The big delay was due to the fact that I decided I would no longer mix and match trims that I had on hand, that I would go out and buy some additional trim for the floors, but the hardware store  I went to didn’t have any in stock.  We have also decided to build a cat scratching condo for our Miss Arya, so spent a lot of our spare weekend time working on that project, rather than minis.  (Will go into detail about it when we are done, since we are repurposing and Ikea Lack stepped wall shelf.)

Mid Way Through Making Cat Scratcher

Mid Way Through Making Cat Scratcher

I discovered that the moulding I had purchased is called insert moulding and is usually used around inserts in doors or panels.  They are small enough to be used in a 1:12 scale doll house, and I got some a few days later at a different hardware store.  I also bought some triangle moulding that I intend to use for my return staircase.

Q Berry Waving from Little Top Cottage's Upstairs Window - I think she looks a bit sad because I am taking so long!

Q Berry Waving from Little Top Cottage’s Upstairs Window – I think she looks a bit sad because I am taking so long!

Last weekend I added a new hinge to the roof, and finished adding the new cedar shingles that I had ordered to the template for the roof. This weekend I stuck the shingled templates on to the roof, cut a door sized hole in my divider wall; painted the tudor woodwork slats for the other side of the house and glued them on to the sides (they were initially stuck there with blu-tack – they are in the photo above with QBerry).  I also attached the floors.

Little Top Cottage Progress

Little Top Cottage Progress

You can see with the shingles where I go from the shingles I stained from the first batch I bought, to the next batch that are red and unstained. [I am ok with a side story about QBerry needing to repair the roof at some point] I still need to add trim to the edge of the roof, it has been painted and is drying as we speak, The ornate trim thing – gable decoration – I guess? is not permanently attached yet.  That is as good as the tudor style timberwork is going to get.

I tried to re-do the glossy accents experiment (with the circus posters) using dimensional magic, this time I stuck the printed images onto cardstock, but they still curled.  I then cut out pieces of wood and added the dimensional magic after.  This has solved the issue and I now have my 3 prints.

Dimensional Magic Experiment on Circus Poster Tryptich - Top Row Just Applied

Dimensional Magic Experiment on Circus Poster Tryptich – Top Row Just Applied

The bottom row, was experiment 2 (printed on premium paper and stuck onto cardstock prior to application).  In this photo I have just finished applying the stuff to the top row. They are pieces of 3mm MDF I cut to sized and coloured the edges black with a sharpie marker.  If you decide to play with stuff a few tips from me:

  • Make sure you have a level place to put it on and out of sight so you are not tempted to check (by touch) if its dry every 5 seconds
  • it’s liquid, if you tilt your work surface (and old tray I put on my lap) it will run off the edge…
  • trying to get rid of a bubble will only make more bubbles, if you get one it’s ok, it’s just one, don’t turn it into 20 by trying to fix it (I tried a needle)

I didn’t say the tips were going to be worth your while to read, they were just things I noted that will be useful, if like me you are a total clutz and don’t always think everything through before you do it. 😀

Here it is about 5 hours later, looks dryish now - but still not touching it, just in case!

Here it is about 5 hours later, looks dryish now – but still not touching it, just in case!

I started making a bath for QBerry’s bathroom, I got the idea from Mara’s blog here (in Spanish). I am starting to think that maybe I should have stuck with Mara’s idea and just painted the container I cut up, but I decided to add air dry clay to it and I am going to attempt to sand it to smooth shininess. I used a container from a liquid hand soap available in Australia called Organic Care.

Organic Care Hand Wash Chai Milk

Organic Care Hand Wash Chai Milk

It’s a great hand wash by the way, smells lovely and makes your hands feel really nice after using. Anyhoo, I hacked the bottle to bits, stuck my clay on it and here is how it turned out.

Bath Tub View Through Window

Bath Tub View Through Window

So my next step is to get rid of the crack and to sand away the lumpiness.  I am also going to add some sort of feet… I think?

Miniature Bath Tub from Hand Wash Container and Air Dry Clay

Miniature Bath Tub from Hand Wash Container and Air Dry Clay

Ok, this photo not only shows you more lumpiness (courtesy of my flash! – grumble bad light from this side of the house) but also the unfinished edge of my dividing wall door cut and my attempt to patch up the walls after having to hack off the previous owner’s horrendous trims.  The ceiling height looks low here (or the bath looks huge, depdending on your perspective on it) but it’s because that is where the roof slope starts (so probably also going to mess with my bead board in the bathroom plans…)  The photo has convinced me that I need to put cardstock on the white walls so that I don’t have that crazy mess on the left wall next to window showing on all my future bathroom photos.

I have also finished my elephant cross stitch – which is amusingly nothing like the sample picture on the web site where I downloaded the pattern from.  And added some labels to future bathroom product bottles, but this is about all I have energy for today.

Life get’s pretty crazy around Christmas doesn’t it?

Good Night Where ever you are!