Sunday, June 3, 2018

Hi all. I haven't posted much this year, and for that I apologise. I will try to get myself organised and post some of the things I have been working on. For now, I wanted to post some pics of the interior of my Duddingwells.

Starting in the shop part, I don't know that much has changed, other than hooking up all the lights (even the ones I broke). I have cut parts for a display shelf over the left window and some trays for the goods inside the cabinet, but they all need finishing. I added a top to the counter as the way it was constructed, there was a very large lip around the edge of the top so nothing sat neatly on there. The one in the pic is just the cardboard stand-in.



Next is the sitting/living area. You can't tell from the photo, but the left wall look terrible as I buggered the wiring in the wall sconce. Anyways, I need something to cover the mess but not worked out what yet. It needs to be tall but not block sight lines. I bought the beautiful Cynthia Howe birdcage kit, but it is too large for the room. In fact, I have tried lots of options in here and nothing is working for me. Hence it will stay naked for a little longer.


Dining chairs need cushions:


A painting I did the old fashioned way (underpainting with a little glaze to add colour). It was my first real attempt at a proper mini painting, and I am pretty happy with it, and my painting teacher was pretty happy with it, so that is good enough for me (for now anyway). You can see it hanging about the sofa.


Lastly the bedroom. I love this space. Without a doubt a favourite of all the things I've done. looking at the photos, I think it needs a little something above the window.



The bed. I made everything except the throw. Well, I didn't make the bed; it is a painted and reupholstered Dollshouse Emporium one.



Hope you enjoyed looking at my photos. I will try not to leave it too long between posts next time. I am determined to get some projects 'finished' this year (you know, they always need little details added, or you find stuff at shows, but I mean largely finished with the structure complete and most of the furniture). I think I am making a little progress on that! Have a great week everyone. 

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  1. Hi Shannon, Nice to see your post. I know I haven’t posted either but it is always exciting to see what is happening. Yes, the bedroom is so charming! Something will click for the sitting/living room in due course. That is what I tell myself if I am stumped! Therefore it must be so!

    I am impressed that you actually painted your own painting! Keep up the good work.

    I am mainly in the garden at present - daylight to dusk almost. I am a happy lady to be able to be out in the fragrant, warm air. However after an amazing sunny May the forecast for June is not so optimistic.
    All the best. Janine

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    1. Hi Janine. Thanks for your lovely comments. And agreed - eventually I will find the perfect fit for the living room; I just need to be patient! Great to hear you are able to get out into the garden. You must make the most of good weather when you have it, and if the June forecast turns out to be right, you will be glad you did. It is kind of miserable here. We have had a little rain, but we desperately need more. Lots of farmers feeding their cattle - if they can afford it. Take care, and look forward to seeing progress on your Swedish house when you have time. Xx

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  2. I love that bedroom. So cozy.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! It does look like a nice spot to rest in. Xx

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  3. e encantan los progresos que has hecho la estancia de la cama divino, todos los elementos son preciosos , la mesilla me recuerda a las que tenía mi abuela , así que una maravilla. Las sillas también preciosas , así que tu proyecto me va gustando todo, los suelos perfectos. Que pases una buena semana:-)

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    1. Thank you Rosa! Your words are so sweet and kind. Xx

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  4. L'ambiance de cette petite maison est chaleureuse et une mention spéciale pour votre tableau , il est superbe. Un grand bravo pour cette réalisation!!!

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    1. Thank you Isabelle! The table, sofa and chairs were the first things to go in this room and I knew instantly that they belonged. Now I need to get the other furniture right! Xx

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    1. Thank you Minni Mum! Your blog looks lovely - I will investigate further!

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  6. I am so excited that you are working on Duddingwell’s again - I love this project! When I see all the awesome elements that are going in there, I want to see MORE!

    The projects that you’ve got ahead of you look like interesting ones that will make a big impact. Your painting is wonderful! I love the composition, colors and the mood - just beautiful! The frame perfectly complements the darker outer edges and helps to focus your attention right onto the subjects.

    The bed is spectacular! I love the way the powder blue plays with the dark attic walls and again draws your attention right to it’s contrasting lightness. And that coverlet makes me swoon!

    So glad you are back to posting, as your work is always so interesting and inspiring! Keep ‘em coming!

