Wow, the Blogger widget says that 61 people are following this blog now. I am really tickled that there are over 60 people out there (plus the occasional visitors) who are interested in 1/24th scale, or in the Greenleaf Fairfield house, or in Lydia Pickett, or maybe in all of it! And no pressure... :) But seriously, I do find it very motivating to have an expectant audience, it encourages me to do something every week so that I have something to blog about. And I love getting your comments. It's especially nice when someone says that they have learned something from reading, or have been encouraged to try something new.
This week I have been working on the landscaping, and I tried something new for me, thus the 'adventure' in the title.
Finishing the garden feature
Planning the garden, and adding grass and dirt
I also started the path, by painting diluted PVA glue onto the path and sprinkling thickly with 'gravel'. I let this dry, then turned the house on its side and rapped the base so that the excess chippings fell away. I used the same method for the 'dirt' and the 'grass'. If you knock the excess onto a big sheet of paper, you can carefully pour it back into the bag to use another day.
I flocked all around the house. For some reason, the back lawn came out a bit streaky and I had to re-do some patches. DH says it looks like I have a mole problem... The grass flock has helped to make the garden feature look like it is bedded in, but I will still need to add some material around it to complete the illusion. I also added a bit of white Flowersoft to look like daisies in the lawn.
Making trees from scratch
I used up my last tree on the garden feature, so I was Googling to buy some more. I wasn't finding what I was looking for, but Google threw up a link to this YouTube video which shows a man making really great trees using wire, fluff, and an electric drill. I couldn't believe how easy it looked, so I headed out to the bargain store and bought a cheap broom with thin plastic bristles for £2.99. I already had a pack of thin florist's wire.