In October, I took Teresa Layman's class to make Natalie's Garden House. You can see her amazing work via her website. I love that it is called Necessary Wonderfulness.
My favorite structure is the Mad Scientist Lab. It was also on view at the Chicago Show that I attended.
Here is my garden house - not quite done yet. I still need to finish the roof, do the lighting and finish the garden, but I am so happy with it. And of course decorate the inside.
Apparently if I spend 7 solid days (not counting many many nights shingling the roof), with a patient and skilled teacher, and experienced classmates, I can create something that looks quite impressive and professional!
And now I have to say that I want to paperclay more structures!
I think I will paperclay my general store (although my daughter seems to think that is odd), but I think a rustic stone barn works for a general store.
And I still want to create a two-story witch house in paperclay, although this is also a witch's cottage (this will be her "office"). She will have her potions and spell books here as well as a herb garden.
The flowers were in my back-up stash - I haven't even raided my box in storage labeled "garden" yet.
Here is a close-up of the windows we made (cutting the wood on a scroll saw). They are hinged and open. To make the window leading, we cut electrical tape very thin which we then turned black with some liquid substance.
And the doors were pre-made by Teresa - we glued on decorative Olde Mountain Miniatures hinges.
The brick walk is also made from paperclay - a big thank you to Itty Bitty Adventures (my friend) for helping me with the pattern provided by Teresa.
And I did it in my own unique manner (or incorrectly, as others would say). I did it for many, many nights during December, which is why I asked for some help from some elfs.
My poor green elf looks equally dumbfounded by the amount of work (or maybe by how to put on those shingles).
We made the grass with a static grass applicator - the electrical current makes the grass stand up in glue. And after a few hours, it was hard enough that the grass on the base could travel on the Long Island Rail Road in a bag back to my apartment without getting damaged!
I bought some flower kits to make more flowers for the garden, including a pumpkin kit because my witch will need fresh-grown pumpkins. (Although before I bought more kits, I made myself make one of my flower kits in my stash.)
Have a great week!