zaterdag 19 januari 2013

Storage room finished-or is it?

Warning: This is going to be a long post, so poor yourself a drink or a coffee before you continue.

First a word to my dear readers: sorry to have stalled this post for so long.
I've been living in a kind of  brain fog for the last 2 months, almost all this time the storage room has been as it is today, I just could not bring myself to making any pictures of it.
Tonight I decided it was about time I'd kick myself in the butt and finally make those pics, so here they are.
I did not keep up with all of your posts but promise I will try to read them all in the upcoming week.
Again: sorry!

I am very glad and relieved that our friend John returned to blog-land and is on the mend, welcome back John, you have been missed!

To my new followers: glad you have decided to join! I hope you will feel right at home here and that you will enlighten me with your ideas and opinions. Please don't be a stranger and let me know what is on your mind :).

OK, on to the storage room...

The ceiling and walls are from acid free cardboard, primed and painted.
The shelf supports are made out of molding and stained.
I believe I showed the terracotta tile floor before, I've smudged the floor and walls using chalks, then I made the scaffolding (don't know another word for it) for the wine barrels to lay upon.
The signs on the barrels (the swan, the crown etc.) are that of 18th century breweries.
When I laid my eyes on the little silver taps I was so enthusiastic about them I just had to have them; aren't they just adorable?

On fairs years ago I obtained the jugs on the top shelf, the little barrels in a lighter colored wood, the stone pots at the opposite side which ''contain'' oil, butter and brine fish, the little stone barrel at the left on the bottom shelf and the pottery wine bottle in the basket on the floor.
I've made a little wooden floor to put against the wall to keep the flour, potatoes and nuts dry from a dampened floor.

Glass work upside down on the bottom shelf above the wine barrels is from Gerd Felka, at least I am sure the carafes are. I bought them about 15 years ago so I'm not sure about the outer ones.
The domes in front of the carafes are so tiny and so beautifully made, it is a pity that does not show in the pictures.


There are all kinds of vegetables on the floor, the shelves and hanging from the walls: red cabbage, celery, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, leeks, onions, peas, beets, beans, asparagus, onions and others.
There are several kind of sausages, sliced and as a whole, a just skinned rabbit, a duck, roast of beef and bacon, several fishes, dried fishes as well, and scampi.
There also is a cold dish, deviled eggs, cheese, pickles, and bread hanging in a reed basket from the wall.
Further there are pies, pastries and pudding and of course there are fruit like grapes, oranges, plums, pears etc. and jams also. Most food has been made somewhat dirty using chalks to imitate them just being gathered.

I had to take out a lot of vegetables because there just was not enough room for it all.
Never mind, there still will be a dining room table and a kitchen to fill.
And it was a nice way of wasting time and still doing something useful; when you start at making food from polymer clay, you just can't stop the ideas popping into your head so in fact one could see it as a curse too.
The red cabbage and onions were made by Annette, who is a Dutch Fimo artist, the scampi was made by Angie Scarr and the pudding was a gift.

On the top shelf left to the (outside)door are glass jars containing all kinds of herbs and spices, there are miniature cinnamon rolls, real vanilla beans, and mini whole nutmeg. The jars are closed with a little leather patch.

I could not imagine that there would not have been mice in such a place, so I've made a mousetrap on the floor in front of the wine barrels from scrap wood and another mouse is stabbed to death with a knife.

repositioned the stabbed mouse:

In this era there would be a fence around the wine barrels and the meat to prevent the staff from stealing food, but to favor the visibility I left them out.
As you can see in the next pic I did make them so I'm not just saying this to weasel out, lol. Maybe I will still put them in at a later time.

On the far right there is a place for household and cleaning utensils.
Baskets are hanging from the ceiling as they would get in the way otherwise when not in use.
the brooms are from a McQueenie kit,  the giant glass thing on the right on the bottom shelf against the back wall is a wine bottling bottle with pressure overflow made by Dieter Dorsch.
A butter churn on the floor and on the shelf is a wooden crate that contains real pieces of soap.

To make a long story even longer:
The fun in decorating a room like this is that it is never finished.
Just an hour ago I found a workshop for making herbs, so naturally I will have a go at that, herbs hanging to dry: I could just picture that.
Maybe a cat hunting the mice or a mouse hole in the wall with a mouse trying to get out.
Probably more brooms and brushes will be added, as well as tools to clean the windows, clumps or whatever else comes to mind.
I still have to finish the left door and make the right door, but I'll do that once I'm starting work on the hall.

I hope you all liked the peek in the storage room!
Take care all,


I have put in a (not so good) picture of the stabbed mouse so John can stop his search ;)

23 opmerkingen:

  1. Wow! Beautifully made. The scene totally transports you. Amazing details so far, looking forward to more ;)

  2. Thank you, Jane! Just been reading at your blog :)

  3. Hi Gee, I hope you didn't kick yourself too hard ;-), the store room looks great. I like all your bits and pieces and the wall that has lost some of the plaster in the bottom gives it such a sense of age.

