Saturday, 11 May 2013

Old Music Room renovated into Ballroom, Birthday Presents and Montreal Mini Show

Hello my dear friends.

I hope you are all well. There are no words to thank you for all your support and kindness last post. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I still feel exhausted, but I am getting better and the family is healing. Thank you all so, so much. I really appreciate it and hope I can return the favor one day. Luckily I had your blogs and my manor to take my mind off of things ...thank goodness for miniatures and wonderful people! So without further ado, here is the renovated Music Room:

New music room, or Ballroom
 
Before I go on with the new room, here is a look at the old one:
 

Old Music Room

 
 There were many things I did not like about the room: The marble center of the floor looked like paint; the thin diagonal wood slates looked wrong next to the thick slates around the room; the wallpaper was so busy that the chair rail  did not stand out and the furniture was kind of lost in the room; overall the room did not have the grace and elegance I wanted it to have.

The first step was redoing the floor. I pulled out the old one and created a design inspired by the ballroom in the Peterhof Palace.
Ballroom Floor installed

The hardest and most time consuming part was the medallion design. I drew out the design on graph paper and made a lot of photocopies. First I cut out each piece of paper, then used it to cut each individual piece on the iron on wood strips. I only use the paper template pieces once because each cut can change the piece and this will make it difficult for the pattern to match up. It took me about 8 hours to make each medallion because every piece had to be adjusted just a little.

Large Medallion
 
 In the center of the room I thought it would be nice to have a D for Dewell. I took out a calligraphy book and just cut the sections of the D and the filler pieces. It went well, but I still managed to swear like a trucker.
"D"ewell Medallion
 
 In the next picture you can see I started with the medallions, then the triangle borders, and finally I filled in the sections.
 
 Once done, I went over with a hot iron to make sure they were well attached, sanded, and covered the floor with 2 coats of shellac. Since the columns and fireplace were glued to the wall of the room I had to bend the floor and slip it under those details. I managed this by going over the back of the illustration board subfloor with a utility knife very lightly, just enough to make it bend gently so I could get it into place. I glued it down with carpenters glue and super glue and weighed it down overnight with books and weights. And here is the finished floor before installation

Finished Floor

 

 The next update was wainscot. I wanted wainscot to break the busy wallpaper pattern. I cut illustration board to fill each wall section and then decided to paint peacocks, and idea inspired by the famous Peacock Room.


After I primed and painted the illustration board pieces, I cut out the squares for the paneling. I took thin cardboard and painted it blue (I used Victorian Blue by Americana Paints. I painted both sides of the cardboard so it would not buckle. When dry I glued it to the illustration board and I painted the peacocks with  Gold paint from Delta Ceramcoat. The bodies of the peacocks were made with a toothpick and I just stamped on the gold dots. I used a 15\0 paint brush for the rest. First I painted the wings, then I painted long lines for the tail, and finally I filled the space between the tail lines to look like feathers. I basically looked and pictures of the Peacock Room and tried to mimic the design. If that is not clear let me know and I will explain with pictures in my next post.


Above are all the wall section for the music room. I made sure the peacocks were not too big because I added a trim molding in the panels that I painted gold before installation. I also painted the baseboards for the room.


Here was a test to see the baseboards and chair rail on the panels. I loved it! The music room turned into a small ballroom ;)


I was happy I had an extra column leftover because it would of been very difficult to cut around the column base without it.

Ballroom peacock panels installed

And here is the installed wainscot. I think it really made the room grand



 Because it would of been very hard to cut illustration board around the gorgeous Sue Cook fireplace, I simply painted the wallpaper around it. The last update was the corner columns. I had 3 columns with caryatides in the center of the room and left the 4 columns in the corners simple because I planned to but busts of artist on top. With the new grander design of the room it looked wrong so I made more caryatides from Super Sculpy. I am not a great carver by any means and I only had needles and old nails as tools, but they give the illusion I was looking for and was happy with the effect:  They Were marbled using light gray as a base coat, 2 coats of sponged on off white, one coat of sponged on white, and veined using light grey.  
 
caryatides
 
 The architectural details were done, next came the drapes. It took so much longer then I thought.  I started by pleating my fabric using the Pretty Pleater. For this, and shaping the drapes, I followed Ray's drapery instructions. The one difference is that I glued the drapes onto illustration board to make sure they never move.
Curtains back, front and veil

Above you can see the illustration board backing on the left, the front of the drapes in the center, and the pleated veil on the right. The top of the drapes was made by stretching the silk fabric over illustration board cut out to the shape I wanted

Curtain construction

The details above show you the steps for making curtain details: illustration board cut out, covered front, the back where you can see where the edges were glued, next you see the trim detail I used glued on the back, and the finished piece. I used Carpenters Pick Ultimate glue and gel super glue to made the draped. And here are the installed drapes.


I can confirm I do not love making window treatments. I think the rest of the Manor curtains just got simpler. And finally, filling the room with furniture...
 
