As a final piece of work we had to produce an heirloom using many of the techniques we had used during the course such as embroidery, paint effects, ageing and distressing paper, wood and fabric. I decided on a doll house but one with a difference as it was to be a shop and this shop would be a replica of John's grandfather's shop he owned in Histon, Cambridgeshire in the early 1900s named J.T. Marshall - General Stores and Tobacconist.
I bought the house which I had to put together and paint, tile the roof, added chimney pots, plastic windows with adverts on, put up shelves and skirting boards, laid fake linoleum to the floors, lighting and so on and so forth. It was fun and I spent many hours and many pennies furnishing the shop area with suitable pieces to scale.
I tried to replicate it as much as I could from this one photo
It was very fiddly trying to put all the groceries out on show.
I made all the fruit and bread with a polymer clay
and also all the sacks and carrier bags from paper and linen
as well as the shop sign and adverts for the windows
After my coursework and the house/shop project was completed (which I passed) it went up into our loft. I didn't have time to complete the house part as I was going on to do my History degree and simply didn't have the time.
So, what to do with this now you may ask. Well my three youngest grandchildren who carry on the family name aged 8, 5 and 2 years old have just taken possession of their great, great grandfather's shop together with a potted history of his life.
It was a picture on Christmas afternoon to see their faces when I uncovered it -
and a delight to know it will remain in the family for the foreseeable future.
Have you got any heirlooms to pass down to future generations?
Have a good week.