Ollie is very pleased that I've finally returned to working on Luna Lair. It's been FAR too long! The really great thing about this little house (Greenleaf 1:24 Buttercup) is that I can carry it around the Real Life house on a tray -- and straight to the couch. I've been catching up on DVR shows while steadily shingling. And if I need to keep the contents of the tray safe from the kitties, I can easily pop it into the dollhouse room and SHUT THE DOOR.
*sighs with relief*
One of my very clever mini friends told me the key to working with the Greenleaf half scale speed shingles (I'm using the Hex kind) is to use E6000, which is a type of glue I usually just use with metal or mirrors or something like that. I used regular Aleene's tacky with the speed shingles on the Rosedale, but apparently these smaller, thinner ones like to curl a lot with water-based glue. I had no problem at all with the E6000 -- except becoming slightly high if I used it for too long. Hey man, you gotta do what you gotta do for your hobby.
I loooove the look of speed shingles. I'll never go back to regular, individual shingles, which is a shame because I have a TON of them. I'll find a use for them at some point. The speed shingles just look so crisp and lovely:
As a reminder, the back story for Ollie is that he's a crotchety, old widower who lives alone in the house he built with his deceased wife. There's going to be a lot of moon decor with Luna Lair, but I wanted to have one bird-specific item on the exterior of the house. I got this fabulous 1:24 dovecote kit from Petite Properties. Then I sat it on top of the Buttercup kit chimney base to see how it would look:
The chimney base is a bit wider than the dovecote, but that's OK. I still think the roof is the best place to put it:
I decided to stick this all on top of the house to see how it would look. In the center, the dovecote looks odd to me. Kind of like a church steeple:
On the smaller roof over the door, the dovecote looks like a school bell tower:
Off to the side, I think it looks just right -- except TOO TALL:
Luckily, my awesome friend April is really good with Photoshop. She cut down the length of the chimney for me and sent me this photo as an example. I'm a very visual person, so this helps a lot. I think the dovecote looks great now! So cute:
However, I stupidly already glued together that chimney base, so now I have to get it back apart so I can cut it down. But now that I know where the dovecote will be, I can figure out how to deal with the very top row of shingles. Right now, they need either another finishing row of shingles right at the top or some kind of trim. I'm thinking on it.
Ollie wanted to check on construction, so I had him pose for a shot:
He still just looks really mad, doesn't he? It's probably because the house is still so far from completion:
Meanwhile, I've also been working on my Briarwood kit. The kit came with a whole slew of itty bitty book stacks. Last night, I cut them out of their sheets, sanded off the laser cut connector things, and painted the page end parts with a gold permanent marker. Next up will be painting all of the spines of these bad boys, which will take 3 billion years. I can do it! Slowly:
The bunny art has been glued to the bunny! WHOOT! I also gave the back of the bunny a few coats of ivory paint and have been working on some furniture for inside the box as well. Ollie would be much happier if I would stop working on the bunny and focus on HIM, but I like to work on more than one project at a time. I'm also working on another third wee kit right now, but it's not ready for pictures yet:
I'm a much more content person now that I've been able to work on my hobby again. It's so relaxing, fun, and interesting to me. I've also learned how to be a little less impatient and a little more careful while working on my kits, which makes them prettier overall. I tend to be a sloppy painter and a sloppy gluer, so I'm working on taking my time and not rushing. NO RUSH.
Slow and easy wins the race, right?