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Saturday, 31 December 2011

International Christmas Swap 2011

Hi Everyone

Thia is the first year, that I have participated in the International Christmas Swap, run by Caterina - Leminisdicockerina. I have had so much fun making the bits and pieces to send and the joy at opening up my gifts.



My partner for sending to was - Cristina.  I was not sure what to make, but wanted to make some Christmas tree decorations.

The box was a cheap wooden box from The Works, that I decorated using images from Christmas tissues and sequins, that were fixed on with Mod Podge.  This was my first attempt with mod podge.  All the other decorations are made from cold porcelain.






My partner that I received from was Flor



She sent me two lovely candle decorations and the cute train. 

I have had so much fun and cannot wait until the next swap. 

Lv Toria


Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy new year to everyone and Minis Part Two

Hi Everyone

Well I did not get my house sorted, as we found the connector that links the main house to the hall was broke, so have to wait until we go shopping. 
But here are a few views of the house at Christmas

Outside my house


The lights on the roof are battery operated LED lights from 99p shop.
The two trees on the outside are from Poundland.  The two in the middle were
from a garden centre.  The came as a pair
  

The snow is a snow carpet from Poundland (thin sheet of wadding)

Inside my house



The two chests are antiques.  The sofa was a kit, that I reupholstered.
The lovely candle decoration on the chest is from Flor as part of the International
Christmas Swap.  The tiny Christmas, tree I made a few years ago.



I had to buy this when I saw it in Carolyn's Little Kitchen's Esty shop
It has taken me a while to decide where to put it. 


The Christmas cake was one I brought when I first got into miniatures,
about 21 years ago.  Was it really that long ago!
When I found it in my box, I could resist putting it on my Westie plate
and have mini Rosie, looking adoringly at it. 
Very much as the real sized one would do!


The candle decoration and the cute train are also from Flor,
part of my swap goodies.  The candle has a star cut out shape in it. 
The stocking are card embellishments.  I did want to make my own, but ran out of time.  As you can see I have not finished the fire off as yet. 
I have an fire light set, wired in, just have to buy a fire grate and add some wood.

The dolls house was one I brought a while ago, but I cannot remember
who the maker was.  I think it is so lovely, it usually stands out in the room,
but thought it looked wonderful under the tree.


I made and decorated the tree.  The tree was a kit from Janet Goodrick Miniatures
The tinsel and the bead chain was from Little Trimmings.  I plan to make a large one for next year with lights.





Now for some non miniature pictures.


 
Taken Christmas Morning. 

Lv Toria

Obscure Creations by Tyla - a miniature dollhouse experience: Ok I'm in. Obscure Creations' first GIVEAWAY

Obscure Creations by Tyla - a miniature dollhouse experience: Ok I'm in. Obscure Creations' first GIVEAWAY

Happy new year to everyone and Minis Part one

Hi EveryoneTo start off this post will be in sections, as I am having a mini afternoon.  Finally getting around to rewire my Tudor house (well try to).  I had a lovely gifts from Flor for the international swap and will post some pics later on.

I also hope to be able to paper the main bedroom in the house.  I have found some images of old wallpaper, that I have photoshoped into wallpaper for my house.  You can still buy this wallpaper.  It is made by Cole & sons and retails at £80 a roll.
Designed late 1700's
I will post a tutorial on how I do my wall paper.

That's all for now, will pop by later.

Lv Toria

Plushpussycat: Big Miniatures Giveaway!

Plushpussycat: Big Miniatures Giveaway!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Winner is

Hi all

Thank you everyone who has enter my giveaway and has become a follower of my blog. All the comments are very much appreciated.

The winner of the Christmas wreath is


Patrizia - lemagiedipatty.  Congratulations. 

Again thank you everyone

Lv Toria

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas Giveaway

As it is the seasons for giving gifts, I thought I would have my first giveaway/blog candy - A  1/12th Christmas wreath. 

The wreath is created using cold porcelain.  Each leaf and berry is handmade and coloured, so not one is the same, as in nature.  You even have to watch you fingers as the holly leaves are prickly. 



To be in for a chance to win, all you need to do is:

  • Become a follower of my blog
  • Leave a comment
  • Add a link in your blog to my giveaway.
The giveaway will be drawn on the 11th December, so I can post in time for Christmas.

Good Luck everyone
Lv Toria

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

History of Christmas Wreaths

I have been busy making Wreaths, so I thought I would have a look at the history behind wreaths. 
A Christmas Wreath is one of the most popular holiday decorations.  You see Christmas Wreaths used in many different ways and in many different settings. It is common to see them on the stairway, hanging on walls or doors, or even as a centre piece on a table. Christmas Wreaths are a pleasant sight throughout the holiday season.  But why do we use wreaths in our holiday decorations, and where did this tradition begin?
The term "Wreath", curiously enough, is linked to our word "Wrist", with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English's "wrethe", meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland.

