Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here is the present state of the outside of the shop. I still have a lot more trim to put under the eaves and there are still the roof caps to think about, but I am really happy to have the body of the roof finished. Yippee! No more shingling!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Ignore the green Halloween fingernails and pay attention. Here's the credit card strip in action! I did the markings here in about 20 minutes. It would take me less time if the pattern weren't herringbone. That pattern will be the death of me. I have to stop and make sure that the bricks are running in the right direction every row. It is very easy to mess up and have all of the bricks running the same way. There is another name for that. Don't ask. I can't remember it and I don't want to go look it up right now.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I started on the front. I am probably done for today though. I try not to do any straight lines except for where the plaster meets the roof line, or corners. I wrap the clay to the inside of the doors and windows and cut it off even with the back side. At the bottom left you can see where I stopped. I will wet that down a bit with a sponge tomorrow and just start with a new piece, blending it in.
After finishing the front and the other side, I will come back and do the steps. They will be bricks. There will be one course of square bricks around the base of the building. I am thinking Normandy type frames of stone around the front door and window. Or maybe I will do folding shutters on either side of the window. I am also wondering if I should make a basket shop instead of an accessories shop......Random thoughts are leaking out of my brain again. I need to go write them down now. I might lose something important!
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
No, I didn't purchase the cat. I got a real bargain on the Miniature Collector magazines. They were 50 cents a piece. I got 20. One of these has some of my wicker furniture in it and one has a couple of my dolls that are in Pat's fairy castle. I bought 5 of the old small sized Nutshell News @ 1.00 a piece. One of them has my castle in it. There was a book on Chippendale and a miniature book from 1977 that I never bought back then because a friend had it and we traded books back and fourth all the time. Now I have it.
I also bought 3 small plastic skeletons to make earrings. Nope. I don't have three ears. I double checked right there at the table. They came three to the bag. I am going to have to figure out what to do with the spare. Maybe a 1/4" Halloween scene? I got a 5 x 7 self healing cutting mat with ruler marks on it and 4 rusty tin planters. That was the extent of the stuff that I brought home to live with me for a while.
I just plain couldn't find anything that hit my fancy. Usually I have no problem spending money at the show. This time some of my favorite dealers weren't there. I heard that some of them aren't going to as many shows because of the extra expense of traveling by car or by plane these days. Then when they get to the shows the people aren't buying as much as they used to. It is really too bad when the economy effects our shows like this. I don't know what the solution would be. It is fun to go and look. All year we wait, save our pennies and anticipate the annual show. It's almost as good as Christmas. Not this year......... OK. I am climbing down off of the soapbox now.
I may have to spend some money on line to make up for it. I found this site this morning. Their kits sound like a great deal. The shell is already built for you all you have to do is the finishing.
http://www.hansonminis.com/index.html This site has some wonderful 1/4" houses for sale. If you look around, there are also lots of great ideas. I love the way that they build the shell of the house so that the rooms can be taken out and worked on. You don't have to squeeze your big old hands into tiny spaces that way. Some of them are even stackable boxes to make a house.
Tomorrow I promise to seriously try to finish the bookshop. We will have the Grand Opening soon. I want to move on to something else. Stupid books.....
See you tomorrow.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This one is a little hard to navigate. It is a European site and has several wonderful mini boxes. It's worth the trouble just for the Venetian mask shop.
Karen Cary has a nice beginning tutorial for a wicker chair. There is also a page of helpful hints. http://karencary.com/projects.htm