Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I did three vests. Two are fabric and one is leather. I punched out buttons for them and some shirts and then I made 8 bow ties. The tube that they are displayed on is the infamous tampon tube covered with fabric. (Smallest size.) I am going to put the tube on a wooden base and stand it upright.
Now I am going back and lie down and feel sorry for my nose and pout about being sick.
See you tomorrow.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The first photo shows the corner punch that I used. The trick is to pop the corner guide off of the punch. Yes, you can do it easily and it will pop back on if you wish to use it that way again. As you can see, I punched all the way around the edge of the card stock. Then I took a pair of small scissors and trimmed the punched pieces all the way out.
Next I glued 6 layers together with Elmer's white glue. I like that because it isn't as thick as Tacky and smooths out nicely in a thin layer between the pieces. Once you get 6 layers or more together and they are dry, you can treat them just like the wooden ones. I will let them dry 24 hours to make sure they are ready to take paint. Then I will paint them and install them in the corners between the porch posts and the roof line. They could also be used in corners of windows.
Someone on the Greenleaf list is using the fancy scissors to do borders for rooms. I don't see why you couldn't glue 6 together and use the strips for gingerbread edging too. I am going to have to try that, but not on this building.
Since this is short, I will send you to a site that you can get some wonderful vintage printies today. Bless Duke University. These are even copyright free for personal use. Go here. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa/browse I am using a couple of the advertising fliers for the haberdashery. Have fun browsing.
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I have started investigating prices in the 1909 Sears Roebuck catalog. It took me a couple of hours to make them. They would sell for anywhere from 19 cents to 48 cents. Can you imagine what the makers of the real thing were earning back around the turn of the 19th century?
It is interesting to go through that catalog. There is no rhyme or reason in the order of the contents and no table of contents either! I don't know how you would find what you wanted unless you wandered through it page by page looking at everything......Maybe there was a method to their madness. I kept finding other interesting things while I was looking for the men's ties.
I remembered that I wanted to include some celluloid collars in the store. So I sidetracked until I found them......They were not celluloid collars at that time. By then they had modernized them to rubber! They were advertised as more comfortable. They also had real linen ones, but those were more expensive. I may have to have a few of those too.I made these out of index card. I think that they look passable.
I have in my collections of real things a round box covered with a faux leather, made of stamped canvas, that was made especially for preserving these. I think it was made similar to the covers on books. The design is pressed into the canvas and then painted with something to make it look like leather. The one that I have has an elaborate oval brass box set into the top that was for studs and cuff links to go with the collars.
This was another of the things that saved washing shirts all of the time. Put on a new collar and cuffs every day and that made them look fresh and clean. I imagine that after a week, you could tell that the shirt hadn't been washed in a while. Never mind the collar and cuffs.
I finished the dressing room this morning. I still need to rip the tape off of the mirror, but I thought that you would like to see where it landed.
M'lady will be spared the site of long johns flapping in the breeze now.
That's about all I have to show for my morning's work. I should get back to it. I still have lots more stuff to make, especially after looking at the catalog. I told you those guys knew what they were doing by leaving out the table of contents and mixing things up!
See you tomorrow.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today I recycled a whole elevator!!! Not everyone can say that! Remember when I started to put an elevator in the book shop? Well, I saved it even though I decided on stairs.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This is the sum total of two day's work. Can you tell I am about to finish the paragraph with "Bah Humbug!"? I will spend the rest of the day putting in shoelaces and buckles on the boots. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention the shirts and sweaters on top. I lost one of the ties. Again, Bah Humbug!
One good thing came out of today. Someone on the Greenleaf list suggested using the new energy saving light bulbs in your magnifying light. What a great idea! I went to K mart this morning and spent almost six dollars on this little gem. It is supposed to last seven years. The best part is, it solves a problem that I have had for the past 20 years!
When working on miniature cross stitch or needlepoint, I always work under a lighted magnifier. The light always got hot and I have wound up with burns on my hands a number of times. The other problem was that I couldn't work on anything for a long stretch without my hands becoming uncomfortable.
