30 posts categorized "Creatin' Contest 2017"

more holes

After the walls had dried and I removed the clamps I drilled holes and cut grooves for the wiring.

When that was done I glued on the top wall piece and the slanted roof supports.  I put waxed paper under them so they wouldn't stick to the flat roof piece, which I don't want on yet.  I also glued together the base of the porch.


It worked!  No stick!  The flat roof piece slid right out.


I measured for the placement of my porch light, then cut a hole in the roof piece with my jeweler's saw.  If you ever have a chance to take Diane Almeyda's jeweler's saw class at the Bishop Show in Chicago, do it!


I didn't take a before picture of the ceiling fixture I am going to use.  It is one from Charlene's stash.  I showed you guys the furniture she hadn't used yet, but there were all sorts of lighting and building supplies as well.   I managed to pry off the brass filigree thing from the bottom of the fixture....I'm not sure where it landed.  Then I scraped off the old, deteriorated foam mounting stuff from the bottom. 

The light is going to be inset into the ceiling in order to hide the level at the base, and minimize the profile....



That should work nicely.  Next up...figure out which power supply of Charlene's is the correct one to use, and make sure the lights work. 

Kat, I meant to tell you, the pin vise I threw in the box I sent you is from Charlene.  :)


the walls are up

Husband cut the new window holes for me with a jigsaw, then I did a bit of fine tuning with files to fit the windows, and filled in a couple of old window holes.


I let that dry overnight, then glued the walls and floor together this morning.  Because of the way the pieces fit together this kit was an absolute dream to glue!  A big hooray to the HBS design team.  Well done!


I need to add a second band clamp and another long clamp to my array of tools.

When the kit arrived the door was out of square and the small window was missing a pane of acrylic.  HBS kindly replaced both those items for me after I emailed them pictures.  Rather than discard the broken parts I spent a couple hours carefully fixing the door, and plan on fixing the window.  I will replace the missing acrylic with something opaque and use it in the bathroom.


I am going to use the second door, but have a spare small window, if anyone needs it for their kit.

Freddie the bricklayer

I've been busy cutting bricks from egg cartons.  I'm using Brae's measurement of 3/4" x 1/4". I couldn't see researching something she's already figured out, and you can't fault Brae's brickwork.  I did make myself a wooden cutting template though, so I don't have to measure each row with the ruler; it should eliminate error and quicken the process.  (The extra strip of wood is 1/4", I add it to the width of the template piece to cut corner bricks.)

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I got antsy to see it on the build, so bricked the side extension.


You've noticed Freddie Mercury, my new assistant.  C3PO wasn't working out, I had to let him go.  Although he is fully articulated he has as much range of motion as, well, C3PO.  I'd say he is a regretful purchase, but I had fun assembling him.  (Freddie arrived already assembled, with three interchangeable heads and four sets of hands.)

My other assistant was too busy playing 'get the tail' in the chair next to me to be much help with the bricks.  But then, her official job title is Chief Distraction.


I've been thinking about exterior lights while I cut egg cartons.  I don't want sconces next to the door, so I'm going to place lights in the roof above the door.  I could buy a couple of can lights, but I already have a couple of ugly ceiling fixtures in my stash...so if I put a couple rows of bricks in front, so you can't see the fixture....but would that make the height above the door too short?  Do I even NEED exterior lights?  Well, I've already got one that's going in around the side, so I should finish the job.

I roughed it out, it should work.  This rough is for two rows of bricks, which should conceal the fixture, but I think I can make it up to four rows high if I need to.  Plus, I can cut into the bottom of the roof a bit to inset the fixture.


All the places with black foam core will be bricked, all the mdf areas will be clad in wood strips.

I'm not sure I"ll get anything accomplished today, I have to do our taxes this morning, Kate's coming over for lunch, and it's going to hit 60 degrees this afternoon and I'd like to get last year's dead foliage off my flower beds....plus I'm behind on laundry....the never-ending list of adulthood.

Husband has the day off today, perhaps I'll have him cut my window and door openings.  He feels guilty about an argument we had, and it will make him feel better to do something nice for me to make up.  I hate to see him moping about.  Normally I'd ask for lasagna, but he's got a special lunch planned for Kate.  The man makes lasagana from scratch....he starts with fresh tomatoes and basil....he's brilliant.

