Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby, it's cold outside

But it is lovely and cosy inside Hollyhock Cottage now that we have 2 working fireplaces. (That is if you ignore the total absence of an entire front wall and half a roof)
To make this a quick post because I won't get to it otherwise, I  finally have something I can show off after having been pottering for ages on lots of bits that lead nowhere.

This fire is in the sitting room and has borrowed from another favourite author - LM Montgomery from her 'Anne' series with a set of green spotted Staffordshire dogs " Gog looks to the right and Magog to the left" supplied by my favourite phoenix model developments ready for painting.

This fire was exciting to light  as it was assembled using a flickering led kit from Evan Designs and it actually flickers spasmodically! Rest your head horizontally on a cushion for comfortable viewing:

The bedroom fire is a bit less exciting being lit only by an orange led for a warm glow but it is cosy and still a thrill

All the bits, apart from those mentioned and the sitting room andirons which I bought last year on offer from my beloved Dolls House Emporium (and also on offer this month for 85p!), were made by myself from what I had to hand - cardboard, twigs etc. I enjoyed the challenge of seeing what I could make do with. Next post will be the floor which follows the same recycling theme:

Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without! 

Welcome to all my new and invisible followers. One day we will catch up.

Must go - work has bellowed for my presence and this computer is possibly breathing it's last few gasps.

Cheers, Christine


  1. What a fabulous project! I'm absolutely enthralled by your blog.

  2. It looks just beautifull! Greetings and congratulations, one of your invisable followers from Greece! ( I liked that expression!)

  3. Isn't it exciting when you switch on the lights and fires for the first time? The dogs are grand - so different from the usual brown.

    "....Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without!...."

    I love that - I've not heard it before.

  4. Thank you quirky and Anna! I can see you all today but am crawling into bed soon after a night at the salt mines.

    I agree about the lights, Irene :D and I think that phrase is an old depression saying - I just googled - it had origins in the Great Depression but there was also a WW2 poster with a shorter version of the same sentiment.

  5. I love it, those fireplaces are so neat :)

    marisa :)

  6. Love the fireplaces and adore the flickering fire :) I love that phrase too - learnt that in history many years ago :)

  7. I LOVE your fireplaces Christine! And I agree... turning on the lights is just magical!