Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What to do next? and tree stump project progress

Ever have that "What to do next?" dilema?
12/8 I wrote this but didnt publish it yet.

I have so many projects that I want to work on, I am at a stand still on what to start next.  Since it is December I really want to work on Christmas things.  This is typically when I am in the mood to do so, but last night, I just couldn't get in gear.
I have a Christmas tree shop that I want to make boxes of ornaments to go with the trees I have made.  When I measure what size those boxes would be, I am not sure how to proceed.  The size would be less than 1/4" and my ornaments are on the larger size, so I am concerned how many ornaments might go in a box.  Then I think well, what else would a store use for displaying ornaments  under a tree and I think of those red apple buckets.  Ok, how to make those, and how big to make them? Make them out of paper, or clay? 
View the trees made for this project
I make a list of the other things that I need do for this particular project and I see a road block.  One that has stumped before.  How to do the snow?  I have used baking soda and spray glue before.  The glue yellows over time so don't want to do that.  I could use white glue but that is hard to spread over certain areas of this project.  I have used spackle, but it can yellow as well.  Also it has issues with spreading.  I purchased a snow product for landscapes and I am planning on using it.  Woodland Scenics SP4123 Snow Add-On Kit
But I am thinking, maybe I should do a test with it first.  To a test, I have to come up with something to really test it and that means making something potentionaly a throw away whatever.
I only want a light dusting of snow, not inches.
And before i can do the snow I have to finish the roof however I am going to do it.  Since it is a tree stump, I had planned to add moss, but am concerned about the color of moss I have. Would it be too green for the time of year?
12/22
Ok, so I added the moss.
I was very happy with this moss on the roof even if it was a little bright.  I wasn't worried because I was going to cover it with snow.
In the lower corner of the pic you can see the plexi that I was planning to use for frozen water.

OK, the moss was a really bad idea with the snow. The snow effect was good but I put it on the sides of the trunk and wow, I was not happy with the results.
The moss wasn't color fast (note to self - read all packaging) so it would bleed through the snow.
Also some of the bits from the moss fell on the base and ruined the snow effect as well.

I have now removed the moss and also the frozen water.  I had to paint the base and trunk again to cover the white.  I did get some of the snow from the kit added to the roof.

And the reason I went ahead with this post was because now I am thinking of working on my 1:12 scale scrapbooking scene.  Funny how our minds flitter from project to project.  So we will see what strikes my creative fancy.

No comments: