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A touch of ye olde trompe l’oeil

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(trompe l’oeil)

A work-around for the cake slice proximity fitting

Remember this photo?

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View through sitting room bay window of fixed walls of two parts of house sliding and fitting into each other.

A diagram might help about need for work-around

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The red and yellow arrows indicate the corners and the walls where the slice of movable house meets the fixed majority of house.

And it’s a tight-ish fit.  I say tight-ish as it will take some thickness of wood but not much.  This has meant that I can put a thin strip to represent the cornice at the top of the ‘party wall’ but can’t put in the thicker skirting board because of the corner near the dining room.

Not always visible

I had thought of mixing thick and thin according to where it would fit but suddenly decided to go for a bit of digital messing.  We have a colour printer and a laser black but both have chosen this moment to play up; nevertheless I’ve gone for scanning in a length of the skirting, printing it out and bringing it up to some sort of compromise standard with paint.

In older news – hat

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Had another go at that hat and added edgings so it might be usable somewhere.
The other object is a dressing gown for someone’s door peg

Meanwhile brooding on bathrooms

I’ve got this ‘thing’ going about the bathroom, in much the same way as I had about the kitchen decor.  This time it’s about fixtures for the room.  Why am I fussing about it now?  I’d like to do the top landing, doorways and room floors, but in the bathroom that means I would like to know what is going where and what shape it is.  All because I have this fancy to try to do a particular floor patterning in there.  (More of that much, much later when the fittings are finally decided on.)

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I love these items, their taps, shapes and general look, but, being 1:16 they’re much too small for this house and, sadly, look totally lost in the room space.

I’ve tried them in place at least half a dozen times, planned how to build up the black panelled bath without damaging it and so it will still be removable as is, but it still looks like a pimple in the wrong place.  Learning as I go along doing mini-ing and having got away with using 1:16 and even 1:24 in a 1:12 space, it’s sad that it won’t work here particularly as there are so many lovely vintage items to be had.  Not so far found a nice vintage one that comes up big or is 1:12.

I do like a particular set I’ve seen, but am uncomfortable about paying the big bucks it costs.  I know I’ll end up buying it, and, at the rate I keep buying ‘possibles’ and finding out they don’t do the job either, I could have bought the more costly set by now!  Going to have to take a deep breath and …

 

A place to hang your hat

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and coats for the curved wall

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Problems:

  • Well, the hat felt looks too fuzzy and the shapes aren’t quite right.
  • The small jacket is no use there at all as can’t see what on earth it is, but the coat may be OK.
  • Needs a bag or satchel as well as the dog lead to dangle down perhaps?

Possible solutions:

  • Might edge the brown hat and give it a ribbon too, but the school cap must go I think.
  • Probably try out the bag idea and another coat or two; so not so much a place to hang your hat after all.

Checking the joins

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Hiding and hidden or a bit of a cover-up

It’s Saturday and I’ve crept into the ‘Potting Shed’ to fuss with silly things.

  • Checking the join of cake-slice section and main body of house:
  • Wallpaper join over understair cupboard

Joining the two piece egg

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but will it fit?

Packing things in, prepping one task, waiting for it to dry/set etc meanwhile carrying on, starting another that needs to dry so, not wanting to be idle, on the side I  make a little something for one of the darker corners.

The making bit first

The drying bit – much, much later

Well, more of a trimming measuring plus drying.  Trying to put together all the walls for downstairs and get the hall/sitting room party-wall decorated on both sides.  Also the tucked in corner of the dining room doorway before it gets impossible to get a hand in. Unfortunately trimming its doorway involves making it stick to the kitchen wall too so can’t be done whilst this section is loose.

Which tasks can be done while the walls are loose and which have to be done while performing a contortionist head stand.  It’s worked out about half and half I think but I’ve missed one or two that could have been done more easily I see.

Newly dressed and fitted wall

Checking the views

More of when the house is together?

Shots from the kitchen which should match the views for the observer when the place is more complete.

First shot when house is not quite ‘parked’.  Look slightly to the right and you’ll notice a vertical line of light by the curved wall fit to the telephone corner.  Fully ‘parked’ in the second photo.

Externals when parked

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Seems to fit – hurrah!