Sunday, July 18, 2021

My Estate Sale purchases

The estate sale was wonderful! Tables and tables and tables of great things. Much of it had never even been opened. And our sale crew did a magnificent job of sorting and pricing it.

Best of all was getting to see so many club members again. Zoom is great but it's just not the same as meeting in person!

Now this little sofa is normally NOT my style at all! But it looks so comfy, the colour is wonderful and it's only 5" long so short little me could even stretch out on it with my head and feet up. LOL
It will work well in the she-shed.

I currently have two rooms with fireplaces that need tools so had to buy these.

Still have plans for at least one more art gallery so these picture frames will be used.

These books, although blank inside, have such beautiful covers. They will go anywhere.
And more blank paged books. Nice covers that I can decorate.
Very nice brass bound Bible with printed pages. May rebind it in white kid leather.

Thrilled to add this to my small collection of cranberry glass.

I'm out of wine glasses so was happy to pick these up. A glass of wine can be a nice extra touch to a room.

Michael's hutches are so versatile. There was a good supply of them at the sale and they were pretty quickkly.

Need a microwave for my she-shed.

Some very nice decorative hinges.

Nice little set of dishes. Especially like the bowls. They're a nice size and deep. And because they're white, I can decorate them with nail art. Or use them as-is as serving dishes throughout scenes.

What can I say! I fell in love and the price was right!

Knew I was missing something. Picked up this little fireplace. Didn't exactly 'need' it as I have three others. BUT this one is finished and the others are all bigger so not as versatile. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL

So all in all, think I did a pretty good job of sticking to the plan. Got some great things. Now just have to get back to building the she-shed so some of these things have a  home.

But that will have to wait as Leanne and I are leaving for Peterborough Tuesday morning for a six day visit with DS Sean, Julie, Jonah and Holly.. It's been much too long since we've seen them.

Monday, July 12, 2021


Pat says: 

Is everyone ready for a sale? After pricing for 12 hours we are ready for our first sale since Covid hit. 

It is a large sale with tons of good items. There is flooring, 50+ sheets of wallpaper , dollhouses , lighting,  lots of how-to books, hardware, and lots of new items never opened. There is too much to list with 3 large Rubbermaid containers and 4 file boxes absolutely filled to the brim. 

Where: 15709-91 Ave NW, Edmonton   

When: July 17  10:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 

        July 18 10:00 pm till 4:00pm.   

Please wear a mask as we will be setting up inside the garage. This sale will be happening rain or shine. 

I've talked with Pat (our sale management leader) about this and she told me that this is an estate sale from a miniaturist from Calgary.  One shoebox took several hours to go through because it had so many artisan pieces in it!

Monday, May 10, 2021

The "She-Shed"...What a waste of time!

I had some sheets of foamcore that I glued together to start working on this but they were ones I had used for displays at our Miniature Show and Sale so they wouldn't have worked well. So Leanne (bless her heart) got me 8 new sheets, among other things, at Dollarama  for Mother's Day.

Saturday, I spent some time working out a plan on graph paper and managed to get everything but a roof (including a removeable front) out of one sheet.

After Leanne dropped off the foamcore yesterday, I remembered that I had a can of Krylon spray adhesive in my stash.and thought, "oh, that'll be perfect to laminate the two sheets of foamcore". 

Well, it would have been if the nozzle hadn't been plugged! So, off to the internet to find out how to unplug it.

First try: soaked it in rubbing alcohol since that was suggested on the can label. No.

Second try: soaked it in hot water and dish soap. No.

Third try: substituted the plugged nozzle for the nozzle on WD-40. No.

Fourth try: soaked the nozzle in acetone nail polish remover. Didn't work on the adhesive can.

Fifth try: tried the nozzle on the WD-40. That did work.

Since the nozzle didn't work on the adhesive can, thought I'd try the WD-40 nozzle on the adhesive can.

That didn't work either so I have to assume that the problem is with the adhesive can itself. So a day and a half later, gave up on the idea of using spray adhesive.

So now  I have glued two sheets of foamcore together, weighted them down with four books I have for just that purpose.

Just waiting to make sure the glue is dry then I'll start cutting out the pattern.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy Mother's Day - non-mini

The other project I have been working on...

