Saturday, 30 November 2013

The future's's pink! A cabin and stuff update!

I have been quiet as we have been busy, mainly house and garden stuff! :O) I've had delays with the interior of the cabin being painted due to the workmen using it to keep their tools and kit dry. Also, we've had all the paths, patio and ramp done too. There is still lots more to be done, but at least we have the basic shape and layout in the garden now. ;o) 

Firstly, the cabin has taken on a hue of pinkness! lol The paint shown here is not dried and it does infact dry a lighter shade. It's not finished as you can see, but we can resume work on it now the workmen have vacated it and will now start on the other bathroom this week. Also some new windows, 2 sets of French doors, a front door are being fitted this week too. 
Half of the cabin interior has been painted. The ceiling, doors and window frames all need to be painted. The window frames will be painted the same as the doors...Farrow's Cream.  
The flooring has now been laid (it was supposed to be painted before being laid, but that decision what not mine and plans changed, I have enormous tarpaulin sheets and masking tape to protect it though) and was a good deal dirtier than this today! Horrid wet and grey weather in Norfolk. :o(  
The box in the back of the shot shows my new fire for the cabin. It has 3 wattage settings, has a timer and a frost free setting too. It's powerful, I saw a review where an owner heated his 20 foot by 12 foot conservatory with it, and was cosy warm and quickly, so that's great for me! :o) 

The square pieces of wood on the side wall, will be (or have been now) painted pink, my Dad wasn't sure what colour I wanted them! lol :OP
Good Lordy, the old mattress's from the day bed are in here till they go back into the day room!
 It's a soft shade of pink, not in your face. I think if it was, it would grind rather! lol  
I will be glad to reclaim my cabin for me! Not full of everyone else's stuff! lol  
The path's being built. We had 4 ton of crushed brick delivered for the base as it needed to be higher.  
 The builders site in our back garden! lol 
Getting there....and taking shape.

 The crushed bricks go in....
 The ramp down to the lawn is going in....
My little side garden, lined with two railway sleepers. 
This side of the garden still has a lot of work to be done on it. The greenhouse will be going soon, my Dad's new mini me shed is in situ, he's a happy man! 

The path and patio nearly done....The garden seat in now up the back fence and in front of a small flower bed (to will have a tree in it), I forgot to take a photo showing it there! :oP 
The brindle's edging the paths and ramp. 
The posts for the rose pergola/arbour. The posts were originally not going to be attached to the front of the cabin, they were going to be further out into the flower bed and buried in cement. However the cabin doors couldn't be hooked back to the stays, so we had to move them. 
Getting there, still very hard looking. No trees, shrubs, plants....yet!  The water won't run off the path and into the cabin, there's a void underneath the cabin threshold where it will run down into and onto the flowerbed. :o)  
 My garden outside my cabin. We need to have a very large load of top soil to build up the beds.
Ta da! The paths and ramp done!

The posts on the cabin have been painted the same colour and will be painted the top coat in the spring. 

The planks of spare cabin pieces on top of the pergola, aren't staying there, unsure why they are there...but! lol I'm having small guttering at the front of the cabin with a small water-butt on the otherside, there is a fair amount of rain that comes off that roof when it rains.  
 Getting tidier.
 Lots to be removed, another skip is coming soon. I think we've had 3 so far!
This side of the garden will change. The lawn will go here with very deep flower beds (one will be 5 feet the other some 8-10 feet.)
The slabs here will be removed and the base of the greenhouse broken up so a lawn can be laid.

Now for cabin stuff!

This is reusable silica I bought to help the cabin stay dry and damp free, this bag contains 2 kg. It turns green when it needs to be regenerated in an oven or microwave. I plan to have 2 bowls in my cabin...hidden somewhere. :o)
Some bits and pieces for cabin decoration! The larger bird house will go outside. I will paint that. The other pieces I will paint and add decoupage.
Some more pieces. The fancy cut pieces, some were for my bathroom cabinets and doors.
A few of the scrap booking pages I bought for covering small wooden storage boxes as well as much bigger boxes that will go under my work and display tables.

Once all the ceiling and wall painting is complete, the electrician will fit a consumer box in my cabin, a long with my 2 retro looking runs of spotlights and some of the plug sockets. I'm having my overhead spotlights lights on a dimmer switch as they give off 400 watts of lights between them and with my desk daylight lamps, well, I don't want my cabin visible from space! lol :oP

I have decided on the 6 projects to start or resume work on. 

They will be:
Mrs Puddifoot's Tea shop
Flourish & Blotts
Weasley Wizard Wheeses
Slug & Jiggers 
Winter Cabin - Father Christmas (**late edit**)
Sugar Plums Sweet**

I have completed more work on my tiny 1/48th retro caravan, but I will show that another time. One of my new projects is a **1/12th scale of a late 1950's British beach and Pier scene. It will be an l-shape with  a pier shop, a bandstand and lots and lots of activity! I have bought supplies for it and a few mini's so's not an easy project to do, one very kind friend has made me a wonderful item...a fortune teller in a box! :o)) 

More soon! 

I hope you don’t mind my ramblings and madness! :o))

Michelle xxxx 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Paint on the cabin...

Just a tiny post to show some progress...a little only! Well the garden is still like a builders yard, but the whole of the cabin is now painted with 2 coats of paint...well the outside! As the basecoat gives as much protection as the top coat we are going to leave the top coat till Spring when we can guarantee better weather. 

All the Georgian bars have been removed from the windows and won't be fitted back on until they are fully painted.
The blue is masking tape to protect the glass from paint! It's not a new and somewhat lurid look! lol 

No, my cabin hasn't been turned into a spa or sauna! lol As you know we are having the whole of our home gutted and bathroom 1 is currently undergoing just that. The plumber was checking over the bath in my cabin and making the holes for the taps, so that's why its in there. :o)

Inside the cabin which is awaiting its paint. I may keep the main ceiling beams natural wood. 
It looks a little lost in here....but...
Here it is in its rightful home. It still isn't fitted and plumbed in....the bathroom isn't finished yet by far. :o))

Update as soon as the inside is started on!

I hope you don’t mind my ramblings and madness! :o))

Michelle xxxx