All of the accessories in the shop will be glued in place. I want to be able to take out the entire shelf unit and not have to worry about dropping skeins of yarn or books. Ditto fabric bolts and everything else. The shop will eventually be put on display at the quilt show, so it needs to be easy to set up and take down. All of the furniture units will be removable. When the quilt show is over, everything can come out so the house can revert to a residence.
The next photo shows the shelf unit finished and against the right wall. What tickles me about this shot is the lighting -- it is lighted with two battery-powered LED lights from Walmart. They turn on and off with a touch of a finger. No wires! The light is very bright and wouldn't do for a residence, but in this commercial setting, it works very well. You can see some of the details I've been working on: bolts of fabric glued in place, center shelving nearly finished (note empty spot behind the jelly rolls. I'm sure I'll think of something to put there).
I wish I could take credit for the lighting idea, but it was the brain child of Deb Roberts of Deb's Minis. I was lucky enough to meet her and see some of her remarkable houses in person last fall. I've been carrying this lighting idea around ever since, waiting for a place to use it. I love that the LEDs will last for thousands of hours, but mostly I love the idea of no wires and no need to hide battery packs in the furniture! The sleek white plastic of the lights look like commercial lighting.
Two of the most fiddly bits to make were the button and embroidery floss racks. In the photo above, they're sitting on the sales counter. The button cards are printed on glossy photo paper. A dab of 3-D gloss give depth to the buttons. It looks better from a distance!
Did you figure out the floss rack? I cut a wooden spool in half crosswise and glued in a piece of plastic the same size as the top bit, which is the stopper from a dairy product box with its pull ring cut off. The sign is stuck into a slit in the stopper.
We'll be traveling again August 18-25. My goal is to get this project finished before we leave. With more excessive heat indexes predicted for the next week or so, I should get in a goodly amount of mini time while keeping cool. I bought fabric to make a quilt skirt to hide the taboret that serves as the base for the shop. That could be a challenge!