Friday, 2 January 2015

Incentive

I'm motivated to try something new this year, after reading the latest post by The Shopping Sherpa. I'm going to join 'Finish it off Friday' in an attempt to measure my weekly achievements. I, like many other miniaturists, am prone to procrastination. So, no excuses: every Friday I will complete a miniature project and post about it.

To kick off my new, enthusiastic work regime, here is what I've achieved in the last seven days (less a couple of days partying)

The shed is basically finished but I can't stop adding things. Every shed needs a bag of compost, right?
 



The bag is printed on regular paper. I've ordered some printable vinyl sticker paper so I can experiment with the print. In reality, these bags are polythene so I hope the vinyl will give it that glossy appearance. I filled the bag with crumpled tin foil and then covered it with tea leaves to simulate compost.

I've uploaded the file here for anyone to use.


 The other thing I made was a 12v light for the shed. I didn't want to have plugs and cable attached to the shed so everything has it's own power source. That way I can move it around the house without having to place it next to a socket. The 12v battery holder is hidden above the planks of wood stored on the roof trusses.





The light fitting is brass sheet formed into a 'U' and then soldered with end caps. I've suspended it from the roof trusses with some chain from a broken necklace. The light is a six inch strip of warm white LED's. 

That's it for this week. I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year. I have a few days of freedom before work starts again in earnest so I had better get started on my next weekly project.

Have a lovely day

Pepper =0)






51 comments:

  1. Pepper... The bag of Miracle-Gro is perfect. The tea leaves are just right for the compost. I LOVE your LED brass fixture. That is just brilliant and very well done, congratulations! Your shed is just wonderful. I look forward to your Friday posts.

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  2. muy bonito proyecto
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  3. Fantastic what are you going to grow? CM

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    1. Haha, tomatoes. I love sweet tomatoes =0)

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  4. Oh and coffee grounds are good for dirt too.. Just looking at my morning coffee ;o

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    1. Ah, of course. Thank you for the tip =0)

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  5. Hi Pepper!
    The Miracle Grow bag is fantastic...thank you for sharing the printie. The shed is coming along magnificently and the lighting adds the perfect glow. It's cold today and I am ready for Spring just looking at your pics. I wish my shed looked as nice ;-)
    Happy New Year!
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you and you're very welcome Lisa. I wish my real shed was this neat too. Really need to do some Spring cleaning =0P

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  6. Awesome news that you're joining in. :-D

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    1. Ha, I'm already dreading it haha but I work better to deadlines so..=0)

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  7. WOW, what a good intention, Carol, so, do you want us to warn you if it's Friday :D LOL!! Oh my, what are you doing to yourself with making this intention......;O!
    Okay,now I'm serious: the lighting is a very realistic addition to your masterpiece of the shed, chapeau!!
    The tea leaves in the vinyl bag really look like compost and that old cardbox with some old flower pots look great and is another fantastic addition.
    My very best wishes to you and yours for 2015!!
    Warm hug, ilona

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    1. Ha, yes IIona. Please kick me up the but on Thursday so I get something posted =0D
      Best wishes to you and yours too =0)

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  8. What a great idea. I intend to join.......next week!! Great shed

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    1. Yay, Go Janice! I look forward to seeing your posts =0)

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  9. Excellent work as usual. I love the light you've made. Your blog inspires me to push myself harder with scratch building extra parts on my own models.

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    1. Thank you AJ. Unfortunately I have to make most of the miniatures because I don't have a great selection to choose from. That said, it is satisfying to make =0)

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  10. Such a double take, it looks SOOOOO real!!! Fab work as usual! I love Anna-Maria's Finish it off Friday idea, I might try to roll with that. Happy 2015!

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    1. Thank you MD, I hope you join in. I think we all need a kick up the butt sometimes. It's definately the motivation I need =0)

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  11. More picture perfect building lady! The soil looks amazing, also the little worn box of pots fantastic!

