|Jill Castoral's Acorn House|
By now, those of you who live in "Daylight Savings Time" areas of the world have changed your clocks. If you haven't, well...good luck explaining to your boss tomorrow why you are an hour late. If you are retired, I guess you can do what you want, although just to warn you, all your TV programs will be off by a bit if you have left this project slide today. Personally, I lament the passing of the long evenings - it is much easier to ride a bicycle in the growing light of the emerging day than it is to navigate in the fading evening. Sadly, this probably means an end to my bicycle riding season - hope grows, though, as it is only 47 more days until the earth gets into position where the days are getting longer again!
On to the topic of the day, which is the MECO club project of the 2011/2012 winter session (makes us sound rather important, doesn't it? "session". Yes, a good solid word indeed). Our project, as many do, came from an inspiration picture. In this case, Jill Castoral's magnificent Acorn Cottage in quarter scale (see above). I find it important to note here that we did *not* sit and copy exactly what has gone before us. If a person wants to do that, it would be just better to buy the kit from the artist herself and go from there. In the long run you will get what you wanted in the first place (first rule of crafting, don't re-invent the wheel if you don't have to, you will never be satisfied with a knock off). Our project was more about learning techniques, and each month we had workshops instructing us how to build a quarter scale cottage from the ground up. These techniques of course could be used on larger projects, but the quarter scale house was a bit more transportable in the long run. Member Elizabeth lead the way with this charming venture, and from the basic muse we all marched out in our own directions.
|Time Lord Pub by Kimi B.|
Back on topic, our houses were all made from easily bought supplies, found items, made items, or items we had on hand. The base, for example, is oasis that was carved and landscaped. The flowers are from silk pieces that I cut down. I made the pub sign from wood and cloth covered wire, and there are always pictures you can find on the internet for artwork, rugs, etc., or patterns that can be modified. The trees are made from twisted painted tinfoil, and the "thatched" roof was air drying clay.
|Side of Time Lord Pub by Kimi B.|
|Chimney side of Time Lord Pub by Kimi B.|
|Inside Time Lord Pub by Kimi B.|
My roof line is significantly different than everyone else's. This was partly because of an accident. I glued the walls in backwards (I gotta be me...). By the time I realized it, I had already decorated a fair portion, said "not starting over", and cut my roof so everything fit well. It turned into a happy accident, as sometimes these things do.
|Quarter Scale Cottage by Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth's Cottage, interior|
Elizabeth led the workshop, and this is her vision. Our houses were designed to fit under a glass dome. I particularly like the tree over top of this house, and the creative use of landscaping.
This is Rosemary's cottage. Again, totally a different idea to anything seen previously.
|Inside Rosemary's Cottage|
I like the colour scheme of this house and it is extremely well thought out in terms of the floor plan - it is a house that on the market would be called "ready to move in". The leather furniture was made by Elizabeth, I believe, and was sculpted, not built.
|Pat's House interior|
Pat used a more modern look to her cottage in the woods. Note that the staircase was removed for a little extra working space.
|Barb's (?) Cottage|
|Barb's (?) Cottage|
Again, it is interesting in how each individual artist took the basic inspiration and took off with it at high speed. If you want to make your own, many of the publications out there have had patterns over the years of quarter scale/half scale, etc. houses, so a little research into back issues in your own library can put you on the right road, so to speak. Off you go then, have fun!
May your slightly lengthened but earlier evening'd day lead to inspiration, gentle readers!
|Little English Village|