Soon I will pack my bags and head to Australia for almost five months. Bruce departed two weeks ago I will follow next week.
Unfortunately we will miss most of our British Columbia summer. We will land cruise in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia during the Australian winter which is the perfect time to be in those areas.
Well, what can I say! I thought I was finished and then I decided to cut a door into the courtyard. Then I decided I should have an island in the kitchen area! Gosh, this is sounding so much like my real size house. The only difference is that I have to warn Bruce not to do anything on the real house until I am sure it is what I have finally decided. Otherwise, out with the wrecking bar or whatever and a wall is down or moved while I went out for tea with friends!
Below: Most of the things on the table are gifts from Studioeminiatures Do go and visit as Elizabeth posts wonderful tutorials as well as showing her work in progress on her miniature houses. Elizabeth also gave me the violets in the clay pot and the sweet pie plates, the painted rooster and cook books.
The top of the island has been treated to create a zinc top look. The baskets contain potatoes, eggs and pink dried hydrangeas.
Below is the lovely saucepan support that hangs above the island - a gift from Fatima. Fatima found one each for Elizabeth and for me. It is from the Hallmark Christmas collection 2002. It was perfect in scale except for the hooks that held the pans. I removed the original hooks and made smaller ones and changed a couple of the items.
The ceiling is high with wooden beams so I was not able to attach it directly to the ceiling nor to a beam as none were correctly placed.
Bruce attached a brass rod to the hanger with a plate soldered to the top to connect it the ceiling. Now it is at the correct height and somewhat controlled in its movement. A chain attachment would be constantly on the swing! That would remind me of being at sea!
This photo shows the island in place. Now that I have examined the photos I can see that I need to paint and distress the legs of the island.
Am I posting too many photos?
A light lunch. The lemon tart is very tempting but there is a big party tonight! Everyone is invited!