Tag Archives: DIY

What?! It’s November Already

1 Nov

The year seems to have breezed by so quickly. Despite months of being in lockdown and going through the daily motion repetitively, the time has gone by so fast. I guess it is when we occupy ourselves doing things that we enjoy that time goes by faster.

The lockdown phases have passed, and every sector of the economy in the country is now open. My golfing days have increased as well, so this means less time on crafting my miniatures. It’s okay as I am running out of space to display the completed sets.

Let’s hope the remaining two months of 2021 will give us some happy memories to reminisce in years to come; otherwise, we may have to lump it with 2020 as another year to forget and wish it never happened.

DIY Project #21

26 Oct

Now that I finally finished DIY project number 17, I am planning the next one, the 21st project. When I put aside number 17, I had moved on with three other projects. Hence, the latest one to do is number 21. And I also purchased two more sets! When will I ever stop buying them, I wonder?

The latest purchases

It is a toss-up now between these two and the other sets that I have in my never-dwindling stash. Hmm. Should I work on a regular-sized miniature, the latest purchases, or even, the tiniest of the lot, a miniature in a tin box? Decisions, decisions.

The other choices

Returning to DIY Project #17, Part 3

25 Oct

DIY project number 17 is finally a wrap! Dang, this project is by far the longest one that I have taken. There were so many hiccups along the way in so many forms. Time management and the appeal of the tasks in hand were the two main reasons that stalled the progress, as in housework, cooking, golf, clay work, and mini plants to make.

The original version
My version with the Little Guy enjoying the setup

Along the way, I did not like what I had to do, so I changed the layout, color scheme, and pieces to put the whole set together. In the end, I must say I like what I have done, so this made up for the duration I took.

Well, now that it is a wrap, I can finally move on to the next project!

DIY project #17

Returning to DIY Project #17, Part 2

18 Oct

DIY project number 17 is moving, albeit slowly, very slowly. The tasks for this set that were not appealing to me were the plants and clay work. I managed to rope in M1 to help on the clay work, and thankfully, she obliged. But the plants I have to manage on my own.

Tedious working on plants

I want to finish this project up because it is taking far too long.

My New Addiction

11 Oct

I started playing two new games recently, and they have become my new addiction. The games are Tsuki’s Odyssey and Tsuki Adventure. Both games have the same character, a little bunny called Tsuki, but the graphic renderings are different in the scenarios. Nonetheless, both appeal to me, and I spend so much time with Tsuki these days.

As such, DIY project number 17, which I went back to attempt to complete, is going ever so slowly. Suddenly crafting miniatures is not a priority anymore and has taken a backseat because I am constantly collecting carrots for Tsuki in both games. Will this new addiction wear off?

Returning to DIY Project #17

1 Oct

Suddenly it’s October already! My goodness, where did the time go? M2 has settled back nicely into college mode, while M1 has settled nicely into being home with us. As for me, I decided to return to the stalled DIY miniature project number 17.

Slowly but surely getting there with #17

It has been super slow with this one, and I don’t know why. But I decided I should get this completed now that we are into October. I have stalled long enough on it. So I’m setting a deadline to wrap it up.

However, since I have started playing golf again and will be out several days a week, I think two weeks is fair to finish the project instead of one week.

DIY Project #20, Part 2

28 Sep

DIY project number 20 was quite an enjoyable set to craft. Although I stopped working on it for several days because I was busy with M2 and her leaving, I got back to it immediately when I did not have to worry anymore about her arrival and settling down.

The tail-end of the set was basically to dress it up with the hanging vines and fruits, as I had gotten most of the pieces in place already. It is a rather cute set, I would say.

The miniature in a box

And with its completion, it now sits in the IKEA display cabinet along with the others. I was contemplating starting a new set when I realized project #17 is still incomplete! Oh no, I have forgotten about it, having sidetracked on it with three other projects. I suppose I should finish it before even thinking of starting another new set.

Lights on!

DIY Project #20

17 Sep

Round numbers, like ten, 20 are commemorative and milestone achievements. I have worked on DIY miniatures for the past 16 months already, and it has been an enjoyable hobby to stay busy.

Today, my interest in this has me starting on my 20th set, a milestone achievement! Unimaginable that I have such a passion for crafting miniatures.

This 20th set is very different from all the others that I have built. The miniature sits inside a box! And, of course, being far smaller than what I am accustomed to, this is quite challenging. But I am progressing well with it. I should be able to finish it soon.

Tiny tiny world this 20th set!

DIY Project #19, Part 2

13 Sep

I took eight days to complete DIY project number 19, although I have to say two days did not count because I hardly sat down to work on it. When M1 was still under home quarantine, we were busy tending to her needs. I felt as if we were running a full-service Airbnb, constantly making sure our guest was well fed and comfortable!

Project number 19 was as enjoyable to work on as the previous set from the same series. The only challenging part was putting the table lamp together. However, I decided to skip making the umbrella because I wanted my Little People figurine to be part of the prop. And the umbrella somehow did not fit it.

So now that this is complete, I will take a break before starting a new set. Alternatively, I should complete carving the second Gnome Trio that has stalled. We shall see.

DIY Project #19

3 Sep

I have decided to bypass DIY project number 17 again! I don’t understand why I am struggling with it. I suspect the clay work is putting me off, as well as the wirework. So instead of staying stuck and not progressing with any more miniatures, I started on DIY project number 19.

The tiny project number 19

This set is another cute tiny piece like project number 18, as they are from the same series. I think this is the way to go forward to navigate challenging and unappealing tasks at hand. As I still have so many more sets waiting for me, I don’t want to lose interest in crafting miniatures!

Maybe once project number 19 is complete and I get my mojo back, I will jump back to number 17 to finish it off. Let’s hope for the best.