Saturday, 20 June 2015

Take a seat... but not for too long!

I know..long time no see! :D

 I'm just back from a slight case of miniature burnout. I've been burning the candle at both ends for the past few..*ahem* years :D Mountain of unfinished miniatures and non miniature work in my wake too, so I'm trying to organise myself better these days.  I work in a very small work space, so it doesn't take much to become a bit overwhelmed either. Gradually sorting myself out now...and the printer broke, which nearly sent me to the asylum :D

...please tell me I'm not alone in this madness...

I haven't actually made anything...but I have bought something. I was going to make my own cast iron park bench, but when I saw this one I thought I would cut that corner, and save time and sanity... This one is a "falcon" miniature bench, a little pricey, but it is based on a real Victorian design ( google Lion head antique park bench, and you'll see it's life size twin amongst the image results ). 

I think I will keep the ends black, but I am planning on replacing the slats. Although they are perfectly acceptable as is, I want them that little bit more they're a bit orange. 

The ends are metal, and a bit bendy. I'm not going to remove the paint, at all, as the box it came in stated that there is lead in the product. I may go over it with a matt black paint though.

And there is her underbelly, so if you remove the slats, you don't have to worry about putting it back together again, as each end is connected with a rod.

And the slats pop off, fairly easily. I think I will sheer off those bolts and stick new slats straight on to the ledge. 

Yes..summer is definitely on the horizon :D Sods law, it was only like this when I was taking photos, sky clear before and after, but not during the photoshoot!
So hopefully next time I'm here, I will have the finished bench and possibly a finished one year old tomato plant..or is it two years old! :D Wish me luck.


  1. Your bench is fantastic. I love it! I look forward to seeing how you change it.

    The ends remind me of ones I saw in Phoenix Model Developments. You supply the slats for that one.

  2. El banco es precioso. Estoy deseando ver que haces con él.

  3. Hallo Sarah, wat een mooi blog!
    Ik ben naar 8 jaar ook weer begonnen met poppenhuizen, dus ik ga je volgen.

  4. Hi Sara, yes, we noticed you had not posted for some time. It is supposed to be fun so never feel pressured to post,
    In saying that it was a nice surprise to see your name come up on my list.
    Bench looks good already I am interested to see what you will do with it.
    Regards Janine

  5. Hi Sarah! I've noticed that you weren't in the blog world for a while, I hope everything is okay with you?
    And NO, you're absolutely not alone in that madness, I think lots more of us are there! I have always lots of unfinished miniature things, all kinds of stuff and materials I need on my small work table and my work space is also quite limited, so the chance for me to go mad is always present here ;O!
    I also think it's good to take some rest for awhile from making miniatures, especially when you feel that you need it! Last year I also had the same 'blockade', so maybe you can take a summer stop for example...??
    The bench is a wonderful purchase, but I can imagine that you'll like to change the slats.
    Take care. Warm hug, Ilona

  6. The bench is beautiful! I agree about the slats, and it's so much more fun when you can muck around with something you bought to make it really yours. Again avoiding real mini making, I went mini shopping this weekend. Procrastination is much more therapeutic. I swear. Right? Lol.

  7. The bench is going to be gorgeous, I can already see that. I understand what you mean about burning both end of the candles and we are all guilty of that.

  8. Good to hear from you again. Your bench is beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Lol I think most miniaturists are a little mad :D
    Hugs Maria

  9. bonjour Sarah,
    ce banc est un très bel achat, la couleur va donc changer ?
    Je rêve d'avoir un atelier, pour travailler dès que j'aurais un moment .... Je n'avance pas, car il me faut tout déplacer (meuble à roulettes) et ensuite tout ranger, pas simple ;(
    Bon courage pour la suite ;)

  10. Hello Sarah,
    I look forward to seeing the transformed bench. it is a beautiful piece.
    Big hug,

  11. I thought I was going to be more organized when I got my own workspace.. but my husband was right, a bigger workspace makes a bigger mess.. ;)

    Your bench looks great!! It's nice to be able to buy a few things every now and then, it's fun to make things yourself, but sometimes others just have made something so great it's hard to resist =) And it will get a bit unique once you are done with it =)
    Good luck with both the bench and the tomato plant =)

  12. love the bench and am sure you will even make it more special.
    And yes, I too know the miniature burnout. Have done almost nothing in mini fr the past year or so. But no worries, the virus will return.
    I do agree with Janine, all this mini stuff should be fun to do, not a burden. It should feel relaxing and not as work.
    So take the time you need to get out of it, don't force it. It 'll come back.
    hugs and take care,

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  14. Hi Sarah, so sorry to hear about your burnout, I hope you find energy and inspiration soon, you're so talented! I wish you all the best with that and I do love the bench a lot! Looks great in your green house and it's a good treat getting the vibe back, take care girl :D

  15. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.


  16. now it looks like you are an interior designer too.


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