Art emulates Nature

It’s true, but it’s not often I get to actually demonstrate it.

Finished size 195 x 175 x 175mm (7.5 x 7 x 7 inches).

This is my secret project, the one I’ve been working on for a month.* Because it was a surprise gift for my friend Dale, I couldn’t show it before now. It was ready three days before we left on holiday, carefully stowed inside a storage basket and padded with scrap batting.  It was gently transported nearly 1400km south in Miz Lizzie on her last big trip with us. It’s a much postponed (because The Rona) and much anticipated (because several/landmark Birthdays!) trip, and it’s been wonderful to get friends and family together in one place.

And this is Dale’s own full-sized potting shed/greenhouse, built for her by the talented G.O.

Do you see now where I got my inspiration?

*I made the broom, the trowel, the spade, all the plants, the flowerpots, the shelves and crates, the birdhouses and watering cans, the easel, pencil and paintbrush, the doors and the light (which I also wired in). It was a labour of love, and cursing aside, I enjoyed every moment of it!

52 thoughts on “Art emulates Nature

  1. Wow! What a triumph! That potting shed is fantastic – particularly love the stained glass windows. And your model is superb – I would love to have seen Dale’s face when she first saw it. What a fabulous gift! ❤

  2. tialys says:

    What a great gift – definitely one to treasure

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. She will treasure it for sure.

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    There is so much detail in that model – no wonder there was some cursing! I love the inspiration too – stained glass windows are always so special.

  5. I was truly amazed at this marvelous creation was created by Kate for me. SO much detail, work, time, patience and skill to put such a thing together. Every time I look at it I see something new. Which is why my desk is the perfect home for it. I get Kate’s inspiration was my potting shed-greenhouse but the model depicts something something quite more sophisticated and closer to my dream of a conservatory. That Kate took the idea of my shed and rendered it so beautifully makes it even more special. Thank you so much my friend. And even more wonderful, we’ve been able to spend time together with our friends ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      I thought it was a fitting tribute to your amazing work towards a more resilient community. It’s your own personal haven/ regeneration project. And the fact that 12 people sat down to lunch at your house and ate terrific food as though it was something you did every day deserves special acknowledgment too!

      • It’s my longstanding social media community that has been with me along this journey of many years, and it’s wonderful that you have become irl friends and able to get together with local friends/family/community, and your model on my desk will be a touchstone of this until we get together next time.

      • katechiconi says:

        Chippy and I already have tentative plans in place for Same Time Next Year, and are starting a To Do list. It was such a special day. I would be sad if we didn’t manage it again.

  6. Sandi says:

    That is amazing!! It’s truly a wonderful gift from the heart. Hugs,

  7. claire93 says:

    well done – such attention to detail !

  8. Just lovely, such a sweet and thoughtful gift…alight with love!

  9. anne54 says:

    What a lovely gift to your friendship with Dale. From her reaction it was obviously the perfect one! I like the idea too that your last big trip in Miz Lizzie was to visit with Dale, the GO and Diesel. That’s fitting.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was, but the fun thing is that with a bigger van comes larger plans, the hope that we can all reconvene the same way at the same time next year, and maybe, perhaps, make it an annual get together. I wish I had thought to invite you to attend by FaceTime or Skype or Zoom, or something…

  10. I don’t have enough words to express the wonder at this accomplishment. The conservatory is stunning!! It looks like it could be someone’s happy place. You have done an impressive and outstanding feat here. I would love to reside in that warm and welcoming space if it were just a tiny bit larger. 😉 Who wouldn’t?

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m actually quite impressed with it myself, and it was perfect for Dale and her interests! It travelled the 1400km safely with only one tiny bit of paper falling off because the heat in the caravan had dried the glue out a bit. It is already repaired and gracing her desk. I do agree, it looks as if it’d be a lovely place to just sit a while. Perhaps it needed a comfy chair instead of just the stool?

  11. What a beautiful gift, full of light and love.

  12. knitnkwilt says:

    Wow, just Wow!!! All the detail. I love tiny and detailed, and this is both. I admire your patience.

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  14. cedar51 says:

    every comment and your reply has said it all – magnificent will have to suffice from me 🙂

  15. Mya says:

    WOW! That is amazing!! I love things like that. You are very talented!!

  16. Kate, this is a treasure! I’m so impressed with the details, and your amazing creativity modeling it after Dale’s full-sized original. How did you come up with this idea? Is the greenhouse a kit, or did you build that from scratch, too? Is it glass, plexiglass, something else? I hope you have progress photos tucked away that you might share at some point. I love, love, love this treasure.

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow !! amazing !

  18. craftycreeky says:

    Wow! That’s amazing, I love the detail in it. I keep being tempted by the miniature sewing rooms I keep seeing on instagram…I’ve resisted so far!

  19. Garden Journey-woman says:

    Ooooh can I live there? Gorgeous.

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