Monday, September 7, 2009

My favorite rooms

These are my favorite rooms so I have put them on top!! Descriptions of what I made are in the "older posts" section. For an idea of size the plates on the left hand side on the wall in the Chichi boutique above are about the size of a 10 cent piece. These 3 rooms are part of an 11 room cabinet I have been making over the last 8 years. Double click the picture to enlarge.

Emanuela's Room Box

This is a roombox I made for Emanuela (Federica's sister in Italy). I designed the wallpaper in photoshop and made all the books, handbag and perfume bottles. There is a battery operated light on the shelf and lots of photos of her and her family. The cross stitch angel on the wall was a printout of one that I actually stitched. Gave both these things to her for her wedding.

Federica's Room Box

I made this room box for my cousin in Italy therefore all the wording is in Italian. This room box was quite intricate. I made all the balls of cotton, buttons, dress patterns, magazines, bolts of fabrics and books. Took it with me in my cabin luggage and put the glass frame on it when I got there. It also has a battery operated light just above the desk.

Alessio's Room Box

A made this room box for a special boy with all his favorite things in it including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, pink doughnuts and pictures of his family.

Room 11 - The Laundry

The laundry is full of bits and pieces from everywhere. The washing machine and sink are both huge keyrings and battery operated. The washing machine vibrates and the sink makes running water sounds. The shoes are Barbie shoes I have painted and many items on the shelves including the books, seed packets and magazines I have made myself.

The Dining Room 2 - Room 10

The dining room has been completely refurbished. It was once green. I made all the books on the shelves and purchased the cheese platter and orange juice from a wonderful lady named Andrea Currie and is usually at all the Miniature shows in Victoria. I painted all the furniture and tried to get the provincial feel that I love.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Kitchen - Room 9

The kitchen is an old set I have had for years. I've tried to give it a provincial feel but one day I'll make a more beautiful provincial kitchen. The calendar on the fridge depicts the castle in my father's town Crecchio. A beautifual medieval village in central Italy. I try to have something depicting dates so I remember when they were made! The tulip design fridge magnet I purchased in Prague on St Charles Bridge. They were a set of earrings. The shopping list has all mine and Chichi's favorite goodies...!!

Chichi Boutique - Room 8

My favorite room...

Chichi Boutique - Room 8

This is my favorite room and I have just redone it all. I made all the magazines, books, perfume bottles, ribbons and the tiny soaps (about the size of a large lentil!). I named it Chichi Boutique and although it started off as a craft room it evolved into a bit of everything I like including fine bone china, porcelain and perfume bottles. I made all the labels for the Chanel bottles and painstakingly cut them out and gave them a gold border.... lost many of them along the way...The book on the counter is the story of Marie Antoinette's Perfume maker. Guerlain have a perfume named after her garden at the Trianons which is called "Les Jardins De Bagatelle". I also make all the handbags with leather bags I purchased and cut up. The burgundy one on the left is real snake skin.

The Lounge Room - Room 7

The photo on the mantlepiece is of my parent wedding. I made the bellows, the books and the couches. The rugs are tapestry wallets that have been cut up and the beautiful silver Orthodox Icon of Our Lady is a key ring I purchased from a Greek gift shop

The Dining Room - Room 6

The items in the left cabinet are mainly buttons. The crockery is limoges style. I covered the chairs with the material of a tapestry bag that I bought at a flea market.

The Study - Room 5

This study is one of my favorite rooms. I made all the books and the Time Magazine tribute to Michael Jackson (I'm a fan). Most of the items in this room are buttons and jewellry. The coat of arms on top of the desk is a broche. The Queen Nefertiti statue is a key ring and the Melbourne Cup trophy is a tie pin.

Second Bedroom - Room 4

The dollhouse in the dollhouse has lights and is fully furnished inside in 1/44th scale. There is a room box in the room box and the gnome at the front of the house is made with a monopoly player piece. I made the cross stitch of the little house on silk gauze and almost had to have glasses prescribed at the time!

The Bathroom - Room 3

One day I will completely change this bathroom as I find it too dark! The seahorse on the wall are earings. The tissue box is a hair band for little girls.

The Bedroom - Room 2

The bedspread is made of antique lace. The print on the wall is silk and the photo on the dresser is me as a little girl!! Most items in this room are made from recycled jewellry. The lamp shade is an earing. The picture frame is a ring. All the bottles and handbags were put together by myself. The shopping bag is from the Chichi Boutique

The Nursery - Room 1

This nursery has many hand made porcelain items. I made all the books and the small dollhouse. Some of the wall features were purchased from our local Brotherhood of St Laurence and I painted the dresser.