Saturday, October 22, 2016

Miniature 1/12th River Boat

     I recently finished a big project.  With Ed's expertise in carpentry, we were finally able to take the project out on the river to see if it was going to float, or not.

   We built this from a bungalow kit, it's a 1/12th scale building.  We decided it would be fun to make a boat house.  It has one open room and a large porch.

   With each miniature project, there is a story to tell.  Ebeneezer and Florence are the owners of this old fashioned grocery/market.  They float down a meandering river, carrying fresh groceries to the inhabitants along the way.  Flo is an exceptional baker.  Eb loves to fish from the porch.  Their dog Skipper is a happy addition to their family.

   The fresh potatoes and flowered plants are waiting for the first customer.  Ebeneezer makes the baskets and sells them when the fish are not biting.  There are a lot of baskets, Eb hasn't had much luck with fishing. But, he is a persistent man!

   You can see the market is stocked full of all sorts of goodies.  Including the staples of life, oatmeal, bread, and fresh eggs.  The baskets of blueberries and cherries are really little beads.  The eggs in the basket and the oranges, potatoes, and apples were all made from paper clay.

   I am really grateful my husband was willing to build this river boat for me.  I had so much fun dressing it up, and prepping all the groceries and other necessities.

   It looks like Eb and Flo are ready to shove off, and get to the next landing, where there will be plenty of smiling customers!

     I hope your day is an easy going, meandering kind'a day!     Thanks for stopping in!

                                                   Smile On!        Audrey

Monday, October 10, 2016

The English Man

   This doll was listed as a conquistador.  However, I recognized his uniform as being English.  He is a representation of a Yeoman Warder.  The duties of the Yeomen is to guard the Tower of London.

   He measures about 13" tall.  And, probably was a souvenir someone purchased.  His uniform was quite soiled, and his ribbons on his shoes looked rather tattered.  He has no marks, so it's difficult to put a date on him.

   I washed the uniform, along with his red stockings.  The piece missing from his chest was once a crown.  I found some images of the original uniform on the internet, and purchased a button to replace it.

   This is the end result.  I added some gold trim to his belt and shoes.  Also, adding the gold trim to the cuffs of his uniform.  The ruffled collar was bleached and came back to a nice white color.  His shoes needed some repair as well.  He has a cloth body, and the proportions were perfect.

   The white beard didn't look right with his hair color.  It almost looked as if someone forgot to paint his beard, as it was painted very thin, like primer.  It was the only thing that needed some paint.  I painted it to match his hair color, and I think it makes him look quite handsome.

                                            Hmmmmmm...this man looks vaguely familiar.

                   Thanks for stopping in today!            Smile On!      Audrey

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Doll Called Morris

    Ahhh...a sleeping baby.  Love the little "beefy" legs on this little boy.  This is a reborn doll.  Sculpted by Alicia Tonar.  She did a beautiful job capturing the girth and weight of a 4-6 month old baby.

   The doll is called "Morris", by the sculptor.   It was "reborn" by Angie Jones, from Tiny Tots Nursery.

   This little boy, measures 23", and weighs 6# and 9 oz.   I purchased him in June.  He has a serious expression and a slight indentation in his chin.

    I decided to call him Bentley Morris Williams.    He is the BMW of dolls, don't you think?  A very classy doll, and one great big arm full of cuddles!

    Bentley is getting that dreamy look in his eyes again.  Such a cute doll!!   He makes me smile, and that's all good, in my world!

                          Happy Wednesday!   May you share a hug with someone today.

                                      Smile On!       Audrey