Sunday, April 11, 2010

On to the new...

Yesterdays little "walk" down memory lane was nice, but today I'm going to flash forward into some of the stuff I am doing now.

Since moving here I have discovered all the beautiful tropical hardwoods that are available for me to experiment with, so I have been building some 1:12 scale furniture. I think it's cute and fun, and I guess I'm not alone since I have had lots more views than normal and a couple of super nice sales.

I'm going to show off some samples of my most recent pieces. There are others too.

I know many people like baby type stuff for their dollhouses, so I recently added this crib and highchair.

The crib has all the baby bedding including mattress, sheet, blanket, and bumper pad. It also features a moving rail and a mobile. Included are the three matching plaques. Lots of detail and thought were put into this piece.

The high chair is a restaurant style chair. It is made to be pushed up to the table so that a baby or toddler can eat with the family. There are two of these. The other is in yellow.

I've also decided to try my hand and weaving and caning on this scale. I did several pieces, but these were two of my favorites. Apparently I'm not alone, since this rocking chair sold in less that 10 hours after it was put online. Both weaving and caning presented me with a new challenge since the materials used to do these had to be in keeping with the scale. For the rocking chair, I found some super thin twine at one of the local hardware stores here, that worked like magic, but I had to resort to upholstery thread to do the caning. I thought I was going to be permanently cross-eyed by the time I was done. I don't think I will be doing a whole lot more of that. I will limit it to occasional small pieces. Still, overall I was very pleased with the outcome, and will be doing more.

Coffee tables are always a popular item, and I love super modern ones. Playing with the wood and trying to make the most of the beautiful grains, colors and depths in the grains, brought about these two cuties. The lighter wood one is cut from one solid piece, and try as I might, a picture could not do justice to the beauty that was in this little piece. I like them both though and if they don't sell right away, I'll be using them in many displays in the future.

Finally, I have made a couple of desks. Out of my very strange little mind, came these two designs. The crescent shaped desk and chair were another item that sold almost as soon as it hit the internet. Here again, I love the modern styling. I think the little secretary is more "retro" modern though... which is still very cool. Yes, the drawer opens and is on a brass "glide", complete with stops so it doesn't fall out and get lost.

Anyway, this is a bit of what I have been up to recently. All the beautiful woods here inspire me to create beautiful things. I'm looking forward to many more.

1 comment:

  1. you are so talented! augh. are you whittling these pieces? the flowers, the crib, the chairs, the awesome desks- i am just in awe, girl.