Finished Ballroom, missing a few chairs

I hooked up the Versailles chandeliers from the Getzans just for the pictures. I will install them permanently once all the house sections ares finished and will not need to be moved

Ballroom South wall

I also put in less furniture. I wanted it to feel more like a ballroom .

Ballroom North wall
 

 You might notice a gap between the wall and the ogee at the top of the room. I want to hang art from chains and the chains will be attached behind the ogee. I also plan on purchasing 2 or 4 more chairs that match the furniture to go around the room. And that is another complete room. I hope it was worth the wait! And here is what is next on my list:


 Library in need of floor and wainscot

You may remember a while ago that the red velvet carpet I put down in the Library came up. I will be making another wood floor with black detailing in it and I want to add mahogany wainscot around the room

Art Gallery

 
Here is the art gallery. At the back of the room is the grand staircase foyer. Above the foyer is the only wasted space in the Manor so I am thinking of adding a dome over it. Either I will add a glass dome like in Buckingham palace with lights behind it or a dome with a painting of a Hell Mouth like in Burley House. Both options would have a chandeliers hanging from the center.
 
Bedroom hall, future second Library
 



The last room I want to update is the bedroom Hall. You can only see this room through 3 doorways. Originally I was going to leave it as a hall but it measures 15 inches by 31 inches so I decided to turn it into a second Library.  Once these projects are done I will move tot he exterior. I am putting it off until I know what is happening with my job. The exterior will mean a lot of lumber and I do not want to go into big expenses right now.

Last week was my birthday which means I got more minis and ate way too much cheesecake. My family knows what I want most is to finish buying the chandeliers for the Manor. Jo got both families together and once again I was spoiled with 2 beautiful Getzan fixtures...did I mention how much I LOVE Getzan fixtures:
Getzan chandeliers: sonata and Carlton

The Sonata on the left is for the Entrance of the Manor and the Carlton on the Right is for the Art Gallery. In April I attended the Montreal Miniature Show and purchased some wonderful items:



 
Silver by Greg Matusovsky. The picture does not do his incredible work justice


 
Silver Tea Caddy, mushroom basket and berry basket were purchased from Martha Mclean

The perfume bottle, jewelry stand and fantastic punch bowl are from Julie Dewar at http://westwindsminiatures.com/shop/, she made my incredible Imperial Blossom dish set for the Chinese Tea Room
 
Before the show Julie and Martha were able to come and pay me a visit. It was wonderful to have them over and I had a really great time. The picture below is of the beautiful presents they brought me and the wonderful painting in the back is a giveaway prize from Liduina at Miniature House. Once again my pictures do not do these wonderful miniatures justice! The painting is going in the Music Room!





And that my friends is all for this time. I apologize for such a long post. It has been a while and I promise I will try not to wait so long for the next one. I like to post when a room is finished, but my rooms are becoming just a bit more detailed then they used to be so thank you for your patience.

Once again, I cannot thank you all enough for following my blog and for all the wonderful and caring comments you always leave me. I am always touched by your kindness my friends. I wish you all the best for the weeks to come and send you all a great big bear hug! My followers are the best!

Love

Giac







117 comments:

  1. I'm in awe. I love the floor. I will have to experiment with some iron on wood strips if I can track some down in New Zealand. I've tried a simple floor unsuccessfully with thin veneer. And while window treatments may not be your favourite thing, the end result is so worth the time and effort. Beautiful.

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  2. Giac, I love changes you made! The floor is gorgeous, and the paneling ties the whole space together. I can't believe that you even found time to make curtains! I've only managed to cover 1 window in a decade of working on my house, so you are light years ahead of me!

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  3. Oh my...the floor is beautiful!!!!! It must have been so much work, but the room does deserve such a beautiful floor! And I love the painted peacocks!!! Congratulations with you birthday, you've received some really lovely miniatures!

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  4. Giac, as always your work is beautiful. The floor in particular is mind blowing. You always give so much care and attention to detail. Celia

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  5. Hello Giac,

    Glad to read that it`s slightly better with you and the family. Our hobby indeed gives good distraction to forget everything around us for a little time. Congratulations with your birthday. Lovely gift you`ve had from the family. Astonished, I looked at the refurbished music room that looks great. You are a true artist and incredible what you all can make. I again enjoyed your work and wonderful (silver) miniatures

    I wish you a nice Sunday and greetings,


    Xandra

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  6. Hello Giac, first of all I would like to congratulate you on your birthday and all the lovely presents you received. I am so glad to hear you and you family are feeling better now.
    The music room leaves me breathless, to be honest. I have never seen a wooden floor so intricate and beautiful. And everything else in the room is just splendid. I You did so much work on your house but the result is magnificent. Thank you so much for showing your progress.
    Hugs, Liduina.

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  7. The floor is beautiful! Your house is absolutely amashing.

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  8. Добрый день, Giac! Присоединяюсь к поздравлениям с днем рождения! Ваша музыкальная комната восхитительна! Благодарю Вас за Ваш талант!
    Тамара.

