I had such fun building the Christmas shop for Paula I decided to make another smaller version. This one is just 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep so will happily sit on a shelf or window sill out of the way. It could be filled with lots of Christmas goodies or used for something completely different - a flower shop maybe or a bookshop? I've just listed it on ebay if you would like to take a look.
And this is what all my recently built 24th scale houses were designed for - a tiny seaside village! A customer aksed me to build a small village of 5 properties, each one different but all similar enough to look like they belonged together. After completing the last two cottages last night I couldn't resist putting them all together in the garden to see how they would look.
Just finished a pair of 24th scale seaside cottages for a customer. These are little one room basic dwellings for fishermen - each 6 inches wide so they take up very little space. Once again the lovely potted plants on the doorsteps were made by Marianne Cook.
This is Periwinkle Cottage, a 1/24th scale property just completed for a customer. Joe the fisherman is just having a quick peek inside before the new occupamts move in. Joe was made by Susan Emsell and the lavender was made by Marianne Cook.
It's a hive of activity down at Cosy Cottage today with Bill busy cleaning the windows and Mrs. Smith just popping in to make sure everything is spick and span inside the house for the new owners to move in. Bill and Mrs. Smith were made by Susan Emsell and the lovely lavenders were made by Marianne Cook. Cosy Cottage is on ebay right now if you would like to take a look.
I only ever post pictures on my blog of houses I've made so this is a bit of a change for me but I just had to share this lovely lady with you. She was made by the very clever Susan Emsell (who also made my wonderful window cleaner Bill). She is 1/12th scale and isn't she lovely? Her face is so gentle. She's just popped in to Ferry Cottage to give it a clean ready for whenever the new owners move in and has obviously decided to put the kettle on for a cup of tea. If you would like Susan to make you a lovely little person for your dolls house please drop me an email and I will let you have her contact details.
This is a new shop just completed for Paula's Quayside village - it's a Christmas Shop/Santa's Workshop. It's a bit wider than the usual little shop boxes I make so Paula can fit lots of lovely festive goodies inside. And in case you're wondering what the white thing is on the roof - that's a chimney for Santa to come and go!
Bill is busy cleaning windows again - this time at 'Boatman's Cottage', a new 1/12th scale house on the property market. The windows and front door are all handmade on this house - the windows may be a bit wonky but I think that all adds to the realism (that's my story anyway!!) Can you see Marianne's wonderful plants at the front of the house?
I love making these little houses in 24th scale so much I try to always have a project on the go alongside my 1/12th scale houses. This is 'Clover Cottage', a basic one up and one down home with handmade stonework on the external walls. Just visible on the doorstep is Marianne's lovely pot of pansies - so delicately made!
I bought some lovely 1/24th scale wallpapers a couple of years ago at Minatura and have never found the right house to use them in so I decided to make a house specially for them. This is the result - 'La Petite Maison'. The photo isn't too clear but I hope you can see Marianne's lovely lavender and daffodils on the doorstep. This little house is on ebay right now if you want to take a look.
This is 'Ferry Cottage', my latest 1/12th scale dolls house just completed and photographed in the garden this afternoon between downpours. My idea was to make a couple of small garden areas where outdoor items could be displayed without always having to be moved when the front of the house is opened. I wanted to be able to show off Marianne Cook's wonderful potted plants - her lavenders are always gorgeous but her latest are more beautiful than ever and the iris (just visible in the right of the picture is so real it's amazing. I think Bill our resident window cleaner has taken a fancy to this little house and seems to be doing more nosying through the window than cleaning!! Bill was made by the very talented Susan Emstell of Suecraft Dolls and it's shame he has his back to the camera because her people have the most lovely faces. Ferry Cottage is on ebay right now if you would like to take look.