Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Basket Galore!

So, I went a little crazy ...
But every Provencal house is full of baskets of some sort.

I found some great work on Etsy and via FB.
Here my pick:

These are from Louise Pendreich (U.K.) via her Etsy shop AuldReekieCrafts
The tiny ones are for my shelves (which I have not built yet..)

These are from Etsy shop WickerMiniature (Russia)
The scale is a little large for 1:12..

These are from Kamilla Dlugowlska (Italy) via her Etsy shop MiniaturesMad
Custom made for me!

These are made by me... after I found this fabulous material!

Thought I share this with you in case you are looking for great basket makers.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Revealing my new project - the 'Lagnes' house

After three months of trials and samples I could raise the first walls!

I designed the house based on a real property that was for sale in Lagnes (near Avignon). It is in the middle of a village - the last house in the street. So, it has a bit of a garden on the one side and a view to the west - ideal...
Buying it was no option because the only fun would be the rebuilding part - and with a 7 hour drive one way (and French builders...) this seems a bit crazy next to running a business ;-).
That is why Mini is wonderful: I still can make the dream come true without really having all the hassle!

Because it is a real-life situation I was limited with the design of the house - it had to fit into the village and street: 2 storeys, no balconies, low pitched roof, etc.

Finding the best way to create the stone walls was the biggest challenge up to now. And I had my architect friend Francisco from Miniarquitect in my back, constantly challenging me to make it even more realistic. Thanks Francisco - I needed that push from you!

I made all the windows - they are ready for installation.

For all you window builders: AFTER I finished my windows I get the clever idea of having handles designed in 3D ;-) .
They are available in my Shapeways shop. I made an opening to of 1.2mm so that a wire or stick can be fed through it!

The first room that I can now present is the guest cloakroom :-)
I have not received the versi flags stones for the floor yet and worked with the little I had.
oops, the lampshade has to be adjusted....

And I finished the typical provencal fireplace (foam board).
Probably heading for the Paris miniature show in June to meet a few FB friends who are making great deco and miniatures. This chair is from Jena Jangren's shop Miniatyrmama - all the way from Sweden!

Keep u posted!