If you had a left over piece of timber that measured 20" x 9" x 1" you'd obviously have to make it into a house wouldn't you?
That's what I thought too.
This is a work in progress, but this is what it looks like so far......
I drew a pointed roof and then cut off the angles. I saved the cut offs, they're useful for later on in the project.
The edges were sanded and then I painted the sides and edges with white acrylic. Next came Heavy Carvable Modelling Paste - I put a thick layer on with a palette knife and then drew wavy lines into it that will be roof tiles. (It might be a stretch to see them as roof tiles at the moment.....)
For the back I sorted through all my design papers and gathered everything with text on it, and then a few pieces just because I liked them. I stuck them on with Mod Podge (thank you for the loan Jacinta!)
I don't have a firm plan for the front of this house yet - it will be a bit of this and a bit of that until i'm happy with it. I will be back with more photos as soon as there is something to show.
Since we have a shed full of off cuts, I might end up with a whole town and not just a tall, skinny, very definitely quirky but loved house.
Oh dear......... once upon a time, a long time ago
(like two years) I started to show you my Mums new house.
I explained all about the reasons she had moved and the jobs that needed doing - you can catch up on that story here, I don't expect anyone to remember that far back!
Here is the sitting room photo from the estate agents blurb when she bought it....
and here is the finished result:
*Disclaimer - these photos were taken just after the Christmas decorations were taken down and it is not 'staged' as it should be!
The kitchen has also been totally revamped, I will add a 'before' photo if I can find one but just think large floral wallpaper and dark cream/ caramel coloured walls.
Now she has white cupboards that were repositioned to make better use of the space, white furniture from Ikea, a re purposed mirror that was found on the inside of a wardrobe door and lots and lots of prettiness!
This is the dining end of the room, as the room is small the mirror was hung horizontally (between the wall unit and the sideboard) to reflect the rest of the kitchen.
The round table is perfect for the space and extends to an oval when company comes over.
Some of the prettiness that lives on the sideboard.
The 'business' end of the kitchen, there are some extremely good apple pies baked in that oven!
The wooden counter tops and the subway tiles add to the light finish.
So, that is it so far. There are more jobs planned, but for now it is a pretty and cosy home in the making.
Well, its 2016 already, Christmas this year seemed to fly by which was odd when you consider that the build up seemed to start forever ago. We had a lovely time at home, we ate lots and often with family and friends, wine was poured, fun was had and many photos were taken.
I usually love the week between Christmas and New Year, I brim with ideas for projects and organising my home, but not this year. I think its the weather, Ireland (in case you don't know) is sinking under the rain that has fallen continually for weeks now. We are fortunate to live on a hill so we haven't had any flooding but my heart goes out to those people whose homes and businesses have been destroyed.
So, at the start of the new year I buy a new diary and a new notebook: the diary is essential, I am a list maker. I make lists of things I must do, phone calls I must make, shopping lists, menu plans, things the kids must do (which is ridiculous because the youngest is 19, but once a Mum....) every morning while i'm having my breakfast I look through it to see what must be done. I never use the phone for saving appointments, i'm strictly a paper and pen kinda girl (plus stationery shopping is one of my favourite things!)
This is a cheap as chips diary from Dealz that I prettied up!
The notebook is for my wish list. Each year for the last five years I have made this list, its for writing your biggest dreams, things that you want to happen, things that seem impossible but write them down anyway and send them out into the universe and see what happens! It is suprising when you read them back what has come into being, not necessarily in the way you thought it would but in an 'Everything happens for a reason , when one door closes another opens 'kind of way.
I realise that sounds totally airy fairy, but try and it and see.
Anyhoo, I haven't written this years one yet, but it will get done soon.
What have I done?.......
Well, Molly's goddaughter turned one on the 28th December and I have made her a rabbit. It is about half and half hand sewing and machine sewing and once I got the ears on the right way round (which took several attempts) it was finished quite quickly. The stitching isn't great, but she is one and won't care :)
My December Daily is finished! I only did up until the 26th but its finished. I had all the photos taken but only printed them out every few days so it was the 31st of December before I finally got it done. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
Tomorrow is back to work for most people and a bit of normality will return, i'm going to start my lists now for the coming week, have one last glass of wine and ignore the chocolates that are still hanging around.
I wish anyone who reads this a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!!