Monday, June 17, 2019

The Summer Lilac....




Had You Forgotten.....?

While my Lovely Mother was visiting, Dear Readers, and I was adding to the tally of Lilac Blossoms, I was reminded suddenly that the Final Lilac Shrub (did you even remember that there was one still to complete?) was lagging way behind in the completion of all its myriad details. I had thought it would be just a matter of adding all the leaves necessary for a Summer Lilac Shrub. But when I looked at the stems I realized I had not even added the careful ink lines that made such a difference in the appearance of the bark texture! So, on a gloomy rainy day while my Mother was knitting and I was gluing florets to yet another Blossom, I also began to draw all those tiny lines on the stems. Above you can see the completed results... because I forgot to take a "before" picture!

I am not sure if you can see them here....
(It was a gloomy day and the lighting is harsh...)
But there they have been added!

And then I had to add all those lichens....
In likely spots... but trying to copy the bushes that are already done....
In case anyone wanted to point out how I missed
 a spot that had a lichen on the other version!

I am going to wait to add the fungus until
 I am closer to finishing those leaves... 
because the fungus are delicate
 and there are a lot of steps involved with the leaves!
But before I get to the leaves, Dear Readers, 
I must show you the nest!

I hope you will recall that there is a Robin's nest in the lilac branches!
And by now (or certainly by the time we reach full Summer...)
 you must understand that the nestlings have fledged and flown....
Leaving behind a few downy feathers in the twigs!
Can you see them?

Right there on the edge of the nest?
(My winter down coat sheds tiny pieces of goose down
 and they stick in my sweaters...
 just begging to be used for minis!)

Here you can see where I have added the nest to the shrub.
(And I have also started to add leaves....)

Another angle of the nest... perhaps you can spot the Feathers?
Well, even if you can't see them.... 
Yes, I will know they are there!

And as for those leaves, I must admit that they are going to take
 MUCH longer to make than I had thought!
This is primarily because I had gotten a bit ahead of myself
 way back last Summer with making four shrubs all exactly alike,
 before I had figured out exactly how the blossoms 
and leaves would need to be attached.
Remember how I was making all the branches with twigs on the stems?
(I will not mind if you don't remember!)
Well, I realized as I was starting the Blossoming version, 
that the leaves would need to be attached to all those stems
 before I attached all those stems to the branches!
So the Blossoming shrub was fairly easy to make and add leafy stems.
But the Summer Leafy shrub (now being constructed)
 already had dozens and dozens of twigs on those stems...
 and each twig would need a leaf added to it... 
as well as more leafy twigs.... and then more leafy stems.
There was no way around it...
 so I started to add leaves to those twigs... 

Here I have added leaves to about two thirds of the twigs.

And all the twigs are now "leafed".... 
but the branches have nowhere near enough leaves...
But before we add any more leaves.... these ones must be painted.
 Because it is hard enough to reach through the branches
 and not get green paint on the stems while they are spaced apart.

First I paint the paler green stripe down the top side of all the leaves.
Later this will be mostly covered with the darker green, leaving a thin stripe.
But next I realized I also should have painted the twigs green...
Because they are integral to the leaves... which are green.

Maybe you can see the difference here?
Some of the twigs are green and some are still gray.
(When I have added the rest of the leaves on green twigs,
 it will be apparent that they all needed to be green!)


Here is a closer view...
I know, it is hard to see the difference.
Once that was done, I could paint 
the undersides of the leaves the lighter green....

I had to hold the shrub upside-down, 
and found it easiest to paint the farthest ones first.

Here the undersides are all painted.
But that is as far as I got over the weekend.
 I did not have time to get to the darker green
 on the top sides of the leaves.

Another view of the feathered nest.....!

But I imagine, Dear Readers,
 what you really want to see is the Weekly Blossom....

Well, here is the Blossom number Sixty-something and.....
the beginning of the Sixty-something plus one!

Yes, I completed two blossoms in a week again!
(I had extra time off from work with my Mother here!)

The first one is added to the vase on The Folly mantel...

And the second one too!

Can it be that I am nearly done with the Blossoms?

Well, Dear Readers, whether I like it or not,
I have not forgotten The Summer Lilac...
And I still have a Long way to go making leaves...
It might take me All Summer!


Monday, June 10, 2019

The Weekly Blossom.... Take Two!




