SECOND FLOOR: KITCHEN, SEWING ROOM, NURSERY

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My frisky French chef also sleeps in the kitchen until the family manages to organise a proper bedroom for him, so here you can see his temporary bed and bedside table, not to mention the girly posters..

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The kitchen shelves used to be a frame for tiny items, but rather than hanging it on a wall, I thought it would make a nice addition to my dollyhouse kitchen! To list some of the things on the shelves: full tea set I bought in the Isle of Wight (UK), eggs, glasses and a jar made by Mikael Albrecht, and bottles bought in Helsinki.

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Some more kitchen items: plates and iron by Mikael Albrecht, two jars from Greystones (pressie from Daniel's nieces), the rest of the tea set I've mentioned in living room and jumper shop pictures, and all the rest was bought in Helsinki.

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And here's the chef - possibly Pierre! LOL The stove is by Mikael Albrecht. (Thanks to Char for featuring this photo on Yahoo Roomboxes Photogroup in Feb'03)

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Getting hungry? The chef is preparing a snack for himself, and there's a stew in the cast iron pot, and some imaginary scones in the oven..

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Glass bottle from Helsinki, a part of a three-bottle package.

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The sink counter, although there's no actual sink yet! On the top: real dried flowers in a 9mm bullet case vase, a bottle from Helsinki, and a candle by Mikael Albrecht. In the 'sink', a punch bowl, and on the counter: teacup (from that same set I've mentioned here and there), and a plate of pies from Greystones (also a pressie from Daniel's nieces).

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The towel hook used to belong to the frame that is now the big shelf. The towel is just a piece of linen. On the floor, a basket of wood from Helsinki. The stool is identical to the one you saw in the art gallery, and on the stool, a book about bread from Jim's Printables.

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This towel hook was meant for tiny pictures - the towel is a piece of kitchen towel. The meat hammer, wooden plate, stir fry in a wok, little tray, Uncle Ben's rice and the bottle were all bought in Helsinki. The blue pot is by Mikael Albrecht. The red container is a rubber part from something, and the little white pellets in it are from a blood sugar test yoke! The 'fish' on the silver tray is a dried bit of real chicken!

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I made this counter of some leftover bits I had, after we had fixed the garden shed ceiling (easier than trying to fix the rotten roof, LOL) and lowered a bookshelf to fit in the shed.. So, the materials were VERY harsh for dollhouse purposes, but it doesn't look too bad after I painted it. Under the counter, empty 9mm bullet boxes that look like they were made for tiny bottles of wine (I'm totally anti-guns, but the ex used to work in the army) and a plastic tray from an ink cartridge package..
On the counter: cheese and sliced salami with their trays by Mikael Albrecht, chicken poster from PETA campaign material, pots were a pressie from a local net friend, and everything else has either been already mentioned or was bought in Helsinki.

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The sewing room. The wall between this room and the kitchen is made of the other half of the box that I mentioned already (other half being the divider between the bedroom and the living room). This one I covered with thin white cotton.
My mam sent me the chair and the little table, as well as the sewing machine and the two boxes of sewing materials. The girl doll I bought years ago in Helsinki, and the drawers I made of matchboxes covered with green fabric (I'm going to get rid of it as soon as I've made something proper in its place). The fabrics and ribbons are just various leftovers and such.

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This floor is wallpapered with linen towels, and in the sewing room and the nursery I've glued gardening sticks to give a slight impression of panelling - because there was a bit of a stain in the linen! LOL I've painted the kitchen floor, but the other rooms have unpainted floors (read: the original colour of the book case).
In this room, on the wall: a photo I took of Dalysfort Road in Galway, through my balcony door. The 'fashion pictures' that are leaning on the wall are again from Wolford packaging material.. where would I be without Wolford! LOL

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In this blurry corner, you can just about see possibly-Helmut's coat (which he rarely wears), and the silver tray I bought in an antiques shop in Helsinki, with a tea set. The chair is one of four that came with the dining table, by Mikael Albrecht.

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And here's the dining table (plus one chair), this time as a desk in the sewing room. PC, Chinese food container and pizza box from Jim's Printables, and the globe is from Hobby Point in Helsinki (I think).
The wall between the sewing room and the nursery is again just cardboard, which I've wallpapered with Laura Ashley fabric on the sewing room side, and teddy bear fabric on the nursery side.

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Nursery corner. The cot and the baby (plus three really tiny teddy bears) are pressies from my mam, and I think she also gave me that little brown chair. The two little men are Daniel's old toys (I think they've originally been on toy cars), one of them is sitting on some odd piece of metal (I've no idea what it's from or for!). The Russian doll is a pressie from either my mam or my late granny.

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This little black baby has to be adopted (or otherwise the lady of the house has had romantic moments with someone else than the current chef...). He is in a difficult position, so I haven't tried making him clothes yet, but he is sitting on a warm little mat and playing with a 'dollhouse', which I bought somewhere in UK, maybe Isle of Wight.. The Monopoly game is from Jim's Printables, I've glued it on cardboard.

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This baby and the rocking horse are pressies from my mam. More about the chest later..

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Some nursery art.. The old dollhouse poster is a picture I cut out of RTÉ Guide, the cat drawing is supposed to be made by one of the dollhouse kids (I helped a little.. it's made with a blue crayon), the two sheep are pins from the West of Ireland, the angel pic I've had for ages, and the 'witch' is a finger puppet I bought in Helsinki.

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Another part of that Russian doll, and a nursery bed I made of a cigarillo box, by cutting and taping it to shape, and covering it with fabric. The mattress is really soft, and there's a lace in the back.. The baby doll is a bit BIG for the dollhouse, but I'm not fussy. As if I'd leave a baby homeless! On the right side of the bed, some 'nappies' - they're bits of some soft foamy material and I've packed them in cling film.

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And here's the chest that is no more.. (I made a dollhouse of it, for my dollhouse! You can see pictures of that project on my mini site, see the right menu for a link). This chest had a similar origin to the kitchen shelf, and I've filled it with bits of folded fabric (might be sheets, might be towels, who knows..). Also, the two smallest bits of that Russian doll, and on the top shelf, a photo frame with an old picture of me, a blue glass bottle (one of three) with dried tiny flowers in it, and a candle by Mikael Albrecht.

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A holy card on the wall..

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A close-up of the baby boy & dollhouse.



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