Saturday, July 7, 2018

Easy Wicker sofa - How I made it

For my Egg House, I needed a sofa of some kind. But the walls are round and the floor is not level. So a traditional sofa with square back and bottom wasn't going to work.
I had been looking at some wicker on etsy, but I wasn't interested in purchasing anything more for this project. So DIY to the rescue.

Oval woodsie (1 and 9/16 inches by 9/16 inch) or other wood for a seat, 3 carved toothpicks (I get mine at Cracker Barrel), 18 count cross-stitch fabric (mine is white), fabric for the seat, thin foam for the cushion (I used egg carton foam)

Tacky glue, white paint and brush, something to sand with (I use sanding block or sanding fabric, but emery board would work), scissors, tweezers

I decided to use the oval woodsie as is, but could consider cutting it at the ends and reshaping with sanding block.
I cut a 2 inch by 1 and half inch piece of the canvas, but later after determining an approximate size to attach the woodsie, I was able to cut it closer to 1 inch tall.
I use my tweezers to pull at the threads of the canvas. I made sure to pull threads that go horizontally. I did this to two rows, but could be more, less or double rows, whatever strikes ones fancy, including removing portions and gluing the remaining threads in place.
This photo shows the two rows and after I have glued around the woodsie with 2 or 3 rows left to wrap around the bottom.
If I were planning to not add a cushion, I would recommend to paint the woodsie before gluing, then no paint would get on the wicker part.
Also the bottom opened row did not show later when I added the cushion, so it should have been glued a row or two offset.
To reduce bulk in gluing, I removed the horizontal threads from the bottom two rows that I overlapped the woodsie and glued to it.
When I use glue, I have a little glue. Using too much glue will require it to be removed and it may leave smudges, etc. I also use a toothpick or my needle tool to apply glue, not the bottle. That is unless using a tip bottle, which I could never keep the nozzle clean so don't use anymore.
Once the bottom was all glued down, I started curling back the sides. I just folded back a little at a time and added little dabs of glue as I went.

Then I looked at what to do with the top. Notice the rolls sides but flat top at the left.
To do this I started in the middle pulling the threads up, but not fully away. I tried to do so again, but since I didn't have any or enough glue, I ended up going with the roll towards the seat instead.
This photo shows before rolling on the left. The horizontal threads that I pulled out were glued in place, then the vertical threads glued over them rolling as gluing and holding with my fingers. I kept doing this until it would hold on it's own.
All finished with the back. Note threads could still be removed at this point. Just cut them at certain points before pulling on them. Gluing were cut for any that are left.
Next I cut my legs. I cut them a little too long. I cut them at the second notch from the bottom because it is what I liked. But I should have measured and accounted for adding a cushion. Since I hadn't decided to add the cushion yet I didn't realize they were too long. But later they were. However since this is for bunnies, I determined it was good enough.
Note in the pic I cut away the threads for the back legs and added the front legs at the sides of the threads. This way the leg is glued to both the wood seat and also the threads.
My next step was to make the cushion. I used a second woodsie as a pattern to cut the egg carton foam. I trimmed about 1/16th of an inch around the egg carton foam so that it wasn't overhanging the front and also to accommodate space for the fabric against the back.
I cut my fabric to give a good pattern on the seat. This meant I was a little tight on my edges to glue around, but I made it work. On the other side, I had more fabric and I just trimmed as needed.
I started with the cushion gluing the back of the fabric to the foam, then glued the foam to the woodsie with that to the back. Then I wrapped the fabric over the foam and the wood to the underneath as shown in the photo. To be neat at the edges, I had glued the sides to the foam, and this created a fold, so that is what was glued at the edge of the seat. I cut little flaps with the fabric since this curved, so the front of the seat cushion would be smooth. Gluing as I went.
This shows my decision to add a third front leg. The orignal plan for the back legs was to cut so I had the extra notches of the curved part of the toothpick. Since I wasn't measuring those were too short. So instead I cut off the tips of the toothpick for the back. I didn't worry too much about them standing straight as I wanted the sofa to fit in the egg house in a specific spot, so as they were drying, I did place in the house to position the legs.

