Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
Yesterday I decided that I would take my mini skills and used them in a different project. I have always admired other peoples gingerbread houses and thought if I can make a dollhouse surely I can make a gingerbread one. Well the photo on the left is my 2nd ever attempt. Not too shabby, however, don't look too close!
Here are my tips: HE HE!
1. There are too many recipes on the internet...chose one quickly...you will be overwhelmed by choice and ingredient lists with lots of things possibly never found in any supermarket ANYWHERE!
2. Make a template that isn't out of paper...it sticks....and it sticks. Greaseproof paper works. Flour is your friend, use it when rolling out the gingerbread.
3. If you plan to light your house (which I did) make sure your house is big enough for the fixture. I cut a hole in the bottom of mine with a cookie cutter.
4. Icing is your friend! It's a bit like builders bog...you can used it to fill the gaps.(Believe me I had lots!)
5. If you are lazy like me....and are not a dab hand at using a piping bag, buy your icing from the shops. It even comes with fancy tips to make all sorts of patterns. ( Is icing meant to come out the other end of the bag?)
6. There is an icing conspiracy :) when buying icing make sure you buy double. I needed white...and I am sure that the container of white had half the amount of any other container in the packet. The bright blue icing that I didn't want to use would have gone on an on and on etc.
Anyway, you get my point! It's fun to make.
Well everybody I hope you have a safe Christmas/holiday season.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I firstly want to thank everyone for their lovely thoughtful comments about the death of my great dane Indy. It has been a rough couple of weeks, but your comments are much appreciated.
Over the past few weeks the postman has been very busy delivering a few giveaway items and a recent purchase.
This lovely garden tub came from a giveaway from Mi Pequena Evasion http://pekevasion.blogspot.com. I love the way that it has been aged and really like the realistic look of the water.
Hannah from www.hannahsminiatyrer.blogspot.se also announced the winner of her VW bus guessing competition. I was so surprised to find that it was me! It is an absolutely wonderful mini VW. It is teeny tiny! Hannah I don't know how you made it so tiny with so much detail. Hannah also included a lovely wool dog. Here is an action shot of the puppy.
My last photo is of a new purchase. I own an O gauge train set that would look fantastic with a little township so I finally found one. These little villages are very hard to find in Australia but I was lucky to find one from an online shop called Halcyon Hours. It was one of the last ones of this type in stock.. Thanks Halycyon Hours for sending it so quickly.
If you know of any other Australian stockists I would love to hear from you. I am now after the other two sets!
I will start to work on it over the weekend. I realise I won't get anywhere near completing it by this Christmas. Maybe next year! I'm debating if I should create it in the putz style or if I should keep it traditional. What do you suggest? Any ideas?
I hope to post again before Christmas...but there is lots to do...talk soon
Monday, December 9, 2013
I know it has been a while since I blogged about my house but again real life has taken over from my mini life.
You may remember from my previous post I discussed my great dane being ill. A few weeks ago Indy was diagnosed with bone cancer. Sadly over the past few weeks Indy had been getting sicker and sicker. So on Saturday I said goodbye to my "fur kid".
She was a great dog, very affectionate and will be missed terribly.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Today I thought I would write down one or two tips I discovered whilst attaching the cedar cladding to my Victorian Dollhouse. Remember you are using cutting equipment so be incredibly careful. Safety First!!!!
Things You will need:
- Cladding (and lots of it...more than you think you need!)
- PVA (wood glue)
-Small brush (not your best...but not your worst either)
- Metal ruler
-Easy Cutter (honestly the best tool I have ever purchased...definitely got my money's worth)
- Stanley knife
-Small cutting board
Start at the bottom of your house and line up your piece so that it is level with the base of the house. I would stay away from too much overlap as I can see future accidents occurring with it, it could easily be ripped off.
TIP: If you can place your house face up it is easier to clad!
