Sunday, 16 March 2014

All at Sea

I've had one of those weeks where I've been busy, really busy, and yet I don't have an awful lot to show for it. Yesterday I played around with some modern fabric on a mini chair



made a simple padbolt for the shed doors


Considering how small my miniatures are, I'm a little disturbed by the state of my kitchen/workshop this morning. One day I will post a picture of my room of shame --- later, when you know me better and won't judge me so much =0P
So this morning I did what any sane woman would do under the circumstances. I suggested to my husband that we go out for the day and ignore the housework.

We visited the Hartlepool Maritime Experience which recaptures an 18th century seaport.

HMS Trincomalee (built 1817)


The Captains cabin
First deck
The Chandlers on the Quayside
The Captains house
Sneaky Press Gang getting civilians drunk and dragging them onto the ships
The Tailors

Oh look, Debora's fish

They also have a museum which displays historical items. I just loved these



weird...

and miniatures!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Pepper =0)

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  1. I love that chair :) funny about the housework - mines the same now! Been thinking about going to Hartlepool Marine experience and now might go - looks good.

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    1. Ha-ha. I've never met a tidy miniaturist yet =0)

      The Marine experience is very cool. If you're ever visiting the North East, you HAVE to visit Beamish Open Air Museum too. =0)

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  2. The chair came out great! I really like they have the "people" in the museum. And last but not least minis?! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  3. Your chair is wonderful. What a great find that fabric was for someone who loves modern furniture.

    WOW!!!! Lucky you to have something so wonderful to visit. I love old ships. I heard London had a warm sunny day. I hope you did too. It looks like it was from those photos.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. It was a balmy 15 degrees...can you believe that? Spring at last! =0)

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  4. Your chair looks great but I really love the lock is it miniature? And what a fabulous museum, it really takes you back in time, and much better than housework!

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    1. Hi Margaret. Yes, the lock is miniature...just soldered brass and ANYTHING is better than housework ha-ha =0)

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  5. Merci beaucoup pour ces magnifiques photos!
    On se croirait vraiment à bord de ce bateau!
    Amicalement, Dominique

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    1. Merci Dominique. Je ne peux pas imaginer comment cela a dû être pour travailler sur ces navires. Les ponts étaient très peu
      O_o

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  6. me encanta esa tela , esa silla se ve fantastica
    no te preocupes por el deshorden de tu taller, tendrias que ver mi mesa del comedor
    me alegro de que salieras a dar un paseo y sobre todo que compartas esa maravilla de fotos , me encantan , gracias

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Gracias Mari. Me alegra que no soy el único que tiene un taller de este tipo desordenado.
      =0)

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  7. If this week I have to do housework I'll suggest the same to my husband, but I guess it won't work LOL!! This museum on the ship looks quite realistic, it really looks like if someone is back in the old times. Especially the dolls are quite lifelike, in museums they often are NOT ;). I can't wait to see the picture of your RL workroom/kitchen...... ;)!
    Your mini chair is wonderful, this fabric is very suitable for modern miniatures.
    I wish you a nice day!
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona. I try anything to get out of the house rather than doing the ironing =0)

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  8. I so know what feeling of wanting to go out to avoid a mess and housework. What fabulous exhibits.

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    1. I hear you Sister =0) You clean up and it just gets dirty again ha-ha ;0P

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  9. The modern fabric is great and very suitable to the lines of the cahir!
    Fabulous museum! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  10. Hi Pepper! You're quite right to ignore the housework! I do that all the time...... Looks like you had a great time at the museum, I'm always amazed to see how people used to live and work and think how easy we have life now!
    Heck, I remember Bayko! My Dad had some, not quite enough to build a house, but enough to have fun with.
    Your chair is spot on, I really like the design of the fabric, I could do with one of those in real life :-)
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Ha-ha. I actually wondered if you might have some Bayko. It reminds me of a mix of Lego and Mechano =0)

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  11. The chair is fantastic and I love the bolt...and it works! That is going to look great on the door. Making even the smallest things makes a terrible mess :D Been there, many times. I know whats beyond the edges of your photographs......... :D Thanks for sharing your day out photos, the rooms are fantastic, the jug and baskets one caught my eye. The mannequins are really well done. I will have to drag everybody out to the Folk and transport museum over here some day :D

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    1. Hi Sarah, I loved the Chandlers shop too. So much to take in. The place was stacked high with wares =0)

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  12. I didn't even see the dog! :D He's great!

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    1. He was quite freakishly realistic. At one point I did wonder if someone's pet had gate crashed the scene ;0)

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  13. I think you took those lovely photos just to tempt me into starting a new project! ;) That green/blue color in the Captain's house is calling my name.
    I really like your chair and pad lock catch but then, you are clever in every little thing you do! Looks like you had a lovely time, I need to drag my family on an outing like this as soon as there is time and the weather cooperates.

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    1. That was totally my intention Daphne. You really, REALLY need to use that green/blue colour in a new project ;0)
      It's nice to get out and about now that the weather is better

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  14. Hi Carol, your tiny padbolt caught my attention it really is perfect for your shed! The maritime photos are wonderful too i'm currently working on one of the Royal Navy's newest builds and it boggles the mind just to see how things have progressed from the 18th Century to present day, i still find timber built ships more interesting though than steel ones. Great Post :) Tony.

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    1. Thank you Tony. I too was amazed at the evolution of maritime engineering since then. It was quite restrictive walking around the ship. Barely 5ft between decks. I can't imagine what it would have been like to work and live like that

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  15. Hi Pepper, its really neat to see your trip to the seaport. And they had minis! Those are the best trips :)
    The chair is fabulous, I really like how you got the cushion to look a little lived in especially at the top. I enjoyed your progress on the shed last time and look forward to seeing the padlock on, it has a nice finish.
    Confession I am the worst at tidying my space; I'm always scared I'll vacuum up a miniature so I have to force myself to take time every couple weeks (eeep!) to make sure the floor is completely clear. :)

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    1. Hi Kristine,
      I think the chair cushion looks rumpled purely by accident. It's just the way it's curved into the frame. I so know where you're coming from with the housework..*looks for the vacuum cleaner* O~0

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  16. Very cool chair and love that mini bolt lock!

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    1. Thanks Art. Ooo kitty avatar. So sweet =0)

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  17. Lovely post! Your door lock is a great job. It will keep it well locked :) And thank you for the great pictures, looks like you had a fabulous day out. Intriguing to see how people used to live on a ship like that, for weeks on end… And so cool to see i crossed your mind back then, because of that strange fish :)))

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    1. We did have a wonderful day, thank you. My Hubby thought I was losing the plot when I pointed at the dolphin sculpture and said it belonged to you ha-ha =0)

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  18. Looks like a great museum, thanks for sharing the photos, must be some inspiration for people in those pics!! I like the chair you've made, looks like the one you can buy full sized in IKEA!! The lock is incredible, and I also love the wall paper pattern on your blog!!

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    1. Thanks Andy. The chair is inspired by an Ikea poang chair =0)

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  19. Me encantan las fotografías!. gracias por compartir
    Teresa

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  20. LOL@roomofshame XD no judging here! i LOVE that lock :O :O if not for the ruler, I wouldn't have thought it was mini. TBH i was wondering why you would post a photo of a lock XD XD XD

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