I need to
make the roof, paint the shed, make the pavement etc but first those leaves!
the other side of the shed so you have something to look out for!Its too hot
but I couldn't resist transforming these deckchairs made by my friend Jeroen by
painting the wood and sewing the carefully chosen fabric.
know if Virginia might need them today to sit and reflect in the shadow!Still
working on this project. The writing shed of Virginia Woolf. Why has a day only
24 hours?Dividing my
time and doing the best I can. Deadline is the 9th of October as I want to
bring Virginia's miniatures with me to my exhibition.
Making little skittles of clay and thinking about a croquet (or is it
cricket?)set to put on the grass on the other side of the shed.
Too many plans. Today is painting day. Have a good day too!Little steps
forward. Working on the ball games. Bowls was Virginia's favorite game so I
have promised to add those. I've never seen that game in the Netherlands.
We do play the French Jeu-de-boules. I made the Croquet sticks out of
skewer and clay. I think they're rather funny!I try to paint the inside of the shed which is hard as the brush will not
bend for the little corners. I sort of painted the floor and will make the
tapestry to go underneath her desk this week.
Waxed the rim of the wood that holds the house. Slowly it starts to give
the impression of my Rodmell experience.
Love the way it looks on my Hella Jongerius vase. A vase-house with a
tree!I'm working on all the very very small things that need to be on
Virginia's desk. I'm a bit in love with the tiny pack of Voltiguer cigars. Its
made of clay and about half a centimeter big.
The oil lamp I found in a garage sale. Couldn't believe my eyes!
It was much too big for this tiny writing shed so I shortened the glass
very carefully with sanding paper and my husband took of the copper foot ( of
which I make a lampshade now with the head of a flower as a shade) and now its
The old tapestry I made is still a bit too big but will be fixed. Its hard
measuring in this tiny house.
In the tree I made a bird's nest and watch closely for my squirrel!
Wanted to make little eggs for the nest but as it's autumn..still thinking
about that one.
The wall outside is new too. It gives a bit of closure.Well that's it for the moment. Have the best Monday you can possibly have!
Today I finished this wonderful project I did with Jeroen van Daele who made this little desk as well. The only thing still missing is Virginia's original chair which comes at a later moment.
I waxed the desk and gave it handles at the drawers, put the cigars,fountain pen, oil lamp,vase( made out of a flower head),glasses and pen tray who were patiently waiting here, on top of it. Washed up my bell jar, gave it it's definite place and got teary eyed when I stepped back.
What an amazing journey this was. I so enjoyed it.Finally I can say
Virginia still missed her own old much used chair in her writing shed.
But look! My big friend Jeroen made with his big bare hands the tiniest of
He's my magician. I made it look old and used and gave it a wicker seat
and a sigh of contentment.
I so hope to do another project like this in the future!
What about it Jeroen? Would love to hear any specific Bloomsbury suggestions.
The Bedroom and writers shed of Virginia Woolf
then and now I've visited not only Charleston many times but also the home of
Virginia and I wanted to make Virginia's bedroom as well .
This time I
wanted more a looking -box so you could see the details way better than is the
case in my Dollhouse .
this time, to make the frame out of wood and asked Jeroen van Daele, who is a
gifted carpenter to help me out.
working on this room, painting Duncan's and Angelica's paintings in miniature,
making all the books one by one, especially all of Virginia's Shakespeare volumes
which ARE having beautiful dust jackets, covered by VirginIa herself when
feeling unwell to calm her down.
the book covers one by one. The kindest people on Instagram helped me with the
pictures if I didn't remember a certain detail.
like a joint Bloomsbury project. The herringbone patterned floor I made from
wood sticks to stir you coffee with, I waxed them.
I made from electricity cord with a little metal bead on top of it that makes
you believe it is a faucet!
tell for hours of the joy of finding creative solutions for everything from
bits and bobs as the Bloomsbury members did so too
I was asked
on Instagram to make the writing shed of Virginia as well and so I did. It's
lovely but very hard to look inside where you'll find her desk, flowers in a
vase of a dried seed pod, lamp, glasses , cigars, fountainpen and Virginia's exact chair.
shed and therefore easier to see, her favourite game of bowls amongst other