Monday, February 17, 2020

Small Stuff ..

Hi, Hope you had a lovely Sunday.  Where we live near Vancouver BC, temperatures are still cold. Certainly above freezing so not insufferably cold but the garden has a long way to go till Spring. The snow drops, camellias and aconites are blooming and today I notice the tete-te-tete daffodils beginning to unfurl and that makes me happy!

I thought I would settle into my little workroom to try and work through the list of things to do in the mini house.  I had been trying to decide on a rug to use in front of the sink.  After a short  sojourn on Instagram  I noticed what was named as a “Swedish antique Kilim”.  I was  surprised as it did not fit the image of patterns I associated with Sweden.  


I had a silk rug that had a similar pattern. I measured and cut onto paper the size that I thought would suit and tried it out  in front of the sink.  
The central pattern on the silk rug matched the size I needed. To stabilize the silk threads I pushed pins through from the front to mark  the correct edge of the front pattern. I applied white glue on the back to capture the threads. Once that was  dry I cut very close to the edge of the pattern.

The picture above is closer to the colour than the lower pictures. The “rug” is displayed on white paper not pink!

The incorrect colour but this is the section that forms the new rug. 

This morning the Mistress of the house was awake early to make cinnamon buns and bread. TheMaster and visitors headed out to catch seafood for dinner. 

Below you can see the stove, now complete. A guard rail helps keep small hands off the hot surfaces and will possible hold other items. The new kilim is in position in front of the sink.
The Mistress has now put the dough to rest and raise. She had made a cup of tea using the Monique Juvenal teapot, cup and saucer with her feet supported by the little heart footstool for a few quiet moments. The teapot, cup and saucer are painted with delicate flowers.

I have mentioned before but it may be helpful to know that most of my displays are waxed into position using Museum Wax on acrylic sheets. Anna asked me what I  used. Fatima bought a supply and kindly shared it with Elizabeth and me.  The acrylic is from packaging . In this way I can slide the display onto a table or shelf and then just as easily remove it.

Another small thing in the list was to paint oars - these from a Playmobile dinghy.  You will see them displayed elsewhere in due course.

  The wall to the left of the stove hood had one shelf but even though I like empty space it seemed this needed another shelf. It is too high make to  sense to use as kitchen storage but not too high for showing off a vintage yachting picture and assorted boating trophies .... even a small boat built by one of the grandchildren.

You may notice the wire at the top of the range hood ... this is for two LED’s installed under the range hood. I will tell you of our experiences with installing LED lights .... very soon.

Take care.
Regards Janine  


  1. The rug is a lovely addition. I love its colours. I like very much how your accessories make your kitchen "alive".

  2. The rug worked out just perfect and will no doubt help keep the cold off the House mistress feet. Thanks heaps for the tip on wax and the use of the acrylic sheet is just brilliant.
    Anna x

  3. The rug is great and I love the photos of your scenes :)

  4. Everything is looking so Smart Janine! The additional tiling on the sink wall and the secondary nautical display shelf, and the sink rug on the floor, are Beautiful additions!
    LOVE the safety bar in front of the iron stove and your post bread-making cleanup still visible on the table. It all makes perfect sense and I can sense your personal presence living in every square inch!


  5. The rug is perfect in its spot and you've been very productive in the dollhouse lately, I'm impressed!
    What a great idea to use wax on acrylic sheets to style and display your minis, thank you for sharing that tip.

  6. I love that rug. Absolutely beautiful and perfect for your space. I can hardly wait to get a complete walk-through to see all of your creative and amazing results. - Marilyn D.

  7. Everything for this charming kitchen seems to be written in the stars! The rug is perfect, and I bet the leftovers would make wonderful hanging scarves on a coat rack somewhere. The open shelves are chock full of wonderful minis and are so much fun to peruse, and what a great tip about the arrangement! Can't wait for the next post!

  8. its a great kitchen, I think the rugs are perfect...cant wait to see more

  9. The rug is a lovely addition and the colours are perfect - great choice. The kitchen is looking really good, stacked with all sorts of interesting pieces.