No disrespect is intended, we have the day off today because it is ANZAC day here in Australia. No matter where you live in the world and whatever reason your armed services fight for, commemoration of their lives and deeds should be required. Political views aside, kudos to Aussie and NZ diggers.

Do you smell Garlic? (based on a true story)
So the other day… (well a while now, but anyway). I’m sitting painting (varnishing technically) my steampunk table and I keep saying to my favourite guy in the whole world, Do you smell garlic? I asked about what was in the oven, if the dishes had left over garlic in them, if there was garlic in the bin.. blah blah blah.  This went on for hours. Eventually quite late in the evening, I realised that my recycled jar come varnish holder was an old garlic jar and the lid is what I was pouring varnish into…

Note to self… it may be worth keeping jars, but not garlic jars, garlic jars are EVIL mkay.

This table I was varnishing…

Miniature Steampunk Map Table Top Work in Progress

Miniature Steampunk Map Table Top Work in Progress

I found this map (by someone named Monkey Paw on Deviantart) that they designed for a game. I printed a copy for myself in 1:6 scale (which from what I understand is ok… I am not going to sell it to you or to anyone else) and am in the midst of decoupaging it to my 1:6 scale table for the steampunk roombox project.

At the moment it has had 3 coats of PVA glue, then 3 coats of gloss varnish, one sanding and another 2 coats of gloss varnish (more glossing to go!).

I’m unsure of the legs of the table (I made the table out of Balsa wood – Bunnings Birthday Voucher FTW! – using this tutorial from About.com). I think they look a bit too thin.  They are mostly square, though they don’t look it in the pic I am about to show you, but I still think chunky should be the order of the day here… It also needs some copper-y-fying – that’s a whole new word I made up! 5 syllables of goodness.

Miniature Steampunk Map Table Work in Progress

Miniature Steampunk Map Table Work in Progress

And  just in case you thought all this miniature stuff was for nobody in particular, here is Violetta, checking out the map table.

Violetta (Pullip Eos) Planning her next Expedition at her new Map Table

Violetta (Pullip Eos) Planning her next Expedition at her new Map Table

I don’t know if I have actually told you, but the roomboxes are going to be made out of Ikea LACK tables. (yep the $12.95 ones).  So I was reading up about things that people do with LACK tables (may fave of course has to be the LACK rack even if I am not a hardware geek, it is still pretty cool!) and some just stack em and hope for the best; then there are the gluers; but I went with the dowel jointing idea and pretty much got all my supplies as listed here (along with awesome LACK cutting table!).  Mine are so far just stacked… but they won’t stay that way.

Here Lucrezia checks out if there is enough head room in the LACK Stack Roombox

Here Lucrezia checks out if there is enough head room in the LACK Stack Roombox

Since the dollies don’t have to stoop or look like the crazy big heads that they are, height is pretty good I think.  The Lack table is 45cm high and the ‘roof’ is 5cm deep which gives us an effective ceiling height of 40cm or 8ft in playscale. And now that I have discovered this new(to me) blog Large and in Charge (go read her entire blog, I did, she is hysterical and makes cool stuff and tells you about it… what more do you want?) – I will also be attempting lighting… like real working lights.  The boy, probably doesn’t think this is a good idea, because he is constantly wandering around the house turning off all the lights I leave on. I’m learning babe… :/

Dollie Find!

On my way to the bus stop from work there is a Salvation Army store, that I occasionally pop in to check out for doll related stuff. I have purchased one top which I thought would be great for dresses (see below) but I rarely see anything I’m really excited about.  The good stuff must not live there or I must not be destined to grab it.  But yesterday I got these which I am quite happy with and I think will make find door side topiaries for my Italian Streetscape Roombox, what do you think?

Violetta Modelling the Op Shop Dolly Find of the Day, Two miniature Topiary Trees

Violetta Modelling the Op Shop Dolly Find of the Day, Two miniature Topiary Trees

ok… on to the sewing.

Sewing Stuff

I’m toying (probably more than toying) with the idea of sewing and selling some doll clothes and other mini stuff, so that I can buy more dolls… tee hee! [insert mental image of me rubbing my hands together with glee here]

I have in a previous post showed you the Aloha dress that I made using free pattern available from xoxo Blythe. here are the others…

Aloha Dress Clones, still waiting on trim

Aloha Dress Clones, still waiting on trim

Then there are the skirts… the many many skirts. I realised that if I ignored grain (ahem is that against the law?) I could get 1 skirt out of 1 5inch square so I murdered some left over charm squares and left over left overs…

The one on the top sewn by hand, with ric rac trim, the others are waiting on trim but sewn on the machine

The one on the top sewn by hand, with ric rac trim, the others are waiting on trim but sewn on the machine

but wait there’s more…

Dolly Skirts Waiting on Velcro Closures and Trim

Dolly Skirts Waiting on Velcro Closures and Trim

I also did some patchwork stitching, but I will tell you about that next post.

Good Night! Where ever you are!