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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Birdhouse and Other Things Mini.....

Last week I ordered a birdhouse from my friend Nikki at Witch and Wizard Miniatures She had the cutest gourd birdhouses on her etsy site and I couldn't resist. I should also say, I am glad that I didn't. I saved a frog from death by dissection! We got a bottle for Tessie to keep her gourd juice in. Tessie has three new felted blankets that will keep her warm in the Russian winters. A bird that will be hanging around the new birdhouse and a miniature dome and some marbles were also in the package! I hope I didn't forget anything. Oops! I forgot three candles dripping with blood!!!It was quite a bonus day!

Nikki, Tessie says thank you so much for all of the goodies. I am sure that you knew that she would grab the whole pile and run with them. She did!

Nikki, your felting is amazing. Very delicate and the colors are beautiful. The poly clay pieces are some of the finest I have seen. The shading on the gourds is amazing.

Just so you will know, the frog has already been named Delbert and Tessie is keeping him in sight at all times so that he won't come to any harm. As I said before, Nikki said he was headed for a dissection table......Bad Nikki! LOL

We had to take Mookie to the vet this morning for a check up. He has gained 2 3/4 pounds since his thyroid problem was first diagnosed. Walter and I both are very impressed with his progress.

Before the vet, I painted the side of the cottage with Ceramcoat Victorian Teal and then washed it with a light green glaze to make it look a bit weathered.

I went back to the site that I listed a few days ago and decided on the color scheme. The trim will be mostly Old Parchment with a touch of sage green here and there.

I found a pierced sandalwood fan to do some of the gingerbread panels. After all, this is a very inexpensive kit and I want it to look good, but I want it to be a fast project.

I cut some 1/32" walnut for the panels. Walnut doesn't warp like the softer woods. It will save more time.

Here are the first two corner panels. They are just in the basic color and not detailed yet, but I think that they are going to look pretty good when I finish.

I am going back to work now.....Real laundry is on the list of must dos for today. So that and painting panels is in my future.

See you tomorrow.


Katie said...

Oh Casey! I'm sooo jealous! I want one of Nikki's gourds so bad:) They are beautiful!! And look at that tiny bird...good lord! That's small!!

Glad to hear the Mookie has put back on some weight... big hugs for Mookie!

Lyssa and James Bowen said...

Oooooohhh! I love Nikki's stuff! One of these days, when I have the extra cash, I am going to try to nab something from her. :) You and Tessie made quite the haul and I love the color that was picked for her Russian Cottage.

Hopblogger said...

Everything is just tooo cute. Love Tessie - that witch. Have to ask do you make Tessie's clothes?
I need a witch & clothes also for one of my apartments.You have inspired me to have a witch.
BTW - the color on dollhouse looks great.