Christmas Is A Coming…

November 25th, 2009

A Simple yet Beautiful Eucalyptus Wreath...

A Simple yet Beautiful Eucalyptus Wreath...

Its a month today until Christmas Day… and I can hardly contain my excitement.
I’m a big kid when it comes to Christmas, so in keeping with to the festive season, I thought I’d share with you two newly completed special commission dolls.

Presenting Mr & Mrs Claus...

Presenting Mr & Mrs Claus...

The brief was to make none ‘obvious’ Mr and Mrs Claus, dressed in more traditional attire with a more traditional feel… this is what I came up with.

Jolly Old Mr Claus...

Jolly Old Mr Claus...

Using the fur from the inside of my favorite and much loved leather gloves, I was able to use real fur to trim Mr & Mrs C’s costumes.

Mrs Claus...

Mrs Claus...

I found using fur was quite challenging as it has quite a long pile making it too long in 1:12th miniature scale. So the only solution was to cut down {which is far less easy than it sounds… believe me}… I found myself covered in fur as well as my studio… but I hope you agree the results made it worth while.

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
By W. T. Ellis

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Must be Dreaming…?

November 20th, 2009

King George's's Suite...King George's Suite...

They say dreams have meanings... well if that's the case I wonder what my dreams say about me?

The Dining Room...

The Dining Room...

Not an evening goes by when I don’t dream. Yesterday evening was no exception… I dreamt I had to unpack and arrange all of the furniture for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House… what’s that all about?

The Day Nursery...

The Day Nursery...

I’m not sure what my dream says about me, but imagine playing in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House……..!

Her Majesty Queen Mary who was married to Kind George V...

Her Majesty Queen Mary who was married to Kind George V...

The 1:12th scale Dolls’ House was commissioned in 1920 and completed in 1924. It resides in Windsor Castle.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House being packed up for Windsor...

Queen Mary's Dolls' House being packed up for Windsor...

The house itself has over forty rooms which are on four elevations. It has two staircases and two lifts which stop at every floor. It has hot and cold water, water closets which flush, electric lights, a cellar, garden and garage.

Incredible detail and so realistic...

Incredible detail and so realistic...

A distinctive feature of the Dolls’ House is that without exception every item contained within it was hand made by the finest craftsmen of the United Kingdom.

Every Door has a Lock which is in Perfect Working Order...

Every Door has a Lock which is in Perfect Working Order...

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is an incredible house, with the most incredible detail.

Silver Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint Box alongside a Full Size Paint Brush

Silver Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint Box alongside a Full Size Paint Brush

All pictures are from the book, “Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House”, by Mary Stewart-Wilson. Its a lovely book and a wonderful read with enchanting pictures.

George V was an avid Stamp Collector, here you can see the Miniature version alongside a Full Size Stamp...

George V was an avid Stamp Collector, here you can see the Miniature version alongside a Full Size Stamp...

I really do wonder what this dream says about me… ‘Illusions of Grandeur’ perhaps?

Have a great evening and sleep well my friends.

Love Lisa x

Its the Little Things in Life…

November 15th, 2009

…that make me happy…

A relaxing bath with bubbles and candles
Laughing so hard I cry
Watching a good movie with those I love

Curling up on the couch with a good book
Chocolate
A clean and tidy house

Receiving flowers
The smell of clean fresh bedding
The sound of my children laughing

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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

Wherever you are in the world, have a great evening!
Lisa x

A Very Warm Welcome to All of My New Followers…

November 10th, 2009

Arrive as followers and leave as friends!!!

Its been yet another super, super busy week in the J-R’s, I’ve been merrily working away on orders and boy has the time flown. I’m NOT complaining mind you, because its great to have orders, they mean I can be a stay at home Mum AND I also get to ‘work’ on something I LOVE – creating dolls. Of course, the money is good too and it never comes in wrong, its the ‘jam on the bread’!

Anna with her Bear...

Anna with her Bear...

I’ve just finished a little sleeping girl ‘Anna’ with her beloved bear, actually, I created three, the one in the picture went to the US, another went to South Africa while the third is going to Norway.

Looking closely you can see her eyelashes...

If you look closely you can see her eyelashes...

I’d like to give a warm welcome to all of my new followers. A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow…………………………………………….
William Shakespeare

Lisa x