    Regarding the chair on my blog, I have done many posts on that chair, look on my side bar for the label that says Queen Anne chair and you will find them all there.

  4. Hello Elga,
    :D just hard enough to get off the couch :)
    Thanks for your comment! it was so much fun working on this room. Let me mess around with chalks, paint and clay and I am happy.
    About your chair: as usual I pushed the send-button too quick; I have seen the embroidery and it is just fabulous.

  5. Dear Gee,
    What a wonderful storage room.
    During winter when the sky is grey it's nice to stay on the couch. With a cup of hot chocolate.
    Greetings Dorien

    1. Hi Dorien,
      Thanks for leaving a comment; I know..... a cup of hot chocolate with a twist :) yummie... but that is what kept me on the couch ;)

  6. Hallo Gee,

    A great collection. I like your ideas of what else you could add, a cat would be my first choice, considering there are already a few mice in residence! I think there still is room for more. The fence panels are lovely and it seems a waste not to use them!

    1. Hoi Idske,
      When the fences are in you really can't make out what is in the room, so it was a choice:
      showing the fence or what's in the room.
      If the fences aren't used in this room they will probably turn up in another one.
      Thanks for commenting and giving your opinion, I always appreciate that :).

  7. Gee, this room is spectacular! There is so much to take in and everything is top-notch. You really put a lot of thought into the details: the chalky floors, the distressed walls, the fresh earth on the vegetables...and then all those 'gorgeous little things' you have collected over time! It's all just sensational and I'm glad you got yourself off the couch and made it all happen :)

    Thanks also for the kind wishes!


    P.S. (I'm still trying to find the stabbed mouse..Eww)!

    1. Hi John!
      Wow! Thanks for your comment! If the room lends to it, I like it when there is a lot to be seen and no doubt more will follow.
      The stabbed mouse is hidden too well I think, I'll add a pic of it :)

      I've read the reactions on your blog, you are loved by many :)

  8. Hi Gee
    well done on such a great room. The shelves are perfect and I love the way you have piled every space high with bits and bobs. I also like the "broken" part of the wall with the brick showing through.
    Can't wait to see more
    Simon x

    1. Hello Simon,
      Thank you so much for your nice comment, this room kind of grows on me, I am sure more additions will follow :)

  9. Wow! I spent some pleasant minutes just looking and admiring all the wonderful pieces. A great storage display. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Glad you like it, Drora.
      Thanks for leaving such a nice comment!

  10. Hemeltje Gee, jullie zullen voorlopig niet verhongeren met zoveel proviand (of heette dat in vroeger tijden ook al weer ;))! Heerlijk om al die details te mogen bekijken, prachtig gedaan! Die muis is ook een leuke vinding, net als wat je zegt over dat muizenholletje of een kat er achter aan jagen, da's ook leuk!! Zoveel ideetjes nog, we zullen er vast nog meer van zien!?
    Fijn weekend. Liefs, Ilona

  11. Hoi Ilona,
    Dank je wel voor je leuke reaktie! De proviand is een beetje klein om de buiken hier te vullen en ik vermoed zomaar dat het ook niet echt smaakt ;).
    Inderdaad, zoveel ideeen en maar zo'n kleine ruimte :s
    jij ook een heel fijn weekend,

  12. Hello Gee,
    What an incredible room. Every detail is just wodnerful and your workmanship is stunning!...STUNNING! When I look at the pictures one thing pops into my mind "this looks exactly like my grandparents cold room" It feels exactly like I am walking in their home, that is how good your work is. I can't wait tos ee more.
    Big hug my friend,

    1. Dear Giac,
      That is an incredible compliment, thank you!
      I hope it brings back nothing but good memories.
      Big hug right back at ya,

  13. Hi Gee, just seen your new post.

    that is one very well stocked pantry! So many lovely little things, it is nice to spend time looking at all the details, and thanks to John I got a very clear picture of the stabbed mouse!! poor wee thing! hope he isn't destined for the cooking pot too!

    The whole room is beautifully done, I really like the floor and the damaged wall is a great detail! What a nice way to display those things you have been collecting for so many years!

    Andy xxx

    1. Hello Andy,
      thanks for your nice comment, you should have seen the amounts of food I ate while making it ;)
      I kinda like the stabbed mouse, don't know what that says about me LOL.
      Decorating a room like this finally tidies up my mini-stock.
      Thanks again,

  14. Que gran trabajo, es una escena fantastica.
    Me encanta cada uno de los detalles.
    besitos ascension

  15. ascensión gracias por tu comentario nice!