where I ramble on about what's happening in my little world
and hopefully you have some enjoyment reading about it!

finished fireplace :o)

I am feeling very pleased with myself, I got up this morning with a manageable 'to do' list and it has worked! AND I have finished a project that I started over a year ago!!! I made the fireback yesterday and glued it to the wall to dry, however, my heart sank when I realised that I had to paint it in situ !!! as I thought I'd make a right mess up of it, anyway , the washes ran everywhere but the end result made me smile :o)

I was then very pleased how it all fitted together. I remembered buying a cauldron crane and fire basket with spit at Miniatura, & spent a while looking for them, as they were bought so long ago I had almost forgotten where I'd stashed them! the crane swings in and out and I had the silliest grin when I showed hubby how it worked .... he gave me one of those looks, you know, like I was six or something and had assumed he's never seen one before! he just grinned back at me .... I'm so easily pleased! I have always been able to imagine exactly how the finished kitchen/spellroom is gonna look and so far its all coming together nicely :o)

Next on my 'to do' list was to hide the side panel extensions I had to add in order for the roof to fit (see previous post for explanation) these were painted and while the paint dried I fitted the outside coach lamp. Then the brick compound was added using a quoin stone stencil from Bromley craft products. I had to put it on, and then re-use the stencil again the other way up to get even blocks as its designed for the edges of houses rather than how I decided to use it! The wooden strip has been hidden so I'm happy :o)

Tomorrow the roof goes on!!!! I have waited for sooooooo long for the roof to go on! :o)
Not bad for a days work if I say so myself!

I've just noticed that I seem to have aquired lots more followers in the last few days, so a big Hello and welcome to my waffling!!! when I get a chance, I will have a look at all your blogs, but right now I'm going to sit down and enjoy (hopefully) watching England play Rugby on the telly :o)


karina content said...

I love your work , thank you for shaing your idees

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Its AWESOME Wendie, love it!! Looks really great, a really lovely big fireplace and love the ironwork you bought lucky you!
Why am I the only person that cant do the Bromley stencilling! Mine all ran into itself and you couldnt see the grout lines. Looking at yours it looks quite think I think I did it too creamy and thin. Looks great though I love that stencil! Very effective.
Thanks for all the info on the colouring of the stone and paperclay in your last post. and Tabitha has also been really helpful so thankyou both! Loads of tips! Great you have new followers thats cos everyones so excited to se your project taking shape! Keep up the good work! Kate xx

Michelle's Mad World said...

Your fireplace is fab! I never thought to paint the fireplace wall before! I'm having a crane in the kitchen and probably in the potion room too. This is a wonderful project...I'm so glad that you have started work on it again. ;o)
Michelle xxx

Debie Lyons said...

Bloomin brilliant I LOVE that fab fireplace. You have done a great job on the side panel extensions too.
Debie xxxxxxxxx

Tallulah Belle said...

Oooohhhh it is looking fab.

Love that chandelier.

I get looks like that from my hubby too lol

Glad you had a great day xxx

Debbie said...

Just finished watching the Rugby myself Wendie!
Love the fireplace and the extra bit on the roof looks fab. Its really covered the wood nicely. Can't wait to see the roof go on now. xxx

Michelle's Mad World said...

I just noticed the fabulous spider's web etched in that little window! WOO HOO, now that IS different! ;o))
Michelle xx

MiniKat said...

Loving the way everything is looking. I'm more than jealous of you getting to watch Rugby. I've got a soft spot in my heart for the sport.

Peach Blossom Hill said...

What beautiful stone work! I will be making the 'stone' fireplace for my log cabin when DH gets it together. I tend to be heavy handed with my washes and end up with quite colorful stones. Did you use Creative Paperclay or another air dry clay? Beautiful! Why can't I get this right?!


WendiesMiniWorld said...

ooh so many comments!! thanx to all for being so interested.
Karina - I'm in awe of your mansion so if you like my work , that makes me a very happy person indeed!!! :o)
Kate - the trick with the Bromley stencilling stuff is making the mix quite thick AND using a good stencil adhesive spray too so that it doesnt get chance to 'run'.
Michelle - I love my spider webs too ;o) think I bought them from 'Ironworks miniatures'(?)
Debie, Tallulah, Debbie - Glad you are enjoying the progress reports :o)
Katkins - I'm not a huge sport fan , but have a soft spot for rugby too... or maybe its just the fit guys? LOL
Jody - don't despair at not being able to 'get it right' I've had some monumental failures too!!! I think the trick with the washes is not to have the paint too thick, Ive always used a 50/50 paint/water mix often weaker, and underdone rather than gone heavy with the paint, another wash coat can always be added after. Make some trial blocks up and practice rather than be disappointed at ruining a larger project.

Anonymous said...

Wendie...what a difference!
So this is the "real" you is it?
I'm so glad to see you out of your doominess (is that a word?)
Your projects are gorgeous...makes me want to get cracking on my pile...but you know me...
Maybe I'll just have some more tea and cake first...

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Aplogies if this comes through twice Wendie but I wondered if you could help as to where you buy the crane swings and cauldrons from. I need one for my Snow White house fireplace. Thankyou!! Kate xx

WendiesMiniWorld said...

Celia - Hello again, yep, I'm much happier when I can play, doominess doesnt really suit me well! (good word by the way) mmmm tea and cake, now thats really talking my language!!, is it a chocolate one? :o)

Kate - I have no idea where the little cauldron came from, but the crane was from Romney Miniatures (www.romneymin.com)It really amused me that you NEED one, not WANT but NEED! I totally understand that feeling LOL

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Oh I do I do!!! Thanks , will check out the links, Michelle kindly gave me a couple of websites too so lots to choose from. Kate xx