Monday, August 20, 2012

Slow Going

Progress on the Music Room slogs onward, ever onward...though at a snails pace!  Sorry, mes chers, but it's simply too damn gaw-jess outside to be fiddling around with miniatures!  Howevs, betwixt and twain heatwaves and thunderstorms I did manage to finish up a few things...

My Music Room art gallery is complete!  I was told by the creator of my wallpaper, Susan Brembridge, that it simply screamed for lots of gold I think I did OK by that, LOL...(OK I'm slightly paraphrasing.  She did not actually say 'simply screamed').  ;)

I got the sconces hooked up on the fireplace.  These are from Rosel's and though you can't really see them for the glare, they are quite lovely.  I also added gold fringe to my balloon shades, all thanks to a tip from Jeffry.  He advised me to cut one side of a ribbon off and pull out the threads to form the fringe.  It worked perfectly!  Thanks, Jeffry!

I built a couple of  House of Miniatures tables: one between the two square-backed chairs on the left and a candle stand against the back wall.  That bare spot is where the aforementioned spinet piano is going...I hoped it would arrive this weekend, but ...alas, did not!   What is really weird, though, is after I built the first candle stand , I realized I needed a second to flank the spinet, so I ordered another on ebay on Saturday, and it has already arrived, today (Monday)! From California.  Say what you want about the U.S. but our postal system rocks!  (Too bad it's going bankrupt).

BTW, those discontinued, 'ye-olde' House of Miniature kits, circa from my childhood, are still readily available, affordable and easy to put together.  Great.  I just drived up their price. 

And here is my foot-warmer from Linda Master, the prize I won which also arrived this weekend.  Isn't it scrumptious?  THANK YOU, LINDA!

I actually managed to finish a few other things, but I am getting looks so I guess dinner must be ready?  What? I am not a mind reader! The horses of Apollo are pawing impatiently at the Gates.

Have a great week...



Giac said...[Reply]

Hello John,
I always love updates of Merriman Park. The going seems to be at a pretty good pace to me. The music room is just scrumptious! Every last detail is wonderful and while every room is wonderful I think your work gets better as you go on. The artwork is beautiful and fills the walls very well. I can't wait to see really are an incredibly talented miniaturist.
Big hug,

Margaret said...[Reply]

Your music room is amazing, it looks so real as you have everything in such perfect scale. It is all so inspiring.

Karin Corbin said...[Reply]

Lovely work, you are zooming along despite the distraction of frozen margaritas on your patio.

Thought you would enjoy seeing the piece that inspired your new foot warmer. Linda did a very nice design job on her interpretation of it.

I know it will inspire her to see her work featured in such a an elegant room. I hope everyone will keep nudging her to make this kind of small item that is so hard to find in miniature.

Xandra said...[Reply]

Your music room is fantastic. I admire your work.

Kind regards Xandra

Pedrete said...[Reply]

¡Qué bonita está quedando esta habitación, John! Me super-encanta!
¡Un abrazo enorme!

What Nice is leaving this room, John! I super-love!
A big hug!

Ilona said...[Reply]

Hi John! This room is amazing, beautiful work! It looks so realistic! The marble floor and the paintings are gorgeous!
Greetings, Ilona

Irene said...[Reply]

I was going to say that your work just gets better and better but Giac beat me to it! This is a lovely room and you've hit the spot with the details.

Catherine said...[Reply]

I love everything about that room. From the color of the walls with all those gorgeous paintings to the beautiful curtians. I just have to figure out a way to get in it to listen to some music! ;-)

Catherine said...[Reply]

I love everything about that room. From the color of the walls with all those gorgeous paintings to the beautiful curtians. I just have to figure out a way to get in it to listen to some music! ;-)

Simon said...[Reply]

Hi John
Great update and thanks for the tip, via Jeffry, re the fringing. I may have to pinch that at some point.
The Music Room is a triumph (as many a broadsheet would say). You can never have enough pictures. And you have some lovely frames.
Enjoy the weather
Simon x

Steinworks said...[Reply]

Im always late to the party but I've been under the weather, I love the music room it simply screams for a spinnet piano (sorry I couldn't resist..blame the medication)

I can't wait to see it

Bon appetite


miraclechicken said...[Reply]

This room is absolutely gorgeous John! So elegant, love the gold fringe---

Daydreamer said...[Reply]

John, This room is Just plain DIVINE!!! I LOVE the Gallery of Art.... wish I had that many gold frames in my RL house..LOL!!! Your tables are adding just the right amount of furniture and your sconces are Perfect! What a Beautiful Room this is!!! I can almost hear the Harpsichord..... :):)!!!
(I can't wait to see it !)

Gee said...[Reply]

Hi John!
The paintings look great on the walls and so does the gold fringe on the curtain.
I don't doubt that the sconces are beautiful; they create a warm atmosphere in this gorgeous room.
Just luvvvv House Of Miniatures minis, got some myself, and yours are a good choice.
I agree on the US postal service too, it is simply amazing; I once received an order from the US in 2 days! it's almost like witchcraft :)
Respect, John, you did it again.. your room is a beauty

Troy said...[Reply]

I like your photos with the room lights on! I bet it rocks in person. The wallpaper, draperies, and paintings all looks great together. I am a fan of the House of miniature kits too, I have a whole box of them that I have been collecting and saving for rainy day projects. Keep up the good work.

MiniLover said...[Reply]

Love all the art on the walls! You've really got the knack for arrangement. And the wallpaper is one of my favorites.

The HOM kits are really a good bargain for classic furniture. I'll check my stash to see if I have something you can use.


Iris March said...[Reply]

Hi John,

Every detail in the music room is just wonderful!

The artwork and those frames are beautiful and I love how you filled up the walls. I can hear the musicians already. You have so much talent.

jeffry said...[Reply]

Hi John,
Glad to see that it worked out with the curtains! You've done a wonderfull job.
And lucky've won the most wonderfull miniature piece perfect for Merriman Park!

John said...[Reply]

Hi, Jeffry!

Thanks for the great tip! It really worked beautifully!

Big Hug,