The Lord of Weddingcrest

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lord Cuddlesworth, the Lord of Weddingcrest.

Actually, his name is Smooshie, and he is my Persian Cat.  He was supposed to help my Fiance with the proposal- my Fiance placed the ring on his collar, but while I was jumping up and down with excitement Smooshie decided he’d rather make a run for it.  Luckily being a house cat he didn’t have very far to run off with my ring!

Since Smooshie was a part of the engagement and my beloved cat, it is only fitting that Lord Cuddlesworth should be featured in the Weddingcrest.

I found these lovely Persians by Heidi Ott that might do nicely:

And then a Google Image search brought me to the awesomely talented Kerri Pajutee.

“Silver Persians” by artist Kerri Pajutee- all rights reserved.

 

“Shadow” by artist Kerri Pajutee- all rights reserved.

 

I have a huge miniaturist’s crush on her now, Kerri’s work is stunning!  Had I only thought of all this sooner, I could have taken Kerri’s class “Traditional Persian Cat Tutorial” at the IGMA Guild Study Program last October. Poop, poop, poop.

However, Kerri has a great “Techniques” section on her website, and after reading through the various illustrated information there, I think I might want to try to make my own Lord Cuddlesworth mini out of clay and flocking.  Kerri uses natural fibers such as cashmere, wool, and alpaca to create her own flocking, but I have a bunch of Teddy Bear fur laying around that I purchased in order to make fields for miniature war gaming, so that is an option as well.

The hardest part will be getting Lord Cuddlesworth to hold still long enough to be measured so I can properly scale the clay model! 😉

I must be out of my mind, trying to build and modify a dollhouse for the first time and now create a 1:12 model for the first time!  When I told my Fiance about this idea, he asked if I was going to leave my poor horse, Elly out of the Weddingcrest display?  Good thing Breyer horses are already 1:12 scale!

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The Weddingcrest- Where to Begin?

My wonderful Willowcrest arrived today, and I tore the box open like a kid on Christmas!  After gleefully inhaling the warm, fresh wood scent I realized, “There are a lot of freaking parts to this thing!  OMG, where do I start?!”

Thankfully, the kind folks at Greenleaf have included a “Warmup Sheet” with the actual instructions, to help ease newbies into the seemingly daunting construction task.

Even better, Greenleaf has a fantastic forum and the community members are some of the most encouraging, kind, and helpful hobbyist you will find on the interwebz.  I created an account and began lurking and chatting with members before I actually placed my dollhouse order!  The members gave me a ton of great information regarding supply sites, books and magazines to use as resources, and construction tips.  I’m looking forward to being a member of the forum community and sharing in projects and discussions with everyone.

Masonry

Now, one of the 1st things I need to decide is what technique to use on my Weddingcrest to achieve a nice, stone finish on the exterior.  The great folks on the Greenleaf forum suggested using egg cartons and paper clay among other things.  Both techniques produce a nice effect, but while reading a back issue of Dollhouse Projects, I came across Bromley’s stone stencils and stone compound.  I’m thinking of using the Extra Large Stone Block stencil with the Grey/Neutral brick compound:

Stone Block – Extra Large

Realistic Brick Compound- Grey/Neutral

A Grand Entrance

Our reception venue has a lovely, grand doorway that I would like to emulate on the Weddingcrest:

Photo by Beth Kukucka- All Rights Reserved.

I’m not quite sure how to go about creating the wrought iron door right now, but I did find this Windsor Door that could work:

Windsor Door from Town Square Miniatures.

It’s not quite as grand, but if I can figure out how to replace the door with a wrought iron door, I think it would do nicely.  Perhaps I could use  a 1-panel railing?

From DHE Minis.

What do you think?

Stone Wall

Our reception site has a stone porch and wall that I would like to build on a display base once the actual Weddingcrest has been built:

I found this product in my Doll’s House Emporium catalog, and thought it might do the trick:

Wooden Balustrade- DHE Minis.

Well,those are my initial thoughts for modifying the Willowcrest to look more like our reception site.

My 1st Dollhouse- The “Weddingcrest”

The Project

My foray into making dollhouses and miniatures will begin with the lovely and elegant Willowcrest by Greenleaf.

I have nicknamed this project “The Weddingcrest” because it is a project for my upcoming wedding next fall.  I would like to use this dollhouse as the card box at my reception.   My Fiance and I are having our reception in an early 1900’s mansion, and I thought a dollhouse done right would be a unique card box that fits in with the look and theme of the wedding.

Reception References

Our reception will be held at the McCook Estate.  I will attempt to recreate the look and style of the McCook Estate in my Weddingcrest,and personalize it with details related to our wedding so that our card box will be a beautiful memento of our wedding day that we can hopefully display in our future home.

Here are a few images of the exterior and interior that will help serve as references for this project:

The Grand Hall.

Main Staircase.

Dining Room.

Dining Room Fireplace.

Dining Room Ceiling Detail.

Parlor.

The Inspiration

While doing research for a suitable doll house, I came across Deb Robert’s WillowFaire Social Salon in a Google Image search.  Her stone finish on the Willowcrest is fabulous, and is what lead me to chose the Willowcrest for my project, as I feel it bears a fair resemblance to my reception site.

Another Google Image search led me to Sumaiya Mehreen’s blog dedicated to dollhouses by Robin Carey.  Again, here was a beautifully executed, stone Willowcrest:

Willowcrest by Robin Carey.

Willowcrest by Robin Carey.

Willowcrest by Robin Carey.

And there we have it- the proposed project, the references, and the inspirational work of established dollhouse artists.  I’m very excited to begin working on this project. . . and as soon as I complete several miniature wargame painting commissions and free up my schedule, I will be able to dive in!

Welcome!

VictorianBootsHat

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Here I will detail my adventures in creating dollhouses and other miniature related projects.  I hope you will join me on my maiden voyage into this hobby and please comment and leave me any tips and tricks that have helped you.

Cheers!

~Lady Christin