Monday, December 11, 2017

Wrapping Presents......




Bows and Tassels...

One of the Tasks on the List of things to do in order to complete the Mother's Bedroom in the Secret Christmas House, Dear Readers, is Wrapping Presents! There is supposed to be a stack of them tucked into the corner under the eaves behind the beautifully upholstered Wing Chair! I am sure you will think it silly that I was Surprised at how slow a process this was! The kit comes with a series of wooden "boxes" to wrap and includes a selection of tiny printed wrapping paper.

Here you can see the papers and a couple of the "boxes" in various stages of wrapping. 
(The gold foil is my own addition... I wanted a "shiny" paper as well!)

I started with the largest boxes.... 
assuming they would be easier to master 
the techniques of wrapping teeny tiny gifts!

And then I started on a smaller one.... 
you can see it here glued to the corner of one of the papers.
I decided not to wrap the bottoms of the "boxes" 
to save paper and trouble!

Here it is "wrapped"!
And then I decided I wanted to see 
how it would look tied with ribbon.....

I am using the same "gold-lamme" threads that I showed you last week.... 
I discovered that I could make them curl like real ribbons 
by running them carefully across my fingernail!

Which makes it easier to glue the "loops" to make a bow!

And while I was waiting for the glue to dry....
I also added a tassel to the Dining Room cupboard doorknob....
 
 because it just looked too bare without it!
(This is just a raveled end of knotted thread...) 

And testing it in the Dining Room....

And then I glued both it and the sideboard in place!
(I know, this is a shocking amount of progress!)

And when the "tiny" present was finally done gluing....

I put it on the chair in the Sitting Room..... 
and suddenly it doesn't look quite so tiny!
But I think it adds a lovely spot of color to this room!

And then, Dear Readers, 
I decided I needed to make a (large) small basket...

Using the wire edge of some gold mesh ribbon...
 glued to some card and then cut apart....

And painted a dark brown burnt umber.

Here I am testing it in the Mother's Bedroom.... 
it will nestle under the eaves in the back corner.

Of course, it will have spare blankets in it... 
because these Old Houses never have enough storage closets!

 I am very pleased with how it turned out, 
even though it will not be very visible 
when the chair and gifts are placed in front of it.....
(But I will know it is there!)

Here the stack of gifts has been added....
I put a gold foil wrapped one on top for added sparkle!

Then I glued the chair and footstool in place!
 
 
I only managed to get a few presents wrapped, Dear Readers,
 
 And only tied one with a Ribbon Bow....
But I do think those Bows and Tassels 
 are worth the trouble!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Ribbons, Threads, Yarns......




All Wrapped Up.....

Every Now and Then, Dear Readers, a comment from one of you casts a clearer light upon these tiny creations and makes me look again... and then Revise the item in question! In this case, it was my Dear Mother's question about "what that blue snake-like thing draped on the bed that looks like a misplaced vacuum cleaner hose" was supposed to be, that made me accept that the green sewing thread I had used was Never going to pass for gift wrapping Ribbon no matter how much I wished it would! Alas, it had bothered me too... and eventually I would have maybe decided to change it... but now I knew I really needed to change it! And this was After I had glued the bed into place in the room! So I took my sharpest tiniest scissors and cut the offending blue snake "ribbon" off the bed. Which left me with the question of how to make tiny gift wrapping ribbon? If ordinary sewing thread was not fine enough.... what thread could I find that was finer? Well, I started by unraveling some of the silk threads from the cloth I had used for the curtains in the Dining Room....


 That was definitely finer.... but not the right color.....
Can you even see the tiny thread draped over the bed in this picture?
So I started to look at other fabrics I could unravel.... 
and there was a lovely scrap of "gold-lamme" cloth 
that unraveled beautifully.....

Can you see it here? 
It certainly has a more Gift wrapping character.... 
but can I make it look like ribbon?
Well, I had to try!
The trick was to make it attach to a "spool"....

Can you see the "spool" on the bed?
Believe me, this was Not easy to make! 
The ribbon is still waiting to be "draped" correctly....
 
 
I wanted to make sure the spool was completely dry 
before I tried any fancy twisting...!
So while the glue was drying Dear Readers, 
I decided to continue attaching
 the finished furniture into the Sitting Room... 
And then realized there were still a few details
 that needed to be added to these pieces!

Like glowing coals to the fire in the Sitting Room stove!
I glued in one or two or three pieces of red glitter 
to resemble glowing coals!

And then I just Had to glue the stove and the chairs in place!
(You have no idea how hard this is for me....!
What if I want to make changes...? 
or have some genius idea later....? 
It will be too late, the glue has dried!)
So now it is Time to glue in the rest of the furniture.... 
but Wait! I have an idea....!
First I must add another decoration to the tea table....

because I thought the Sitting Room 
had hardly any "seasonal" decor!
So I made a tiny "Christmas Tree" 
to go on the table with the cake and tea....!
(Made from a painted pipe cleaner covered in glitter...)
Can you see it there?
I had to move the teapot and cups from their first positions... 
but I think I like where they are better now!

I know the table seems a little crowded now.... 
But I couldn't resist adding the tiny tree!
But before I can glue it in place Dear Readers, 
I had to try another one of those ideas.....
 
I know it doesn't look like much..... 
but I had to see if I could make a cat!
Using the Glue trick and some very fine paper covered wire....

