Sunday, January 11, 2015

More Cobweb !

recently some more halfscale items ( from ebay and Homes in Miniature ) did come in, and this week I made up some kits of Jane Harrop . I justput some of them in.

Here are some of the thingies I bought:

                                                          Jelly chest


                                                             drawer  chest

                                 Wash stand and a beautiful set of porcelain, jug and basin:

                                                Sorry for the pic, but here it is....

                                                 And, of course, I could not resist that doggie !

                 Still- beams to be added, plus lights to be installed !! Will have to wait, though.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Reanimated Cobweb inside

OK, here are some pics of my sweet little Cobweb (1/24 scale) after the operation :-) . One can still see the mistake, of course , but it is not really a problem , the house  is accessible and can be viewed quite well.

That so-called "slate"floor was made by scoring, painting and satin-varnishing cardboard. Eccept for cutting the whole carboard to measure  fit in, no hard measuring  etc. I always prefer to do things the easy way !!!

And now the fun part- furnishing , decorating ( and, I hope, some dolls!!)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Cobweb rescued !!!!!!

Hurray ! after my sad Cobweb story Josje was so kind to offer her help ( now SHE is a  builder, which I definitely am not :-) ). So last week I drove there, house on board - one of the best things about smaller scales is that you can easily take houses for a  spin or walk, if they like to - and she did some cosmetic surgery.

This was what had happened - don't laugh so hard you!!!! I did , actually, but it was a shame as I had spent so much time on the dear little cottage :

HUH ??????? Chimney over the frontdoor ? What about Health and Safety rules????

But now it looks like this :

What she basically did, was removing the tabs atttachments and replacing them on front. And it works !!!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I have some BIG trouble with Cobweb ( well, I always told anyone willing to listen that I am definitely not a builder...) Exchanged the two roof parts, looks idiotic now.
The only way I could save it if I would know anyone with a table saw to take tabs off the back roof.

Failing that, I think I will be better off trying afresh in the new year . No buying right now as posties are in overdrive this time of the year, anyway.

But on the bright side, I took Alice out , made her an apron, draped skirt and apron, made a branch for Cheshire Cat to sit on ( branch grows out of book chest :-) ) . OK, apron is slightly wonky , but I don't care !!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cobweb nearly done !

Apart from the fireplaces, which are STILL a sore in the eye , everything is done now and ready to go.

I finished front and back ( windows, doors, etc) and the roofs plus chimney. Fortunately remembered just in time that I had to glue the chimney stack on before roofing!!!!!

                                                           Front :

                                                     Backside of roof

                           Again , those darned fireplaces, nope , still do not like them one bit better:

                                   Roof and front laid side by side (or on top)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cobweb continued

Hmm, not quite a success, although most parts do look decent now or are going well.

Big disaster struck when I worked on the fireplaces. As per instructions, I let the filler I used dry thoroughly before chiseling stonework. That was a non-starter!!!! I chiseled and chiseled and chiseled....Could not chisel the inside, at all, so the fireplaces are a mess.

Here you can see what happened...:

Honest, they are an eyesore, even if it does not look too bad on the pic. I was ready to bin the whole cottage, as these fireplaces are so central to construction, plus they hit you in the eye as soon as you open the cottage.

Fortunately Tony ( Mr Bea) has promised me to send me an extra set, so I can prepare all other parts of the cottage and as soon as I have made new and decent fireplaces, it will be easy going..

The chimney stack was OK, I let the filler dry only so much before scribing into it:

( dont look too much at the color, is still under revision and looks better by the time I am typing this)

The walls have been mucked up :

They look nice and dirty ! Maybe some extra "mould".

Meanwhile I have taken up roofing, hope that will turn out OK :-) !!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Teapots from Onlineshow

Last month the miniature Online show took place and I took a fancy to these teapots. These are from an estate sale, one by Christopher Whitford, one "English teapot"( I thoght they might be by Rachel Munday, but am not quite sure) :

                                           And here they are in my tearoom :