Do not go where the path may lead

The garden path looked good on graph paper, but crowded and unnecessarily complex in place.

Freddie will demonstrate...


The path is just barely wide enough to walk on.


 There is no room to kneel down to tend a plant.

I will reduce the paths to one.  No straight lines, though.  And I will keep it narrow, since it's not really going to need tending, because there isn't much planting area as it is.


Nancy:  B is for batrachophobia.


Beginning the garden

Every cottage kitchen needs a garden.


I built a gate, then started a woven fence.


The posts that support the gate aren't glued in yet, so they look crooked for now.  The woven fence works up quickly, though I have to remember to stop every few rows to measure, to make sure it's straight.


The garden is on a foam-core base, so I can remove it, to plant it on my work table.  I laid out pathways with sequin pins, which will be removed when I'm done planting.

I'm planning a different fence for the side, and a second gate for the back.

thatching concluded

I finished my edges differently than the tutorial, as I wanted to see the end of the thatch, not turn it under.  The layer of foam-core board I put on the top of the roof was to make the thatch look thicker than a layer of fur.  I saved the fuzz when I shaved the piece for the ridge cap, then glued it along the white edge of the foam-core board.  It worked great.


While the edges dried I gave it an initial trim, tested the ridge cap, which I decided looked fine, and played around with different "hairstyles".


After the glue dried on the edges I gave them a mild scrub with the bristle attachment of the shop-vac, trimmed the edges some more, then stained the thatch golden oak.  I brushed it lightly on the surface and used my gloved fingers to comb and tossle it in.  I didn't worry about even coverage, or saturating the fur down to the bottom layer.  I used the least amount of stain I could to achieve my goal.

I took a nap with Ester while the stain dried :)

After our nap I glued the ridge cap in place, trimmed the edges a bit more, then varnished.  I'll let it dry overnight, then unwrap the house tomorrow.


faux fur Friday

I had to order faux fur online because the local fabric store didn't have any with deep enough pile.  Does faux fur have pile like carpet has pile?  Is that the right word?  You know what I mean.

A couple people have emailed about the method; I am following instructions from Glorious Twelfth, as I did when I thatched the Chantilly.

I started by designing and cutting a ridge cap pattern with the cricut.



Then, per instructions, I shaved down a piece of the fur (I used double-stick tape to secure it to the paper template).


I started with a number three guide, thought it was still too long to show the detail of the pointed bits in the pattern, then went down a couple of steps to 1/8".   Now it might be too short and I might redesign the pattern, but I'll set it aside for now and move on.

 My lap is covered in hair...

Then I made patterns to cut the roof pieces....


...then cut, then glue, then wait overnight for it to dry.