"Windward House" The building of an original design European inspired Doll House
Hi Ray! It is great to see a new post from you! I am so glad you are still making your amazing miniatures and that it is fun again! That is why I am strictly making them for fun... I want to keep it that way! Your house looks gorgeous... and I see you "guys" are having fun in the kitchen! :) The tip on window glass is Awesome... I will go check that out... I have been making some real glass windows recently and it always bothers me that they are so thick... I will definitely be looking into that tip! Your "furry family" are adorable too! I am so glad you are still making minis! I can't wait to see more!
Hello Betsy!Thank you for taking time to write kind thoughts! Yes time away was necessary because being a dealer took a toll on me in so many ways.I am enjoying following the projects you are working on. I think it is therapeutic to have so many going at once and I mean that kindly. I love the "Caravan" project and can't wait to see more. Also the glass house is well on the way toward amazing!You have a "Gift" for miniatures and for writing. Look forward to every post you offer.Warm regards, Ray
Good to see you back Ray, and enjoying the hobby again. I hope your new day job is going well too. Windward House is looking absolutely amazing. Well done!
Dear Shannon,Thank you so much for visiting me and for leaving nice thoughts. Yes my new day job is going well....though I never thought I would have to return to being an adult after so many years of self-employment.Love seeing your work!Be well, Ray
Time away from minis, for however long it may prove to be, is actually HEALTHY for any individual, on so many levels.Even so, I am DELIGHTED that you still have a passion for this hobby because your work is ALWAYS Top Drawer for me! I enjoy studying your photos and appreciating the masterful way you mix colors, shapes and patterns both within the building construction and ornamentation, as well as it's interior decoration. So it is MARVELOUS to have you back! :Delizabeth
Dear Elizabeth,Thank you for taking the time to write the kind comments. It is healthy indeed to step away from things at times. Life has thrown many challenges my way and losing interest in miniatures was just something I could not let happen.I hope you know that I am a HUGE fan of you! I marvel at your ability to come up with creative uses so many different things......brilliant. My favorite project of yours is the re-make of the "Arthur". You have made a tiny structure incredible both inside and out. I have looked dozens of times at the photos and find something new and amazing every time I look. You have the gift for weathering and creating warm, cozy spaces..........ok....I said I was a fan......looking forward to seeing the progess on the former "Willowcrest"Warm regards, Ray
Ray, you are truly the Consummate Gentleman! Thank you :)
Hi Ray,I am so very happy to see you here. The house looks fantastic!!! I love how you and Scott have created a place for it in your book shelves. That is just brilliant! Which of course has to mean this is YOUR dollhouse and it isn't going anywhere! How nice to see your old house has been published in the magazine. I hope we will see you again soon. I sure miss your posts. Thank you for the glass tip!!!!
Dear Catherine,Thank you for taking the time to leave nice thoughts! Yes....I have no intention of selling my house. My real house had huge empty spaces on either side of the fireplace and the shelves were meant to be.The house is "Contemporary" and the fireplace is elevated with a wood storage area beneath. The "Mini-House" sits at the same level as the fireplace. It worked out well. As to the glass....I have not ever been great with cutting. I purchased a good self oiling scribe and a pair of breaking pliers..........complete success!Loved seeing the flowers you posted recently.....hope they are still blooming.Be well, Ray
Good evening Ray, so good to see a post from you.I am glad to read that your fun in miniatures is renewed. I love the weathering you did on the house, you could even have taken that a step further as far as I'm concerned; but it is just lovely as it is now.The glass in the windows in crystal clear, so real!Every picture of the beautiful rooms looks like an advert for an expensive real estate company.So georg! And I see you have hired some staff, well it ís a lot to handle with just the both of you ;).Súch a very nice surprise to see your post, I hope you and Scott are both doing well.Big hug for you, Scott, and the pets, and keep on doing the good work,Gee
Dear Gee,How nice to have you visit and leave kind thoughts! I agree......could use more weathering.....sadly it is difficult for me. For many years of my life I was an Interior Designer and EVERY client expected perfection. Now working in Commercial Design and Construction in real life I am faced with this again...clients expecting pristine perfection. While my work is far from pristine or perfection I struggle with being able to age things.My staff.......very needy at times but ever present.Thank you for asking....we are doing well as I hope you are!Big Hug from Ray
Yes, fortunately I'm doing well too, thank you.You really are too modest I am sure no-one can disagree on that.Your standard of pristine perfection is so obvious in your work. But it is so much more difficult to accomplish in this scale, I am sure.Yet you do a wonderful job, time after time.Really, really glad to read you again. you've been away far too longGee
Marvelous photos, such beautiful inspiration. Glad you are feeling refreshed and ready to dive back into miniature work.
