At any rate, I was out at a girl's mini night out, and the lament of one of the gals inspired me. Its a work in progress, but I think its got potential, and I think it is high time we miniaturists were represented on the stage...
Scene: At a Table. Lights come up. The music swells, and our Protagonist begins to sing:
"Is this crooked...
Is this straight?
Are my eyes gone?
oh its so late.
<music builds to crescendo>
Where's my glue gone?
Now where's my paint?
Leave it alone now, let it dry,
Or it won't...... look..... rigHHHHHHHHTTTT...
<Music ebbs. Spotlight fades. Annnnnd....scene>.
Of course we can put in a lot of dancing shirtless firemen or something to dance behind our protagonist, or some such.
Well, waddaya think?
|Drama Queen, Professional Ham|
Hmm, maybe that is the true reason I got put in the lead of the play? Oh well.
Happily this week I found my focus, having moved some paper off my desk and there it was. I did a little more work on my Half Scale Valentine, and it is starting to shape up. As you may recall, I wasn't a fan of the table I made. I looked through my small library of plans, and found a book I bought several years ago called "Dolls' House Furniture - Easy-to-make projects in 1/12 scale" by Freida Gray (ISBN#: 1-66108-258-4, Pub. 2002), and found the so cleverly named "Round Table" below. To bring it to the scale I wanted, I just halved all the measurements.
Yes, the book does show you how to do the incredible paintwork on this table, but I didn't attempt it today. It is a fairly simple table, a round top, two square shelves, and four legs. The trickiest bit was the round top. There are probably easier ways to cut the round top, but I ended up scoring the circle shape into thin wood, and then carefully cutting the circle out. I could have also made a square, and then rounded off corners. I don't have a lot of tools at hand, so I tend to "mcgyvver" when I have to.
Not too shabby, anyway. The table top is about 1.5 inches or so, probably a little bigger looking at my cutting mat.
|Shelf with Leg Holes|
I used my tried 'n true method of cutting the legs, taping the stock together, and making cuts on multiple pieces.
|Legs and Shelf|
|Table in various degrees of put together-ness|
|Table in the box|
I decided I needed something to go on the wall, and got it in my mind I needed a heart-shaped shelf.
|Heart Confetti and Shelf Lay Out|
|Heart Glued To Back of Shelf|
|Starting To Shape Up!|
|Stage in the Box|
I made the plate for the strawberries out of some interesting metal stickers I found (which may also end up being 1/4 scale table tops, we shall see).
Oooh, I should save this package. Look at the interesting-looking shape - perhaps it could be used as a mold for for a smaller scale cake eventually? Always view things with an eye of "it is what it is, but what *can* it be?".
Continuing on with my journey towards moving into Washtub Cottage, I made a linen press this week. This one does not open. I did my usual M.O. of drawing out the pattern, and building as per directions. It is actually made of two boxes, stacked on top of each other.
|Linen Press, nekid|
|Linen Press with drawers and doors|
That is what I did this week. Happy to have a little of the music back that was missing from last week.
To finish up, here is a neat tutorial posted by "Creating Dollhouse Miniatures". She has a great blog, and worth a visit. Please enjoy "Chocolate fondue and strawberries''
I bid you a fondue fairwell, before blogger crashes on me again. Until Next Time, my favourite Time Travellers!