Friday, July 31, 2009

Not finished but...

I have reached a point where I am a little tired of the French Shoppe. I think this is because a) it's taking much longer than I wanted it to, b) there are some bits I need but can't find and c) I've reached the point where there are a heap of annoying things to do!! Eg undercoating, sanding and then painting the shingles. Let it be known that I will NEVER use wood shingles again. It will only ever be either the styrene sheets or paper (or whatever else doesn't need so much prep work).

I've decided the shop will be a gourmet food store, using as many of the Lisa's Little Things kits that I can get my greasy mits on!

So here's the bedroom. I've got a few more pictures to hang and the light needs another coat of paint and the chair (which you can't see) needs some finishing.

I am considering shelving it temporarily until I can finish it. I need some bits for it that I just can't decide on/find. You know those perfect, elusive pieces of furniture??? Where are they? I figure maybe I am better to leave it until I find that perfect something and stop stressing over it.

Next is another project I've been working on. Won't say too much, but it's also going slower than I hoped, as I am waiting on parts.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cynthia Howe delightfulness

I am considering buying a desktop laser cutter when I get my tax return this year, but then got to thinking, there are websites that offer small lot custom laser cutting... but which website did I see it on??? I went searching, and Cynthia Howe's website is one that I thought might've been where I saw it. I was wrong, but I did find this:

It's so sweet! I adore it! It's an online class that you can register for and the kit includes everything (other than accessories). Just adore it.

I also found this cool dollhouse for sale on Ebay a while back. I love the non-traditional dollhouse. I decided a while back that any dollhouse I build from now on has to open either at the front or side, unless it's a small (1/2 or 1/4 scale) one. Except for the tiny cottages/shops which can be moved easily.

It is based on a real-life French house. I'm thinking it forms a good base for an art nouveau house I will build 'sometime'!

And as for the laser cutter, I found which website it was (Karen Cary's) and need to carry out further investigations to figure out whether it's worth it.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Yes, I've been slack!

I haven't been doing too much mini-ing recently. I intend on doing some purchasing this weekend for my French shoppe (and yes I believe shopping IS a ligitimate mini-ing activity!!) and hopefully get a bit more undercoating of the roof shingles done (it's a terrible job).

So anyways, found some really cool pics recently so thought I'd share.

First up, not sure where I found this (maybe Flickr??), but it's sooooo cute! I MUST recreate it one day:

Found this one on flickr today, and absolutely fell in love with it. Take a look at their account.

Next one I found on a website for the special effects company that worked on the Lemony Snickett movie (can't remember the name of them). It would be so awesome for a witch/haunted dollhouse. Love it.

And last one, again, can't remember where I found it but love it. Such a pretty room with a modern twist. Love the colours.