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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Thrill is Not Gone....Yet....

I think that this may be the best gift that Tessie has ever been given....It has kept her out of my hair for the past twenty four hours!

She is contemplating joining a traveling circus....With some practice.... By the time the practice is finished, she will change her mind.

She has even managed to coerce Zar into helping out. I don't think that he is going to last long....He doesn't like being low man on the totem pole.

And Spike has wisely decided to sit on the sidelines and watch. I'm with him!

Whilst they were doing their thing, I decided that it was time to start doing something mini.

I spotted some of the House of Miniature kits that have been wandering around the house....However, neither Tessie or I really want any Early American furniture in the townhouse.

Tessie, while taking a break, put her foot down and told me she definitely didn't want any silly formal furniture. So I decided to see what I could do with a couple of the kits in question.

The first one was a lowboy dresser. If it were built just as it came from the kit, it would have three drawers on the bottom and one long drawer on top. Very boring.(Tessie's words, not mine.)

I put together the case and the top drawer. I left off the cabriole legs and put on bun feet instead.

Where the three drawers were across the bottom, I decided it should have three baskets instead. I used Penelope canvas and walnut bottoms.

After that was settled, I painted all of the wood parts black.

After it was dry, I slid the baskets into the slots and set it upright.

I put some knotted rope handles on the top drawer. I don't really like those, but I am going to have to think about that for a bit.

This piece will either go at the foot of the bed or maybe, with a cushion across the top, it could go in the front hall, downstairs.

As I said, I will think about it for a bit.....

See you tomorrow.


Plushpussycat said...

Cute story and photos--delightful!

Lataina said...

LOL.....too funny!

The furniture is very nice. I really like the baskets with it. =)

Minka's Studio said...

Very clever furniture transformation. Tessie needs a clown costume. Maybe you can show us how you made those baskets . . . or provide a link if you did it in an earlier post.

Sandra from Sydney said...

Very imaginative use of the kit and I love the new look. How did you make the baskets? Tessie is so entertaining too - I hope she doesn't do any damage while she does her practice!
Sandra (Snippets from my Studio)

Caseymini said...

Minka, If you just poke "baskets" in the label section, it is one of the very first ones that I did. I think that you will have to go back about 3 pages. Be sure to go all the way back. There is another one about them, less detailed a few entries later.

Caseymini said...

Sandra, please see my above answer to Minka. They are very easy to make if you have the right materials.

Merri said...

Great kitbashing, Casey! My, Tessie is talented..Zar's going to need some liniment for his shoulders tho.

Looks like you're finding lots of ways to keep that six year old occupied, LOL!

miniacollection said...

Tessie is incredible and has hidden talents. The photos made me laugh.

Kathi said...

"Low man on the totem pole." Too funny! :D

Kim said...

how in the world do you get a picture of Tessie standing like that???!! Very cute and funny! I love the bashed kit- I like the idea of it having a cushion on the top :)

Caseymini said...

Kim, I promised her a cookie if she would pose.....LOL