Monday, June 26, 2017

Foamcore roombox 3 - finished!

Didn't get any work done yesterday as we had our Condo Block Party then I went over to DS Shirley's to spend time with her, DS Marie and BIL Robert who were down from Peace River.
While I was there, I also reglued some of the instruments in Grahame's music room after a couple children decided to play with it.

First thing to do today was clear all the dried glue from inside the top of this glue bottle. Got that done then poured some Weldbond in. (I needed the finer tip on this bottle to glue together the roombox.

I ran a line of glue in the L-shaped edge along the sides of the floor of the roombox.

This 90 degree corner clamp is great for holding the walls in place while the glue dries. (Got these at Princess Auto ages ago.)

First (right hand) wall is up.

Both sides up and clamped in place.

Now the back is glued in place.

This is the ceiling piece with the back and two sides cut back and glue in place.

Then put the ceiling in place, clamped the front corners and books placed across the back corners to hold the ceiling tight until the glue dried.

Here the furniture is in place.

Added an "Anne of Green Gables" doll to the scene. Think I have a teddy bear somewhere to put on the bed. May add a few other accessories later but for now I'm declaring it finished!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Foamcore roombox 2

With all the pieces cut, it was time to dry fit everything. The back piece fit vertically but was about 1/16" too long horizontally. Once I trimmed it, everything fit fine.

I used a couple T-pins to hold things in place during the dry fit.

Next step was to cut the carpet.

Then I put a strip of double-sided carpet tape across the front of the floor and very carefully put the carpet in place.

Made sure the carpet was smoothly in place then added carpet tape to the sides of the floor and very carefully and slowly set the carpet in place. Here the finally piece of carpet tape is in place across the back of the floor and the carpet finally laid.

I decided to put a window in the left hand wall so cut a hole 4 x 4 two inches above the floor then cut a piece of heavier plastic 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and glued it in place on the outside of the wall. When that glue had dried, I did the same on the inside of the wall.

Then I mitre cut 8 pieces of coffee stir sticks with a measurement of 4" on the short side. Painted the first four pieces black and glued them to the outside of the wall.

The four remaining pieces were painted white then glued onto the inside wall.

(Afterthought) Had this beautiful piece of pleated lace in my stash so glued it to the inside wall as a curtain.

Here is the outer wall before the curtain was glued in place.

The room with the curtain in place.

I'm pleased with it so far. The only thing left to do is glue all the pieces together.

Hope to be able to get that done and show it to you tomorrow.

However, tomorrow is a busy day. DS Marie and BIL Robert are coming out tomorrow and should arrive by 2 p.m.. Have to get over to Mom's to spend some time with her then head back home where we are having our annual Condo block party.

I will be displaying M.E.E.'s Canada 150 display tomorrow at the block party. Will be interesting to see the reaction as the St. Albert Gazette had a wonderful two page write-up on it today and many people will have read it.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Foamcore roombox

This will make a fairly sturdy roombox that is 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". The measurements can be adjusted to almost any size but this one can be made from 1 1/3 sheets of foamcore with 1/4 sheet left over from the first sheet.

1 1/3 sheets 3/16" foamcore (20" x 30")
Cork backed 15" ruler
Carpenter's square (optional but helpful if you have one)
Utility Knife (optional)
X-Acto knife
fresh blades
Glue (I use Weldbond)


From the first whole sheet of foamcore, cut three pieces 14 1/2" x 9 1/2". Although the foamcore is shown as 20" x 30", I bought mine at Dollarama and it's not quite that so I adjusted the measurements so I was working in easier measurements.

I made these cuts with my Mastercraft utility knife and my carpenter's square which gave me pretty straight edges. The trick to cutting foamcore is to make three passes: (1) cut through the first layer of cardboard, (2) cut through the foam, and (3) cut through the lower layer of cardboard.

This gives you the three large pieces (the floor, back and ceiling) with a full 1/4 sheet left.
This tearing of the foam indicates that you need a new blade!

Then from the second piece of foamcore, cut two 9 1/2" squares across the 20" width.
terrible picture  - doesn't reflect the angles well

This is where it gets tricky!. On two of the 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" pieces, measure in 3/16" on both short sides and one long side. Then you cut through the top cardboard layer and the foam layer, making sure not to cut through the bottom layer. I used the utility knife on this piece and had to discard it because I ended up cutting through all three layers.

So I switched to the X-Acto knife and I had more control over that.

Now I have the 3/16" cut. Next step is to take the X-Acto knife and very carefully cut through the back of the foam along the back paper then pull that strip of the first layer of paper and the foam away from the backing.

And this it what it will look like. Err on the side of the foam if you must. Any extra foam that is left in the groove can be rubbed out with the back of your X-Acto blade.

