This is Lavender Cottage, a 1/12th scale house made especially for Paula. It is going to contain several retail businesses (hence the side door for access to the upstairs shop). The windows and doors are painted with a lovely pale lavender shade which was a bit of an experiment but I think it has worked out well. I'm looking forward to seeing Paula work her magic on the interior!
We haven't really had the weather for using beach huts this weekend but I thought a 1/12th scale version would be a nice reminder of sunshine as Autumn approaches. Sam has had a quick look round but has decided this is a bit too small for him - he wants somewhere he can sit by the fire and mend his fishing nets in comfort. I think Julie Lawton's 'Beach View' sign looks great on the front.
New onto the property market today - 1/12th scale 'Beehive Cottage'. A four room house plus a scullery at the side. It looks like Sam might have some competition for this one - someone is already looking round with a view to buying. It's Miss Marple, a homely lady made by the wonderfully talented Margaret Tees. As always, the front of the cottage is greatly improved by the lovely sign made by Julie Lawton.
Here is 'Driftwood Cottage', a new 1/12th scale house hot off the workbench. I saw a similar roof shape somewhere on a real cottage and thought it would be interesting to try in miniature. Just a bit different to the usual pitched roof. The windows and door are painted in a new colour called 'Promenade' which I thought was quite good for a seaside cottage. Once again Sam (made by Robin Britton) is having a look around to see if this house might suit him and is also admiring the lovely name plate on the front made by Julie Lawton.
This is a recent special order built for the very talented Paula. Paula has a real skill for interior design and loves furnishing and finishing off the insides of houses - something I never do as I am always moving onto the next building project!
Here are two new 1/24th scale cottages made as special orders for customers. The one on the right is a smaller version of my 'Rose Cottage' which I made in 1/12th scale a few weeks ago. I would love to have a terrace of 24th scale cottages with each house a different pastel colour - just like at the seaside in Wales where we used to go when my boys were small.
Sam the sailor has found another property new on the market and is having a quick look round before other potential buyers arrive. He is keen to settle on dry land after many years at sea but can never quite make up his mind - he has seen several cottages now but never quite decides in time (Sam was made by Robin Britton). This is 'Seacrest', very similar to 'Crab Pot Cottage' as I had several people asking for something along the same lines. Julie Lawton (Cottage Kitty) has produced a new batch of name plates for me and they are just wonderful.
Here are some more houses I've built over the past couple of years. It's interesting to see the garden change from photo to photo - sometimes there are leaves on the trees and sunshine and in other shots it's clear that the garden is bare.