Sunday, September 15, 2019

Building Up My Stock

I had a couple of ideas for Lanterns based on the surprise I made for my friend.  And this weekend I managed to get three of them done.

I started with another hexagon lantern and made a slightly different tree to go inside it.

I also had a lantern that was only about two inches square and maybe three and a half high so I made a little tree to go in it.

My other set of moonlights I added to the 'ceiling/roof' of the hexagon lantern along with some vines.

Binder clips holding all the vines in.  I tried to get some of the lights inside the tree as well.

While the glue dried I worked on the little lantern and some trees for my third project.

I wanted a lantern with only a Christmas tree inside with snow so I made three slender threes to put in the corners and built up the 'ground'.  I draped the tree branches with pulled cotton and got them glued into place.  I painted my base white and glued cotton to it as well, then got my Christmas tree lit and decorated before gluing everything in place.

I really like how it turned out.

I wanted something a little different for the hexagon lantern so I started making a magical tea set.  The process start to finish takes about a weekend, really the same amount of time as making trees with candy tuft for the leaves.  So it's doable.

While the glue dried I finished the little lantern.

Added some more leaves to give the tree a fuller look so the glue is still drying a bit.

My first fairy, she's hovering pretty well.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of her before I glued the base into the lantern.  I might see if it's possible to pull the glass out and take a picture without the reflecting light issues.

And by the time that was done I'd gotten my 'table' glued into the hexagon lantern.

The glue dried pretty solid so I got my fast grab tacky glue and added the magical tea set.  Last minute I added a plate of cakes.

I'll take a look through my animals and see what I have that might suit the lantern.  Not sure if it really needs anything more but I'll look and see. I don't want to touch it until the glue is completely dried under the tea set.  I also wonder about adding a vine to the 'door' of the lantern but I don't want the view obstructed too much.

How are all of you doing?

Sunday, September 8, 2019


So I didn't do anything for the potential Etsy shop stock or either of my builds this weekend.

I have a friend whose birthday is coming up.  So this weekend I spent making a gift for her.  I don't think she follows the blog but I don't want to put too much up here just in case.

So here are a couple little hints.

Anything else might make it too obvious.  But I've also got some vines and 'moon lights'.  

And I got a new book on Tuesday and didn't dare start it until I could sleep a bit later the next morning so I did that this weekend too.

Her birthday isn't for a bit so next weekend I should have progress on more lanterns or the Bookshop.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Another Lantern & the Bookshop Living Quarters

It's been a nice week.  The first couple days I was off weren't planned, but I had to deal with a medical thing and they don't let you drive for twenty four hours when you've been under anesthesia.  No biggie really.

But I worked on another lantern.  This time I had to hide the batteries somewhere besides under the lantern.  Raised base lanterns are so much easier to work with.  So this one took me a lot longer.

I made a grandfather clock to hide the battery cases in and it turned out pretty well.

I went with a slightly different type of ornaments for the Christmas tree too.


I managed to get the paneling and wallpaper on.

I put a layer of corrugated cardboard under the floor so I'd have a way to cut a channel for the wire of the tree lights.  Then got everything glued in.

For the outside I changed the glass out on the 'door' to pebbled plastic and put in some wood to make it look more like a windowed door.

For the outer windowsill I painted it black and then layered on different colors of grey to give it the look of concrete.

Part of me is tempted to put some black wood around the outside but I'm not sure about that yet.

Once I finished the lantern I got back to working on the bookshop.

I started by gluing the roof pieces to the top of the walls.

While they were drying I put the parlor stove together and wired it with my fire lights.

I might not end up using it but if I do, I'll likely end up putting it here.  Depends on how cluttered it makes the room look.

I added some 'soot' to the stove and made it look a bit less shiny.

It still looks cleaner than the pot-bellied stove, but it's not pristine either.

By the time I got all that done the glue on the roof pieces had dried and I could start with my wallpaper, flooring and wainscoting.

I added wallpaper and flooring to the 'hallway' so if the door opened it wouldn't show the bare wood.

I stained the floor with Minwax Brazillian Rosewood but decided to paint the wainscoting.

The blue comes across very bright in the photos so I aged it a bit with some very watered down black paint.

It's not much but there's a bit of a difference.

I like how it looks with the wallpaper and flooring.

Not sure where I'll put the stove yet.  But I tested it out in the little nook.

It might be a good place for the bed.  Not sure yet.  Need to measure a bit.  And make the bed.  Easy right?

How have the rest of you been doing?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lazier Weekend

In the interests of not leaving my vacation to the last month of the year and nearly losing my time I'm taking a vacation next week.

So this weekend I felt entirely justified in being a little lazy.  I went through one of my stashes of furniture getting a few ideas for my lanterns.

And I got a rolling cart with three trays attached for some of my tools so I have more space on my table to work.  That's going to come in handy I can already tell.

I'm debating doing a lantern or two for Halloween, if I can get any done in time.  I don't have a lot of Halloween décor though I could make more floating teasets and potion bottles. That could be lots of fun. I had a blast doing cauldrons and potion bottles for the WQRC.

Until I narrow down what I'd like to do I decided to get started on another Christmas lantern.

This one doesn't have a raised base to it, so I needed to come up with another way to hide the batteries for the lights.

I'm planning on making a little cupboard to hide the batteries. To that end I decided to remove a couple of the 'windows'.

I went with a herringbone floor, some of my flooring leftover from NOLA House, and some simple wainscot and blue wallpaper on the 'walls'.

The trick is that the flooring can't sit directly on the metal.  I'd have no where to run the wires.  I'll have to prop it up a bit with either cardboard so I can cut channels or wood lengths in the right width.

I'm going with 1:12 furniture in this lantern so I found a chair I could sand down and paint.

I got started on the tree since I'll need to have it done before I put the floor in.

It needs a star and some ornaments but the lights work.  Yay!

The chandelier is a bit more ornate in this lantern, since there's such a pretty cut out design on top.

Both the chandelier and the Christmas tree lights need a nine volt battery so I really need the little cabinet.

I'll take a look around for some pictures for the walls too. Since I have walls in this one.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My Very First Article!

I'm so excited I can't tell you!

And the coolest part is that Troy over at Tulsa Tiny Stuff is going to be in the same magazine!

Can't show you the whole thing obviously but they said I can post teasers.

They put the WQRC on the Cover!  Seriously, I think Anna on the other side of the world can probably hear me shrieking.  Sorry for waking you up out of a sound sleep Anna!

These poor people had to deal with my crazy brain and awful photography skills (or lack thereof).