Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, it was so kind and very encouraging.

I'm pleased to announce that my little shop will be called Sotheby's ! Named after my favourite auction house. I've been lucky enough to be at several auctions held in Sotheby's (never having the capitol to raise a paddle, mind!) and it was the most thrilling and entrancing experience ever. I hope to bring a little of that to my mini outpost of same name.

The next few pictures show what I've been working on since my last post. The name is above the door along with with some additional details such as moulding running around the window, above the grate. Also, you can see my failed attempt at decals. For whatever reason it simply wouldn't work! Even if I could get the decal off the paper before the print ran off, I was left with what appeared to be crumpled gelatin that would not do as I asked it. I gave up and cut squares in the card in the top windows and stuck copies of the warrants instead. I need to do a neater, more permanent job at some point but you get the idea.




I also made a start on the pavement right outside the shop. I started by cutting and gluing a measured piece of MDF under the facade. I didn't want anything too deep and at 13 cm from from to back I think I have the right amount of space for planters etc (I saw a 1:12 bicycle on line which I thought would look great leaning against the wall).



I then went totally out of my comfort zone and went "back to basics"!! Grabbing an egg box from the fridge I merrily set about cutting and sticking down paving stones. I can't emphasise how scared I was as I've seen so many of you do incredible things with this in the past and never thought I would "get it to work". Here's what it ended up like - can you tell I hadn't mastered the idea of using the "right" side of the cardboard? Scott great delight in reading the protein content of an egg to me!


Next up were the colours. I scanned images of pavements (you'd be surprised at the amount of awful pictures there are on the Internet of filthy pavements!) and liked the idea of sandstone. Well, certainly something warmer in colour than plain old grey slabs. I also hoped the warmer colours would help tie in the door. The two colours were as follows...


I watered them down and hey presto... A Disney sidewalk was born!!


Clearly, this was not going to be the end of the process - never mind the fact that you can still read the great benefits of eating eggs on it!! At this point my heart was racing and I had caution had been completely thrown to the wind. Next I painted on two coats of matt Mod Podge and left to dry over night. I was then tasked with what colour to paint over all of this to act as some sort of grout. Again, like with the door, I mixed up a combination of both the lighter and darker colours already on the facade of the shop and slapped this all over the pavement, leaving it a moment before rubbing off with a same paper towel. Sometimes I had to really scrub at it so that the base colour came through. It still needs messing up a bit with burnt umber but in the end I was really pleased with how it came out.





I'm now collecting egg boxes so I can have a go at making bricks for the front of the first floor - there's no stopping me now!!

Oh well, that's it for now. We're off to our wonderful in-laws for the Easter weekend - the first bank holiday of the year and one which is always hotly anticipated, not least because its a four day break!!

Have a great Easter what ever you get up to and thanks for making it to the end of the this lengthy post.

Best wishes to you All.
Si

31 comments:

  1. Great work!!! Love your egg boxes pavement and your coloring work;The vignette looks wonderfull!

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    1. Thanks so much - I surprised myself a little bit! ;-)

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  2. Hello, Simon - You've chosen a great name for your auction house - and the new sign is absolutely elegant. I like the molding around the window and grate (I really like that grate!) Your work on the paving stones is amazing - especially for a first effort! All your experimentation paid off; the paved area looks wonderful, and the colors are perfect. Nice work! Enjoy your Easter weekend.
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks as always, Marjorie.
      I'm pleased you like the grate ;-) The paving came out better than I expected - definitely a case of "more luck than judgement"!
      Have a great holiday weekend
      Hugs

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  3. I really like how its turning out. Your egg carton stone looks great.

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    1. Thanks very much, Sheila, I really appreciate it.
      Simon

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  4. Hi Simon, The facade is looking fantastic ..... and the paving is coming along. It is amazing what can be done with egg cartons! Your friends will wonder at your new fetish of acquiring their cardboard egg cartons!
    Have a great break away and enjoy the arrival of Spring,
    Regards Janine

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    1. Yes, I think my friends and family are beginning to get concerned - we have just come home from Scott's parents having emptied their eggs into bowls so I could take the boxes home! It's a good job they are understanding!
      Have a great weekend too Janine
      Hugs

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  5. Beautiful i love the colors. Happy Easter:)

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  6. Great progress Si! Love the coats of arms over the window. They make it look very elegant. And well done on your paving! The good thing with something like that is that it is cheap and easy to obtain egg cartons (plus it is educational apparently!) and so if it doesn’t work, you really haven’t lost anything. Your bravery has paid off! X

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    1. Hey!
      I'm so pleased you like the paving, I always look up to you and your projects so I am very certain something from blog has finally stuck somewhere in my brain ;-)
      Have a great Easter, I'm off to eat more eggs ...

      x

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  7. Hello Simon,
    Happy Easter too wow very nice front shop, I love the colour and the details.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks, I'm pleased you like it.
      Enjoy your weekend
      Simon

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  8. Me encanta el resultado de tu pavimento , el color perfecto. Que pases unos días felices:-)

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    1. Muchas gracias, Rosa. Que tengas una hermosa Pascua
      Simon

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  9. Very elegant ! what beautiful items will be in the shopwindow, I wonder? Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure about the windows yet but I am really excited to get on with them and start creating displays.
      Have a great weekend.

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  10. Super Swellegant Simon! I love the name, signage, sidewalk and the Royal warrants-
    Wishing you a Happy Easter weekend and keep up your Fantastic work! :D

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    1. ha ha
      Thanks for your lovely comment.
      Have a great holiday weekend
      Simon

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  11. Happy Easter! I love how your shop front looks and your pavement is great, you did a wonderful job.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks, Geneviève, I'm glad you like it.
      Have a great weekend.
      Simon

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  12. Hi Si,
    Happy belated Easter. I hope you and Scott had a lovely holiday weekend. It is a shame the decals did not work, but it will look incredible. when permanently installed. Bravo on the stonework. It looks fantastic.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hey buddy!
      Thanks as always. I hope you and Joe had a great Holiday too. I'm about to start on the side of the shop and I'm a bit scared!! lol
      hugs
      Si

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  13. C'est un trottoir joliment réussi et la façade est plus que parfaite!!!
    A bientôt!

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    1. Merci beaucoup, c'est très gentil de votre part.

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  14. I love your Warrants. What a brilliant touch and do you really think they need replacing? I'd be quite happy with them! Well done you for having a go with the egg cartons - it's really effective and does the job very well indeed. The finish matches in with the paintwork perfectly. This is such a lovely little project.

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    1. Oh, Irene! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It is quite a compliment, coming from you. I'm not sure about re-doing the warrants now, perhaps they'll stay after all ;-)
      take care
      Simon

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  15. Hi Simon! I am thrilled to see you "playing" with egg cartons now!!! LOL! They really do make very versatile bricks and pavers.... light weight, easy to cut etc! Your pavement looks perfect! I love how the color you used brought out the warm tones of the door and the gray paint... just as you intended! Your lettering for the name is gorgeous..... and the name is perfect! Your shop will surely have that elegance that goes with the name! I am looking forward to seeing the next beautiful additions!!! (And sorry I am so late to comment here! I somehow missed this post!)

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    1. Hey Betsy.
      Thank you so much as always x
      I'm so pleased you like it so far - it's a nerve-racking thing sometimes and I'm never sure how it will turn out!
      Thanks again, have a great weekend
      Simon

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  16. Looks great. Love the storefront look of things. Great lamp too! Your own creation?

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