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    1. Hi Jodi. Thanks for all your lovely comments and encouragement. To be honest, just getting the lights wired up was a huge step forward. When I broke some, I got really frustrated and despondent, but the planets aligned just right one day and I just fixed them. A few more things to finish off, then the structure is done. And now I find hunting for the ‘just right’ furniture and accessories fun, so can add bits as I go along. Will try to post more stuff soon! Xx

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  7. Your work is ALWAYS worth waiting for Shannon! :D
    I would have to agree with you on the bedroom, I'm a sucker for small bedrooms so I say who wouldn't want to cosy up in such a SNUG and PRETTY little space as this? Your bed is Fabulous! It looks Just Right against both the back plastered wall as well as against the dark wood lathes, but what about a small shelf above the window for books?
    Having buggered up the wall for the wall sconces myself I definitely feel your pain, but I'm sure that your AH HA solution will come along eventually.
    Your Still Life is AMAZING!!! and I'm sooooo Impressed with your Painting Skills! I hope that you'll continue to do more and make them a Feature within your Duddingwells- Bravo!!! :D

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. A shelf sounds like a cute idea. And it would be an opportunity to add a little more personality through little personal accessories.
      As for my walls, it’s hard to cover up as the wall covering is just unpainted paperclay. I don’t want to paint it I don’t think. And the bugger-up is that the wire pulled out so I had to cut a vertical trench in the paperclay for the new wire and you can now see the wire through the paperclay patch-up. My thoughts are either something tall on the front left side, beside the couch (which is why I originally had the bird cage) or a climbing plant.
      And thanks for the encouragement on the painting. Not sure how many more I’ll do, but it is something I want to do more of in the future. I need to be more consistent in my practicing! Take care, enjoy what’s left of the week, xx

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  8. Me gusta mucho esa habitación,tiene un aspecto tan cálido y confortable!
    Y la sala va tomando un buen camino,me gusta las piezas que va a añadir!
    Besos.

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    1. Thank you Pilar. It is a fine line between enough furniture and being too crowded! I will persevere! Xx

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  9. It all looks very pretty! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

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  10. Well done, Honey, it looks amazing!! I especially like your mini painting, very inspiring. And you've done a great job on the bed, the finish is perfect. I agree with you, the bedroom is my favourite space too - that wooden ceiling is spot on!
    Take care
    Si ❤️

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    1. Thanks Si, you’re very kind. I want to get some of the warm cosiness into the other two rooms now, so lots more accessories! I never thought the sloping walls would make it so hard to furnish/accessorise. And it looks better in photos I think than real life. Xx

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  11. I love what you are doing with this house. Yes, It´s not finished yet and still more to do but I DO love the atmosphere you are creating. It´s gorgeous. Love the bedroom as well, that bed is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Alexandra. It is taking shape. It just needs some personalising now. Some well placed accessories and a couple of bits of character furniture. Watch this space! Xx

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  12. Your painting is beautiful and the bedroom is gorgeous, I would feel lovely and cosy in there. I agree, it does need something over the window, or just to the left of it, slightly higher than the candle, maybe a candle light with a mirror behind it.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Polly. I will need to look through my stash and see what I have to put up there. Xx

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  13. Hi Shannon! I am so glad you posted more about this shop! It has such charm! I Love the attic bedroom too... the steep roof and the beams are so moody! The bed is gorgeous! And your painting is absolutely amazing especially for a first mini painting!!! Wow! I love the effect of the under-painting... once you have tried it it makes so much sense and deepens the contrast and the colors and shadows so much! I Love it! As for you messing up the walls with the sconce wiring... all the old walls I've ever seen were a "mess"! LOl! Just add more mess on the other walls and call it atmosphere! I am really enjoying seeing what you are doing with this project! Please keep us posted!!! :):)

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    1. Thanks Betsey for the compliments. It’s not an amazing painting, but agreed that it adds depth you otherwise don’t get from other painting methods. And I just enjoy the process. And as for the wiring, you can see it under the paperclay. To hide it, I’d need to either paint the walls or add a layer of paperclay over the top. Actually, I could probably do that easily enough and it wouldn’t be that noticable. Thanks for the prompts Betsey! Haha! Take care. Xx

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  14. Lots of lovely things to see in your photos and I do like that bed - it fits so well in the space. I'm also very impressed with your still life - you're right to feel pleased with yourself.

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    1. Thank you Irene. Some accessories needed, but it helps to have good bones to work from! I need to be a little more consistent and paint more than once a week and I might improve a bit. Have a great week. Xx

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