrapped and hands spread, ready to catch any arriving supplies.


Working it out as it goes along


For this box scene, there’s a fairly firm image in my mind of the finished item, but I’m finding there are a number of variables for the positioning of the bits before anything can really be settled.

The cupboard

Once the post brings the every-day things for the room then it might be interesting to leave a cupboard door or two open.

Next kit up – the sink

This is a Belfast style sink, made of wood with a support frame, taps and draining board.

So far so good 🙂

Next up there’s one of the first main decisions; exactly which way round do the cupboard and sink look at their most inviting?