Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
You can see the stain coming through from the outside finish on the shed. I had debated whether I would stain the interior of the shed so that the bleeding from the outside would be gone, but I decided that I liked the uneven colour of the interior. It's a shed!!! It isn't suppose to be finished on the inside!
I've been cutting so many garden printies, that I decided I should evaluate and see how many I actually really need. I decided to place the accessories I had in the shed and see what else I needed. Based on the other accessories I put in place today, I probably don't need a tenth of the hundreds of printies I have cut!! Oh well, I will have lots of printies to share I guess.
I was going to make another table to go under the window and then I remembered I had a House of Miniatures dry sink that I had started to assemble years ago, and then realized that there were two drawer fronts missing. It's sat on a shelf ever since then, and I thought it's a perfect place for an old dry sink that can't be used in a kitchen. I might paint it to match the potting table. I have a little time to decide.
Overall I am pleased with the temporary placements. I have lots of glueing to do once the printies are placed. It will be difficult to access the interior once the roof is attached so I want to ensure nothing is going to move later!
I would love to have your feedback on everything!
I have another new follower to welcome! My first Canadian and fellow camper for Camp Mini Ha Ha. Hello to
Karin has two blogs. Have a look!
Also in my last posting I had said that I didn't think Ascension had a blog. But she does!! Here's the link for her blog:- http://ascension-misminiaturas.blogspot.com/
Thanks everyone for taking an interest and for your kind comments!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I have three new followers. This is the part about blogging I don't quite understand. Even though I have three new followers, because the numbers moved from 50 to 53, there are only two new names that appeared in my followers list. So I do apologize if I am overlooking welcoming someone, so whoever you are, welcome!!! (Maybe this is someone following privately??) I'm not sure!
In the meanwhile, hello to:-
and Ascension, who does not appear to have a blog. If you do Ascension, just let me know and I will post a link to your blog.
Welcome to both of you as well, and thank you for taking an interest in my minis!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Now I have to dress the potting table before I put it in place. I am hoping to make a second work table to go along side of it, but under the window. This one doesn't fit under the window with the back section, so I need to build another one without the hutch! This one will have to be from scratch.
I have also been busy working on refinishing many other items for the interior of the shed. A lot of the wood pieces I had were new, and I wanted them to look a little older and used.
Also I went looking through Ebay for some garden items that Carol of http://weecutetreasures.blogspot.com/ had recommended, and I saw several flower trellis there as well as the items Carol had recommended, and I thought I could build the trellis myself, so presently my trellis is in a clamp. Pictures to follow on all these items once I have them finished. I will be doing an Ebay order shortly as well to get all the great items I found through Carol's recommendation! Thanks Carol!
I am still busy cutting out printies such as seed packages and other related gardening items. My fingers are sore from this and I have resorted to using a rotary cutter as much as possible to help my poor fingers.
So I have been busy, there will be more pictures coming in later posts as I complete all these "Mini Projects."
And the most exciting news of all......I have reached 50 followers in only two weeks. YIPPEE!!! Welcome to my 50th follower:-
Thank you to everyone for taking an interest in my blog, and thanks you to Sonia for being my 50th follower!!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I have been busy making some printies for the shelves and work tables, but I am still searching for more items. It seems that there are lot of printies online, and I have saved a lot over the years, but the majority of the ones I can find related to gardening appear to be more vintage. I would like to have some current gardening items such as bags of lawn seeds, fertilizer, Miracle Grow boxes, etc, and I am finding these items challenging. I don't think I have the computer skills to create them myself. So if anyone can suggest where I can find these items, it would be appreciated.
I have also been working on flowers for the inside and outside of the shed. I have made some flowers in the past and they are extremely time consuming but very rewarding. I have made them from both kits and from scratch. So far I have made lots of hyacinth, from instructions given in Miniature Collector, hydrangea from kits, fuchsia from kits (Bonnie Lavish kits are awesome!). I made fern leaves from scratch using floral tape in the past for the flower boxes on my dollhouse. I am going to need tons, but I think this is something I can add to over time!
A big thank you to Irene of http://applestearooms.blogspot.com/who showed me the "Flower". That's the flower on my camera that allows me to take clearer close ups of the miniatures. All my close ups are a lot crisper now! Thanks a bunch for sharing the information.
