Year's End

Dec. 31st, 2015 08:31 pm
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Oh, hullo. I've been busy. There has been a baby around here, and a novel, and handmade Christmas presents. I don't remember if I mentioned before, but I won't be sharing pictures of the little guy. I'm not comfortable putting his face out there on the internet; better safe than sorry. You'll just have to take my word for it that's he's adorable and hilarious (he is, though).

Follow Malcolm the cat's tail to the usual mix of knitting, gardening, and cooking )
tea_and_toast: (Cinnamon Bread)
Lots to talk about. That's what happens when you forget to update.

I like baking. Have I mentioned? It gets hot -- really hot -- later in the year so I've been using every excuse to do baking now, while the weather is still nice and we can run the oven without feeling guilty.

Foccacia (cheese required, per my husband) can be made when you're getting dinner ready and you realize there isn't nearly enough time to make bread but you still would like some. Fresh and homemade and fluffy, it's quite tasty.

baking, sandwiches, embroidery, and yarnery )
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I have been working on building a roombox. A roombox, in case the term is unfamiliar, is like a dollhouse, but just one room, and sometimes the outside is not made to look like a house's exterior. In this particular case, I wanted a bakery storefront, but I didn't want to deal with a pointy roofed house that I have to find room for.

My reasons for wanting to make a bakery were that I have two roughly dollhouse sized ball joint dolls (a Pukipuki and a Little Gienie) and a pile of Rement miniature plastic food, especially cakes. The two dolls have been hanging out in the wizard's tower I built, but they are just housesitting there. It's not really their cup of tea (though they are rather fond of turning the dragon eggs on the hearth). Anyway.

It's 11x11x14, which makes it huge for a dollhouse room, but as both the Rement and the dolls are slightly overscale, I think it works out. I'm already thinking I shall have to make my own furniture for the display cases and such anyway.

First, my dad and my husband helped with cutting boards and nailing things together. Then I painted rather a lot of things white. That bendy board is the wainscoting. It warped, so I tried painting the other side, thinking that would warp it back. Instead it warped along the other edges. Naturally. Nothing a few heavy books and some creative swearing can't fix.

Then I put in flooring. This was all one sheet, from Houseworks. It's real wood, but perhaps 1/32 of an inch thick. So all the splinters you'd expect from real wood, but it's too thin to really do much with. After spilling paint on it in a few places, I elected to coat it with matte varnish (the sort they sell by the tole paints in craft stores). We'll see if that protects it.

Next was wallpaper, ridiculously cute in pink stripe and bakery chic... courtesy of your neighborhood craft store scrapbook section. Someday I'll do a grownup dollhouse with real dollhouse wallpaper (sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?). Not any time soon at those prices, though.

I removed part of the paper before I put it up so the wainscoting would have something besides paper to stick to. Pro Tip: gluesticks are inadequate for anything. I wound up spot-glueing parts of the wallpaper with watered down woodglue. Wrinkles and air pockets. Not the best result, but now I know better, at least.

Here's a mockup, before all the glueing, where I was picturing how everything would go together. I realize people don't keep cakes on bookshelves, but aren't they pretty?

And an overview of the roombox. The top and front are plexiglass, removable so I can get into it easily. I thought about doing some kind of fancy front, with cakes displayed in windows and an in-set door, but whenever I see them in other people's miniatures, they just... push all the interior details too far back. You can't really see inside with all that in the way. So instead, we're already standing inside when we look into this bakery.

More to do. More already done, actually, just needs to be photographed, uploaded, resized, and written about.
tea_and_toast: (Knot Magic)
I saw bunnies last night! They went hop hop hop! a general away kind of direction. Cautious bunnies.

Today I couldn't log in to work so I wound up playing with yarn (and waiting by the phone in vain).

I started a teeny crochet bookmark. It's supposed to look like this:
This is what's left after I made most of a fan, realized the instructions were written in Australian, ripped it all out, redid it in translated crochetspeak, realized I'd started the second fan too soon somehow, and ripped out that part. Really, I did a lot of work on this. You just can't see it anymore.

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Jul. 16th, 2011 09:21 pm
tea_and_toast: (Chicory Fairy)
The thrift we planted a year or two ago is thriving.

Lovely Saturday )


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