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Seascaping plans

Thinking through the tide pool seascaping...

I am planning to build the seascape upward, in steps to match intertidal zones.

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I have been accumulating flora and fauna for months, as I researched.  I’ve arranged the fauna by zone, with the exception of sea stars, which will be sculpted in situ...

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I have lichens, flocking and lycopodium to serve as flora...

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I have sand, small rocks, and crushed shells to serve as substrate, and some larger faux rocks Nancy made from air dry clay...

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Nancy also sent some beach-combed treasure...

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I’ve also a few items gathered from nature that aren’t meant to be anything that lives in a tide pool, but won’t look out of place if I need to use some as filler...

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I am waiting for one more box of supplies before I start seascaping.  My friend Bill, who lives on the Pacific coast of Canada, assembled a mix of treasure for me, it is en-route now.  While I wait for it to arrive I have been happily engaged in Bill’s online research assignments.  :)


Conservatory base progress

I didn’t get the base finished this weekend, but I worked at an enjoyable pace and got a more than fair amount done.

The rocks will barely be visible in the end, but I had fun painting and it was good practice.

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I cut a piece of plywood for the back wall, stained and repaired a broken door, and started bricking.

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I screwed in pier supports cut from Trex scraps left over from my daughter’s remodel.

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The top surface of the pier will be made from strip cut from the Trex.  Trex is very, very messy to cut!  It makes ten times the sawdust.

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The whole front of me was as covered as my arm.  I used the shop vac to clean most of it off.  My husband walked in as I was vacuuming my boobs...he rolled his eyes, turned around, then walked back out.  :D

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The only thing that needs to be finished before I can move on to seascaping is the brick wall.  I can finish that this week in the evenings.

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I am using magnetic cabinet closures to attach the rear wall, so I can have access to the interior of the conservatory.

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The walled off square is room for electrical stuffs, should I decide to electrify.

I probably could have finished bricking the wall this evening, but I have to clean my studio at the end of every weekend, so I can use it for my office during the week.

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Anything I work on during the weekday evenings has to be low-mess and fit on my rolling cart.

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I am very much enjoying both working from home and having a clean room.


Conservatory base

Before I can start landscaping, or rather, seascaping, the base of the contest build, I need to build the base for the conservatory.  The two builds will sit next to each other as part of a cohesive theme.  To have seamless flow it would be prudent to seascape them concurrently.  I’d like to finish the base this weekend, then I will show you the flora and fauna I’ve accumulated :)

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