Transparent back layer

For the Cap'n.... I wanted to use this backdrop, but when I put cheese slopes over the yellow, it messed with their color. Since I didn't have enough transparent bricks, I finally removed the backing from all the top arches.

  • A. F. Bryan 5y

    Ah, enlightenment. It still looks terribly difficult and frustrating. Which just goes to show that I have been right all along when I said you were insane. Insane...and incredibly, remarkably, exceptionally patient. You'd think you would have already expended all your patience watching the kids, but I suppose that's where the insanity steps in.

    Thanks for the look behind the scenes. I'm still completely blown over by your talent and eye for the possibilities of LEGO. Can't wait to see what your brick-addled mind conjures up next!
  • Katie Walker 5y

    There's that head of mine.... still exploding. But -- holy cow! Wow! Thank you for all your nice words. But maybe I'm not the only one suffering from a bit of insanity around here? ;-)

    Yeah, you would have thought all the patience would have been used up.... but I think I have a different reservoir of patience for LEGO. But it runs out precipitously fast when I have a completed thing and just can't manage to take a decent photograph of it. I was in seriously dangerous ground there for awhile this weekend. My poor husband... we went on a date, and I was all fretting about getting back before sunset, so I could get the setting sun's light. Poor guy. ;-D Oh... and those pictures were all crap anyway.
  • Cade Roster 5y

    This is interesting. So this houses all the cheese? I hadn't thought about the hinges.
    I wish i was smarter right now.
  • Katie Walker 5y

    Well, the hinges weren't my good idea. I have built official LEGO sets that used the same technique. And the back drop that holds the cheese slopes in wasn't my good idea either; I got that off of a tutorial on stained glass windows at Classic-Castle. So really, all I can get credit for is the insanity of twisting the cheese slopes at angles to make them more interesting, instead of just stacking them straight as in this tutorial:

    You, on the other hand, can make crazy organic cute roboty things. I wish I was smart like that. ;-)
  • Andrew Woods 5y

    looks cool
  • A. F. Bryan 5y

    You said it! The photography always frustrates me as well. Not that I have anything worth photographing, mind you, but if I did...oh, I would be so angry with that lack of photography skills.

    There really should be a support group for spouses of LEGO enthusiasts. Luckily, your husband seems to understand and endure it. ;) My wife, on the other hand, exhibits little tolerance and if I had been in the same scenario, trying to shorten a date to get good photography light, I would have been the one found in a myriad of colorful tiny pieces (mostly red and flesh color, I'm afraid).

    Of course, your builds are actually worth a small sacrifice here and there - they're so artistic!
  • Cade Roster 5y

    I was told by mrs. 'lust to join a LUG in real life or else she wouldn't support the madness. I did, and for some reason I think that legitimized it for her. Hahaha sucker, they're all crazier than I am!
    She is tolerant of my building because she thinks it's helping me problem solve. We'll see Whois right in the end, I guess. In regards to breaking dates, I think my wife would end a date early to watch a nice sunset, but then I'd be right there with her. (We've lived deep in a valley for ten years now.)
  • Katie Walker 5y

    Hmmm...... I actually don't have that suppotive of a husband. He's not at all excited by anything having to do with LEGO. I only managed to make the joke about getting home before sunset because I knew we probably would be anyway, since we'd left the kids with his sister.... but I digress.

    Cap'n -- you totally have a pirate ship worthy of great photography. I still remember it fondly. When's the next installment coming? ;-)

    Mr. 'lust -- A valley? Yikes. I've had a great view of the sunset from my house for five years now.... strategic buying of a house (condo, really) with a third story facing west over a bunch of single story homes.... but then I live in a world of sagebrush, and the sky is about the only pretty thing around here, so I have to grasp at what I can get.

    If I sound a bit out of it, I'll blame the kids... and the wine.... mmmmmmmmm, wine...... ;-)
  • Katie Walker 5y

    Oh, and about LUGs.... I think the nearest functioning one (for me) is in Seattle, 3+ hours away. Though I have an evil plan to join SeaLUG some day: My husband's sister is planning on marrying his best friend and they will live in Seattle. So I just think we should plan all our visits at times when SeaLUG meetings are being held. Strategic strategery, right???
  • Cade Roster 5y

    That's some good tactical thinking there.
    Yeah we sacrifice the sunsets for an extremely beautiful view of a jungle stream.
  • Cade Roster 5y

    What's the wine of choice at the moment, Eilonwy? The west coast has some decent stuff.
  • Katie Walker 5y

    I figured you'd probably have some sort of pretty scenery... something more than dust, at any rate.

    Wine! We do have wine. I guess we're in a "wine country" of sorts. My brother works for Columbia Crest -- -- which likes to advertise its fabulousness: "producer of the #1 wine of the year" (in 2009, according to Wine Spectator), etc. I think they're the biggest winery in the state (of Washington), and have the second largest building under one roof in the state (behind the big Boeing building, which is used for building airplanes, I believe).

    So blah blah blah.... we get cheap wine. My brother works in the lab, and after taking a sample will then bring the still-full bottle home for free. Or he'll buy us stuff at half-price.

    We like the sweet stuff mostly: riesling, gewurtraminer (how do you spell that again?), and muscat canelli, although that tends to upset my stomach, which is truly a shame.

    Sorry if that was more than you wanted to know! ;-)
  • Katie Walker 5y

    Here's a photo I took from our bedroom that shows both our view of the sunset, and our propensity for dust storms....

    Eastern Washington Dust Storm by eilonwy77
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