Category Archives: Themed settings and boxes

Pottering in all directions



The Trombone Clip

(if you’ve clicked the trombone link above, tell me that doesn’t look just like a giant paperclip)

Been having some glorious sunshine (though horribly windy) and spent loads of time ‘autumnising’ the garden and thinking big thoughts around mini-ing.

Just got back to working with the players in the band and roughing up a trombone for the other part of the brass section.  Then I realised the second figure (for whom it was intended) couldn’t possibly play it as his cheeks stick out too far and he’d never get it over his shoulder.  He’s Mr Oval and he’ll have to go with the hose pipe horn instead which is all in front as it were, whilst Mr P has the trombone.  Such as it is.

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I do love paperclips.   This ones pretty big.  The miniature funnel for the bell of the trombone needs building up a little towards the back and is generally not fully attached  yet so if you blink it may well fall off, but his hands are not too bad for holding the paperclip in place.

And the big thoughts?

I’ve said I’d not build another house but there’s this ‘thing’ that’s a-growing-of and won’t go away, so I might, just might end up doing it anyway.  Sort of UK 1930s styling, but as it’s still festering away in my head I’ll let it grow a little more before I blab too much 😉


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