Also welcome to two more followers:-
Hope you enjoy my postings, and I would love to have your feedback.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The first item is another one of the rugs that I have stitched. The one shown below was my second rug. It measures about 5x9 inches and it's stitched on 32 count linen. The colours are very soft and I am using it in the dining room of my victorian dollhouse. The pattern came from a booklet that I have long since sold, so I can't give you the designer's name unfortunately. It was the first rug I ever fringed and I wished I hadn't sold the pattern because the instructions for fringing were the best instructions I have ever had, and I have not been able to duplicate the technique since!
The next item I wanted to share is actually a House of Miniatures kit that I have completely bashed and I am very pleased with how it turned out. The bed started out as a small twin bed, and I added bed posts and length the headboard, and used the original bed post to create a trundle bed. The trundle bed is on brass castors that actually work! I still have to dress the beds, and I am considering adding a quilt rail between the two spindles on the footboard. More to follow on this bed, but I thought I would share my progress to date!
There are more followers to welcome today.
Thanks for taking an interest in my blog!
Monday, June 21, 2010
You can see I used three legos as spacers between the shelves. Legos are great for jigs when assembling miniatures.
I also completed the front panel with the doors. I still haven't attached this panel, I want to make sure the doors can swing freely. I haven't attached the hardware yet, but in the picture it's laid in place just for show.
I still have to trim up the bottom of the doors a bit as well.
Between gluing time I searched through my collection of cutouts for suitable items for the garden shed. I found lots of seed packages and sacks, but I still need to find printies of items such as lawn seed bags, fertilizer, and similar items. Still have a bit of searching to do!
I have more followers to welcome. Please have a look at their blogs, there is some really interesting blogs out there. I am following over 100 blogs myself now.
and Miia, http://hallahovi.blogspot.com/
Thanks for taking an interest in my blog!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
But I have accomplished it. I did in manually with an Xacto knife and sand paper. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I tried to take pictures of the cuts, but it was challenging zooming in to show the detail, so I apologize for the blurriness. Keep in mind that these boards are close to 13" long with these cuts running the full length. I've just focused in on the very end to show the detail.
On another note, I thought I show you something more interesting. One of the main delays with creating miniatures is drying time for glues and paints. So many times I work on several projects, but space does become challenging then. One thing I find is a great filler for the time in between is my rug making. I've been making miniature rugs since I started making miniatures over 20 years ago. I enjoy it tremendously. There are times I don't touch the rugs for months, but then I find I have long stretches where I work on them constantly between other minis.
I thought I would share with you some of the rugs I have completed. This is the first two I've done. Both patterns came from miniature rug books. The rug is in 28 count and the runner is in 32 count. Again I've tried to zoom in to show you more details on the runner, sorry I've got lots to learn about my camera.
Above is the close up of the runner.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
I've been actively reading many blogs tonight, and I thought I would share pictures of the room that I use to create my miniatures. I renovated my workroom in January using Michael's Arts & Crafts storage cubes and a sheet of laminated board. I'm very pleased with the results. It's always a little untidy in the room, but I have lots of storage.
Unfortunately I left my computer memory stick at work, so I can't upload the pictures to my blog, but I can offer a link to my photo album online instead.
Just click on each picture to see larger images, or use the slide show feature.
Tomorrow I have a busy day working on the doors and roof for the garden shed. Hopefully I will have more to show you on the garden shed at that time.
I do have one new follower to welcome:-
Ana Rosa, http://lasminiaturasdeana.blogspot.com/
Thanks for taking an interest.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I got some great items for inside my garden shed. I love the garden rake and tiller, I'll need to "age" the rake. The boots, which don't show clearly in the photo are great. I might "plant" some plants in the boots and place outside the shed.
Thanks for taking an interest!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
You can still see the grain of the wood, but it has a nice soft sage tone. I still have to stain and paint the corner boards and window trim. There is a bit of masking tape holding everything together, so you have to ignore this. You can also see that the stain bleed through to the back of boards that will be exposed in the shed, so I think I will stain all the inside, so I have a consistent colour, and not blotchy as it is now!
It's great to see that I have three more followers! Welcome to
Gian Luca, http://thunmania.blogspot.com/
and Carolyn. Carolyn, I couldn't see a blog for you, and you may be following blogs like I did for a long time without your own blog. But if you do have a blog, just email me and I will post a link on my site for you.
