I cut a board for my base then stained it ebony. The board has a rough side and a smooth side, but I am using it rough side up because it's interesting.
I always put rubber feet on the bottom of my projects, but this base board was too thin to screw them into, so I used machine screws, washers and nuts, which left hardware protruding upward.
Air dry clay would have made excellent rocks to cover the exposed hardware, but I didn't have any on hand. I did have some styrofoam balls, Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty, and alcohol inks.
I used the leftover water putty to smooth out the rough area in front of the porch, where the sidewalk will go.
While that was drying I filled in the planter boxes. The electrics are hiding in the long one, so it needs to be able to be lifted out. I cut a thin piece of basswood to fit then topped it with a layer of foam core board. I used two nuts and bolts as handles. So that they aren't too obvious I covered the exposed metal with torn strips of brown colored masking tape, so they would look like trunks.
You'll notice that I also added another layer to the roof. It's foam core board covered with black tape. The roof looks thick enough now. I should probably go over the edges of the tape with a black marker so that the lines aren't obvious.
Hopefully I can get the landscaping finished today. Once that's done I need to put together the smaller journal kits Nancy sent to finish the bookcase, then can start moving the furniture inside and placing accessories. Oh, and I need to have my husband fix my power strip so that the lights work.
I'm getting very close to done! I need to have it ready before the end of the week, so that I take it over to the botanical park next weekend for a photo shoot.