Thursday, 29 September 2011
We are both thrilled to announce that a project that we have been working hard on these past few weeks for a "how to make" feature that will be appearing in Dolls House & Miniatures Scene Magazine in January/February issues 2012...is now up for auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. The promotional video is now live (see below)...we hope you enjoy it!
ON A COLD AND FROSTY MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE is an old fashioned backyard set in the 1950s, after the New Year's Eve Party. As you can see, the clearing up had begun on a very chilly morning. The festive rubbish is spilling out of the dustbin onto the crazy paving.......even more rubbish is piled into old boxes. Brian the blue tit is tucking into his grub on the bird feeder and yep....there is even a mucky opened can of 1950s soup!!!
You can bid for this online, by post or in person at not only the Haddenham Dolls House Exhibiton & Fair on November 12th 2011 but ultimately at Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday 18th February 2012. The auction will close on the day of Thame Fair at 3.00pm and the Thame Town Crier will announce the winner shortly after.
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY - WE HOPE TO RAISE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!
FOR FULL DETAILS ON HOW TO BID ETC. PLEASE SEE THE OFFICIAL SEALED BID AUCTION PROMOTIONAL PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE:
Saturday, 24 September 2011
|Photo taken by Robin of Waterperry Gardens in the summer of 2010.|
THE LITTLE OLD GARDEN SHED WORKSHOP
Sunday March 25th
10.30AM - 4.30PM
This little old shed won't just be any ordinary common and garden shed....oh no siree!
It was probably the old wash house or outhouse almost a century ago.... long fallen into ruin..... all that’s left of the original building being the back and a side rendered wall, with some bricks clearly visible where rendering has fallen away. Replacement wooden walls, built so many years before, that now they too show signs of disrepair. The rusty corrugated iron roof (instead of a once tiled roof), rickety old door and weather-beaten window all just about keep the rain out. Even some of the contents could well have originated from decades ago....
We hope to bring you photos of a finished shed shortly but from the above you can gain a flavour of what we will be making at this, our first all day workshop.....something truly wonderful indeed.
WE NOW ONLY HAVE 6 MORE SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THIS UNIQUE ALL DAY WORKSHOP AT A VERY SPECIAL VENUE - WATERPERRY GARDENS.....BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
We would both like to thank everyone who attended last Sunday's "Down The Little Garden Path Workshops" here in Thame. It was a lovely, lovely day.....very relaxed and very enjoyable.
Although, yet again we simply ran out of time to complete absolutely everything, we don't think people minded as not only did they have bags and bags of materials to take away, but a concise set of step by step instructions too, so everyone could finish the project at their leisure.
As you can see here from these photos, the ladies truly got stuck into their project and some fascinating conversations ensued amongst the attendees!!
The results of their hard work were very pleasing and we hope that everyone left having learnt something new. Abilities of the ladies attending that day were mixed, ranging from experienced to complete beginner.....which is nice. It is always a joy to see people who start a little nervous, thinking that they will never be able to " do" the project and see the sheer satisfaction on their face as they leave with a wonderful masterpiece!
BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN RAFFLE
As always, we offered refreshments in aid of a voluntary contribution to the Breast Cancer Campaign plus a little raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. Below you can see two very happy prize winners!
Linda won a 1/12th scale aged wooden seed box with trowel, seed packets, bulbs etc. Kazumi won a 1/12th scale aged stone planter complete with red geraniums.
We are delighted to announce that at this month's workshop we raised a total of £35.34
So thank you ladies for your generosity!!!
Celia & Robin
Thursday, 15 September 2011
On Sunday at our Down The Little Garden Path Workshop, we will be holding a raffle again in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign (our chosen charity) where all workshop attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets at £1.00 a time, and will have a choice of two prizes. Both Robin and Celia have donated a raffle prize - the lucky two winners will be able to choose their prize in either 1/12th scale or 1/24th scale.
Robin has made some delightful April Garden Planters which include red geraniums - so the lucky winner will be able to choose from one of these (1/12th or 1/24th) - whichever suits.
Celia has created an old seed box complete with bulbs, trowel and seed packet - again the lucky winner can choose from one of these (1/12th or 1/24th) - whichever suits.
Refreshments in the form of tea, coffee and squash will be offered plus biscuits - all we ask in return is for a voluntary contribution to Breast Cancer Campaign.
At our first workshop in June, we managed to raise just over £44.00 on the day. Lets hope we can raise a nice tidy sum for the charity again on Sunday.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Both Robin and I have been making the final preparations for our workshop that is taking place in a few days time, on Sunday September 18th. Down The Little Garden Path Workshop will be our second project and we are both looking forward to meeting those of you who have booked to attend.
The vintage cold frames are now made up - it was decided that due to lack of time (big problem at our first workshop) and for ease, that cold frames would be pre-assembled so attendees can concentrate on painting them instead.
Your cold frame will look like this by the time you have finished - you will have great fun too filling it!!!
Each kit will be supplied with a tiny garden fork, handle painted up to look weathered and well used. Above, you can see that a piece of foam came in extremely handy to stand them in whilst painting them up. Bit of a surreal sight!
Finally the tiny vintage seed packets (leeks) have been made up ready as a final finishing touch for the little scene.
Hope this has tempted your tastebuds!!!
Just to say that we still have a couple of places left spare and there is still time to book up for this workshop if you would like to make a last minute decision. There are enough spare kits so simply give Robin or I a ring or email, to reserve a space then the booking form, payment etc. can be arranged.
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Saturday, 3 September 2011
So - as our workshops are all about an imaginary little old garden - it stands to reason there's work to be done!!
Gardening is like that!
Down the Little Garden Path is the second in our series of workshops and as this one is looming rapidly...... (Sunday 18th September), you can imagine we are busy putting kits together.....partially assembling cold frames, making miniature compost and printing instructions.
This won't be the most exciting photograph you've ever seen....but it does indicate that everything is coming together nicely.....
There was a cat - he's called Sam - in the picture, but it didn't seem terribly professional to include him, so he's been cropped out and is complaining like mad!!
We do still have a few places available on the September workshop. Please see the website for full details.
Now to check on the cold frames......
Thank you for looking.
Celia and Robin