If my legs in the back and front were too long and I wasn't pleased with their height, I could have removed them, cut them down and then re-glued. The main reason I wasn't measuring is it would be difficult to do so in this house. Also my floor isn't totally even, so they didn't need to be exact.

I painted the legs and realized I needed to do some sanding. This is ok, since it is good to paint and then sand and then add the second coat of paint. However, I should have sanded the legs before I glued them on. 
Here is my finished wicker sofa. This photo shows yellow as I didn't use a flash and it self corrected for so much blue. But it really is white, with cream colored fabric.
Here it is in the Egg House and can see why I might have made the legs shorter but also why the legs needed to be flexible when positioning before the glue dried.
I probably had room for a matching chair, however I wasn't prepared to make one.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The egg-stremely, egg-stravagant Egg House - Part 2

Making an egg house may seem eggstreme, but Peg was eggstra determined that it would be done. Egward, the Egghead as he is known to the outside world and is also Peg's husband, wasn't so eggstatic about the idea. However he decided if he could have his very own space to do his research, he might get his theory published. (That's The Big Egg Theory - more on that later.)
It all started back in 2013. Egward was the lead scientist for the egg factory at The Mushroom. After a tour during the factory open house, Peg asked Egward about how The Mushroom was made. She started eggploring how she could get the house of her dreams.
Once she had some good eggsamples of what she wanted, she went looking for a builder or contactor to do the work. She asked all her friends and even interviewed a couple. But no one wanted to go to the eggstreme she wanted. One of them even laughed in her face and said that such would eggceed the laws in the area and it couldn't be built. When she was just about believing her new house would be eggless, her husband noticed how un-eggcited she had become. He asked her what the problem was and when she eggplained, he said I have just the thing. Why not ask the builder of The Mushroom? So she did.

Like I said, that was back in 2013 that the builder started. 
In 2014, the egg was put in place and the deck was added.  Peg thought it was really going to be finished, but alas her builder continued to be eggtraordinarily slow.
In 2015, due to several minor earthquakes, the egg shifted. But some landscaping was done. Her husband was walking on eggshells by this point as Peg was so shell shocked that someone would insist on finishing the landscaping before letting her move in. 

Just when she thought she had egghausted all hope of getting her egg house done, her builder came back in 2018 and started working on it again.
It was re-started with complete landscape removal and even an eggcavator was brought in to open the side of the hill to give Egward easy eggress to his lab as he was calling it now.
A craft knife was used to cut into the hill and open the doorway to the inside.
A doorway was cut from the inside and a custom door was added.

The door was made from strips cut from card. The handle is a jump ring, the 'leather' strap is paper. The very faint yellow numbers below on the mat are indicating an inch in between them.
Next came some repainting of the roots to make them stand out again.
Peg was beside herself when she saw the lines. She thought the builder eggceeded her abilities with getting the stump to regrown roots, but once she saw the results she was eggstatic.
The ladder/staircase was made using white floral wire.
Peg went round and round with the builder, but the builder stood firm. She wasn't going to get a spiral staircase. The builder reminded her that when the deck was put in this had been eggplained and she had agreed it wouldn't work in her budget. Egward was worried about all the eggercise that would be required with the ladder, so he was super thankful for his ground floor eggit.
She started feeling a little bit eggcited every day as she saw the landscaping being added.
Finely ground foam (train landscape supply) is used as grass and some faux plants were cut apart for the larger vegetation.
After all the landscaping was done, she was so very pleased with how eggstravagant it looked.
Earlier in the year, the builder had pulled some furniture from storage that Peg could pick from. They agreed upon a basic layout and then the builder whisked them away until they could be moved in.

