The mortar between the bricks is a concoction of wood filler, acrylic paint, white glue, and water (another big thank you to Karen Corbin!). It has the look of a melting Wendy’s Frosty with the nebulous consistency of that corn starch slime you make in second grade, but I have to say it dries hard and looks a good deal like cement up close. I spread it on thick, such that when I pushed in the bricks it gushed up between the crevasses. I waited until the mortar was nearly dry to shape it a bit more, making tiny trowel marks. Since I was starting with old-looking bricks and had to eyeball their placement in the mortar, I ended up with a very rustic wall.
The sides of the mill tower are a double basketweave pattern, the rest of the backside of the building is called a running bond (what you see everywhere nowadays). I am still trying to decide the brickwork on the front of the tower, since the dimensions are a bit odd.
I had also been putting off making the shop window because I did not have a clear idea of what it should look like. But, as another bottleneck in the building process (after all, you can’t put wallpaper or trim on something that isn’t there), I finally sat down for an hour with a scrap of gatorboard and came up with this.
From there, I think I started channeling my inner Charles Dickens, and in the span of another evening I had a shop front I was proud of. My evolving story for this Tudor-style cottage is that has been in use for quite some time as a mill, and only more recently had the bakery addition. As such, the shop window and its more ornate, Victorian façade was added later.
No bakery would be complete without a place to sit and sample the wares before returning home with “what you came for.” The interior of the bay-style window will be home to a little bench seat with cushion.