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  9. You must be one of the most patient people there are,
    8 hours to each medallion, impressive. I also like your original floor, but I also see the difference it makes. It is beautiful without taking focus away from everything else.
    Your illustration board are elegant and brilliant. The blue and gold is doing something totally amazing.
    Beautifully ceiling and the pillars gives the whole room so much character. Your curtains are wonderful. The whole space is so historically elegant.

    Beautiful beautiful chandeliers and exciting purchases you've made.
    Giac you are an extremely sweet and nice person, therefore we are caring. I hope things also go well on the work front.
    Hugs and many thoughts
    Wyrna

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  10. Oh, the room is so beautiful that I totally enjoy it. Love all the work you've done. You are incredibly good at crafts of all kinds.
    I am full of admiration!

    Hug from Lil on Lilsdolls

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  11. Stunning, stunning work, the new floor is just absolutely fantastic, I love the peacock wainscoting. The darker blue drapes really makes the decor pop, you have done an excellent job on the remodel.

    Happy birthday and I am glad it is going better with you now, it does take time to get used to having loved ones gone, after five years I still sometimes miss my mom in law, we had a lot in common and I can never look at blue and white porcelain and cactuses without thinking of her. But is good to remember the good times and laughter we shared.

    Go well my friend
    Elga

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  12. Hello Giac!
    This new post of yours is inspired!
    The changes you have made to your Music Room are wonderful. The room was lovely before, but the new floor and the peacock panels take the space to higher level. The end result with the drapery and chandeliers and furnishings is stunning!
    Can't wait to see the changes to the library.......and the gorgeous floor you will create!
    Good thoughts and a big hug from Ray

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  13. Ik ben blij dat het beter gaat en.... ik ben sprakeloos... zo mooi.

    Mijn complimenten. groet Willy

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  14. Hello Giac , mais j'ai envie de te dire que tu est fou !! mais je suis en total admiration devant tes parquets , c'est un puzzle digne d'un grand !Le changement valait vraiment le coup , génial .
    Je n'avais pas lu ton dernier post , toute ma sympathie pour cette douleur par laquelle nous sommes tous amené un jour à vivre un deuil dans notre famille.
    J'attends avec impatience ta nouvelle "folie miniature"

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  15. I cannot tell the admiration of the work I have for you in words.
    Healing takes some time and while God puts us through testing times He is the one who gives us courage and strength never the less.
    I wish that my parents were alive so I could send your blog link to them. My father really was into miniature rooms , furniture etc.
    The blog post was worth the wait.

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  16. What an incredible floor! The renovated Music Room is outstanding. The Hall will make a beautiful library, too!

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  17. Ciao Giac, stupendo il lavoro che hai operato sulla stanza della Musica! Il pavimento è minuziosamente perfetto e anche se il lavoro è stato lungo ne è valsa la pena. L'arredamento è squisitamente elegante. Attendo i nuovi progressi sulla biblioteca che già mi piace molto!Un abbraccio, Manu

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  18. One day I will figure out how to shrink myself and I will move into your house! ;-)
    Hugs,
    Christine

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  19. I just love, love, love your new floor! Amazing! You must have put so much patience and work in it! The result is beautiful! The room is looking much better with all the changes.:)
    Big hug
    Ewa

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  20. I am, as always, impressed by your work.
    Your new soil has become so beautiful, just like the rest
    A wonderfully warm room.

    LG Alexandra

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  21. WOW Giac, the Music room looks stunning. The floor is outstanding. It all looks as grand as any Manor house I've ever visited. Fantastic as always!

    Oh and a belated Happy Birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day
    =0) x

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  22. La renovación ha quedado impresionante, el detalle del suelo es una verdadera maravilla, me encanta.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda.

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  23. Dear Giac,
    What a masterpiece Giac. That floor looks amazing! The marble and the peacocks .... all the things are beautiful.
    I did congratulate you on my blog because I didn't know how to do by blog.
    I'm glad you're feeling a little better.
    As I wrote some time ago....I wished you were living next door so I could ask you for advise.
    Big hugs Dorien

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  24. Stunning makeover in the music room, those chandeliers are knockouts! Greg Matusovsky's work is incredible, I picked some up in Chicago this year too, but Iwanted everything on his table :)

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  25. So you're swearing like a trucker - I am known for cursing in Old Babylonic... *grin* My, Giac, this was again breathtaking... everything you've shown and everything you did is simply awesome. The changes you've done to the music room were worth every effort, that floor!!! What a lot of work - but the result! Impressive! You must be one of the most patient persons ever. The peacocks are wonderful, I really had expected them to be embossed with embossing powder, the really look as if. Beautiful, I really would like to come and listen to a piano concert in that gorgeous room! - I'm glad to hear that things are calming down a little bit for you... take good care of yourself and do yourself something good whenever you can - working on your Manor for example... ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  26. Absolutely FANTASTIC job! Each and every detail, I love everything! I'm dolling here, wow!

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  27. Hello Giac,

    Belated Happy Birthday, dear friend! I am so glad that you are feeling a little better and that your family is also.

