Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shingling in Progress

Is shingling even a word? Anyhoo, here's my progress so far. I'm not crazy about the gray color they ended up being - a little on the purpley side. Maybe I can pull out my trusty charcoal colors and tone them down a bit. With work and record high temps at the moment it's not easy to pull myself downstairs to work on this. However, with it going up to 31C today, my hobby room may feel awfully comfortable later on.

Just so you don't feel too sorry for me after the recent snow storm - here's what the same spot on our deck looks like today. The apple and lilac trees are starting to bloom. You can barely see my little Tessie there against the bright sunny deck.
Have a great day, everyone!


11 comments:

Glenda said...

Shingling on an angle with splitty wood can't be easy!
And the trees look beautiful - I'm enjoying seeing northern spring pics, it's autumn - grey, cold and wet here.

Susanne said...

Great work...and gosh, I hope this weather are coming our way!
Love, Susanne

Norma said...

Your deck looks like a really lovely place to be now, there's something so special about blossom, of course it's pretty but I think part of the appeal must be that it is around for such a short time.

It's difficult to tell always if what we see on our computer screen is true colour but I do like the shingles with a hint of purple, however you are the one seeing them as they truly are and so you must use your own judgment. I must say I think the idea of using charcoal on them rather than paint is a good one, it could be a very useful trick for some 'dirtying' of exteriors too. I've never thought of it but I must try it.

Hope you manage to keep cool - from snow to 31 in such a short time seems incredible!

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

Of course "shingling" is a word! Let's conjugate it together, shall we? I shingle, you shingle, he shingles ... We ought to have been shingling (ooh! gerund!)

I think they look lovely, Cynthia. And of course you can tone them down if you want to, later ... I think they look just fine, though! Your deck looks great, very inviting :)

Catherine said...

What a spectacular difference Cynthia and gorgeous garden. I am happy to see spring found you finally.
The shingles on your roof look great!

Flora said...

Hmmm ... Indeed, perhaps the gray is too light. Perhaps you want to get the color slate? The idea of coal is interesting...
But perhaps it is better that you now enjoy the sun!
Perhaps...

My Realitty said...

Does that mean southern miniturists are Shingle Belles?
The color looks good in the photo. Maybe add little uneven tones to show wear and tear on the roof? :) CM

Merry Jingle said...

The shingles look good :) I know how it's with they gray, it's quite difficult colour as it quite often is sifted towards the wrong color and looks odd.

And your garden looks really inviting and clean, ours is filled with weed and dog toys :D

Ira

Ascension said...

Tu jardin esta precioso!!
Sobre las tejas, no se si he entendido bien.
Pero si es para envejecerlas, yo utilizo patina de sombras, esta patina sirve para envejecer madera, piedra fimo cocido.....
A mi me encantan como te han quedado.
besitos ascension

Cynthia's Minilife said...

Ascension, my shingles are wood and dyed with a shingle dye I bought in a miniatures store. I might use some pastel colors made into powder and dust it on with a brush to change the color slightly or have some color variations. I think next time I'll make tile from paper clay or fimo as you mentioned.. however, this color is sarting to look better as I go along.
Thanks for all your comments everyone! Always so encouraging!
Cynthia

Garden of Miniatures said...

The beacon hill is one of my fevourite houses and yours seems to get into a wonderful one !All the rooms are having a warm look .The shingles looking great!Jeannette