Brae of Otterine's Miniatures did a post today referring to a Bodo Hennig sewing machine I had bought to go into my sewing room in The Laurels. It was a timely reminder that I had not done anything to The Laurels for some time.
For those who don't know The Laurels is a vintage dolls house I picked up through an on-line auction in New Zealand in 2012. The lady who sold it to me said she had bought it at an auction in England about 10 years earlier. It is probably a home made dolls house from fairly early last century.
This was the sewing room earlier today, a very narrow tall room:
This is how it looks now - far from finished but now starting to look like a little sewing room:
I wanted to use the small piece of antique wallpaper I had which would be about the same age as the house. It is quite a large print if you think in 1/12th scale but it was common practice in antique dolls houses to use the wallpapers that were available at the time and many antique dolls houses have quite large scale wallpapers.
The wallpaper is the same paper I used for the two giveaway prizes I made recently (photos on my right hand sidebar).
Talking about wallpaper, I just love old wallpapers and I love this little video I found on Youtube called Wallpaper that Moves - 300 Years of Wallpaper.
I am far from finished the little sewing room and I don't know if the furniture I have thrown in will stay or whether I will make furniture for the room. I need to do some research on Victorian sewing rooms.
Above is a photo of the Laurels with its doors open. The sewing room is the central upstairs room. I have now wallpapered three of the six rooms. I might retain the wallpaper on the upper left which came with the house. I haven't decided yet. I still need to do all the floors as well. I am slowly hunting out antique miniatures to fill the house. There is currently a mix of new, handmade, vintage and antique items and also a mix of eras.
Here are a few more photos of The Laurels:
I love this little doll in her party dress.
I recently found these treasures. I don't know anything about them but love the detail. They are about 6 cm long.
Collection of miniature Chinese Mudmen.
Vintage Japanese table.
Vintage Japanese desk. The fan is probably an old German miniature.
This is a miniature postcard (made into a locket) that my friend Lyn gave me. It was given to her as a child 60-70 years ago. It is only 2cm across. It shows a scene of a Maori girl on a canoe in the Wanganui River, New Zealand.
Another Japanese miniature.
A lovely old china doll in a Japanese kimono. Her legs are a little age worn so I will have to make her a skirt. I made the crazy patch bedspread.
The blue items and the little checkered trolley are Tekno miniatures from Denmark from approximately the late 1920s.
There is housework to be done even in miniature households.
I seem to be getting a collection of Japanese and Chinese miniatures. The story that I have created for The Laurels is that the lady of the house makes beautiful dresses for the elite in order to be able to maintain and keep 'The Laurels' while she anxiously awaits her husband's long over-due return from an overseas bird-discovery expedition. He has travelled extensively in the past on research trips often bringing treasures home.
I've enjoyed having a bit of a play with my vintage miniatures over the last week but it is time to get on with another project. It is time to commence Timeless Toys. I will be going through my stash to see what I have for the project and will do a post later in the weekend on what I find and what my ideas are for the project.
Until then, have a great weekend.