Tuesday, 7 February 2017

David Winter Cottages Part One

Hello Friends!

Once upon a long, long time ago I collected a few, not many, David Winter cottages.  I am not an authority on them, I only have a dozen or so, and I bought them for their aesthetic charm as much as anything, for I find them most delightful and pleasing to look at. One thing I can say is that the attention to detail is truly amazing for something so small ~~~ each tiny doorway, every window, nook and cranny is finished to an incredibly high standard of detail which you might not expect to find in something so small. Just take one in your hands and peek at the detail on a recessed doorway, or under the roof eaves, or through the arch running through the property as in the old coaching days and you will see the detail of brickwork, doors and windows continues inside the recesses as if built by faeries ~~~ truly amazing attention to detail.

In mid December 2016 I could not believe my luck on a chance visit to a local charity shop to find four tiny cottages sitting on the shelves and at a bargain price of just £2.50 for all four. My heart skipped a beat as I quickly and carefully scooped them up and scurried to the counter before someone realised they'd made a mistake with the pricing!  I later found out they had been there for over a week!  I did write a little about them during the Christmas Countdown that I did through Advent {and have imported those photos here} but many of you asked me if I will share the rest of my small collection.

As I am recording the cottages from several angles, I don't want to swamp you with dozens of images of cottages, so I'll start today with the four charity shop purchases, then soon I'll share the rest ~~~

I've taken photographs from all angles because there is always something to look at 'in the round' with David Winter cottages, which I find adds greatly to the charm, so much detail!

Here's a helpful hint, if you have any David Winter cottages you will know that, no matter how carefully you handle them, they are prone to tiny chips and then the white underneath shows through. Not any more! I just used my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens and was able to touch up any areas with slight damage ~~~ good as new and only I know {okay, and now you know too, but shhhh! we're not telling, right?}

The following photos show how I used my entire collection along my mantel shelf and used rolls of cotton wool as fake snow to give a more festive feel. I also added a couple strands of tiny led lights to bring a little glow in the evenings as I could not put candles near to the cotton wool ~~~

The rest of the collection will follow in a future piece.  I hope you have enjoyed the first four cottages ~~~

Until next time
Deborah xoxo

Friday, 3 February 2017

17 for 2017

Hello Friends ~~~

Last year, thanks to my new and very lovely blog friend Sandra over on Wild Daffodil {a very creative and inspiring person and blog ~ and isn't that a delightful name?} I became aware of a fun event called 16 for 2016.  It has been running for a few years, and I toyed with joining in, but it was so close to the end of the year I decided not to. I thought about it again, but January slipped by and fiddledeedee, wouldn't you know it, I didn't start, but with some gentle encouragement from Sandra, here I am with my list of 17 for 2017.  Being the ferret that I am, I managed to back trace this concept to the original blog by Laura at Made in Oxford, and you can find it here.

I am a little bit behind starting, but anyone can join in at any time if they want to. I'm doing this partly to try and get back into making things and using up some of my not inconsiderable stash, and to set myself some written goals which, somehow, seem easier to achieve than the sort of goals that waft around in the ether and never reach fruition.

Being a bear of very little brain, and as this is my first year, with her kind permission, I have used some of Sandra's suggestions for some ideas to get me going. Once I started thinking, however, my own ideas started to flow through and suddenly I had a list of over 30 ideas to pick from!  So, without further ado, here is my list of 17 for 2017 ~~~

17  Handmade greetings cards
16  Handwritten letters using proper ink, paper, or notecards
15  Embroidery stitches learned and used
14  Walks of more than 1 hour
13  Books read from those already owned that I have not yet read
12  Weeks of "It's Never Too Late To Begin Again" by Julia Cameron completed
11  New recipes tried from my plethora of cookbooks
10  Scrapbook pages of memories
 9  Machine needle felted project {I have a barely used embellishing machine}
 8  Recycled denim projects from my huge stash of previously loved denim jeans
 7  Works In Progress completed
 6  Frame worthy watercolour paintings of any size
 5  Random acts of kindness
 4  Raised beds of vegetables grown
 3  Social Media free days per week {checking emails and blog are allowed}
 2  Stones of weight lost {for my American readers, that's 28lbs}
 1  One blog page created ~ header "17 for 2017"
 0  Fabric, Haberdashery, or Notions bought unless absolutely necessary to achieve                    completion of a project.

So, I'm ready to play!

Until next time ~~~
~~~Deborah xo