Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
And those of you who have posted comments, thank you! I appreciate your interest and take your suggestions to heart.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Anyway, the voice whispered, "You have a roombox kit and everything else you need to rescue me from this stuffy box. Get with it!" So, I did.
Deb called the bed the Morning after Mardi Gras, so that is the theme of the box. In a couple of hours, I'd stained a window, made a false wall, found a photo of the French Quarter for background, installed a light, cut and stained some flooring, and tested some of the stain on the bed. (The bed was a very light color. I thought the scene would pull together if it were a warmer oak shade. If you poke the photo to enlarge it, you can see the original bed color on the side and the test area on the end.) The bed is turned around, by the way. I tested behind the headboard, where it wouldn't be seen in case of disaster. Here's an overhead shot of the lighting. It's one of those LED utility lights from Walmart that Deb turned me on to last fall. I love 'em!
The clamps are holding up the cove molding. I inherited some resin egg-and-dart molding from my friend Norma Jeane. Hadn't planned to use it because the ceiling is so low, but guess who cut the false wall a hair short and had everything glued before she realized it. The molding will keep the light from spilling in over the top of the wall. The floor is a combination of stains -- Early American base with Walnut rubbed over it. Gives the floor a nice aged look. The flooring itself is by Houseworks. I love the wallpaper; it picks up a color in the bedding.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Along with the owner and quilter made by Havanaholly and the two resin people in the apartment, it makes a total of eleven people in the shop. I think the lady in blue will be shopping, the family and grandpa will be admiring quilts, and grandma will be in the kitchen, but they may have other ideas when it comes time to set up.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Yes, I know 4' equals 48", not 54" ... the wider piece will wrap around slightly so there won't be gaps at the corners.
Sorry, no photos today. Nothing much has changed on the inside except an iron that Lloyd found on line has been added to the ironing board.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I also added the channel to hold the Plexiglass panel and took this photo with the roof flap down. I'm not sure if you've seen it this way. It will be flipped up during the show, so folks can see inside more easily. The streetside got a nice sign to fill in some of the big white void. This side will probably be facing the hall windows in the YMCA. Maybe the sign will lure some visitors into the quilt show. The backside needed a little punch, so I put a sign there, too. It directs customers to the front of the shop. I didn't want to mess with shutters on the French doors, and that spot looked a bit bare.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The quilt block in the front gable mimics the barn quilts that are so popular in the Midwest. It was made by slicing nearly through a piece of foam core and poking fabric into the slits. It got three coats of polyurethane and is framed with skinny sticks. Besides being decorative, it covers a demi-lune handhold, sort of an attic window with no glass. It and its mate on the other end of the house are handy when this house has to be moved. You can see the old lady at the quilt frame in the upper left window. Need to add: American flag. This is the backside. It looked like a good place to put up a sign so all of the little people driving by will know the quilt show is open. The upstairs window is the apartment. Below it the kitchen window, and on the right the shop window at the bottom of the stairs.
On the ground floor you can see into the shop, and beside it the quilt show. Behind the show display is the kitchen/break room. By cutting the number of display quilts from four to three, it is easier to see details in the kitchen. They can also be seen by looking in the windows. The fourth quilt is the one that moved outside. Upstairs on the left is the workroom, beside it the bath, and the apartment is on the right. I'll post just one photo from each room tonight so you can see where they stand.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I really think I can get this project wound up by the weekend (she says with great hope). I've even begun to put away tools and supplies as I work, so the craft area is showing some organization. I hope I have the energy to push on tomorrow. Last night I was up several times with our chihuahua, JoJo, who is afraid of thunderstorms. The forecast for tonight is more of the same. I may be sleeping in. *yawn*
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I put curtains in the apartment today. I'm not over the moon about them, but they are a muted blue/white/pink pattern that works well with the upholstered chair. Ummm ... the curtains don't look quite that wonky in real life. The camera has a mean eye.
I still haven't found a nice mirror for the bathroom, so I made this one from a decorative mirror piece, some balsa wood, and a bit of the fabric from the apartment curtains. That's a line of gold puff paint around the mirror. Don't know if I'll use it, but it does go with the colors in the wallpaper. And the sign of the times in the title? Here is it --- the sign for over the front door. I printed the words in blue on ivory paper, cut a wooden spool in half and painted the thread on it, and mounted it all on a 2" x 4.25" mini table top that I got at The Great American Dollhouse Museum last week. It has a couple coats of varathane and will get a few more before it's finished.