Thanks for taking an interest. I am open to any miniature tips that any of you may have for my Garden Shed.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
When you live in a part of the world that has so little supplies quickly available, you incur delays. Well I can go to the hobby store for the paint tonight, but the roof will have to wait.
So then I thought I would scan a picture of the actual garden shed plans I am building so you can see the direction I am hopefully heading. The plans were found in Miniature Collector in 2007.
I am pleased with my project so far. I decided I would groove the planks in the floor and antique them today. I am pleased with how it turned out, but it doesn't photograph that well. Then I decided to apply finishes to some of the accessories for the shed. Here's updated pictures of the folding ladder, and garden tools from my posting early this week. I love how the "rust" turned out on the shovel and other tools. They are inexpensive miniatures, that looked too new and shiny, so now they have that well used look! I also "dirtied up" a mop and broom for the shed. I think I have to do a little more on the handle of those items.
I still have to decide on how I am going to refinish the potting table. It's a little too high for under the window, so I think I may make a second table to go next to it that doesn't have the hutch section, and this should fit under the window fine.
I am very pleased to see I have four more followers. Welcome to:-
Debbie, http://debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com/ and several other blogs!
Thanks for taking an interest in my projects.
I have a question for those who are following. Most blogs I follow I can click on a picture and view a larger version of the picture. On some sites I cannot. On my own site, I can't click on my pictures to see a larger image. Is it something I should be doing when I am uploading the images and publishing the posting? Hope you can help me. I love seeing the larger clearer images, and I would like to offer people following my blog the same convenience.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Today I completed the siding on all four walls of the garden shed. I have the window propped into place just to see the finish look. I haven't attached the siding to the studs yet, because I want to paint them first. The plans called for the corner posts to be stained and white washed, while the bead board was stained and painted a blue green shade. Just to ensure I don't mess up this different paint technique, I thought it wise to paint before final assembly. I put the window in place just to see the finish look, but it's not glue either because of the painting. I still have to make the door as well, and the beadboard has to line up to match the boards above the door. Hope it's not too challenging.
The peaks of the garden shed are done in cedar shingles, which will be painted to match the beadboard.
I had completed the wood floor last week. I had glued a sheet of flooring to the plywood base. Now that I had the stain applied, I really can't get a sense of the wood strips anymore, and I think I will find a dull tool and groove deeper notches between each board to make it more pronounced. Then when I give it a distress look later, the "dirt" can collect in the grooves. Good idea in theory, hope it works out! Wish me luck.
While glue has been drying I have been working on a potting bench for the shed. This was made from a kit I purchased at last year's Camp Mini Ha Ha from Patricia Van Heuven (hope I spelled that right). It went together very easy, even though there was no assembly instructions, just a parts list and a photograph. It goes to say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now I have to stain or paint it and fill it!
Now this time I was able to add my photos, and place them with the appropriate paragraph. Don't know what I did differently this time. Someday I will figure this all out.
So my next step is to stain and paint, and start on the rafters and truss for the roof portion. I plan to use more of the wood strips that came from the dollar store lattice for the roof panels.
It's getting so excited now, I will complete this project. I will, I will!!
Hope I posted that correctly.
I am having challenges uploading the remaining pictures so I am going to post this much and try again. I am so new at this, it appears I have a lot to learn!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Today I prepared the walls for the garden shed. The plans in Miniature Collector called for using a thicker basswood and using a table saw to add grooves and lap joints to the wood. Unfortunately without a table saw I had to get creative. Instead I used a very thin 1/32" sheeting that was in 4" wide strips. I cut them to the 8" height needed and then I used some scrap wood that I had that was 3/4" wide and cut some of those strips in half length wise and alternated full strips and half width strips.
I used the scrap wood to evenly space the woods, and these spaces instead became the grooves that I was to have made in the wood. Once I glued each of the strips down, I very gently removed the spacers, and put lots of books on top while it was drying to keep the panels from bowing.
I made sure the strips covered the joins I had in the panels, and once everything was dry, I removed the masking tape from the back. I think it worked out well.
I have a Easy Cutter which appears to have a blade that is no longer sharp, so the cuts on the strips are a little rough, but I kind of like it. It looks like the wood is starting to break down at the bottom, which time would do this to the wood closer to the ground in a garden shed. I'll play up this flaw once I stain/paint the panels. In the meanwhile, I had better order a replacement blade for the cutter. I wonder if those blades can be sharpen? I'll have to check into this.