Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lots Of Mini Time!


The hubs and son have been away from the house working a lot lately, and my "day job" is in a pretty relaxed period again until the end of May. This means that there are long stretches of mini time, and that is great news for me! I have been able to work on the shabby chic soap shop and it feels like I've gotten a lot accomplished this week! I am really going to have to come up with a better name for it, though!

I got a lot of the inside trim installed, and it's nearing completion. I'm at that stage where I can only go so far on it until some other pieces fall into place. I need to make decisions on raw wall edges etc before I can finish the trim there, and also have to install the roof before I can install quarter round etc... Once all of it is done I'll need to attempt some tiny caulking and touch up the paint job - or mess it up depending on the look it needs to have.





So the progress of the day has been to work on extending the front porch and getting the chimney attached in preparation for the egg carton stone that I have settled on.



Using the left over plywood from the second floor that is now only a shelf, I enlarged the porch floor to 3-1/2" x 6". I think it will make the front of the shop a little more inviting.




I also took some of the same material and used it to extend the porch eaves to cover the larger floor space.




Once that was done I gave everything another dry fit, and figured out what modifications I needed to make for the thicker chimney. I needed to cut some of the roof material away. I made two attempts, both not having taken away enough, and then taking too much on the third attempt. Oh well, "you know what" happens. Us miniaturists are used to camouflage, smoke and mirrors so it will all work out in the end...



At present I am, of course, waiting for glue to dry. Then it's on to the egg carton stone making process. I took a couple photos from Mt. St. Helens on vacation last summer, and just love the rocks they used to line the walking paths. I might just try to replicate it, if I can...



I hope you all are having a lovely and stress free moment where imaginings are conceived and dreams are born!

10 comments:

  1. 'Faster than a speeding bullet!' I'm glad you are having a mini fest, it is so lovely to have time and inspiration. The Mount St. Helens stone work is beautiful. It would be great reproduced on the chimney. Aren't we lucky that the houses don't have to comply with the building code, they just have to look like they comply.

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    1. Yes we are! I'd be in trouble as a real life carpenter!

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  2. It's amazing what you can achieve with a little quiet time. I agree, the St Helens stone work will look fab on the building. Have a mini filled, enjoyable weekend =0)

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    1. Thanks so much, Pepper! I hope that you are doing something very enjoyable, too!

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  3. Yay for mini alone time! You really have made a lot of progress. The stone will look awesome on the shop. Have a mini weekend!

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    1. Thanks Cyd! I hope you find time for something you've been looking forward to, too! How's the Creatin' Contest build going? I have some news on that front that I'm waiting to share soon!

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  4. Wow! so pretty! Can't wait to see the stone! Love how the inside looks, so fresh and clean. Casey had a really good way to do stone on her blog yesterday. Not sure if it will work on a chimney though. http://caseymini.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-clean-slate.html

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    1. Thanks Sheila, and thanks for the link! Casey's stones always turn out so lovely! I am going to do what I did on the potting shed which was to paint, glue on the egg carton, seal with sealer, then use real grout. I hope it turns out pretty realistic looking!
      BTW - I was going to suggest that you mount both wallpapers to mat board cut to fit the walls. Then you can really decide which one you like with the furnishings, and change them out in the future if you just want a new look! I'll be watching to see what you decide!

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  5. I'm really loving the various shades of white already coming together in the interior. It really speaks "shabby chic" to me. Also - great tip you gave to Sheila re: cutting mat board to fit and wallpapering it instead of directly to the walls That would make it so much easier if you ever want to change the colour or style. Loving it! - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada www.charminis.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! The encouragement really helps, especially when some things don't go as well as you'd hoped. Egg carton rocks not looking too good. More on that, hopefully after I am able to fix them!

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