Dear Otterine,What can I say but a humble thank you....I have been a fan of your work for a very long time. All your projects are stunning. Being a miniatures dealer for so long to a toll on my enthusiasm but I have never lost the lifelong passion for this art form.Looking forward to seeing more of YOUR work!Warm regards Ray
Hi Ray, I was very happy to see a post from you and it did not disappoint! The house is gorgeous and looks great in the bookshelf. Thanks for sharing these photos---
Hello Linda,Thank you for visiting me here and for the very nice thoughts.I hope your experience in Chicago was good!I am in awe of the talent you have in so many different forms. Everything you attempt is a work of art.......Looking forward to your next offering.Kind regards Ray
Hello Ray,Just to echo those above, I am delighted to see you return to your blog. The doll house is exquisite.....in my opinion your best to date, so pleased to hear that it is a 'keeper'! I look forward to more photos (please😳).
Dear Linda,Lovely as always to hear from you!Thank you for taking the time to send me kind thoughts. As you know you are the inspiration for my houses....I still love your "Petite Maison". I only wish I could impart the style you create.....Look forward to seeing more of your latest project! At last look it was well on the way to wonderful!Warm regards Ray
Très heureux d'apprendre votre retour à la construction de miniatures. C'est une bonne idée d'avoir inclus votre si belle maison dans votre bibliothèque, l'ensemble est très réussi.C'est si beau quand la lumière scintille sur les vitres, heureux que vous ayez trouvé le bon verre.Je ne me lasse pas de contempler chaque détail de votre maison, je l'adore!Je suis persuadé que Stoney et Dash s’entendraient à merveille avec Toto mon whippet :-)
Dear jean-claude,Forgive me for not responding in French. I will not insult you with my lack of knowledge of your lovely language.Thank you for the kind comments about my house and the light on the windows. You are correct! My Whippets, Stoney and Dash would love Toto!I enjoy seeing every post you present and I am in awe of the extraordinary house you are creating. You are a true talent and I feel privileged to communicate with you.Warm regards, Ray
It's always a pleasure to see your beautiful miniatures. I love the way you've displayed your dollhouse.Geneviève
Dear Genevieve,Thank you for continuing to visit and leave nice comments! I always look forward to your posts and in seeing your lovely work.Be Well!Ray
Dear. Ray, As you can see we are all so happy to see your post!It is most inspiring to see your work. I still have staircase envy for both your new and your previous stairs. So elegant. Looking forward to seeing progress on Windward House Love your furry friends - they are such a comfort.Regards Janine
Dear Janine,Thank you for the nice comments and for visiting me again. I am a huge fan of your French House and as I said long ago....I am going to use your method for making the roof slates. It is brilliant!Kind regards Ray
Hello Ray,I am happy you are well and that your love for miniatures has come back. Windward house is a beautiful project and I can't wait to see progress. I have always loved your work, both old and new.Big hugGiac
Dear Giac,Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave kind thoughts.I am enjoying to following the changes you continue to make on Dewell Manor.Looking forward to the next chapter.Warm regards, Ray
Yet one more welcome back but still heartfelt. Your work is a real inspiration. I am curious as to how your house opens. I suspect at the front, as we do in the UK, because access to the back for viewing would be difficult now it is set up in its new home. Is it one or two doors and hinged or just remove the whole piece (magnets)? Some time it would be lovely to see the whole house so we can see the relationship of one room to another. See the problem with blogging is that your audience becomes very demanding! Enjoy the hobby without the pressure. Marilyn
Dear Marilyn,What a nice surprise to have a kind note from you! Yes my house is "Front Opening" with three removable panels. In my next post I will show it completely open. I have always admired the UK Dollshouse style for this kind of presentation. The exterior takes such a huge amount of time to create that it seemed a waste to have it face the wall.I am envious of your visit to "Miniaturia".......I have been to that Fair three times in the 1990's and loved having the privilege of meeting/seeing the amazing artists who exhibit work there. I stayed in a lovely small Hotel in Meriden called "The Strawberry Bank". It was delightful and everyone was so kind.Thank you for sharing your work as well!As to demanding...........demand away! I am delighted that you are interested enough to ask and I will be glad to oblige.Warm regards! Ray
What a joy to see your work again dear Ray.I'm always looking forward to see your adorable work. You are a true master.Hope, you will never stop working on minatures and please go on posting so we all can enjoy your incredible artwork.Mini hugsPipi
