Ectomobile Reimagined

I’ve had one of the incredible GSL Funeral Coaches for a while and couldn’t decide how I wanted to finish it. I kept flipping back and forth between painting it black and trying to make it authentic to the late 1800’s vs. making it into something really unconventional like a doughnut delivery vehicle. Once I got into my head that it’s basically a hearse, I hit on the idea of turning it into a funky version of the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1.

To get started, I set aside the wheels and chassis and laid out all of the pieces that form the coach’s body. This makes both assembly and planning out which pieces need to be painted what color very easy.

I used white, black and red paint for the coach. Here are all the pieces with the exception of the wheels which were painted black with metallic for the spokes.

Here is the main part of the coach’s body assembled using a bit of tacky glue.

The ectomobile carries a lot of equipment on it’s roof. I used the base of a GSL Suitcase 2.4 Inch for gear storage.

Finding stuff for the roof rack was pretty fun. I ended up using an Altoid tin, spent CO2 cartridge, some wooden beads, acrylic bits, spool, wire, light bulbs, sewing bobbin, and a black lego. The amber lights were made by gluing large rhinestones onto flat square silver beads. The satellite dish is made from a flower nail, which is the base you use when piping flowers from frosting.

I fretted over how to make a red light working only from stash then found a jar of these vase filler acorns. When you set a red one inside a polymer clay base and add a split key ring, I think the effect is quite convincing.

The vehicle needs a companion to ride along. I sculpted a Slimer out of polymer clay. Here is an in-process picture.

I glued the chassis in place, added some signage and it’s ready to roll.

When You Want BLTs For Dinner

And there’s no bread in the house… you bake!  These rolls are from Lionel Vatinet’s cookbook A Passion For Bread.  My favorite baker from my favorite bakery.

Dolores Umbridge’s Office Cupboard

Here’s a Harry Potter inspired miniature featuring one of the series’ all time villains – Dolores Umbridge (lover of cats and all things pink).  It was made from a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 3 panel hutch.  Details can be found at

Trojan Rabbit

Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I am sharing a Monty Python and the Holy Grail inspired project crafted from a small house-shaped shadowbox.

I Once Had A Green Watering Can

But three years ago a Carolina wren built a nest inside it and that was that.  Every year she comes back to the nest she built.  This year she laid more eggs than ever and when they hatched we got to watch her bring dead bugs to them.  Since it’s right outside the kitchen window I happened to catch the babies venturing out for their first flights and grabbed a camera.  If mom or one of the babies comes back next year, the nest will be there.  It belongs to them.

My Teenage Bedroom In Miniature

My latest project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is a reproduction of my bedroom as a teen.  This project came together super fast and was super fun to work on!  It stands about 7 inches tall.


I had these posters! The record player was made from a miniature suitcase.

I sewed up a little bean bag chair for the stuffed animal. There is a chemistry textbook on the shag rug covered in a bit of grocery bag.

A few board games and Creepy Crawlers!

The bookcase has a pet rock, magic 8 ball, black and white TV, silly putty egg and a Green Ghost game (one of my favorites).


In The Garden

All we’ve harvested so far are radishes and horseradish but finally have some fun stuff coming in.  In the raised beds we have spinach and potato plants coming up.  In the greenhouse we have peas and a bed of kohlrabi and beets.  Indoors we have basil and tomato plants waiting for our last frost.

This Week On The Farm

We received our asparagus crown shipment and got those planted in the garden yesterday.  We are harvesting radishes at the moment.  The doe who visits us every year when we have lambs is back visiting inside our pasture.  We call her the babysitter.  Our shipment of chicks arrived today and are settled into their condo in our small barn.  Life goes on.

Practically a Unicorn

We’ve seen this albino deer around the farm lately and captured it on camera this evening down by the garden.  Truly a first for us!  It’s safe as long as it stays on our property and we have plenty of property.

European Alley Book Nook

Here’s something brand new…  a book nook!  These little things are getting popular for adding miniature magic to bookshelves.  They measure roughly the height and width of one or two books and are decorated as slender dioramas.  When sandwiched between two books on a bookshelf, it appears your shelf is a passageway to someplace either real or imagined.  Thanks to our recent travel, I was inspired to make a European alleyway.  I was enchanted by the colorful homes we came across in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.


It was important to decorate all of the surfaces before gluing the box together. I used texture paste and a cobblestone stencil for the floor.

I had to put a corgi saying hi in one of the windows!

I made chipboard trellis flower boxes.

I sewed a small gift bag to hold wine and bread as a gift for one of the residences.

There’s a kitty asleep in a window directly across the alley from the corgi.

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