My dear DIL, Julie, chose the most wonderful birthday/Mother's day gift from her, Sean and the grandchildren. 

They gave me a subscription to 

This is a company that sends me a question about my childhood/early life once a week.

My answer is sent to the company and to Julie (who then shares it with Sean, Jonah and Holly).

At the end of the year, all my answers will be compiled into a book and shared with them.

This is one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever been given.

My Dad and Mom wrote their autobiographies in 1996 and Sean and Leanne have their copies of them. So Julie thought that this was a way to get me to add to their stories.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Making siding from foamcore

At our M.E.E. meeting tonight, we decided that next year's project would be "she-sheds". Tina said she would cut the buildings for 1:48 scale but not for 1:12 scale. 

As I haven't gone over to the dark side yet (still have a kazillion pieces of furniture and accessories in 1:12), when the discussion came around to those of us who still do 1:12, I remembered this little vignette that I taught to some friends in Nova Scotia on my last trip (way too  long ago) to visit Cheryl.

I looked at one plan tonight for a 1:12 she-shed and thought, "Ooh, that's simple enough it could be done in 1/2" foamcore." Yipes! That was before I looked at the cost of it! 

So I'm thinking that if you glued together two pieces of the foamcore from Dollarama, you'd get a good piece of 3/8" foamcore which should be sturdy enough for a simple roombox.

I'm pretty sure this idea of scoring foamcore to make siding came from Joann Swanson.

Sorry these pictures are so poor. I took them in the living room where the lighting is terrible.

Here's the vignette...very simple...just a framed bit of siding and door with a decorated porch.
Just a small 4 3/4" wide sample:
On the right hand side you can just faintly see where I have marked  1/2" increments. They are about 1/4 of the way in from the left. 

Didn't want a pencil mark across the paper so I just used a ruler and X-Acto knife to cut across the markings. Just through the paper and about 1/2 way through the foam...which is how you're supposed to make the first cut anyway.
Then I used the top of my X-Acto knife to make an indentation at an angle along the cut line.
Here I've tried to show you the edge with the angle.
(This is driving me nuts!!!   The type is defaulting to blue and underlined. Can change it back to black but can't get rid of the underline! )

Anyway, that's just my little tip for today. 

(Finally figured it out! The underlining was creating a link so I had to tell it to delete the link and that erased the underlining.)

Real life has caught up with me big time. My DD Leanne has been doing my shopping for me since the first time we were put in lockdown because of the pandemic and every two months or so, she goes to Costco and gets me a big order of hamburger, chicken breasts and pork tenderloin. That all, of course, has to be cooked and/or frozen into individual servings. Great once it's done but time intensive until it's all been taken care of.

Got all the paperwork (well, 90% of it) done from the workroom cleanup. Got my taxes done and will do DS Shirley's tomorrow.

Have had another interesting project to do that I'll tell you about tomorrow. It's non-mini but such a pleasure and a joy to do. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

TA-DA! Still things to do...

Part 1: Cleaning the actual  workroom is complete. This part wasn't too bad - mostly putting things away where they belong.

First half of right side

Second half of right side and half of end

Rest of end and part of left wall

End of left wall

From the door

Still have a box of papers to sort and file including income tax to be filed.

Then I have a box of MEE Sale papers and miscellany to sort through.

Then three shoeboxes of accessories to sort, bag and put on the bulletin boards.

Can see a light at the end of the tunnel!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time to clean...

One of the best things about living alone is being able to spread my work all across the apartment. (Except the bedroom - that was one room  that Vern wanted free of miniatures - and I've kept that up.)

BUT, the worst thing about living alone is being able to spread my work all over! I had been quite proud of cleaning up after myself while I was working on the black and white living room but nonetheless, when it was finished, I had spread all over everywhere so my first step was to clean up the living room, kitchen counter and dining room.

Couch - I was working from here and had my miter-cutter, the saw 
for that, my knife, my X-Acto knife and who knows what else -
Coffee table

Love seat

Kitchen counters

Back of dining room with the T2T display and the B&W living room.

Dining room table

Card table

Now the fun begins with the workroom:

All these things need to be transferred to the accessory bulletin boards.

As bad as it looks, I got some work done on it today and it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

But I do have to get some other things done such as filing income tax so between cleaning and income tax, it may be a couple days before I post again.