Saturday, 30 November 2013

The future's's pink! A cabin and stuff update!

I have been quiet as we have been busy, mainly house and garden stuff! :O) I've had delays with the interior of the cabin being painted due to the workmen using it to keep their tools and kit dry. Also, we've had all the paths, patio and ramp done too. There is still lots more to be done, but at least we have the basic shape and layout in the garden now. ;o) 

Firstly, the cabin has taken on a hue of pinkness! lol The paint shown here is not dried and it does infact dry a lighter shade. It's not finished as you can see, but we can resume work on it now the workmen have vacated it and will now start on the other bathroom this week. Also some new windows, 2 sets of French doors, a front door are being fitted this week too. 
Half of the cabin interior has been painted. The ceiling, doors and window frames all need to be painted. The window frames will be painted the same as the doors...Farrow's Cream.  
The flooring has now been laid (it was supposed to be painted before being laid, but that decision what not mine and plans changed, I have enormous tarpaulin sheets and masking tape to protect it though) and was a good deal dirtier than this today! Horrid wet and grey weather in Norfolk. :o(  
The box in the back of the shot shows my new fire for the cabin. It has 3 wattage settings, has a timer and a frost free setting too. It's powerful, I saw a review where an owner heated his 20 foot by 12 foot conservatory with it, and was cosy warm and quickly, so that's great for me! :o) 

The square pieces of wood on the side wall, will be (or have been now) painted pink, my Dad wasn't sure what colour I wanted them! lol :OP
Good Lordy, the old mattress's from the day bed are in here till they go back into the day room!
 It's a soft shade of pink, not in your face. I think if it was, it would grind rather! lol  
I will be glad to reclaim my cabin for me! Not full of everyone else's stuff! lol  
The path's being built. We had 4 ton of crushed brick delivered for the base as it needed to be higher.  
 The builders site in our back garden! lol 
Getting there....and taking shape.

 The crushed bricks go in....
 The ramp down to the lawn is going in....
My little side garden, lined with two railway sleepers. 
This side of the garden still has a lot of work to be done on it. The greenhouse will be going soon, my Dad's new mini me shed is in situ, he's a happy man! 

The path and patio nearly done....The garden seat in now up the back fence and in front of a small flower bed (to will have a tree in it), I forgot to take a photo showing it there! :oP 
The brindle's edging the paths and ramp. 
The posts for the rose pergola/arbour. The posts were originally not going to be attached to the front of the cabin, they were going to be further out into the flower bed and buried in cement. However the cabin doors couldn't be hooked back to the stays, so we had to move them. 
Getting there, still very hard looking. No trees, shrubs, plants....yet!  The water won't run off the path and into the cabin, there's a void underneath the cabin threshold where it will run down into and onto the flowerbed. :o)  
 My garden outside my cabin. We need to have a very large load of top soil to build up the beds.
Ta da! The paths and ramp done!

The posts on the cabin have been painted the same colour and will be painted the top coat in the spring. 

The planks of spare cabin pieces on top of the pergola, aren't staying there, unsure why they are there...but! lol I'm having small guttering at the front of the cabin with a small water-butt on the otherside, there is a fair amount of rain that comes off that roof when it rains.  
 Getting tidier.
 Lots to be removed, another skip is coming soon. I think we've had 3 so far!
This side of the garden will change. The lawn will go here with very deep flower beds (one will be 5 feet the other some 8-10 feet.)
The slabs here will be removed and the base of the greenhouse broken up so a lawn can be laid.

Now for cabin stuff!

This is reusable silica I bought to help the cabin stay dry and damp free, this bag contains 2 kg. It turns green when it needs to be regenerated in an oven or microwave. I plan to have 2 bowls in my cabin...hidden somewhere. :o)
Some bits and pieces for cabin decoration! The larger bird house will go outside. I will paint that. The other pieces I will paint and add decoupage.
Some more pieces. The fancy cut pieces, some were for my bathroom cabinets and doors.
A few of the scrap booking pages I bought for covering small wooden storage boxes as well as much bigger boxes that will go under my work and display tables.

