Monday, November 18, 2019

Bricks and Wiring

Much as I dislike wiring and dealing with it I decided it couldn't be put off any longer.  I routed out channels in the outer walls and tested all the lights afterwards.

Everything seems to be working.

Of course the transformer I had isn't the right type for my outlet strip so I've had to order one.  While I'm waiting for that to come in I'll reattach all the plugs for the lights.

But once the wires were set I could add the brick to the exterior.  I bought some brick stencils from Moonflower Minis and used drywall spackle as my brick.

Once it dried I added paint and coated it with ceramcoat then added mortar.

I added more ceramcoat once the mortar dried and I'll age the brick with some 'soot' as I did the wooden 'storefront' earlier.  I want to add my shingles and roof edging before I do that though, since the sooty rain would drip down the store front and brick.

Finishing the roof would be a good idea too. You think? LOL

My roof trim.  It'll look better once the glue has dried and I'm not taking a picture from a really awful angle.  I'm a little nervous about leaving the front flat and not closing in the rest of the shop.  The Building Inspector has been very interested in the entire endeavor.

My other little project is a birdhouse I'm messing around with.  I used some of my brick paper for the exterior and made stucco like the WQRC to give it a Tudor look.  The interior is scrapbook paper.  I'm waiting on a few pieces to come from Shapeways so I have something inside besides the Christmas tree.

I'm using some of my left over shingles from the WQRC for the roof and I'll do the same paint treatment to give them a slate look.

A few more weeks before the deadline.  I might actually make it.  Don't know for sure but I'm hopeful.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Filling the Shelves

October has been a crazy month.  Between getting sick, being tired, working on other projects I haven't posted weekly like I usually do.

But I've been telling myself that's okay.  This is for fun. Not a job. No rigid schedule.

I've gotten some things done.  Stained the table for the living quarters, wired the light on the bureau.  Made a 'crocheted' coverlet for the bed. Though I like it hung over the footrail better.

And I got all my books and started to fill my shelves.


I have more left, and I'm planning on having some window display books. (Need to make stands for them.)  And I want to have extra books stacked on top of the shelves as well.  But I'm almost at the point of being able to glue the book shelves in place and do the wiring.  I really can't wait for that. It'll be so much fun!

And by fun I mean involving a lot of cursing, bending, hollering at the cats to get away from me, and ultimate satisfaction of everything lighting up the way I want.

Oh, and here's the other pumpkin scene I did.

Right now my work place has both pumpkins on the side table in the lobby at my workplace.  Which is very cool of them.

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary.  So hopefully work won't be too cray cray and I'll get to leave at a decent hour.

Hope you all had a great October!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Living Quarters Furniture Layout

I worked on the living quarters of the bookshop today.  Mostly trying to determine the furniture arrangement.

I'm trying to keep in mind that I need to take photographs of this so I don't want some furniture blocking the rest of it.

At first I thought of having the bed in the little alcove.  With a screen to block the sleeping quarters from the rest of the room.

The biggest issue I had with that was that the tall wall desk was very bulky at the front of the room.  So I tried something else.

I didn't care for the bed being in front of the door.  So I reversed some things.

I like the idea of a bookshelf but it takes over and pushes out from the wall too much.

Getting closer.

I like this best so far.  I really wanted the desk/cabinet because it's a very efficient piece of furniture.  So I built the Hepplewhite Serpentine chest.

It gives more storage for clothing without being too bulky.

I also spent part of the day wiring some Chrysnbon wall sconces with lights...

Then I tested them.  A wire crossed and promptly shorted them out.  Frustrating.  So I got some of my extra Housework sconces that match the shop shelves and put them in.  The glue is still drying.

I need to stain/paint the rest of the furniture and dress all of it with accessories but then the living quarters will be mostly done.

I've got a few more books made and the sconces are all attached to the bookshelves now. So that's a bit more progress.

Seasonal allergies have managed to drive me up a wall so I didn't do much last week. I felt okay most of the week and then started to feel sick on Friday again... Lovely right?  Sick again just in time for the weekend.

Lots of sleep seems to help.  But blech.  I hope the rest of you are doing better!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Open! And Some Progress on the Bookshop

I'll start off by saying that I wanted to have more done in the way of stock but I got sick on Friday and really didn't get a whole lot accomplished this weekend.

I did get some of the sconces glued to the bookshelves of the shop.

And I found some other printies, so I'm using yet another method of making books

They look a little battered so the first attempts will probably get put somewhere they aren't easily seen.  I'll get better at assembly as I go.

Then I spent the rest of the day getting some better pictures taken of the lanterns and setting up the Etsy Shop.

Here are a few pictures:


I figured out how to put a link up on the sidebar if anyone wants to visit my shop.  And...that was pretty much it for my weekend.  Still not feeling one hundred percent but I'll live.  Over the counter cold meds are my friends.

Hope everyone else is feeling much better than I am and that you had a great weekend.