It must be time for a Honeydukes update and a lot has changed. I have had an unexpected break from Blogland as my father unexpectedly passed just over a month ago and I have been very busy with all the arrangements and dealing with my elderly mother. This has meant a lot less time in the workshop but I am now getting back to my usual routines and enjoying playing with my toys.
The staff nook has finally taken shape as you can see where two wonderful characters by Jain Squires of The Giddy Kipper can relax surrounded by all the things witches love to eat.
All the furniture has been made from kits by Jane Harrop. These kits are fantastic, very well made and easy to assemble. They come with full instructions and lots of tips for finishing. The chairs have been covered with a fabric I picked up at a fair and I have attached a little bit of lace to the tea trolley. I am not sure about the tall candelabra as I really want a standard lamp with a frilly shade but I haven't managed to find one yet.
This is a great candle stand by Lory that will stay as I think it looks great against this character, very disapproving indeed!
I wanted the nook to have the general feeling of the kitchens I remember as a child and this iconic larder unit was a must. I have stained and painted with acrylics and then given it a light rubbing for age. It is filled with various tins and boxes from Shepherd Miniatures who specialise in products from all eras. There are also items from some of my favourite miniaturists. The wonderful radio is by Truly Scrumptious and is a perfect Muggle artifact alongside pieces by Sally Meekin and are part of her cabbage ware range. There are also pieces by Tiny Ter, Mouse House Miniatures, Nikki Rowe and a new foodie I have just discovered Bel's Mini World whose bread and fruit minis are just wonderful.
The Cabbage ware tea set sits proudly on the trolley alongside Nikki Rowe's Monster Meringue. I have so far decided not to fill the milk jug and sugar bowl as I don't want to damage the ceramics but I might change my mind. I hope you can also see the wonderful bowl of cherries by Tiny Ter, she makes the best cherries I have seen and as they are my favourite fruit I had to include them.
This little side table is covered with a small lace runner and showcases cupcakes by Lory and a pumpkin basket by Paris Miniatures. The milk jug and tray was bought on Ebay a long, long time ago and has finally found a place. I am glad I remembered where I had put it!
There is still a bit of dressing and finishing touches to add. The witches need plates and tea cups, books for relaxation and maybe a coffee table. I know I have a tendency to over dress my scenes so I am going to wait until the whole room is done before deciding on the coffee table.
......the roof is done!! Well nearly, I ran out of ridge tiles so I am waiting for their arrival for the final finish but to all intents and purposes it is finished.
There are mistakes and I will get away with the wonkiness of some of the windows and dormers because it is a wizard project. Will I ever design my own house again? Hmmmmm, not sure about that.
Hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather in the UK I am off to Wimbledon tomorrow with my lovely daughter for Pimms and tennis, should be a fun day.