Cathode Ray Tube

by brae  

Found this fun little gem on etsy while searching for mini television sets.  I've always liked the Hallmark ornament versions, but those can be pricey.  This is a plastic salt and pepper set, but the size is great for a dollhouse retro TV.

The shakers look like speakers when in place, and you can't see them from the front.  You turn the knob to lift the shakers.

This set is in great shape, so I don't think it was ever used on a tabletop.

Even the box is in great condition.

It shows you how to operate the shaker.

And, there's a note about putting a photo in front of the screen.

All it needs is rabbit ears!  :D

Spin cycle

by brae  

The Brownstone will have a mudroom with a washer and dryer, and now I have the perfect set -- a generous gift from Barbara.

The set is by Town Square Miniatures, designed by Mary Beth Tumlin.  In the package was a tiny bottle of Tide.

I'd never seen this set before, even though I've researched washer dryer sets in miniature.  It's a remarkable set with realistic detailing.  There's even an agitator in the washer!

Thank you, Barbara!  :D

The Brownstone - timber grid stonework, part 1

by brae  

We had a near miss with a buyer that didn't end up working out, so it's back to sprucing the place up daily and awaiting random showings.  :D


lovely orchid on my kitchen table to entice buyers

I moved all the completed dollhouses out, and The Brownstone has been stacked in a flat formation in the closet.  Since this selling and buying business requires patience, I'm going to be working on The Brownstone as time permits to keep my sanity.  I can continue with the prep work on the walls and with any luck it will be time to move before I start gluing the beast together.  :O

Alright...where was I?

As noted, I forgot to add the stonework to parts of the timber grid as shown in my mockup color study.  I started with thin cardstock templates, each numbered so I could match them up again later.

Instead of using the 3/4" x 1" stones I had been cutting for the base, I determined the layout using the individual templates.  I thought it would look off to have partial stones, so I cut three even strips slightly wider than the base stones.  I then cut the length to make a pleasing pattern, gluing the stones to the cardboard template.

I'll paint the inserts with the base coat of Fawn by Americana.  Once I create the final two grids for the side walls, I'll make the stone inserts for those as well.  I'll then paint the final washes and glazes when I do the base stone so it will all coordinate in color.

New items for etsy, with more to come

by brae  

I finally finished staging and sprucing, so I started to tackle some of the smaller projects I kept available to work on...things that don't take up a lot of room and can be put away easily before showings.  :]  I also had a lovely day for spray painting and priming last weekend.  I have four of the items listed in my etsy shop with more on the work table.  There's also still time to bid on the saltwater aquarium on eBay.

Copper plant stand (plants and accessories not included).

Rustic settee with worn out cushion and pillows.

Copper striped chaise.

Copper lounge chair with modern fabrics.

1:12 Scale Saltwater Aquarium on eBay

by brae  

Success!!  I finally found a solution to my resin problem with the help of the very talented Miyuki Kobayashi who makes wonderful aquariums as well.  :D  I've listed this saltwater aquarium on eBay and will be making more in the coming weeks.

All I needed to do was keep the tanks cool as the resin cured.  I must have been placing my original tanks in a cool spot since the problem with the resin separating from the sides of the tank was a more recent occurrence.

 The four fish are hand sculpted by me (the orange clown fish is hiding in the back).  There are natural and plastic plants, fine sand, rocks and seashells.

I've dressed the hood with 3V battery operated LEDs, but I have 7-19V wired LEDs which can be wired into any 12V dollhouse system.  The choice is yours.  :] 

Here it is in a quick room setting (most of my minis are packed away) with the battery setup.

For my original saltwater aquarium tutorial, click here.

Note: I've selected shipping for U.S. and Canada only because of the weight of this item.  If anyone located outside the U.S. and Canada is interested in buying a mini aquarium, I can calculate the shipping cost and make a custom order in my etsy shop.

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