A gently does it day


Don’t know what I ate yesterday but yuk last night ensued, hence today am wobbly, so wobbly jobs it is then.

Sneaking up on it from behind

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I like using bits of a sponge sanding block

I do mean bits – here I’ve cut a chunk from the corner of a fine faced block.


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Top row: One block, one set of ‘teeth’ marks from different sized scissors – you can gauge how frilly an edge you will get by how much you can cram into the jaws of the scissors and still cut.
Row two: Frilly bit between fingers on this face but sponge bit on side I can’t see so less damage done there whilst not looking.
Row three: The cut piece also gives one small and one large triangle with a right-angle between.
I find this a very useful implement when working with the dry clay.


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Not brilliant but rubbed down and painted up glove and cuff with a little blue shading here and there


The bandstand

Pushing up hill

It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve had an idea or how much planning you’ve done, it’s the getting it up and running that’s really the hard bit.  And, having gained some forward momentum there are always the bumpy bits that follow on.  The time comes, as you turn round and catch a glimpse of the piece in the corner of your eye and you just know there’s something not right enough to pass in a dark alleyway unnoticed.

My mother-in-law used to tell a tale of her childhood.  She was much given to pranks and one day, when she was about six or seven years of age and staying with her grandparents her grandmother could be heard mumbling over and over “There’s summat up with that cat” as she watched it crossing the threshold.  Quite some time later the cry of “Letty!” went up, echoing all over the house, when the mystery was solved and young Letitia had to come out of hiding and face the music.  She’d cut off the cat’s whiskers.

I find “summat up with that (fill in blank as needed)” a very useful phrase when mini-ing.  I’m definitely adrift with the bandstand.  It lacks a little gravitas perhaps, you know, the wrought iron municipal look, and the décor is definitely of the crowded and very messy variety.

Whether I’ve started to solve some of the summat that’s up with the bandstand by an addition of woodwork bits I don’t know, but I do feel a little less ‘itchy’ about it, that’s for sure.


Experimenting – not potting up plants


but taking a plunge or two

I’ve been putting off and putting off making decisions about the five bandstand figures and about various bits of finish for the bandstand itself.  Just mulling it over, you know.  There comes a time when mulling for too long turns it sour and we’ve about reached that here so it’s stick a pin in it time on these two problems.

  • For the figures I’m looking for cartoon figures with various eccentricities but should these include unusual feet and hands or not?
  • For the bandstand – how much should remain white and how overgrown is the rest of it?

Ouch and Splash

(Warning never take the plunge with a pin in your hand)

Have just stuck down an edging of slate blue egg box crazy paving on a background of more greenery/paint and ground cover dust.  This for the horizontal edge around the bandstand in the hope that it will give it a bit of visual grounding/weight while leaving the general white kiosk look.

The heads and shoulders of the five have now come together along with pipe-cleaners for the core of the arms and giving the heads the angle I’d like.

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These are as dry as two weeks can make them. Was concerned that with exaggerated noses etc that they might fall apart but OK today when handling and threading up with shirring elastic.
Looks like we’ve got some trouble between the hanging ‘tubular bells’ player on the left and the drummer on the right though

(Fanfare please), knowing that I’m dreadful with hands I’ve been doing some deep thinking and had a bandsman’s white gloved hand moment!   Made a try at forming large hands with glove cuffs and a shirt cuff too.  To go with that idea there’s a try-out pair of large boots (to be painted black) with bits of clay as laces and with longish ankles which may or may not become painted/stripey socks.

If they work then there’s another four sets of each to be made and if not there’s just the one set to hide in a box somewhere.  They’re going to take quite a few days to dry out so I’d better move on to the other decisions I’m pretending don’t exist.

Or I could always do that potting up I failed to do today😉

Greenery – real and not so real


A tale of back and forth
depending on the sunshine

We’ve been having some wonderful weather and autumn always means gardening demands.  I’ve been promising myself that I’d clean out the dead and misplaced greenery and rebuild various flower beds whilst in the mini-ing department there’s lots of bits of string to stick down, promising me that it will begin to look like greenery someday.

More sunshine today after a night of rain but my knees have given up so probably go for indoor work (potting up items that need new homes and rescuing self-seeded individuals that might overwinter) with mini-ing on the side of course.

Grubby but unbowed


With the clay bits for the figures still drying I’ve been having a go at dressing the bandstand.

A planter for all purposes

This once upon a time plant hanger (now would-be bandstand) has to be many more things.  I’d like it to also be the park and the sky too; the whole bandstand environment in fact.  Dream on, I know, but if you don’t try … that’s what I keep telling the plant hanger anyway.

So far it has obligingly grown grass for the floor, gained the beginnings of a painted ‘dome’ and allowed greenery to sprout here and there.

Rough but hopefully going somewhere


Begun adding a growth in painted string to give a little more cover

Needs to keep ploughing on to see where it will go and maybe I’ll get to the figures too.

Trying to keep my eye on the ball as it were I’ve been looking at bandstands:

Overgrown in Sherborne, Dorset

Pattern and colours

Bandstand in use

and a Pintrest page dedicated to gazebo and bandstand