The living room almost furnished itself. The parlour organ was a must.....
I luckily had a perfect one to make from a Chrysnbon kit. Fiddly things to construct so it is just as well that I put this one together last year and it was ready and waiting to go in .....
|Fullsize - and note the Pope on the wall|
I thought there should also be some hymn books and other music so searched online for period music and took the liberty of adding the rosary box (not needed for many years now) which I bought in Lourdes in 1955, as the music container.
The fireplace, made by Colin, was enhanced by a decorative mirror and a plastic fireguard, carefully bronzed.
|Note the Staffordshire spaniels...|
And how serendiptious were the Staffordshire spaniels? What were the chances of finding some in the Rose/Jo haul just like the ones in real-life Francis Street? But there they were!
|...and in real-life|
There are bona fide religious texts from the second-hand stall at Vodnany market above the desk at the back. On it is not just a clock but also one of the mysterious religious bottles....
...as shown by Roz in real-life and mentioned in the pdf document....
The table of course has the compulsory aspidistra with an oil lamp swinging above it.
Knowing that many of the miners were racing pigeon fanciers I thought that there should be proof of this in the cottage - hence the cups on the dresser and some pigeon literature from the 1900s on the armchair and dresser shelves. And there are of course successfully returning pigeons in the yard.....
|Good that the cat is supremely uninterested in birdlife!|
The kitchen was great fun to furnish. I decided to be a little more adventurous with the wallpapering and found two papers with a similar pattern but different colours. I wanted particularly to set off the stunning kitchen range which is made by Phoenix models (I paid much less than the price in the link!) and built by Colin (probably correctly soldered...) I enhanced the surround by adding a mantelpiece and painting it all to match the chimney breast wallpaper.
|..and based on this.|
|Another Jo/Rose item, complete with equipment|
I already had the wooden sinkbase but no actual sink.....
.... so I robbed the butcher-cum-fish shop, Peacockes, for the perfect sink, depositing the unfortunate golden carp in a far less elegant container.
The two armchairs, comfy though they look, are actually solid resin from the Raines Take a Seat range , the sewing machine is a fridge magnet and the sadly non-working clock is one of a number of similar clocks I have been collecting for quite a while.
|Fullsize machine in Francis St|
Much of the array of items on the table (which is one of the few things not from Rose/Jo) are again from them as are the vegetables on the draining board.
I just wish I could get the drying rack to stay on the ceiling and not only pose there for photos!
You will have noticed all around the house various pictures, portraits and other ornamental objects. Many of them come from a wooden bracelet that, chopped up, provided little wooden panels with religious pictures on that I could scatter round the house. They are solid enough to stand by themselves.
I also found a number of small crucifixes which are now on the walls - one at least in each room I think.
I sourced suitable pictures from catalogues and online and then matched them to suitable frames. The pictures I choose are all based on what I could see on the walls of the fullsize cottages.
The wooden framed texts here seen life size were reproduced using the trusty standby of tile spacers.
It took me a long time to decide on the "correct" Pope for the date since there was a change at just about the time that the cottages are set. I went to and fro between two popes, trying to decide which one is on a wall in the real-life cottages (see parlour organ photo) but am still not convinced I ended up with the correct one .....
From the kitchen one moves through one of the two working doors into the yard - the other door leads into the washhouse, complete with copper and mangle of course. Both wrong scale at the moment though so no photo!
The yard itself is complete with washing on the line and ....
|The real life version in Francis St|
Whilst we are outside I need to repair an omission and draw your attention to the delightful handmade chimneys......
...alongside the real ones...
Colin's attention to detail is stunning - extending also to the ingenious easily removable staircase for better viewing, entirely handmade.
And the doors and windows throughout are a delight, allowing delightful sneak peaks from many angles....
I very much hope you have enjoyed Part Two of this collaborative work. I am immensely grateful to Colin - it is a joy for me to be able to work on houses that he has produced - there is already another one in Small Worlds, waiting to be furnished.
