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Decorating the gazebo: Part 2 by Little Sun and Sherpa

August 25th, 2010

While Sherpa was building the gazebo, I was dreaming of flowers and creating a beautiful place to rest after a long, hard day’s work!  Surfing the Internet gave me lots of inspiration and ideas about how to decorate the gazebo once it was completed.

The many flowers and plants surrounding the gazebo are made with Cerro porcelain.  Some of them were attached to the gazebo early on in the project, which is not always a good thing!  Sherpa did try working around them, but it wasn’t always easy when his sleeve kept getting caught on them – luckily the porcelain doesn’t break easily!

I wanted to put a square lawn under the gazebo, so we put it on eight pegs to raise it and added some stairs up to the entrance.  We took a piece of triplex, sized 49cm by 49cm, and put the grass on it leaving an open space in the middle, as grass can not grow underneath a gazebo!  We filled this space with tacky glue and old coffee to make it look like soil.

I then added a little bird house and the left over coffee stirrers Sherpa used for the gazebo roof made lovely shingles!  All of the furniture in the gazebo is made from wicker.  It took a while to learn how to do it and to find the best material to use, but it all worked out quite nicely – I’m particularly proud of the swing!

As the gazebo should be a tranquil place, I decided that there shouldn’t be too much light but thought a few oil lamps would be very peaceful.  The electric wires from the oil lamps have been hidden by the plants and flowers.  The sound of water is also very relaxing, so I added a little spring to the lawn outside the gazebo.  The base is made from the lid of a peanut butter jar and the sides of the lid have been disguised with the rest of the coffee stirrers.

Meanwhile, the number of flowers and plants on the outside of the gazebo is growing.  I do a lot of chatting online on the Duch Dollhouse Forum, where the ladies are always asking me to make more flowers – every flower is challenge but its so much fun I don’t mind!

The beautiful doll was made for me by Angelique Hoekstra and since I wanted it to be a Strawberry Gazebo, she dressed the doll in red and white.  There is also a strawberry knitted doll and strawberry china on the table to continue the theme.

We know that the gazebo will never be completely finished.  There are already 40 different plants and flowers surrounding it, but I’ll continue to add to them – I suppose that’s just the nature of the hobby!

Little Sun and Sherpa

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