Second bouquet

I made a second bouquet, to use up the rest of the big pink flowers.  Then I pulled the flowers out of the vases, mixed up some resin...vases with flowers and no water look weird...reassembled the bouquets, then left them to cure overnight.


The bouquet in the green vase doesn't look as good as it did the first time, it's lopsided.  But, in comparison to the other I prefer it.  It looks as if someone picked the flowers from their garden, whereas the one in the clear vase looks like it came from a florist.


Here, let me spin them around for you..




I had leftover resin so I filled a couple of glasses and a pitcher.

That is enough of that for a while, I need to move on to something else.  I will come back to bouquets, because I still need to figure out peonies, but I need a little break.

Speaking of peonies, Susan texted me a picture of a painting she finished.

Susan peony

It's gorgeous!  She told me it's from a paint-by-number kit she bought from Amazon.  I split-screened my phone and bought one while we were still texting.


Before I can start that I have to deal with this.  Ugh.


Husband is making a hearty quiche for brunch to fuel me.


Play Day

Right about here I decided that no amount of trimming in the end was going to keep the coconut fiber thatched roof from looking awful.







I'm going to buy some faux fur instead.


Will the cricut cut tissue paper to make peonies?  Kind of.  Can I get the cut pieces off without destroying them in the process?  No.  Did I ruin my light grip mat?  Maybe.



Will the cricut cut leaves from thin fiberous paper?  Yes.  Will it score them first?  No.  Can they then be shaped with a stylus?  I haven't tried yet, but suspect not.  Should I have tried this with flower petals instead?  Definitely, but I only had a green colored piece of this type of paper.



New feves...


...and Guthrie's friend Julien.



I got out the 1:144 scale Queen Anne kit I started then gave up on in November of 2016.  I spread it all out, found I was missing a piece but could do without it, decided what needed to be done to fix the mistakes I made painting the windows, and rediscovered the damaged siding the kit arrived with.  I threw the whole thing in the trash can.  Project complete.



I pulled out one of Nancy's echeveria kits, threw the instructions over my shoulder, and just played.



I need to play more today, I'm not done yet.


I exchanged a few emails today with another miniaturist and found a home for more of Charlene's miniatures.  These will be mailed to the west coast too, only further north than the fishing gear.


Odds and ends and freezing

The English Cottage Kitchen is back in my studio to have its roof thatched.  This time I used a coir mat as a base and am gluing the coconut fibers over that.  It is a very messy job, and very burny ouchy, as I'm using a hot glue gun.


Before the holiday break I took my paint chips to the yarn store to purchase yarn in my new reno colors.  A friend turned the yarn into this...


It was supposed to be mainly teal but ended up mainly neutral because the teal and berry yarns were a slightly lighter weight than the neutrals.  I did know to check the labels to make sure they were the same there, but did not know to compare the actual yarns.  No matter, I love it, it looks fantastic in my living room, and it's long enough to cover my tall husband without his feet poking out the bottom.

I also got a hat, scarf, and stocking, because she was on a roll and bored.  Another co-worker got a hat too.

Nothing else has gone on in the home reno, and I feel a bit guilty for not stripping wallpaper in the dining room during Christmas break.  I would like to have that done before the spring, when it will get warm enough to paint again, but that's a few months away yet.  It's still freezing cold here...below freezing.  Brrr.


Have you ever received a much too large box from Amazon with only a couple small things in it and a ton of packing paper?  Ester loves it.  It's a playground wonderland.


I could make a life sized version of Nancy's yucca plant with all this paper.