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1  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by ThistleHill on: February 06, 2012 05:57:48 PM
I was feeling neglectful of my crafting, so I took the last few nights off of working on the big house to work on my wee one Smiley

I now realize the most difficult part of wee house making is trying to get good pictures Smiley
I've never worked with clay or paperclay before so I ended up redoing most of of small items night #2, but it went much faster the second time through - and they are much sturdier Smiley  Live and Learn.

I was able to get the wood floor completed using the veneer tip that I saw on an earlier post and began working on my kitchen.  

This is supposed to be a gnome house - I am making it "pioneer-ish", the gnomes fab stuff out of found farm objects.

The utility table I picked up at my local dollar store and gave it a paint job, other items made out of paperclay.  Carrot slices and a mushroom being prepped for dinner (human sized, not gnome sized), little oven mitts ready and waiting Smiley  I made all the cookware (hopefully) solid enough to be played with, if my house turns out decent looking I intend to give it to my niece for Christmas next year (and then get to making my other nieces and nephews one).

Tree branch spiral staircase (I realized afterwards that the scale is a bit small but I liked it and didn't want to tear it apart.... tall gnomes will have to stoop a bit going upstairs Smiley

And after I got bored with the inside, I have started doing some outside work to change it up a bit.  I will be using egg cartons for the stonework and am still going to see if I can make a tin roof out of soup cans ... wish me luck !!

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2  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by ThistleHill on: January 04, 2012 10:10:20 PM
Skookum - that roof is great !  I debated doing a pine cone roof and then when I started to gather the pine cone seeds and realize how many I would need for my giant roof....I went back to the drawing board Smiley   Is your roof made of bark?  It looks awesome !

We have been hit with a frigid cold snap here, and therefore I took a holiday from my little house because the summer kitchen that I use as a craft roof was about 4 degrees (Celsius) and the log cabin attached to it where the wood shop is set up was about -25C......so cold that when you touched the table saw I swear your fingertips were instantly frost bitten Smiley   Well I sucked it up today and finished cutting out my pieces, dry fit them all together and gave it a base coat.  Tonight after the little one was in bed I started working on the decor part Smiley

I have to say - the posts here have helped me tremendously while working on my first little house - tips like "decorate BEFORE you put in all together" especially.  I would have def thought you'd put it all together and start the decor....and I would have been cursing....ALOT.  There were already a few choice words this evening when my wood wainscotting (which I thought looked really cool BTW) buckled and popped while it dried ..Boo!!  So I just painted on a wood effect instead, not as textural, but I was bummed out and wanted something there so it satisfied me for tonight - I still may change it...we'll see. Smiley

The main floor will be kitchen on the left with a big stone cook fire, family room on the right.  

No centre dividing wall on the main floor so I have attempted to make paperclay branches that will act as support beams (this is a gnome house)  I haven't worked with paperclay before so that was really fun - I think that the next one will go even better know that I know a few tricks via trial and error.

Top floor will be library comfy reading room with fireplace on the left and bedroom on the right.  I'll try my hand at making some of those cute mini books Smiley  I am going to do both floors as a wooden strip floor using the iron on veneer technique I saw posted on here.

Sorry about the links - I haven't posted enough yet to put pics in Smiley

Thanks again for all the great info !
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