    The Music Room is wonderful, from the fabulous floor to the dramatic draperies!! Having been lucky enough to see the Manor "up close & personal" when Martha and I visited you and Jo before the Montreal Show, I can only say that your excellent pictures do not do it justice! It is a tour de force…Beautiful to look at and beautifully crafted, filled with so many little treasures that reflect your artistry and passion for miniatures.

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us!
    Cheers,
    Julie




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  28. Has hecho un trabajo de rehabilitación increible. Ha quedado precioso. ¡Me encanta!.
    El suelo es una pasada.

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  29. Quel travail exceptionnel!!! J'aime beaucoup les changements apportés à cette pièce. Le parquet est merveilleux. J'admire votre travail.
    Geneviève

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  30. Ah yes, grand indeed! I REALLY love it all, you have done a fabulous job---

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  31. The music rooms wonderful re-do is fabulous. I love the beautiful medallion floor. The peacock panels and those drapes are perfect together. You are a very talented artist! Congratulations on all your new miniatures. Each lovely piece deserves to live in your beautiful house.

    I am afraid I somehow missed your last post Giac. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your godfather. I am also sorry to hear that your mother has been so ill. You are in my thoughts.

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  32. Wow Giac I am sitting here drooling over your stunning music room. The floor is magnificent. I love the peacocks. I am happy that you are feeling a little better :) Belated Happy Birthday to you from a very big admirer. The miniatures you bought are all beautiful. Congratulations on your win I was also lucky enough to win a painting.
    Hugs Maria

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  33. Hi Giac! The changes you have brought to this room make all the difference in the world. The wall panels and those amazing peacocks combined with the wallpaper create a certain harmony which makes the room relaxing. Your drapes are simply beautiful and harmonize well with the wallpaper as does the fabric on your chairs. I absolutely adore the gold you have added to the woodwork. It adds a touch of originality and uniqueness to the overall look of the room. As for your floor, it's gorgeous! Are you sure you want people dancing on it? I almost forgot to mention your sculptures. They add a certain timelessness to the room. I love them. I admire your patience and discipline. But I think the result you have achieved was well worth it. I look forward to what is to come.

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  34. Absolutely wonderful work in the music-room, the floor is stunning! ..and the peacocks are so beautiful and I really adore your drapes. Love the atmosphere in the room!
    Your Art Gallery is wonderful with the details, I could go there sit in peace and enjoy it all!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  35. o good Lord...how beautiful the room became!!! Awesome and perfect! There is so much to learn through your posts, the detailed descriptions, the processes ...thank you ever so much for sharing all that! What i also love is " reading between the lines" how much time and effort all this means! Can't thank you enough for letting us take part in your building-adventures! Take care, stay well! Thank you also for all kind comments on my blog, always so nice ! Best greetings, Anne

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  36. Wow! Giac, you are SO Right! It is Waaaay better... although at the time I could not image that! It is a Ballroom! It is STUNNING! The floor is Magnificent! Maybe I will have to try this iron on flooring for my next fancy floor project... hmm.. probably not until I am done with the Tree House... the Castle... Well Eventually I will try it!! You are so inspiring the way you create these GRAND rooms! And to have the courage to look at what you have done and go back and make it even better.... that is the sign of an Artist at work! You know what you are hoping to make happen and you keep going until it gets there! Your curtains are also works of art... I really appreciate all the info about the glue and the techniques you used! But I think I like the addition of the painted Peacocks the best of all! They are all so unique and spirited in their design... no two the same! And they do give a weightier balance to the walls... if you know what I mean! When are you holding the Inaugural Ball.... and can I come? I will sew the best Party Dress I can... I can almost hear the strains of a waltz coming from the piano even now......
    MAGNIFICENT Work!!!
    (I am glad you are feeling better and still building!)
    And Happy Birthday!!!

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  37. Fantastic your work! Eight hours each medallion? You have my admiration. The room is beautiful, in my favorite colors. I love the lamps and curtains.
    I'm glad that you're feeling better and Happy Birthday.
    A big hug

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  38. Hi Giac, first of all: Happy Birthday! And so good to read from you again. But no worries if/when it takes time, we'll be here and your posts are always very much worth the wait (and a pleasure to read, no matter how long, can't be long enough for me with how and what you write)! I LOVE what you've done with the music room. It looked very good before, but now it's amazing! You've managed to give it what it needed so well, it's very balanced, elegant and .. well, everything it should be! The floor left me with my jaw dropped, I can imagine that was quite the job, but you did a great one! And the peacocks, so beautiful... The chandeliers complement it all so well, just perfect. And then everything else you've done, too much to mention. I really hope you can keep your job by the way, I'll keep my fingers crossed! And all the best with dealing with your grief. Although it's a bit better now, it will still be (for a while) a very sad time for you and your family. Bye Giac, warm hugs, Monique

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  39. Lo primero decirte que me alegro muchísimo que tu y tu familia estáis mejorando, ojalá pronto estéis bien!!!
    En cuanto al trabajo realizado en la sala de música,estoy impresionada,que perfección pones en cada detalle,es todo un lujo ver tus avances,la atención que le dedicas,el buen trabajo y los resultados son tan profesionales!!!!
    Mi más sincera enhorabuena por otra magnífica obra!!!!!
    Besos.

