Two Right Feet

I’ve put my pumpkin project on hold the last few months. Those darn shoes have had me stumped. That is until yesterday. I needed to drop my husband off at the airport, which gave me the perfect excuse to visit the closest dollhouse store to me. After spending too much time taking it all in I found a pair of little white tennis shoes. They are made of a soft metal and painted white.

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After getting them home and taking them out of the package I realized there was something off about them. Turns out they were 2 right shoes.

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I used a metal file and tried to reshape them a bit. My original plan was to use only the front half of the shoe, so I ended up cutting the shoes in half before repainting them. I’m hoping the one on the left looks a little less “right”.

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This is where I last left the pumpkin box:

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And for a refresher, here is the inspiration:

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This is where its at now after repainting the shoes and finally starting to glue things in place:

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I’m pretty happy with it so far. It will possibly have an acrylic cover over it. I want to try to include the words “dive into fall!” on the acrylic to tie more into cover of the magazine.

The art studio build is moving along slowly. The walls have been made taller and squared off by adding some MDF to the original slanted walls. I’ve also filled in the holes for the windows with some foam core, I just haven’t gotten pictures of that yet.

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I’ve also taken apart the front panel of the Serendipity Shed to get a better idea of what the front of the building will look like. It’s rough, but I can sort of see it.

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Now, if you need me I’ll be cutting eleventy billion pieces of wood for the herringbone floor.

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Unreliable Brain

After hours of contemplation, plotting, and planning I’ve made some changes to my plans.

I’ve decided to not to do the arch. I didn’t like how tall it was going to make the whole build without really adding substance, if that makes sense. It would be a distraction. I’ve decided instead to do a small section of a larger building. It keeps the focus on the art studio, while offering opportunities to add life behind other windows.

I set out this week to pick up some MDF to start the outer box. I learned that my mind isn’t the sharpest when thinking on the fly. While standing in the hardware store I completely lost all sense of space and dimensions, changed my plans based on this confusion, and bought MDF in the wrong sizes. Once I got home I realized the errors of my ways and vowed never to trust my brain again. Thankfully I could return the wrong sized pieces and then started over, this time with my measurements in hand.

I’ve got the whole outer box together now, just haven’t taken a picture of it. Next will be adding the shelves in to frame out where the kit is going to be.

Also, I’ve learned that stepping outside of your comfort zone is a surefire way to second guess everything you do. I’ll just keep plugging away and it will all come together…I hope.

Let the Fun Begin

Last week was February break for my kids. We try to plan a trip to escape the cold and snow of New England. We headed west and didn’t stop until we hit Hawai’i.

It is also the week that the new Creatin Contest kit is mailed out. I was extremely sad to leave Hawai’i, but really excited to get started on the Serendipity Shed.

I had put our mail on hold, so even though we were got home on Saturday I had to wait until today to get it. Pure torture!

The dry fit went together so quickly. I love it’s little footprint. I plan on increasing the height, so the footprint shouldn’t change much. It might get a little wider, maybe about 6-8″.

My plan is to raise it up on arches with a cobblestone street or walkway that goes underneath.

The challenge will be how to make it obvious that it’s not a stand alone structure, but a piece of a building or city block.

I love the work of Michael McMillen and Michael Garman. I’ll probably try to incorporate some of their techniques to convey that my scene is just a small part of a much larger whole. The trick will be to do it in a way that doesn’t draw attention away from the main subject and also doesn’t look like a scene from Saving Private Ryan.

We’ll see how it goes. If it doesn’t work I can always rethink and rework.

There’s a really rough mock up of my thought process so far. The arches are off scale from what my plans are. I’m not very good at eyeballing.

I plan on making the windows taller and make them open like the French doors. The doors might need to be made taller also or I might be able to get away with just adding a transom window. I want to raise up the roof a little and flatten it out since it’s just one floor of a much larger building. There will be a lot of brick and stone work, as well as a bit of “iron work” for railings. Window boxes dripping with plants will add some softness to all the hard elements. Inside the studio there will be herringbone wood floors, some plaster architectural accents, and maybe faded wallpaper (if not there will be plaster walls).

That’s all I’ll think about for now. The list can go on and on. However, I think my first step will be to build the arch framework to see if it will work.

Inspiration for 2019’s Creatin’ Contest

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This year’s kit is the Serendipity Shed. I’m so happy it is on the smaller side, help ease me back into larger projects. It would make an adorable floral shop, farm stand, or bakery. However I see something a little different.

 

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Big open windows providing lots of natural light.

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Every surface littered with tools and supplies.

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And walls adorned with inspiration.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m planning on making an artist’s studio. More specifically an artist’s studio in France during the early 1900’s. I’m seeing beautiful architecture that has been neglected during the frenzy of creation.

A look inside an artist’s studio is undoubtedly a view into the artist’s mind. A place of creation and personal haven, the studio, like a diary, is full of an artist’s personal baggage… It is a place where one’s greatest artistic triumphs sit beside one’s greatest failures, finished pieces among works in progress, where piles of books, clippings, and other specimens of inspiration or just general interest collide, to form great ideas and eventually great works of art. It is both a place of joy and disappointment; inspiration and frustration. But most of all it is a necessary place in which an artist may grow.   – Lydia Andersen

To do this I’ll need to raise the roof some and flatten it out (not a fan of the slant). I’m planning herringbone wood floors, enlarging the windows, and adding transom windows over the French doors. I’ve yet to decide if I want this to be set in a garden or in some way as part of a larger building. I think once I get it I’ll be able to picture it more clearly. Until then I’ll keep keeping on with my little pumpkin project.