My name is Joanne. I started doing minis back sometime in the 80's although I am not sure of the exact time. I have always loved small things and I have always done a variety of crafts. With the minis I found I could use all the skills I had developed in all the other things I had loved all in one place.
This blog post is going to be kind of short, I have a really bad cold and feel like crud. I did manage to get the video finished for you guys though. I know I went off screen more than a few times, I re-filmed some parts multiple times but still missed on a couple of hem. Sorry about that.
So this week I decided to add a dandelion to the landscaping. I love this project and made a bunch of them several years ago. I hope that I haven't already shared it on the channel, I don't think I have.
We start by painting out paper (2 pieces of plan printer paper and 1 of cardstock) with some acrylic paints so that they will hopefully stay more true to color. Then we create the leaf portion and the flowers and finally put everything together.
The leaf punch I used I have no idea where I got it from. I have had it for years. You can use any small leaf punch or cut the leaves with scissors. It really is a simple shape. The other punch is just a cheap hole punch, the standard on those seems to be around 1/4” . I think the one I used was from the dollar store.
I really hope you enjoy the project, I apologize for how bad my voice sounds at the end of the video. Like I said I am sick, so that was what it was today.
Be sure to let me know what you want to see on the channel.
First sorry this is so late getting up. I ended up getting called into work an extra day last week then on Sunday my daughter brought my grandson over for a while. Loved seeing him but I couldn't work on the video with an almost toddler helping me.
So this week we are adding some shrubs to the planting beds. I decided to go this route instead of flowers because I want to leave my porch on display all year long and decorate it to fit the current season. Flowers would have been hard to make work that way.
The shrubs are very simple and use stuff you should be able to get really easily. In fact you might already have everything you need.
For the base of our shrub you have many choices. I decided to use scraps of the pink foam because I have lots of little bits from other projects. You can use the same or regular Styrofoam, wood shapes, or even form your base shapes from clay. Or really whatever you have on hand.
The next step to add a stem/trunk. This will have 2 uses. First it will act as a handle while we are working on our shrub then we will use it to “plant” the shrub. For mine I used plain old round toothpicks. Again use what you have.
After the glue for the stem is dry give the base a coat of paint. Any dark green (or even black) will work. It should be darker than you will be painting the foliage and will appear to be a shadow if any of it even shows. It is just there to prevent the color of whatever you use as a base from showing in the end. In my case I really didn't want the pink color to show but unless you use something that is dark colored for the base do take the time for this step.
When the paint dried I then coated the bases with a diluted coat of ModPodge and covered them with some outdated herbs. I love the texture the herbs give, they look like leaves on the finished shrubs.
Coat the herb layer with a diluted coat of ModPodge to act as a sealant. Otherwise you might find the herbs coming off.
When this coat dries add a wash of green paint to give your shrubs the look of a living plant. Remember even if the herbs you use are fresh now they will fade to a very pale tan over time.
Finally just put holes in the planting bed where you want to “plant your shrubs, trim the stem and glue in place.
I love how these turned out they really added a nice finishing touch to my porch display.
That being said I think we are pretty much done with our porch project. I do still need to get a door knob for my front door but other than that and some seasonal decorations I am ready to display my porch on the table in my entry. Here's a picture of it in place.
I will do some tutorials for some of the decorations I make over time.
So now I need ideas of what you all want to see next. Be sure to let me know what projects you want to see on the channel.
I am hoping I am back to filming videos on a weekly basis. Thank you to everyone that has contacted me in the last few months showing their support. You have no idea how much that means to me.
Now on to the project this week.
I have wanted to do this in a project for a couple of years. It is kind of a twist on using a picture outside the window to show the landscape around the house or room. This time we are using a photo of an interior to show the inside of our house.
One of the things I love about this is it can easily be changed. I think it would be so cool to have a collection of pictures of rooms that are decorated for the different seasons. You know maybe one with a Christmas tree, another with Halloween decorations, and so on through the year. I made it so it is really easy to change the photo. Just start collecting pictures to use.
For the back of mine I used a piece of heavy watercolor paper. Mainly because it was laying on my work table so I didn't have to go find it. Use anything that is heavy enough to tape the photo to. I cut mine 12 ½” by 11”. Be sure to try the piece you cut in your porch before you move to the next step. It needs to slide in easily.
For the sides and the divider I used 3 strips of scrap foamcore 1” by about 10 ¾” (the one for the divider will need to be trimmed to fit.
For the top and bottom I used 2 pieces of balsa strip wood that I cut about 11 ½” long. Again measure yours to fit your porch display.
I know I have been gone from Facebook, my YouTube channels and my blogs for a while now. I wanted to let you all know what is going on and why. But first I want to say I will be back I'm just not sure when. I want to get back to posting like before eventually.
This last year, starting with the month of November 2017 has been by far the hardest of my life. While there have been some fantastically wonderful things happen (like my first grandson being born) there have been some very hard things happen also.
