March 7, 2013

cups 'n' saucers

first I'd like to welcome all my new followers that joined over the past months: so glad you're here & you're so WELCOME! I'm grateful you think my work is worth following, it makes me very happy! :D I'm doing my best keeping up with your blogs and try to react, although I don't always since there's so many, but you're doing great things!


I'm pretty eager to finish and show you my mini laptop, but I - and you - in case you're curious about it that is - will have to be patient since I can do even less than usual due to quite a health relapse. I also had to wait a while for new lights - after blowing up the ones I had( just placed in the 'base' of the laptopscreen) during testing, oops...!  - before I can go on. But now I'm stuck for another reason ;) Wonder why all the fuss and difficulties for a minilaptop? You'll see and understand, soon I hope!

for now I can show you a little something I was able to do in the meantime. A few 'antique' cups and saucers that will go in the window of my Oldtique Store one day - the day that Store's actually realised for example ;). They were plain white plastic cups & saucers as you can see in the last picture, from Crysnbon (or is it Crynsbon? They make great ministuff, but what's with that name? ;) ) and another kind with a simpler design. I added decals to them I printed with scaled and edited images from teacups & saucers my mother has.

I finished it all with a touch of goldleaf (&varnish), and it's that 'touch' I was after that I didn't quite get right over and over and generated some less sophisticated expressions I'm afraid... I think it makes them look so completely different - the decoration obviously, my unladylike behaviour had nothing to do with that :) Not something I would have in my home, either 1:1 or 1:12, but that's why I love making the Oldtique Store, a great mix between mini things I do like to make/have in antique-ie stuff and the contemporary/modern (like a laptop ;) in the back) as well, since it's going to be a today's store.
of course with their own logo's on the bottom of each cup and saucer to complete them. The plant is a twig of buxus I preserved about half a year ago (!) by simply drying upside down and becaus buxus is a strong kind of plant this worked fortunately - although it's very dry and fragile, but makes sense being dried an'all :) - opposed to my efforts in 2011 with weeds. Which looked great for days, but turned very ugly within weeks. The buxusleaves did curl and colored a bit, but I gently adjusted the leaves a bit and the slight discoloration here and there only gives the whole a more natural look.

28 comments:

  1. Wow! Fantastic transformation! I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Get well soon! :D I'm eager to see this laptop.

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    1. tnx Brae, sweet of you! I think you'll like this laptop :D

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  2. So sorry to hear you have not been feeling well! Your cups and saucers are more than amazing! I have those same cups and saucers and I know how small they are. Gorgeous work!

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    1. thank you so much Lucille! yes, they are pretty small ;)

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  3. WOW! Those cups an saucers are beautiful. What an inspired and lovely way to make such realistic china. I have always thought Chrysnbon's kits were fantastic and in perfect scale. Their only draw back is the fact they are plastic but I do not think it matters with china. Especially when you have embellished it the way you have done. GORGEOUS!
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine, you're so kind. Yes, that's what I always thought, too bad it's plastic, but they do look very good and in scale and that's why I love it. And with the decals and especially the spray varnish (brilliant) makes it look more like china too.

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    1. thank you Debbie for your wishes, glad you like my cups and saucers! :)

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  5. ces simples tasses sont devenues "précieuses" !
    rosethé-Minima

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    1. je vous remercie pour votre beau compliment, Rosethé!

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  6. Those kits are pretty nice, I have the bathroom one and it was soo easy to put together. But you made them look soo much better.

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    1. Tnx Jenny, great to read! They are great kits aren't they, I love them!

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  7. These are so dainty, Monique, congratulations. The gold lines look good too.

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  8. Hope you feel better now!
    Those cups an saucers are beautiful.
    You did a fantastic job!
    Greetings
    Melanie

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    1. thank you Melanie for your wishes and compliment :)

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  9. Hi Monique! I think that your mini cups and saucers are wonderful and the fact that you were able to utilize your mother's china patterns makes them that much more special! Chrysnbon is a great resource and the reason is that there is sooo much detail that is achieved in their products and yet there is always a way to re-interpret the items to make them your own. You have done a great job and I REALLY hope that you make some more to show us how you did it!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your compliments and you're right, these cups and saucers will always remind me of my mom, which is a nice thing :) I do like to show you and others how I did it, if you have some patience, I have a few more things to 'tutorialize' and very little opportunity to work on stuff, but I will one day okay?

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  10. An award for you!
    http://sognatriceabordo.blogspot.it/2013/03/due-nuovi-premi-e-un-regalo.html

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  11. Beautiful work! Ha, I am trapped in your blog again!!!! Hope you are well now.

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    1. Hi Sarah, haha, well it's great to have you here, trapped and all ;) I'm better than at the time of this post, but still far from well, but that's a long story. Glad you like my work on the cups 'n' saucer. Miniatures keep me sane and happy no matter how little it is I can do with them. See you around and I'll have a look at your work again too. Look forward to what you've been up to.

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