These pictures were very helpful in figuring out what was to go where and what was left to make or find.
Peg wasn't much of an interior decorator, so she was anxious to see the eggtraordinary results of the her builder's imagination. At this point, Peg felt like an eggpectant mother again.
Resin rabbits - repainted after base removed, BPF lamp and chest of drawers, skirted table and bed made by Preble, the bottle on the chest was a swap, as was the oval rug by Laurie Parker
Finally, much to Peg's delight it was coming together and they started to move in. First was the upper room that was the bedroom. That's Peggy Sue, Peg's oldest playing with her youngest cousin Sugar.

Resin rabbits and basket of eggs - repainted after bases removed, skirted table and wicker couch made by Preble, the chairs were brass colored pendants that the hoop was cut off and then repainted, rug was a swap from Gina Clark in 2009
Next was the main floor with a place to entertain. She was eggtremely pleased with the custom wicker sofa her designer made. However she was disappointed that she wasn't home when Ms. Violet stopped by. 
Peg's son, Rowland, told her that Ms. Violet was so taken with the matching chairs going on and on about how eggquisite they were. He said she wanted to know where they came from, which he thought was rude to ask, but told her anyway.
Before and after
BPF- painted and antiqued for that perfect aged look, the potted plants and vase on the table were swaps, the paper rug was a printie 
Next to come together was the kitchen. Peg was eggcited by how the sink looked so sunny side up, a perfect compliment to the robin's egg blue of the ice box. 
Scrap plastic from a kit was used for the pipe and the cap is paper. Painted using an exterior use craft paint. 
Even the little stovepipe for the stove tickled Peg's fancy as it just blended right in with the trunk.
Desk and anvil are plastic and from Preble's dad from some train assortment. They painted really well. The books and newsprint were swaps. The typewriter a metal mini that was painted. The barrel is a lip balm cap with assorted wood, metal and plastic bits. The fence is wire mesh bent to shape with bits of plastic, foil, etc.

Meanwhile in Egward's lab, it was starting to fill up with all of his purchases from eggBay over the years. It was Peg's idea to find some way to contain them. Peg had always talked about how eggcentric he was but knew he was an eggpert in his field so she didn't mind the stuff, just hated the mess. 

Egward didn't care as he just wanted his own space and the basement was fine with him.  Not having to eggsplain his eggperiments to anyone until they were fully hatched, gave him eggtreme relief. He eggpecially loved his tunnel. He had both a quick eggit and his own private entrance for those eggtra special deliveries. (Nothing illegal, just secret.)
Or for those times when his colleagues had a problem and stopped by. Today it was his good friend Jack who said the eggponentialer at The Mushroom wasn't working right. Seemed it was cracked and The Mushroom was going to be eggless if it wasn't fixed right away. He brought an eggample of what was happening. 
Egward was semi-retired and using grants to fund his research, but still did consulting work for The Mushroom. Egward told Jack that it must have eggceeded it's eggceleration and would need to be replaced. 
"Jack, would you mind waiting while I take Eggeltina to her uncle? Then I can get you something for the eggponentialer," Egward said. 
"Sure," responded Jack.
Egward found his twin brother up here on the balcony. He has daughter, Suzette, with him. "Hegward, would you mind watching Eggeltina for me?" asked Egward.
"Of course not, I would be delighted," replied Hegward. "She and Suzette can play up here on the balcony at the table or go find her cousins to play with."
The pot and watering can of flowers are resin, repainted. The table and stools were from a swap. I did repaint and sand the top.
"I hear them under the balcony," said Suzette. "Let's go find them Eggeltina."
These rabbits were together in a row, but when the base was cut off the grouping was separated as well, which makes them easier to place in a more natural way.
As Eggleltina and Suzette climbed down the rope ladder, their siblings/cousins called out to them. 
"I wondered when you were going to join us for book club," said Evan, Eggletina's brother.
Suzette replied, "I forgot. I guess I have egg on my face now."
Evan responded, "It will be good for your fur if you do. But anyways, I don't mind sharing my book with you."
Suzette blushed as she said, "Thanks, Evan. You are always so sweet to me."
Eggletina made a face and went to sit on the ground under a leaf. "You all need your heads eggamined.  Seems everybody's brains have been scrambled. Seriously, you bunnies crack me up. No, wait, I crack me up," to which she laughed so hard, she nearly rolled down the hill.
Resin rabbit with stump mailbox had base removed and then was repainted.
Further down below, Eggeltina's older brother Erwin was putting a letter in the mail. 

