First of all I would like to thank everyone who answered my cry for help. I have received lots of suggestions and tips for creating branches and vines so I will be having a day of trying them all out to see which one I can actually manage! I will experiment patiently and not expect perfect results from my first attempts! Honest!
Had some time alone yesterday and today so I managed to get some work done on my garden swop and the toyshop. This shows the dolls house maker's workshop at the top of the house. I am trying to make as many of the accessories for this scene as possible.from scraps I have around my workshop. I realised quite quickly that that the balsa needed to be very thin, one batch of work in the bin....., and this type of balsa is very delicate. I did manage to make a couple of boxes, a palate and some mock dolls house wall sheets. I have also prepared lots of printies of wallpaper etc for the discerning dolls house buyer, mini style of course.
I have also been cutting up mini bricks, slate, wood flooring and wooden pieces. I had a couple of paper trunks that I think were used as packaging for minis I was sent, so I have painted these and matched them up with the toy boxes I painted the other day. I hope to fill them wall paper and wooden 'mouldings'.
My whitewood furniture arrived from Rob Lucas and I painted and distressed the final pieces for the shop. So now I can take my time and add the toys as I see them and finish the project slowly, not in my unusual mad rush! It is quite hard to find 144th pieces of furniture so I will be scouring the fairs and Internet.
I have also purchased this classic wizard from the talented Julie Campbell of Bella Belle Dolls. He is fab and I will be adding him to my Diagon Alley stash but I want to keep him on display rather than hide him away for two years!!