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Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Borrowers Home

I am planning the basement of my new dolls house to have a floor for The Borrowers, I loved the TV series as a child, and soon fell in love with the books by Mary Norton when I received it as a Primary School leaving present back in 1993! I think the Borrowers in Mary Norton's book were set in Victorian times, whereas my Borrowers will be set in modern time, therefore I have the fun of choosing unusual items for them from modern times - giving me scope for a whole host of new things for them to play with! Well, ok, for me to play with! LOL!

A little while ago I put together some of the pieces I had for my Borrowers and arranged them on a shelf in my bookcase. I thought I'd post a few pictures of them here, and add some new pictures of items I've more recently bought. I hope you like them!

Here's the room as I first laid it out, you can click on the pictures for a larger image. On the left you can see a pink heart-shaped tin filled with a few beads, buttons and christmas cracker toys I've kept from when I was a little girl. For some reason I was loathe to part with these things so I kept them in a little tin - I'm so glad I kept them now! In the middle you can see a trinket box with small perfume sample bottles, a metal beer bottle top, a plastic thimble and some Tudor Food I bought on ebay. I thought the 'steak' in the stew would resemble stewed garden worm!

In a little sack to the right of the middle trinket box is a small sack of parsnips, another ebay purchase, which resembles unearthed dandelion root, which is meant to be edible, and can be roasted up like potatoes. Next to that there is a Tealight Candle with a metalwine bottle top, the kind that holds the cork stopper in, which serves to hold the cooking pan (a camping cooking pan from ebay) over the fire. In front of that we have a plastic white egg cup from my kitchen, and a small trinket box with a plastic button holding a glass marble as an ornament.

Here you can see I added a black coffee jar lid as a table, standing on the white plastic egg cup. I now have the 'worm stew' and a couple of rolls of bread (both from ebay) on top. You can now see my Kinder Surprise Turtle I've had since primary school, and a little plastic yellow bed bug from a board game I can't remember! I thought these would make nice ornaments! You can also see an open compact mirror, which will make a nice dressing table if I can think of a way to prop it up. I'd also like to have some kind of a mantlepiece for displaying the ornaments, but I haven't thought of one yet. Unless I just put up a shelf of some kind for that.

In my next post I'll show you some of the new items I've been buying for my Borrowers! Any suggestions or ideas are very welcome! :)

1 comment:

  1. I love all the items you have collected so far. The best thing about a borrowers house is that you can use so many things you find- this is going to be such an awesome project! I'm gonna be keeping my eyes open for ideas for you!


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