Wednesday, January 30, 2013


My challenges go beyond bad products, poor instructions, and incorrect order fills.
Making nice minis using "asthma friendly" products seems a contradiction in terms. Set backs (health and mini wise) get me down and tempt me to just give up. Just sit in the rocker and knit?
The "water based" varnish ruined my faux stain on the pews and pulpit. I had to sand and scrape and start over.
As it turns out, I like the final color much better > so that is a GOOD THING. I'll use a water based  "minwax" poly for the final coat. This will have to wait for spring when I can mini outside. 
In the meantime, I unpacked all of the items I already have and displayed them. After 2 years it was nice to see some of my favorite things. The beautiful bride is by Joann Roberts. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013


It's been another never ending saga in the pursuit of finishing anything in miniature. I installed all of my hanging fixtures, and grabbed my husband to help me unearth this VERY large, VERY heavy building, so that I could connect all my wiring under it. I proceeded to add the spot lights. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, the "spot lights" were nothing but bulbs. The store sent me the wrong items. (last October) Too late to do anything about it now. YES! I SHOULD have checked the order better. OK > So I finished with the fixtures I do have. I tried some battery operated lights that I have on hand, but they're not bright enough. The spot lights will have to wait until later. Then the building will then need to be turned over again. :-(

When I come up against bad products, or incorrect orders, I usually walk away and lose my mojo for months or years on end. But I pushed myself to proceed.
I mixed my homemade stain (safe for breathing) and set out to finish the pews I purchased a dozen years ago. OMG! There is so much glue on these pews, staining has made them look HORRIFIC. It will take weeks of scraping and sanding to get them any where near half decent. It would have saved a lot of time if I made them myself.
Now I need to step back for a while. Just for a few days. I'm still determined!