Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe

Hi Everyone I wanted to share my most recent creation, the Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe House.  I think this one was one of my favorite ones which took me out of my comfort zone into more of a fantasy childrens book story house.  I don't do perfectly cute houses that all perfect and I started to think while I was building this house if there were truly a miniature lady living in a shoe that the shoe would probably be very old and would be outside with moss growing on it.  It took me a couple of weeks to build this house with only spending about 3 hours a day on it when I could find time to work on it.  I created a basic frame with poster board and some tape to get the basic shoe structure formed.  Them I used a ton of paper mache to sculpt the shoe and basic siding of the house, with lots of hand cut cardboard shingles and popsicle sticks for the interior walls and floors.  I also wanted a sense of lots of children living in the house with the old woman per the story, thus I created lots of miniature childrens drawing I have hanging throughout the house.  It will probably take another month or longer for all the thick paper mache to dry on the shoe since some of it is 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  I hope you all enjoy and are inspired by my latest creation.  I'm hoping it will be a big hit at the upcoming fall sales show this year.  Have a Wonderful Month Everyone.  Stan

It took me about 4 hours to apply all the thick paper mache to the house and sculpt and smooth it around the house.  I ran to Home Depot to find some round metal pieces that I thought would look great where the shoe lases come through.  

A basic rough in of the poster board I used to shape the shoe.  With lots of tape at the tip of the shoe which I used some grocery bags to get a rounded tip to the shoe. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winter Shack by the Bay

Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  I almost completely forgot to post the pictures of my latest creation  "The Winter Shack by the Bay".  I was inspired by a picture I found online and had to create a little shack by the bay.  My phone wont transfer all of the pictures to the computer so I apologize I had lots more pictures of all the cardboard strips I cut to create the shack.  I also love winter and being in the holiday spirit I just had to create snow and cover the shack in it.  I had some fun and created a little Christmas Tree inside out of an old plastic plant I had found in a closet.  I hope you enjoy the newest project and maybe inspire you to create something.  Have a wonderful new year.  Stan

This was the point of no return when I decided to cover the house in snow.  Which I really liked the house before it had snow on it and all I could think is omg I'm so gonna ruin the house.  But once I was finished with the snow I loved it.  There is probably 6 bottles of elmers glue and ground up white Styrofoam.  There are some pictures further down of the shack before I put snow on it.