Sunday, January 26, 2020

Laundry Room

So I have to fill my time somehow.  And I didn't get a lot of sleep this weekend so it's probably best that I did the cutting portion of this project last weekend.

We had a Tide Pod container that I grabbed before my husband could throw it in the recycle bin.  I've been wanting to do a little room box since I had a couple sets of washer/dryers salt and pepper shakers.

I built up the floor a bit with cardboard, and used scrapbook paper to cover the walls.  The floor is a piece of wallpaper I got from Minimum world.  I used a ball stylus to outline the 'tile' and glued it to the cardboard.

The baseboards are also cardboard and scrapbook paper.

I'm waiting for some of the glue to dry but I plan on having a hanging wall shelf above the washer/dryer.  I've got laundry soap and fabric softener as well as other cleaning supplies to go on the shelf and towels to sit on the washer/dryer.

The ceiling light fixture is a crystal/glass knob I got from Hobby Lobby.

The glue should be dry soon and I'll be able to add the wall shelf and soaps.  I'm hoping to have it done next week.  Nice little distraction until the new kit as available.  I might try to do a room box music room after this.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Quoth The Raven, "Nevermore"

Well... this is the big idea.  It starts out like husband is a librarian. And a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe.  He loves the man's short stories, poetry, you name it.  Considering my husband was an English major who then went on to get his masters in Library Science, I suppose it isn't surprising.

And looking at the kit, I like the door and windows, and the stairs are interesting so I'll try to work them both into the design.

What I want is something like a room box, based upon the poem, to evoke that mood and echo the setting.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

Which to me says somebody is semi-relaxing, half asleep, probably not super dressed up, reading old books.  It's obviously very dark outside, the proverbial witching hour.  So Victorian lounge-wear.

And as it is his 'chamber' he likely spends a lot of time there, so there's a choice of seats, not just a regular chair but also a chaise to relax upon or nap on.

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
            Nameless here for evermore.

Which means it's cold outside, even in the south December was chilly and damp, and there's a fireplace with a fire dying slowly.  And the man is severely depressed.

I really like the style of the second fireplace, so I'll try to do something similar with bookcases built in on either side.  With a set of portraits above the mantel, of Poe and Lenore hopefully, draped in black crepe as was appropriate for someone in mourning.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
    “’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—
            This it is and nothing more.”

I'd like to point out that what my husband loves about Poe is his ability to make you doubt the...sanity of the narrator.  It was one of Poe's signature traits, the unreliable narrator.  So you can't know if you're hearing the truth, a fantasy/nightmare, or a combination of the two.

But from that verse I get purple silk curtains.

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
            Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

So just inside the doorway, likely on a shelf over the door, is bust of Pallas Athena, and on it, a Raven.

Which I've found a plastic bust of Pallas Athena on Etsy since creating one is beyond my capabilities, like way beyond.

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
    Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
            Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

There were desk chairs and library chairs with wheels, so I'll try to recreate something like this.  With some sort of cushioned backrest.

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
            Shall be lifted—nevermore!

Kinda gives the impression that this guy died staring at the bird.  Which leaves the room empty except for ghosts.  And the bird is still sitting on the bust staring.  Nooo...not creepy at all!

So I do have a black bird which can pass as a Raven in a pinch.  What I still need to procure are some...things for the exterior.

I want it to look like this:

Or something similar to this.  I really like the idea of a room box, to look like books on the outside and inside, a 'chamber' with a back hall and maybe a staircase going up, half hidden, gothic wallpaper, dark floors... minimal light, just enough to cast shadows and make the place look suitably creepy.

I'm excited. I've never done anything like this.

So I need to hit up thrift stores or the library donation reject box for some battered old books.  Luckily the librarian husband works at a library (go figure) and says he'll be on the lookout.

I'm also still trying to build barn doors so I can fix up my 1:1 house a bit.  They're a bit heavier than 1:12 doors.

Can't wait to see what the rest of you are coming up with for this kit!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Creatin' Contest 2020 Inspiration

Well I'm a day late from my normal Sunday post but I didn't think anyone would mind too much.  I've got a couple ideas.  One is an old idea that I've been thinking would be fun but I don't know if this is the right kit for it.

The old idea is a boathouse, an open space with narrow landings on the front and sides, an open back and maybe a shed roof, with water on the bottom.  I've wanted to do one for a while.  Not sure this is the kit for it. Though the stairs and height lend themselves to the look nicely.  But it doesn't feel very original.

The other idea is a new one.  And oh yes, I'm going to make you guess because that's always fun.  It's a little odd, and I've never done this before so I'm excited about it too.

Here's another look at the kit.

And here are a few of the pieces that have inspired the new idea.

This is something my husband will get a kick out of.  And I'm feeling a bit pleased because it's definitely new to me.

Any guesses?

Monday, January 6, 2020

2020 Creatin' Contest Kit

Well, it's more of a sneak peak really.  The Corner Place Kit.

It's a bit of an oddity, not an actual structure.  It looks like the outside of a structure to me.  A front porch?

The measurements are: 14 1/16"W x 14 3/8"H x 12 1/8"D

So it doesn't have a huge footprint.  I like that.  Not sure what I want to do with it yet.  The back porch of an old rambling farmhouse? Complete with greenery and dogs sprawled under the porch in the shade?

If I enclosed it I could finally do the music room roombox I've been wanting.

Have to think about it some more.  Any of you got ideas hitting you like lightning?  Those are the best kind aren't they?

Hope everyone had a great weekend!