Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back to Duddingwells

Hello all, happy Friday! I have been sick with a cold this week. I think because I don't get sick very often, I really feel it when I do. Anyway, I haven't got a lot done this week, other than reading! 

I am trying to get rid of some builds from my craft room, which means finishing some things off. The landscaping of the Duddingwells had stalled because I was too lazy to finish it, and I buggered up the wiring inside, which buggered up a wall finish, so I have been trying to figure out how to cover it up. So it has just sat with nothing being done. The last few weeks I have been working on it little by little. I have just about finished the wisteria. I made a wire stem and branches, put some paperclay over it and painted it. Then I tried making the flowers with floral foam, but it was too fine and the racemes were too small. So it sat unfinished too. Then I got out the paperclay and built up racemes, painted them then glued on chunky purple floral foam. Once dry, I brushed on some lighter purple paint and then some white near the top of the racemes. Here are some photos, if you can see.

In this photo, the painted racemes are on the left half (albeit not quite finished):


Here are the painted ones closer up:


And here the unpainted ones:


It might look better in real life! Anyway, I am happy with them. I have also added some leaves, but not a lot. Usually wisteria flowers well before leaves appear. I will show some more photos soon, when I have done a little more. 

Just before I go, sending good non-hurricane thoughts to all those in Hurricane Irma's reaches. I hope you stay safe and dry. Goodbye everyone!

22 comments:

  1. Love the color! And your stonework is gorgeous

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    1. Thanks Sheila! The colour is great isn't it? Very vibrant, which I think is needed to make it stound out and add some detail.

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  2. Wow! These look great - nicely detailed and they really pop against the fabulously patterned brick!
    Are you just trying to finish the builds so you can move them and display them in other areas of the house, or do you mean "get rid of" as in adios?
    I am truly contemplating a way to sell/donate/dismantle three or four "old" builds to make room for the future. It's so hard to decide what to do!

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    1. Hi Jodi! I am wanting to move three houses out to (what we call) the pool house (a little studio in the back yard) so that I can start some new stuff. I have given away and sold a couple of smaller builds and kits I wasn't going to get around to finishing, and I kind of wonder whether it was a good idea. But you can't build and keep every dollhouse ever can you? As much as I'd love to...

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    1. Thank you Alexandra. Nice to hear after it had been sitting around for so long!

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  4. Your landscaping looks lovely! And your bricks are amazing. The branches and the flowers look very realistic, spot on!!!

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    1. Thanks Kat. Gotta love paperclay! It's such a delight to work with.

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  5. Una maravillosa glicinia!!!!
    Besos.

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  6. I think that this house SHOULD be finished Shannon because it looks to have Scads of personality just from the little you've shown!
    The wisteria look Wonderful, not only the flowers but the tree too, and the brickwork, the timber and the leaded glass windows are Utterly Charming!
    Will we get to see the interior of it too?

    elizabeth
    p.s. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better, but sometimes being ill is the only way to finish a book too :/

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    1. Yes Elizabeth you are right! Being sick is good to do things we don't always do when we feel good. Thanks for the lovely compliments on my Duddingwells! There are a few posts on this on my blog and I think they should be tagged with Duddingwells if you wanted to take a look. I hope to post more soon, as the garden is not far off being done. Xxx

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  7. Your wisteria and brickwork are gorgeous.

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  8. Oooohhh, What a gorgeous picture with the wisteria against all that beautiful brick-work! I hope to make some wisteria... someday.... when I get past all my other partly finished landscaping! LOL! I think you've done a great job with the paperclay! I hope you will show more of this wonderful property! :)

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    1. I did some tidying up at the weekend and was horrified at how many projects I have on the go. Big and small. Tiny even. Shameful. I need to finish some stuff!

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  9. Muy bonita la histeria. Parece de verdad!
    Besujis!!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment! Glad you like it.

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  10. I'm very impressed with your brickwork on this property and the wisteria, it looks lovely. I haven't been brave enough to tackle on. I'd like to see more of this project too. Glad too to hear you're feeling better.

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    1. Hi Irene. Thank you for the compliment. I am a bit stand-offish with landscaping. I love landscaping but not much into all that flower making. It is time consuming but worth the effort. I do have posts on my Duddingwells from about 2014 and they should be labelled. Not sure if you can search for them? Anyway, take care. Xxx

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