One more quick share to put off doing taxes a few more minutes....my attempt at staging a cute picture for you of Freddie relaxing with Ester didn't go as planned....


He's taking a nap with the bricks, instead, while I take the day off from minis.

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building furniture smarter

I build furniture more quickly than I used to.  Not because I do it faster, but because I do it smarter. 

Yesterday I made three modern tables....


A dresser/desk combo....


And a kitchen unit...minus the countertop and sink, I'm not going to cut the countertop until the alcove the unit sits in has been built, when I know the exact length it needs to be.


All the pieces have faux doors and drawers, as I don't require that any need to open.  In fact, the fridge is just a front, since that's all that will be seen.  I just have to remember to paint black the alcove it will sit it.


Before I would have cut rectangles of wood for door and drawers, then glue them onto another piece of wood.  This time I lowered the blade of my table saw to half the depth of the wood then cut grooves in it.  Whizz bang boom, drawers and doors.  I also cut a groove down the back of each of the side tables, to run lamp wires in.


I used to smear glue all over then wipe away the excess, now I put on just enough; it holds better and the dry time is significantly decreased.  I use good clamps now, as well.  Clamping is crucial for a strong join.  Oh!  And a nice square gluing jig.  Tools are wonderful.  I wish I had invested in the proper tools earlier, instead of accumulating a stash of cute "I'll use that some day" minis, most of which are still waiting.

Speaking of cute...


a bazillion echeveria - canceled

I was getting something off the top shelf of my bookcase today when I took a good look at the dusty mess that is the flower garden of the Michigan Lake Cottage.  It is a pain to clean without damaging it.  Why would I do that to myself again?


The planted roof on this kit will be plastic, and removable, so that I can take it off the top of the house and spray it clean in the shower.  I've got almost enough plants already.


I shall reclaim my dining room and move back to my studio to start on the build.



a bazillion echeveria - day twenty-four

Batch done...


I like these, I need to make more, but they're hand colored so they take longer...


I had fun with these, but ran out of purple paper...


This shape didn't work for me, so I stopped after the first five, then used the rest of the colored-edge shapes to super-size them...


I'm not sure about the snowflake shape on the current batch, it's a little weird, but it will add variety to the grouping...


my office is staffed by druggies...and new stuffs

"This Mucinex is the best man!", "Have you tried Alka Seltzer Cold and Flu?",  "I'm hooked on Sudafed Pain & Pressure", "I've been taking zinc, it seems to help, I don't know",  "Do you still have some Emergen-C?",  "This menthol-camphor salve has essential oils....take a snort of this."  "Can somebody hook me up with an antihistamine?"

I'm sick again.  The whole office is sick again.  I swear we've been passing the same, mutating, virus around all winter.  It was proposed yesterday that we leave the telecom business and go to work for Kleenex.  Maybe there is a medical research team that needs bulk quantities of snot, we'd be perfect suppliers.

So....when you don't feel well enough to build, you buy, right? 

Lighting for the contest build.  I am going to, for the first time (gasp!), use actual dollhouse lighting and not make my own from LEDs.


A toilet and sink...plastic, you paint the underside whatever color you want.  I'll let you know how they turn out.


Bunches of cheap grapes that aren't realistic grapes but I think will make nice succulents.....and a can of Pringles, because Pringles are my weakness.  I can never have too many Pringles.  Speaking of...remember when a can costs 99 cents?  You know what 99 cents gets you now?  A midget can...an on sale midget can.   I understand price increases due to inflation, but c'mon!  Don't midgetize my Pringles!


Nevermind my rant, it's the pills talking.

Kat, lovely, lovely Kat, mailed me a goodie box.  Bits and bobs and gorgeous hand stitched petit point pillows.  Look at those perfect wee stitches, it's craziness!



Thank you so much, Kat.  I have retaliation a thank you gift planned.  I've got a little something for Miss Kitty, too.

And...I finally won an ebay auction for a cat!


He's a Birman, made by ewelina.  I usually bow out of the auctions when they hit $125 or $150, but managed to snag this beauty for just under $100.    Honestly, I think the legs are a bit weird, I may attempt modification.  I love his little face though, and his colors, and his big fluffy tail.  He's dreamy.

I'm off to soak in a bathtub full of menthol bubbles in hopes that I might be able to breathe out of my nose for a little bit.  I'll give you a bazillion echeveria update this weekend.