Slept badly and filled in down-time by looking for something from year’s ago on own site (how sad can one get?) and came across this piece from five year’s ago.
My first dressed figure, butchered from a bought in standard chap for whom I’ve still got a soft spot and thought I’d share him with you once again.
I hope you enjoy him – and his dog 🙂
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Bit more awake
Now I think I know what day it is and have, more or less, got myself together, here are a few of the original photos that didn’t make the first cut and which might explain better the description of his clothes and face alterations. I’d had the doll for some time, partially messed about by me (changing the body shape, giving him hair) and hadn’t had the nerve to finish him. But having done one or two others that had been less drastically altered, I finally jumped in and sorted this one out.
Bits of dry glue from neck of bottle used for eyelids. Ruff and hat balancing.
Beginnings of the lidded, looking down look
Looped trim on over-stitched glove back – note stuck and stitched directly to cloth extra padded body.
Baggy trousers stuffed and he’s been stitched in the body under the waistcoat to make him forward bent as in posture for sitting position and age.
A cat exerciser for Hogepotche
Glad this kitten arrived today. I’d been looking for just such a fellow to peek through the steps and here he is. I must affix him and his friends in place.
Just the new table additions to finish on this sometime when we can both get our hands to it 😉 There are cubby-holes for electrics to put in place and a half door needs building for each cubby before the whole project can be shifted over. Soon.
Can just make out some of the greening from here.
That table is to ‘go’ and a sturdier, wooden one will take its place
Wet and dark
Like many back extensions on big buildings …
randomly shaped and in shadow
giving many a green thing the opportunity
to sprout on ledge and roof
where it’s always damp
but mostly on the inner face, where there would be less air movement and it would always be dark and damp.
Thankfully this bird is still here this morning
The greenery dust is model railway ground cover (three shades mixed) and the tufts are from model war-games suppliers. One coat of dust was added pre matt sealant and a second shaken in a few placed here and there whilst that coating was very wet, hopefully giving the greenery a little more added depth(?)
Onwards and upwards – literally
Now clearing up (a little) and working on the replacement table. We bought a second-hand modern trestle and Steve has sanded it down and is extending it a little to take the Hogepotche monster. Oh yes he’s adding castors too. I’m staining and sealing it as and when and we hope to get it done in the next week or so. Then it’s all hands to the pump again for lift off and refit.
Meantime lots of surfaces need a sealing coat, some folk need glu dotting into place, and the roof scene needs to be brought to completion. I’m just going to get that ladder.
Dressing the roof area
I fancied a bird’s nest on the very end of the storeroom ridge (where it ceases to be a double ridge and becomes single) above the doorway in the end loft. So I wove a nest of just under 0.5” (1.27 cm) out of raffia and very thin rosemary twiglets, glued it (with a bit of toothpick spike through into the building to help hold it in place) and affixed a very small (bought) bird into its new home. There it was, all snuggled in and I blithely left it to its do its own thing whilst I carried on with the roof jobs at the other end of the building, such as adding greenery and staining and sealing the externals.
Well, you can tell from the title what happened next.
One hour later
The bird had flown. I did a finger tip search of the floor, the work surface, my clothing, shoes, inside the model, everywhere – no bird.
I’ve since made a small clay one to take its place but it’s just not the same.
Clay feathered friend – needs a little touching up and sealing I think
Bird on the ridge above the boy’s loft bedroom
with the dormer now tiled but still needing some trim and a shutter
With all the sealing it looks like a rainy day in this part of the mini world
It’s hard to see in this light just how much ground cover and greenery generally has been applied – will try get a less bright shot
On with cleaning up and finishing off the little bits all around the house. Not far to go – but it does include a rather high ladder. Gulp