I started from the left side of my house and move across to the right of my house with the cladding. If your piece is not long enough. Don't stress. Start your new piece and cut when necessary. I place the new piece on (dry fit) and place a small pencil line on where it needs to be cut.
TIP: I used a small brush to place the glue on each piece, I do not place glue on the rebate! Too much glue will stop the rebate keeping your cladding straight.
You will have joins. But as long as both pieces are straight you will get a tight join.
TIP: Make sure your joins are staggered and that you don't have a join above a join!
TIP: Use the easy cutter with the claddings rebate away from you. (This tip may work for you as I found with 90% of my cuts, it stopped the cladding from cracking.)
TIP: Masking tape is your friend...you will use it heaps! It allows you to secure your cladding and keep it flush against your house.
TIP: When cutting the cladding try to avoid cutting anything under an inch...in some cases this is unavoidable but most of my smaller cuts split the cladding. (Sometimes...turning the cladding over and cutting from the rebate side is worth a try on pieces prone to splitting)
Window openings require a little maths, but nothing too hard. I place the new piece across the window.
Mark where the piece crosses the window on the actual house first. Then place a small mark on cladding to show spot where window starts.
Remove the piece and measure on your house how far it is from the window mark to the bottom of the window sill. Transfer this measurement to the top of your cladding piece and cut. I use the easy cutter for the vertical cuts and a Stanley knife for the horizontal. Use your metal ruler as a guide...but be careful !!!! (Don't forget that these pictures show what to do with the bottom of a window but you use the same sort of method for the top)
TIP: The rebate is great, make sure you have no gaps between it and your next piece. It only takes one piece being crooked for the whole lot to be wonky. (trust me....I had this happen a couple of times)
Glue and tape.
If your lucky you wont have many splits but if you do. Place a small amount of glue in the crack, wipe it gently and tape ensuring it is straight first.
Continue cladding until your reach the top!
TIP: Some kits come with corner covers (not quite sure what their actual name is.) I would still encourage cladding to the corners. It would be extremely frustrating to find at the end that your corners didn't quite cover.
TIP: I'm planning on painting the house before attaching the corner components as it will be tricky to get a nice finish.
So friends...be prepared. What I have done so far has taken hours (really probably days) and I still haven't finished. Take your time and if you are tired, stop!!!!!! A tired crafter is an accident waiting to happen! I managed to cut my hand on a drill that was not working....just sitting on the bench!
I'd love to hear from you about your experiences with cladding....any tips or trick you would like to share would be great!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
|As you can see the cladding has various colours. Which doesn't matter as I plan to paint it anyway.|
|Another shot of the hinges. We had to put a small rebate in the tower so that it sat snugly against the main house. The cladding will cover it so on this side you won't even see the door hinges.|
|Tower roof being glued. Dewalt power tools again being used for their original purpose...to put some weight on it.|
|Another side on shot.|
I'm sure I'm not the only one suffering from this condition. I'd love to hear about your projects that you have become obsessed with.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
This week saw a little more completed on the Victorian House. The front is almost up to the point that I can start to clad it. Again we had a few issues to deal with as more pieces were found to be missing.
Does anyone else know someone who likes to keep things in original condition or are you like me...that you feel the need for it to be played with...complete with "brmmm brmmm" sound effects?
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Well we have had another busy weekend with lots of work completed in the Victorian Dollhouse. This week we focused on the internal walls. Many of them had already been pre cut. (You may remember in a previous post that I mentioned that the main parts of the house are from a Ross's Treasure House kit.
The first picture shows the main walls in the original house. There is a 3 small rooms upstairs, with a landing. Downstairs has 3 small rooms also.
Have a great week everybody.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
The right side bay window is beginning to come together also.
Finally I would like to show you the pictures of the lovely gifts I received. I entered a giveaway at http://meritannukkis.blogspot.com.es and won this adorable tree. The pictures do not do it justice!
I also won all the items in the next two photos. The beading is wonderful. Merita, thank you for the wonderful gifts.
Enjoy your week