Crying over you

by brae  

Tears of joy over tear-producing mini onions!  I first saw a rope of these fabulous onions by Fatima on Janine's blog Minworks.  I was so smitten with those onions!!!  When I saw they were offered by Fatima during the recent online mini show, I snapped them up!

I swear these are real onions that were put through a shrink-ray.  :D  They are so perfectly flakey and translucent.

Fatima has an etsy shop Beauxminis and a website by the same name.  :]

Bishop Autumn Show 2015

by brae  

Tonight was the Bishop Autumn Show, and it's still running tomorrow.  :]

The first stop I made was to Greg's table All About Miniatures, featuring a vast display of JBM Miniatures (Greg's eBay link, amazon link).  I have a weakness for Windsor chairs, so this settee spoke (haaaaaaaaaa) to me.  I am considering painting it black and distressing it.  Hmm...

I've spoken with Michael of Atomic Miniature in the past, but this was the first time we had a chance to really chat.  He makes groovy moderm miniatures, and this vintage ashtray jumped into my bag.  :D

These lovely irises are from Patricia Hopkins Studio (the vase was bought at the spring Bishop Show from Vitreus Ignis).

These eyeglasses are from Lynn O'Shaughnessy (no website).  Marvelous.  :D

As always, Wright Guide Miniatures has something that's just perfect.

The Little Dollhouse Company always has great things, too.  This little barrel has a removable lid.

A somewhat light shopping night (for me) and certainly all over the board as far as style goes.  :D

More minis in the mail

by brae  

Barbara is back to spoiling me rotten!  She sent me a care package, and this is just a sampling of the goodies she sent.  She's been helping Friedrich with his card tricks.  These are actually just large enough that you could play with them in real life.  :D

The fan might get a makeover and end up in the barn, but the cash register will be saved for another project.  The unfinished table was also in the box.

The book is very similar to a real life version I received as a new house warming gift.

I foresee another vintage kitchen in my future.

Thank you, Barbara, for the minis and the friendship!!!  :D

One cat out of the bag

by brae  

There's a cat on the patio.  :D

Oops!  Now you all know there's a patio in the secret build.  :O #HBSCreatinContest2015

Milo Valley Farm - knob and tube wiring, part 2

by brae  

With the lighting plan in place, it's time to start wiring -- both the actual 12V dollhouse system and the fake knob and tube system.  I started by drawing a rough sketch of where the knob and tube wiring would be placed.  This also gave me a rough idea of how many of each piece I would need.

Though I found some great vintage service panels, this image is probably the best entry setup for the barn (the whole article is awesome).  This means I will start with the two lead-in wires.  While I didn't study antiquated electrical work in depth, the gist is I need two wires -- one hot and one neutral -- and you don't want them to touch the building surfaces or each other.  The final crochet thread wiring will come later since I'll need to pull enough through to reach all of the areas where it is needed.  Better to plot its course first.  So, for right now, I am just taping some colored sewing thread in place as a trial run.  I can then label by color for the length of thread I will need in each run.

From the fuse block, the wires will be spliced with one set to go directly up and the other set to hit the first cross beam.  There's a reason why the wires don't start at the top, but that has to do with the exterior lead-in setup.  I'll get to that later.

I will drill holes in the cross beams and feed the 12V wires through the channels, splicing the lights on each beam to work as a single unit.   In between those lights, I will need to add a wire path.  One thing I showed you in the previous post but didn't make were the cleats (shown in this link).  These allow two wires to travel a parallel path.  I'll need to construct these as well.

I will space the knobs evenly along the top curved beam toward the second cross beam.  Again, I've used small bits of tape to go through the whole path before making any permanent marks or holes.   The wires then drop to the second beam.

I'm going to mull this over a bit now.  I realized in looking at these pictures that I haven't installed the support brackets for the cross beams, and that will interfere with this setup.  Imight also move the fuse box above the top horiztonal beam instead of having it sit right below it.  I have a few ideas, just need to sort them out.  :]

Back soon.#HBSCreatinContest2015

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