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Sunday, July 4, 2021

French house update

 Hi all. Happy Sunday. Thought I’d quickly check in to show the exterior of the French house currently. Finishing the removable roof and front/back panels are some of the last things to do. The inside surfaces need refinishing and a little more paint on the outsides.

So they are out of order, but here is the messy unfinished side. Considering bricking this or something, just to neaten it up.


Next is one front panel. The other looks much like this but with the door in centre and a window either side. The house only just fits into the shelf and I can’t even fit the turntable under it, so it’s hard to turn around.

And lastly, the side I finished. I added a French door over the side door and built an enclosed balcony around it. I based the design on one I saw in Dijon, France, I think it was. It pops off so I can put some plants in there.

I’ve painted the base to look like pavement/concrete, but it needs a lot more work. And plants, garden, etc. I might put a tiny gate across to enclose and the residential part from the street. I purchased the flowers. They might get separated into pots, but nothing decided yet, plus I need more pots. I like this side.



And lastly, I knitted a pair of gloves. I am pretty happy about this as I have wanted mini gloves for so long, and I also wanted to learn to knit in miniature. I have lots of things I want to knit small! Haha!



I will leave it there. I hope you are all having a great weekend (aren’t they always too short??). Take care. Xx


22 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty!

    And I love your gloves!

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  2. Fantástica, me encanta como has pintado tu casa francesa, muy real con esas grietas y ese color crema. El rincón con el balcón cerrado perfecto, te quedará un rincón precioso con el anticipo de esa maceta. Pues si saben a poco los fines de semana, ya se ha pasado, así que buena semana,besos

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    1. Thanks Rosa! Yes the weekend is well over, but they come around so quickly, and it will be Friday before I know it.
      I love the character the balcony gives to the room it adjoins, and now need to work out what furniture and accessories are needed! Enjoy your weekend. Xx

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  3. La fachada se ve preciosa, buen avance!
    Besos.

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    1. Thanks Pilar. I am pretty happy woth how it turned out. It took a lot of thinking about but I got there eventually. Xx

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    1. Thanks Genevieve! It took me a while, but I worked it out eventually! Xx

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  5. Oh my God, Shannon, those gloves are incredible!!! Wow! I am also wishing to learn to knit mini someday! I have no idea where to start to find the needles and the threads in the right size...and tips on how to hold them! I learned to knit in RL many years ago... but have not graduated to mini knitting yet. :) The finished facade of your house looks wonderful and I love the enclosed balcony! I am working on a similar one for my current project and have some technical problems to solve because it is on the opening front door of the house. Yours looks delightful! I can't wait to see more!

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    1. Hi Betsy. Thanks for your lovely comments. I started a little larger, with 2 ply yarn and 1.5mm needles and just kept trying. I should’ve given a little more info. I actually bought piano (or music) wire, which comes in lots of thicknesses, and cut it into lengths and ground the ends using my dremel. Worked well. But you can buy them from a few sellers. Here is a good start: https://www.theknittinglady.co.uk/. I’m not a knitter (but could knit) so had to learn how to read patterns, so got a couple of instructional books.
      And thanks for your lovely comments re the French house. It caused me a bit of angst trying to work out how I wanted it to look, and then execute, but it finally fell into place and much of it was done in a day. I probably should’ve added some other detail but I am happy with it as is. Take care! Xx

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  6. This is such an enchanting building, Shannon, and I am so happy that it is inspiring you again! The gloves are incredible! I'd love to learn more about what it takes to make such tiny wonders happen!

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    1. Thanks Jodi. The thing is I have difficulty with furniture and accessory placement. Some things just got put in there and were perfect straight away but others, like kitchen accessories, I am just not sure about. I need more stuff! Haha! And I posted a bit of a tutorial for the gloves on my Instagram but might have a go at putting it into a blog post too.

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  7. Those gloves are so darn sweet.....they look so fuzzy and soft. Did your eyes cross while you were knitting?
    The house is looking great Shannon. I like how you can access it by so many different ways.

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    1. Haha! Thanks Carrie! Actually I wore 2.5x magnification reading glasses. Otherwise I just couldn’t see anything at all. I’ve found them useful for all my fine mini work.

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  8. I am really loving this building, Shannon. The way you are finishing it so reminds me of buildings I have seen in my one and only visit to France. You are capturing the feeling perfectly. Also, you thought you would try mini knitting so you started with gloves??? Wow - you are so much braver than I am but they turned out incredibly. Great work! - Marilyn D.

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    1. Hi Marilym. Thanks for your lovely comments re the French house. And no, I didn’t start mini knitting with gloves! Haha! I was learning to read patterns in full size then worked down to Blythe jumpers with 1.5mm needles, and then worked down from there. The gloves were based on a 1:12 mitten pattern I purchased, and I have made quite a few pairs so am pretty proficient with them, so adding the icord fingers was one more (fiddly) step. And now I am off to check out your blog! Some great Saturday morning in bed reading for me!!

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  9. The outside of French house are as beautiful as the rest. Yes, brick that last wall!
    I'm in awe of the mini knitted gloves.

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    1. Haha! Ok boss! I think it will bug me if I don’t but it might not happen for a while….

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    2. J’aime beaucoup l’extérieur . Je rêve de voir apparaître sur votre page de blog un bouton «  Translate «  car je ne suis vraiment pas douée en Anglais . Je loupe plein d’informations

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    3. Hi Catherine. Thanks for your comment - I instlled the translate gadget! Sorry that I had never thought of it. Take care.

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