Thursday, September 27, 2012

On a Mission (and a ramble)

So today I swear I will get all my "slate" shingles colored, cut, and ready to go on Garth Manor. I already have a bunch but not near as many as I need. Here is a link to the tutorial where I learned about egg carton slate shingles:

I hate that I have to go to work right now. Working a job cuts way too deep into my mini time. I slept like poo last night because I had epic dreams that kept waking me up. And all of them had a soundtrack: Return To Oz by the Scissor Sisters. I still have the song stuck in my head. I love the Scissor Sisters but that song is very depressing.

Anyway, I will feel much better once the shingles are on. I still need to make the windows but it is proving more challenging than I anticipated. Because the clay work created such a thick wall, I can't even "cheat" and buy pre-made windows because they won't fit without extensive modification. I am just waiting for a solution to pop into my head. I have the windows framed out, just need to finish them. I have decided to salvage the door that came with the kit since it will be boarded up anyway. Putting so much work into a scratch door will just be a waste.

I am also perplexed about the interior. The house has been long abandoned so furnishings should be minimal since they will have all been stolen. How much is the interior damaged by the elements. How busted out is the glass in the windows? The closer I get to having to figure these details out, the more I keep changing things. Ugh. I feel like I will never finish.

I will just breathe and take it one step at a time. After all, the sooner I get through this project, the sooner I will be able to start the next one. And it will be perfect timing since I will need to work on a happy themed project to get me through the next 8 months of grey skies, rain, and (hopefully) some snow.

Ramble, ramble, ramble. I hope you all have a great day and I hope to have some pics showing progress within the next couple of days.


  1. Hello Michi!
    I think you should put on Filthy Gorgeous right away and get Oz out of your head!
    Don't worry about the interior too much. One day you'll look in, have a vision of exactl6y what you want and all will be well. concentrate on one rooma t a time. Furniture can be broken, they might be really old pieces people would not want to take, or they might be too afraid to get close to the Manor. Just amke sure it doesn't stop being fun!
    I had tyo make all my windows form scratch and at first it was difficult, then good, now it's just a boring task that must be done. If you bought pre-made ones, would it be possible to just add thin lumber strips to build them out tot he right might look pretty good. I have to start making shingles for my Manor the same way soon. I'm afraid just thinking of how many need to be done.
    Big hug

    1. Thanks for the tips. Yeah, I just have to let it come to me. No, it will not stop being fun. I still have awhile before I get to the interior so I need to just relax.