Friday, November 16, 2012

Bathroom furniture and a kitchen hutch

Well I have completed the bathroom furniture of the Pickett hill and started the kitchen. I have the pie cupboard done except the counter and the sink finished minus the knobs and the stove begun. I am waiting for the whole kitchen to be assembled so I can do all the counter tops at once.
Tonight I started my 1/2 scale Colonial Christmas house. I cut the opening for the second floor stair case, stained and glossed the floors and painted the exterior walls. I believe this will become another house I will be emotionally attached to. My dad chose the stain color and my daughter "helped" me paint the walls. I'm happy with the progress. Tomorrow I am hoping to route the grooves for the wires and drill the two holes in the front of the house for the coach lights. I will also start the window painting.
My nieces stocking is shaping up well. I finished the top cuff and have the cuff trim sewn in place. These stockings work up quickly. I placed an order for more felt for new backs and liners and am anxiously waiting for them to arrive. Sorry about the crooked bathroom picture I'll have better pictures soon.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Perfect weather

I just had to share. Woke up to the most perfect weather, cloudy, drizzling and chilly! I'm in heaven. I may live in the wrong state, bright sunlight gives me headaches, I'm one of the palest residents of Arizona because I avoid the outdoors during sunny hours. LOL my DH mentioned in passing we should move to Oregon and I balked at first, I hate the idea of leaving family behind, but the more I think of it the more I want to try it. Can't imagine what it would be like to be able to go outside in the daytime and not squint behind dark glasses.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sewing is fun!

Well, no progress has really been made in miniatures. At least none that can be photographed to show a huge change. I finished the hollyhocks and "planted" them around the Pickett Hill. I'm really pleased with how they came out. I moved on to painting the fern leaves and stopped. Had a shocking comment from my hubby about it. He saw the Pickett Hill and said he doesn't mind those houses it's the massive 1/12 scale he doesn't like. I interpreted that as "go ahead and do as many quarter scale as you want and I won't complain" : ) closest thing to a compliment about my miniatures I've gotten from him so I'm taking it! LOL

I have 't been idle though. Aidan's and Elora's stockings are 100% complete. I lined the inside with another piece of felt and cut a bigger back from the same felt. The one that came with it was too small you could hardly put anything in it. I've also finished the fronts of my aunt and uncle's stockings. Waiting for the order of more felt to come in before I can finish and mail them to them. Their's will be harder. They requested an additional 3 inches be added to their's so i am making a three inch cuff and will have to use a fabric liner and a bigger back felt piece, which is why i needed to order more felt. I want the felt to match the fronts. Elora's worked with two colors but if i try that with a cuff it would be too patchy. Can't show my Aunt and Uncle's as they are surprises but I can show off my kids'. I have had a blast making these. I have a ton of other kits and I plan to start making them up for sale next year. I still have 3 more to do before this Christmas or I would try for this year. It has taken me approximately two weeks to complete each one. Between working full time and two kids i'd say that was pretty good.