    Oh.. we can talk about procrastination..I mean later..I got some things..to do.. but we will eventualy talk about it ;P
    Hugs~J

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    1. Hahahahaha, you make me giggle so much =0)

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  12. amazing as usual Pepper, but maybe just a touch too tidy? throw some compost on the floor...... ;)

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    1. Ha, I know Elbey. The final shed scene will have far more mess than this =0D

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  13. Love the compost bag and thanks for the links. Haven't heard of that paper but looks interesting - just added it to the list - haven't even tried fabric paper yet!!
    Love the lights and great idea with no wires :)

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    1. So many things to try and so little time. I havn't printed on fabric either. You'll have to let me know how it goes if you try it =0)

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  14. Hi Pepper! Have a great and productive new year! Your Miracle Gro bag is beautifully made, but vinyl would definitely give a better 'realism' result. The light is amazing, it's absolutely perfect for your shed!
    My only problem with the whole thing is that it's cleaner, tidier, better stocked, less falling apart and way less cobwebby than my real shed, especially since the bad weather has ripped the felt off the roof, again....☺
    I look forward to seeing your finished goodies, every week!!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Hi Brian,
      the weather certainly took its toll this year. I could only dream my real shed looked this tidy and well stocked. I have a nation of old tools that should be donated to Beamish =0D

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  15. Yay! A sneak peek inside! Everything looks right at home :)
    The tea leaves are so clever!! They really have the right colour tones and texture. How did you even think of that??
    I love the idea of finish it fridays! Not only do you finish a project but you also get motivated to keep going and do another...I tend to do everything all at once until I get stuck haha so maybe little steps each week might help?
    Hope you are having a great weekend :)

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    1. Hi Kristine,
      I've seen the tea leaves on a few blogs - ones that had plant tutorials so it was someone elses clever idea. I really need motivation to keep me going. It's too easy in the cold weather to snuggle up with a blanket and watch films. You should join the 'finish it off Friday' so we can cheer each other along =0D

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  16. Hi Pepper! Your shed is certainly one of the best outfitted sheds, that I have ever seen. You have a place for everything and everything in its place. I love the open compost bag with the hand trowel inserted. I may have to "incorporate that idea ", ... ( thank you kindly!) :D The overhead light fixture is Perfect and I have a smaller version of that same fixture, currently waiting in the loft space of my very dark RL garage. Talk about a Finish Friday projects... I still have a Real Life exterior porch light fixture that has been waiting to be installed for probably the last 15 Fridays. It may just need a bit more time in the box, before I finally commit to it. :/
    However, I do so Love your shed!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you. Haha, well you really, really have to be sure about that porch light before you go ahead =0)

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  17. Fantastic job! you created very realistic stunning space.

    Magda

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  18. Hi Pepper! You sdlali a great job! I look forward to next Friday!
    Tatiana

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  19. Great idea, Pepper! The shed and bag of compost look great! I look forward to seeing more each week! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I'm looking forward to getting everything in place - I can show off my lovely gift from you then =0))

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  20. Setting a Friday goal is a good idea. Your shed is looking very realistic.

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    1. Thank you Janainah, I really need motivating at times =0)

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  21. Fantastic work (as always)! Thanks for the printable too. These miniature rooms, they're never really finished are they? :D Good luck with your every Friday plan............... :D but really, Good luck!!!! x Hope your watering can doesn't mind an elderly relative coming over to live with it in the near future :D

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for the good luck wishes, I really, really need them =0)
      That watering can is a cr*ppy cast one that I bought years ago. It will be banished from the shed when I get me lovely new one from a very talented artisan =0D

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  22. Hi Pepper, I do have a garden shed in RL and it has shelves filled with seed packets, a trug with all the extra gardening supplies - clippers, garden saw, a ball of string, plant markers and small hand tools. I love to buy my organic mineral supplements by the 25 kilo bag and the lawn mower is stored there too along with a rack of larger tools.So your compost bag is completely necessary for a shed. You must continue to fill it up!
    I cannot wait to get out to the garden again ... Not till March I fear.
    Maybe I will manage some mini projects before then.
    Regards and all the best for the New Year.
    Janine

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    1. Hi Janine, you've given me a lot of food for thought. There are so many things I could make to go into the shed. Hmmm, this project may end up being the longest one ever =0) I miss the garden too

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  23. I love how you make it look so easy. Always inspired by your work, lady! I want to attempt the weekly "Finish", but know that I would fail. Anyway--can't wait to see what you do next!

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    1. Easy? Ah, you don't see the tantrums though ;0P I'd love to see a weekly from you, even a post on things that you have seen that need to be made in miniature. I miss your inspiration man! X

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  24. Oooh, that compost bag looks great, thank you! I'm always super jealous of your shed every time I see it - I still harbour the belief that you are in possession of a shrink ray... :P

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