"It maybe winter outside......" but I am fast finishing my beach hut by Julie Bennett. The interior of my Boudoir on the Beach is very nearly complete so I have lots of photographs to share.
On this unit are lots of pieces by one of my favourite artisans, Elizabeth Causeret, a French potter who does not have a website but exhibits at many shows. Eventually this unit will be full of her pieces as I collect more but for the moment I have filled it with bitsa and bobs.
As you can see the right hand wall still needs lots of prints. I thought I had made loads but I will be back to painting boards tomorrow as I have run out of prints. So annoying. I have not decided what to do with this front corner yet, I am thinking maybe a tall but slim mannekin, I will have a look at KDF at the end of the month. I might even buy a dressed one if I can find one gorgeously draped in a shabby chic manner.
The back cabinet is by MollySue Miniatures who makes a whole range of pieces which she updates all the time. Her website is well worth a visit.
I have filled it with all sorts of jewellery findings, beads, tins and Harry Potter left overs that I have painted or sprayed. The little lidded basket was a gift and I have filled it with the tiny pegs you can buy at hobby shops.
I wanted the shop sign to look pretty distressed as this is a sea front hut so it would get attacked by salt and spray. Not sure I wanted it quite so distressed though. I used sticky lettering as stencils but when I peeled them off quite a but of paint came too!!
An ariel view. I intend to cover the roof eaves with prints and frames too as I want the hut to have that really over-crowded look. The cut out words are from Hobbycraft they are just about the right size and came in mixed packets.
I also used up some old quoins, charms, buttons, tiny shells and candles that I had stashed away to fill shelves and make into art work for the walls.
As you can see quite an eclectic mix including a quite set of hooks from an Italian seller I saw in Apeldoorn. At the back is a stack of three 'spools', these are wooden beads that I have painted and then wound with lace and ribbon off cuts.
I also made some pin boards covered with fabric off cuts I bought on Ebay which were all the perfect colours for this project.
This table is topped by pieces from Cinen Miniatures and the beautiful art deco lady was purchased at KDF. I made the lemon place mats using an image I found via google.
Crate and wine box are by Cinen and I have filled them with rolls of material and 'wrapping paper'.
These bottom shelves are a bit of a hodge podge with storage boxes I have made and some plain bisque bowls painted and filled with mini printies. You can just about see the spiral notebooks by Lolittle Miniatures, they are perfect little notebooks that I thought would go nicely on this very narrow shelf.
This piece will eventually house more of Elizabeth's wonderful pottery but it will have to do in the short term.
Lastly I have filled a little paper 'wicker' tub with bolts of material. I usually just fold, steam iron and glue bolts of fabric but with these I cut pieces of card and wrapped the material around. Much better method as the fabric sat more realistically. The little Beach Boudoir bands add a nice finishing touch too, strangely I think these bolts of fabric are my favourite things in the whole hut!!
I hope you have enjoyed a little walk through, now I must get back to painting and printing........again!!