Monday, December 24, 2012

Let me introduce my cat. She is a stray Burmese cat I found in Bangkok. She always watches carefully what I am doing and hates it when I leave her alone.
Only one funny thing: she loves sleeping in a huge clay water jar! Must be cool inside I guess!
Isn't she beautiful?

I have started the second part of my project, another building, quite similar that will be on the left of the first one. I have used the same structure for the shop but it has smaller windows and a double door, much bigger. Upstairs will be a bedroom. I have already chosen the wallpaper and the fabric, one of the beautiful toiles de Jouy of Catherine Ferouelle ( Visit her shop:
you'll love it if you like French fabric)
The roof will be different too. I'll try to do a Mansard roof.
Downstairs, I am not sure yet but I am thinking of a 'blanchisserie' ( a laundry?) where people used to bring bedsheet, tablecloths, etc to be washed and ironed. I want to do something a bit different from the other shops. I am not sure about the choice, let's say 60% sure...LOL), if not a modist shop (hatmaker?)

On the next picture, I've applied the first layer, some kind of greyish tone and I have started applying thin layers of water with a little black painting to give more depth to the moldings.
On the right side, you can see the difference. These layers will give life to the facade.
I had to go quickly as when it dries, the color may change from one side to the other.
I used a sponge to remove the water and only leave the pigments.

Now both sides are finished. The next step will be to do the same with the doors and then I will remove the tapes that protect the glass. At that moment only, I will know how the shop will look like.

Tomorrow is Christmas and all the people who live far away from their parents and siblings, as I do, know how difficult this period of Christmas is. I am painting my facade while listening to some Christmas music.

Happy Christmas to everyone who reads my blog. 
Bon Noel a toutes et a tous!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I had a pair of simple of andirons and they didn't match with the style "Petit Bourgeois" of the furniture. I had some bits of decoration I had found in Bangkok.

With a saw, some glue I have made a new pair of andirons that now match the scene! And the two cats love watching the embers in the hearth! :)
 A few weeks ago, I made a plaster "rosette" and now my chandelier looks much better. In the near future I will try to add bulbs to the new ones I'll make but I still don't know how to connect the wires together. I'll have to search on youtube again! LOL

Today was an important plan was to put wall paper. After reading from other blogs, I used the "pattern technique" as I didn't want to waste wallpaper. It means I did a pattern with white paper for the most difficult areas, i.e the fireplace and worked. I had printed the wall paper on 80gr paper so I used glue in spray. It's really good but no error is allowed. When the paper touches the wall, you can't remove it.
the atmosphere of the room has completely changed. It looks much more realistic and cosy. I added a few rugs that I had bought in Istambul, some miniature bronze statues I found in Bangkok at the amulet market, one or two paintings and it doesn't look bad at all...

Now I need to think about how to make the curtains. I have found the fabric but I have no idea on how to make them.
I need to find some little objects too to give it life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sorry for not adding anything on my blog for a while....
Well, I have added a wood stove for the winter. It is made from plastic bits and pieces. I have made two little display cabinets for the shirts and collars. The boxes are kits from Lisa Engler

I then started making miniature books for the little stand I ordered from HK. It was my first experience with miniature books and I made about 30 in one night. (didn't sleep much!)
Here is the result:
I needed a mannequin for the shop. It's done. The body is made of Japanese clay which dries in the air and doesn't need baking. Now I have to think about how to make a jacket to display on the mannequin.

So this is a glimpse of the second floor. Still wondering if I look for wallpaper or not.....Sorry the picture is a bit blurred!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I have just finished the "oeil de boeuf", the round window on the roof. As I didn't have a router, I did it with polystyrene foam. I carved the foam, then covered with glue for wood, I let it dry and then painted it.
 Maybe it's a bit too dark. I have to wait for a day or two and I'll see if I have to do the ageing again....
Some furniture I ordered from Hong kong from UOL has arrived and I am very happy with it. I may adapt it to the room but the quality of the furniture is very good. Every piece is carefully protected for shipping, my order was sent the day after I had ordered it and 5 days later I got it!
The price is reasonable which , for me, was an essential criteria as I can't afford to spend much on furniture.

Have a look at their website and maybe you will discover something you were looking for. I can only recommend them:)

I guess I should put some wall paper to make it look more realistic  or wood panels? What do you think? Any suggestions?
The chimney is not attached to the wall yet to make wall papering or painting easier.
If I don't put papers on the wall I guess I'll have to "distress" the painting....

One more thing: If you like old French shop, I found this great website with hundreds of facades and details of shops dating from 1900's. A gold mine for miniaturists. Have a look:

When you are at the bottom of the page, click on  1- 50 then 51 to 100,  and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Here is the original picture that inspired me. I adapted my projected a little bit but tried to keep the atmosphere of that time.

The hats and their lovely stands in the window, the collars in the shop, the shoe boxes, the shirt boxes are created by Lisa. She does wonderful miniatures. Just visit her website and you'll understand why.

The work table was made by Glen at:

I can't but recommend these two great miniaturists. Thanks you both for helping me.

Here are some more pictures. If you have any questions.....

I finally had a little free time to work on the shop and here are some pictures

Monday, September 3, 2012

La boutique se termine petit a petit. Le meuble pour couper le tissu va venir du Canada. Il a ete fait par Glen Anderson. Encore quelques rouleaux de tissus a faire et quelques objets, 1 ou 2 chaises et je pourrai passer a la suite...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Le temps passe vite et je n'ai pas eu le temps d'ajouter de nouvelles pages a mon journal.

Les travaux ont avance: la piece au premier etage a un parquet, une porte, une cheminee, un lustre et des appliques. Fabriquer des lustres va m'occuper dans l'avenir:on peut trouver toutes les fournitures a Chinatown. Une bonne loupe, des gestes precis et c'est parti!
La boutique, un tailleur en bas a son sol, une partie des etageres et les rouleux de tissus.
J'ai volontairement efface un peu de la peinture publicitaire du mur du cote pour lui donner un cote un peu plus "usee".
L'eclairage fonctionne parfaitement! :)
Voici quelques photos: