Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This long view is to show the whole room as well as the leather bag beside the bed. I'm sorry to put this on another post but I could not work out how to add in a photo in a changed-from-original sequence. One of my sons promises to bring me an eight-year-old to help me. Hope he can find one soon! Also I have difficulty leaving comments on some blogs. I write a message then it will not seem to go in..... never mind I will soon get it all under control. Until then thank you for following and if you notice you have been visited by Canada - it is probably me!
Regards Janine


I do like to take photos through the windows as this technique automatically frames the scene.
The far end of the bird room contains a chaise where the lady of the house can indulge herself in a couple of her hobbies - reading is one, the other restoring old linens that she collects wherever she can find them. Her criteria is that they are of good quality and have faggoting or lace trim, preferable both. Lemon and salt paste and sunshine fade rust and most stains. The lace is another matter as it often needs replacing or careful repairing.

White tulips presently adorn the pie top work table so it must be spring! Note the little tape measure, pin cushion and reels of thread with scissors. In Canada the tomato shaped pin cushion is an old standard. You may recognize the framed print on the interior wall as "Woman with Parrot" by Edouard Manet 1866, presently in the New York Metropolitan Museo.
Perhaps I could use a rubber stamp and put a bird on the plain cushion.
There is a bird cage on the top of the armoire, unfortunately it suffered a bit in storage and I had to trim part of it away.

This room contains a lot less than the other rooms due the the strength of the wallpaper. I hope it remains tranquil but lived in.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Thank you so much for joining my blog. In the next few days I hope to visit all of you....so exciting!
Also an acknowledgement to Synnove for listing minworks on her blog... I do appreciate it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


The bombe chest displays a collection of trophys... acquired from board games and a sterling silver charm (tarnished) pair of binoculars. The print framed above reminded me of photos of my husband when he was a child.

I am not sure what most people use for their pillows. I like to use canary gravel... it is clean and slumps in a most satisfactory way creating a nice shape in a pillow. I used fibrefill in the white covered bed pillows.

Of course, more of the decorated linens.

Close up of the desk shows vanity trays, filled with bead bottles and a commercial vanity set that reminded me of the old bakelite sets. The lamp is wired, picture frame is part of a broach jewellery finding.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The wallpaper lent its name to this quiet country-styled room. The wallpaper is quite busy but very cheerful and finding complimentary patterns has been a challenge. Not over yet as I have a yen to change it completely.
The rooms are deep - 21"x12". When the house is finished one will view the contents from the open back or through limited view lines from the windows. Therefore I must plan not to block the sight lines and yet make the layout seem natural.

I know, it takes a while to realize that not everything is as it looks. When I first began doing miniatures I tried to actually make the bed with the usual layers of bedding. I had not come to terms with the fact that glue would have a big part in creating a better image of how fabric falls.
I have a wonderful collection of fine lawn handkerchiefs that I use for sheets. I do hate to cut them up but I cannot continue to collect them without putting them to good use. I love piles of crisp linens so have made piles of edge trimmed linens tied with bows part of my display. I imagine the lady of the house has bought in the sun-dried sheets and pillowcases ready to change the bed.

The desk is treated as a vanity. The mirror is made using a small picture frame, the vanity trays are jewellery bases and the bead bottles made from jewellery findings. Frames were made and stained to fit the pictures taken from catalogues and magazines.