Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here's a photo of the cutting process. I started with the size shingle that you see at the left. That gets cut into quarters. Some of those will get cut in diagonals that will go in the corner between the dormer and the main roof. The half shingles will go to start alternate rows and in a few cases to fill in gaps so that I don't have a tiny shingle on the edge of the roof.
I have probably cut about 1/8th of the amount that I need to finish the roof. You may have noticed that I don't have the roof on the back side yet. I will avoid putting that on until I finish the interior of the attic. Have you ever tried to get into the corners under the roof with that thing on? It is hard to cut and fit beams and other trim with that piece in place. Thus, it stays off for a while longer.
This is what I have done so far today. As soon as I finish here I will go back and do some more. I promise. Honest I will.......
Here's a close up of the inside corner that I have done. I am not going to put any trim on the inside corner, so I have to get everything in as close together as possible.
I started by staining shingles until I was about to pass out from the odor of the stain. Then I cut big shingles into little shingles until I ran out of stained shingles. After that, I shingled the other bay and started a couple of rows on the main body of the house. I may not finish today. I don't think I could take another hour of the stain stink.
I may have to do some work on the inside of the attic instead. Anyway, I have to get back to work. See you tomorrow.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here is the last wall all finished! Ask me if I am happy. The answer is YES!!!!!!! I am really happy with how the rocks on this one turned out. They are a bit darker and more aggressive than the rocks on some of the other buildings that I have done. Strange but also kind of fun. I am going to do a lot of vines on the walls too.
Now I can get on to shingling tomorrow. Maybe I should just say I am staining shingles tomorrow......I shouldn't make promises that I can't keep. It seems like this building is going really slow. It was all of those rocks. That's my excuse and I am sticking with it!
Just for fun, here's the other side.
I was too lazy to turn the shop around so you are going to have to shade your eyes from the sun or go look at one of the previous photos of that side.
I am going to make this short today, so as usual you get a site to go play with. This one has some good projects and printies. Look around. You might find a project that you want to do. http://www.mysmallobsession.com/home.html
I am off to do absolutely NO minis for the rest of the day.
BTW. The blog hit the 20,000 mark this morning. Thanks for stopping by and reading!
See you tomorrow!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I put a little framing under the roof line and then I started painting rocks. I continued painting rocks. I then painted rocks some more...... Did I mention that I did some rock painting this morning? The results of the exercise is two walls finished and one to go. I think that I am still going to add more rocks to that side too. It seems to need more to balance out the other two sides.
I am starting to get excited now. It is coming together pretty much like I envisioned it at the beginning. Somehow I am always surprised when this happens. My buildings seem to evolve. It seems like the building is telling me what direction to take next. Or maybe I should say that the building is directing me.
This whole project started taking shape when I got a book called "Storybook Style, America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties". The authors are Gellner and Keister in case you are interested. I had seen the ones in Carmel, CA years ago and really loved them. There were not only houses, but also shops.
In fact, when I was growing up in Phoenix AZ one of my favorite parts of the city was the houses around Encanto Park. That area was filled with these houses. Each one was different. Each one told a story.
The style is completely fantasy and most of them look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. There is no rhyme or reason to the design other than to please the eye of the beholder. Most of the time, the rocks on the houses served no structural purpose. They were purely decorative and simply added to the fantasy quality. That's what I like about the style. There are really not to many rules or restrictions to the design.
I decided what better style for a book shop than a storybook building. Thus the Buttercup Bookshop was hatched. Now I can't wait to get it finished and move in.
I am making no promises, but I am hoping that I can get it done in the next week or so. I want to start something new! Back to work.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Remember the dragon that Mookie had for lunch a few days ago? After thinking about it, I decided that it would just give Mookie something to chew on if I kept the dragon sticking out from the front of the Buttercup. So........I chose to go in another direction.
First of all, I was not happy with the detail that I was able to get with the Super Sculpy. I changed to Granitex in the brown colorway. Here is what happened.
The dragon became a more shallow relief type than a sticking out type. He pulled his wings up around his head to fit under the eaves.
He is decidedly more sinister looking than the first one. I haven't baked him yet. I may do some shading with crushed pastels before I do that. That way the chalk will stick to him and I won't have to paint after he is done. Here he is from the other side. His name is Morgan. I have no idea why. He just kind of looks like a Morgan to me.
I really don't have much else to tell you today, that is unless you want to know about the second new microwave oven that I have bought in a week. No. I didn't keep both of them. I returned one and then got another one. See I told you you didn't want to know.
I am off to set fire to Morgan. See you tomorrow.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I started the morning talking to friends on MSN. We did some catching up. We haven't done that for a long time. It was great fun. After a couple of hours of that I got to work making rocks....Again....Some more.....Still. The white areas are the new rocks. Nope. I didn't get too far. Did I mention that I'm sick of rocks? Yes, I think I did...A few times.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Today I started concentrating on the second floor. I decided to fill in the blanks on the bay window seat. I didn't want it to be the same as the first floor. I am tufting the seat and the front panel. Here's how.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I am still gathering things to put in the bookshop attic. I went through a bunch of older furniture that I had in a drawer. I knew that somewhere I had a small wicker chair that would fit in the corner of the attic. The space is so small that it needs stuff that is on the small side.