Well, that's it for now. No, wait. I see that Peg has returned. She is meeting up with her neighbor.
"Bucky, what a nice surprise. I didn't know you had gotten back from your trip yet," said Peg.
"Yes, just this week. I'm really glad I did too, as my carrots were growing so fast. I planted them right before I left. It must have been that stuff Egward gave me." replied Bucky.
Both these rabbits were from two other different sets. The rabbit in overalls apparently I had three of as I used one already in my Scaredy Cats visit Rabbit house

Peg responded, "Oh, did Egward share some of his Bunny Magic with you? I'm surprised as I thought he wasn't supposed to yet."
Bucky replied, "I think that is what he called it. He asked me to record a bunch of information, something about he had to have documentation or something."
"Oh look, there's Egward now. You can ask him," said Peg.
"Hi Bucky, come on around to my lab so you can give me your results," Egward said, as he blew a kiss to his wife ,who had already started over to the ladder.

Egward introduced Bucky to Jack and then they all went into Egward's lab.
"Wow, nice space you have here," said Bucky.
"I like it too," said Jack.
"Just put the paperwork on the desk, Bucky." Egward instructed.
"What exactly are you working on here?" asked Jack.
"I'm doing more research on my Bunny Magic." replied Egward. "I'm really close to publishing."
"Publishing what?" asked Bucky.
"My Big Egg Theory paper on using Bunny Magic, of course." replied Egward.
"Well, if that's what you gave me, then I want more of it. They made my carrorts grow like crazy fast," said Bucky.
"But I thought Bunny Magic was just for eggs," said Jack.
"Well, that's what I thought too. Hence my research on my Big Egg Theory."
"Will you be selling your Bunny Magic after you get your theory published?" asked Bucky.
"Oh, I bet you could get rich," Jack said eggcitedly.
"No, that isn't what I had in mind. But you never know." replied Egward. "You never know."

Well, it is time for us to go. I hope you enjoyed the story. For more photos of the overall project check my album on my picturetrail site.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Independence Day

I love raggedies and so have made and collected quite a few. These all lend themselves easily to the patriotic theme, which I have several in other projects as well.
No new things - just thought I would share.

1:48 scale RA House

 1/48 scale RA Trunk
1/24 scale RA garden box
 1/48 scale patriotic bedroom
1/48 scale Fireworks Stand - Star Banger's
1/12 scale American bedroom

To see more photos of any of these projects check out my photos on picturetrail
You can also explore how I made some of these using the tags on the right of the blog.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

I've been published again

I still get excited when I see my name in print. I submitted an article for NAME Gazette and it was published in their latest edition. 
I do get a proof so I knew it would be soon, but wasn't sure when.

From the back cover that featured my article.
I previously posted similar how to on this blog. You can find it here.

NAME Gazette is the publication for the National Association of Miniaturist Enthusiasts. I am a member because they are the only organization that promotes miniatures as I know them. Sharing articles is one way that I can promote miniatures to people who aren't in the areas like the web or groups or facebook that I am on.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wee ME Bookhouse

For each of the persons who participated in Pam Junk's ME challenge, she sent a participation prize. This consisted of two printies to make little houses - a gingerbread house and a ME bookhouse. 
After my initial assemble of this wee house, I decided it needed to be elevated (nicer) and so I found a plastic box it would fit in and added a base.

Here was my thought process:
The plastic box I found was fairly tall relative to the wee house, so I decided it needed a base to raise the house up above the black bottom and fill the clear top without being too high.

