Been a bit chaotic recently for a whole number of reasons but I did manage to finish the second of the shadow boxes for my daughter's 20th Birthday on Tuesday. Here is my gorgeous Grace with the smile every mum wants to see on their girl's birthday. I think she liked it!
Grace decided that Dobby was really Creacher because of the Sirius wanted poster on the back wall. Who am I to argue?! I have tried with the photographs but I couldn't avoid the reflections. I hope you can still have a good peak inside.
I added a few extras like the basket of mandrake fruit which are simply dried juniper berries. I can't remember where the wooden basket came from but it was perfect for the scene.
The wooden fork, spoon and chopping board were part of a selection of raw items I bought on Ebay ages ago but have never used as they were a little to big for 12th scale. They have been stained and painted.
I am not sure if you can see the book at the front it is called "Recipes for the Cauldron Challenged", which I purchased on Etsy a while ago from Briarwood Miniatures. Perfect for the house elf who filled this bubbling cauldron!
I have really enjoyed filling the shadow boxes and am already planning the October one for my youngest son!!
I love going to the theatre and am lucky enough to live close enough to London that we can go reasonably regularly. It has been a birthday tradition for quite a few years now for me and my daughter, in that I take her to see plays that she probably wouldn't choose to go to if she was paying for the tickets. Grace loves musicals. Me I am a drama girl. This year I picked In a Forest Dark and Deep by Neil Labute with Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams.
It was on at the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand which is a very intimate and has a beautifully restored interior. Just the right venue for this play as the audience is so close to the characters. We both really enjoyed the play and were surprised by just how good Matthew Fox was. It is quite a brave choice for him, as with only two characters in the play there is no place for him to hide!
Before the play we ate at Smollenskys on The Strand, our favourite place to eat when in this area of London. The food is always good and served very quickly, ideal for pre-theatre meals.
It is very popular with all types of customers and it is a good idea to book a table. I love the atmosphere of tourists, young upwardly mobiles, families in from the country, ladies who love to shop, city gents and me!!
Have a fabulous holiday weekend everyone. We will be doing family and bar-b-ques in this marvellous weather we are having in England at the moment. Am off now for a bit of catching up!!