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Sunday, July 31, 2011

And steady she goes...

The most boring part has been finished now: the slates on the roof!  I thought I would never see the end of it.  Just been unlucky this time, because I finished the roof on my witch's cottage much quicker (and neater!).  It really doesn't help when you go away on a three months holiday and forget to pack away your paperclay in a sealed plastic bag.  That was one.  Next thing is that this time I didn't have long continueous periods to work and you can tell, every little batch looked different.  Then there were the interruptions: doorbell, phone call...  You come back to your job and notice the dried clay on your work board or dried glue on your roof.  Ah well, it's done now and since paperclay is quite forgiving once it's been painted it still looks half decent.  This is the result of a week's hard work (I have forgotten to take a picture of the roof with just the paperclay done, but at least there is the one of the bay window):

roof on the bay window done

the roof painted and 'gutters' attached and painted

I have decided to paint the window sills green as well

There's even a planter with gereniums

looking through the window

shop doorbell attached
If you, like me, never work to a plan then sometimes you have to make changes, minor or major.  This time a ran into quite a major change which required me to put the whole building on the scroll saw:

shop on the scroll saw
 As I had never planned to use paperclay for this scene I needed to cut off a bit from the base.  The plan is to have a slightly higher footpath next to the building and the street at a slightly lower level.  So I cut off the bit for the street and will glue a new square base underneath the existing one, ending up with two different levels.
It will perhaps become a bit clearer once I can show you the picture of the finished base once the glue is dry.

cutting of the part for the "street"
 Well that's all for now.  I'd wanted to welcome new followers, but it took too long (been neglecting you people for too long, my fault) and it's way past my bed time. 

See you, folks...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Was it really more than half a year?

Yes, it was.  More than half a year ago, seven months and a bit to be precise, I posted on this blog about the cacti I had made.  Not that I haven't done anything in the meantime, but my Florist has been terribly neglected.  So, here I am, back again and I have made a new start.

On my other blog, Marion's Miniatures, you may have read why I haven't done much of late.  Amongst other things I have been overseas for three months, but it was mainly my 'mini' holiday, so I have visited two fairs and have partaken in various workshops.  You can read all about it on that blog if you would like to (and haven't done so yet).

You may have read that I have met Nina from Germany, who is also making a flower shop (or has already finished hers).  Und, ja Nina, Ich habe es versprochenm Ich wurde wieder arbeiten als Ich zurueck war.  I keep promises as you can see   ;-) 

Remember the white brick wall?  It's been painted now

And the side wall too
 Next I will be working on the roof and put on paperclay slates, the same as on my witch's cottage.

That's all for now.  When I next have a bit of time I will have a look at my followers, because I have been neglecting that side of my blog as well.  See you soon....