Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shelving started and eye candy #2

Windy here!  Gusts of up to 30 mph.  No rain yet but it's coming.  But at least it's not snow.

My hand exercises are coming along.  I have trouble with the letters R, P, U and E.  Funny how they are the crazy ones.  But I do my therapy every day so I'm hoping to be at full mini-making within the next few weeks.

I spent about an hour transferring my website domain name to  I had a terrible time.  Had all numbers for authorization from one and the two new numbers.  Nothing showed up.  Had to call godaddy tech.  Found that my browser was not letting me do it.  So I downloaded Firefox and I got right in.  Of course, I was crazy over it.  Two days of headache and all fixed with one phone call.  Who knew?

Decided tonight to trim the large counter.  And then went on the preparing the three shelving units.  It was nice because of the marks on the sides of the shelving unit.  Then it had two little patterns.  Cut 18 of one size and 6 of the large size.  Glue them on.  Voila.  Let dry.  Of course.  LOL

So here's the 2nd eye candy house that received an award.  It's great, isn't it?  It's a beauty salon.  Inside view on web site.  Enjoy.  See you tomorrow!

Until then....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Counter top trim and more eye candy

It rained today and was quite warm.  But it didn't snow.  Tomorrow we're supposed to get more rain in the afternoon -- thunderstorms!  Isn't this weather crazy?  But we're luckier than the people over in Australia.  Their ocean foam surge was so terribly destructive.  They won't come back from it soon, either.

On a positive note, the little seaside town about 12 miles away will be open for the weekend.  Not everything is open, of course.  But the aquarium is open and there are some shops.  This is at Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.  The boardwalk will be rebuilt, too.

Today I did a lot of therapy so I'm very exhausted tonight.  I also made a special soup that is so tasty and good but no salt or fat (used olive oil).  Delicious.  Easy.  Filling.

I put the trim on the small counter.  I did have to use tape on it so it would lay down evenly.  That's why it looks so odd.  LOL   The wood pieces are old and have a tendency to warp slightly.

Haven't decided what to paint it yet.  I'm tired of white.  Maybe I'll wait until I know what I'll do with it and then I'll paint it accordingly.  Sound like a plan?

Now for the eye candy.  Several nights ago I put the winners of the house challenge from  They just put winners up in the category of first-time entrants.  They are so great.  I think I'll do one each night.  It's so refreshing to see new ideas.

Enjoy.  See you tomorrow.

Until then...


So here is the first one.  It's larger on the website!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Grass started

Snow today in the form of snain (snow/rain) and then it changed to rain.  But it's in the 30s so it isn't bad at all.

I was home all day until dinner tonight at a local pizza parlor.  And a visit to the Christmas Tree Shop, where I found nothing of interest.

Continued my strengthening exercises   and the ones for my fine motor skills.  Then after all of this, I was exhausted and took a two-hour nap.

Grassy lawns for houses
I worked on the grass for the village.  I thought I had lots of grass.  Well, did I learn fast that I didn't have enough.  I still need quite a bit.  I do think that the Magic Shop and Dragon House will be on something like asphalt or cement.  So I only need a few more pieces. 

As you can see, it looks great under the houses.  It will be perfect for the lawns. 

I have to complete the one street.  And then decide how I want to make the asphalt or cement. 

Lawn under flower shop.  More needed on left.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Until then....


Sunday, January 27, 2013


Still cold tonight.  Tomorrow snow turns into rain.  I'm probably not leaving the house.  Ha!

Went to church today and after visiting with everyone who hasn't seen me in several weeks since my stroke, I was exhausted.  We stopped for something to eat.  When I got home, I took a nap.  You know, sometimes I feel I'm ready to go back to work.  Then I do something that exhausts me.  Guess the docs know what they are talking about.  LOL

I decided to work on both counters.  I added the middle shelf and the top of the large counter.  Then I added the top to the smaller one.  There is a long thin piece of wood under each shelf and next to the shelf supports.  Don't know why they are necessary.  You can't even see them.

