Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Leaky Cauldron - Back to the Beginning

Well I have spent the last couple of weeks re-gaining my home following the departure of my brood. This has included cleaning out the dump, I mean the garage and sorting out my loft. It has been two weeks of dirty hard work but I have been ruthless!
Now it is time to return to Diagon Alley and I have gone right back to the start of the project, The Leaky Cauldron. I have been collecting items for a number of years now and to be honest have forgotten half of the stuff I have been putting together!!
The top room has been taken back to basics ready to be tweaked and dressed.
 The downstairs bar is empty of all its customers and ready for company.
 The attic is empty but not for long!
 Here are all the items that make up the Leaky Cauldron stash. I have spent a lot of time today getting myself familiar with all the pieces again. Some of which have been hidden for quite a long time! This was time well spent as I started to think of how to use them and where I wanted them to go.
The top guest room items where my Hogwarts students will be getting together after a days shopping in Diagon Alley ready to board the Hogwarts Express the following day.
I am sure you can spot Julie Campbell's wonderful characters and a selection of Michael Mortimer's fabulous furniture. I will be putting the links for all the other items as I put the room together.
This portion are all the items for the bar including some of my dolls by Jain Squires. I have lots of bits and pieces to display and make in this part of the The Leaky Cauldron but again I will share all the links as the bar comes together.
My Leaky Cauldron is post- He Who Must Not Be Named so I am hoping to create a colourful and vibrant scene showing the wizard world in happier times.
Having emptied the whole thing I have been concentrating on finishing all those little snagging jobs that always seem to get left at the last and take forever to finish. The main door need hinges and all its glazing, some of the woodwork needs some extra gluing, a few repairs to the exterior paint work from where the carcass has been knocked just one time too many etc etc.
No more procastinating now though, The Leaky Cauldron will be opening for business very soon!!


  1. Goodness! You have such a collection of things and all so wonderful and special!! Cannot wait to see everything come together now.. How exciting!!
    It will be many years before I'm anywhere near this stage haha!!

    Cannot wait to see more :)

  2. Oh, what treasures. So many things that I love and I see you've got Mad-Eye Moody :-) !Which I would really like to see more detail. The attic you've made, is wonderful. Do you know, that I have a special fondness for attics? :-)) So I'm really excited to see how everything looks, when you've got it completely decorated! Hugs,Jeannette

  3. I can just see them lining up to get the best seat! I truly would like to think Harry's parents had frequented the place too prior to the evils. Can't wait to see it decorated, I know you have put in a lot of hard work and dedication.

  4. Wow your houses are wonderful! you have so many lovely things to put in it can't wait to see them all in place!

  5. How exciting, finally getting to put everything into the rooms. Good luck, cant wait to see more

  6. Hi Janice, I'll be following your return to the Leaky Cauldron with real interest. Reviewing the stash is exactly the position I find myself in at the moment with what I call my caboodle. But it is fun like Xmas, isn't it? Taking extra care taken not to throw away the slightest scrap of tissue paper until you've checked that it isn't wrapped round some forgotten treasure. Good luck with the project and that lovely new work space - the dining table is still my centre of operations but fortunately it's big enough for us to eat at one corner!
    All the best, charliechas

  7. You have a lot to sort through, oh what fun! Great thing to do with the Autumn weather now here.

    Yours is the only blog where I can blow up the photo's. Doesn't work on mine or others anymore, what are you doing different!?

    Michelle xx

  8. Hi Janice! Oh, I ´ve seen so many beautiful things! Will be so much fun to see the rooms decorated, but I wanted to say "Thanks!" for also showing the empty rooms as you did a great job with them!
    Hugs, Sandra

  9. Gosh, no wonder you'd forgotten what you had in your stash - there's loads! It must have been so much fun looking through it all again.

  10. Hello Janice,
    Awsome! I love the structure and can't wait to see all those wonderful items in place. You're off to an amazing start!
    Big hug,


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