Finishing my Fairfield

The weather has been so dark and gloomy, I haven't wanted to be stuck in my basement studio to work on my cottage. All the stuff for working on it is spread all over my studio table. So I pulled out my unfinished Fairfield and its box of components, wallpaper, etc, and took over the dining room table to try and get it finished. I was inspired to work on it by two talented miniaturists whose blogs I have been following: Jennifer at Looking Glass Miniatures, and Sharon of A Greenleaf Fairfield for Miss Lydia Pickett. It occurred to me that I haven't touched this project in TEN YEARS. Isn't that pathetic? I put it aside when I was going to have my first daughter, and she will be ten in July.

I had a Fairfield when I was in high school, back in the eighties. It was also unfinished, and I pitched it when I went to college. I have never stopped regretting that, so I was determined to hang on to this one. There is no reason not to be able to finish it, as I have everything I need; wallpaper, trim, siding... I see all of you creative bloggers pushing forward on your projects, and it encourages me to pick up the pace.

The photos are of the bathroom, which I am really happy with. It needs a bit more trim, but I love how the colors turned out. Again, I used my iPhone camera, so it isn't as sharp as it could be, but maybe you can see how the white tile with tan grout works well with the Tapioca paint on the wainscotting. The last photo is peeking through the bathroom door from the hallway, where the black walnut flooring has been lacquered and has a really soft sheen. The hallway wallpaper is a sort of soft greenish blue with a stylized vine pattern from Brodnax prints called "Tanglewood".

My next post will be of my progress on the Holiday cottage, I promise!


Downton Abbey

Being a huge fan of anything British, it was no surprise that when I discovered Downton Abbey I was hooked. I burned through all seven episodes on Netflix in two days, and am glad to hear that the next season is being filmed right now. This show far surpasses anything on television (yes, even Mad Men!) with quality of writing and production. Even if you are usually bored by the whole "upstairs downstairs" genre, this series will alter your opinion. Please check it out, and if you already love it let me know. If I had the ability to time travel, with money being no object, 1912-era upper-crusty Britain would be my first destination, either upstairs or down.


Stair Runner Mach 2

I took a trip to Ikea today for the express purpose of acquiring a decent desk lamp for my studio. With better lighting and using my digital camera, I present you with a new and improved photo of the stair runner. The macro camera setting helps, but also makes obvious all the flaws. This is actually a bonus, as it shows clearly what needs mending or changing (like the color of the wood, for example).Enjoy!


Stair runner...

I haven't had a lot of time to work on the cottage lately, but I did manage to make the stair runner. I used a wallpaper sample I had, which has a sort of fiber-like texture (the sample is what the piece is resting on). I painted the stripes with a tiny brush along the grain of the fiber, then carefully glued it down to the stairs.

I apologize for the poor photo quality - I was using my iPhone in low light.

Awesome Score on Etsy!

I wanted to give some free advertising to a talented miniature artist on Etsy. LDelaney makes some wonderful and unique items that really add depth to a miniature world. I purchased some neat items, including a framed butterfly collection, an antique photograph in a cardboard cover with a pressed lavender blossom inside of it, WW2 soldier's letters, and Victorian hair art in a metal frame. She has graciously given me permission to use some of her photographs.