Tuesday, August 25, 2009

house diorama

Left: The actual house, Right: The paper diorama


I always ALWAYS forget to photograph these before I put them under glass. Then I have to deal with the ever present glare and reflection of myself in the glass. Erg. Sorry.


Our wonderful friends, the Smileys, hosted our family last May at their house near Washington D.C. It was the tail end of the cherry festival and we had a marvelous time. Lots of monuments visited, trees admired, children indulged, museums wandered through, art appreciated and good food eaten.


This is their long-overdue thank you gift. It had been a while since I had made a diorama, and it was fun to get back into it. The frame is of course the Ribba shadowbox at IKEA. I love those. I have to buy one each time I'm there for fear that one day they'll stop making them.

Do you see where I accidentally bent the grass? I get a pain in my right brain whenever I look at it. I just couldn't bring myself to disassemble and tear it off so I could replace it. As usual, it was the wee hours of the morning. I decided to be ok with it. And I will be. eventually. I gave it to my friend personally this past weekend while we were at a ladies Bible lectureship in Huntsville. And she loved it, so it's all good.


I used a new glue this time, the MS Crafts Fine Tip Glue Pen. I really dug it. It makes gluing on tiny pieces a snap. I'm just crossing my fingers that it holds. I've never used it before and I hate to think of this thing falling apart in a few months.


Now I'm ready to replace the snowy bird diorama that has stayed on my mantel all through the summer. Oy. I so meant to redo that one in the spring. 'Better late than never' is becoming my mantra. I think I should make the new one something that is more year roundish. I have my eye on an Alain Gree forest illustration for my inspiration.

23 comments:

  1. That is sooo cool...i love it!!! I want one of my house! Have you ever thought of doing some sort of tutorial to show us how you make them?

    Great Job!!

    Lynette
    getyourcrafton.blogspot.com

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  2. I love love love that, and I'd LOVE to do one of my house one day.
    Looks like it requires a lot of patience though, hah. ;)

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  3. What a wonderful thank you gift! You did a great job on it...so creative! It must have taken a while though!

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  4. Oh my goodness, that's so cute! Love, love, love it!

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  5. That's so beautiful! I love it!! I was going to make a sewn one for my husband's cousin's family who are moving into their new place over the weekend.

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  6. Wow. Looks so great! I wouldn't beat yourself up over the bend. At least its straight, almost looks intentional. I bet your friend didn't even notice :). Totally understand though. I experience the same pain over things like that.

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  7. Wow...lucky Judy! I love it.

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  8. That is gorgeous!! You are very talented. :)

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  9. Oh my gosh, that is genius! I love it. Love it. Love it. Loooovvvvve it!!! Do you do custom orders? Hmmmm....what a great, personal gift! My friend is moving from her mansion, I'm sure she'd love a momento like this. I love it.

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  10. Wowee, thanks everybody!

    Lynette, no tutorial planned. Each one is so individual, it seems a tough thing to turn into a tute. Planning is the key -- know ahead of time how things are going to go together and make a dummy if it will help. A computer with an illustration program is a great tool to use as well, that way you can print your template on the back of your paper.

    CourtneyKeb, patience, yep. By the truckload.

    Erin J., it took me three evenings and one of those evenings was a looong one.

    Bleu is Bleu, I'd like to see that fabric version -- sounds really neat!

    It's a Wonderful, thank you, but no I don't do custom orders. If there were a parallel universe in which I was single and independently wealthy, I think I would. Try etsy?

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  11. That is incredible! I'm sure I don't have enough patience to try that, but maybe I can try something on a smaller scale to wet my feet.

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  12. I LOVE the diorama. I was just in IKEA today (for the first time) and almost bought at least 20 of those frames. But I refrained myself and didn't buy a single one - now I wish I would've.

    Back to my first visit to IKEA - I was totally overwhelmed. I need someone to show me the way. We should meet there and you give me tips on shopping. I know, I'm sounding a little like a stalker right now. I'll leave now.

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  13. Amy, I know what you mean. My first visit was a bit overwhelming. But the more you go, the more you can focus!

    I don't feel I'm in a position to give anyone tips on shopping. I'm a very dysfunctional shopper. I go in somewhere to buy a tube of glue and I come out with four bags of stuff I can't live without.

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  14. This is so beautiful. I am inspired to try one of my own home. I hope I can figure it out. This would be so wonderful to have if we ever move, so we can always have something really special of our first house. Thanks for sharing!

    http://kheaney-writeitdown.blogspot.com/

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  15. That is probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen!

    I really love the clothesline one too. I think I could even copy that one. (If you don't mind, of course.)

    Would you do a tutorial on how you do the house? Pretty please?

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  16. Oh my! You do such beautiful detailed work.

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  17. marybt, I'm cool with that, as long as you don't make one and then sell it. I know you said pretty please, which is very hard to resist, but I'm not planning a tutorial right now. :-)

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  18. That diorama is just beautiful! And I do love a nice Ikea frame too.... truth be told I love pretty much anything Ikea!

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  19. You really need to do a tutorial on how to do these - they are so cool!

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  20. I love this! It looks so great!!

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