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Friday, July 12, 2013

Finished Dressing Room...

This morning, I got up and decided that the Elizabethan Dressing Room would be finished.

It is...

I framed the portrait with small chair rail and decorated it with self stick gold filigree.

For those of you that want an easy way to frame, this is it.

I mounted the painting on illustration board with spray glue.  Then I trimmed it to the exact size of the painting. Then I mounted that on a piece of index card.  I trimmed the card 1/8 to 1/4inch away from the edge of the painting.

I already had a piece of chair rail stained, so that made it much easier.  No staining or drying time wasted.

I cut the molding to fit around the picture, with the corners at a 45degree angle.  Then glue the strips to the index card around the painting.

I happened to have some gold strips that seemed to work so I put two strips along the lines of the chair rail.  Then I put a small design in each corner.  Finished.

I used an old gold paper piece for the frame on the mirror.  That one, I had to glue. I bought it way before the sticky backed ones came along.

I played with the dress until I was half way pleased with it.  With the pellon in the bodice, I couldn't pull it down quite as much as I wouldn't have liked.  I think that it still works.  Just not as relaxed and droopy as it would be without it.

The main thing is, Lettice approves. 

As for the cat cottage, it's growing...I ran out of rolled rods about 9:00PM.  What is there so far is one Architectural Digest and one Traditional Home magazine.

The opening in front is going to be the door...It's about 10 inches wide.

It's a lot of work to get rid of two magazines, but I find it relaxing and enjoyable, while watching TV in the evening.

And Widget gets a new house for the price of a few glue sticks.  A friend provided the magazines.

Now I have to think of something new in mini or maybe something old.  We shall see...

See you tomorrow.


Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey, This has been a fascinating adventure watching you make something from nothing once again. The dress turned out so well and I like the way that you have displayed it within the box. I love the way the painting has turned out, too. I used to be able to get the gold filigree paper strips, quite easily at the local craft store back in the early 90's, but I have looked at Michael's for them and they don't even know what I am talking about when I have asked for them!? Anyway, yours have done the trick beautifully! The whole box has such character to it and considering just how shallow it is, it packs a whole lot of Punch! Well done!


Steinworks said...

Im glad to see the finished product and thanks for the portrait tutorial..can't wait to see what's next

Marisa :)

Steinworks said...

PS I used one of your chair tutorials for a box that Im doing :)

MiniKat said...

Love the room, Casey! Did you find a mini Widgit to keep mice out of the actor's wig?

Cara said...

The dressing room is fantastic! I love the little touch of the kitty climbing up on the table.

Lucille said...

It's a beautiful dress, Casey! The box is wonderfully reminiscent of the times. Another wonderful project done in no time at all! As for your cat's new abode, it looks very comfortable. He's so cute!

Wendy Riggins said...

its beautiful! I too like the kitty!

2minimom said...

Wonderful dressing room, and I absolutely adore the frame! My cats really need for me to get busy and make a bed like yours!

Kath said...

that is so cool!! when I was suggesting a woman's dressing room type of box I would never even thought of this. you did a great job.

mcddiss said...

esa caja esta quedando muy bien , me gusta como ha quedado el vestido , ya ha dado su aprovacion Letice?
espero que si

veo que esa nueva cesta para el gato va creciendo dia a dia
seguro que encontraras pronto un nuevo proyecto



Fabiola said...

Wonderful! I like the kitty climbing up on the table.
Greetings, Faby

hopeful said...

Casey: I wish I had one half of the energy you have and even 1/4 of the talent and imagination. You always amaze me. - Marilyn from Canada
P.S. Here in New Brunswick it was 38 celcius today with a humidex reading of 40. I don't know what that is in Fahrenheit. I only know I would never survive Arizona!

Giac said...

Hi Casey
Terrific job on the roombox. It is just perfect and all the details are great. The painting is beautiful and the frame is terrific.
Big hug,