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Special Chair from Scotland

While I was doing research on the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Room, I kept an eye out for appropriate furniture. A search led me to a site that offers laser-cut wooden “pop-up” cards that include some CRM selections. These are novelty gift cards in many themes including places in Great Britain and furniture by CRM. There was a set of dollhouse scale replica chairs and tables.

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Drawing in the Glasgow Style

I’ll be making a Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired room box as a platform for learning new skills. Last week I used the trace, print and cut capability on my Cameo 4. I continued to explore those capabilities, with the addition of some drawing this week.

I learned that the roses we attribute to Mackintosh are all in the “Glasgow Style” and many artists have created their own versions of the Glasgow Rose.

Years ago I visited the Hill House and was awestruck when I walked into the drawing room with its serene decor and bright southern exposure. I’ll recreate the ambiance with a sofa that has Glasgow roses on the back cushion. I found a closeup of the motif, but didn’t like it as much as some of the more stylized forms. I thought, I’ll try to create my own.

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Proliferation

I’ve been a little distracted this year, but I almost have a nice new kitchen. We just received the rest of our tile so I will be able to include photos of the finished job next week.

I’ve also been working on other at-home projects. One of those relates to minis. Some time ago a friend gave me a wall shelf she thought I might like. I did like it except that it had a shabby chic finish, which doesn’t fit my decor. So, my mini project for this week was to give the wall shelf a more formal look.

I’m really pleased with the way the shelf looks. Now I can let my favorite projects out of the box and enjoy them every time I pass by. I made each of these pieces from scratch (except for a couple vases). If I tire of these items, I can swap them out for others.

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Easter at the Peachstone Cottage

My plan was to go to Arizona and see my daughter receive her PhD, but I must stay at home. Another option was to spend Easter with my other daughter in Portland, but I must stay at home. Sometimes my stepchildren come visit, but they must stay at home.

It is important to beat this pandemic so I’ll be where the sun always shines and life is always good. I’ll be at the Peachstone Cottage. Through the years the dolls that live at the Cottage have shared their holiday activities with our family. I thought you’d like to take a peek.

When the Chicken Coop project was finished, they gathered fresh eggs.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Rita at Dilly Dally Dollhouse made an irresistible MCM rocking chair on her Cricut Maker. She laminated two layers of bass wood to get the thickness she wanted. A lightbulb went off, this was the perfect project to practice the capabilities of my machine.

Each week I try to do something with my Cameo 4. I got it because I wanted to cut bass wood and maybe chipboard. The Cameo 4 claimed to be faster, have more force and was $100 less than the Maker, but I knew nothing about either machine. When I received it I jumped right in and fell flat on my face. I still have a lot to learn, and maybe Silhouette does too. I’m feeling confident on the thinner materials now and will soon increase the thickness.

Rita’s chair was perfect for my quest for knowledge. I would use the flimsy Silhouette chipboard that I had on hand and just use more layers. She offers her svg files for free so I set up two pieces of the chipboard to cut eight layers, and quickly cut them out.

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