A Little Fairy Fun

I was inspired this week.  Most of the week was spent doing my day job.  While I do love my day job, I love being inspired more.  So I called in sick (not to hard considering I’m the boss) and declared today a day to play.

On Facebook, Hobby Builders Supply has been posting about fairy gardens, inspirations, and teaser photos of some fairy gardens that other bloggers have been making. While I love all things small, the idea that someone small is actually living in or using my little space makes me a bit giddy.  Yes, my inner 6 year old is very active.  The Miniature Bazaar, Tilly’s Nest, and Nancyland have all blogged about fabulous little gardens for our fairy friends that they have created. I decided I wanted to play too. I live in Florida, land of perpetual vacations, so I thought a nice fairy b&b would be great for out of town fairies to stay at while at the beach.

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These are the doors from the Backyard Bungalow.  Since I won’t be using them I decided that they would be the perfect place to start.

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The doors and windows from this kit are fantastic! The acrylic in them just slides out the top so you don’t have to tape the panes or take apart the whole door so that you can remove the acrylic to make painting easier. How great is that? Thank you to the creator of this kit for thinking of us lazier people.

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The doors felt a little flat after their first coat of paint. I decided the trim needed to be a different color.  So, I painted, sanded, and sealed them.

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Better. The hardest part of any project for me is waiting. I hate waiting. The doors went outside to dry in the sun while I worked on my next piece of the puzzle.

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This slab of wood has been sitting in my front hall for a few months. I had gotten it at a antique store, but never really had a plan for it. I noticed it when I was taking the doors outside to dry. I knew it had to be used for my tiny b&b. It’s moments like this that further prove to me that hoarding is a good thing. It got a coat of sealant and then outside to dry.

What was I going to use as the structure of my b&b? I had thought of using an old paint can and burying it in the ground or maybe an old pitcher that I could wedge the doors into. No, not quite right.

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While wandering around the house I came across this wicker bike basket. Bingo! Hoarding wins again. The doors fit perfect, the wicker keeps with the tropical beach get-a-way vibe,  and the open weave of the wicker allows for air movement through the room and filtered light, while allowing for privacy. I first tried it with the wood slab under the basket, but I didn’t like the step down from the basket to the slab.

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I decided to put the slab partially into the basket.The slab is now part of the entryway. I was concerned about the fairies bumping their heads since the ceiling is lower, but then I realized that there is a nice step down into the room.

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As I sat in my front yard, for probably 20 minutes,  debating pros and cons of the slab placement, a neighbor asked me if I was getting some gardening done. Yes…that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Pay no attention to the tiny doors I’m agonizing over.

The front needed walls around the door.  I ended up using what ever light weight wood I had in my stash.  I think it’s bass wood, or maybe balsa. I always get those 2 confused. They got a coat of sealant and some time in the sun to dry. While I waited I planted some tiny succulent cuttings from my yard into some tiny terra cotta pots for the front porch.

 

 

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Heres the dry fit of the walls. I feel like they need to have windows, however the placement of the windows would be pretty low since the walls curve down. The gaps between the bottom of the wall and the bottom of the basket will be getting a nice stone/rock foundation.

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This is where I needed to stop for the day. Turns out leaving your kids at school so you can play with miniatures is frowned upon. Something about priorities and being responsible.

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I’m already in love with it. It’s visible from the road, but only if you know where to look.

The list of things left to do isn’t too long: create the rock foundation, more landscaping, and some fun outdoor accessories/furniture (ooohh, maybe a hammock). Maybe I’ll get to finish it up this weekend.

Fingers crossed.

 

 

Attempt #1

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Yesterday was a miniatures day.  I planned my week so that I could have all day to play.  I decided that I was going to make a folding stool that I had carefully planned out.

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I measured, I drew diagrams, I cut pieces carefully, I glued delicately, and fell flat.  Blah.

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Technically, it’s not completely done (I never finished off the hinge pins).  However, it’s as done as this prototype is going to get. First, despite my careful measuring, I ended up making it too tall. After taking it apart to cut down the legs, I failed to remember to make the piece of vinyl smaller. I also managed to glue the vinyl on crooked which creates that nice wave effect that you see in the picture. I’m not a fan of the wave.

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For my next attempt I plan on changing the color of the wood or using different fabric.  The vinyl has strong orange undertones which don’t play well with the walnut stain.  I’ll also make sure things are less crooked.  The legs turned out well though.

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It does fold, I just need to figure out how to keep the hinge pins in place. Experiments will be done to figure out the right plan of attack. I found some little brass rods at my local hardware store that might work nicely. Thankfully I have this prototype to play with.

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I wasn’t planning on sharing this attempt at making a stool. In fact it’s a wonder it survived at all. I usually give my “failures” a viking funeral, light them on fire and watch them float away, but I’m growing as a person. I’ll be making more stools. I’m bound to get them right eventually.

 

 

Sources: furniture (thrift stores), blankets (plaid is obviously a vintage tie, the grey one is just fabric wrapped around the bed), book is from The Toy Box  and altered by me, the animal statues were made by me.

Floors: Part 2

  
The floors are mostly done. The sides need to be trimmed and I’ll coat the inside with something to seal the banana bark. It seems to like to splinter and peal, so I want to protect them from what I’ll be doing to the rest of the build. 

  
Of course there is the mandatory post completed step play session. It helps me visualize the space better. For instance the full bed takes up more space than I expected (which is fine since I’ll be making a twin bed). 

  
Clearly, just a bed isn’t quite enough: the bed from the trailer, the blanket is a vintage tie that is just wrapped around the bed,  a few random rugs, a clock charm, and an old pottery jug that belonged to my mom.

I’m pretty sure the floor in the flower shop took 3x’s longer, but it’s a bigger floor and I probably used about 5 million skinny sticks. I’ll be working with fabrics soon. Some fabrics I’ll need to make stiffer, others softer, and some will need to look worn and well loved.