…: a door that is divided into a top and bottom half that open and close separately


I didn't get much done last week, but I did build a back door for the kitchen.  A Dutch door of course.  
The door is quite large, larger than a typical kitchen door, but I wanted as much light as possible to come into the kitchen, so I made a big door.  I was afraid that glass might be too heavy for the door's hinges, so this time I used acrylic for the windowpane.  



The door still needs to be hinged, but -typically- I did not have enough hinges to hang the door.   It also needs door handles and a latch which I still have to make.   



As I was reorganizing my workspace last week, the kitchen became a room with an unusual view…
Normally the Yellow Salon can be found directly above the kitchen.  



At the last show in Arnhem I bought another painting from Elly Ypma.  It is an impression in oil after M.van Mierevelt's 'Portrait of an unknown Lady'.  The original painting was painted around 1600.

Last time I bought a painting from Elly I made a comment to her about the frames, which I didn't like.  I didn't know then that she makes all the frames for her paintings herself and decorates them with 23 carat gold leaf.  Obviously I never meant to hurt her feelings (sorry Elly!).

However, I still think the frames on the paintings I got are not right.  In the 17th century paintings had quite austere, dark frames made from ebony and such woods.




Yesterday I tried out various possibilities on my milling machine.   I still have a lot to learn, but I had fun trying to make a frame for my painting.  Now I did not have any ebony available to me  (I hope to find some in the future), so I used a very fine oak.   I think it already shows the painting so much better!

I do love the painting.  I love that lace cap and the fantastic lace millstone collar!


As I searched online for information on these frames, I came across Gregor's, a Dutch company which makes fantastic frames for old master paintings.  The video below is about the frames he made for the Hermitage in St. Peterburg, three of the frames were for Rembrandt's paintings.
Unfortunately the video is in Dutch, but I love the glimpse into a world we don't normally have access to.




Fun little fact Gregor mentions in the video:  He says the frame he will be making for the 40 million euro Rembrandt, will cost about 1250 euros.  The same type of frame would have cost about 2000 guilders back in the 17th century (that's about $ 1000!!).  For that amount of money you could buy an entire canal house on one of the Amsterdam canals back then!!  Wow!

When I looked at my photos from last week's post, I decided the green of the cabinets was too green.  It did not tie in with all of the blue of the wall tiles and the porcelain which will be in here.  So I mixed up the green paint with some beige and grey and came up with this colour which looks great with the blues of the wall tiles and also with the colour of the floor tiles.  


My next job was to make and paint marbled slabs for the wall by the sink and as a countertop.  For the marbling I used the same colours of paint I used in mixing the paint for the cabinets and as you can see, they're also the colours of the floor tiles.  


I still need to order the hinges for the last door, so I have not yet attached the cabinets to eachother and to the wall.  Another thing I still need is a tap for the pump, but I think I may have found one online.  The pump handle is one I made for a previous project and is too big.  I will make a smaller one soon. 


The tiles were hand made and painted by Idske.  I incorporated them into the wall above the countertop and I love how they look there!  I find it very special to incorporate handmade gifts into my miniature house!
The little jug on the window sill was also a gift, from Elisabeth Causeret.


All of the pottery on the countertop is by Elisabeth Causeret.   I bought the stoneware salt pot at the show two weeks ago, the other pots were purchases from previous years.


These salt pots were a very common feature in Dutch kitchens.   The salt glaze pots originated from Cologne (Köln, Germany) and were used  for preserving vegetables and meat in salt.   In the 20th century  it became more popular to preserve foods in glass jars and so the salt pots were left to just hold salt, butter, mustard or kitchen utensils.  

 Contrary to what you might believe (as I have not posted anything on my blog lately), I did not abandon the miniature world.   But time just seems to fly past!

Last weekend I went to the Apeldoorn Dolls House Show.  As usual I had a lot of fun with my friends and saw (and bought!) many gorgeous things.  I spent far too much money, but someone has to keep the economy going, right?  It might as well be me then ;-)

My first stop at the show was the table of Patrizia Santi (Patrisan).    I love the shoes she makes and cannot pass the opportunity to buy a few of her pieces each time I see her at a show.   A girl can never have too many shoes, can she?  
This time I went for the work boots.  I just adore the rubber profile soles which are flexible like real shoes would be. 


These brown leather booties closely resemble a pair I have in real life.  Again, looove the profiled soles.  And the matching handbag...what can I say, just perfect.  The photos don't do them justice!


These red summer sandals and matching clutch handbag are so cool.  Just look at those perfectly formed platform heels!   Resistance was futile.


 As I had started work on the kitchen of my new Canal House,  it gave me a 'shopping purpose'.  From my previous photos you can see I did not strictly adhere to it.  Below are the first stages of the kitchen cabinets.  They are very similar to the ones I have made before.  
The tiles I won from Idske will be going on the wall above the kitchen worktop.


A few days ago I wanted to install the cabinet doors.  In my stash I found I had 6 tiny hinges left, just enough for the three doors.  As I started work, I noticed one of the hinges had gone missing.  I looked everywhere for it (yes, including my sleeves and the soles of my shoes) but it just disappeared.   When I set back to work, I noticed another hinge had gone missing.  What?  Again, I could not find it.  It just vanished.   So strange.   And it wasn't even Halloween.

Now I'll have to order new ones.  This is where I get them:  Phoenix Model Developments.  They're not cheap, but I like the size.  


I did not only buy shoes at the fair, I managed to find some pieces for my kitchen.  I bought a green  porcelain dinner service...oh hang on, that is actually for my dining room which I haven't even started work on yet... There are more pieces to the dinner service than are shown in the photo and if possible I hope to add some hand painted pieces to it myself.


The blue and white vase in the photo is one I painted in Cocky Wildschut's porcelain painting class.  I painted the design freehand after a full sized 17th century Kangxi porcelain example.  It turned out really nice.   The tiles with the dog (also copied from a full sized example) was something I did in a previous class and have now incorporated into a tile wall.  


This wonderful coffeepot is by Elisabeth Causeret.  I love the two separate filters.  
The simplicity of the salt glaze pots fit well into my 17th century inspired kitchen so I bought several more pots and a jug.  

These were my last purchases at the show.  So I have shown you the first and the last things I have bought at the autumn show.  And the ones in between?  Ah, you'll just have to be patient! ;-)