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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Just as I was starting to think that today's blog post would involve pictures of paint drying (and how exciting is that?), I checked the mail and found a package from Kitty and Kat Miniatures waiting for me. (How lucky am I? It's the second good mail day I've had in less than a week...)The package was full of goodness: some small scrapbooking sheets,
a selection of design books (made by Kat),
a tiny gnome figure,
and some lovely blue pottery.
Also included were two packages of tinsel (also made by Kat), a magnifying glass, a letter A for my collection and a thumbtack wall piece.
Thanks Kat! I can't wait until I have the time and head space to start making scenes again so I can use some of these...
Monday, November 23, 2015
After the weekend's trip to see Ann from Victorian Dollhouses, and extra roof beams ordered cut and in the mail to me (thanks to the amazing Karen at JWT Dollshouses and Miniatures), things are definitely looking up on my HBS Creatin' Contest build..So much so that I ventured into the next step: building the pergolas for the sides.
The first trial is bodged together with bits from the kit that I don't think I'll be using, just to get an idea of size.
Ideally, I think the pergolas should be double the width, so my writers can sit outside when it's raining without getting wet, and even move their desk onto it on fine days, if they feel like a change of scene.*
I also cut down the centre wall to fit and was most chuffed to find that my dodgy cutting isn't so obvious when the wall's in place.
Speaking of chuffed, I returned from my weekly digital sabbath to find this in my inbox:
(*While looking at this picture of the sliding door frame installed without the doors, I suddenly saw a future version of the build with the pergolas covered in and turned into a tiny bathroom and kitchenette area. Oh dear. I'd better forget that idea as quickly as I thought of it...)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
When I visited James at Victorian Dollhouses last weekend to buy some tile sheet to complete the build for the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery exhibition, I mentioned that my next step was to get the front windows cut at my favourite perspex place. His wife, Ann, said that if I popped down this weekend she could do it for me.
Who was I to resist such an invitation?As I put the pieces of the kit together so she could see what I was working on, I had a bit of a whoopsie:
At which point Ann introduced me to a miracle glue, Hafixs professional glue (see a video demonstration), which had my beam back together in seconds.
We then got down to the nitty gritty of working out exactly what I wanted, and as Ann realised I had no idea what I was doing, she drew me a diagram of how to design a window to support the perspex.
And suggested I should build the front first and then she could cut the perspex to fit my windows, rather than my original plan which was to cut the perspex then build the front around it.After some more discussion we decided that the safest approach would be to cut a piece of perspex to cover the entire front, then build the walls and window frames onto it.
She introduced me to her Olfa p-cutter, which cuts perspex quickly and cleanly.
And, before too long, she had measured.
a piece of perspex that fitted the front perfectly.
For me, it was another moment of 'Gosh, things are easy when you know what you're doing'.
Friday, November 20, 2015
This morning was a mad dash to complete my two scenes before I was picked up by a friend to deliver them to Goulburn Regional Art Gallery for their 'What's in the toybox' exhibition, which opens next week.
As usual after a major project, my studio is in complete chaos.And, even worse, have a large cutting mat and tools in the middle of my kitchen floor: I found myself moving from over-crowded spot to over-crowded spot in search of somewhere to finish the next part of the work before the deadline.
We drove through 40 degree (104 Fahrenheit, for those on the other side of the world) heat* to reach the gallery, and were diverted off the highway because of a grass fire*, but it was worth it to spy this at the entrance:
and these little houses in the exhibition before the one I'm in:
Once I got home and did some research on the artist, Ronnie van Hout, I was delighted to discover that he is not only a fellow kiwi, but that he also created 'Fallen robot', one of my favourite sculptures in Lower Hutt, New Zealand...
High on my agenda for the next couple of days is some serious down time (possibly including some TV-series binge watching) and napping, hopefully not at the same time. And some major house cleaning and organising.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I took a step back for a day, and read your comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I returned to the build with a clearer idea of what I needed to do next. One of those things turned out to be putting the first coat of 'creosote' on the side siding. Which suddenly made the whole thing look much better
And I've emailed someone to see if they can laser cut the extra roof beams I need to extend the roofline out over the pergola area. Because I know there's no way I can do that myself.
Meanwhile, I visited the newly-opened Canberra IKEA yesterday and couldn't resist buying a pair of light-up pears to add to my collection. Since I only need one in the collection, I thought the other would make an interesting garden sculpture for the build...
Speaking of IKEA, while I was there I noticed that they've added another set to their Huset range. Once again, out of scale for 1/12, but still tempting as the rug would work fine, the wardrobe doors could be hacked for front doors. And that dragon!
I may need to take Wendy out for a visit.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Shall we open the contents together?
The first excitement were these fabric pieces. The bottom one is particularly timely as I approach the six-month mark of quitting my toxic job.
I love these frames and am very tempted to start trawling eBay to find more and I think they'd make a fabulous gallery wall. Except I'm not supposed to be spending any money...
Great pictures, once again with perfect messages for me right now.
And this! An Old Navy purse keychain (after I removed the keychain bit).
Oddly enough, I've had this LiLu clock on my Etsy wish list for a while but never got around to buying it, so was excited to unwrap it.
Black and white cushions! With letters! Much excitement (and many exclamation points!)
A lovely desk,
And a SLICE Tilt coffee table, which is an amazing piece of design.
There was more: I thought I'd just showcase the highlights.Thank you so much for your generosity, Mad for Mod. I feel very spoilt and inspired.
And rather guilty, as I have this sitting under my desk:
A basket of swap items waiting to go in the mail. I'm hoping to get to it after the exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery opens next Friday.