Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation straight from the countryside. Follow Magda’s Garden Shed “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of my latest flowering diorama.
In the middle of the scene is the actual garden shed which has the classic American barn shape (does it remind you of anything?) and a warm color combination: reddish brown for the roof and eaves, combined with the tan of the walls and the dark tan of the doors. The entrance steps are medium nougat.
The large tree that sprouts up from the roof immediately catches the eye, and it’s the leading feature of the entire scene. The outdoor flooring is made with many light bluish gray slopes of different sizes, among which I have inserted white tiles to give the idea of porphyry. The effect is very pleasant.
All around there are many plants, flowers, and a couple of saplings (one on the left in the foreground and the yellow one in the background). On the right, you can spot the scarecrow made with different types of bars and with the head and hat of the collectible Scarecrow Minifigure, one of my favorites.
The Swirling Rocks element on the left, coming from the Sandman Minifigure, is used as a vase holder, I think it’s a NPU (Nice Part Usage). A flower holder made with a fishnet hangs from the side wall, and close to it is a plant set in a Scala and Belville series Flowerpot. I have already used that element in my Winter Garden.
There are also two wheelbarrows in the scene: a red one leaning against the wall near the pumpkins, and another in the foreground on the right. The latter is made with different LEGO pieces. Can you guess which ones they are?
On the top of the façade there is a porthole made like the ones in my previous Blue Cottage. On the left, you can see a compass that represents a sort of sundial. There is also a nice little roof over the door made with many slightly raised 2X1 tiles.
Below the step by step pictures, in order:
1) The flowering diorama and me;
2) A beautiful photo of the shed with a natural background;
3) Preparing the base made with many dark tan plates and plate wedges, the flooring is made with many light bluish gray slopes of different sizes, among which I have inserted white tiles to give the idea of porphyry;
4) The facade is ready, only a bunch of details are missing;
5) Coupling the base and the main building;
6) Adding the details on the left side;
7) Plants and utensils added on the right side and the eaves made with many slightly raised 2X1 tiles;
8) The two-piece roof is made with reddish brown plates and tiles;
9) With the roof on top the shed is almost complete;
10) The Garden Shed is complete and ready for the photo shoot!
The inspiration behind the Garden Shed came from a drawing by a Japanese dioramist, Mr. Yasuhiro Okugawa, who I really appreciate. Take a look below at the coloring process of the original black&white drawing.
Every time I visit a garden shop I am fascinated by the mixture of colors and shapes of the plants that you can find there. I really like that atmosphere especially in the ancient shacks.
I tried to recreate that kind of location by building a barn-shaped shed surrounded by flowers and plants. The inspiration came from a drawing by a Japanese dioramist that I really appreciate.
The large tree that sprout up from the roof catches the eye and it’s the leading element of the entire scene.
The garden shed is the kingdom of Mrs. Magda (can you spot her?), a friendly Spanish lady who has retired to countryside with her plants and flowers.
The diorama is full of details and strange pieces, have fun finding them. In the next few days I’ll share more “behind the scenes” pictures, so if you want to know more, stay tuned!
“When driving through the countryside, it’s a common sight to see a dilapidated barn in the distance, where nature has taken over. But it is much less common to see nature intruding on a well cared for building. Take this lovely shed by Andrea Lattanzio, for example. While it is clear that the roof has seen better days, the landscape and the exterior of this garden shed clearly receive a lot of love and attention from Magda, the owner. Almost every landscape detail is noteworthy, but my favorite unique part is the Minifig base for Sandman from the Marvel Spider-man franchise, used as a base for the pot to the left of the shed doors.“
(“Say Magda, there’s a tree in your shed” The Brothers Brick – July 1, 2021)
Build your own Classic Sports Car
This white/black classic sports car was featured in my “‘Americana Barn Find diorama” and in my “Mustang Hard Top at the shop” both from 2018. I recently I enjoyed taking “step by step” instructions pictures.
Scroll through the images below to find out the plans to build this classic sports car decked out in a simple but effective livery. You can also discover the cute sports car in the dioramas as so youn can take inspiration to build your own scene.
Generating this kind of instructions is a very time-consuming activity and you probably could make instructions faster using one of the many SW available. But the outcome of photo instructions is something unique and in my humble opinion it’s a little bit artistic too. That’s why I spent a lot of time taking pictures and preparing the “step by step” instructions.
A few hours ago my A-FrAme Cabin achieved the coveted 10,000 votes on LEGO IDEAS platform: it’s unbelievable!
I’ve worked hard these 42 days to promote the project and I am delighted to have achieved the goal.
I published several updates in that period and this helped the project to keep cool and appealing.
The most important updates were at 6,000 votes (interior update) and at 8,000 votes (Spiders attack), below you can find out the photos.
I thank everyone who helped me in this incredible adventure. I don’t know how it will end up but I am already very happy and satisfied with it.
Thank you all, you’re awesome! And now fingers crossed…
The past weekend I’ve worked hard to complete the A-Frame interiors and now they are ready!
The A-Frame/C features a complete interiors with two floors: the upper one with the bedroom; and the ground floor with the living room and kitchen.
The whole interior is chock full of details that make the set very playable. You can easily open the two roofs to access inside and play with the utensils and surprising accessorie including table and chairs, a wood stove and many more. And it’s so enjoyable!
Thanks to the wooden furniture you can breathe a warm and welcoming atmosphere, typical of mountain cottages: nice coziness inside while it’s cold outside.
To build the interiors, and the cabin as well, I took inspiration from a couple of books about weird cabins and cottages, you can take a look at the photo in the gallery.
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