Monday, January 25, 2016

"Penny Lane" English Cottage

 Hi everyone I finally have started to build more houses after a busy summer and holiday season.  This house I am naming after my twin sister Penny.  "Penny  Lane English Cottage "  I spent about 2 week working on building this house and I guess I just finished in time since the day I finished it the 2016 Miniature Show application just came in the mail.  So I need to step up my game and start building more houses for the upcoming miniature sales show.  I spent 1 solid day just creating each stone for the exterior of the cottage and then 1 day and about 10 hours mortaring each paper stone onto the cottage.  On this cottage I did something a little different and plastered the interior walls of the home and then aged them to give it a really old look.  I also keep trying to create or try something new on each of my houses, and on this house to create the Thatched Roof look I really did something different.  I used Animal Fur-fake of course.  Then lots of glue and mojpoj to harden the fur.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  My daughter took some pictures of me by the cottage to show the size.  Have a Fantastic Month Everyone!   Stan 

I think this is my favorite part of the house, the old barn entry area with the pigs lounging around. 

 I wanted to go for a really old garden looking cottage when I did the landscaping and decided to also have lots of green and red and flecks of yellow in the thatched rood to make it more colorful, and to make it look really old. 

Me hammering down the nails on the inside floor for the electrical system. 

The look of the thatched roof before I decided to add the foliage colors of red yellow and green.  It was just to boring of a thatched roof with all the bright greenery of the landscaping.  I think it looks much better with the extra colors compared to this picture.

This is what the thatched roof looks like once I dumped a couple of pounds of glue on the rood to harden the fake fur. 

Here are some pictures of what the fake animal fur looks like before I glued it down. 

Very Hairy!!!! 

Very, Very Hairy, but I sort of liked the look at this point.

Pictures of the interior Plastered Walls I did for this house.  I really enjoyed plastering the inside walls which was fun and quicker than I thought it would be. 

All this interior beams of the cottage.


  1. Great house and pretty garden around.:)

  2. The faux-fur technique is very cool. I will add that one to my miniature bucket list. Great looking project and photos.

  3. Un cottage impresionante!! Me encanta la estructura,el exterior tan lleno de plantas y follaje y la decoración interior es perfecta! Gran trabajo!!1

  4. Hi Stan, another fantastic house! But I would expect nothing but perfection from you :) All of your projects really hit home with me for some reason, maybe I am just a romantic - who knows? I love, love, love the fake fur thatch, ingenious! The whole house is just marvelous. I'm dying to get more previews of the other houses you will produce for the show. :) Wonderful, wonderful work.
    All the best

  5. Hello Stan,
    Once again, you created a wonderful cottage that feels so warm and inviting. The finishes you achieve are just spectacular and look so good and realistic. Fantastic work!
    Enjoy getting ready for the show.
    Big hug

  6. Hi Stan! This is a very unusual cottage with the fur for the roof and the pigs in the shed! But I think it really works and looks fantastic! You are brave to try some new techniques with each house... I guess that way you can learn which ones work best for you! I like the very rustic feel of this house... as though it was from a hundred years ago and nothing new was added! Keep up the great work!

  7. You have created another Outstanding work with "PENNY LANE". I love the pigs in the shed and the way that you have so effectively connected the two structures together and united them with a Really Pretty Garden!!!
    Beautiful Work all around Stan! :D


  8. Ilobe the house! Gorgeous plaster work inside the walls and roof. I love how your builds always feel like they're actually lived it. The realism is exquisite! The thatched roof and gardens are amazing

  9. I really like your new decorative designs! it's beautiful so much and good idea on site.