I worked all day today under this screwy light bulb. BTW, it's a 13 watt replacement for a 60 watt bulb, in case you want to try one. The color is true. No blue or unnatural light. No burns and no discomfort occurred! I think that this is the best six dollars that I have spent in a while. After just one day I am going to be running around recommending this to everyone I know!
Sorry that this isn't longer. I need to go tie my shoes now. See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I need to make some more Victorian Chrysenbon chairs. The ladder backs look strange in this setting.
This morning I put the fancy work on most of the counters and shelves. I still have to do all of the sanding and varnishing. The small counter on the top left still doesn't have trim on it. That shows you what a difference a little trim can make. All of the pieces were like that to begin with. I need to finish that one then I can get on to the last part tomorrow.
I did get two brown sweaters, two shirts and a couple of neckties made this afternoon at the Wednesday Witches' mini meeting. I still have a LOT of those to do.
The last photo for today is entitled "Still Life With Part of a Cat". This is what I have to contend with. Mookie decided he wanted to help....... That's what happens when a room box opens from the top. He hops over a wall and makes himself part of the photo that I am trying to take. He also likes to help stain and varnish. It's hard trying to hold off the cat with one hand and wipe on stain with the other. Now do you see why I don't get things done very fast. This helpfulness is going to have to come to a stop! Did I mention that he knows how to open doors in the real house? It is hard to keep him out of anything that he sets his mind to invade.
I'm off to drag Mookie out of the haberdashery now. See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
That probably wasn't a very nice thing to say since Bob isn't around anymore. I learned a lot from watching him many years ago. I always loved that there were no mistakes in his world, just "Happy accidents". Thanks Mr. Ross. I miss you. It always amazed me that he could finish any kind of a painting in 1/2 hour.
Monday, July 21, 2008
It's Monday......Rats!!! I have to clean up the real house and do the real laundry. I am not mentioning the fact that my real workroom needs cleaning once again too.
So I think that today will be one of those days that I send you on a virtual treasure hunt for minis on other sites.
You do get two photos of the smallest mini scene in my collection. This one is 1/144 scale. It is done in 3 1/12 scale fruit crates. It's a mini shopping "mall". I find this scale to be kind of tiresome. You really can't put much detail in it.
The figures are from a miniature railroad store. The furniture is mostly painted metal miniatures.
Now for something else to keep you busy whilst I clean house.
http://www.jennifersprintables.com/ This site is great for mini wallpapers of all eras. There are also some other printies if you look around.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dp.grice/booksweb.htm This one is a nice page of book covers.
http://www.cut-and-paste.rr.nu/ The last one is an old but good one. There are both printies and projects on this one.
Remember not to run with scissors and don't eat the paste! See you tomorrow.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
I painted the walls with Old Parchment this morning. It is the same color as the trim on the outside of the building.
This is one of the counters that I am going to be using. I haven't decided what kind of finish to put on it yet. I cheated and bought some counters and such at one of the mini shows one year. I was going to use them in the general store. I figure I may as well use them. I can always build more for the general store now that I am stocked up on wood.
I did get three more sweaters made today too. This time beige crew necks.
The bad news is blogger is not letting me upload any more photos right now. I keep getting an error message. Oh well. I was just going to show you the door and frame that I dropped on the floor and broke for the third time. I need to glue that thing in! When will I learn? Probably not before tomorrow. See you then.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Today I tried the roll of veneer stripping. It works! It was the fastest floor I ever laid. I had the whole thing done in about 20 minutes. Now ask me if I like it.....I would say it is about fourth on my list of favorites.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here we go again. I worked on the hutch more this morning. It is a bit slower with the bandaged hand. It is a lot better today.
I used some already stained brown scraps for the uprights on either side of the piece. then I added two pieces of wood for the drawers on the front. I outlined those with the same double bead to emphasize the drawers.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Photo? Here are some ladies folded blouses that I made somewhat the same way as the men's shirts. These I added a layer of flannel about a half inch down to give them more body. and simply added trims after putting them together, but before gluing the fold(see #4).
There are other ways of doing these too. I believe in Thoreau. Simplify, simplify, simplify..... So that's how I did mine.
That's all for today. I will try for a bigger and better entry tomorrow. Ouch!!!! See you then.