Wednesday, 30 November 2011

WOYWW 130

Wednesday finds me sluggish, tired, and a bit "bleugh!". New medication from the hospital... not very good at all :(
Still, things could be worse, time for me to get my blues packed up and sent away, for today is "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday" - hosted as (nearly) always by the wonderful Julia at the Stamping Ground.
To be really honest, this new miniature dollshouse has somewhat taken over my desk - and my life! It's so addictive... however, I really am using my papercrafting 'skills' (for want of a more apt word *lol*)  in trying to get this dollshouse together on the cheap :)
So... here's the desk with the dollshouse (still in bits) and a whole load of dust, sawdust, paint, brick-mix and a lot of other mess that has me sneezing a LOT:
And, I ashamedly admit that the floor is even more of a mess - and this is AFTER I had a quick tidy-up *lol*
I'm just in the middle of colouring the inner doors from a white plastic to something that may look a little more like wood. I've seen people do this with acrylic paints, a whole chunk of time, and a LOT of effort. I used alcohol inks :) Rust and Espresso mixed, and applied with the felt after it's been roughed up a little, gave a pretty good effect - "Yay!" for TH and his incredible alcohol inks - is there anything you can't use them for, I wonder? I've also used the same ink combination to 'stain' all my coving, architraving, bannister spindles and newel posts... it's so much better than actual woodstain, it's something I already have handy... and it really could have been designed just for the use of staining little miniature bits of wood!
I'm downloading and printing patterned papers to use for wallpaper, and have already done this for the hallway flooring. Even the extra room I've built has walls made from my scrapbooking and papercrafting materials. Not that I'm a skinflint... really... but better to use what you've already got... right?
Here's the spindles, newel posts... and also the white plastic doors in the background (now looking wooden enough for a bit part in Hollyoaks *lol*)
Well, I really should get round to 'seeing' all the wonderful blogs I've missed whilst my brain has been on vacation and housework/hospital trips/cats, kittens,dogs/etc have swallowed up all the hours each day... and I have a ton of posts to add to my other blog (Adventure Into Miniature)... Anyone got a spare few hours to sell...? Either that or a willing teenager who will work for coffee *lol*

In the meantime... whether you're playing along with WOYWW, or just mooching around (ah, the pleasure and freedom of the mooch*lol*), please do have a wonderful Wednesday... and the rest of the week too!

27 comments:

Karen said...

The alcohol inks look perfect for the door and other 'wooden' parts of your house - fabulous job,

jude said...

Your house looks absolutely gorgeous can't wait to see completed Good old Timmie and his distress inks/stains hr does us proud!
Have fab wednesday and great festive week ahead
Love n hugs Judex9

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow its looking fantastic already - love the wooden effect you have created - have fun! Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl – No 4

Cathy said...

Wow that house looks fantastic! My girls would love it!
Happy WOYWW
Cathy #10

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in awe of your staining with AIs. And you are right about the paint taking a whole lot longer. Happy WOYWW from #7.

inkypinkycraft said...

The house is looking great, happy woyww! Trace x20

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Great use of alcohol inks :) loving the house
Happy woywwing
Jennie #11

kath said...

thanks for the crafty snoop..hope you feel better soon...hugs kath xxx (33)Happy WOYWW

Helen said...

You look like you're having lots of fun with that! Love the newel posts... good luck and happy woyww, 12

Neil said...

Hi there and thanks for the peek into your creative zone. It looks like there is loads going on so thanks for sharing. Hope you have a brilliant week and have plenty of creative time! Your dolls house is coming on a treat!
Neil #24

Susan Flynn said...

Very inventive and effective. I'm all for doing things with what you have at hand, its not cheap its called being creative!! Carry on the good work xx

Ann B said...

Good job on the doors. I had my dolls house well before I started stamping - just wish I'd known about AIs then (probably not invented back then).
Always better when you adapt of make something yourself from scratch - my house came ready made but I made a chimney breast and mantelpiece for the kitchen and cut and stuck on individual sandpaper 'bricks' to the front. Still stand back and admire it. There are some pictures on my blog (somewhere) if you want a peep.
Ann B
#30

Di said...

Totally stunning - as always! How inventive with the use of materials we normally use for other things - you'll love it all the more I'm sure! Please keep showing progress! Di xx

misteejay said...

Hope the meds sort themselves out soon.

The house is coming along beautifully and great job with those doors. Why shouldn't you use materials that you have to hand? I thought that was part of the fun of creating a doll-house...being creative. Great job so far, look forward to seeing it progress.

Toni xx

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Amazing you would never know they weren't really woOd!

MvM-design said...

Great desk and much work a dollhouse!! 8|
Thanks for sharing ;-)
Hugs Marleen #14

Claire said...

how lovely..them doors look real... and the house looks lovely, and will be well worth the effort...and to be able to say...I DID THAT will be even better
Claire #45

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Lovely doll's house - after seeing my friend's version, i realise that they can be as addictive as paper/fabric crafting :) Have fun!
Hugs, LLJ #40 xx

Debs Willis said...

Great wood effect - looks so realistic! And the dolls house is a great project - keep posting the pics!

debs x

fairy thoughts said...

fabulous dolls house, you have given me some great ideas for mine thanks for the tip with the inks. I will try that
janet #37

Peggy said...

wow love the doll house I wish I had more room and time to do this craft

okienurse said...

great looking desk with that house in progress. The alcohol inks are really awesome and I am so glad Ranger ink has come out with all their awesome colors and types of ink. Those plastic doors look like real wood! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #67

Shoshi said...

Sorry to hear you are poorly, and I hope things improve for you soon.

Your dolls' house is amazing, and the wood looks so realistic! Alcohol inks are amazing, aren't they.

Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #62

sarahp said...

wow that looks so good Im sure my girls would love this... you are making a fantastic job and its amazing where our crafting skills come in handy I had to decorate the childrens centre where I work yesterday and my cricut came in a treat . Thanks for sharing xxx Sarah *51

Elizabeth said...

Your house is coming along nicely - love what you've done with TH's AIs to the doors - great tip for me as my DH bought me a second-hand dolls house a few weeks ago and though I haven't had time yet to do anything I intend giving it a complete makeover - I just need a bit of spare time :)) Elizabeth x #111

lruk said...

Your lovely house brought back fond memories of my childhood, though mine wasn't as swish and gorgeous as yours. Looking forward to seeing the progress you make.

dawn said...

I love seeing all these little bits and pieces. So cool that you enjoy doll houses. I've always wanted one with a front porch. You always have such patience in all your projects.