Friday, January 30, 2015

Back to minis

It´s been really warm these last few days and we have been able to sit in the naya in the afternoons doing some crafting. We have decided to resurrect our miniatures, after putting everything on hold for so long it´s nice to be able to feel we are able to do this.
We had several projects on hold, including a wonderful bureau that hubby was making.  He had cut and assembled the main unit and it had stood languishing in the cabinet just begging to be finished.  He took it all apart and stained all the pieces, reassembled and polished it

There are still drawers to be made and then sourcing items for the ink wells, pens and paper
I had designed this rug and finished the main stitching using 22 count and cross stitch, so all that was needed was to finish it off

Thinking of the haberdashery shop, I trawled through some of my archives and started this little embroidery.  I should really have used 40 count silk gauze and tent stitch, but I didn´t have any so had to make do with 40 count evenweave, cross stitch, not ideal but it worked.
I have since finished the design and it is ready to be attached to a floor embroidery frame

I showed Chris what I wanted, he did a quick drawing and it is now just waiting to be stained and the embroidery mounted. 
I have started a bell pull now, but the light was not the same and I have had to use the magnifier at times which is not so comfortable and I would really like to source some silk gauze as I think it would be easier.
Today has been about 20C out of the wind! but we have had such terrific gusts its a wonder we have not suffered more than a few smashed pots.  It has been reported that gusts of 134km were recorded in Alicante last night, don´t think we reached that here, but we sure did have the snoring rattling doors keeping us awake.
Rebecca and Antoni have just reached the UK after spending a week in Venice for their anniversary.  It was bright but very cold and last night they were awoken by some strange noises coming from the streets.  They realised that the strange contraptions they had seen were portable pavements being laid down because it was a high tide and it had rained so everywhere was flooded with over a foot of water.  Obviously the powers that be had this all worked out, must be a case of been there, done that, many times.
They had a lovely time but did say that everything was very very expensive, even a 30 minute gondola ride was 80 euros, so they took the water bus to explore some of the islands and attractions and waterways, but what a lovely adventure.
I have placed my supermarket order for tomorrow and have included extra for Rebecca so I can go and stock her fridge up for her, for her return. Fingers crossed the snow doesn't fall at Gatwick!
Have a great weekend
take care



  1. wonderful to see your amazing miniatures coming out again.... glad to hear the travellers had a great time...

  2. Thanks Fiona, about time eh!? xcx

  3. The bureau is absolutely beautiful, and so is the rug. You must both be very patient working on such tiny projects. Hope Rebecca gets home safely, Leeds/Bradford airport was closed last week because of the snow.

  4. Thanks Jo, yes patience is a must for some of these projects lol. Rebecca was unable to get a flight until Tuesday which is cutting it fine for her scheduled scan on the Wednesday, but there we are, it will all work out. xcx

  5. Wow, what utterly amazing work!!! Both desk and the things that you made are so incredible!! Just wonderful, you are both very talented!! xx

    1. Thank you Amy, it can be very fiddly but it does give good rewards, the fun is thinking outside the box and finding things to replicate real life items. Things like, here the till receipts are on very thin paper just right for some paper for the desk, beads might give ink wells and pens may have to be shaped from wood and painted. Really good light source is a must otherwise you go boss eyed lol xcx