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Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you like my new look, I needed a change from black. Here you can share my miniature endeavours, perhaps be inspired by some of my photographs taken in France and of 'real world' treasures that can be made in miniature. My love of parterre-style gardens and study of horticulture made my decision for the theme of my little shop an easy one. I just hope I can successfully interpret my ideas in 1/12th scale!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Reverse Facelift for the Shop

Well you could say that, in fact I have made it look old with some antiqueing effects. It was looking a bit too clean for a real building, which is what I want it to look like. Painted the woodwork a light green but looked too pepperminty, so daubed antiqueing over it, then rubbed it off. Maybe I went a bit too far, but I'll see how I like it in a day or two.
First is a close-up before I finished the top, second shot is the finished look.

Another big announcement - welcome to another six followers, making it a grand 50. I promised a giveaway, but will have to think what I can offer over the Easter break. Hope you don't mind waiting, I'll try and make the wait worthwhile! Do all have a very HAPPY EASTER!

 try not to eat toooo much chocolate!

A bientot!


  1. I love the aged stones and the cracks in the mortar! Beautiful colors.

  2. Hello Margaret, I like the sandstone look. Presently working on the entrance and also slate tiles for the roof of my house. My husband Bruce has taken up the challenge actually and has taken some photos to show the results.
    Keep up the good work!
    Regards Janine

  3. You've 'grubbied it up' beautifully! And now I know what happened to me - I must have reverse facelifts as I sleep because I do seem suffer from progressive 'antiquing effects' ;)

  4. I think it looks really nice, I love the colors :) I would like to have a house that looks like that :)


  5. It's really beautiful, Margaret!!

  6. You have a beautiful house and I like the collor of the stones!

    Greetings, Roelie

  7. I think it looks GREAT! I really love the building too. Do post some bigger photos for us.

    LOL Norma, I have decided it is time for me to start sleeping in the refrigerator.

  8. Thank you everyone for your comments, and I know how you feel Norma, but you don't look like you're antiqued much at all! hehe

  9. It looks lovely!!
    from Glenda, and I prefer 'weathered' to 'antiqued', now that they have started making museum exhibits of stuff/houses I grew up with!!

  10. Looks great, I love green ;-)

  11. Margaret, I love this shop!!! I actually quite like the bricks you started out with! Well done. And I love your topiaries. I have some started but they're not finished (like most of my projects!). Can't wait to see what happens with the inside.

  12. I think that's what makes the difference between a toy and a model house - the realism. And everything definitely looks more realistic with a bit of 'grubbing up'. Well done Margaret, as always your eye for detail is impeccable. Sandie


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