And last, but by no means least, my thanks are due to a young Czech with excellent woodworking skills who serendipity allowed me to steer to some time in England this summer with friends of mine in Welwyn Garden City. He had a wonderful time there - thanks Julia and Tony - and wanted to say thank you to me for helping him to get there. I said no need but if he insisted....
He is training to be a civil engineer and his father is a carpenter. An excellent combination to cope with the only place that we, well actually Butterfly, had worked out that the cottage could stand. It required constructing a platform that would fit into a tight corner, cover the whole of the large thatched cottage that already stood there, and allow the miner's cottage to stand in its full glory on top....
He came, he designed, and he constructed. I leave you with photos of the final stages....
|Platform has to span this...|
|Fit below this and clear plug and radiator|
|Post-delivery finishing touches|
|Mira with Heli the Helper|
|Oops there goes the Cape Cod guttering|
|Down she goes....|
|But does this?|
Thank you so much Mira - you may hear from us again, there are some shelves around the walls being planned - but next time we insist on being billed for the work!
Absolutely wonderful! I think somebody must have dismantled a miner's cottage to create the Jo/Rose haul... it's just too perfect. I love the kitchen and the yard the most, I think. Hot glue gun for the drying rack?ReplyDelete
The stand looks fantastic... but you do realise it needs painting green!?!
You can do the hot glue gun - I fail miserably with them, vide bay window on pargeted house, four goes now...Delete
That's precisely why I didn't let Mira put a finish on the stand - I wanted to consult you on whether to leave it unpainted and just varnished or not. I am not convinced yet....
That pit cottage is AMAZING! Wish I could see it in real life.ReplyDelete
Well, maybe another visit is due? But wait for the forthcoming secondhand bookshop (not Colin this time). Hopefully early next year....Delete
Oh it looks amazing !! a complete triumph.ReplyDelete
Thank you Helen - it was fun, though pressured.Delete
...and having recently seen it in real life - along with some of the other things hinted at but not yet revealed! - I am still lost in admiration at this wonderful place and its contents!ReplyDelete
I am so glad you have seen it all in real life, especially given your contribution to Small Worlds in respect of the perfect flyer blurb :-)Delete
This is all brilliant! I think my favourites are the range and the pottery dogs, but everything is quite magnificent. You must be very satisfied with the result. xxReplyDelete
I am indeed, it feels like one of the most successful interiors I have done though Butterfly's are better :-)ReplyDelete
I have several times glanced at the photo of the kitchen range and its immediate surroundings and caught myself thinking "Gosh that looks so real".
Have you been to Beamish? Ah, maybe not, I see it is further north than I thought...
No I haven't - it is quite Far North so would need a Special Expotition. xDelete
Totally stunning & very true to the cottages at Beamish - amazingly beautiful work!ReplyDelete
Thank you - I haven't been there yet but plan to make it one day!Delete
Wow the miners cottage is fantastic, I love how you made the beds with combs and all the tiny details.ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane. I love Pat King's books - inspirational!Delete
What an interesting and fantastic model of the Miners cottage! I grew up in Hetton-le Hole where Francis Street used to be before being rebuilt at Beamish Museum. Francis was the name of the Pit Managers/owners son I think. We visit Beamish quite often and you've done an excellent and touching recreation.ReplyDelete
How lovely that you know it so well Jenny - I value your approval all the more! I have sent links to Beamish and wonder if I will hear back from them. Hope so!Delete
Cestina, you have done a wonderful job recreating a pit cottage interior, it is beautiful. I particularly love the range and the drying rack, they brought back some wonderful memories. I do hope you get to visit the wonderful Beamish Museum one day, I am sure it will inspire you even further, it is so beautifully authentic. Anne xReplyDelete
How nice to see you here Anne. I wish Beamish were not so far north as I very much want to visit it....ReplyDelete
First time visitor from Virginia in the USA. Absolutely enchanted with your creativity. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, I have really enjoyed reading about making the dollhouse furniture and seeing your photos. Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower.ReplyDelete
Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
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