'As Gertie sat there dozing one day, her mind wandered to all the jobs she had left to do on the cottage and all the wonderful bits and pieces she had gathered so far from her friends and her favourite witch's store, which all needed a little place of their own. Then she had an idea, she would ask that big man with the wood to make her a porch with shelves!! '
For a long time I have wanted to make a porch. The Victorian Villa has a pretty little porch but its not very big, its more of a step in before you reach the door with room for just one plant pot. So with Gertie's cottage I had the perfect excuse for a 'proper' porch. I asked (twisted his arm, until he agreed!) Hywel to make the basic bits and bobs for the porch, which as you can see from the pic is just 4 pieces of wood glued together and some little left over pieces of Oak rounded at one end to make the shelves.
I then nagged a bit more until Hywel covered all the walls with a bumpy layer of Art mache and scored out some uneven flagstones for the porch floor. Then it was my turn to work some magic!!
I started by 'teabagging' the walls and shelves, then I painted a line of black acrylic paint in between all the 'cracks' of the flagstones. When it was all dry, I used a mix of 50/50 water and grey emulsion and painted the flagstones all over. I had hoped the black between the flagstones would show through in places... it didn't!! duh!!
But never mind, I'm happy with the result anyway :0) After the flagstones had dried, I put the porch in place against the cottage and painted darker, damper patches in the corners using a paint brush dipped in either tea or coffee depending how dark I wanted that corner to look.
I wish I could get my brightness sorted on my pics, the damp patches and flagstone colour is much darker than in the pics but hopefully you can see some of the damp in the top corners. So, today I had a little time spare, so I had fun placing some of my wonderful minis from Nikki , Janice and Jayne in the porch.
Who needs a guard dog when you've got a Floozy??!! lol
My wonderful FloozyFliss is by Jayne of Tallulah ~ Belle Originals :0)
The best pumpkins ever and the mushroom pots are from Nikki of Witch and Wizard Miniatures :0)
The sweetest flower potion bottle and the fab mandrake pot (on the right by the broom in the top pic) is from Janice of On being a Mini Mum :0)
So, that is my porch so far, I love it :0) But... I need lots of bits and pieces to fill those shelves, so I will be making some minis for it and hoping that some of you will want to add your special little something on one of my shelves and will join me in my next swap on the 1st July :0)