Dear Pipi,Lovely to hear from You! I am not on Facebook anymore so I miss seeing your endeavors. I always look forward to your Blog posts. You did a stellar job on your French House and I love the furnishings you offer for sale as well....perfect for my house....so maybe someday I will have the privilege of purchasing from you.Thank you for taking a moment to visit and I look forward to seeing more of your work.Kindest regards, Ray
Hello Ray,How lovely to see you blogging again! I am so delighted that your love of miniatures has come back again. It's so good to take a little break now and then if it means your enthusiasm returns. Windward House is such a beautiful house and I'm looking forward to seeing more.All the bestVivian
Dear Vivian,Thank you for the kind thoughts! Yes time away from miniatures was needed and reassured me that I could never let this go away...I loved seeing the "Roombox" you did and the lovely imaginative gifts you created for the Bridal Party. They were amazing and such a perfect memento for the occasion. I am sure the Bride and all her Bridal Party were thrilled to get them.Let's see more of YOUR stunning house!Warm Regards, Ray
Hi RayAs Elizabeth would say, you've got your MOJO back and we're all so happy about that. Your love of miniatures shines through as everything you do looks sheer perfection to me. I love the fact that Winward House will sit in it's own special place on the bookshelf.Keep up the fabulous work!Regards, Linda
Hello Linda,It is great to see you here! I am a big fan of you many talents. Your stitchery is amazing!Thank you for visiting my humble and much neglected blog. I am making an effort to get things going again.I look forward to seeing more of your Artistry!Warm regards, Ray
Hi Ray,there's one sure way to suck the happiness out of a passion and that is to throw in a lot of deadlines and make it into a job. I do hope now that you've had a bit of time away that you'll make miniatures that you want to create. That you and Scott are happy is all that matters =0)P.S. I love that you've built a shelf for Windward House to be displayed
Hello Pepper!Great to have you visit my blog and leave kind thoughts. It is much appreciated.You are so right about deadlines and having a fun hobby become a bad thing. Those days are gone thankfully.FYI.....I am a big fan of "Modern" and love the things you create. Your sewing machine was "Genius"! Also, thank you for sharing the photos of those collections. This is the only way some of us will ever see those wonderful creations. Looking forward to your continuing saga.Be Well! Ray
Hey Ray!!So great to hear your news and see an update on Windward House. I'm so Pleased your new RL ventures are going well and understand completely how you can have no time left for much else, especially minis - and it certainly is one of those hobbies/interests that you need a clear head for and plenty of time to think and plan (often the best part!). I'm so pleased you able to get back into it, and with such enthusiasm.Big hugsSi
Hello Simon!I bet you thought I had forgotten you....no way!I am excited to see the next chapter..."Bespoke British Dolls House"I know what you present will be wonderful.Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts. I hope you and Scott are well. FYI...Theater...Stunning!Big Hug Back from Ray
Great to see you blogging again Ray. Love what you've done with the place! Keep blogging, you're such an inspiration for me!
Wanda,Thank you for sharing nice thoughts!I appreciate that you took the time to visit my blog!Kind Regards Ray
So glad to see you back at it again! I empathize with a long delay in minis and the joy of getting back to it! Your progress is amazing and the display is wonderful. I can't tell you how often I think of you and use so many of the tricks and techniques you've taught me. May I ask who the artist is that created your marvelous kitchen staff? Please keep sharing with us!Love to you and yours, Martha in Louisiana
Martha,Thank you for visiting and for leaving kind comments. It is great to have the house in a space in my home where I see it everyday and still can work on it as time permits.The "Kitchen Staff" is the work of Gudron Kolenda "Feathers Lace and Clay" I think her characters are lots of fun!Warmest regards Ray
Mi mancava un vostro post!!!! Rimpiango ancora quelli vecchi!!! Bellissimi lavoro e splendidi cuccioli pelosi!!!!
awwww..stoney and dash are so cute and so is the cat :) I love your house it's wonderful HugsMarisa
Hi Ray! Definitely agree with everyone here... great to see you posting! Your work truly is lovely to look at. I can spend hours staring at a single room! Hope you and Scott are enjoying the fall weather!! Cheers!!Chris Toledo
Welcome back my dear friend! It is great to see you posting your lovely work! Love every picture including your wonderful dogs! Hugs from Titti
dear Ray,upur work is gorg..... as always. Thanks for sharing!Hugs,Gee
Gorgeous! I always enjoy seeing your work so much. :)