I have put the potions that I have completed away and returned to The Leaky Cauldron. My plan for the next couple of weeks is to dress the upstairs bedroom where my two Hogwarts students are packing their shopping keen to start the new school year.
I purchased two matching pieces from Sue Popely, The Luggage Lady from Miniatura a couple of years ago. They are beautifully crafted and it was with some trepidation that I began to'dirty' them!!
I brushed a thin wash of acrylic paint onto the pretty cotton inner fabric and attacked the smooth leather with and emery board!!
The outsides have been 'decorated' with various labels you might expect to be popular with Gryffindor Hogwarts students. I am now going to fill them with an over flowing selection of witchy girlie necessities.
While out and about last week I saw this in The Range and being a bit of a craft materials junkie I had to bring it home with me. Clay Foam.....very cheap and cheerful. No idea what it does or what I am going to do with it. Anyone used it?
Inspired by the amazing buildings of Jo Medvics of Pocket Pygmies and Debbie Wright's fabulous project I have decided that my project for 2013 will be a complete self build. So far I have completed the draft plans and drawings and made one purchase from one of my favourite artisans, Nikki Rowe
A big clue I think!! My mind has been full of the ways and means of copying this building....
......I am not going to make the whole building as it would be much too large so I will limit myself to the tall bay windows and a steep pitched roof with a smattering of dormer windows.
This is the first HP project where I intend to stay very close to the movie/Hogsmeade representation as I cannot resist the now iconic colour combination and pink spiral staircase!!
I also have a question.....
........I have spent the weekend scouring the internet for all things lollipop but I have not been able to find out what to use for the sticks. Cocktail sticks seem too fat, I can't find any dowels that seem thin enough, is dental floss used? Where do these tiny sticks come from? These lollies came with a couple of dolls I purchased, I think, with wooden sticks on the left and a plastic?waxed? stick on the right (it is wobbly). Any ideas anyone? Have a whole load to learn how to make so all suggestions will be gratefully received.
Last but not least, I have been accumulating miniature tutorials on my Pinterest page that you might find useful or inspirational for your own work. Please feel free to visit and browse.