To start, I couldn't leave my train set alone - it just needed "something". Aha, I thought - a backdrop! So out came the paints, and I set my scene amongst the majestic Rocky Mountains.
|Lionville Station, located near the Rocky Mountain Trench|
|Made a Waterfall!|
|Close up of Detail|
I made the waterfall by extending the blue colour of the river over the side, and I used my trusty "Triple Thick" varnish once more. I decided a little river was going to run by in the front, and I did the water treatment again.
The clear acrylic box was from a Valentine's offering of Ferrero Chocolates. Keep an eye out for those boxes, the company often brings out very interesting shapes of boxes for holidays.
The paint was barely dry when I started a few things more for my Washtub Cottage.
|Tick Tock Grandfather Clock and Writing Desk|
|What I have Made So Far for the Cottage|
Then Valentines Day happened. I was given a valentine, but of course what do I see? Potential in the wrapping, that is what!
|Bag with Cut Out Window|
|Foam Core Insert|
The print I chose was checks. I realized the little bag was pretty strong as a pattern, and I felt this pink and white check was going to work without deafening anyone, a bonus in any situation. I chose a floor pattern to compliment my checked wallpaper as well - it isn't strictly flooring, however, but cherry themed wall paper - we don't always have to stick with tiles and hardwood flooring, although it does tend to rely heavily on the look and style of the project in mind. As this is more whimsical, I can get away with "wall paper as flooring" without someone coming up to me, sniffing pretentiously while rolling their eyes, and telling me that I totally have mixed Valentine heart motif periods and it isn't historically accurate, doncha know. Well, okay, maybe not totally "get away with" - certainly you always get one who has to comment. I usually just point and laugh at them, though, and eventually they get embarrassed and walk away.
|Check Wallpaper and Cherry flooring|
|The Insert in The Bag|
|Joanne Swanson Project|
|(L) 1:24 scale chair (R) 1:12 scale chair|
As an aside, here is a little trick I use when I am building something like this that has a dozen or so pieces that have to be very accurate - I tape together my wood stock (not the bird) with painter's tape. I square off the ends with my wood cutter, and then make my measurement. One can attach several pieces of wood together in this manner and not only save time, but also cutting errors, mismatched sizes, and wasted supplies. I have done this with straight cuts and with mitres (in making frames). As well, with chairs, there is likely going to *be* more than one made, and you want your chairs to mostly match and you don't want to start at ground zero for each and every chair.
|Very Handy Wood Cutting Tool|
|Wood Prepared For Multiple Cuts|
|Chair Compared to Last Week's Valentine|
|Table and Chair In Situ|
Just in case I haven't put you on your own mini bender yet, however, how about a nice video of a Valentine Day Cake how to to seal the deal?
Until we meet again, kind friends...!