Jeanette has proven to be absolutely wonderful. She describes herself as a perfectionist and she certainly is. Firstly she had to source the paintings. In the case of the Dreamers she even kept looking for better and better reproductions until she could find the one she was happy with. She copied and cropped them sympathetically to fit the ratio of the frames. She even retouched Liberty to improve some dark areas which were throwing up a peculiar result in the miniature. We had some discussion about frames but my instruction to her was that I'd take the simplest gold frame for them all. My only criteria would be that they were as thin as possible. I have already bought and discarded a couple of paintings because of their clunky frames. If they were scaled up they'd be something like six inches thick! I have a couple of mirrors in Wentworth which will probably go the same way for the same reason. The frames on these pictures are lovely and thin and look the part.
She does all this and you still only pay the regular E-Bay price, nothing extra for custom-made. This is my second experience of having something made for me - remember the wonderful Amanda's food? Both times the process has been a delight, the product just as I imagined and the price the same as if I'd bought it off the shelf. So (unlike me for ages) don't be bashful about asking. It seems (some) sellers are happy to do commissions without that meaning the price will double.
The contact on E-Bay is An Elite Dollhouse Miniature Shoppe. I'll add this to my side bar where I should have already started a list of favourite suppliers - very remiss of me.
I am sorry about the awful photographs here - they do not do the pictures justice but I don't want to unpack them and repack them as they are nicely packaged for the trip home.
There is a reason for wanting particular pictures. Wentworth is a sort of homage to my life with my children around 1990. It isn't supposed to be any kind of replica; it is just a few nods here and there to things remembered. I set off creating a home for a mom, dad and two children and found my choices were being prompted by things I recalled from my own children's life, so I thought it would be nice to relax into that and go where it led. When it came to pictures nothing seemed to fit either my taste or those times. I recalled three long-lasting pictures we had in our house and thought it would be nice to have those again.
So, all four will fly home with me at Christmas and be hung in their places. Time permitting.