Build a base from paper
I pulled out my green scrapbook paper and cut and assembled a simple base (an inverted box). Then when I fit it into the plastic box I realized I had the same problem with the roof I had with the 1:48 scale one - the bottom of house is set to the edge of the base, but my roof wasn't so the house was tilted when in the plastic cover. (This won't do at all.) To solve this problem, I just trimmed the roof.
Next I wanted 'grass', so I pulled out my landscape materials and found a green that matched the paper I had used. I spread glue on the base and proceeded to cover with this fine green foam. Only I realized too late that the foam wasn't fine enough. So I scraped off that foam and then ended up cutting around the house to remove from the paper base.

Build a foam core base
Rather than cut out another paper base, I thought about what other way could I achieve my goal. Normally I would be using foam core or builders foam. Foam core I use is roughly quarter inch thick and builders foam is closer to half an inch. I decided the foam core was the better height.
Using foam core meant I would need to hide the foam. 
I cut a strip of black paper (also scrapbook paper scraps). I cut it long enough to wrap around, but I measure to one side, then bent the corner neatly, then did for the next one. But I forgot to do for the next side. (I'm sure I was in too much a hurry to use glue which tends to get me in trouble.) So I glued to the first and second side. That's when I realized forgot to do the third bend. But I was able to do it before I glued. The last bend wouldn't have been needed if I hadn't somehow got the first side a tiny bit off. Rather than trimming at the last corner I had to trim a little extra to wrap around at the bend. It worked out ok. (The reason I didn't measure and bend all four was due to my concern that the foam core wasn't exactly square to the one inch I had cut to.)

Landscaping the base
For the step and the flagstone I used paper. The step from a thicker paper and the flag stone from thin paper. I glued the step in front of the house and painted it, Then I painted a brown path for under the flagstone. Then I cut strips of the thin paper, then cut into random squares and rectangles, gluing them individually. After gluing both, I painted solid grey on the step and several colors on the flagstone, just dabbing here and there to give a stone look.

I decided to donate the green foam I had used previously and decided to not use. The reason is the color seems too bright almost neon for my taste. I had never used it that I can recall for that very reason - the color seemed unnatural. 
Instead I used a mix of yellow and mostly green that I had in my stash. I am not sure if the product comes that way, or if someone had mixed it. This is the very fine foam that gives a fairly close layer which is closer to scale for this wee little house, (although probably a foot high in real life scale.)

For landscaping, I also use a material that comes in clumps. To get these wee little bushes, I just tore off tiny pieces and glued them around the house.

Decorating the base
The bigger ME book house had wood veneer added to it that I then painted black. I also added a cutout detail around it. Then I had painted white polka dots. I didn't havemuch room to do that on the paper covered foam core base, so I left it as black. (Using colored paper was cool, since I didn't have to paint.) Instead I added the same cutout detail to the black plastic base of the box. Now the wee house and the bigger one coordinate.

I do not have any micro scale furniture at the moment so the interior is empty.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

1:48 scale Scaredy Cats visit to Rabbit's house - how I made the stuff inside

In 2010, I made some cute cats. They are known as the Scaredy Cats, but they really are the Fraidy sisters. I have now written three stories about them, but haven't completely finished them. Writing stories isn't the same as making minis.
In 2013, I made some more cats and sold them on my etsy site. It was this second group that inspired my third story.
But none of them really had a home. The stump I made as a test for another stump project has been stored away for a long time without any furnishings. I did use it as a backdrop for a how to article I wrote for Miniature Collector on my twig furniture. That was in the March 2011 issue.
This how it was when I set it aside.

In September, after finishing up my ME book house, I thought about what I would do next. I thought about some kits I had ran across during that time and remembered the carrot furniture ones. I had previously thought I might use the Pam Junk ones, but when I went to my kit box, I also found some by the Betterley's. I briefly considered those and when back to Pam's. I felt they would fit better in this round stump house.

