Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Every Village Needs A Shop (Nutshell House)
















Welcome to... "Twigs & Berries"






Today's Menu



Imported... French Frog Eggs, Pears& Raspberries With Honeyed Blueberry Sauce, Sparkling Honeysuckle Juice






Classes For Children Thursday Afternoon... A Field Trip... Identifying the right mushroom snacks.






For the Ladies... Try a new look...Wing Painting...Friday's By Appointment



Belgian Spider Silk Lace... by the inch.



Fairy Dust... Six Exciting New Colors!



Portable Rainbows... See our display window.



Emergency Wing Repair 24/7






Frankly this was a little &^%$# to make. It is going to be a while before I touch another walnut. lol I decided I would like to have a vine growing up and over the awnings. I started with very fine wire and soldered all the pieces together. Trying it on the shell as I went along soldering. Then I painted the wires brown.






Now I could spot glue the vine to the nutshell. The next step was to glue the 1/2 mm beads on. YEP one by one. I found that they were really secure by painting clear nail polish over them after the glue dried. Once I had all the "berries" on I really liked it without any green foliage but thought it had to have it on the vine. :-(






I built the bay window by cutting up three double windows to make one bay and glued that to a styrene box I built. In the window there is some magic happening. These holographic tiny stars blink colors even in relative darkness. I just glued them in a pile for the bay window display... "Portable Rainbows". If you could see inside it, you would notice there seem to be some much smaller ones floating in mid-air too. Those are glued to a second & third sheet of clear styrene on the inside of the house. They step back from the window front. I still have to make the sign that will stick out from the side of the bay. I am going to have to use someone else's printer for that.






PHEW.... Maybe too much information. ;-)

45 comments:

  1. Wow,this is just wonderful and soooo amazing .I really love it :-)!!!Jeannette x

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  2. You know I love it Catherine!

    Yes....I was lucky and got a sneak-peak before it was totally finished....!!

    You have hands that work magic!!!

    Linda x

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  3. Fantastic!! Congrats for being THAT patient!:D

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  4. It is incredible and very sweet. You are very talented.
    Geneviève

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  5. It is magic and so cute...!! I love your works:)
    Hugs,
    Paloma

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  6. From now on, I will call you "King Midas, because everything you touch turns to gold really ...
    I love this little gem, once again I would be very small and it started to look around the walnut shell, like Thumbelina :-)
    Mini mini hugs, Flora

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  7. Cannot say anything, I am totally dumb in front of your work. Don't worry about the informations you shared, I am pretty sure that none of us will ever have the patience and ability to try . Catherine, you are a true fairy, no reason to argue. Have a nice day, Rosanna

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  8. Uuu wow!
    This is stunning!

    Really really adorable!

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  9. Oh ! Catherine ! What a lovely work !

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  10. This is turning out to be quite a collection! The berry vines are a nice touch...before I zoomed in, I thought they were tiny flowers with white dots painted on each until I realized that it was a reflection off the beads :-) The execution, as always, is superb.

    Are you hanging these somewhere special?

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  11. Christine I love your ideas on this little walnut house. You always make us surprised!
    It’s funny when you said “this was a little &^%$# to make”. Nothing is difficult for you Catherine!!
    Peiwen xx

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  12. Fantastic!!!
    Really beautiful!!

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  13. Tabitha, I thought about hanging three to five of them on a branch I was going to attach to the wall over my work bench. HA! They are too much work for that. I really don't want to pick lint off of them with a tweezer once a week. I have no idea what to do with them really. They are really fun to make.

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  14. Estas haciendo una preciosa coleccion.
    Es maravilloso el realismo que le das en esa medida tan dificil.
    Es realmente preciosa.
    besitos ascension

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  15. Awesome, this liitle shop is awesone

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  16. Catherine, I LOVE these walnut houses! They are so delightful and whimsical!! I love all of the details that you manage to add to them! Love the Menu!!! Such a sweet idea!

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  17. This is just wonderful. So much detail. I love it. Thank you for showing these lovely photographs.

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  18. An exquisite little creation, Catherine! I am especially drawn to the little bay window. I am tempted to sneak a peak to see what mysteries lie within its walls.

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  19. Awesome as Usual! I am just ENCHANTED by these tiny Walnut houses!!! They are the stuff of dreams... made real by your very magical fingers and your delightful imagination! The portable rainbows are just DIVINE!! And the menu is SO enticing.... and now I know where to come for my Belgian Spiderlace Silk!!!
    Thank you for enchanting me!

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  20. That is absolutely incredible. Simply amazing!

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  21. Una nuez! maravillosa simplemente
    Un abrazo

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  22. Thank you Everyone!

    I really do appreciate the time you take to leave me such kind comments. XXX

    Rosanna, When I said ...Maybe too much information. I just meant I didn't want to bore everyone to death with the details.

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  23. brilliant! i love the details :) never boring!

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  24. Fantastic! I am dying for a good wing painting! So hard to get these days... you know.

    Breathtaking work, Catherine!

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  25. LOL Carol. I feel like I have had my wings clipped. I am not going to get to the Tom Bishop Show this year. :-(

    Maybe if I toss one of those "Portable Rainbows" into the sky it will cheer me up. :-)

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  26. Catherine, your little shop is breath taking. I Love it..xxx

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  27. Quelle magnifique transformation pour une simple coquille de noix!

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  28. Catherine, that little shop is absolutely amazing! I ADORE it!!

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  29. Just couldn't find the words to describe how I love this little house...still can't..so have to use the usual ones...beautiful, wonderful, fantastic..I think it is one of the most amazing miniatures I have ever seen!!!

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  30. Waouwwww! C'est incroyable! Magnifique! J'adore!
    Anne

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  31. oh my, this is just absolutely amazing!!! i cannot imagine the amount of time you put into this.

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  32. WOW So wonderful!
    Thanks for posting.

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  33. I'm officially inspired! Thank you!

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  34. That's amazing - so small, delicate & beautiful...well done you!!!

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  35. Catherine, I was referred to your blog by a gal on an online digest I'm on. Your walnut shop is amazing and so adorable cute. You are such an artist.

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  36. Fay,

    Thank you for your kind comments about my work. This is an old post so I had to OK your comment before it could be published.

    For some reason this house seems to be a favoite of visitors. Thanks again and I hope you come back soon.

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  37. Catherine, you have magic in your fingers. I love the little walnut shell house...so unique and delicate.
    Betti of Minimine Minis

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Betti.

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