Category: "Greenleaf 2011 Spring Fling - Baxter Pointe Villa"

Flowers and shells

by brae  

Seven days left until the deadline....  Yes, I am counting today and the last day.  Every day matters at this point.

Here are a couple more accessories I made.  The first are Bonnie Lavish Dahlias in orange.  I made red ones previously but this time used Bonnie's veiner for a much more realistic leaf texture.  The vases are from Manor House Minis and were originally pale green.

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The second is a shadow box made from strip wood and painted Mushroom by Folk Art.  I sanded the edges to make it more rustic.  The shells are approximately 1/4" and the largest starfish is about 1/2" in size.  :]  All came from Timber Ridge Studio.

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Adding area to a room

by brae  

With just 10 days left to the deadline, I am working feverishly to get my project done.  Since I can't show you much of what I am working on, I figured I'd let you all in on the secret of that first cut.  :D

While putting the Spring Fling kit together, I wanted the side addition to be the same depth as the base kit to make one large, open room on the first floor and to allow for a narrow door between the rooms on the upper floor.  The measurement of base kit's first floor is 11 3/16" front to back.  The measurement of the addition's first floor is 9 1/16" front to back.  This meant I needed to add 2 1/8" to the outer side wall, the first floor and the second floor of the addition.

In order to still have the angled roof on the front and back edges, I split the outer side wall from the middle of the top peak to the bottom with a utility knife using a T-square as a guide.

The cut pieces are a little scary, aren't they?  No turning back now.  :]

To keep the tabs and slots in alignment, I repeated the process for the first and second floors.  I first measured where I had cut the outer side wall against the floor.

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I used that mark as a guide to split the floor board side to side.

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I then added a piece of plywood measuring 16" (the height of the bottom to the peak at the cut) by 2 1/8" between those two split pieces of the side wall.  I used wood glue to join the three pieces together and weighed the whole thing down to make sure the joins were flat.

This addition created a small flat portion to the roof.  If I had wanted to keep a peak roof, I could have cut a taller piece and cut the angle based on the two side pieces.

I glued a piece of plywood measuring 7 31/32" (the width of the floor board at the cut) by 2 1/8" between the two split pieces and repeated the process for the second floor.

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To strengthen the outer side wall, I traced the outline onto a sheet of wood veneer 1/64" thick.

I cut out the thin veneer, clipping off the tabs from the veneer sheet.

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I spread wood glue on the pieced side wall and attached the veneer.  I flipped the assembly over and cleared out any glue that had spilled into the slots and window openings before weighing it down to dry flat.

I repeated the veneer process for the second floor, on the underside, to have a smooth surface for the first floor ceiling.  I didn't add a veneer to the first floor since it would be glued to my added foundation and would have some type of floor covering on it.

And, here are the three pieces fitted together afterward.  Looks a bit like a racing stripe.  :D

Handmade books in miniature

by brae  

Today I spent some time putting together books for the fireplace bookcases.  Some were scanned from books in my personal library, but most were cover images I found online.

I used bass wood in various thicknesses to create the pages, painting the edges in white, grey and yellow-browns for some variety.  I tried to not be too careful in making them since I wanted them to look like a nice collection of gently worn and well-loved used books.  :]

The biggest hint yet...

by brae  

As I show you two tiny accessories I've just made, you'll likely guess the direction I went with for the Spring Fling.  :D  Both were found from links on Completely Coastal.  If you love anything beachy, that is the place to go!

The first is a 1:12 scale replica of a driftwood sailboat.

I first saw this on The Lettered Cottage, and the real life size one is from White Flower Farmhouse.

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I started with scraps of balsa wood that I shaped into a rough replica of driftwood.

I then put on a light coat of Country Grey by Apple Barrel followed by a wash of Liquitex Payne's Grey.  Looks a lot like driftwood now!  :]

The fabric is a ticking stripe pattern that I had attempted to recreate by printing on fabric, but my scale was too large so I didn't end up using it.  But, for this project, I thought it fit wonderfully.  I actually like the larger stripe.

I cut a rough triangle and attached it to the base with a drop of tacky glue at each corner.  The flag is paper.

The other item was inspired by a starfish planter I also saw on The Lettered Cottage (see more on the original here) made from a vintage cricket cage.

the original

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I made mine out of 1/32" thick bass wood cut into strips.  My cage measures 3/4" square.  That's an actual tiny starfish from Timber Ridge Studio.

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I used some of the aluminum mesh I had used on the chimney topper to create the cage portion.  I painted the mesh with Country Grey by Apple Barrel and then dotted on some brown paint for rust.

The nails are just dots from my mechanical pencil lead.  The ceramic planter is by Manor House Minis.  I chose to leave my starfish as is to preserve its natural beauty.  :D

So, there you have it...the biggest hint yet.  Only a short time left...

Spring fling stairs and posts

by brae  

I've been working like mad to get this project to completion, and I am fretting about the deadline!  :\

For the past few days, I've been working on the Greenleaf stairs kit in between other portions of the build.  I've made a number of changes from the original.

I didn't end up using the posts that came with the kit.  Kathi at Beautiful Mini Blessings noted that it was a waste to use all of that perfectly straight laser cut wood just to make posts, and I thought she was on to something!  And, the assembled posts were a tight fit, too.  Good for stability but hard to work with.  I bought a bunch of 5/16" x 5/16" strip wood from Hobby Lobby and saved the laser cut wood from the kit for other projects.

I am guessing someone has already come up with this idea before, but I wondered how I was going to stain my posts without having to keep them flat to dry.  I drilled a tiny hole in the bottom and inserted a sewing pin.

I applied the stain to all sides and the top then taped the pin to the counter, letting the post hang over the edge.

Another cumbersome part of the stairs is getting the steps on the stringers.  I used my Micro-Mark gluing jig to hold the stringers while the glue dried on the steps.

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As you can see, I've painted the stringers white and replaced the laser cut kit pieces with basswood pieces.  The stain I used is my favorite standby: IKEA antique pine.  :]

Only a couple of more weeks before the big reveal!  I hope I can get this all done in time!  :D

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