Monday, March 25, 2013

I just completed my Hobbit House that was inspired by a picture of a hobbit house that was on Pinterest.  I saw the little house and said I have to make that.  See Below the picture that inspired me.  It was actually a Bonsai Tree by the house but I improvised.  I am calling this house: Spring Time at the Hobbit House.  I worked every night after work and this weekend to complete it in two weeks.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I do have a problem though-I have lost my inspiration and do not have a house Idea to start next.  I cant sit still long and this will drive me crazy.  I hope I can get inspired soon.  Have a Wonderful rest of March.  Plus Happy April Fools Day is coming up!  Im so excited, I get to pull some pranks off at work.  The last time April Fools fell on a work day was many years ago and I did so many little mischevious things at work I was in tears laughing so hard.  ( One thing I did was in the kitchen of the office -or you can do this at home is- If you have a Spray Hose on your Sink, take some Scotch Tape and tap down the spray hose handle and aim it where the person would stand in front of the sink, and when they turn on the water the hose will spray them with water-since the handle is taped down.  What I did before to my Co-workers was that I replaced the Sugar container with Salt, and when each co-worker added sugar to their coffee they went to drink it and spit it out in the sink, which then they would go rinse out their coffee cup and get a second April Fools Joke and get really wet from my first joke.  I actually got over 6 people this way at work, but I had to work my butt off and mop up the water in between each time water sprayed all over the kitchen.  I was actually on the ground laughing and crying very hard it was so funny ). 

It took my one solid day just to glue down all the greenery on this house, so much hot glueing went on that my hot glue gun blew up from all the usage and it fried itself with a big electrical pop and smoke. 

I love these little wine bottles, I didnt make them but I plan to make ones like these.  I bought them from vendor the other month at a miniature show.  She made them from Christmas Tree Light Bulbs.  I thinks they are the coolest thing made from ordinary house hold items.  I have already printed up mini labels to make my own wine bottles, but I just need to go through my Christmas decorations and steal a strand of lights.  The lady only cut off the two wires on the bottom of each bulb, so they are still round on the bottom.  I have them held in place with Museum Wax.  I plan to grind down the bottom of each of mine to make them flat.  Ill work on them later thought.

I am very proud of the little round door that I made.  I just sandwiched some balsa wood together and then cut a whole in it and placed a window. 

I ended up running out of the light green foam grass covering that comes in a square sheet, when I was covering the house and then ended up glueing on some sprinkle on grass covering. 

Once I finished adding the floral foam, I then covered the house in paper clay so I can glue down the greenery, since you cant glue anything to the darn floral foam.  This I found out when building the house-Learn as you go.  I had originally thought I could glue onto the floral foam, but since I had never worked with it i didnt know.  I actually almost painted the paper clay at this point since I really liked the clean look. 

I then started adding floral foam around the house.  I forgot to take a picture of the electrical box area.  I made a hidden electrical box area which you can see on the top back of this picture. 

Once I was done with the doors and windows I marked the circle down of the wood front and cut them out.  I then added lots of paper clay and stuccoed the front of the house and made some stones around the door out of the paper clay.  I then added the electrical lines since they would eventually get covered up by foam and more paper clay.  The electrical box on the top of this box will eventually get surrounded with a wood box with a top that comes off, hiding the area from view. 

Here I had just finished painting the paper stones gray and wiping off the watery paint with a towel. 

Just finished sanding off some of the paint on the wood door, and then glued on the little metal hinges and handle.  I had never paid so much for miniature hinges before, I believe they were at around $12.00 just for the 2 hinges.  Plus the bottom hinge eventually failed and the metal cracked which really made me made.  So you can see in the finished pictures of the house that there is greenery growing over the bottom hinge,  I had to glue on a larger hinge over the hinge and hide the add on with greenery.  
It made me very sad since I took my time gluing and nailing in the small nails.  