I made the bedroom kit up first. I initially thought I would not make the quilt rack. I just felt it wouldn't fit. I didn't realize how small the rooms are using a salt box. My last round house was an oatmeal box so it had a little more space.
One difference I did in building this kit was using round toothpicks for the carrot posts instead of the provided dowels that had to be sanded. I snipped off the very tip of them to make them more stable. I was afraid that in handling I might break the tip or bend it at the very least. I also cut them longer than the dowels so I could make the leaves from the same piece. I used my craft knife to score and cut the end; score to mark the start of the leaves; and then to carve away to make the leaves. After that I used it again to cut V's in the leaf area being careful to avoid splitting it off completely. Then I used a file to shape the carrot top at the base of the leaves.

Living room
I next made up the living room set. I decided to use this fabric because it had the orange but wasn't overpowering. Orange is not my thing, but touches of it especially in this project was acceptable. But I was limited to what I had on hand so I wasn't going out to buy anything.
I had to be really careful cutting out the fabric as I didn't have much of this fabric.
I looked to see if I had anything else for the table, but decided on the maroon fabric and doing the skirted table from the kit. I also debated the lamp and choose it as well. I did add a long orange bugle bead. 
I found the welcome rug in my swap stash. The round rug fabric was from a supply swap. I cut it out round thinking that I wanted a center rug. (I decided later to not use it because it was so thick it made the furniture tilt back.)
In trying to decide what else to add or do, I kept thinking something wasn't right with the colors I had used so far. Then I noticed that the couch/chair fabric was off white and the bedroom I had done in a creamy white. That's when I pulled out my jar of antiquing medium. (I've had this bottle for 20+ years and it still works the same.) I used a small brush to smear it over a portion at a time and then used a piece of paper towel and tweezers to wipe it off.
I was extremely pleased with the results of the stain.
My next adventure was to paint these two plastic pieces. I used some black paint that I really liked for other things, but it was not so great for plastic. (Note to self - use regular acrylic for plastic). I had to cover it with 4 coats to get it to an acceptable finish. The books themselves went faster as I used regular acrylic paint. 
You can see this was before I finish coating the legs and  outer part of the bookcase. The table was something my dad had given me along with some other plastic items. It may be HO scale as the other things seem smaller. I used some bronze paint and then some triple thick to get the shine.

Kitchen/Dining room/patio
The next kit I used was also from Pam Junk was the kitchen/dining set.
I assembled this similar to the other in that I used round toothpicks again.
I really loved the table and chairs. This is a finished pic but before I antiqued.
I thought I didn't have room for the cart from this kit so didn't build it yet.
I was also considering if the roof would be the kitchen. One problem being that the floor wasn't completely level on the roof.
I even dug out a BPF stove thinking that is what else I needed. But it really didn't fit in my mind's eye. So back to the flagstone patio and the stove was put back in my stash.

Roof table and stools
Since I decided not to use the carrot furniture on the roof, I needed something else. So I explored my stash and came up with these.
I was thinking the flowers could be decoration.
It was really an a-ha moment with these carrots. I have several collections of rabbits that include various extras. Things like flowers, houses, eggs, ducks and these carrots. I decided I could do something with these for my table and chair needs.
So out comes my handy dremel tool with a cut off wheel. (Note to self - use a box or something to contain the dust as it was everywhere in my studio afterwards.)
One of the stools I cut off too much green leaves, but I was able to hid it in the back. The floor then became an asset as the height difference isn't noticeable.
The round circle to the left on the table top is a stack of plates. I needed something to go in the hutch. So I looked at dishes/plates images on the web to find some l liked. I printed them on several different types of paper including shiny photo, matte presentation paper and plain copy paper.
The shiny paper is what ended up using for the plates I made both for the party and in the hutch.

