Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I have the front roof and am working to paint the roof trim and get the top roof done. I found that the shingles they provided in the kit do not come apart very easily on the scored lines. It could be the age of the kit, but I have had to use sissors to get them apart having cracked a fair amount of them. I can only hope that I have enough. I also found that the shingles do not like to be put on with the white glue as they tend to curl. That means that I have been using the hot glue and working hard to get them positioned quickly before the glue has time to set. Pretty nerve-wracking. I started using the hot glue actually to get the front porch roof onto the building. I first tried with the white glue and it slid around so much I was at risk of having it on in the wrong place, so the hot glue is where it's at.
The final touch for the roof is that after I shingle and stain, I am going to put "copper flashing" on it. I haven't looked for that, but I fiddled around with using some scrapbooking paper cut narrow enough which worked pretty well. Now I just have to find a copper colored foil paper at my regular scrapbooking place. Or maybe wide copper foil from the stained glass supply place. My husband suggested that touch.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I have it sitting on the side and I will get to it at some point.
Meanwhile in my real life; its Christmas! It kind of snuck up on me and today we awoke to a blanket of white. This is the view from my front door. It's still snowing and there is about 6 inches on the ground. My husband is out plowing and is likely to be out at least until tomorrow when it is supposed to stop. We were to get our Christmas tree today and it would have been great to be able to get that all done up today while the snow fell, but it looks like I won't be able to get it at least until Monday night. Oh well, at least I got the wreath on the door and my Nativity Scene up with my angels and my lighted houses. It feels a little like Christmas now. I also am into my year end two week stay-cation from work. It feels really good to say "see you next year" to everyone when I walked out yesterday. So I will have time to decorate the tree and finish my shopping during the week.Oh, and of course continue to work on the Storybook Cottage!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today I came across a video using egg cartons and carry out trays to make a stone wall. Check it out.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I already got some furniture for it because I couldn't resist them. I have a wish list set aside for the things for the house, so these were the first pieces. I am also going to try to make some. There were some very interesting how-to's posted on the site that looked great.
Monday, October 12, 2009
2. Doreen at http://doreensminiatures.blogspot.com/
3. Julie at http://bearcabinminiatures.blogspot.com/
5. Debbie at http://debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com/
6. Robin at http://dollhouseminis.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In both pictures you can hopefully see the music scores on the piano bench and peeking up out of the file cabinet drawer. I searched a while to find the graphics for these covers, and since they are behind "glass" no one will know they do not open.
Well that's it. The wood panels on the top and sides will cover the wires from the lighting.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I struggled with reproducing the location my parents have their pianos in, but my father’s studio is not very interesting. So I settled on putting things in the room box that represented them – I saw Doreen did that with her shadow boxes. For example, my father recently put out a CD (shamelss plug here) and I am going to put the two pictures from the cover art in the box and display them as two portrait paintings behind the piano. That’s where one of the lights will be placed. I will have a floor lamp next to the piano and color the walls to compliment one of the portrait’s backgrounds. Since he is also into computers, I am going to put a computer on a small desk to the right of the piano.
For my mother’s room box, I am going to paint the walls a pale color, probably pink or peach, as she likes those colors. She has her piano in the front hall under a circular staircase. I decided that putting the stair case in the box might take up a lot of room, so I am just going to put a faux window to the right of the piano with drapes that resemble the ones in the life-size room, and a scene of a beautiful meadow behind the window so it looks as if you are looking out onto that location. There will be a large picture behind the piano that is a copy of a oil painting she loves, which hangs in her living room. For the lighting, I am going to hang a chandelier over the piano, which should light the whole space. Hers is going to be a little fancier since she tends toward that style.
So now I wait until the room boxes I ordered arrive.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I am going to make two room boxes for my parents who are both pianists, for Christmas. Since they are divorced and live separately, it won't matter that they are similar. : )
I figured I need to get to work now so I can get them done in time. I ordered two room boxes from miniatures.com and now I have to think about the design and color – my favorite part! More to come on my progress.
Friday, July 10, 2009
In the meantime, you can follow all that other progress, if you are so inclined on my other blog, Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman.
Thanks. See ya until then.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
You all must have thought I fell off the face of the earth. Well the cyber earth, maybe. I have been having such horrible problems with my computer. Long story...
Anyway, thank you so much to Doreen of http://doreensminiatures.blogspot.com/ for sending my first award and to Casey at http://caseymini.blogspot.com/ for the other award. It is most difficult for me to pass it along to the 10 and 15 people because I don’t know that many, Anyway, here is my list of the people who get both. I am sorry if this is not the proper way to do it.
- Taenia at http://taeniasminiatures.blogspot.com/who is amazing with flowers.
- JFolk at http://jlilroomer.blogspot.com/
- Debbie at http://debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com/
- Colleen at http://creatingdollhouseminiatures.blogspot.com/
- Minimaker Anderson at http://creatingdollhouseminiatures.blogspot.com/ who always has some amazing videos to help me out.
- Carolina at http://minileapsandbounds.blogspot.com/ who posts the most amazing pictures.
I am really quite grateful for the attention. Thanks again.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I then started on the work for the windows in the Music Room and the Bedroom. I made two sample windows to test them for fit before I went and cut for the others. I have 5 wide windows and 8 narrow windows in those two rooms. I checked for fit and "gang cut" the pieces for the other windows this morning. I laid them all out on a piece of paper that I marked with the sizes so I can just grab, sand, and assemble as I move along. They are all going to be painted so I didn't have to stain the pieces before I cut.
These are different from the other ones I have done because these have corner blocks. I have never used them before but I studied the workwork in my real size house and checked out how they were done and figured it out. I also had some help from my husband who does construction and he gave me the thumbs up on what I was doing.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
So, I learned my lesson for the day. Don't sacrifice quality for price.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The first picture is after I painted the walls
This picture is how it looks now. I don't know if you can tell, but I got a very small cat for the sofa against the far wall. I used red felt for the "wall-to-wall" carpeting, and used small basswood strips for the baseboard. I then found through miniatures.com actual replic baseboard and have used that since in the rest of the house. The house sits on the floor in front of a window and when the light comes through the suggested stained glass windows, the light is very pleasing.