Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Shapeways" Project ~ Part 2

Happy Sunday!
If you missed my previous post, here, I mentioned that I was starting a small side project. 
I now have my base ready and my armature done for the tree that will be the main focus for this piece.  There are so many different ways I could go about making the tree, but I have decided to sculpt it from clay, just because it has been such a long time since I have done any sculpting and I really miss it. :o)
I have big plans for this tree!  Now lets just see if I can accomplish them, LOL!  I will likely be adding more branches here and there along the way and I have this pictured in my mind as a late summer tree, so that means a LOT of leaves!  Maybe by the end of this it will be a dead tree in the middle of winter, ha ha! 
 Anybody want to come over and help me make leaves??  ;o)
Next is the sculpting, YEA!  I have to wait for my clay to come in the mail though.  That's ok, I have three bear shows coming up so I will be pretty busy this month. 
Have a super awesome week!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The "Shapeways" Project

Hi All!
I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to start a small side project soon.  I am calling this my "Shapeways" project because that is where most of my inspiration is coming from.  There will also be a little bit of inspiration from my childhood as well. 
Today I wanted to share some quick pictures I took of the supplies I gathered to start the project.  This is by no means all that I will need for this little project, just enough to get me going.  Any guesses on what I'm making?  Ha ha!

I also received my first order from Shapeways for this project.  Isn't it wonderful!  I just love this little chair!  I found this in the shop of tisch and it was originally only listed in half scale, but I sent a message to the shop owner and ask them if it would be possible to get this item in 1" scale.  They replied very quickly and had my item listed before the day was out and then it arrived at my door within a week.  Talk about great service!    I ordered it in white with a matte finish, but I will be painting it.

I am really looking forward to getting started on this project!  Hopefully this weekend I can do that and then update you all on how it is going.  :o)
Happy Friday!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Newport Update: Master Bedroom

Happy Saturday everybody!  As promised I am posting some pictures of the Newport master bedroom.  This room is pretty much finished, just some finishing touches that will need to be done.  The ceiling/ third floor isn't attached yet, so once that is done I will have to put up the molding.   I'm sure I will add more minis to this room over time as well. :o)
I really love how this room turned out!  It just feels cozy to me.  The inspiration for this room came from the chair and ottoman.  I had this custom made for me by Kris Compas.  Kris does the most wonderful work!  I have several of her pieces now and hope to add more to my collection in the future.  

The floors came pre-stained, but I added a wash of black paint to darken them up just a bit. 

The nighstands are just an odd pair that I picked up on E-bay a long time ago (see photo below).   I painted them black and added new knobs which I stained to match the top of the posts on the bed. 

I scratch built the bed using matte board and scrap bass wood.  The bedding was also sewn from fabric that I already had on hand.  The rug is a paper print out, but someday I would like to learn punch needle and then attempt to re-do this design. 

I purchased the lamps online, but I can't remember the name of the site.  I will add a link in here when I find that info.  I really love the bases on these, but the shades are just really flimsy plastic.  I tried adding fabric to make them look better for now, but eventually I will replace them with something more realistic looking. 

The armoire is a Bespaq piece that I have had in my stash for a while.  Another Ebay find.  I usually just buy things I like, not knowing where I will use it.  It's fun to go through things every now and then and find stuff I forgot I had. ;o)  On the other side of that though, I've been looking through my stash and asked myself  "What the heck were you thinking when you bought that?"  LOL!

I really love the window seat!  I scratch built this as well, using matte board and bass wood again.  I always pick up more when I'm at Hobby Lobby so that I have it on hand when I need it.  The printed pillows/blue pillows are from a kit by true2scale.  The rest of them were hand made by me. 

The pitcher with flowers and the bird patterned boxes are also kits by true2scale.    The stack of books is by MontserratFolch on Etsy.  Unfortunately her shop is now gone, which is a shame because her books are wonderful and I was hoping to get more.   

It is kind of hard to see, but the photo on the nightstand is actually of my daughter and niece trying on funny glasses at the store, LOL.  It always makes me laugh, so I resized it and put it in the frame.   

And here is my usual perspective view.  ;o)  You can see that the ceiling isn't attached and the lamp wires are sticking out.  The wires will go through small holes in the ceiling, but I still haven't figured out how I am going to run the wires for the rest of the third floor.  I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you like the master bedroom.  Next up I think will be the sun room which is through the French doors off of this room.  I'm at a stand still right now though.  I have a picture in my mind of how I want the windows to look, but I can't find anything that looks even close to what I want.  That means I will have to make them myself and considering it is a sunroom, I'm going to need a lot of windows.  I want them to be working windows too (of course).  Good thing I'm always up for a challenge!  :o)
Have a great night!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Just a couple of new minis

Hi There!
I just wanted to share a couple of new minis with you all tonight.  :o)  A while back I was reading Brae's blog and she had shared some things she purchased from Shapeways, so naturally I had to check it out, LOL!  I ended up getting the laundry basket and the little blue bins that I used in the Newport garage. 

The little laundry basket has wonderful detail to it!  I love it!

You can see the blue bins there on the workbench.  They worked out perfectly for holding little bits and pieces.

These items came from Marion Russek on the Shapeways website.  Shapeways is a 3-D printing marketplace and let me just say, it is amazing what can be done with 3-D printing!  Wow! 
I have spent so much time over on that website, LOL, not only looking at the miniatures, but they also have a great model train section and some of those items would be great in mini scenes as well.  They just have so much to offer!  After looking through it so much it actually gave me an idea for a little side project I want to work on while I try to figure out where to go with the Newport.  I think I will do this little project a bit differently and post my progress here on my blog as I go along.   I will call it my Shapeways project since that is where my inspiration and a lot of the minis will come from.  Now it's back over to their site to add to my wishlist  ;o)

Have a great evening!

P.S.  I also have a Newport update coming up.  The master bedroom is pretty much done, so I will post pictures of that soon. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kitten Update

Hi everybody!  I hope you have had a great weekend!  I've been chasing little kitties around.  They are definitely getting around good now, even getting the hang of running after me wherever I go.  They are so cute though!  I've attached a few pictures so that you can all see how fast they are growing.  They  just turned four weeks old.

It was really hard to get a good picture of them all together until they were sleeping.  They prefer to sleep in the dog's bed, LOL!  The dog isn't too happy about it though.

So cute!
I hope your upcoming week is a good one!
Bear hugs,

Friday, August 7, 2015

~ New Little Ones ~

Happy Friday everyone!
Today's post doesn't have anything to do with bears or minis, but I wanted to share anyway.  :o)
A while ago we took in a stray cat that ran out in front of my sisters truck.  My sister couldn't keep her, so of course she brought her to my house. (because I don't know how to say "no".)  So ,fast forward a couple of months and now I have kittens at my house.  They are about two weeks old now and sooooo cute!  I wish they would stay like this forever, but alas, they grow up. 
So anybody want a kitten when they are old enough to leave their mom?!....Please!.....Yes, I'm shamelessly begging here!  If you are close to Northern Indiana feel free to come get yourself a cute little kitty in about four weeks or so.  ;o) 
Ok, I'm done begging now, LOL!  If nothing else at least I've shared some cute pictures here.  :o)  I will try to post some updates as they grow.  Of course my daughter is on cloud nine right now, she is already attached to them. 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

~Bright Star Online Show today!~

The Bright Star online bear show has just started!  I hope you can stop by and visit the bears!
Have a great day!!
Bear hugs,