Do the same on one side of the each of the 9 1/2" squares.

Here's the total set-up. The top piece (ceiling) is 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" with the 3/16" clearance on the sides and bottom. The middle piece is 14 1/2 x 9 1/2" which will form the back of the room.

The bottom row has the side pieces (9 1/2" x 9 1/2) with the 3/16" clearance on the back and in the middle is the 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" piece with the 3/16 clearance on the sides and back.

Have to think about a couple forward thinking things here:

If I want a window in the back wall, this is the time to do it.

Floor: Now is the time to carpet. Have to check to see what will work with the furniture.

Wallpaper: ???

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canada 150 Project

Joanne is taking some time off so she brought the project over to me today.

I took it to the building next door so I could show it to Mom then I made arrangements with the building manager to leave it there in the dining room for a couple days. After it was set up, three of the residents made a big fuss over it and enjoyed pointing out various items to each other.

I'll bring it home on Saturday afternoon, display it at our condo block party on Sunday then, early next week, I'll drop it off at the St. Albert Public Library where it will be displayed during July, perhaps longer.

It fascinates me more each time I look at it!

I'm working on a foamcore roombox to hold the furniture I bought at Tuesday's meeting. Hope to have a tutorial up tomorrow night. (I'm spending the afternoon at Mom's to keep DS Shirley company while she cuts Mom's hair and gives her a perm so who knows if I'll get it done in time to publish it.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oh, my, goodness!

This is going to be a very scattered report as I'm just going to mention things as the pictures came out and not bother to re-arrange them in any particular order.

Tonight (Tuesday) was our final M.E.E. meeting before our summer break. It was also our 'garage sale' meeting.

Show and Tell:

Lucille and Tina just returned from the IGMA week at Castine, Maine.

Lucille dressed this wonderful canopy bed:

and made these great pastries:

Tina made the wonderful candlesticks in a metal class taught by Bill Robertson and the silver tankard in a class with Peter Acquisto.

Our own Cheryl displayed her Cleopatra roombox tonight! Absolutely beautiful!  She was asking for ideas about lighting it and several people chimed in to advise her.

Here is where Barb is really going to come downstairs (got it right this time - as she lives upstairs from me) and kick my a$$. She has already told me I have too many projects on the go and that is why I'm not finishing anything....which is true. (I think I got my purchases past her but this will give it all away.) I'll take my chances and deal with the consequences.

BUT Lucille had this great collection of child friendly pieces on sale for only $10...and it will give me something to make a draw for when Joanne and I do the Art Show at Leo Nickerson School in September. Just have to make a room out of foamcore to house it and that project will be finished! So hope that Barb will forgive me for this purchase. LOL!

This is RL! Newbie Bev, who is one of our biggest cheerleaders and the editor of our wonderful newsletter presented the executive with roses tonight. And our president, Joanne, got a whole bouquet of them...very much deserved. Bev mentioned that Trineke had tried to get her to a meeting of M.E.E. for two years but she resisted. Now she is one of our biggest enthusiasts.

So if you're hesitating to join us, maybe her experience could be an impetus!

Now Barb will really chastise me! I have five beds already with no place to use them but I LOVE canopy beds and this one is it was only $2.00!

But Luba (who had dropped in) said it was perfect for a little vignette...and she is probably right.

When I got home, my reason for buying this stove wasn't as sensible as I had thought. But it was only $1.00 so I think I can be forgiven for buying it.

Totally non-mini for hulling a strawberry:
I bought a basket of strawberries the other day and had hoped to use this tip to hull them but the only straw I had in my stash was too small. Then Judy Mitchell, Joanne and I met for lunch at Chopped Leaf and I got a 1/4" straw with my water so I could use it. Thanks to Laurie Houle for giving me this hack.

(The straw is the white thing above the shadow.)

Take a 1/4" diameter straw and push it through the small end of the strawberry so it takes out the hull and the leaf.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FINALLY something mini....

My friend, Barb, came down for a visit yesterday (Saturday) and we had a good discussion on my lack of mini-making lately. She was kind enough to offer to get together with me and kick my posterior to "encourage" me. LOL

With that in mind, I actually finished the demi-lune table that Tina designed and taught us. Ouch, that was way back in early April.

This is a wonderful, easy kit. You don't have to marbelize the table pieces.

I rounded the tops of the table legs with an emery board and, with black marker, stained the legs and the bottom of the piece that forms the base of the table top.

Glued the base and table top together,

Clamped them until dry,

Then added the back side legs, using Lego to keep them straight and even.

Added the lower shelf and the front legs.

Gave the legs a coat of gloss stain.

To order from Tina: