Thursday, April 28, 2016

So Many Details...


The Sugarplum is such a little kit, but that's a good thing if you already have a house full of finished miniature projects and don't plan to ever stop making more. The kit was intended to be a Tudor style, but when I looked at the kit, I saw fru fru moldings and lots of textural detail in my mind's eye. Because it's small, I can do a lot in terms of detail, but not get burnt out by having a ton of it to do. I admire those of you that work on monster kits! I would really lose patience (I have been known to do this. Just ask my poor Starbucks and the other two deserted Street Of Shops kits in my buffet). My attention span needs work...

Since the whole Dreadful Egg Carton Stones debacle (more on that later) I have been on a roll! I won't bore you with a lot of details on the details - a picture is worth a lot of words...

Starting the entry shingles...


Finished entry shingling...

Whitewashed entry shingles... Oh and installed door!

Installing the porch roof - notice the enlarged and finished porch floor...

Installing the porch braces...

Bay - check, window + plexi - check, round window - check, whitewashed shingles - check!
Just need to go around with caulk and touch up paint! We're making progress (by we I mean the little six year old inside my head who's jumping up and down right now!).

Now, for the update on the Dreadful Egg Carton Stones...

Chalked...

Sealed... Mod Podge won... And...

Done!!!
Next... Waiting on more half scale shingles. The regular sized diamond speed shingles I ordered in December from Greenleaf are GIANT! Since this kit is so small, I'm thinking smaller shingles is a good idea. Meanwhile, more trim and touch up!

I hope all the little details in your life are falling into place, too!

13 comments:

  1. Hello Jodi,
    I love the fru fru you added. It works so well with the cottage and great job on the stonework. It looks beautiful.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks so much, Giac! You are THE MASTER of fru fru, and I LOVE it! Wanna eat it all up!!! Can't wait until your next post (hint, hint)! ;O)

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  2. OMG that door! I love that door. Gorgeous and it just pops against the shingles. I was wondering what you were going to use for roofing since you were shingling the walls... Diamond singles sound interesting and fun.

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    1. This project is looking delightful and I especially love the windows and the front door that you have chosen! The enlarged front porch with the support columns were a great idea and add presence to the home's exterior...well done! The egg carton stonework has been rescued very successfully and looks realistic. Cheers! Alayne

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    2. Thanks Pal! Got the shipping email TODAY so hopefully we'll be roofing soon. :O)

      And Thank You so much, Alayne!

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  3. Jodi: I love the shingles around the front door! What an adorable touch it brings to the overall look. Do the porch supports go straight up and down or have you installed them at an angle for additional detail? It's hard to tell from the pictures. Also - attention span? We miniaturists are supposed to have an attention span??? Who knew!?! Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada www.charminis.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn! The supports were cut at an angle to match the sloped porch roof - they still just need some touch up paint and maybe to have pins drilled into the bottoms for support. I did small nails to secure them to the roof.

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  4. My six year old is jumping up and down too! The shop is really coming along, the shingles are lovely, the door and windows look great and you conquered the dreaded egg carton stones. As always, I'm impressed with your skill and vision.

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    1. Oh yeah! I wish our six year olds could play together! Thanks for the nice words - if you keep doing this long enough, sometimes you get lucky!

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  5. Nice! It is adorable.

    I also like the plates your wall!

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    1. Thanks and Thanks! They were purchased on a trip to Portland with all of my closest gal pals in 2010! Fun memories!

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  6. I love the shingles, they are a great fit for the architecture of the cottage. I'm glad you were able to rescue the egg carton stones, they look great too. That was a hysterical post, I was laughing with you and nodding my head, as I've had several similar experiences.

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    1. Thanks Keli! I am channeling "adorable" right now! :O)
      It does seem like all of us experience the same evolution with miniatures, and those include some pretty hysterical failures! I'm glad you got a laugh and feel my pain!!!

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