Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dreaming Of Spring

I had forgotten how perfect Braxton Payne's terra cotta flower pots are, until Linda Carswell reminded me. I bought several from him many years ago at a show in Chicago. These are ones I ordered from him not long ago. They are so thin and they even have a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Yes, they are kiln fired! http://www.braxtonpayne.com/HomePages/HOME.htm

I have admired Pascale Garnier's flower kits for a long time. This weekend I indulged my self in putting together two of her Geranium kits. I know it won't be long until I order from her again. I really enjoyed making them.

Yancey... That is not a fire hydrant! ;-)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Chandelier For The Kitchen

For so long I've had this chandelier I made stored in a box. Today I had some time to play and I just wanted to see what it would look like up.

Usually after I make something I decide I would rather have something else instead... One step forward two steps back. (?) Now that I see it hanging with some of the other things that will be in the kitchen, I know I will use it.

It is going to be a bit of a pain to get it positioned so that the arms are at the right angle. I didn't bother with trying to get it to do that today.

I plan to spend all this week designing a house... It is waaaaay past time.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meet Loire!

I started him when I thought Yancey and kitty were lost forever. Which is the reason I made another West Highland Terrier. I gave him a slightly different cut than the other ones I have made. The fur on his face is a bit longer. I wish he was photogenic... He has a very friendly, sweet look on his face.

I do not need two of these little dogs in my doll house. So I have decided to sell him. He has agate eyes and a very soft Alpaca coat. Loire is exactly 4cm tall to the tip of his right ear. More photos can be sent to you on request. If you are interested you can email me at the address just under my profile on this page. His price will be consistent with other artists that sculpt OOAK animals.

I delete most emails I do not recognize, so please let me know in your email title that you are inquiring about the dog. :-)


Thank you for all your visits and contributions to my blog this year.

Catherine X

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

No, this is not my gingerbread house. I just thought you might enjoy seeing it. I have been doing a lot of baking though. Next year I am going to have to try one of these. I just thought this one was so exceptional I had to share it.
I also love this one for it's wood texture on the gingerbread. I really do like them best when they are not covered with candy .

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Beautiful Miniatures From Peiwen

No... The lost kitty and Yancey didn't go to Paris to bring me home some Laduree treats.

These beautiful miniatures were made by the lovely and very talented Peiwen. Aren't they beautiful!!! I could open my own patisserie she was so generous. I love the big bottle of Champaign, I can see bubbles inside the bottle. The tiny macaroons are perfection!

She has so many new things in her ETSY shop. You must stop by and have a good look around. :-)

Thank you so very much Peiwen, I love them all!

It seems that kitty and Yancey fell in their carrier box between the pillows in my friends sofa. Christmas cleaning revealed their hiding place. I am very happy they have returned home today.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

So Many Ideas.

I am beginning to understand why people end up having more than one doll house. Once you choose a style you have eliminated everything else.

How cute is this! I would love to have it 1: 1 or 1: 12 scale. Something about the texture of the stone reminds me of barnacles. I love the shape, height and number of chimneys.

Oct 31, 2011 Yes! I have added several more houses lately.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Making A Crystal Chandelier

I have been finding the most wonderful supplies. I think making those lamps started somthing.

I have always wanted to make a crystal chandelier but I wanted a certain look. I have found what I had in mind. First these 3/8" cupped glass doll buttons. They look perfect for holding the candle shaft and bulb which will hide the drilled holes from the top but allow wires to go through them. Also these will work for crystal candle sticks. I would share the link but I bought them all in ETSY.
These are 2mm round Swarovski beads which will be perfect for swags on the chandelier. I had no idea Swarovski made them so tiny. http://www.etsy.com/shop/twinkledropz/search?search_query=150+pcs+CLEAR+5000+2mm+Swarovski+Crystal+Small+Round+Beads&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5626531&shopname=twinkledropz

Best of all... These tiny top drilled teardrops. This means they are not drilled straight through the side of the bead at the narrow point. The hole is drilled straight in through the top and stops about 2.5mm into the crystal. Ooooh that is fantastic!!! They are 6x4mm a perfect size teardrop! http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=257098