And trimmed and painted a grey with white mittens.....

Can you see him here....?

See how small he is?
Even so... he is a large cat for this room!

And he is making mischief with the ball of Yarn!
(I should know better... even if he were enormous,
 I would have to find a home for him!)

And here he is with the tea table in place, 
and the little side chair too!

Here, you can see it in better (maybe too much) light!
And let's hope "Mittens" doesn't unravel that knitting!
Well, Dear Readers, 
I may have found the right Threads for 
Ribbons and Yarn
 and I might have succeeded with making "Mittens"
But I didn't get the presents wrapped!

And rest assured.... 
I LOVE all your comments... 
Especially the ones that make me look twice!!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Teeny Tiny Upholstered Chairs....




Embellished....

Some of you, Dear Readers, might Not be surprised to learn that I love color in my decor! And some of you might remember that when I was first working on the furniture for the Secret Christmas House Sitting Room, in particular the two Wing-back Armchairs, I was having trouble deciding on the color to paint them. This problem was further exacerbated by not having the drapes in place, and therefore not being clear about the color scheme for this room. The drapes provided by the kit (only printed paper) were a fancy shape but a color that exactly matched the wallpaper. And the instructions for the chairs said to paint them a "lovely soft green that harmonizes with the room colors". So I tried. The above chair is my attempt to harmonize with the room color. I think it is very close, but I also think it is too bland. The chair disappears in the room! and especially once I had made the drapes in a darker green, I knew I was going to want to change the "upholstery" on the chairs! And since this room is just the "Sitting Room" and therefore less formal than the Parlor or the Dining Room, I thought I could get away with a less "matchy" look! And I hope you will not be too surprised when I show you the "fabric" I chose for one of the chairs!

Here you can see I am testing the pattern in the room.....
It is almost the right colors....
I wanted it to have one of those densely patterned Tapestry-like fabrics...

Here you can see it beside the cast iron stove.... 
I will darken the colors a bit more...

And here you can see both the Wing chairs.... 
I decided to not upholster them in the same fabric!
And yes, the green is not blue enough... 
I will darken it more too.

And while I am painting these chairs,
 Finally able to decide the colors because the Drapes are in place, 
I have also decided that I must start to glue the furnishings in place!
(Because Christmas is coming and I want to have this project done in time!)
So I started with the girl's bedroom, 
because the furniture was all completed.... 
or so I thought!

The Dresser, the bed and the side table 
tuck neatly into the back of the room... 
here finally glued down!

But when it came to the other side table
 which sits at the front of the room.... 
there seemed to be something lacking!
There was a little glitter tree in the middle 
and a wrapped gift on one side... 
and the other side was bare!
(And I forgot to take a picture of it just so!)
But I thought of something I could add....

A Teeny Tiny Snowman! 
(Made from tiny beads glued together and painted....)
Then I attached him to the side table....

See how well he fits?

And then I glued the table in place!
I think he looks perfect!
And then I decided to glue the furniture
 into the Mother's bedroom too... 
because it was mostly finished as well.

Starting with the bed and dresser and side tables...

Then adding the bedroom slippers by the dresser... 
and the shopping bag by the bed.....
(These are not part of the kit but my own inventions.)
 Here, can you see them better....?
Aren't those slippers cute?
And then I remembered that the Wing-back Armchair for this room 
also was in need of some "re-upholstering"!
The instructions wanted it painted white or cream.
I had thought that was a bit "ho-hum".......
So I painted it in a delicate rose floral pattern to match the wall-paper....
(even though I claim to not be a Matchy" type!) 

Can you see the pattern .... sort of?

And how it goes with the wall-paper?
And I had also made a tiny foot-stool....

Can you see it? 
(It is really hard to get these tiny items in focus!)
Maybe this angle is a little better...?
Well, never mind, 
it is also "upholstered" in the rose print "fabric"!

Meanwhile, Dear Readers, 
I have darkened the colors of 
the Sitting Room chairs by a good bit.
Now the dark green is a closer match to the drapes, 
and the "tapestry" fabric is a little toned down. 
I think I will continue to work on it... 
too much gold is still showing.
And then I started to make 
one of the "Embellishments"
 I have been dreaming of.......

I wanted there to be some "knitting" on one of the chairs... 
because my Mom knits... 
and that makes it feel like "home" to me!
You can sort of see my attempt to make knitting in the above picture...
 I know it is a little bit large.... someone is knitting a blanket!

Here it is draped on the chair... 
the ball of yarn is getting away... 
it will be positioned correctly 
once the chair is in place in the room!

Here you can see all three chairs with their "embellishments"!
The bedroom chair has a lacy "throw"... 
and the other sitting room chair has an open book 
(saved from the Library collection!) 
left on it's seat.

Here is the chair in Mother's Room... 
along with the footstool. 
They have not been glued in because 
there is supposed to be a pile of wrapped gifts 
behind the chair.... 
I have not finished them yet!

And here I am testing both the chairs in the Sitting Room.... 
the colors are pretty much the way I want them.
 (The ball of yarn will be positioned later...!)

Here's a closer view of the knitting chair....

Trying to get good lighting and a view of the drapes too....

And with the Tea Table in place.... 
can we still see the chairs?

Here.... a little closer....?
Yes, It is really difficult to get a good photo Dear Readers!
But I think the Teeny Tiny Upholstered Chairs 
are Embellished to Perfection!