Thursday, December 15, 2011

All Aboard!

Chugga Chugga...
Chugga Chugga...
Choo! Chooo!
This holiday project is brought to you by Jess' boyfriend, Brian.

He began construction in November, just as the crisp winter weather began to set in.
The train was built using an N scale train and model.
The mountains were created using newspaper balls, plaster cloth, and foam core all covered in a layer of white paint and faux snow.
The trees were rolled in water and glue, and also sprinkled with faux snow.

And the pond was cut out and painted blue on the bottom, and then filled with a liquid that dries clear and looks like ice. The ice skaters will be arriving soon!
Any winter wonderland needs a few woodland creatures to play in the snow.
Though there are still a few finishing touches Brian would like to add, we thought it would be fun to share with you all the work he's done so far.
Next year's plans include a light-up Christmas tree, a few more skiers, sledders, and forest critters, and a couple of log cabins to warm up in after a day of merry-making in the snow. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a train to catch! ( ;

~ Nel ~

27 comments:

Grace said...

How pretty he did a great job! Merry Christmas. Grace

♥ Miss Tea said...

oh my, well done, Brian! loving all the snow and the tree covered with snow, cute little critters and the pond looks so real! awesome!

susan

Twinkle Star said...

OMG, that is fabulous! How clever and authentic looking. My little ones would love something like this! x

Bee happy said...

This looks like fun! :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Teresa said...

WAIT! WAIT for me ;)!!!!!!! I need a peptalk with Jess, seated proudly on the front beside the train driver...

Jess Dear,
A boy who takes time with such detail and beauty is a keeper. Trust me!

Brian,
Congratulations! I already told Jess you're the best but if she pays me no attention, next year I'll stay in one of those log cabins and make her listen ahahahah

Merry Christmas to both and Thank you, Nel, for sharing!


(how lovely are the Bear and Cubs playing in the snow? :sigh:)

karen - Simply Inspired said...

Oh... Brian's train village is so inviting and delightful, and I particularly like that there are even "future" plans and designs. Trains at Christmas... yes, Nel... I join you - see you on the train!
thanks for sharing...
-xok.

Myric said...

This is soo cool! I am dreaming of this in near future :)

xoxo
Myric

Verena said...

Wow, this is so awesome! I love all the snow on it! Your daughters boyfriend did a really great job!!! My kids are still waiting for some snow over here to come. :)

Oh and I´m sure your daughter loved Munich. It´s a beautiful city! I live in the Frankfurt area.

Hug´s,
Verena

Anne said...

This is fantastic! Beautiful photos:)
~Anne

forgetmenot said...

Beautiful--and it is something one can continue working on for a long time. My Grandson would love it. Mickie :)

Barbara F. said...

I love a train for Christmas! Brian did a fabulous job. xo

Heart n Soul said...

Reminds me of my childhood :) ... I have a little boy who would love this - always a boy at heart no matter how old they get!!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Nel,
How much fun is this...It looks great Brian did an amazing job...
Love all of the snow...and the train!
All the Best,
Christine

Marydon said...

This is AWESOME Nel! What a fun thing to create. The wee ones would go crazy over something like this. We had a train when I weas little that ran around the tree base ... memories.
Merry Christmas
TTFN ~
Marydon

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Nel, This is incredible. It even looks cold. I love the ice pond. How fun this is and the plans coming up for it.
Thank you for sharing the work so far. Incredible.
Merry Christmas!!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Susan said...

Great train! Nice job.

Sheri, I want to thank you for visiting my blog today and also for commenting. I'm going to Follow and hope you will Follow "Writing Straight from the Heart," too! That would be awesome.

Take care. The best to you and your girls. Susan

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE it. I can just see the conductor collecting the tickets. Trains rounding the track, going through snow covered mountains are part of Christmas tradition. Brian did a great job putting it all together. It looks marvelous.

magie said...

One ticket for me pls :) That is just fab..a winter wonderland. I love the little cute woodland creatures and the snow covered tree's.

victoria dahl said...

Nicee!! Lovely pictures. Your pictures is amazing!! <3 LIKE

C'est moi Claudette said...

Oh it's the Polar EXpress... wait for me. I have to tell you that when the kiddos were small and we lived in AZ. we drove to Flagstaff and boarded the Polar Express P.J.'s and all. Santa was there, reindeer outside in the snow. We drank hot coco.... just a lot of fun.
Brian is a keeper Nel, tell your sis that : )
How fun. I LOVE it
xoxoxoxoxox

Shirley said...

OH MY!!!! I'm so in awe!!!! Tell Brian we are so happy he did this and you are showing it to us...
I LOVE IT! What fun and I cant wait to see the cabins and more...Any man who creates this is worth keeping...LOL!
Thanks Brian...

romance-of-roses said...

What a darling post. I love it and so did my husband. My dad worked with the railroad so it had a special meaning for me. Thanks for the memories. Hugs...Lu

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Sheri, I'm so happy you stopped by so I could visit you, too! Brian did a fantastic job on his Choo Choo project. I have a 2-year-old grandson who would LOVE to watch this in action! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

THE TRAIN IS SO BEAUTIFUL IT WILL NOT BE CHRISTMAS WITH OUT CHOCHO WONDERFUL MEMORIES ENJOY AND YOUR MUSIC JUST SO ROMANTIC MARRY CHRISTMAS..XOXO.. HUGS

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is absolutely wonderful. My dad always displayed his train set under the tree, and up until my teens, I would still lay under the tree to arrange, rearrange and play with the set!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!!

Sheri dearest, YOUR COMMENTS are so kind and mean so much to me......after yesterday's little fiasco where no one could get into my blog due to a gadget with a virus, I felt so cut off...but it is resolved now, and to see such kind words flood in is my Christmas gift. To just share with you all what is in my heart. Blessings to you always my dear, and thank you for such a lovely year of CREATIVITY!!! Anita

Marcia said...

Nel, this is so beautiful. The closer pictures make it so realistic. I wouldn't take a single full shot...ruins the fantasy. ;) But, then again, I'd be happy to show off such work too. I especially like the scene with the deer. One of these days I am going to FINALLY purchase a train set for Christmas...no, not for the kids (mine are 22 and 18), for this kid who has always dreamed of one.
Loved this. Brian did good!!

delightfuleclecticabode.com said...

Nel,

This is beautiful! I've always loved train sets.

~Sandy