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  40. .....I cannot put into words......a few come to mind but in no particular order....amazing, wonderful, breath taking, beautiful, delicate, scrumptious, magnificent, fantastic, regal, I`m sure you get the gist of what it is I am trying to say......hugs Ginny

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  41. Hi Giac, I love it when you say the rest of the Manor curtains just got simpler! So funny! And I know just what you mean. :-) Your music room renovation is absolutely exquisite. It took my breath away when I saw the first photo. Great job!!!!! xo Jennifer

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  42. Hello Giac,
    I am speecless with awe. Your work is exquisite. The music room is fit for a palace. A loud Bravo!
    A belated Happy birthday to you. Congratulations for your gorgeous gifts.
    Hugs, Drora

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  43. First of all, I tell you I'm so happy to see you resume your blog again, and see that prosigues with your wonderful palace. I keep sending you much encouragement to you and your family, and tell you that once again you have left me dumbfounded! Impressive these soils, and the curtains! Magnificent! How elegant the room, lovely all, congratulations! Millions of hugs.

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  44. Welcome back and a belated happy birthday to you, Giac!
    I see you have been spoiled rotten with these beautiful chandeliers :)and the gifts from Julie and Martha.
    Also am blown away by the chandeliers in the Music Room.Beautiful!

    Like Ray and others, I too liked the Music Room as it was before, but boy did you give it an upgrade!
    The floor is just gorgeous, and the blue theme is surprising, classy and so well worked out!
    The room is so much easier for the eyes now and yet there is so much grandeur and inspiration!
    I applaud you for all the hard work, it sure payed off.

    Glad to hear you and your family are healing.
    Thanks again for the how-to. Take care,Giac.
    hugs,
    Gee

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  45. Un'altra splendida creazione...rimango incantata nel vedere tutti i particolari sempre ben curati.
    Ciao Giac un grosso bacio...

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  46. hello Giac, amazing that room like usually i love the walls and all details.
    congratulations great job.

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  47. Que alegría de noticia, saber que ya está la situación mejorando.
    Los regalos que te compraste son divinos, tienes muy buen gusto.
    Y en cuanto a las reformas, decirte que te admiro, que me parece increible tu trabajo tan bien hecho y las horas que le dedicas, es impresionante. Los colores, las columnas, todo hacen de la sala un espacio armonioso, me gusta mucho y te felicito de nuevo.
    Un beso y que tengas una muy feliz semana.

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  48. Hey Giac, only me about a century late!
    I am in love with this room! the floor, though amazing before, really looks more convincing now. and the dado rail really lightens the feel of the walls.
    The chandeliers are wonderful and what fantastic things you bought at the fair. I particularly like the silver wear.
    Sorry Im so late
    Si x

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  49. Me alegro que la situación familiar haya mejorado, eso es lo importante.
    Su trabajo es impresionante, el suelo es un trabajo espectacular, toda la sala de música en conjunto es preciosa.
    Las compras divinas , felicidades por los regalos recibidos.
    Besos:)

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  50. Your work is amazing Giac, and Happy Belated Birthday, it is great when people know just what to get you, the chandis are fabulous. Love seeing your room makeovers, they look good to begin with but you manage to make them spectacular. I like the slightly sparse look of the ballroom, as though with just a quick rearrangement of furniture the room can be transformed for a gala event.

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  51. Wow... you are such a talented Artist!!!!!
    Wonderful work and the floor is fabulous :)

    FANTASTIC!!!!!

    Hugs, Lina

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  52. Hi Giac,

    I think the Music room transformation is wonderful. The stunning floor has left me quite speechless! What sort of iron on wood-strip do you use? Is it made for dolls' houses, or is it more a DIY product? (you can tell I don't spend much time in B&Q!!) I'd love to try that myself, one day, something less grand and ambitious though, I can imagine just how much work went into each piece of that beautiful floor!

    The Peacock Room is a beautiful design, I love it, but have only seen it in books and a projection in 3D at the V&A museum a few years ago. Your peacocks look perfect in the room, and it does soften the effect of the wall paper pattern. The whole room works a treat!

    Thanks for the link to those fab chandeliers, I have often wondered where I can get some, they just don't seem to be available in the UK.

    Your new miniatures are lovely, especially the silverware. I also think your other projects sound great, love the idea of a dome in the ceiling!!

    Fingers crossed still about your job

    Hugs
    Andy xxx

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  53. Now the Music room is perfect; very elegant. I like the marvelous floor. You're a brilliant artist.
    The new miniatures are beautiful.
    Bye, Faby

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  54. Hi Giac,
    Happy Birthday!
    I'm speechless! Your room is MAGNIFICENT!!! Such a feast for the eyes and the soul. I'm learning much through your blog. Feel free to make your posts as long as you'd like...lol!
    Such beautiful gifts. Tiny treasures.
    I'm looking forward to more eye candy.
    Thank you for sharing your special talents with us.
    Hugs,
    Morena

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  55. Hey, great job on the new floor in the music room. It is beyond impressive and very inspiring. Good luck with the Library floor too. Great new acquisitions too! Keep up the good work and good luck with your job.

