Saturday, March 31, 2012

Another 'Master' Piece!!!

Look who just waddled his way to my house. I am just so thrilled with this gorgeous pintail duck decoy! He looks like he might let out a quack and wiggle his tail any minute. I just adore him!

This is just how I want to use him, as a decorative 'antique decoy'. Either on a table or on a mantel piece.

I have said it before... Linda Master's talent is simply astonishing. It is evident in everything she does. She can carve, draw or paint anything you can dream of and in smaller scales too.

Linda is about to start some very exciting antique European accessory pieces in 1: 12 scale. I can't wait because they are things I have never seen in miniature before. No, I am not going to tell you what is coming. I'll let that be her surprise.

Thank you so much Linda!!!!!

New sterling silver tray and goblet recently made by me. ;-)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How To Disable New Double Word Verification In Blogger

I don't know about you but I am having the worst time correctly typing in those two very distorted words to leave someone a comment. I HATE IT, it's driving me crazy! Especially when there is a black and white background behind the letters. Sometimes it takes me two or three times to get it right. Sometimes I give up.

What is the point of having to type in two long words suddenly? Try as I might I never found an explanation for this when I researched it. What I found was this post by a fellow blogger. THANK YOU Michelle!!! I forgot I had choices!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Walnut Nutshell House 'Sparrow Hop Cottage'

Welcome new Followers! You might want to start this story at the beginning. First here.... Then here...

Some of you may remember that last year there was a meeting at Twigs & Berries. The residents were very upset because their new neighbor had built a house (Nuttycrest Cottage) which violated the strict building codes in their beloved tree. Sadly, despite the overwhelming number of votes, the homeowners were unsuccessful at having the cottage destroyed or relocated. Everyone suspected there were pay offs involved to the powers that be.

So... It was no surprise when this monstrosity (Sparrow Hop Cottage) appeared in the tree this week. Even Nuttycrest didn't go this far! It was only two stories. This cottage appears to be three, or is it four stories? Naturally the residents are once again, very upset! Everyone suspects the new neighbors may be outlanders.

The construction of this house took a lot longer. I used the the same materials, a walnut, acorn caps and twigs. Because the brittle twigs were going to need to conform to round shapes, I boiled some in water and clamped them over something round to dry. On the second story of the house all the "timbers" are twigs but the "daub" is opaque embossing powder used over glue. I had to fill those (daubed areas) several times to get them up to level with the twigs. Taking care not to get glue or powder on the timbers.
The second story roof with the four back to back dormers was a challenge. Partly because finished it is only 3/4 of an inch wide and because they all angle to the center. The shingles are made of paper. I tried several different ways to form the tower roof. In the end polymer clay proved to be the best result.