August 17, 2017

Miniature Mayhem!

It's been something I wanted to do for a very long time - build my own dollhouse. And that's what I started this past winter.

I didn't want to purchase a kit but opted for images I had floating around in my head to point the way for planning the structure. I'd like it to have a Colonial feel to it - hopefully:)

So, I started building in February (flying by the seat of my pants), the following posts show my progress of the last few months. It has been a blast putting this together!

The next step was to design and cut out the window pieces. The frames were glued together and painted. Each window has a piece of extremely thin Plexiglas installed between the frames.

With the windows and shutters installed I began to apply the siding. Each siding strip was a piece of heavy chipboard measuring 11" x .5" (previously painted). The WORST part of putting up the siding was cutting each piece to fit around the various angles of each window. I put in a few hours each day but it took weeks to finish! There probably was a better way to tackle this step but it's done, what a relief to get that over with.

Installing the shingles was a lot more fun than doing the siding! Each of the 2000+ shingles was cut out and glued on individually. It was a very ZEN experience, tunes playing in the background, cat purring under the table. I enjoyed this part♥

Designing a building a functioning door was a challenge but super fun. I had tiny hinges from a previous project that worked perfectly for this door. A small piece of glass is installed at the top to let the interior light shine through.

I carved the exterior stone walls from blue insulation foam, my go-to material for carving stone walls, fireplaces, tombstones, etc. After the carving was finished I base painted them with acrylic paint followed by a wash of acrylic brown paint. Each panel was installed over the foundation layer of the house.

During the summer I have been working on the interior flooring, pictures coming soon!

January 3, 2017

Striving To Find Calm In The Midst Of Chaos

Striving To Find Calm Midst Of Chaos

This piece was done for Three Muse's weekly challenge. The theme this week was "reflection", we were to find a word that would have special meaning to us in 2017.

I settled on CALM as this is a challenge for me. I get caught up in world affairs, being the newsy that I am, add to that the constant strain of social media and the general stuff that happens in daily life...well it can be very difficult to find a place to just slow down, take a breath and find center. 

I'll be trying to find a place of calm both within my own head and within my surroundings.

Credit for the digital images go to Itkupilli's Dolcevita and to Holliewood Studios for Street Cred, Art Anarchy, Love & War and Void. Check them out at Mischief

December 27, 2016

There's One In Every Family

There's One In Every Family
Done for Three Muses challenge - Two of Something
Digital elements from various kits by Itkupilli Imaginarium

December 20, 2016

He's Gonna Find Out Who's Naughty or Nice

He's making a list,

He's checking it twice,

He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice,

Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you're sleeping,

He knows when you're awake,

He knows when you've been bad or good,

So be good for goodness sake!
 Done for Three Muses weekly challenge. This week's theme is FRAME.
 My base images were found on Pixabay
Digital elements were from Birdboxes by Holliewood Studios.
Winter Scenery Overlays by Eean's Creations.
Broken by Holliewood Studios.
Christmas Past Alpha by Xquizart.
And So This Is Christmas by CryztalRain
Snow effects by yours truly.

December 6, 2016

Time Keeps Slipping Away

This piece was done for Three Muses weekly challenge. Our theme this week is TIME.
Credits for images: Figure - SenshiStock on Deviantart
Clock - Clockworx by CryztalRain
Backgrounds - Art Anarchy by Holliewood Studios

November 29, 2016

Spanish Lace

Our challenge this week over at Three Muses was LACE.
I found this beautiful image of a woman on and immediately thought of a
Flamenco dancer.
 She was a perfect match for the lace elements found in Espanola Collection by Viva Artistry.
Speaking of lace I found these amazing lace cookies on Facebook.
I would dare not eat them, they are just too beautiful!
 These gorgeous cookies are the work of Las Tartas de Loreta-Burgos