I took some photographs of my Canal House as I had promised to show you all more pictures of the house. Unfortunately the sun didn't want to cooperate today, so I only have a few photographs to show you. (Click for bigger images).

Through the front door:




Entrance hall table (made by a friend of mine):




Front hall:

A few months ago I was interviewed for a story in the Dutch dolls house magazine Poppenhuizen & Miniaturen. The June-July issue was released last Friday with a picture of my dolls house dining room on the front cover. What a great surprise!






For the classes I'll be teaching this summer I've made a few other chairs with several different fabrics and finishes on them. Just to show the students the different effects that can be achieved with the same design.

I upholstered this chair with an antique silk embroidered damask, brought from China 100 years ago by my husbands grandparents. The fabric was disintegrating and fading badly, but I managed to cut around the bad areas so that I had just enough to upholster the chair. I gilded the frame of the chair with real gold leaf and then aged it. I love the combination of the gold and the faded fabric. Even though the scale of the embroidery is completely out, I think it works really well.

The fabric on the back of the chair is less faded than the rest because I used the wrong side of the fabric. The front embroidery was almost worn away. What amazes me is that the wrong side of the fabric is just as beautifully embroidered as the right side of the fabric!

Yesterday Reiko asked me how I made the mirror which is in the Salon of my dolls house. I had to hunt for a picture but I have found one. I apologize for the quality, this photo was taken in the days I only had a very cheap digital camera at my disposal.


So here's how I did it: I first determined the shape I wanted the mirror to have. For inspiration I used a photograph of an antique mirror I found on the internet. I cut the mirror material (obviously not glass but some sort of plastic) with a jewelers saw in the shape I wanted. Then cut that same shape from a piece of wood with the same thickness as the mirror. It has to be cut very precise, because the mirror is fitted into the wood (see top left of the picture).
De gold decoration on the mirror is made with paper embellishments like Dresden Trim. You could just cut a frame from a picture of a mirror you like and use that. Maybe use some paper clay to give it some extra shape and depth. I have done that on the ceiling of the Salon and although it was a lot of work, it looks great.
Paint the frame any colour you want. Done!
I've been tagged again! This time by Sylvia of lotjesdollshouse. The rules of this tag are: Name the person who tagged you, mention 6 things that you like and 6 people that you are tagging, leave them a note on their blogs. I am bending the rules a little bit, as I am only going to tag one person (isn't that how the real game is played ?).
I am tagging Eliza of Wasting Gold Paper. Eliza is quite young but has been a miniaturist for ten years and has amassed a lovely collection of miniatures which she displays in her pretty Victorian dolls house. She also makes wonderful 1:144 scale miniatures.


Here are six things I like:

*1* I like teapots. That may have something to do with the fact that I like tea. But I also like the shape of them. Amongst my favourites are 17th and 18th century pots. The miniature silver one in the photo was made by Jens Torp, based on a 18th century pot from Brugge.


*2* I like silver objects. Most silver pieces in my dolls house were made by Jens Torp. His silver miniatures are absolutely beautiful. The pictures on his website don't do the silver miniatures justice.



*3* I like porcelain and earthenware, especially with blue and white patterns. Most of my porcelain pieces are by Henny Staring-Egberts and by Cocky Wildschut (both from the Netherlands).


*4* I like hand knitted sweaters, socks, hats and gloves. The two beautiful sweaters at the top of the picture (not mine, but I do love them) were knitted by Althea Crome, they are little pieces of art! The work in progress is something I've been working on for several years now, I'm on my last sleeve. It will get done I'm sure (even if it takes me another couple of years!)

*5* I like embroidery on articles of clothing and on furniture. The miniatures on the photo's above are very high on my wishlist! The two caskets are embroidered by Annelle Ferguson, who will be teaching this class at the Guild School in Castine, starting tomorrow! The pretty embroidered slippers were made by Annelies de Kort.


*6* I like to peek through windows.