יום שבת, 13 בספטמבר 2014

Protecting a miniature scene from dust

Hello dear readers,

I am always looking for  solutions for how to protect my miniatures from dust.  Where I live this is
a big problem.  Simona's two houses were my first worry.  So instead of working on the fantasy
house furniture I worked on covering the houses.

I cut 2 cms strips from 0.5 cm foam board to make frames.  16 strips for each house.












The frame is made from foam board 5 mm (1/4") and will be covered on 5 sides, walls and ceiling,
with  transparent acetate leaving the bottom free.  It doesn't weight much but covers the house
completely. It rather looks like an aquarium (fish tank).

I already bought large sheets of acetate to be cut and glued inside the frames.  I made an experiment
with a small piece and the acetate sticks firmly to the foam board.

The fantasy house, but for the interior decoration and a bit of landscaping, is finished.  Here is
how it will look inside the protecting frame.



From our days abroad, we brought back a "Lazy Susan" ( rotating table.)  It is large enough to
hold the fantasy house and can be easily rotated to show all sides of the house.





I have trouble again reaching you blogs.  I hope this will be solved soon.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Blessings!



יום שישי, 5 בספטמבר 2014

International Summer Swaps


This summer again I entered Caterina's summer swaps project.



Manu sent me these beautiful items. Thank you Manu.







I sent Igor




A warm welcome to my new follower O Stepashka. Thank you for following.

Here is a link to awesome watermelon carvings competition which I'd like to share with you. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#all/1484545e1eed6deb?projector=1

I wish you all a lovely weekend and my blessings


יום ראשון, 31 באוגוסט 2014

Simona's house - part 5

Hello dear readers,

This is almost the end of the project.  I still have to build the stairs and paint the lamp.  Also some painting
repairs and then fixing it all firmly by glue.

My advice is never to glue before you test everything.  I had to disassemble several times during this work.









It is difficult to see the color of the interior in the third photo.  The color is old rose, same as in the
little doll theater below.


Later on I'll start to make furniture, the right size for this house.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday to enjoy.  Blessings

יום שלישי, 26 באוגוסט 2014

Simona's house - part 4

Hello dears

A little progress on the house which I'd like to show you.  If you ever decide to purchase and build a
house from a kit similar to this one, my advice is to paint before you assemble it.  I was just not in the
mood for bold colors these days of sad events here.  The floors, however, make it come alive.










Still a lot to do but it comes along fine.  It's amazing how every little part fits.

I was the lucky winner of May's giveaway.  It made all the long way from Singapore.  Thank
you dear May.



A warm welcome to Maria.  Thank you for following.

Blessings to you all

יום שישי, 22 באוגוסט 2014

Simona's house part 3

Hello again dear readers,

Yesterday was spent away from home, family visits and a bit of shopping.

I started painting the house.  The floors are finished except for a coat or two of  spray lacquer.
It was a good idea to paint before assembling the parts.









This was a time consuming job which I am glad is over.  I will not use wall paper because of the
many windows and openings.  The indoor walls will be of a different color than the exterior.

Until further progress, I wish you all a wonderful week end and blessings.








יום שלישי, 19 באוגוסט 2014

Simona's house (Part 2)

Hello dear readers,

I finished dry fitting the house.

Here are a few photos.







Without Jane's help in suggesting that I look up Fantasy Villas on Google, I'm not sure that I could build this
puzzle house. Only  after looking at each of its 4 sides I  understood how it was meant to be done.

I am disassembling this temporary structure and am going to paint it. I couldn't make up my mind as to what this house was going to be.   My plans are to change decorations
for the house.  On Halloween - haunted.  On Easter - Bunnies, flower boxes, etc.  Christmas - Snowman, wreaths, tree and so on.

Day after tomorrow I'll buy the paints.  I already know what colors.

It was fun fixing all those puzzle pieces.  I was really a little sorry when I solved this jig saw puzzle.   It's the second time I build houses from kits and both houses are gifts from the very generous Simona. I may become addictive to  puzzle kits.

Still a lot to do.

Blessings to all my dear readers









יום שבת, 16 באוגוסט 2014

Simona's house

Hello dears,


Today I finally sat down to work on Simona's house.  I opened the parcel and took a step back.  There seem to be hundreds of pieces, a real big puzzle game!

It will take me ages to finish.  First I'll just dry fit it together, then I'll disassemble and paint each piece
before I glue it in place.  I sorted the pieces, more or less, according to their function, outer walls, floors railings, stairs, etc.  Here are some pictures for you to see what I mean. There are some very puzzling
tiny pieces which purpose I don't know.  There is one page missing from the handbook.  I hope it's not essential and will cause no problem.







Before I start painting, I have to make sure I have enough paint of each color I intend to use.  It will be
difficult to match a new paint color to one already used.

It's too hot and humid to work.  I hate going out shopping on hot days.

I wonder who is, or are, going to live in this fantasy house. Have you any ideas?  I have not yet measured the two rooms to
decide if it's a half or quarter scale house.

More to come soon.....

Hugs and blessings