I received so many lovely comments last time. Thank you all. It seems you are waiting for another instalment. Well, here we go....
I finished the kitchen in June 2002. As by then I had been making miniatures for approx. 4 years I had gathered a lot of stuff: items, either bought, received as gifts or swaps, or made by me. I still couldn't wait to see results, so I arranged everything in my new kitchen and took a few photographs. Actually, I did the same at a few stages. The first piccies were taken when I hadn't put in the false wall yet, nor had I finished the cabinet completely. Also the table and chairs were still painted white. However take a look. I plonked everything in that kitchen that I had. Couldn't care less what it looked like. ;-)
|A cabinet by Reuter, given to me by a SIL for my birthday.|
|Swaps, gifts, purchases, they all took pride of place. |
Even a pizza made by a creative 11 year old girl.
|The unfinished kitchen cabinet, which still needed door knobs and a curtain.|
|The bread, fruit and apple pie at the back were amongst the first items I ever made from polymer clay. There's even the smallest of items: a little matchbox (but I didn't make that one myself).|
After I had put in the false wall I started on a few more cabinets for the kitchen. By then I had become more creative and started to repaint everything. I also used different colours, because I reckoned that in a real kitchen we don't always have matching colours. More often then not we gather stuff over the years and I wanted this to become a 'lived in' house.
|An open cabinet to store whatever needs a place in the kitchen|
|I called this a meat safe in the beginning, but it isn't really a meat safe, although the part at the top could be used as one, because of the sort of netting in the doors.|
|The curtain and door knobs fixed.|
The little shelving thingy above the cabinet is a replica of the same I saw in the Del Prado magazine that came with the house. I made it out of polymer clay and wood. I still love it. It must have been beginners luck, because I have tried to make it twice more and never succeeded as well as the first time.
|Look at these cheeky little kittens (and do you see the opening drawer?)|
|Cushions for the chairs, which by then I had distressed to make them look worn and old.|
|Little mice and a mouse trap. The latter made by the 11 yr old girl's brother. He was younger, but I can't remember his age for sure. Possibly 7. They were both so very creative. They made these things all by themselves.|
And last but not least (for today that is), an overview of the kitchen before I took it all down again to start building the rest of the house:
|The table has been redecorated with some folk art flowers on the sides.|
|I can't deny my background: there are a few Dutch items to be found in the picture for those who are 'in the know'.|
You may wonder about my 'very good memory', because I seem to remember the origin of every item. Well, most of the time I do genuinly remember, because if they have been swaps or gifts I have a fond memory of the person and I can instantly recall. However, I am very grateful to have heard of people keeping a log about their dolls houses, because that is what I have done from day one. Everything is accounted for. Well, eh (red faced now!) I think I have a bit of catching up to do over the last few years. I've become a bit slack. So, if you don't see a new posting the next few days you know what I am busy doing...........
Bye for now