After seeing speedy progress (particularly from Linda at The Hard Way) of others who are participating in the Undersized Urbanite Challenge and realising that I may indeed run out of precious time. I battened down the hatches (well not really, since I did go shopping and played with the cat and stuff) and spent the majority of my weekend doing something or other related to Little Top Cottage.I now have two of the upstairs windows cut out (not painted yet). I have the bottom window acrylic cut but not the timber. I have also cut out 5 umbrellas for QBerry’s performance umbrella collection (I am going to try them with paper first to see if I like the look better than the fabric one I tried). I actually walked into our dining room twice with the idea in my head that I would attach the cardstock to the white walls… but I didnt.
I did add some polymer clay to the bottom of the elephant charm I showed you. This is supposed to make it look like she is balancing on the top, but it looks a little like she sunk into it. This is pre-baking and there will be sanding and polishing post baking. I don’t actually know if the elephant will go in the bedroom (one of the rooms I decided I need to complete for the Challenge), but it has potential. I wouldn’t want to get into an oven for 15 minutes even at the low temperature sculpey needs to bake, so hopefully the little elephant stands up to it ok.
I cut off the loop for the pendant and it came out quite clean. Not sure if you get this brand of pendants/ beads everywhere but this one is from a company called Mixed Metal and I got it from Spotlight in Australia. I was playing with clay so I did have in mind that I would add the white dusting to the miniature bread I made and also that I would add some finish to the little apples I made (yes, I do know I haven’t showed you the apples yet). The apples and bread don’t go in the bedroom or the bathroom though (that is my excuse… deal with it!).
I also spent an extroadinary amount of time making dents in tiny little polymer clay flowers that will eventually become hydrangeas (in window basket, I haven’t even mentioned in my plan) and making some leaves for the planned aloe vera plant in the bathroom. They are hanging out with the elephant on the baking tray at the moment, looking like they could very easily be squished. This makes me have some kind of niggling feeling that I should squish them; that Arya will try to play paw-tennis with them and squish them or my niece will revert back to her early toddler days and squish them. She would always throw over everything I constructed with her blocks or toys, and even as recently as Christmas time has stomped on my sand castle aspirations.
I am quite clumsy, I walk into walls, drop things like knives and try to catch them(?!! seriously), trip over cat toys onto cat, constantly walk into the fan that I know is on my way out of the bedroom if I need to go to the toilet in the middle of the night… so I don’t really need any imagined destructors, I am quite capable of destroying all by myself.
And if one little flower, should accidentally get squished… there will be 74 flowers waiting to be baked….
After advising my squishing nature, I will now show what I made with 90gsm paper, some wire and shortened bugle beads, that is not yet squished (but probably waiting in line after the flowers). If you are interested in pre-emptively making me a replacement or you want one for yourself. You can find the instructions and printable at Bricolage en Compagnie (yes that is the same blog where I got the plans of the side table and the step ladder from and the idea for the enamelled circus posters) and now I am not just going to go through all her tutorials and then hand up my house… but there is one more I would love to make. [Maybe for the next house!]
I should also mentioned that my new glue friend (slightly closer friends than any of my other glue friends) is Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. It seems slightly more tolerant of my smooshy fingers and lack of patience of any kind.
It was around this time that I noticed I had a horsey problem – I only used the black and ginger (is that fawn?) coloured horses from the file cos I had some trouble (ahem – see clutz indications above) with the white ones, so I used two extra of the others, but they are mirror images for a reason Q… one goes one way, they other goes the other. Nope I printed out an extra 2 of each but facing the same way *sigh*
and that is why… in the above photo you can see one of the little horseys is a tad one sided…
Not as evident in this photo, see I could have just showed you this photo and not mentioned it at all but I’m keeping it real.
Good Night wherever you are!