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  56. WOW, I have no words to describe your fantastic work, it is a joy for the eyes what you did achieve!!!! the floor is a piece of art, and everything fits perfectly!
    this is MINIATURISM as an art!
    thank you for your lovely comments on my blog :)
    Hugs from Lisbon
    Ana

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  57. Sincèrement , je pense que vous êtes fou ! Il faut être fou pour s attaquer à un travail aussi long et minutieux .
    Votre plancher est incroyable . Jamais je ne me lancerai dans un projet comme celui ci . Heureusement qu à la fin , vous ne mettez pas tous les meubles au centre de la pièce . Hihi !
    Faire tout ce travail et à la fin , décider de mettre un grand tapis .
    Pourquoi pas ? Un grand tapis bleu comme les magnifiques rideaux ...
    On a le droit d être encore plus fou !
    Je suis ravie que vous ayez retrouvé beaucoup d énergie pour travailler sur votre maison .
    Catherine .

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  58. Oh Là Là!!! C'est Magnifique Magnifique Magnifique. Que de travail!! J'adore le parquet et je mesure très bien le merveilleux travail accompli. Mais tout est absolument magnifique. J'adore, j'adore....
    Merci pour le tutoriel sur les rideaux, j'en aurai besoin un jour. Tout mes encouragements pour la suite.
    A bientôt.

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  59. Giac, this room is fantastic! Every little detail is in place! Beautiful floors, fireplace, painted peacocks on the wall ... etc.. All professional!
    hugs: Anda

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  60. Hi Giac, belated congratulations on your birthday! That floor is just magnifique, superbe!! And those peacocks, another artwork, it is so sophisticated work, love the colors. Your rooms are gorgeous to see.
    You received very beautiful miniatures, enjoy it all!
    Warm hugs, Ilona

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  61. Hola querido Giac, no sabía que has pasado malos momentos con tu familia, llevo bastantes días que no participo tanto como me gustaría. Espero que pronto se te arregle todo. El cambio de la sala de música es espectacular, me encantan los pavos reales son maravillosos y las cortinas perfectas, el nuevo suelo me ha dejado sin palabras, me parece tan dificil...eres una gran artista!!! Es una gozada ver tus trabajos y te doy las gracias por compartir tus conocimientos con todos. Las compras son lindísimas. Un fuerte abrazo. Isabel

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  62. Hello My Friend,

    Of all the days for me to not look at my blog reader....I have missed your latest post!!

    Wow! The music room looks incredible, I know I'm probably way off but I had an instant feeling of an Austrian room. I guess it must have been the idea of a music room, who knows but which ever way it's stunning. I am amazed that before finishing you are already doing a revamp on some rooms....you are amazing!!! The selection of gifts are just beautiful and will look exquisite in Dwell Manor.

    So glad things are improving for you! Much Love and Big hugs, FI XXX

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  63. What a lovely long post this is - a great read! I am so far behind with my comments at the moment.

    The Music Room is just fabulous and that floor......! You must have the patience of a saint. Like Fi, I was amazed at you redecorating but if a think bothers you, then it just has to be dealt with or you're never happy with it.

    You made some great purchases at the fair - love the tassel on the little bottle!

    It's good to see you back and I'm glad to hear that things are improving for you and I hope the job situation turns out ok.

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  64. E' stupenda Giac! Il pavimento è meraviglioso immagino le ore di lavoro che ti è costato! I lampadari poi sono stupendi, mai visto nulla di così bello e raffinato!
    Un bacio

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  65. oh my goodness Giac- this room is stunning! A person has to go back again and again to look at all the details and then read more of the post..and then look again! I love it- so regal and elegant. The peacock panels are amazing! I am also in love with your floor and it truly shows how much time and great care you took with it- it is gorgeous! Although you may not like making the drapery they have turned out very beautiful and really add to the room. Fabulous work!!!! hugs to you!

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  66. Hello Giac, my friend! Your floor is unbelievable! It is complex and over the top yet so subtle and discrete, both at the same time. Very elegant! Your drapes are lush and decadent and yet again you have made them enhance the room without taking it over. All the details within the space have the ability to stand alone and also work together with the other elements around them. I love that fact that you turned it from just a music room, into a ballroom! I can already hear a waltz and see the swish of the brightly colored skirts and gowns as the ladies are twirled about the floor dancing gracefully over the medallions underfoot, and illuminated by the dazzling chandeliers from above. A very pretty picture!
    Happy Birthday to you Giac! God be with you.
    And a BIG hug!

    elizabeth

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  67. Hola Giac, me gustan los cambios de la sala de música, está quedando genial
    El suelo es realmente bonito, has hecho un gran trabajo
    Siento lo de tu familia, me alegro que tu madre esté mejor
    Un abrazo

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  68. Eu amo a sua dollhouse e todo trabalho que você dedica à ela. Cada nova postagem proporciona um grande exemplo de um trabalho maravilhosamente realizado.
    As miniaturas adquiridas são lindas.
    Parabéns por esses lindos presentes.
    Um forte abraço.

