Friday, 27 September 2013

Beastly Botanicals



A couple of months ago I read about a competition Dolls House Emporium were running. You had to take their dollhouse kit, The Cabin, and transform it.

Wanting to get back into serious mini making this was just what I needed as a challenge. I didn't tell anyone as I wasn't sure I could do it. 

But I did.....and I came 2nd place :-)

I never thought I stood a chance of winning anything. Aside from messing about with a couple of things this was the first house I'd made. Just making it was enough for me so I was over the moon when I heard I'd come in second place. I still haven't stopped smiling.



Beastly Botanicals


….a fantasy plant laboratory owned by Dr Morpheus T. Seedbender PD (Plant Doctor)

 



Dr Morpheus T.Seedbender P.D is a botanical geneticist. 



 
Due to the highly controversial nature of his work he lives high atop the mountains. This location was picked, not only because of its remoteness, but because he has access to all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna that has been left untouched by people who never venture so far. 










 Unfortunately, the lack of oxygen at this altitude, the absence of other humans and the foraged wild mushrooms he eats has slowly sent him somewhat deranged



Having lost his mind he is totally fearless and will fuse all manner of plant life never knowing what, or how dangerous the final result will be.  






Growing up the outside of his lab you will see a Hysteria tree.







A wisteria with the added bonus of screaming banshee flowers 
which alert him to any intruders.

 



 


Protecting the front entrance to the lab are 
Papahi and Peyton Pumpkin. 

Papahi, although mischievous, is incredibly smart and partnered with Peytons’s reputation as the village warrior they make formidable guards.




  

 

 Inside the lab are some extraordinary specimens.











  

 








 Inside the cage he keeps the Pyromandible plant. 





A most dangerous example of science gone wrong. With the ability to unhinge their lower jaw they are able to bite with a force able to break bones. This plant must be kept constantly sedated.







A near miss while changing the drip feed recently left the professor with a bleeding hand and broken thumb.










In the window you will see Amanita. A beautiful red and white petaled plant. Created using Fly Agaric mushrooms to forcefully induce a symbiotic relationship  with the Pyromandible.  The drool of Amanita has psycotropic properties used primarily for the sedation of  the pyromandible. 




Sitting next to her is Marley the Rastafarian plant. 
Strategically placed that his deadlocks are out of reach of the Pyromandible but that the smoke from his cigarette is not. This also has a sedative effect on the Pyromandible.
 


The 2 plants under the round window are part of the genus Floozy.  





Floozies are an impish breed, which have a tendency to torment and tease. With their huge toothy smiles the professor finds them hard to resist and rarely chastises them. 







 




The professor claims that the 3 headed plant in the corner is a distant relative of the mandrake.
 Or was it an experiment gone wrong ?   





 




Whilst a true mandrake will scream when picked all this plant is capable of is singing constantly. In the absence of any electricity the professor  lets him stay for entertainment.




  
  




The fruit tree in the corner is a Carrow tree. 







Bred primarily to provide food for the professor, 
the marrow and carrot fusion apparently makes a wonderful soup.









The professor has a head full of ideas so I am sure this won’t be the last we hear from him, 
 or his creations :-)




30 comments:

  1. It was so, so weird! I saw this on FB and I thought strange, those red flowers (the ones outside the door), look so much like Jayne's work! lol They were! :oP

    Anyhow well done!!!! I'm so thrilled you did it, I love it...I'm off for a better look AND read! lol

    Oh, I'm in the midst of replying to your message too! :o)

    Michelle xxxx

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  2. Ha ha Michelle. When I got the email from DHE they said they were putting pics on their blog and facebok and I wondered if anyone would see it and realise it was me and a few did :-)
    I was thrilled to come 2nd....and had so much fun doing a house for a change. Am tempted not to sell it but I need the space lol

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  3. Great job and I love the story that goes along with it. Congratulations on second place! It was definitely well deserved.

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    1. Thanks De. Always has to be a story :-) xxx

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  5. oh my....hit the delete by mistake. This is fabulous! love the story....well done you! xxx

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    1. Lol Carlanne...wondered what you were doing :-) Thanks, I am so pleased xxx

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  6. Brilliant Jayne, its so nice to see you back. I love it xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Debie. Hope you are well.....we'll have to catch up again now I am back here xxx

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  7. Jayne, thrilled to see you back :-). Not only are you a talented mini-maker (especially the cool plants) but you are a fantastic storyteller! Cannot wait to see more of your work.

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    1. Thanks you....took me a while to get my head round writing a story...not really my kind of thing but I got there :-) There will definitely be more work soon :-) xxx

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  8. Many Congratulations Jayne, its brilliant and I see a relation of my Millie. Has her mother been having another dubious dalliance?..

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    1. Thanks Debbie. Millies mother is a right one huh :-) xxx

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  9. Brilliant !
    I still love better the tea cup and the daffodils you made for me but I enjoy at looking your weird plantation
    Your work is always fabulous <3
    Rosanna

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, I plan on making some more pretty plants again :-) xxx

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  10. So creative:) love all your plants- so many neat things to look at! And I love the back story.. Congrats on 2nd place! Great house for a first build!! Glad to have you back!

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    1. Thanks Katie...sometimes I wonder where these ideas come from lol. I am so pleased with the house though, definitely can't wait to make more xxx

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  11. Fantastic work! So good to see you're back.

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  12. Thanks Susan. I am thrilled to see so many familiar faces are still here xxx

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  13. Love this Jayne, my cup of tea! Such a fabulous work of art, and a GREAT story, your are a wonderful storyteller, I am soooo happy to see you!

    ((( Big Hugs )))
    Athena xox

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    1. Thanks Athena....glad you like it. Getting back into it now and I am happy for me too :-) xxx

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  14. Soooo good to see you again , and I love your beastly shop!!! Just my cup of tea. Loverly pics, too!
    Take care,
    Elly (Amsterdam)

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    1. Thank you Elly....so pleased you enjoyed it xx

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  15. I love this project Jayne. The wisteria is amazing but the sink unit is my absolute favourite. You have certainly come back in style my dear I have been pouring over all the photographs thinking.....I want, I want, I want!!! It is simply perfect.
    So pleased to see your work again.

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    1. Thanks Janice...the hysteria is no exactly how I wanted it to be to be honest. I planned on making all the leaves but ran out of time. I love the sink too...pain to get it where I wanted it but am very pleased with it. Will be sad to sell it but needs must hey. Have to look at it that it gives me room and money to make something else. xxx

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  16. Your work is fantastic√°, beautiful and detailed

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  17. Well deserved placing, Jayne. You've still got it and more more more, LOVE IT!

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    1. Thanks...I was over the moon. Lots more to come :-) xxx

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