Friday, January 29, 2010

Oh, and I've also done some work on this

More food

Here are some more pics of my food experiments

I am all over the place with this miniature stuff!

Everything is so cool and I want to try to make it all!!!  Like I've said before, I am going to have to be stopped soon by some force other than myself.  Here is a cheesecake I made.  I also made the platter.   I have been messing around with the settings on my point-and-click camera, but if I truly want to photograph this stuff (and I do!)  I will probably have to break down and buy and SLR camera.  I have a couple of people who photograph my portraits for me, but I can't call on them every time I make a polymer clay orange.  Well, I could, but it would not last.  Anyhow, I am enjoying every bit of this and I will try to photograph more.  I finally found the cable for my camera so I will mess around with it some more to see if I can get any kind of quality out of it.  It's a nice camera, just not meant for this 1 inch detail-ish kind of work.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Boring Sunday Evening

I miss the snow gadget that I had on my blog, but it made an annoying bottom scrollbar appear every time one of those little cyber-snowflakes went off of the edge of the screen!  So, bye-bye sweet, soft, snowfall.  I'm from Pennsylvania and miss the snow.  We don't see much here in Georgia.

This is just a random pic that I grabbed off the net.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I think I've made some progress

I don't know what I've done since my last post, but here's a photo anyway :-)  I've decided, but not begun, to add false walls below the two small windows on the upper floor because that space is just USELESS!  I've got to get going on this because I've bought two more kits off of ebay; The Tennyson and The Van Buren.  Ebay + me = lots of random purchases.  I should never have installed the iphone app.  There is a super-awesome dollhouse-builder named Robin Carey  whom I am totally going to copy for the Van Buren.  No, not exactly, but she is a total inspiration.  Check out her "Key West House."  Not sure what I'm doing with the Tennyson.  I'm sure I'll come up with something!  I'm up for anything.  I forgot how much I love working on anything miniature.  I will probably need to be stopped at some point. I am making excuses to not get real work done in favor of completing "little" projects.

Making progress (slowly)

Two weeks left, lots to do.  At least it is starting to look like the subjects.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Orchid dollhouse interior

Today I have begun to layout the interior of my Orchid! Hard to to see it yet, but it is going to be a bakery with a kitchen and a little apartment upstairs. I added the fireplace and turned the stairs from the kit and added a landing. I really wanted a fireplace and stairs and this was the only configuration I could come up with. I need to add a wall upstairs in order to accommodate an oven. I do not have a clear plan for that space yet. I don't really care as long as I can fill the whole place with mini cakes, pies, tarts, macaroons, cupcakes, and the like. I need to paint the beadboard before I attach it to the wall, and the baseboard and crown. I wish I was working on it now, but I have to watch 24! Again, sorry for the crummy iphone photo:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Moving on

Here is my first miniature oil painting! It's 1.5" x 2" and I stretched and gessoed a piece old 600 thread-count sheet. REALLY bad iphone pic, I know, but I lost the cable to my camera so this will have to do. I had to take a break from painting the "old people." I mean that in the nicest way, really :-)

Wow, I am having trouble...

Ok, here's the problem: these are not children. I paint children, not in-laws! My husbands parents have been married for 50 years this February!!! There will be a large, and rather involved party, and the gift from the 4 brothers and sisters will be this portrait. 1) I hope to finish. 2) I hope to finish well :-) I have a way to go...

Friday, January 8, 2010

I just bought a new house on Ebay!

Here is the Ebay picture. It was listed for local pick-up only in my town! Also, my "Ebay bucks," that I know nothing about, are redeemable tomorrow! I thought that meant that I should definitely buy it. Hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow when I am out and about :-) I know that I sound like a goob :-B

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fully shingled!

I could not be more pleased with these shingles! Whoever you are who posted the vinegar/steel-wool technique wherever you posted it, THANK YOU!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Updated progress on the Orchid doll house

Did a lot of painting this weekend and also electrified the house with Dad. Can't quite decide on the interior design. Definitely a bakery. I want to bash the stairs to contain a landing. I am also working on the shingles. I found an aging technique that involves soaking steel wool in vinegar and painting the result on the shingles, producing a blackened look. I could not believe it worked! The end is in sight if I can make some decisions!