Friday, 6 December 2013

Doll's House

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to create a doll's house. I always had an excuse for not getting on with it but I have finally grabbed the bull by the horns and bought a classical doll's house kit that I will make and decorate. I need to relax more and I am hoping this will be the answer. It is a 1/12th scale model and I am going to furnish it in Victorian style. I shall blog my progress.

Well the big box of bits arrived yesterday. 
Day 1
Task 1 was to check and identify all the bits:
All present and correct

Next job to glue sides and back to base - I had not realised how much mess I could make with a tube of PVA glue!

Day 2
Another day on the construction site for me and the builder's mate. I could not imagine going this single handed - how do you glue and hold at the same time?
Today we have attached the ceiling/floors and made the stair well.  The stairs are not in position yet they are just 'holding' the side panels while they dry.  Before we can proceed we need to do the lighting. Have decided to go for wired lighting rather than battery operated. I know a very competent electrician who will help me. Before I fix the stairs I need to wallpaper the hall walls. You would think that with the mountain of paper I have there would be something suitable but no.... the patterned papers are not the right scale and I don't have enough of plain paper anyway Victorians didn't do 'plain'. So off now to shop for lighting and wallpaper........ Not sure when the relaxing part will hit in but right now it is STRESSFUL!
Oooops! Realised the back panel has been STUCK in upside down! My trusty electrician has managed to drill some new holes for the electrical wires.

Day 3
Roof added
Window frames and door added.
There will now be a break in building work until the lighting kit arrives.

Day 4
It's Saturday so we are doing a spot of overtime. Windows have been glazed and inside window panels fitted.

Day 6
Columns, scotias and porticos added to front of house. Chimneys assembled. Stairways added.

Day 7
Oh bum! One of chimneys is scew-whiff - 'someone' must have knocked it while the glue was drying.
Lighting pack, transformer and light socket strip arrived today.

Day 9
Chimneys attached. Fronts hinged and attached. Door knob added. Looking good! All I need now is a name. Can't have 'Gully Gables' as it doesn't have gables, can't have Tessy Towers as it doesn't have towers. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks to my trusted assistant without whom this might still be in the box. Work will resume after the holiday.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Home Sweet Home

Well my thought was that if I were a bee my 'home sweet home' would be a beehive! So with that thought in mind I made this card for the current challenge at CD Sunday 'Home Sweet Home'
The backing papers are from the Persimmon collection by Papermania.
Image from Everyday Occasions CD by Ooh La La
I have used a border punch and coloured some white lace to match.
Thanks for Buzzzzzzing by. Tess x

Monday, 25 November 2013

F is for.....

.....a Fine Feathered Friend.

Here is my entry for this week's challenge at CD Sunday 'F is for ....'

Image from Shawn Jenkins Collection CD (Elegant Rooster)
Backing papers from Hampstead Collection by Papermania
Blue embellishments by Anna Griffin
Card Candi and sentiment to finish

Thanks for popping by. Tess x

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Simply Square

Here is my entry for this week's challenge at CD Sunday - 'Simply Square'
It is a 4x4 Fat Book page for a Knit & Sew swap.
It was created in CAP2 using embellishments from the Daisytrail 'Yuletide Joy' digikit.
The image in the square frame of a little boy sewing is from the CD 'Grandmas Button Box' by Katy Sue.
Knitting backing paper was 'googled' and the buttons from my button box!
Thanks for popping by. Tess x

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Pennant Parade

Here is my entry for this week's challenge at CD Sunday - Pennant Parade
Image from 'Best of La Pashe 2012 CD'.
Bunting taken from Daisytrail kit 'Zoo Friends' and recoloured
Backing paper from Blueberry Hill pad by 'Papermania'
Thanks for popping by. Tess x

Sunday, 3 November 2013


Here is my entry for this week's challenge at CD Sunday - Stripey
The image is from the Shawn Jenkins Colection CD by Ooh La La (Santa Sleigh)
I have used the Ivy flourish and the Ivy flourish corner Signature dies by Joanna Sheen
The stripey backing paper was in my paper drawer - it is very old!
Sentiment by Papermania.
Thanks for popping by. Tess x

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Travels Abroad

A very quick offering for this week's challenge at CD Sunday 'Travels Abroad'.
This was assembled in Craft Artist 2 using an image and backing paper from Robert Addams Nautica CD.
Hope this fits the bill. Thanks for popping by. Tess x