But everything needs to dry! 

The next steps are to finish the molding around the front.  It needs to be trimmed and then glued on.

So, after looking at the challenge in which there was a houseboat, is anyone going to take this challenge?

We are watching the Pro Bowl now.  Like I know about football.  I like the background noise.  :)

Do any of you look at Casey's Minis?  She made a workable recliner.  She's awesome to watch.  Check it out! 

See you tomorrow.  

Until then...


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cardboard down and ready

Cold again here but the sun was out.  Hubby pushed the snow out of the way today since it was so light and fluffy.  Then he brushed snow off the cars.  And then he pushed the snow from the path of our neighbor's house and brushed the snow off her car.  

I was determined to get the cardboard down today.  It wasn't difficult to do but I don't have the control of the right hand so it was tricky.  The full piece of mat board plus the partial one from yesterday was perfect.  And I was able to find green so two are white and one is green.  I know the green is good because it won't be so difficult to cover with greenery.  White?  Well, it will be a little more difficult.

I looked for background posters last night at both Michael's and AC Moore.  Nothing.  I was really disappointed that the one we found that I liked was $33.  Hah!  Not in my lifetime.  I'll keep looking. 

Perhaps I can just sit down and whip one up with paints?  ROFL  I cannot paint landscapes so that won't work.  I'll keep looking.

I didn't feel like messing with any of the buildings today because I was expecting a visitor after lunch.  I don't usually let my supplies and tools out when company comes.  And since I make a mess while creating, I decided not to do anything.

I hope to do each building separately until done.  Of course I always have to stop and let things dry.

Speaking of drying, remember that I put up the fence in front of Rowena's home?  It got knocked down.  Glue just wasn't holding.  I don't think I put enough glue on them.  I was wondering if E-6000 glue eats plastic?  It certainly eats foam.  I tried it on a little piece of foam.  Ate it right through.  Ha!  I can't afford it eating my fencing...

So my visitor wore me out today.  I'm ready to call it a day.  Here's two pictures showing the base for each "street."  The top looks warped but it isn't.  Was just the way I was holding the camera.

Until tomorrow....



Friday, January 25, 2013

Eye candy here

It snowed today.  I took a nap.  We went out for dinner.  Stopped at Michael's for more mat board. Then went to AC Moore with 50% coupon and bought more E-6000 glue.  I think they should let me do their advertising.

So I only cut a few pieces of mat board today but I found something that was so cool I just had to share it.

Blank building is a great online store where I buy a lot of things.  Every year, they offer a blank building people can buy at a great price.  Then you can enter their contest and you have about 12 months to finish the building. You can make it anything you want.  The finalists get great prizes and lots of publicity.  So I'm going to put the blank building on here and then the finishing products.  The completed projects will knock your socks off.

Are you impressed?  Kerry Ann took the blank building and made the boat.  Awesome!
First place winner

This is the 2nd prize winner from Brandaen Jones.  Show here is outside his building.

And here is the inside of his house. 

There is a large white space here and I don't know why.

And to think these all started from the basic building shown above!  Impressive!

I'll show more of  my stuff tomorrow.

Until then....


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Decision on building bases

Today was brutally cold, and not a good one to be outside.  But outside we did go.  To three stores.  Trooped through the stores, around people and sales counters.  Across the parking lot with its many  holes and things just laying around.  I'm excited because I am getting around better. 

And, I was bored with my exercises.  I began my dance routine steps.  More challenging.  And more fun.  Still working crosswords, cutting cardboard and fabric and typing a lot.  With each thing I do, I feel myself getting stronger.  It's only been 2 weeks since my stroke.  I'm fortunate and blessed to be doing so well.

One of my decisions, which I shared with you yesterday, was a choice of backgrounds for the village.

Watching Project Runway -- it's new season.  All are working in groups this year.  And that is tough when you are a designer.  As a rule, I work wonderful in teams but as a designer, I'm very much a loner.  This is going to be a good season.  They are always at each other's throats.

