Every day, in every way I'm getting closer and closer. Now I know that when you look at these photos it doesn't look as if I have been doing anything but I have to tell you this project is time consuming!!! Plus because everything is in grey it just never seems to look any different, but I assure you I have been hard at it.
These are the front bay and side bay windows that I bought as extras with their lead roofs. This lead is from Richard Stacey
.....and is incredibly easy to use. It just folds into whatever shape you are sticking it to and cuts like a dream. I wish I had known how easy it was to use and I might have tried being a bit more creative with it. I still think I might emboss it with circles or something.
I like the purple contrast although it does look a little harsh at the moment.
Once all the vines and flowers have been added the colour should not stand out quite so dramatically. Here is the front nearly all finished. I have also papered the inside to match the interior walls. Lots of tidying up and edging to do but it is getting there. I took Julie's tip Diary of an Edwardian Dolls House and marl stoned all around the front shop windows and door to provide continuity.
And this is the first floor, yes grey but it is different to the other photos. Same 'brick' stair divider but a 'wooden' floor which I scored, distressed and stained with the Cuprinol silver birch stain. I am really pleased with this colour. Oh I washed the balsa with dark grey first to highlight the scoring and distressing.
Today I have been playing with Fimo. making tiles for the interior windows and 'stone' adornments for the walls. I can't show you these because when I cooked them in the oven, I put the grill on by mistake! Lots of smoke as you can imagine and a whole afternoon's work literally up in smoke!
Still, some good news, Margaret of Petit Parterre, asked if I would join Ira's garden swap with her. On Saturday my lovely parcel sorting man found a very well travelled parcel containing these lovely topiarires and jugs.
They will fit perfectly in to my florist and arrived none the worse for being better travelled than me! Thank you very much Margaret.
Hope you all enjoy the first quiet cuppa for weeks as all our children return to school here in the UK. Bliss!