Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Miniature Floral Tea Cottage

I am soooo excited about this month's project for Alpha Stamps. The theme for October was Provence French Country and I've made a frilly little tea house inspired by some old Edwardian tea images on pinterest (isn't THIS wonderful?!). Yeah I know, Edwardian and Provence are completely different... but a crafty girl is totally allowed to build imaginary places in her head!

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

I've used the Cottage with Open Front for my tea house and set it on the Cottage Base.

Check out the super cute interior and all those bits! Just look at the little paper ivy clinging to the sides (made with Thinlits Fern and Ivy Leaves Die Set)

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

One of my very favourite new things from Alpha Stamps are the silicone molds used to make all the treats on this table. I used them with Creative Paperclay, but you could use polymer clay if that's what  you're most comfortable with.

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

To finish off the pastries and breads I used Diamond Glaze to achieve a subtle sheen and the look of sugared glaze. If you'd like to make your own, HERE is a full tutorial for making those treats.

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

Here's a good look at all of those little accesories.

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

Now, I usually affix everything into place in my houses but this one comes apart. The top comes off the cottage for easy access to the interior, and the cottage itself can be removed from the base to reveal a little cobblestone courtyard! 

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

The stone work here is acrylic gel medium used with a Stone Wall Chipboard Texture Sheet, then painted. Moss, some picket fencing, and flowers are added to make a pretty courtyard for the cottage to sit upon.

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

I've used loads of little paper roses and buds but those bursts of purple are a product called "Flower Soft" which is available in different colours. It's super easy to use and I've created a tutorial for using it HERE.

Miniature Tea Cottage - Nichola Battilana

The cottage and all of the accessories is currently listed HERE in the etsy shop.

Want to make your own tea house? Here's the quick link to ALL THE GOODS available via Alpha Stamps

And below is the GREAT BIG FAT supply list! Have fun!

Cottage with Open Front
Cottage Base - 9x9x1
Pewter Dollhouse Dishes*
 

Mini Resin Honey Jars
Tiny Glass Jar with Lid
Miniature White Table with Baskets (used the basket, not table)
Victorian Table Kit - Black
 
Miniature Milk Bottles in Crate

Blue and White Service for Six Tea Set 
Tiny Cup of Tea with Lemon
 (ADORABLE!)

White and Gold Service for Four Tea Set
Miniature Silverware Set 
Red Apples - Set of 12
 
Oval Basket with Handle

1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses

Mini Rose Buds - Bright Yellow
Mini Fern Garland
Asparagus Fern Garland (LOVE!)

Mini Rose Buds - Pink Cream Variegated
Sheet Moss
White Wall Shelf with Pegs
Thinlits Fern and Ivy Leaves Die Set
Mini Gardening Hand Tools
Wooden Knobs
Baroque Dresden Borders - Black
Wallflower 12x12 Paper Stash
Creative Paperclay*
Diamond Glaze 
Mini Silicone Bread Mold Set - Larger Loaves
Mini Silicone Bread Mold Set - Smaller Loaves
Mini Silicone Cake Mold Set 
Miniature Vase Set
 
Fancy Lavender Berries Mix

Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix
Flower Soft - Autumn 
Flower Soft - Crocus or Lavender
 
Flower Soft - Vintage Christmas
 
Stem Wire - 7 Inches
 

Stone Wall Chipboard Texture Sheet
Acrylic Gel Medium

Kinda sorta close to what I used:
Unfinished Wood Table
Black Chair Kit
Small White Picket Fence

6 comments:

  1. You are amazing...........you turn out such beautiful things and the detail is magnificent. Bravo.

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    1. Thanks a bunch :) I appreciate the nice words.

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  2. This is just lovely. My mother was a miniaturist, and although I'm not the artist she was, I do have a deep love for the craft. Your pieces are always such a delight. Where did you get the cottage that your tea house was made from? There was not a link for it in the list. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Holly :) The link for the cottage and base will be there tomorrow. Cross my heart!

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  3. Nichola I want to come and live in Pixie Hill Land! Your work really makes me yearn to make dollhouses again. I so loved doing it years ago and every time I see a piece of yours my fingers just itch to make one too. I just love this!!!

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