Paw prints

by brae  

It's my birthday week.  Well, it has actually been my birthday month filled with outings, lunches and dinners with family and friends.  :D  I'll have mini presents to share soon, but I am busy, busy, busy this week especially.  I've been making a dress from a vintage 1970s pattern as well and will blog about that once it is done.

In the meantime, I have finished up a new pillow style for my etsy shop.  Paw prints!  :D

Back soon!

Bargello II - completed

by brae  

I've finished the new coloration bargello stitching.  Interestingly, the one on the left took 5 hours and the one on the right took 4.25 hours, just like the first time around.  It must just take more time to plot the first one, whereas you can just copy for the second one.  The 40 count linen was rough in a couple of places for the second one, so it might look a little threadbare in spots once done.  It will just make it look old, so I'm not worried about it enough to redo it.

The colors go much better with the settee and rug.  :]

Now I just need to make the new benches.  :D

Watson Mill - I've got the shakes again

by brae  

It apparently takes six years to forget what a right proper pain it is to wood shake an entire house.  :\

It's a lovely finish though, and very forgiving especially on an old mill.  Instead of dark cedar, this time I will be using light wood shakes that I can stain to look weathered. These are from the defunct and partial Tudor Queen Anne kit.  No sense in buying supplies when I have some languishing in the stash.  They are thin and rather uniform, which makes life easier.

First was determining the size of the individual shingles.  True to scale shingles looked out of place for Baxter Pointe Villa, so I hand cut the 1,700 shingles by length and width to work best for proportion.  Considering the mill structure is even smaller, I figured I would have to do the same.  The 1/2" by 3/4" measurements used for Baxter Pointe Villa seemed like they would work for the mill as well.

I did a rough calculation and will need approximately 1,635 shakes.  Not that far off from the amount needed for Baxter Pointe Villa, but there are fewer windows and no chimney for Watson Mill.  After counting the bag, I discovered I have only 1,617 shakes.  :O  No margin for error.  But, if need be, I will use other shakes for the small back wall.  Houseworks makes nice light wood shakes that will work well enough to finish out the set.  I will start here, though.

Cut, cut, cut.  Once this bear of a task is done, I'll stain the shingles before application. I'll also have to finish the windows and door so I can get those installed prior to shingling.

August Online Show 2017

by brae  

I am participating in The August Miniature Show online this week.  Early bird shopping begins August 9th at 10AM MST and ends August 10th at 10AM MST.  After that, it will be open to the public through August 13th.  As usual, I am offering free shipping to U.S. addresses and $4 off international shipping for early bird orders.  There might be a slight delay in my replying to messages and orders during the show, but I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Watson Mill - circle library, part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  I finished gluing the circle library boards and backing sheets, cut some paper shims for behind the mirror, removed the protective covering and pushed the circle in place.

The circle can be taken out to clean or replace the mirror as needed.

After getting the walls up and the wallpaper in, I could address the final trims.  I added a fancy routed trim for the top to cover the plain brace there.  I added a piece of baseboard I believe I got from Debora when she was cleaning out some full scale supplies.  I sanded the ends to curve toward the side trims since the baseboard was a little too thick for the space.  After adding the final side trim, it was all done!  Just need to fill it.

And, for final reference, here is the original again.  I skipped the long curved trim for lack of space.  Besides, I like mine as is.  :]


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And, now for your dose of cute.  Here's Jasper in his new kitty bed.  :D  As many of you with cats know, they tend to like the box more than what comes in it.  As I was unpacking the plush house, he was all eager to hop in the big cardboard box.  He was just about to when I set the plush house on the ground off to the side.  He made a beeline right into the plush house.  Success!  I even had to carry him upstairs in it (it has a handle), because he refused to come out.

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