This week I finally finished a miniature which I had started some time ago: a Shaker style sewing box. I copied it from a full sized one I had seen pictures of. The original sewing box was 19th century from Pennsylvania.

For the box and handle I used cherry wood which I bent using steam. The sewing box is lined with paper with a William Morris print. I made the little sewing spools and knitting needles and bought some of the other accessories. I have put the box in the Drawing Room of my dolls house.

I have been quiet for a while, but I have been busy! Last weekend I taught my second class the 'Louis XV Fauteuil'. The results were great again as you can see in the photo above. Below a few photographs taken during those three days:

The group hard at work

Some very fine sanding had to be done

Marking out where the routing has to go...

...and then actually routing out the fine lines

'Precise' drilling by eye

Time to relax...

...and time for hard work (guilding work continued past midnight!)

This beautiful doll was knitted by one of the students...

...and was allowed to test drive her chair.

Three chairs nearing completion

Beautiful aubergine (eggplant) and courgette (zucchini) given to me three years ago by 'Comptoir de Rouvray'.

The tray and leaf vegetables were made by me. Cookbook by Tine Krijnen

Large wine bottle in basket by Waldemar Backert.

Some of my favourite chocolate snacks in miniature. These have far less calories.

I keep some kitchenware on the shelf below the work surface. Bottles and jug by Elisabeth Bettler (via OSWI Miniaturen). Copper by Philippe Bordelet. Bundt cake mould by Anita Degen ('Keukengerei van rond 1900').
Today in the category 'treasures', something I was given only one week ago.
Last week Friday, before the start of the class I was about to teach, one of my students, Lisette, showed me a beautiful birdcage she had made herself. When I realized she was giving it to me as a gift, I became a bit emotional. Such a beautiful gift! See for yourself:

Dear Lisette, again, thank you so much for your lovely gift! I treasure it!
This past weekend I taught my first 'Louis XV Fauteuil' class to seven students. We had three very busy and fun days where everyone had to work hard, but the end results were great! I'll share some photo's of the three days:

Group photograph

There was laughter...

...but also serious work.

New skills discovered

A lot of sanding to be done

Precisely measured fabrics

The finishing touch

After three days of hard work, seven beautiful little fauteuils in a row.

Two chairs are all finished!

Proudly showing off the (nearly finished) end result
Not Mary's but mine. Yesterday was a happy day as one of our sheep gave birth to a beautiful and healthy black lamb. I had worried about her because last year the birth of her lamb went horribly wrong and she barely survived herself.

We didn't plan on having any lambs this year, but our ram had different ideas about that. Although he can be quite an aggressive little b*****d, he is proving to be a calm and caring father.