Once all the ceiling and wall painting is complete, the electrician will fit a consumer box in my cabin, a long with my 2 retro looking runs of spotlights and some of the plug sockets. I'm having my overhead spotlights lights on a dimmer switch as they give off 400 watts of lights between them and with my desk daylight lamps, well, I don't want my cabin visible from space! lol :oP

I have decided on the 6 projects to start or resume work on. 

They will be:
Mrs Puddifoot's Tea shop
Flourish & Blotts
Weasley Wizard Wheeses
Slug & Jiggers 
Winter Cabin - Father Christmas (**late edit**)
Sugar Plums Sweet**

I have completed more work on my tiny 1/48th retro caravan, but I will show that another time. One of my new projects is a **1/12th scale of a late 1950's British beach and Pier scene. It will be an l-shape with  a pier shop, a bandstand and lots and lots of activity! I have bought supplies for it and a few mini's so's not an easy project to do, one very kind friend has made me a wonderful item...a fortune teller in a box! :o)) 

More soon! 

I hope you don’t mind my ramblings and madness! :o))

Michelle xxxx 


  1. Michelle, the Garden has come on in leaps and bounds. What a lovely job they've made of it, so far. Will be so much easier for you to move about.
    Lots of lovely scrapbook stash, I've got the same papers..Have fun with it.
    Looking forward to seeing you start on your Mini projects once again..x

    1. Hi Debbie,

      The garden has changed so much! Today I ordered the roses for the pergola and my cabin's gardens...all from David Austin, all smell of course! lol

      The garden is a lot easier to get around now and I can't wait to get it planted up!

      I've ordered a few sets, not loads, but enough for what I want to use them for. ;o))

      Michelle xx

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    1. Glad you like it so far Chelle. :o)

      Michelle xx

  3. It looks amazing Michelle!!! And I love the plans for the garden.

    1. It's getting there...just everything to do! lol The cabin is painted on the inside now....well it needs a second coat.

      Making plans for what plants we want. The garden has a colour scheme, pinks, blues, lilac's white's and greens. :o))

  4. It looks like it is going to be an amazing space indeed. The garden is coming along a treat. Will look forward to seeing it in its glory in the spring! Some great projects planned as well.

    1. Hello Muriel,

      Oh I can't wait to move into the cabin! It shouldn't be too long now...a couple of weeks hopefully! The garden is all very bare at the moment, but this is the 3rd garden we've created from we are used to it, and we prefer a blank canvas. ;o)

  5. Totally amazing, Michelle! I've been watching the transformation from the very beginning and am spellbound by the progress. You definitely know what you are doing. Thank you so much for sharing with those of us around the world. It feels like I've been there each step of the way. Sorry about the weather. That does have a way of putting a damper on things. However, it does appear that you have worked around it and accomplished so much in such a short period of time. I, too, will be awaiting spring to see what loveliness appears. Happy holidays to you and yours. Blessings of the season.

    1. Hello there! (sorry I couldn't find your name.. :o( )

      Aww thank you! I am so hugely excited about moving in there I have a lot of my work/display tables already and some I hope to resume work on my beloved mini hobby soon! ;o) During snowy weather probably! lol

      I see you have your very own work cabin too in the most wondrous setting, oh lucky you! :o))

      Painting will resume on the interior of the cabin tomorrow...its second coat. We are just waiting to hear when the electrician can come and complete the necessary work.The silica though, is doing a fabulous job at keeping everything out there dry and damp free. :O))

      It's the great British weather....not! lol! I should have moved here in June, alas, it didn't quite work out that way! So, the building of the cabin and doing the ground work has been harder to do.

      I'm going to order 5 more David Austin roses this week. They are all bare rooted so I want the delivery of them staggered. ;o))

      Wishing you and yours every good wish too!
      Michelle ;o))