So I’m not sure if I mentioned but I can be a bit of a drama queen, so this last weekend was really out to push my buttons.  I promise not to yell and cry at you, but maybe you will understand why I did.

Saturday the weather forecast was set for glorious, I was up early and ready to get outside to give my upstairs floor it’s second sanding (after puttying the gaps) I had big plans.  I would do the rest of the ground floor and put my already shingled roof bits on the roof and I would either start adding the Tudor beams to the sides of the house, or start on the windows or the occasional table or maybe if I was feeling adventurous start sculpting my bath and kitchen sink and build the vanity.  BIG plans.

I also had to take some photos of QBerry in the Halloween Swap Outfit I made for my partner on DoA and get some ‘stuff’ to go with the package and go to the post office to send it on it’s way.

Items I Made for a Puki Puki Sized Halloween Swap, Hat, Dress, Cape and Bracelets

Items I Made for a Puki Puki Sized Halloween Swap, Hat, Dress, Cape and Bracelets

I was ready to go, so I thought working in my pjs for my first mini task would be ok, I made sure I had on proper shoes, I wear specs so have built in safety glasses, and in Australia, if you go outside (well if you are me and you go outside) in Spring then you make sure you spray yourself with insect repellant if you don’t want to be eaten alive by Mozzies (mosquitoes).  I sprayed and grabbed DB’s multi tool (I really can’t bring myself to sand anything by hand after using it- well not a large surface anyway). Made sure everything was turned on. I pressed the button and it whirred into life and then whirred out of life. Pressed the switch off and on again. Nothing.

I checked (because we can’t use certain things in our house together without tripping a circuit) if I had tripped a circuit, but nope.  Other tools in the powerboard were functioning fine so… Multi tool broken (no sanding!)

Ok… Maybe I could have a play (practise) with my scroll saw.  I bought it about a month ago I think and have done a few little things with it, but thought I should practise doing actual scroll saw things like cutting patterns.  So I eagerly unwrapped a new blade that I had mail ordered and started to replace the one in the saw (a bit clunkier than my shiny new ones).  Halfway through fitting it I realised it wasn’t going to work, because even though my manual says that the scroll saw accepts both pinned and pinless blades (I bought pinless) it actually doesn’t have a clamping mechanism so can’t take pinless blades at all!

At this point I was still a bit optimistic, when I bought the saw the person I bought it from recommended a good (as it not a mass discount hardware store) tool place to get better blades from, they were up the road, I could grab some from them when I went to the post office.

I took my photos of QBerry casting spells…

QBerry in the Halloween Swap Outfit, Ready to turn me into a newt!

QBerry in the Halloween Swap Outfit, Ready to turn me into a newt!

I wrapped everything up and headed to the post office, all proud of my re-use of packing chips and a box that I received something else in.  I added some goodies for the swap recipient and got to the counter and postage was $17.50!! ouch.  Usually I put little things in a tough envelope and I have become quite used to the $4.60 or whatever that costs, so the jump was a little painful and means I probably won’t be able to participate in similar swaps to the level I would like. Just clothes and just teeny things would still be ok, but any effort at sending larger items would have to be killed unless I am feeling a bit wealthy.

Starting to feel a little picked on, I headed to the ‘special’ tool store to get blades for my scroll saw.  I went straight to the counter, it didn’t look like I could wonder around and find what I needed.  Luckily since they no longer stock scroll saw blades, the only place they know of that still does that (like its archaic?) is a store on the other side of town.  I wasn’t feeling like going to the other side of town, so headed home.

View of the Popsicle Stick Dollhouse Flooring - Bottom Floors Nearly there...

View of the Popsicle Stick Dollhouse Flooring – Bottom Floors Nearly there…

I went home and so because of no sanding tool and no scroll saw practise, I went to do some more timber laying on the floors. I made 3 seperate templates one for the open area, and one for each of the downstairs rooms (lounge and kitchen) for the dollhouse.  The new popsicle sticks I got would not win any awards for conforming to anything popsicle like (ie straight or uniform) so there were lots of rejects but I think I did ok.

Then I started to putty the floors. The upstairs floor was actually sanded and glossed before I puttied (as I was not going to do the puttying initially). Puttying is a bit tougher with the floor not sanded, since I was using my fingers to spread the putty – I don’t have a 1:12 scale putty knife and even the lovely bendy plastic knife seemed a bit unco-ordinated in my hands so I was doing ok with fingers and not too bad with an unsanded floor.

I got near the end of the 2nd of 3 pieces of floor and realised I was also going to run out of putty (that I could have replaced at the hardware/tool store had I realised!) so I stopped… I went to do a dry fit of the floors in the house, to make myself feel better.  and realised that all three floors needed some slight trimming to fit properly.  I was going to head out again to the scroll saw, put the original blade back in to do some shaving off the sides so I grabbed a pair of shorts (it was getting warm) and sprayed some more insect repellant.  The shorts don’t fit.  My trusty cargo shorts that are my go to pair for summer for camping and walkabouts and just general day to day stuff, won’t close over my fattened belly and butt.  I went to grab my humungo shorts (worn much less in public and was last seen on when I moved house in December) they closed but only just and were not what I would call comfortable.

I trimmed down the floors so that they would fit and then pretty much had a fit….
Why oh why… dear universe are you conspiring against my widening arse today?  What have I done to deserve this… *sob*

It all ends ok (usually). DB bought a new multi tool, floors were sanded and polished on Sunday and I played with creating mini flowers, not a particular type of flower, just wanted them to be identifiable as flowers.

Here are the floors

Another View of the Popsicle Stick Dollhouse Flooring - Bottom Floors Nearly there.

Another View of the Popsicle Stick Dollhouse Flooring – Bottom Floors Nearly there.

(gaps are ok, they will be filled in later and I also still need to trim a smidge because they aren’t laying as flat as they should…)

Here are the flowers.  (There are loads of tutorials on making flowers I looked at but these I just made from remembering bits about the tutorials) they are just made using florists green stems and punched out bits from cardstock.

The first lot of miniature flowers... Paper Punched Cardstock and Florist Stems

The first lot of miniature flowers… Paper Punched Cardstock and Florist Stems oh and smidge (too much) paint.  That is a pencil nib in the right for size reference.

Trying to add yellow dollops for centres, didn’t really work, but I’m sure the next time I try will be better. I did think it was only fair you saw my first go. Also these flower pics are crappy cell phone pics I left the camera on when I downloaded the other images last night. – Good Work Q – thank goodness it’s rechargable!!

The second lot of miniature flowers... Paper Punched Cardstock and Florist Stems

The second lot of miniature flowers… Paper Punched Cardstock and Florist Stems. These have beads instead of paint as centres.

I’m sure next weekend will be better 😀