Blue medallion rug update - 121.75 hours

by brae  

Rounding the bend on the third corner of the blue medallion rug, but is there ever a ton left to do!  :O

This is 121.75 hours of work.

A mini dream realized

by brae  

I have another beautiful creation by Mary of Roslyn Treasures.

This is the previous afghan she made.

Some time ago, I found this real life afghan pattern on and thought it would be perfect in miniature.  I contacted Mary since her workmanship is flawless.

Mary adapted the real life pattern into a perfect miniature interpretation.

She works with sewing thread and I have to tell you, the level of detail in her stitches is just amazing.  As someone who crochets in real life size, I am in awe of her ability to do the same craft in miniature.

The Artist's Studio - construction begins...

by brae  

I am still awaiting the supplies I need to finish the Heritage, so I'm diving into the next project: The Artist's Studio.  With the wiring channels and basic landscape board in place, I started by gluing the foundation to the foam base.  The foundation consists of the original kit floor board and two additional pieces of 3/8" plywood to make up the front floor addition.  I have two pieces because I used scraps from my wood pile.

I then glued on the back and sides after tracing basic templates onto drawing paper.  Even though there is no glue holding the ceiling board on, I used it to hold the shape of the walls since eventually it will need to fit onto them like a lid.  I will also leave it on when I am not working on the build to combat any warping that might occur in the walls.

It's strange to me to start gluing the walls in place since my builds are often in dry fit for months!  I guess I did dry fit the structure awhile ago, so it's not that recent a development.

Thus begins the chicken or the egg portion of the build.  I need to install the bathroom sconces before I can install the living area flooring since the wires for the sconces will run underneath it.  To install the sconces, I need the center dividing board and its wallpaper in place.  To install that divider wall, I need the bathroom tile flooring in place.  So, that's where we start.  :D  I unpeeled the paper from the tiles and used no additional glue.  These are relatively heavy tiles and don't lift or warp.

I then glued in the dividing wall, using two triangles to keep it square.   The top cut wasn't very precise, but I can easily mask this with ceiling trim later on.  And, I do have a ceiling treatment in mind that will make up some of the difference besides.

Once the glue dried on the dividing wall, it was time for the bathroom wallpaper: Canson Ivory drawing paper.  I taped the paper backing over the tiles to protect them from the wallpaper paste.

I always use Yes! paste to apply paper.  Again, I didn't worry too much about the paper along the tops of the walls since I will add ceiling trim later.  Note: I no longer recommend Yes paste - I use Wallpaper Mucilage instead.  Yes paste has problems with longevity.

To find the holes for the sconces on the wallpaper side, I poked a sewing pin through the holes on the living area side.

I glued the sconces in place and taped the wires into the channels.


The wires come out of the foam under the structure.  I will splice them together to work as a set later.

Next up...flooring for the rest of the structure.  Now I can tell you why I had been searching for shoddy Dura-Craft trim wood.  To make a rustic floor in The Artist's Studio, of course!  :D  I love the variation in colors and texture.

Alas, the Studio was too big for the minimal amount I was able to gather.  A few people sent me some scraps, but it still was not enough.  But, fear not!!!  Mike has come to the rescue!  I sent him some samples of the original wood, and he cut a whole bunch of random planks of poplar and pine for me using the originals for size reference.

I will use my Dura-Craft boards mixed with his planks to blend the various colors.  Most of the floor will be covered in the back left portion of the room, either with the stove platform, rug or furnishings, so most of the fancier Dura-Craft boards will be used toward the front.  Here's a quick random layout.  I think it will be wonderful!

I've never installed a floor board by board, though.  Guess what will help enormously?

Huge grin!!!  Can you tell I already love this fine machine?

The Artist's Studio - wiring channels

by brae  

I showed you the lighting plan in an earlier post.  Today, I used my Dremel Trio to put in the initial wiring channels, and it was quick work!  :D

For the Lundby sconce by the entrance, I drilled a hole in wall so the wires would run down the exterior wall.  As noted before, since I'll be using non-replaceable bulbs, I need a backup plan in case I ever need to rewire these lamps. 

On the outside, I first measured the siding strips to determine where my open spot would be.

Since other siding strips might vary in width, I marked these in order so I could use them as is when I apply the siding.

I made the usual wiring channel but routed an extra area where I can curl excess wires in case I need to rewire the lamp.  I will leave this area uncovered by siding but hidden behind a fun exterior feature (to be revealed later).  :D

For the two Lundby sconces in the living area, I did the same process.

The exterior feature for this wall will be a water fountain.

This is a lovely piece from barblip on eBay.

These wires will be joined to one end wire to work as a set, and the routed area will be covered by the fountain.

I made a channel on the exterior under the door coach light in case I want to add another small light on the interior side.

The wire for the door coach light will run inside.  I drilled options to run the wire through the floor or through the wall to the outside.

The bathroom sconce wires run through the wall to the living area side.

They will be wired as a set to work together, and the end wire will run out the back or through the floor (I drilled options for both).

The sunflower lamp will have my usual faux outlet technique.

Whichever easel lamp I use, it will also have a wall outlet.  You can see the channel on the side wall...again with options for the wire to go through the wall or through the floor.

The recessed can lights require a larger drilled hole.  I have a post on how to set these lights in place.  The wiring channels for these run to the exterior side walls.

One of my lights wouldn't fit, so I used a round needle file to adjust the hole.

On the fountain side, I curved the channel around the sconce channels.

On the door side, I made a straight channel.

As I tested the fit of these particular wires, I realized the can lights would have to be installed before the exterior siding, which is exactly the opposite of what I want to do.  I prefer to mount siding when the walls are unassembled so I can press them flat to dry as needed.  But, I had a lot of success using drawing paper templates for the Heritage attic walls, so that will be my solution.  I will make paper templates for the exterior walls and prepare the siding on those before gluing the templates to the walls near the end of the build.  :D

You know what?  I can now start to build!

Happy Groundhog Day!

by brae  

Yes, I am still here.  It has been a crazy week at work, but I did manage to be a little creative ... made a new dress for myself.

I have a few new things to share, the first of which is my new Proxxon scroll saw.  Sexy, no?  :D

My friend, who is also a plumber, came to my rescue last weekend to fix my clogged drain, and while he was here we set up the saw.  I didn't have much time to work with it since I was finishing the trims on the Heritage, but I did make a couple of test cuts.

The cut balsa is smooth and uncrushed.

The cut walnut was easy peasy compared to cutting by hand with a blade.

I received another lovely item for grandma's attic...a vintage race car in red.

This insanely tiny piece was made by Andrea Thieck, and yes, the wheels turn!

I also won a giveaway from Dolly's Gallery.  Gail sent me two lovely Saturday Evening Post magazines for the attic.

When it comes to vintage magazines, the ads on the back are just as interesting as the covers.

I've also recently received some lovely fabrics.  Thank you, Sarah and Kathy for your generosity!  :D

It'll be another crazy week at work next week, but I hope to stay in the swing of things.

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