Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Timber! Looking Asconce

The tiny cottage is stripped down to the bone, taped off, ready for a slather of plaster over the stones and newly installed Tudor timber in the morning.

I bought two wittle dollhouse candle sconces and some other handmade glass items ($1.69, Darice Timeless Minis; Taiwan) with real glass hurricane chimneys and a disk that can be mirrored with silver-leaf (to amplify their candlelight.) I plan to install them on each side of the hollow/oven/fireplace on the tree. Their scale isn't big enough as they were, but I plan to build appropriate-sized bases for them and add a larger glass container under the hurricane glass that can hold either lamp oil or pillar candles. (barely seen mock up, to the left of the store bought sample.

Lots been happening in Halfland; finishing some important print projects, Beginning to design my first website, gave my first specially tailored artwork workshop over the weekend for a couple that turned out to be very successful, etc. But still snuck (a more naughty past tense of sneaked) and working even further on the Maus Haus.

I could have called the mini cottage good enough but there's just *that much* more I could do to make it sing as the cutest thing. I'm going for it.

Also tomorrow, I plan to mix a cup of anchoring cement up and pour it into the fissure I made in The Hub. I was testing the assembly of the roof beams and found that the wiggle it takes to insert them was damaging the regular plaster. The hardier cement should work, if not, I can dig it out and use expandable canned foam (the kind that I've used to seal the gaps around our home's windows) Once sealed, it would perhaps help to be a more flexible material like that.

Art is LIfe Quote:
"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take -- choose the bolder."
--W.J. Slim


  1. Your cottage is looking amazing. That little window in the tree trunk is exquisite!

    I've been meaning to comment on your work for days and days, but only just managed to get my blog account working again... So here I am!

    I just wanted to say that I'll be stopping in very regularly to follow your progress (and catch up with your blog!)... I absolutely love the meticulous detail in your work!

    Here's to StopMotion and all the challenges and delights involved!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

  2. Well, blow me, Paul, of Vortex42-ness, Howdy!

    Yay, more friends to visit and watch with glee and to think of being out there, waiting to see some flea eyebrow-sized detail! Hooray!

    Welcome to Halfland, Mate!

    Your stuff is great!

  3. wow shelley,

    art, werk, workshops....and a clean kitchen?

    this is getting out of control!

  4. Thanks for noticing, Shel!!

    I had to stay up all night to do it though, not a very bright hing for me to do at this stage of life.

    And today I'm home from all ballet in order to continue to play catch up on graphic jobs that are very due.

    But at least there aren't greens sprouting from the sink drain like there were yesterday! umgah.


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