Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Victorian Architecture: Running Trim and Gable Gingerbread

Photo by Scott Miller

A white Victorian house in the snow is such a pretty sight, like lace on a wedding gown.

Relaxing with the February 1989 issue of Victoria last week, I was fully enchanted by the photo of this snow queen.
It reminded me of my plans for my studio’s plain gables.

I’m going to cut gable gingerbread and running trim out of scrap plywood in the spring.   The Victoria feature explained how the invention of the jig type of scroll saw in mills enabled craftsmen to create architectural gingerbread, but you can do this with a hand-held reciprocating scroll saw at home.   I’ll show you how I do it when it’s warm out again.

I went looking for inspiration in the Catskills and found it everywhere.

Old architecture books and the web will yield even more designs.  
It’s going to be hard to pick just one style!

Good sources for ideas on the web include Vintage Woodworks, and Victorian Woodshop, whom I've bought from in the past and can personally recommend.

As cute as I think my studio is,
next winter it will really be special with ‘white lace’.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Sheila said...

Hello Sandy, I was pointed to your blog through cindy at my romantic home. I love your studio and how wonderful it is with all the white and how it makes you feel just look at it in the snow. Creamy white frosting on a wedding cake. Or like you discribed it as lace on a wedding dress. Either of which i love.

Gayla said...

Thanks to Cindy at My Romantic Home, I have found your blog. It is amazing. I love looking at your cottage by the stream and thinking how it must feel to be there. I think it is every Romantic Crafter's dream to have a little play-house like that... The Christmas scenes are amazing, too. Do you have a blog or anything that tells about the process of building the cottage? I would love to hear about your dream and how it came to pass... ??? At any rate, I love your blog and wish for more and more!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Oh how I love these pictures and your little house is spectacular just as she is.

huntedtreasures said...

We love your cottage found you at Cindy's blog. Cindy inspired my sister and I to do our own blog and have been following her, she is a great talented lady. But you OMG!! you have my dream little cottage that I dream of having one day to play with my niece, love everything of it. Seen others but yours is just like opening a fairy book. Will be following to see your creations. One day I shall built mine for now you have become an inspiration and open new doors to others that can only dream for the moment. Keep up the good work can not wait till Spring or Summer when you add more things to my Dream Cottage.


Maria & Ruth
"Hunted Treasures"

Paula said...

Hi, Sandy! Oh, these sweet ladies are gorgeous in all their trim! We are fortunate enough to have a house built in 1869, and it has a lot of this beautiful scroll work outside, as well as inside. The back porch railings are gorgeous, too. I should take some close-up pictures of it when it turns warm and share it with you. Ours doesn't have as much lacy-lace on it as some of the later Victorians, but it is still gorgeous. It was built right before the trim got quite fancy...but it is still gorgeous. I believe some may have been added later, but not sure. Anyway, I know you will have so much fun picking out a design for your adorable studio. I can't wait to see photos!


Norma said...

Now I know where the inspiration for all the gorgeous dollhouses comes from - your neighbourhood!! These places are just adorable. The transformation of your studio will be interesting but I'm totally in love with it as it is :)

BTW I noticed in a previous post you mentioned that you were thinking about posting something to a what you called 'one of the big blogs' but were a bit reluctant - well from the way you are adding followers in the last few hours you are well on the way to being one of the 'big blogs' yourself - and well deserved it is too!!!!

Åsa said...

Ooooohhh!!! so wonderful blogg you have!!
It make me so happy, a lots of inspiration!
Have a nice day.

Victoria said...

I had a hard time figuring out how to post a comment, it's different than most so hope this shows up! Your trim idea sounds wonderful, I love your blog!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Ooh, I can't wait to see more. You're inspiring me to get my little shack out back in order for spring/summer. Love the frou frou gingerbread! Your Maltese is a doll, I used to have one (for 15 years, she was my shadow!). Happy night.

A Cottage Muse said...

Your blog is so peaceful! Can't wait to see the trim. Reminds me of the gingerbread houses on the Vineyard!

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Wow, surprised to find here your link to Vintage Woodworks; that's what our house has all around... You can find it on my sidebar in the labels...

Love their gingerbread and also the posts for the front porch!




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