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  69. Thank you for your nice comment.
    Your great work, its amazing! How you do this, its just so wonderful and I love your new candeliers,they are so very,very good looking, greetings Gonda.

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  70. Beautiful work Giac , love the wallpaper :)
    The chandeliers is very nice .

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  71. Hi Giac!
    I just admire your amazing work! The whole room is great. I really like those pretty chandeliers. I just love floors, it's excellent job! I dream of similar floor to my dollhouse... (Of course, I think about a lot simpler version :)
    I love your beautiful manor, and I admire it with my family:) They greet you and wish you a lot of new inspiration!
    Big hugs!!

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  72. Every time I look with admiration to all the beautiful things you make.
    What I like that you all you do step by step shows.
    Warm regards from a great admirer.

    Willem

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  73. Mamma mia Giac!!! Ogni volta che torno trovo lavori sempre più belli...la sala da ballo è spettacolare......il pavimento è fantastico ma tutto il resto non è da meno, complimenti, complimenti carissimo Giac
    Un grande abbraccio
    Emi

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  74. Giac, your redecoration is a triumph! I wasn't sure how on earth you were going to improve your Music Room, but of course, you DID IT! The revamped floor is GORG and the new, peacock-paneled wainscot is sheer genius. And the Pretty Pleated (tee-hee) drapes lend a whole, new level of Eleganza Extravaganza to your superb reno! What more can possibly be said about this spectacular setting? You leave me speechless, honey badger.

    Congratulations and belated, Birthday Greetings,
    John

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  75. This is breathtaking Giac! All the details, the panels..the chandeliers!! You are truly talented. Hugs from Italy

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  76. I love looking at your blog. It is just breathtaking and it makes me feel really good to look at your photos. You are an incredible miniature artist!

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  77. Giac,
    Sorry I am so late to your latest blog post...once again awe- inspiring!!!! Can't wait to see it again in person!
    Hugs,
    Martha

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  78. Hola Giac
    Eres un gran artesano.
    Haces que todos tus trabajos se vean absolutamente reales, me encanta!!!
    Cada uno de los detalles, son fantasticos.
    besitos ascension

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  79. Every time I see your work, it seems more incredible!
    the music and ball room is splendid! it could belong to any of the famous palaces of Viena or Rusia.
    congratulations and keep teaching us!
    tina

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  80. oh my goodness I'm in heaven I love those rooms so much and the floors are just perfect! it really looks like a ballroom I can just see Bette Davis dancing around the room with Henry Fonda in her scarlet dress..I love it Giac if anything please make your posts longer I just have to go back and see it again

    Love and big hugs
    Marisa

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  81. La verdad es que todo te queda perfecto, todo se ve tan trabajado y tan bonito.
    Cada vez que entro a tu blog me sorprendo muchísimo y me quedo con la boca abierta durante un rato pensando como harás esas maravillas. Es un fantástico trabajo. Felicitaciones y besitos.

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  82. Ciao Giac sono onorata che un grande artista come sei tu sia un mio follower!ti seguo da tempo con grande interesse e piacere!un bacione!

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  84. Perdona pero me he equivocado y he puesto el comentario en respuesta al comentario de Susanna ...

    Es Una Maravillosa sala de Música con muchisimo Trabajo y perfecto como siempre lo haces tú. La tela de las desfiles y las cortinas es preciosa y en Su Conjunto de las Naciones Unidas es de gran señorío. Me encantan las Lámparas y Todos Los Detalles Que tiene de Puesto. TIENES Una gran mansión y Eres sin gran artista. Enhorabuena. Besos

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  85. Ahhh....the peacocks have made their entrance and a grande one at that! That ballroom is fab. I really can't wait to see it lit properly and photographed as I am sure it will render itself to the camera as true to life. I love your flooring solution using iron on wood strips. I have difficulty finding products here in Italy like that. I am planning on visiting my parents this August (in Maine) so I suspect I will be stocking up on things.
    So sorry to hear of your loss. As a stranger there is not much I can say to console you but know that you at least got to see him in person before he passed on. Being so far from my relatives in the US, the hardest times are when someone passes and I cannot be there to say goodbye. Thank goodness for my mini world. Everything is (nearly) perfect there. :)

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  86. Hi Giac, your ballroom floor is a complete triumph! I have floorboard envy :) Blessings to you and your family - Sherri-Lee

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  87. WOW QUE INCREÍBLE TRABAJO, ES ARTE TOTALMENTE, ME GUSTARIA PODER VERLO EN VIVO , SEGURO ES IMPRESIONANTE, ¡ FELICIDADES !

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  88. Wow, me quedo sin palabras cada vez que visito tu blog!!!!
    Es todo tan bello, pequeñas obras de arte, las corinas, las esculturas, la chimena, las paredes....y los suelos....los suelos son de ensueño
    IMPRESIONANTE Giac, como siempre...
    Un besín,
    Carolina
    http://misminicasas.blogspot.com

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  89. Gaic hi. Very Detailed, labor,
    a great job,
    congratulations.