Back to the village.  Now I am making a decision on the base for the buildings on the streets.  I tried cutting and placing foam board on each "street."  But I found that even the 1/4" extra didn't allow the full building to sit comfortably.  Isn't that amazing?

So I looked at what I had and found mat board.  I will use that instead.  It is easier to cut, too.  I only have a few pieces so a trip to the craft store is a must...probably tomorrow night after our dinner out.  (P.S. We are back to our date nights!)

I am showing you both of them so you can see what I'm up against.

Mat board
Thicker board

After the bases are done, I'm going to cover them with grassy turf.  I will probably have to use spray adhesive since the board is so thin.  And it's cold out.  Definitely a tough call.  I'll let you know what I decide to do.

Until then...


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Village Backgrounds

Bitter cold today but I didn't have to venture out.  Instead, two delightfully dear friends, Carol and Kelly, came for lunch and a visit.  It was fun to get together.  I gave them a tour of Rowena's house.  And they got to see and touch the village buildings.  Fun time!

So that meant that I didn't do a lot in the way of work.  However, one thing I am considering is a background for the village.  I went to the posters website and found some interesting ones.  I would like you to take a look and help me decide.

Enjoy looking.  I'll check back tomorrow.

Until then...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The castle is in place and a peek

Oh my goodness.  Bitter out there today.  Went over to the library to walk around their stacks and use their stairs.  Nice!  but cold!  Snow-covered grounds were pretty but I'm not a snow baby.  My hand is still annoying me and my leg is not as strong as I would like.

So this morning I finally put some of the castle together.  I decided to have a rough ground so I used Spackle.  Worked well.  I used some of it for the walls coming up to the castle, too.  I will be painting more of the yard and making the buildings less "clean."

I took some pix of the shelves with the buildings on them.  It needs a lot of work but it's part of my vision.  It is taking shape now.  I am loving it already.  Hubby likes it, too.  That's important!

So forgive the short blog tonight.  I'll put the pix up to keep you up to date. 

More tomorrow.

Until then....


These are the castle pix. It will look like the photo on right.

 The Magic House is to the left.  Mansion and Library above.

Top street and 3rd level
Third level and Second level

Monday, January 21, 2013


It snowed a few flakes tonight just enough to cover the ground.  And then stopped.  Okay with me.

Walked in the mall for therapy today.  Was bad and shared a Cinnabon with hubby.  Yummy!

Worked on the grounds for the castle.  Tough to carve.  I made enough indentations to be steps and I will fill them in.  I have two layers and it may be 3.  We'll see.

I am going to try the paint tomorrow.  And they say it can be sanded.  Hmmm....

So here are the steps.  They said a hot knife is best.  But at $30 plus shipping it is much too costly to buy for just a one-time thing.  $15 -- maybe.  So a regular knife is best.  And I'll sand.

Until then...


Sunday, January 20, 2013

The castle

Today was so windy but quite warm so it was nice.  We went out so I could get used to parking lots and stores.  CVS, Kohl's, Barnes & Noble, WalMart and the house of our granddaughters, who didn't quite believe that Grandma was really okay.  While I was at their house, I climbed their stairs.  So it was a full and exhausting day.  Once home and rested, I did use my therapy clay for my hand.

Then I tried to remove the large counter from the gluing jig but it was attached!  ARGH!!  It came loose so I had to reglue it. 

So I cut the foam that will be the rise on which the castle will sit.  Tough to cut.  Of course, maybe it was me with limited strength.  LOL  I will put it on a thin white sheet of foam.  Then I tried to place the castle on it but I forgot where everything went and I can't find my little 3x5 piece of paper.  I have to back to the website to fix it up.

That made it a little bit of a nothing done day, although hubby feels at least the cutting is done. 

A new week begins tomorrow and I'm going to concentrate on several things.  What?  You may ask, but only The Shadow Knows.  (And most of you are too young to know that reference and it is one of the great pieces of trivia I get from being married to an older man!)

