I have put some of the finishing touches into the bedroom of my canal house, finally!  Ceiling moulding, skirting boards, decorative trim around the windows, fire basket, curtain rod and curtains...All little things but they take up so much time!   I think the bedroom looks a bit like a set from an old movie now...

David Hurley (no website unfortunately) makes the most beautiful, finely carved miniature Tudor furniture.   About a week and an half ago (how time flies!) he taught a three day class close to where I live.  I was one of the lucky people able to attend his class. We made a small chest with three carved panels.

It was a fantastic class, I have learned so much in those three days!   I am really pleased with my results even though there is still a vast amount of room for improvement.  Below are some photos of the finished chest.

...on 'The Queen's Palaces'.

On Monday 19 September, BBC One will broadcast part two of a three-part documentary about the official residences of Queen Elizabeth.  In this episode of Windsor Castle, Queen Mary' dolls' house will also be featured.  Watch the trailer below:

Don't miss it! It starts at 9 pm in the UK and at 10 pm in Holland (and most of the rest of Europe).

Yesterday I received an email from miniaturist Wil Leussink with a wonderful link to The Royal Collection Podcast:  http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&ID=880
Starting at about 1:30 minutes, the podcast shows some wonderful images from The Queen's Dolls' House.

Thanks for the link Wil!


These are the seven other Quimper plates which were in the set I bought.  I bought them at 'Art de Cornouaille' (http://adc-quimper.fr/5/Accueil.html).  They were  € 20 for a set of ten.  I believe they were made as 'feves des rois' (to be baked in a cake). Although not handpainted, they are real porcelain.  I saw two sets when I was there, 2009 and 2010, mine are from the 2010 set I believe.

I found more sets on the internet, also quite nice I think:  http://www.feves-collection.com/feves-assiettines/241-assiettes-personnages-de-bretagne.html   and http://www.feves-collection.com/feves-assiettines/239-assiettes-de-quimper.html   (and many, many more to be found in the sidebar).  Unfortunately they seem to be out of stock at the moment.
...la faïence de Quimper.

I spent some time in Brittany this summer, on the beautiful coast of southern Finistère. On a visit to the nearby city of Quimper, I came across a collection of 10 miniature porcelain plates, all in the famous Quimper pottery style. Of course I had to buy them, such a nice souvenir of my vacation!

The photo's below show the old city of Quimper, the Cathedral of St. Corentin and some of the typical 15th and 16th century half-timbered houses.  I think some of these houses would be a perfect inspiration for a miniature version, don't you? 

The day we went to visit Quimper it was very busy on the roads into the city, and finding a parking space was not easy ( and that's putting it mildly!).  What we didn't know, but apparently everyone else did, that it was the day of the annual city fair.   Hundreds of stalls were lining the old city streets.  It made it more difficult to get a good look at the houses, but it was fun anyway.