Wreaths have been used symbolically for centuries. The circle or ring shape is symbolic of eternity or eternal life, because the shape has no beginning or end. Back in ancient Rome, this symbol became so powerful that people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from.
Putting plants into the symbolic circular shape symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. Wreaths and other decorations during long winters often consisted of whatever natural materials looked attractive at this bleak time of year. People used candles, fires, evergreens, hollies, berries, and forced blossoms to hold on to the promise of spring.
Holly and Christmas Wreaths
The ancient Druids are the first society in known history to have worn sprigs of holly and mistletoe. These priests of yesteryear believed that holly, with its glossy, shiny prickly leaves of green adorned with red berries, remained green all year due to their magical properties. The Druids considered Holly sacred. The holly berries have given us our green and red colours of Christmas.
Combining the symbolism of the wreath with the believed magical powers of Holly, the Romans exchanged Holly Wreaths as gifts. Once Christianity took hold in Rome, Holly Wreaths became Christmas Wreaths as part of popular holiday decorations, but mistletoe was considered "pagan" because of its mystic properties. In fact, in 575 A.D., a German Catholic Bishop forbade all Christmas greens and condemned them as "dangerous and heathen". Churches did not see their likeness again for centuries.
In the 16th century, the word "Holly" appeared in writing for the first time, used by Shakespeare. By the 17th century, holly had become a grander part of Christmas celebrations, the Christmas Wreath, and holiday decorations once again. The shape of the wreath symbolized the crown of thorns put atop the head of Jesus Christ, as well as the resurrection and eternal life. Holly and Christmas Wreaths came to stand for peace, joy, and contentment.

Lv Toria

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Inspiration

Hi Everyone

I have been looking for ideas for my Tudor house.  I want to add some period pieces that evokes the Tudor/Elizabethan period.

I found some lovely sites that have given me some ideas and not just for the Tudor/Elizabethan era's.

15th Century Tile
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk



A reproduction Tudor Rose tile at Brunswick House




Elizabethan Writing desk


Elizabethan linen print

Medieval swans 14th Century, Italy



Arts and craft panelling


 

Lv Toria

Monday, 14 November 2011

Lastest miniatures

Hi Everyone

It has been a while since I last posted, so I thought I would share with you, my latest miniatures.

I have been having fun, with a past time that I used to do before moving to Pembrokeshire and this was making flowers from cold porcelain.  I pucked up the courage to create a garden in front of my house.  At the moment, I have only laid the beds out and created the flag stone path.  It has also given me a chance to display some of the wonderful plants that have collected.  I also decided to add a Ivy to part of the front, so have been busy making leaves.  I will post some photos of my partly made garden shortly.

The jugs, I adapted from Marlies, card jugs. Please see link - Jug Pattern
I still perfecting the method for them as well as getting a better handle.  These were the 2nd set I created.  The first as painted in Cornish wear colours and will be going in my bathroom next to my bath.


1/12th Jug set, made from cold porcelain. 
Largest one holds lavender and the smaller one has a butterfly that has landed on it
Showing Butterfly detail

1/12th Holly Wreath, made from cold porcelain. 
You even have to watch you fingers as the holly leaves are prickly.

1/12th Gothic Window Mirror and Red Geranium. 
The Geranium is also made from cold porcelain.

See you
Lv Toria


Friday, 15 April 2011

Bubbles

Hi Everyone

I have taken a break from card making for a little while.  My card making mojo has taken a little drive.  Not sure where, but it will be back.




I have been doing up some of my old miniatures that were looking a little tired.  Here is a sink that my mum made from a kit several years ago.  I had originally used solid water to create water in the sink, but it had turned a little yellow and I wanted to add some bubbles.



So out came my card making skills and the glossy accents plus a few seed beads.  Time to get messy hands.  I missed some glossy accents with the seed beads and then piled it on to the solid water.  I add a lid to the bubbles.



I even made the drip on the water pump much better, by adding a clear bead and some more glossy accents to it and to the spout.



The dish cloth was created by my lovely mum.  The sink will be going in the kitchen in my Tudor house.

Lv toria






My Miniatures

Hi Everyone


I have had a lovely Christmas and for the last few months have been rekindling a hobby that I very much enjoyed about 6 years ago. But with moving to Pembrokeshire, it has been under wraps in the garage and the loft. 


The hobby is for Dolls Houses and Miniatures.  My Tudor house that my gran brought me in the 90's is now in full view in the dining room.  Below is a picture of the house after is come out of bubble wrap. This house is in 1/12th Scale.

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I have some work to with it as some of the glue has dried out and some of the lights need new bulbs.   I also have a plan to add a cobbled surface with a small garden.


Some more photos.

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Great Hall



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Kitchen

 My Mum also brought a 148th Scale kit from Petite Properties for me. 






I am part of the way though constructing this house.  I have painted the interior and are in the process of creating the light for it.  Here are some pictures of the tiny fireplaces that I have painted for the house.




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Lv Toria


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