Until then....


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Glitches today

Cold and windy today.  Actually took a walk outside today with hubby at my side.  It was nice and involved a decline and an incline.  I also did my therapy exercises. 

Then I tried to begin on my village.  But something wasn't quite right.  I couldn't put my finger on it.  After a while of studying the structure of the village, I realized that we placed two crosspieces about 1 inch off from where it was supposed to be.  Ha!  It was cold and dark that night and we were working by porch light.  We'll fix it tomorrow.

So I didn't do anything today except take down the Christmas tree.  LOL

I did look at the stuff I bought to use for rocks and hills.  It is a square piece of builder's foam, used mostly for insulation.  I saw it on an online tutorial. It's supposed to be easy to cut.  We shall see.  It was only a few dollars.  The original color is purple and I understand it can be repainted with no problem.  And it doesn't fall apart like foam. 

Tomorrow is another day and I hope to be more creative.

Until then...


Friday, January 18, 2013

Second counter started

It's cold and windy.  I started my walking therapy.  Did it for about 1 hour.  I was so tired I was hardly able to sit and eat my lunch. Then I napped.

Found the little ball that I can use for my therapy.  Needs air.  Hubby's job.  Tomorrow I will only do my exercises with no walking.

I decided to begin the larger of the two counters.  So I put on the sides and glued.  I put them in a glue jig.

Tomorrow I will add the shelving.  Then I have to cut.  I thought I would cut today but I'm very shaky tonight.  Think I'm tired.

Time to call it a night.  Tomorrow is another day.

Until then....


Thursday, January 17, 2013

2nd part of cabinet - shelf

Good evening!  I'm beginning to recuperate but slowly.  I didn't realize that typing would be so difficult.  The two little fingers on the left hand refuse to obey.  But they will!  I also got a full-night's sleep.  And I'm so comfortable in my own home.

Watching Project Runway now.  The only thing I do watch.

So I began the second part of my cabinet.  Putting in the shelf. I noticed the glue did warp a bit so I put on the clothespins. I then put it back into the glue jig. (and I didn't show that here)

I hope to do a few more things to this cabinet.  It will require cutting so hubby will be close. 

(I can hear my therapists groaning now!)

I need at least several hours of the day for my shower (which is a feat in itself!),  my home therapy (which takes a good hour or more because I have to rest a lot - especially when  they involve closing my eyes or walking on my toes) and my walking therapy, which includes walking down and up stairs.  But I will be back!

I'm busy sketching the faerie village, now that I have the bones up and the starter schematic.  It should be started by the end of the weekend.

Tomorrow is another day -- and I'll be ready for it.

Until then...


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I am back!

Hello, fellow bloggers.  I realize I haven't been writing or doing anything miniature for about 5 days.  Why?  Had a stroke on Jan. 10.  Luckily, much of the damage began to reverse itself but I still had problems with speech, my right foot and right hand. 

I did intense therapy with 2 of the best, Janice and Megan, at Shore Rehabilitation Institute, where I was an inpatient. 

Part of my hand therapy will be making minis.  And typing.  My 2 little fingers on my right hand do not want to work well.  So typing will help.  And I have strengthening exercises, too.  I don't have to use a wheelchair, walker or cane, so I consider it such a blessing.

I'm off from work for 6 weeks so there's no excuse for not getting my faerie village done.

I'll be doing some mini things tomorrow so stay tuned.

Until then...


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Started the small counter

Weather started out as nice with the sun out.  Didn't even seem cold going to work.  At outdoor recess, though, it was really cold.  The sun disappeared.  The weathermen said it was 52 degrees F. but I don't know where!

I didn't feel like messing around with the fencing tonight.  Hubby is at a meeting so I decided to clean out some of the craft drawers.  They needed it.

Then I thought I would begin the furniture from that kit.  I decided on doing one thing at a time.  At least that is what I say until I start another one.  However, the small counter is first.