I started by building the door and windows which the window circles are layers of Balsa Wood glued together, then I added a window in each, then covered the circle with paper and carved in some stones.  I found this Tree at a Home Decor Store and instantly new it would be perfect for the Hobbit House.  I bought 2 of them in case I want to build another Hobbit House. 

My inspiration Picture to build the Hobbit House.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all having a great month.  I have just completed my most current home which is a Trailer House.  I had many fond memories of Trailer Houses that I lived in when living in Nevada working at the Gold Mine as a miner.  I also had some fond memories in the 70s of my dad working on the hot water heater on the outside of a trailer house we lived in.  In this trailer house I tried to recreate the outside water heater and furnace I remember as a kid.  I remember my dad used to have to drain it to get out the hard water calcium build up which was almost a foot deep inside the tank, caused from the well water.  I lost most of the pictures I took with my cell phone and do not have a lot of pictures of my current project.  It has been a very busy month, shopping for a new Travel Trailer, painting the back living room, making lots of minis to sell at the upcoming convention this summer.  Plus pictured below are miniature items I have also been working on this month to sell at this years mini convention they include, mini Playboy & Playgirl magazines, Chip Bags, Ouija Board games. 
I really should do more to this house at this point but I really want to start my new mini Gnome House the kind that is build into the ground with a tree. 

I used a acrylic paint bottle which i cut the top off and turned it over and painted it white, added some legs and some metal looking piping and some drains made with tin pans.  

The little furnace I created out of a tin pan. 

I tried to go 70s retro with spray painting the appliances a 70s Green color.

I have a lot of fun making the wood paneling walls, which all I do is use a pen and draw a deep line in the wood and then watered down light brown paint, then a spray gloss over the top. 

This trailer reminds me of my first little trailer house I rented when I first graduated and moved away from home.  I hardly had any furniture but I was very proud of my first home.  I never thought I would own a large home like I do now.  I remember when I worked in Nevada as a Miner that there was no housing available and you would wait for Trailer Houses that came available to rent, and that a lot of them were horrible and unlivable and you would keep moving from one trailer to another to get a better home.  In a 7 year period I had moved into over 20 different trailers and finding one closer to work which was over an hour away from work in the middle of now where of Eureka Nevada. 

I made the trailer so it has all sides and the back side comes off for access inside the trailer. 

Yes the bedroom does not have a bed.  I have ran out of furniture for my homes and need to save and buy more furniture. 

I even made a little closet in the bedroom.  My goal is to make some sliding closet doors, but I will wait. 

This picture of the bedroom reminds me alot of a bedroom in a trailer house I once rented. 
My little retro bathroom which I used the standard kit bathroom, then cut the toilet tank in half to make it look like a real toilet and the claw foot tub I used the legs from it on the hot water heater and surrounded it with wood for the trailer house look. 

My first attempt to make a shower curtain.  I just painted my back living room in my home and i used some plastic from one of the drop cloths and a hanger for the rod. 

This is a picture of me just finishing the wood paneling and gluing them onto the sides.  The light in the front is now located in the hot water heater area. 

I decided to make some mini Playgirls to sell at this years mini convention. 

My little mass production of mini Playgirl magazines. 

I also started to make my own packages to package the minis I make to sell at this years convention. 

My mini Doritos. 

Me trying to mass produce my chip bags to sell at convention.
My mini Ouija Board Game.  I though there are a lot of people out there that might want to add something like this to their houses and you cant find them to buy them.  Ex specially since I see alot of people doing miniatures of spooky houses which they might want for their home. 

I had to share the pictures of the new color I painted the back living room.  This is the room I create all my houses and sit on the floor or on the couch when building the houses.  I wanted it bright and cheerful.  Since I build the new fire place surround around the plain gas fireplace and there was a lot of white, I thought a nice bright color would look good.  I like it but my honey think it looks like a Popsicle.  If i remember the paint color is called Citra by Behhr Paints. 

The boxes in the wall have been white for over 10 years since the house was built.  I love the green I painted just on the back part of the box.  It really looks great I think with the lights. 

There is my coffee table were I build all my houses and minis.