So for now, I would love to share with you what I have been working of for the last 6 weeks! I only have a few photos (that I luckily emailed to friends to get their opinions...) because the computer has all these pictures, too. Bah.
Presenting, Bob's Barber Shop-a step back in time. This barber shop was modeled after the one that is owned by my inlaws, and where my husband works. The exterior is very close to the building we own and the interior was fashioned after a vintage 1920's barber shop. I started this project as a gift for my father-in-law, but with his sudden passing, it turned into a memorial for him. With all the turmoil going on, my family, the kids, summer, school, Spring Fling, illustrating and more, I didn't really get a good start on this until after Halloween. Aside from the floor, brown wallpaper and the mirror facade, everything has been done in the last 45 days. Yes. I slept... I'm sure of it.
There were moments that I was certain I wasn't going to finish in time. The clock and calendar seemed to be laughing at me. But I am the Queen of the Power Push- a couple long nights here and there and taking advantage of anytime that I would otherwise "just be sitting there," made it all possible.
Since I'm not flush with Benjamin's and there was a specific look I was trying to achieve, a lot of the contents are hand made from scratch. This build recap will be sorely lacking in how-to pics and during shots.... I was so pressed for time, that that was the furthest thing from my mind. But I will try to share what I can and do my best to walk you through things.
Without further adieu, here it is!
|The door and window frames are made from mat board. The brick is made with wood filler that I slapped on there and then carved the bricks in. The roof tiles are individually cut, rolled and stacked 1 inch squares of Sculpey.|
|The tree is made with the same process I have used before. The barber pole on the building is built from scratch and it lights up. If only I had been able to make it spin!|
|The leaves on the ground and tree are from a mini garland. The muddy drive is paint over wood putty and the puddles are triple thick.|
|I love, love, love, this picture.|
|Scratch built and lit barber pole. Made from paper, two clear marbles and plastic tubing. The bracket that attaches it to the wall is made from scrap wood and painted to look like cast iron-traditional for the 20's.|
|Inclusive interior shot. Tons of handmade things! The attic has a floor with mice and shows the historically accurate materials for insulation- sawdust and shredded paper. Horse hair was also used, but... eeewwww.|
|Counter was built from scratch using acetate from a package and wood scraps from the Pool House. The register was gifted to me, by April, and was assembled and then painted.|
|A fun back shot through the window, makes it seem like you are sitting on the stool by the phone. See the dustpan full of hair?|
|One last shot of the chairs. So much work for just 6 weeks!|
Hope you enjoyed the brief tour though!