So most of my time has been spent doll making but today being Mothers Day I finally had a free couple of hours to finish the Emporium floor.
It feels like I have been waiting a terribly long time to put the last few strips of wood into the parquet floor but this morning I did just that and was delighted with the results.
Then tonight I found time to wax the floor. You can see here the wax I used, beeswax and it is simply a case of wipe on, leave to dry and then polish up.
Here is the finished floor ! I am very happy with it. By just using one thin coat of paint I was able to achieve an old worn look and you cant quite see it from this photo but the wax has given it a sheen and it looks as if the floor has been worn and polished many times over the years.
The one thing I didnt want is a new looking shop. Although it was once rather grand, time has taken its toll and although Belle keeps her shop as clean as a new pin, it hasnt been decorated for many years.
I am making some shelves to go across the side window. It is rather awkward , being two arched windows side by side.The Kit doesnt come with interior window frames and as I am no expert with wood work I wouldnt even attempt to make my own interior arched frames !
Instead I will have three shelves on metal brackets stretching across the windows.
That way the toys displayed there will be visible from the outside and the light will set them off beautifully from the inside.
The shop counter will also be in front of the window. I want to have some little tables with toys piled high in front of the shelves.
There is a fabulous little animated film called "Alma" which I have watched many times . Its quite a creepy little film and features a doll shop.
I love the way there are little tables etc. displaying the dolls so want to use that here, but not in such a creepy way !