The deaths of several people close to me has hit me harder than I could have ever imagined. I have also watched people I care about suffer from mental/emotional issues and I have to say the feeling of helplessness that you are left with watching that is indescribable.
There have also been some financial worries in my life that have caused me more than a few sleepless nights.
I know I have been on the brink of depression for most of the last year and many days have been a battle just to get up and do what needs to be done.
I'm not telling you all of this for sympathy or anything else other than to let you all know what has been going on and why there have been so few videos.
I actually have several videos filmed or partly filmed (some from back in August) that I just haven't had the energy to finish. For whatever reason the idea of starting the editing just seems so hard right now.
I will make it up to all of you and the porch series will continue.
I am starting to feel better about life and more like myself the last few weeks. I will get back on track. I want to thank all of you that have stuck around while I have been absent.
I want to address an issue I am having with my computer and let you know that at least some of the videos in the coming weeks may be uploaded in lesser quality. As some of you might know my desktop computer died a while back. My son wasn't able to fix it and has promised he will build me a new computer. He is taking his time to get the best items for the best price he can so it might take a while. In the meantime I am using my (formally) retired laptop for everything. It has many issues including randomly shutting off. It also has a tendency to overheat badly.
Currently, here in Oregon we are experiencing a very hot summer. The software I use to create my videos takes a lot out of my computer and the laptop is struggling.
The video I am posting today I have been trying to finish the last step of the editing process for 3 days. I was finally able to get it finished by getting up at 5AM when the temperature was a lot cooler. Even then my laptop just couldn't handle the work of rendering the video at the normal High Definition quality. When I tried at 480p it was able to get through that (it took 2 tries) without shutting off.
So in future weeks, I will try to make the videos at the higher quality first. BUT if that causes the laptop to shut off I am going to output them at 480p instead. This is not an ideal situation but it is the best I can do for the time being.
What I really want is to be able to give you all high quality videos every week. But I have compromise somewhere, so if I can't do that I will still do my best to get you the videos as often as I can.
Please be patient with the process until I get the new computer. I am doing the best I can right now.
Thank you all for watching the videos and reading the blog posts.
When I first started this porch project I had an idea in mind for how to make the porch posts and a railing. I had it all figured out, at least I thought I had it all figured out. When I did a dry fit of my idea 2 things occurred. First it was very obvious that the porch was just too small to add railings to and still be able to see what was sitting on the porch. So I decided that there would be no railing. Okay, that was fine. Then I stepped back and looked at the porch with what I had been envisioning for the posts and I immediately hated it. In my mind it was going to be so cute but in reality it just didn't work.
I posted a photo to the Facebook group and they all agreed it just wasn't going to work as I had planned it. Darn, back to the drawing board as they say.
I did some shopping and came home with several choices which I narrowed down to 2. I then put those two up for a vote on the Facebook page. The square post won with with 39 votes (at the time I started filming) as opposed to the 5 votes that the round post I had also considered got.
As for prep work, I painted the post with the same Ivory craft paint I have been using for the trim on the project. I also painted a strip of 1/16” by 1/4” wood and the ceiling area of the porch.
the strips added to the ceiling
I cute the post to the same height as the porch ceiling is at the walls. I used some of my Beacon 3 in 1 glue to firmly glue the post in place. I did use a brick to weight down the porch roof so that the post will hold the ceiling level.
After the glue was dry I added the narrow strips all around the ceiling even with where the post sits. This will be helpful in a step we are going to be doing soon.
Sorry my videos are short and far apart right now. I am still using my old laptop and it just can't handle the editing software so everything takes way too long to do.
This week we are proceeding on with the front porch project by adding the base. I decided to use two layers to make up the base because I really wanted to have a base that would support the project but I still needed to be able to easily add the landscaping. So I dug out a piece of ¼” MDF (at least I am fairly certain it is MDF) which I cut the size of 11” by 15”. I then cut a piece of foam core to the same size and glued the two together.
Now the size I chose might seem to be a bit random but I had my reasons. Well, kind of reasons. You see I had to move the porch project the other day and I happened to set it on top of my tablet of watercolor paper. I really liked the size of the tablet as a base so that is the size I went with for the base. Before this happened I had been going back and forth about what size I should use.
When you cut the layers don't stress about perfect cuts, we are going to be completely covering the layers and adding a trim piece around the outside edge so these pieces will not really be seen when we are finished.
Once the glue has dried draw a pencil line a ½” from the back and side edges to help you line up the porch structure.
I used tacky glue for the project today mainly because it was within reach. Any liquid glue that is foam friendly will be fine for this part of the project.
Once you have the porch structure glued onto the base add some weights to help hold it down flush and let the glue dry thoroughly. I left mine overnight to be sure it was dry.
That is all we are going to get done this week. I am still using my old laptop and I am bit afraid to try to edit a video that is very long.
Next time I hope to get the railings on the porch.