An English Cottage
This was the first miniature house I built after being inspired by the work of Rik Pierce. The design is mostly his, but I had to figure out how to accomplish it on my own, without any plans. I began with a sheet of wood flooring and built upwards from there. I had a beautiful cabinet filled with Jane Graber's dishes that I wanted to use in my little cottage, so I made sure there was wall space to accommodate it. This was the project that taught me how to create what I wanted from Gatorfoam, Creative Paperclay, and bits and pieces of stuff. The garden flowers were made by many different miniature flower makers, including Natalie Wright and Marjorie Meyer. The bunnies and frog in the garden are by Amanda Skinner. The bed is by Mark Murphy with a beautiful quilt by Kate Adams. The country mouse who inhabits the cottage was made by my dear friend, the late, Richard Palan.