Inspired by the very talented Pedrete and following through with my statement that I love to see drawers, cabinets and boxes with contents, I've been busy creating a few bits and bobs for Janey, the Parlour Maid in Hambleton Hall.
The wash stand is in need of a towel rail and some tiles and I'm working on those but this is what I've managed to come up with so far.
On the wash stand there's a little writing case. It actually contains envelopes and writing paper but since I didn't take a photo before tying it shut and the chances of getting the bow tied if I open it are pretty slim, you take it from me, they are in there!
There's a fancy box she kept from some long ago gift that contains some family photographs and a box of violet soap that she keeps for her afternoon off.
I also had a go at making a hairbrush, nail brush and toothbrush - certainly not to David Edwards' very high standard but I'm happy with them given I've not done anything like that before.
Below sits her box. This was the only item a servant would have to hold their personal belongings - I find it also doubles up as a very useful bedside surface.
In the box there is a length of fabric for her to make herself a dress and of course the obligatory family bible given to her by her mother when she went into service and which will hopefully keep her on the straight and narrow! The final item is a little romance she enjoys reading when she finally manages to get some time to herself.