Friday, August 31, 2012
So this morning I tried the new "fix" (believe me, it was really very convoluted and involved installing the drivers for a totally different model printer) and IT WORKED!! and I can now print on card stock. I'm not particularly happy with the way it prints photos but at least I can now print on card stock.
So repacked the replacement printer and it's on its way via UPS.
What a relief!
Tip: If you need a new printer, do NOT buy an HP Officejet Pro 8600. It has some very nice features but there are also some major problems with it. (And not just my specific machine but the inability to print on card stock is a known issue.) I want to stop by Staples (where I purchased it) and tell the salesman about this too.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
We had our final Show and Sale Committee meeting last night. Have a long list of last-minute chores to do in preparation for that. Also am working on a handbook for new members of the club and want to have that done in time for our first meeting next Tuesday.
So I think/know minis are going to have to take a backseat for the next week at least.
Tip: If you want to fill a mini waste basket by a desk and have a RL cross cut paper shredder, the shredded paper makes great office garbage.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Got the foot rail on the bar. I tried making the supports from wood but that didn't work as the wood split so I cut them from mat board and drilled holes through them.
Then I stained them to match the wood.
Put a skinny skewer painted with my gold Pilot pen through the support holes and glued the supports to the bar.
There are probably a few more little things I will eventually think of to add to this but for now I'm declaring it finished. All the furniture is glued in place.
In May of last year when I finished the detective's office which is set in the 40s, my intention was to do the bar below as a friendly neighbourhood bar during the war years. Had a "Careless Talk Brings Tragedy in Wartime" poster to go above the telephone and planned on hanging a map of Europe and pictures of all my family members who served in the Armed Forces on the walls.
But if I went that route then I had to figure out how to deal with liquor rationing, etc. And the brass foot rail would have been lost to a scrap drive...so I decided against that idea.
So here's the finished set of rooms:
Pictures of the entire project from beginning to end can be seen here.
Still need to get two pieces of plexiglass to cover the fronts of the rooms.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I was pondering the problem last night when I remembered the Quik-Brite LED lights I bought at XCess Cargo a couple years ago.
From the end, the rectangular lights look like fluorescent lights so I installed two in each of the rooms. I used a cardboard template to ensure they were in the same position in each room. (The office is pretty empty as I've removed most of the accessories and the desk so I could paint the Moveable Miniatures glue on the accessories.) Much of the furniture is now glued in place with Tacky glue since MMG doesn't work on carpet.
You'll recall I was concerned that the bar stools looked too low. But I sat this doll in one of the stools and they're just right for her!
The box didn't include the plexiglass fronts for the rooms so I have to get some cut and installed in time for the Show and Sale.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Still haven't quite figured out how to put the foot rail on the bar so that's in the "thinking" process. And even though the bar heights are equivalent to RL and the bar stools are also, the bar stools look too short in relation to the bar. So tomorrow I'll try putting a doll on a bar stool and see how bad it looks then. I may have to cut the bar down some to make it look right.
That's as far as I got as my DS Shirley and DBIL Grahame brought over chinese takeout and Mom joined us here for a dinner to celebrate her 89th birthday. Wonderful evening!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
First I dry-fitted the pieces for the bar counter:
bar stools. And curved the wood to make the backs. Today I made a template and cut out the backs and stained them.
The detective's office above the bar:
Now I'm off to bed...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I had gone online and found RL bar measurements and sketched out an idea of what I wanted.
Tomorrow I'll dry fit it and see if it bears any resemblance to the vision in my head. LOL
Hopefully it will and I can begin staining and gluing.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
NO. This pictures is not upside down! I turned the table upside down so you could see how well the Moveable Glue holds. Yet each piece can be picked up and moved.
I buy mine locally from Luba Barnes in Spruce Grove. She is selling at our Show and Sale in September and has assured me she will have some there. Miniland in Victoria has it on their website and although I didn't see it on the other Canadian online shops I checked, I'm sure they can get it for you. (I've not seen it on Alex's tables at our September Show and Sale in the past but I'm sure if you e-mailed him he would bring some to the sale.)
No room left on the table so I put some other items on the tea cart.
