Wednesday, February 26, 2014
All of "sous le figuier" is self made......at this stage I have only purchased the windows and the stairs, but I have made exterior changes to the larger windows. The shop front, the body of the house, all the cladding, doors, shutters and all external details are 'scratch' made....(not sure if I like the term 'scratch made'....but that seems to be the term that is used by many....?).....but anyway, made by me!!!
Sadly I do not have any wonderful electric tools etc., that can cut multipal pieces of wood to the same length....instead I sit here and work away (slowly) with my (trusty) "Easy Cutter". It is the same cutter that I used to make the 'petite maison'....I did buy what was supposed to be a 'new & improved' "Easy Cutter" but I quickly returned to my old one.
This house is as deep as the 'petite mason' but not as wide or as high. I wanted the same depth so that I can have a rear room etc (dimension), but I didn't want the ceilings to be as high, so the over-all height is (obviously) lower. I am very happy with the over-all proportions...it is important to me to get this correct!!
I love working with 'strip-wood'.....I sit for hours with a bundle of different shapes and sizes to make details such as the 'lip' around the top of the house (where the roof meets the house) and of course the shop front.....I can't wait to get started on the interior, to make wall panelling, floor tiles etc, etc.....if it can be made out of wood, then that is what I choose!
There were/are so many wonderful building in Paris that gave me inspiration for this house and of course the 'petite maison'....but unlike the 'petite maison' this time I do not want all the fancy detailing and corbels etc.....I choose a 'plainer' (less elegant?) house.
Okay....there you have it.....enjoy!!! Linda x
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The exterior is still just the 'raw' craft-wood (MDF). I still have to design and make a chimney, make roof tiles, and sand many (many) little (wooden) cobble stones for the front foot-path. I have a few ideas as to what colours I might paint the exterior....but at present I continue to concentrate on finishing all the work (detailing) before I worry about that too much....but my fingers are itching to get involved with the interior.......!!!
I hope you enjoy seeing what progress I have made so far, it might be more frustrating for you watching the slow progress of this project than it it for me.....because the days I am not working on my house I am playing with little Hudson who is now 9 months old and a total delight!!!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sadly here in Australia most people would not be happy until these doors were given a thick coat of 'full gloss' paint.....but for me, they are perfect as they are.
Miniature News: Work slowly progressing on 'sous le figure'. I am (still) making shutters, 10 pair in total!!! I hope to have a 'progress photo' for you soon??!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
...isn't it fun to let your imagination run wild....lol!!!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
All the detail (wood) work is done to the actual shop front, the roof has been re-designed, I have used 'strip-wood' to make different mouldings around the (gutter area) of the roof and detailing on the actual house. Unlike the 'Petite Maison' there is no (and will not be any) plaster 'over window' details or balconies with corbels. I have used two main photos for the inspiration for this project......one photo I took many years ago while staying in Chinon and the other is a small building in the heart of Paris....both are simple but delightful building.....and gosh I hope some of that has reflected into what I am desperately trying to achieve here!?
You might notice the stairs through the front shop window......these will not be visible when work starts on the interior, but I fear there is still a lot to still do to the exterior before too much work can begin inside. I want to make all my own wooden shutters....whether they will be louvred I am not too sure....but I do have ideas. There are many roof tiles to make, cobble stones to sand, a chimney to design and make and "plants" to make......not to forget the "plants"!!!!!!! Okay....wish me luck, there is still much to do!
Monday, January 13, 2014
These are a few of the many (many) photos I took....a few of my favourites actually. They were all taken in Paris expect for the one with the gorgeous carousel....I took that on a day trip to 'Troyes'.
Enjoy your week....I hope it is a good one! (I'm off to work on my latest miniature project...yes, at long last). Linda x
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Hotel Camondo was once a private residence and on the request of the owner that after his death, it was to be turned into a museum to house his amazing art and furniture collection.
His will stated that...."The interior arrangement must be maintained as is after my death and that no piece of furniture or object d'art must be moved....etc etc." So, the rooms are maintained with little or no change since the owners death in 1935.
It is truly a beautiful place....not feeling like a museum at all. I have posted just a few photos here today....but I took many, many more.....'delightful'!!!!
I (like Simon) think that if you are in Paris it is a 'must see'. Afterwards (even if you have already done so) take a walk through the beautiful parc Monceau that backs onto this gorgeous house.
Musee Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau. 75008 Paris
You can go to 'Wikipedia' and read more about the amazing story behind this house....it is very interesting!!!.....and if you do visit this beautiful 'home' because of this recommendation, I would love to hear your thoughts.....as I loved it!!!!
Saturday, December 28, 2013
While several of you have asked to see what I bought, I must warn you I used a huge amount of 'self control'!!! I was more than happy to see the work of miniaturists that I have long admired and only seen through a computer screen. People like....Mulvany & Rogers (wow!!)...John & Sue Hodgson, Robert Dawson of 'The Modelroom', Ray Storey, Stokesay Ware, Danny Shotton, Mike Sparrow (double WOW!!) and so many, many more. It was a great day...tiring, but well worth the early start and late finish (not arriving back in Paris until after midnight)....A HUGE day!!!
The day was made more special by having my friend Jo there to enjoy it with me.....I met Jo here in Australia and we traveled to several miniature fairs here together, but Jo returned to her homeland and we were both excited to know that we would again meet after several years apart.
What did I buy? I could not pass-up the chance to buy Robert Dawson's 'Miniature French Town House' (144th scale). Robert made the exterior of 'The Pistner House' and I believe this might be modelled after that. I bought several little pieces (again) from Elisabeth Causeret. Ray Storey tempted me with a lovely light (please note the shade is a lot softer in colour than shown in the photo). The beautiful frame is by John & Sue Hodgson.......and the little 'bits & bots' are from Danny Shotton, Laurence St. Ledger & David Edwards.
Needless to say, 2014 will be a year of 'orders' to the UK.....I saw so much that I wanted!!!!
Oh yes......a gift of miniature (workable) embroidery scissor (by Danny Shotton) are on their way to another dear friend.....Catherine Ronan. (Yes, she knows....I didn't just ruin the surprise...lol!!) I thought they were exquisite, so keep an eye on her blog....she might just show us when they arrive.
'Paris Creations' was also on while I was in Paris.....we went early and didn't stay long. I bought more lovely kits from Pascale Garnier and the white tea set (above) from Elisabeth Causeret.
So there you have it.....a few pretty things from a fair I have ALWAYS wanted to go to!!!