In the hutch, I did add paper to the back part of the shelves and used that same type of paper and printed pattern to make the napkins. Napkins were folded in half once. 
The plates were cut using two different size hole punches. The cabbage leaf ones I then used the tip of my craft knife to trim their shape and a round stylus to add dimension.
The domed cover on the bottom shelf is made from a flat backed google eye. The white plastic back is cut off and it leaves the clear part. Then I used a orange bead for the handle. Inside it is some donuts I made for a swap in the past. They are seed beads that I dipped in paint.
The teapot is a flat backed decorative item I purchased from Alpha

The carrot decoration hanging from the trees is made using cross stitch thread, copy paper I trimmed and then added holes so I could string them. Were I to make such again, I would fold over a portion instead. I felt I should string them because the carrots were on a string in the printie I used so I was covering it up. But it would hardly be noticeable with right color thread.
I also would have used a set of string led's that I have out on the roof patio. But I had already wired this for 12v battery and wasn't willing to add the led's because it was mostly finished.

The carrot cake on the table was a swap, but I changed the plate for a green sequin. The tea pot on the table was from Alpha as well.
It was around this time I decided I wanted the cart, so I made it as well. The only other change to it besides the toothpicks was to use a different wire for the handle. 
You can also see the side view of the stools in this picture.

The other food I came up with was:
Carrot sticks - dried up orange paint cut into slices and then trimmed to fit the plate (a 1/4" green sequin).
Dip for carrot sticks - I had this nice silver bead cap. I filled it with white dimensional paint and inserted the spoon (from a metal etched set) while the paint was still wet. Then glued the dip bowl to the center of my green sequin for carrots.
Two tier gold dish - I made these for a prior swap using a gold colored sequin pin and two flower sequins. I may have cut the sequins from larger sequins and then shaped using my ball stylus. I don't remember exactly.
Candied carrots - dried up orange paint cut up into little bits. (top of the two tier dish)
Chocolate dipped carrots -  more dried up orange paint cut into strips and dipped in brown paint (bottom of the two tier dish)
Plate of carrot cookies - the plate is same the as ones from the top shelf of the hutch and cookies are tiny round punches with a dot of orange color.
Chocolate carrot cake - the cake was a swap I received but on a different plate. I replaced the plate with the green sequin and added the carrots to the top. I added dimension by using glue and more than one coat of paint.
This is also a good pic to see the detail of the toothpick carrots. To get the dimension to the carrots was just from the paint being allowed to create ridges. I realized late in the carrot making another way would be to add some scores with the craft knife because the antique medium would have added to the carrot look. But since I hadn't done it with others, I wouldn't add it now.
Worms - these two characters were given to me by my dad. I suspect something found at a yard sale or thrift store. They both needed a tiny bit of paint touch up.

In looking at the carrots for the roof table, I found these two that were part of a set but sort of extra. As you can see in this pic, the girl rabbit is missing an ear. I also had another of the boy rabbits that was missing an ear so I just removed the other ear as well. I glued the ear on her after I removed the grassy base from her feet using my dremel tool.
Both them got a full repaint to match and be not pastel. I was really pleased with the ear and the paint job so that the line is nearly undetectable.
The last thing I needed to do was cover the base. I choose to use the cut up cardboard to make flagstone the same as I did previously for the patio. After I applied the cardboard and painted it well, I was ready to add the dirt (just like the patio) but then realized I needed grout instead. 

Well that required me to add it and I decided to use some white dimensional paint to do so. I picked it because it had a small tip to dispense it. I found it to work very well for what I needed, so I think in the future will buy a few other colors. In this stone process, the grout then needed painted as well as the stones again. In this picture can see the previously painted stones on the far left. In the middle is the paint going on, to the right is still same paint. In this pic is seems to look better, but was actually watery so had to redo that section.
I used a paper towel, old credit card and my finger to wipe the excess. My finger was the better option.
This white paint was shiny so I had to be careful to not go over the layer of brown paint or it would remove it instead.
Final result

To see the finished project and read the accompanying story - check out the album on my picturetrail site.