Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Oops Time has flown

Firstly apologies, nothing, nilch, zero for nearly 11 months, lets just say life has been hectic and I'm going to try for a post a month and more if I can.

Spring corner ready for a picnic
Well I managed to finish the Spring Corner for my co-owned Yahoo group Mini Allsorts picnic in the ruins of an old castle in bluebell woods, just need a picnic basket and a few mice.

The Summer will hopefully be finished this weekend, the four corners was certainly a bigger project than I first envisaged. I can take my hat off to those that write tutorials - for anything I might add - it is not until you do them regularly you realise just how much time it takes with all the pictures and making sure the instructions are understandable to others and not just you.

A Fairy home in 1-48 scale
The group has also had some great fun creating some brilliant Fairy homes and or gardens as a challenge the talents shown by all the scratch build and the ideas put forward have been amazing and I am hoping they will let me share here on the blog. They range from tiny 1-144 or micro scale to 1-12 some are indoor only but some were built for the outside world.

The picture on the right is my unfinished one, the lights work and you can see different things from all sides need to create the furnishings now and a few plants.

Real life gardening took up a lot of allocated time this year and it has nearly been finished and hopefully will be easier to look after over the coming years; finally there is a back garden (yard) with a gate and fence, did so get fed-up with those who for some reason or other thought there was a short cut through my garden to the lane. :)

So what other mischief have I been up to, well joined an art group will be nice to get back into painting after so many years, work with AIM magazine, my daughter finally got married on the hottest day of the year and generally life has been very busy.

If this was a school report it would have written 'could try harder', well not making any promises but I certainly will try to keep things updated.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Better late than never

Finally finished the alternative Winter corner, such a shame time ran out before Christmas. The corner made like the Autumn and Winter Snow ones became an indoor one, well where would you go after all that skating.

Like all previous corners made from foam board, matt board and filler, messy and great fun.
The tutorial for this and other corners can be found in Mini Allsorts  Yahoo group so why not come and join us.

The inside is finally painted with dresser in and wood sofa added, naturally all carved by the mice :o) (let me add that the home could just as easily belong to fairies, hedgehogs or rabbits). I went for the distress look howeve could be made with wood and stained, or painted pristine and tidy.

The corner was then dressed, as I had already decided on a Christmas theme and had the bits ready I used them, but the beauty of this is it can be done in any manner chosen; even summer with a large bowl of flowers in the fireplace and a different scene showing in the window.

The dresser was filled with goodies, jars of jam, cakes, bread and even candy sticks and baskets of nuts are on the floor; and mushrooms drying on the top - nice woodland stew for later.

Finally finished, fire blazing to warm the skating mice, cushioned plumbed up and all the holiday decorations installed - the tutorial for these can be found in the Advent calendar Day 15 from AIM.

Below is a close up of the dining table and chairs - you've guessed brown plastic furniture or BPF as commonly known. Some flocking on the chairs and a table cloth and transform these with little effort.
Only two more to go spring and summer, now what shall I do with these ones hmmmmmmm! still in the planning stage.

Until next time, enjoy your minis and your new year.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A Happy New Year

Have a wonderful 2013, wishing for you all  that at least one of your dreams come true, that health and happiness is yours and most of all, those minis, may they be many and fun.
Until next time