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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!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fun with painted finishes

I have been having fun painting faux wood finishes, firstly on my kit desk I put together recently. I was going to paint and distress it but decided to try a faux wood finish.
After fiddling for a while I came up with what I thought looked like a pretty good walnut effect. It is a little dark and you may not be able to see the finish in the pics. I have included a 'before' photo, beside the desk I painted way back when.

I bought that desk, already assembled, from Linda from Une Petite Folie, when she was selling off a few of her items. I found out how difficult it was to put together. The only kit I had previously assembled was the bed, pictured, which I also decided to give a faux wood effect, having painted it a beigey colour some time ago.
Then I had to make a mattress of course and followed the instructions from Kris at 1 inch minis. With some bad words said, I finally managed to get it finished, with just a few 'imperfections' hehe. I also found a Susan Harmon kit for these boxes and bags etc that I bought ages ago and had fun making them up. I don't think this is my forte as I seemed to be all thumbs and found gluing my fingers together much easier than gluing the paper pieces.

In this shot you will see the little porcelain doll I made in class a few years ago. She was trying out this bed for size but unfortunately I think she is a touch too big for the scale.

As a diversion from the Petite Parterre I want to build a room box of an old-fashioned bedroom, I'll see what I can find for it at the upcoming Sydney Miniatures Fair.

Well that's about it, other than a warm welcome to the new followers and visitors, hope you find something interesting her occasionally.
A bientot!


  1. The scene of bedroom is beautiful! I really liked the finish of the furniture. ;)

  2. Beautiful desks!
    I love the photo of your "bedroom". Even if the doll is not to scale she looks perfect on this bed.:)

  3. todo te quedó muy bonito, la muñeca lindísima. Un abrazo, Carmen

  4. Beautifully done! I love the scene on last photo, is cute!

  5. You've really nailed that paint finish. It's hard to see that the gorgeous little doll is too big just looking at the photo, how wonderfully she brings the scene to life.

  6. I think your little doll looks perfect. Very pre-raphaelite. I love the way her hair is draping over her shoulders as she peers into her shopping bags.

    Some kits drive you mad don't they. I know exactly how you feel

  7. You made the doll? She looks gorgeous! :)

  8. I like the new finish and the little bedroom scene. I'm a fan of kits but just sometimes they can be a bit of a fiddle!

  9. Hello Margaret,
    You did a fantastic job. Very impressive.
    Have a great weekend,

  10. I think these finishes look lovely and very realistic! Loving all of these items together! -ara

  11. A pequena garota é linda demais e que bela surpresa acordar com tantos presentes.

  12. Thank you all again for your positive feedback, Mijbil I made the doll from soft-fired bisque, sanding, painting and firing, in class but I didn't sculpt it, wish I could.

  13. Hello Margaret, your little doll is perfectly perfect! In my dreams I am ever so talented but alas can not achieve the beautiful work you girls do! I'm so pleased to see you on site again and sincerely hope you're feeling much better! Terry

  14. ¡Que escena mas bonita!!
    El colchón de la cama, me parece muy bien logrado. Y la pintura de los muebles me gusto mucho ÜÜÜ
    Un abrazo

  15. No conocia tu blog y acabo de ver cosas maravillosas . Me ha encantado todo lo que he visto .

  16. Hello Margaret, it's really nice to visit your blog. I like the way you painted your miniature desk and the blue-and-white mattress is so realistic! Love from Liduina


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