And A Few Little Things.....

Yes, Dear Readers, it is Yet another Blossom, even though it looks just like all the ones to come before! It is either Blossom number Fifty-nine, or Blossom number Sixty.... depending on how we are counting, if you remember the dispersed Christmas Blossom, already so long past! I was late getting started this week due to the vagaries of the Visiting Schedules, and was afraid I might not get it done. But there it is! And I was so pleased with myself for making the extra push to get caught up while my Dear Mother was at her Reunions, that I decided to see whether I could complete a second one in just a single day!

And Lo And Behold... There it is!
(This did require some resting of the eyes and fingers.....
 and lots of glue and paint drying...)
At least I now know it can be done!

But I also took some time to Catalog
 my new purchases from The Sturbridge Fair....

I found this lovely Antique Tall Chest of Drawers... 
(made in the 70's)


A printed on cloth Oriental style carpet....

An ornately framed "Grandma Moses" painting....
(I am fond of her work!)

A Couple of beautiful "Books of Hours".... 
as well as a pair of unfinished wooden tables.

A couple of Framed antique photos...

And The most Adorable, as well as unusual, 
Elephant Teapot I have ever seen!

And A Christmas-y Cottage Teapot...
Because, well... Tea and Christmas
 are two of my Favorite Things!

Plus an Amazing covered ceramic butter dish!

An Elegant Footed bowl...

And a Pair of Oriental Urns....

Another picture of the Kitty...

More food made by TwinHeart.....
 the most amazing food I've ever seen!

Including a pair of Deli Wrapped Pita bread sandwiches to go... 
wrapped as I stood there!!

Impossibly perfect scallions, and a gorgeous carving knife....
And those oranges can be peeled and the sections pulled apart!!!
You really have to see it to believe it!

Another Lovely Fashion doll by "Angel's Children"

And an adorable black Angel child....
Because, I confess, there is a new project brewing!
 
A whole Bunch of Bunnies.....
because they're better that way!

A selection of tiny ribbons and laces.....
For decorating tiny gowns....

A pair of Antique lace doilies....
(Because I really haven't forgotten The Cupboard House...)

A Wonderful selection of books and magazines from years gone by....

A Mini "Dollhouse Kit" still in the box!

An unusual Nautical Plate....

A Porcelain baby doll.... 
and some interesting beaded cloth.....

A quarter scale woven carpet.....
(Yes, The Tree House is calling too!)

And some "Cranberry Glass" plates....
Just Because....!

Many of these little Treasures were from collections
 that were being sold after the owner had died...
I pawed through a lot of bins!
 
But I think, Dear Readers,
 that what you really want to see
 are the lilac blossoms in the bouquet...

There are now five blossoms in the one vase.
 I think it will look better once I have added
 some more leaves to the stems.

And yes, it is hard to see them....
 it is rainy and gloomy here again!

So there you have it Dear Readers,
The Weekly Blossom, take Two!.....
And A  whole bunch of little Treasures!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Weekly Blossom.....




And Other Little Things...

I Hope you don't mind, Dear Readers, if this is an unusually Short Post! Things have been very busy here the past few weeks with multiple Family visits and Essential outings like a visit to The Sturbridge Miniatures Fair. You might even wonder if I managed to complete the Weekly Lilac Blossom! You may Rest assured blossom Fifty...... something was finished on Sunday and joined its fellows in the vases on The Folly mantel.

I know, you can barely see it there tucked behind the leafier stem...
but every blossom counts in these arrangements!

And I hope you don't mind seeing yet another few pictures
 of the Lilac Shrub in the sunlight....

I could not resist!

I am particularly enchanted by the shadows 
cast by the lilac bush on the glass house!
It was a beautiful morning!

And I am happy to include a picture of my Lovely Mother
 who is visiting me here in the East!

You have probably seen her wonderful and loving comments on this blog!
We have been busy visiting relatives and her old school chums
 who are still living in this part of the world.
She will be attending her 70th High School Reunion this weekend!!!
 
And as for The Sturbridge Miniatures Fair, Dear Readers, 
I will need to save most of that for another post.
 I have not had time to get good pictures of my new Treasures...


Except perhaps for this little fellow who had to come home with me
 because he reminds me a little of my cat!

So that's all I have to show this week, Dear Readers,
The Weekly Blossom and other little things!