I've shown you the wonderful wooden Baby Z Lap Frame I have to hold my needlework projects. It's portable and well made. It is relatively heavy, but that works well to hold it in place while in use.
I've also shown you the Morgan No-Slip hoop that holds the fabric tight.
Well, I now have a Morgan Lap Stand. This set has two no-slip embroidery hoops and extenders to create a lap frame.
There are many sizes available, but I chose the 7" and 9" set. You can use the stand with either the large or small hoop as the base.
This is especially nice for French knot work or if you want to rotate the work at all. It can be used either on your lap or on a tabletop. You can also use either hoop by itself. These will fit in my wooden lap frame, too.
It collapses for travel and storage, though you'll need a bag to keep all the pieces together.
Why am I hiding the start of this rug? It's a secret...you'll see it in December. :O
How's that for a name?!! :D
Get out of the trash, Roland. I'll make you a sandwich. Haaaaaa
Roland is the perfect city animal for The Brownstone, though I am sure he'll be well traveled. :] Here he is sneaking about Baslow Ranch.
And The Aero Squadron Lounge.... Roland's wool fur is so soft. He has the perfect stance and face...too stinkin' cute!
I've been waiting a long time to find a really well done raccoon in mini, and none spoke to me the way Roland did. I'm so glad he's mine! :D
Seriously, I'll make you a sandwich...just hold your horses!
Here's a fun video showing a real life raccoon sneakypants! :D
Continuing work on cutting openings and padding boards. I cut the garage door and lower entry door holes in the 1/8" thick main backer board. I cut a 3/16" thick padding board for the lower front (not glued in place yet). This will have egg carton stone covering it.
I cut the opening for the front door and checked the fit. Hooray! :D
I cut the three openings for the bay window section and the single upper window above the door.
I glued the padding board to the lower section and set it aside to dry. I did more than just this over the weekend, but it was all unrelated, and I figured it would be better to keep the posts grouped by topic. :]
Thank you to everyone who sent their well wishes. :] I am feeling much better!
Before cutting the final holes for doorways and windows in the main floor, I worked on the staircase to make sure I didn't need to adjust the ceiling height on the main floor. I'm making the main floor staircase from an Architect's Choice kit purchased from All About Miniatures at the January 3 Blind Mice Show.
The instructions could use a few additional drawings, but I managed to figure out what they meant. These are made for a 9 3/4" floor to floor measurement. Since I don't have a building to fit them into, it's hard to visualize what that means. I think it means from the surface of the lower floor to the top surface of the upper floor. Either way, that won't work for me since my main floor ceiling height is 10 1/2" from the floor surface to the ceiling surface.
I have two of these kits, and the lower level will have a shorter ceiling height. So, I took an extra step from the other kit and added it to the main floor staircase. I assembled it following the kit instructions otherwise. I will still need to make adjustments once the structure is built, but my existing plans don't need to be altered.
I love the look of white stairs with stained treads, so that is the look I'm going with here. I did this style in the Newport.
I spackled the back of the assembly and sanded it smooth.
I added Laser Tech corners on 12 of the steps, just as I had done for the Newport.
These are simple in design but add just enough interest.
I painted the assembly white. Once dry, I'll sand it smooth and put on a final coat of paint.
The newel posts really are spectacular in this kit. :]
Next up, shaping the treads and staining the accent pieces.