As you can see, I glued on the sides after a light sanding.  They seemed to adhere well.  I then placed them securely in the gluing jig.  Honestly, I don't know how I ever managed without one of these jigs.  They are so great.  If you glue things, they are worth the money.

I thought that Friday evening, after our dinner out for date night, that I would be able to work on some village things.  Not.  Seems hubby's boss has invited us to his place for a dinner and small party for hubby's 77th birthday.  There goes Friday and our date night.

And there is a dinner-dance for the firemen on Saturday night.  There goes Saturday, too. LOL

So I might get some things done during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

I'm done for tonight.  I'll add some pieces tomorrow.  I'm going to paint these pieces instead of staining them.

Until then....


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rowena gets a fence

Not bad out today.  Good thing.  I have outside recess duty all week.  I must say I'm exhausted when I get home.

Slept well after the wonderful dinner last night.  I had two glasses of wine and with being tired, it hit me hard.  As I said, I slept well.

Hubby is at a meeting.  I decided that after I rested and had dinner, I would tackle the "wrought-iron fencing" for Rowena's house.

It comes in 9-inch pieces and there's 2 in a package.  I've been looking at people's houses who have these fences and theirs isn't always straight.  So when I began to put in the pieces, I didn't cringe because they were not perfectly straight.

It doesn't really matter too much because the base will be covered with green grass.  I may put tiny shrubs in the front of the fence.  I haven't decided yet.

Because the "lawn" is in three separate sections, I also didn't worry if a fence piece went over onto another section.  However, I didn't glue it down all the way over.  This way, when I move one piece, there may look like there's no fence, but the one on the other side hangs over.  When it's together again, it looks like one big piece.

There was a little annoyance on my part, too.  I realized that each piece needs to be put down separately.  And then, do you know the next part?  Yep, each section has to dry.

So I did 5 sections across the front.  I will probably do the others tomorrow night.  I do think it is coming along nicely.  What do you think?

Now it's time to read a little and it's almost bedtime.  Talk again tomorrow.

Until then....


Monday, January 7, 2013

No minis tonight

So today I had outside recess.  I hung the little snowflake ornaments we made on Friday and have silver glitter over me.  It was a good day.

Because it was hubby's birthday and our daughter-in-law's birthday, the family took us to dinner.  There was hubby's daughter and her hubby, hubby's son and our DIL, and their two girls with us. We had a great time.  Lots of good food.  Birthday desserts. 

Except, hubby and I split a bottle of Reisling.  No minis tonight.  Too mellow.  I'd probably fall into the mini village pool!

Talk to you tomorrow night.  It's 9 p.m.  Time to snooze.  LOL

Until then...


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Trellis for village finished

It snowed last night.  It was only on the grass, though.  It's the way I like it.  Tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid-40's.  I will probably have outside recess.  : (

Hubby and I went to breakfast this morning after church.  Then we stopped at Home Depot for a few things, including pink building foam for the village.  I saw it on a YouTube video from Storm the Castle.  It will be a mountain.  Trust me.

So hubby made the trellis supports for the shelves.  It took him only about an hour.  I was so happy that my village was beginning.

In order to put the shelves in their proper spot, I used the schematic again.  I took the pieces of paper that were sized to the specific buildings and placed them where I thought they should go.  I wanted the top to be higher because of all the flying lessons going on.  The bottom opening will be the library and the gazebo and I think the firehouse.  See the electrical outlet?  That will be for any lighting.  I am looking for a suitable background to go over the mirror.

In the center will be the little houses and other little shops.  There will be room for landscaping, too.

The shelves are 3 pieces of wood and on these pieces I will place flooring tiles, since we have a few left from a floor tile project I did several years ago.  We kept the extras in case we had to replace any.  They will be perfect for the grass and all the other things I have planned. 

Since I work tomorrow, I probably will not be doing a lot on the village.  I did not get to the fencing on Rowena's house because I was helping hubby.  I hold the wood steady while he hammers and curses.  Hey, someone has to do it!

And then, I had an epiphany as I looked up past the structure.  I have an opening section above the shelves.  At this time, there are decorations and knick-knacks.  They will probably be gone, too, to make room for other things.   I think I will just do it slowly, though, so no one notices.  LOL

It's late and I'm ready to hit the sack.  Tomorrow and kindergarten come very quickly.  And Mondays are always crazy.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Until then...


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Getting ready to start village

Well, tonight is cold and crisp.  I like it.  Years ago when I was very young, the cold bothered me.  Now that I'm old, I mean older (smile), I like the cold. 

Pictures should be fine now.  I'm using Picasa, not that I wanted to but seems many are having problems with their google blogs. 

Today was a busy one for me.  My first things was Saturday morning chores of bathroom cleaning (although we share that job) and changing the bed linens.  Then it was time to play.

I decided to work on two projects simultaneously because of drying time, the fencing around Rowena's house and the schematic of the village. 

I decided that a schematic was needed for the village because as I was explaining my plans to hubby, his look was one of pure "huh?"  Yes, you know the look. 

So I thought and I thought of the way to explain it.  I want something like a trellis with shelves.  That was something he could understand.  (I always think that hubbies should just know when we have an idea -- lol.)

Project 1:  I began the day thinking about putting the fencing around Rowena's house.  I have pieces of basswood for the perimeter of the yard.  I mixed several shades of green and several shades of brown together and painted the wood.  And then it was drying time.  Time to start Project 2.

Hubby went out to do errands today and came back with the wood pieces for the trellis.  I think that the shelves will be okay by themselves.  However, if it looks as if there needs to be center supports, I'll put in "trees."  That will work. 

Project 2:  Because it is tough to figure out exactly where everything will fit in the space, I decided to draw out a schematic.  The actual size of the space is 36" by 36".  I found quarter-inch paper (see? I knew I would have a use for it someday!) and tore out pieces and taped them together to make a 3 foot square sheet.  Basswood dry now.  Back to Project 1.

With the basswood paint dry, I glued the pieces down to the landscaping grass. It was necessary to use clamps. I used pieces of cardboard under the clamps so as not to leave marks. Then it was more drying time.  Back to Project 2.

I measured the buildings' widths and heights.  I drew them on paper and cut them out.  When they are all finished, I will put them on the schematic and figure out how much room is needed for the shelf placement.  I need to remember that if I use a shelf that is 1/4 inch thick and there are 4 of them, I lose one full inch off the 36 inches.  And the same for the sides.  I don't want any surprises.

So far I cut out four buildings: library, carriage house, dragon shop and magic shop.  Hope to do the rest of the building plans tomorrow. 

I also want to put the fencing up, which will take some time because of cutting.  The house landscaping is in three pieces.  I wanted to be able to work on the landscaping without having to remove the entire front piece.  However, when I put the fencing on, I want the pieces to meet.  They will not be glued but the pieces fit so well I think it will work.

So, there is progress!  Talk to you tomorrow night.

Until then....


Friday, January 4, 2013

Up with pix and new item

Cold today.  Notice that the evenings are staying lighter longer.  Nice.  Tonight was date night so we went to the Olive Garden because someone gave us a gift card for Christmas.  I love gift cards.  But that's another story.

I know that I will be in the Kindergarten class through Jan. 18 because I am on the formal schedule.  That's nice.  Good to know where I'm going for the next two weeks.

So I think I have the pix problem figured out.  One of my wonderful readers wrote and said that when she and other bloggers had trouble with pix, it was because their pix limit was reached.  Funny, because I know bloggers who have been doing pix and all that for several years.  But for some reason, Google stopped mine from coming from my files.

I now put everything on Picasa and upload from there.  Seems to be easier.  The pix above are for last night.  The ones on the right are exciting to me because I can use the pieces of wood.  Does anyone ever keep wood scraps?

After dinner, we went to Michaels.  I haven't been lucky there lately but went to the floral section.  I found this wonderful moss.  50 percent off of $6.  There's several different colors as you can see. Some of it looks like mushrooms.  I will be getting more over the next few weeks.  This will be for the tree bottoms and any rocks within the village landscaping.