    Özden

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  90. So impressive, you're a real artist Giac! Really pretty.

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  91. Giac I think that everything that I could say is on the previous comments, your work is AMAZING as usual, full of details and elegance!

    Hugs

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  92. Oh. My. Word. Your attention to detail is STUNNING. You must have an extremely high level of patience. :)

    toddlindsey.com

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  93. Giac que trabajo tan fantástico realizaste en esta sala!!! que suelo mas precioso Wowwww, me encanta!!!! Muchísimas felicidades, me gusta mucho todo lo que haces, eres muy detallista y gran miniaturista.
    Un beso enorme desde Canarias.
    Ana.

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  94. Soy una enamorada de las miniaturas así como todo lo que es arte
    Admiro tus manos para crear tanta belleza,,Es bellisimo!!!!

    Gracias por compartir y por estar en mi escondite

    Que tengas un lindo dia lleno de bendiciones
    Con cariño Victoria

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  95. El trabajo es impresionante!y no tengo palabras para la ta tarima Un saludo, Carmen

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  96. I tuoi lavori sono sempre bellissimi! Non ci sono parole adatte a descriverli. Come vorrei poterli vedere!
    A presto
    Milena

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  97. Hello Giac, wanted to to say thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to visit my small space in blogland. Truly appreciated! Your work is amazing and it is such a pleasure to be able to follow your progress. Thank you for sharing with us! Hugs from Pam in Norway :-)

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  98. Hi Giac,

    Firstly Please let me thank you for your comments, and kind kind words! You faithfully finds time on your busy schedule to visit all us and when I come here I am in disbelieve about all you have accomplished. Everything you do is out of this world... I wish I could see it in person.....grin

    warmly~

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  99. You are a incredible....blown away at all your trim and paneling....wow! Heidi

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  100. Wow! Beautiful work, and the flooring is stunning!

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  101. Hola guapo,
    un trabajo tan rico y precioso en todos sus detalles.Miles besitos.

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  102. Esa sala de música es una verdadera maravilla. Me he enamorado de ella. Tienes una paciencia impresionante para realizar un trabajo con tanto detalle. Es de un gusto exquisito. Enhorabuena. Un saludo.

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  103. Beautiful work, beautiful details and so much patience. They are unbelievable and so realistic that I m silent in awe.

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  104. i love your music room! i could move there in anytime! :D
    Have a great week, sun shining and everything nice,
    hugs.

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  105. Giac, I would just love to have a music room like this one. It is really a work of art. I cannot imagine such patience. A big hug to you. Have a wonderful week!

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  106. Oooooohhhhhh! I am very impressed with your music room, your work is wonderfull! I love this room, Congratulations!

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  107. Es increíble. Hasta el último detalle. El suelo preciosa, una maravilla. Felicidades.
    Un saludo.
    Montse.

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  108. I love looking at all the pictures of your beautiful miniatures! Your work is simply amazing, Giac!
    Many hugs! :-)

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  109. Que trabajo tan maravilloso ! . Me he quedado fascinada viendo todas estas cosas preciosas que haces .
    Te felicito por tu buen gusto .
    Un beso

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  110. Que trabalho maravilhoso!!!
    dá pra ficar horas olhando a riqueza e beleza dos detalhes,
    Parabéns mesmo... teu nível é o sonho de todo miniaturista.
    Beijos

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  111. Oh, Giac - you are my Master! I'm always speechless when looking at your artworks. It seems to be impossible that your rooms are hand made - they are so perfect in every detail! I love your talent and skills very, very much!

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  112. Hoje fiz minha primeira visita a seu blog. Já tinha visto algumas fotos de seu trabalho e devo dizer que estou apaixonada por ele. Não olhei tudo, ainda, pretendo visitar mais vezes, mas os detalhes e a forma de compartilhar seus passos me deixam encantada. Hoje você ganhou mais uma admiradora. Parabéns!
    Zilda

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  113. WOW! Giac, you are so talented!!! This truly is on a grand scale! I LOVE it! The floors you did are so amazing, the details are truly amazing in all! Waste not your talent and Keep up the awesome work!!! Wish you could be here to help me with my floors, lol!

    Mini Hugs
    Jaime

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  114. Giac, your blog is very nice.
    Il tuo blog è davvero delizioso.
    A presto.
    Mariella

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  115. Your floors, walls and ceilings are definitely a work of art in their own right! The house reminds me of a National Trust property, I swear, it's like a blog about the renovation of one :)

    P.s. fantastic dog you have there! Happy Birthday Ozzy x

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  116. Witaj,to co tu pokazujesz jest piękne,wszystko perfekcyjnie dopracowane te zasłony,podłogi,meble. To są prawdziwe arcydzieła. Pozdrawiam :)

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  117. Visito tu blog por primera vez y me he quedado fascinada, eres un artista. Enhorabuena

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