Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Coffee Shop Interior Photos

I placed most of the furniture back in the shop and took these photos through the windows. I am still working on the bar and I am going to add more light behind the bar. My artwork is tilted on wall, it slid down while I was taking the photos.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bakery Menu Design Issues?????????

I still need to come up with an interior menu sign idea for the bakery. There are a lot of different cakes, cupcakes, tarts in the bakery mostly decorated with fruit, and not just fruit the same fruit. So even though the look is different does the reappearance of fruit indicate the favor of the cake? Are these cakes? How many names for something with strawberry, etc. or should I try to determine size or category for prices on the menu? I don't know if it is really this serious LOL! I just like for things to make a little sense.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Table Cloths Made From a Cotton Handkerchief

My mom made 4 table cloths for the coffee shop from a single handkerchief and she did not take pictures while she worked, sorry. I bought a one brown cotton handkerchief in Hobby Lobby for .99 and she added the orange 1/8 ribbon trim around edge. She made the new table cloths to resemble the design of the original ones that came with the tables with the red and white check pattern with the elastic band to hold them tightly around the table. These tables sets were originally white if you remember I spray painted them and removed the fabric. http://jocelynsdollhouse.blogspot.com/2012/06/coffee-bar-tables-and-chairs.html I removed the elastic from one of the original table cloths and she used it as a pattern to cut out the circles and then ran a seam around the edges. She used elastic thread made for smocking to make them fit like the original table cloths. (I don't sew at all, so I hope it makes sense) I used some scrap vinyl that looked like brown leather and textured felt, glued wooden circles to both fabrics and cut them out for seat cushions.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dance Studio or Wedding Reception Hall

Conservatory Display Kit by Real Good Toys was on back order and it arrived yesterday, so I just could not resist posting it. I bought it during Ernie's birthday special, so I got a great discount. I bought this kit with my ballerinas post in mind because I thought it would be small and quick to build and nice enough for me to leave it alone, well... you know how that goes. I am thinking about doing a little kit bashing (not much) but I am undecided about a couple of my ideas.

Let me know your thoughts????????

Idea #1 Dance Studio Only.
Like I stated earlier, I thought it might be a nice "quick" (notice how the quotation marks are my disclaimer) build studio for my ballerinas I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Idea #2 Combine Dance Studio with Wedding Reception Hall. 
My anniversary was last month and it had me reminiscing about our wedding reception which was at a large hall in a botanic garden similar to the conservatory. I already have a wedding couple, wedding cake, columns, etc. everything to do a wedding scene one day. So though if I do it right I could use the dance studio for both and do a formal garden landscape around it. It would be just a matter of switching out furniture and accessories inside.

Idea #3 Combine Dance Studio with Dance Hall. 
I though about combining the dance studio with a performance space. The studio would be in the back of the building which is the conservatory and the front would be a small theater were the dancers would perform during the recitals. I would make a stage with an area for seating.  

Idea # 3 Part B:
My question is would this work better has a scratch build rather than trying to use the kit. Making the building similar to the bakery/coffee shop but with a marquee added; a two story building with the dance studio on the second floor and the first floor the dance hall? I am thinking just the middle section. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Vintage Coke Hand-Painted Exterior Wall Sign

I have always liked old buildings especially the ones with the hand painted wall signs. I searched the web for some images of signs I liked. I used a projector connected to the computer to save time drawing and traced the design with a silver permanent marker onto the removable wall. I painted the design with acrylic paints and sealed the bare bricks of the wall with Delta Cream Coat Matte Varnish.