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A Hall Tree From Stash

I’ll need a hall tree to display some of the wares in the shop. A Google search showed some I liked that have turned posts and three Queen Anne style legs. As luck would have it, I had some turned posts left from the pillar candlesticks in my Romance Retreat. Other supplies I had on hand were turned cocktail sticks, wooden beads and a scrap of 3/32″ thick basswood.

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Fluorescent Light Installation

My four “fluorescent light” fixtures are ready to suspend from the shop ceiling. There is one problem; there is no ceiling in this shop. The shop has four fixed walls and a removable plexiglass cover. I will make the light fixtures look like they hang from the ceiling.

I made a center “ceiling joist” to support “rafters” of 1/4″ polystyrene square tubes. The joist will have notches to support the rafters and keep the spacing. The wires for the lights will run through the hollow rafters.

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Needle Felted Puppy

I just love the feedback I receive from my blog and Instagram visitors. I’ve learned from you and feel good when you say you have learned from me. And sometimes, you just make me smile.

One of those smile moments was when Deborah replied to my post on collaboration. I loved her comment, “Tutti is so stinking cute.” She also asked if the puppy was hard to make. With all the talent that miniaturists possess, I believe that there is nothing that you all can’t do. But I can go a step further with Deborah’s question. When I finished the puppy, I had collaborated with my Fruity Girl groupies to think of a name, but in the request, I also gave a brief How To. So, join the “Fruity Girls and Me” for a short tutorial.

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Instant Scenes

I don’t know about you, but I typically have a couple things going on my desk at once. To ensure I wait for the glue or paint to dry on one project, I pick up another.

While the paint was drying on my main project, I made an improvement to my set up that I use to photograph objects and scenes. Some time ago I bought this tabletop photo studio so I could have consistent lighting 24/7.

I dedicated some flooring and I wanted to add a variety of scrapbook paper backgrounds. To hold the papers in place, I found a stick of wood about 3/4” square and cut a groove close to the edge on one long side.

The grooved wood worked well to hold the different backgrounds in place. I thought I might even use calendar photos for more variety, but they were typically too saturated in color.

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