And here's the dining room in the Bombay house with the table and tea cart.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
But even with the heat, it was very successful. Every room is cleaned except the pantry and the workroom - and actually the workroom is well on its way to being done.
One of the long-neglected things sticking out like a sore thumb was a tray in front of the Bombay house with all of the dishes and cutlery, etc., that belonged on the dining room table.
So I started by taking that tray of dishes, turning them upside down and applying the first coat of Moveable Miniatures Glue.
In order to apply the MMG to the cutlery, I stretched a strip of adhesive tape adhesive side up and placed the cutlery upside down on it then applied the MMG to the backs of each piece of the cutlery.
This is the dining room table. The top of it is 3 3/8" x 5 3/4".
I want the tablecloth to have an overhang of 12" so I cut a piece of aluminum foil 5 3/8" x 7 3/4".
I had this piece of netting that I thought would work for a tablecloth so I set it over the foil
Set a couple books over the netting to hold it in place over the foil. I need new blades on my rolling cutters so they didn't work properly ARGHH and had to cut with scissors.
Then I folded the aluminium foil in place over the table to protect it.
First I sprayed the lace with spray starch and tried to clip the corners in place as they would drape. It didn't work the way I had hoped so I rinsed the fabric and soaked it in a mixture of Tacky glue and water (about the consistency of milk). Then I draped that over the foil and used small binder clips to hold the corner drapes of the cloth.
So here is the tablecloth after it has been peeled away from the aluminium foil:
Saturday, August 18, 2012
You may recall when I decided not to use the red starburst pin wall hanging in the Art Gallery but instead to hang it in the Penthouse.
At the same time, I decided that the agate slice table would look perfect in the Penthouse (without the red glass sculpture).
Now with the agate slice table:
The entire living room:
Friday, August 17, 2012
Back again after a long absence! Montacute Miniatures (Debbie Burville)
Handpainted porcelain miniatures in 1:12 scale
I am just thrilled with this list of dealers! It was a terrible loss to Western Canada when Danielle Perry retired and, quite honestly, we weren't too sure how it would affect the Edmonton Show and Sale. But, oh my gosh, just look at this list of dealers! And you can't tell from that but I know that we are up to almost exactly the same length in feet of dealer tables as we had last year!
We have such an incredible list of dealers - some old, some new, some used, some artisan,..
We are SO lucky to have Alex from Miniland in Victoria back this year. Alex has the only remaining full miniature store (both actual and online) that I'm aware of west of Ontario. You can order from him online and take delivery at the show. Incredible service!
And some incredible artisan dealers! In no particular order because we are just SO lucky to have any one of them!
Lori Ann Potts...how lucky are we!
Janice Crawley..IGMA Fellow in Ceramics. We are blessed that Janice continues to attend our show so often.
Connie Stitt....Connie moved to Alberta from Ontario last year so we're seeing her work for the first time since the last Edmonton Gatheringl These plants are all done by Connie.
Another World Miniatures of Saskatoon is back again this year. Great variety of items from furniture to supplies. I particularly appreciate their beads and fabric.
Our own Barb Striethorst is back with her plants and flowers (made and kits) along with some other accessories. As is Rosalle with her incredible crochet work - love her Christmas tree top angels! Judy Mitchell is back out of retirement with an beautiful array of 1:12 accessories and displays.
Just a few highlights of what our dealers have for you!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fortunately for my sisters and me, she loves to wear brooches AND she loves bargains and loves it when we find her gifts at garage sales, etc..
In the boxes of jewellery findings, etc., at the MEE garage sale of Joyce's things, I found a little bow brooch that has a little hook below the knot of the bow.
So tonight I went through my bead boxes and found several beads that match pieces of her clothing. I put the beads on head pins and looped the ends.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Then I had to decide which pictures to use where.
I cut pieces of paper the size of the side walls and laid out pictures on them. And picked other pieces to go on either side of the counter.
All artwork is in place with poster velcro from Lee Valley so positions can be changed and/or pieces can be borrowed as I make new roomboxes.
Left side artwork in place:
Right side artwork in place:
The completed art gallery:
What I didn't use! VBG
Now to clean up :-(