Monday, August 13, 2012

What's New

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile.  Why? Like anyone else I get times where real life takes away from miniing and blogging.  Anyway, we have been on vacation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, then getting the kids ready for back to know school supplies, registration, new shoes yadda, yadda, yadda...then out of town again to visit relatives not to mention work.

So, what have I been working on?  I've been working on both the Spring Fling (again) and the Creatin Contest (Not telling about this one yet).

On the advise of a few blogger friends, I dug out the spring fling pieces I had trashed some time ago and they have been sitting in my work room since.  I did some thinking and decided to rebuild what I had already done and make some changes. I'm still going for the modern updated city brownstone idea. Here is what I have so far.
 I put the first two floors back together and closed up part of a couple of windows.  Since the floor space is so small, I needed to make sure I had enough wall space to place things.  I have to make more newspaper bricks to cover the empty space.  Learn how here.

 Above is the original Spring Fling kit.  I made the doorway much larger and took out the window pieces.  The original base for the kit broke when I took it apart so I had to cut a new base for it.  This will be the top floor and there will be a balcony where the doorway is.

 I love bamboo mats!  I found two of them at Marshall's and Home Goods.  They are cheap and you can make A LOT of flooring out of one mat.  To make more floor space I decided to make a built in ladder to use instead of a stair case.  One will be where you see lines drawn on the wall.

I wanted to make a really cool 3-D feature wall like these Wall Flats from Inhabit Living.
I actually have this one made into a art piece in my bedroom, in orange of course.

These would be much too large and deep, so I found some plastic panels I liked that would work.  They are called Fasade and they are used for backsplashes and ceiling tiles.
Wouldn't you know can only purchase the pattern I wanted in a minimum of 5 panels at $20.00 a piece.  A little out of my price range.

The next idea was to make a modern graphic photo wall using this picture I found on Yahoo Images.
When I enlarged it enough, the picture was too pixelated and wouldn't look right.
Back to the 3-D panel idea...

I ordered a sample from Fasade and tried making my own mini panels using the same technique I used for the bricks. This time using white tissue paper and using the sample as a mold.  I thing it may just work.  I'll let you know. ;-)

Since the deadline is in about two weeks for this project, it won't be done in time to enter it in the contest.  I'm just going to finish it for fun.  That's what a hobby that you love is all about right? FUN!


  1. You go girlfriend..either way we will be proud! xx

  2. if you dont have fun whats the point :)

  3. I am so glad you decided to un-scrap this project. I too am way behind and don't think I'll be meeting the deadline, but plan to finish the spring fling eventually. I love that modern tile idea, so cool!! Good luck and I can't wait to see it come together. :D
    Enjoy the last of your summer, its a whole new world once school starts. :P

  4. This is going to be very cool. I'm glad you decided to revisit your idea and take your time getting there. Glad to hear you've been enjoying the summer :D