Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Some progress

I don't think I've ever faffed about with a property as much as I've faffed about with this one.   I had an idea of where I was going with it then I really got into the research which threw up all sorts of different ideas, each one better/different from the last which resulted in me not being able to make up my mind!

I would go into the hobby room and move cardboard around (or at least that's what it felt like) with no progress of any note being made.

There's been a lot of "I want this but can't do it until I do that" and "if I do this, then I can't do that" and on it went.

Another factor delaying the progression of this was my sister Valerie.   Valerie suggested I watch Monarch of the Glen which was filmed here Ardverikie.   I hadn't watched the programme when it was shown but I trusted her judgement and duly ordered the series.    I have therefore been spending my time doing "research" and it has thrown up all sorts of other exterior ideas so really I'm no further forward!

Here, nothing is fixed, just all propped up.   Do I go with an additional oriel window?

How about a squared off bay?   The picture I'm using for inspiration here is Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott.

I definitely wanted crow stepped gables

At last, at least one decision has been made and I'm stoning the walls using Bromley Craft Products  stencil and compound and I'm going with the squared off bay (I think!)


  1. Squared off bay for sure - it should all be angular methinks. The crow-stepped gables absolutely makes it. Terrific as always, Irene. Marilyn

  2. I bet an Abbotsford tower gets added .....

  3. Hi Irene! I feel your pain! I take up another project whenever I can't decide about something.... which explains a lot about my many unfinished projects! LOL! At least your research is all for the one project! I am sure you will eventually narrow down the options and know just what you want! The rock work looks great so far! I am still re-thinking the exterior for my Castle dollhouse... and even the interior! LOL! So I do love to see good stone work in progress! I look forward to seeing more!

  4. Oh Irene, how exciting!! I used to love Monarch of the Glen, that must have been 20 odd years ago now!? And Abbotsford is the perfect inspiration.
    I know you've done a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but you have to,admi, it is sometimes the best bit ;-)
    Great to see such super progress, despite your misgivings, there is a real feel to this project and I can't wait to see more.

  5. Hi Irene. The stencil stone looks fantastic and is definitely a great starting point. I am sure that the ideas will crystalise as you go along. Don't stress over making the decisions - there is no hurry!