I also bought round colorful ornaments for Rowena's tree.  50% off.  Nice.  I can do that.

Time for dessert.  Vanilla pudding.  Cooked.  With whipped cream.  Divine.  No picture.  Sorry.  LOL

Tomorrow's a busy day.  I'll talk to you later.

Until then....


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sorting of items finished

For some reason, Google is not letting me upload photos.  Maybe tomorrow.  (sigh)

Cold today.  Inside recess.  Noise level could break a sound barrier.  36 little ones. 

When I got home, I vegged a bit until after dinner.  I just need time to unwind. 

After dinner, I decided to tackle the rest of the kit pieces.  It wasn't as hard as I thought.  Probably because I rested first. 

So there are the piles in the one box.  There is also a ladder and there is a dowel for the rungs.  And lo and behold! there are 2 pieces with no numbers.  I have no idea where they go. 

I have decided what to do with this kit, though.  I am thinking of getting a small building and making it into an old-time post office.  My hubby retired from the postal service after 34 years.  I think it would be a fun project.

In this kit, there is a little post office section.  The old kind with little letter boxes and all.  I was thinking that it could be the post office and maybe a little newspaper stand, as well, inside the building.  I am going to look for a proper size building.  Don't tell hubby!  Shh....

The ladder is really nice.  I am going to make a template from it so I can do other ladders.  It's not often one finds a template for such a thing.  And when I need something drilled, hubby does it for me.

I don't know what I am doing on Saturday and Sunday.  I will be planning it so I can get the supplies.  I'll let you in on my plans when I know them myself.

I know I will be giving the sleigh another coat of enamel over the weekend, too.

Until then....


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

So today I had lunch duty.  And there was no playground duty anyway.  Much too cold!  Tonight it's crisp and clear and very, very cold.  Maybe it will kill all of the ants that live in the ground so that they don't find our house when spring comes around.  (smile)

I had to nap when I got home.  Honestly, having days off really makes one crazy.  I am not used to getting up early and standing all day long.  Think it might be an age thing.  LOL

I only put a few sections together of the kit I received.  I also worked on the boots for the doll.  They are going to be so nice.  I just need to find my grommet tool.  Hmmm....when did I have it last???

Here is a great site.  If you've never been on here, try it.  There is a lot of eye candy here.  It's a site for making things and looking at great miniatures.


Talk to you tomorrow.

Until then....


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New kit arrives

Not too cold out.  Today was a busy day.  Slept late.  Then we went to Bill's firehouse where some of the firemen were serving a breakfast for the firemen.  Yum. 

Then it was off to Joanne's where I was able to get the three huge packs of fir trees that are usually $20 for only $5.40 each.  There are several different sizes.  They will go well in the landscapes of Rowena's house, the new house when it is put together and the village. 

We drove down to one of the towns that had been hit by Sandy.  It's still a mess and there are some wonderful little stores that were just so damaged.  We hope they can fix it and reopen by the summer.

I go back to work tomorrow and will be there these 3 days and definitely next week.  Then it is up in the air because the teacher has to get her doc's permission to come back.

So I decided that after dinner, I was going to tackle the new kit of shelves and cabinets (1:12 scale).  Oh my goodness, what an ordeal.  The actual pieces are not actually marked but are part of wood "holders" and are attached to them.  However, this kit is so old (although not as old as me -- grin) that some of the pieces have come away from their holders.  There are little numbers on the holders but trying to fit them back in to figure out where they came from is a bit difficult.

My plan is to find the pieces and create piles.  Each pile will be an item and it will have all of it's pieces.  The shelves are for Rowena's library.  I will keep the counters because I hope to make a roombox with a store in it.  Another project.

I won't actually put these items together until after I work on the village and do work in Rowena's house.  I just love having projects set up, though, and ready to go!

Time to settle down for bed. 

Until then....