Archives for: February 2012

Navajo rug update

by brae  

Now that I've reached the full length of the Navajo rug, I have to photograph it sideways.  :D  I haven't had to look at the paper pattern lately since this side is just the mirror of the first half.  I am able to count from the existing stitched… more »

My 1920s inspired kitchen

by brae  

Before delving into the final push on the first floor so I can begin the second floor, I went through my stash of minis to fully set up the kitchen. Grandma has been out in the garden again.  :D I tried to not clutter the room, but just a few… more »

Banjo wall clock and a beautiful old photo

by brae  

I finished up the banjo clock from Cynthia Howe Miniatures.  Love this kit!!!!  :D I used Liquitex Iridescent Bronze paint for the metallic accents and added two light coats of Delta Ceramcoat satin varnish to bring out the beauty of the wood. The… more »

Awards!

by brae  

I have received a wonderful award from both Mona and Irene.  I am so thankful to you both! I apologize for being terrible about passing awards on.  :\  I always appreciate the kind comments you leave and the emails you send.  I am so happy to be part… more »

Classes at the Bishop International Show April 2012

by brae  

I've just received confirmation that I have been enrolled in two classes this April when the Bishop Show comes around.  :D First is making a brass and copper Arts & Crafts firescreen in a class by Bill Studebaker.  Not only will it be great to… more »

The Haunted Heritage - latest dry fit

by brae  

With the kitchen construction at near completion and only a few items left for the parlor, I decided to do another full dry fit of the house today.  The gables and their shingles have warped while in the box, so I'll have to do some minor touchups.  But… more »

Kitchen crown molding

by brae  

I've had crown molding painted for the Newport for some time but didn't end up using it in any of the rooms.  Since the kitchen has a partially textured ceiling and gaps in the non-textured part (a characteristic of the way the kit is constructed), I… more »

Fancy bookshelf

by brae  

In addition to the banjo clock, I also put together the Jacobean book rest kit from Cynthia Howe Miniatures.  It was so delicate that I ended up breaking a piece of the fretwork while removing the excess wood pieces.  I cut the other side to mimic the… more »

Otterine Miniatures Blog: Finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards

by brae  

Oh, hooray!!!!  I found out that my blog is one of the finalists in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards in the Best Miniature Blog category.  I am so flattered and thrilled!  :D  Thank you for the nomination! Voting ends on March 21st, so… more »

Banjo wall clock, part 1

by brae  

I love the Bagnall clock in the parlor, but the kitchen was jealous so I had to find another kit.  :D  I ended up with the Banjo wall clock from Cynthia Howe Miniatures.  It's a graceful kit with wonderful details. I started by sanding most of the… more »

Navajo rug update, halfway there

by brae  

I now have one half of the Navajo rug completed, plus a little bit more.  I'm at 102 hours of work, so the total stitching time should be around 204 hours.  :D And, a little cutie break.  Hickory Dickory Dock.  Sydney is hydrating so he can… more »

Bay window curtains, part 2

by brae  

I spent my day off from work for Presidents' Day awaiting the delivery of a new mattress for my real life bed and putting together the bay window drapery in the Heritage.  The mattress is super comfy, by the way.  :D With the drapery pleated, I needed… more »

Bay window curtains, part 1

by brae  

Thank you to everyone who offered their suggestions for the bay window curtains from my previous post.  A friend on another forum pointed out that it really set the stage for the kitchen table and chairs.  That was what I was missing.  With the plain… more »

Kitchen pelmets and curtains, part 2

by brae  

After installing the pelmet and curtains for the casement window, I worked on the curtains for the double working window. These are a much better length than the casement window curtains, but I still plan to leave the short ones as is.  :D I love… more »

Kitchen pelmets and curtains

by brae  

Other than a rolling shade and some paper curtain mockups, I've never made window treatments.  I decided to give it a go for the Heritage. A great resource in general is the book The Design Directory of Window Treatments by Jackie Von Tobel.  It's a… more »

Bagnall tall case clock completed

by brae  

Continuing work on the Bagnall clock.  After the stain dried, I used antiquing medium to fill in the more obvious portions of uneven stain and then sealed the wood with two thin coats of Delta Ceramcoat satin varnish.  It brought out the beauty of the… more »

Beautiful autumn fruit basket, a soft handmade rug and a small kitchen stool

by brae  

I plan to make some polymer clay food somewhere down the line, but when I saw this beautiful basket from Hungarian Miniatures on etsy I just knew it would be perfect for the Heritage. You would not believe the amount of detail!  Bözse makes beautiful… more »

Well, it'll still show the right time twice a day.

by brae  

I finished the preliminary assembly of the Bagnall clock by adding the turned posts and toppers. In the last post, Marlene mentioned making the kit a working clock, but I hadn't even thought to do that since I liked the face that came with the kit. … more »

Kitchen table and chairs

by brae  

You might recall the House of Miniatures dining table and the Art of Mini Lilje chairs started out as sage green, which didn't work, and then were covered with sunflower yellow.  Since these are meant to be old chairs, likely repainted over the years, I… more »

Parlor coals

by brae  

Just a quick post tonight since I am catching up on some other things.  :D I tried out the red bulb and resin coals for the Phoenix parlor hob grate.  I love the way it brings out the detailing in the fireplace, but I will probably paint the bulb to… more »

Heat registers

by brae  

My original thought for heating the Heritage beyond the parlor fireplace was to place painted radiators in the rooms.  Even though the rooms are somewhat spacious, radiators do take up a decent amount of space.  Then I ran into this fantastic tutorial… more »

Pocket door trim

by brae  

With the parlor floor and wallpaper in place, I can now trim the pocket door.  I started by finishing the threshold between the parlor and the kitchen.  I used the same flooring as the parlor, figuring it would matter more to have a clean finish from… more »

Front door installation and interior trim

by brae  

I glued the front door in place, making sure it was level and centered in relation to the portico.  I then added the supplied interior trim, painted Vintage White by Folk Art.  I used spackling to fill in any gaps and touched up the paint.  To finish… more »

Navajo rug update - just about halfway done

by brae  

I've reached the center of the Navajo rug and a bit beyond!  :D I again set it up with the Bespaq chair, books and wallpaper to see it in perspective. This is 94.5 hours of work. more »

Bagnall tall case clock, part 1

by brae  

I am a huge fan of House of Miniatures kits because they can become anything you want - traditional or modern.  I stumbled upon the Bagnall clock when I was searching for other House of Miniatures kits and started stalking eBay for a good price.  This… more »

Navajo rug update, with a twist

by brae  

I decided to set up the Navajo rug with some of my handmade books and the new Bespaq chair I recently acquired, just to see.  I think it looks marvelous!  The pairing is somewhat eclectic, but that's rather the reason I like it.  :D The paper is Gold… more »

Fancy parlor floor - the real deal - part 6

by brae  

I used pieces of leftover bristol paper to make a template of the area inside the marquetry border. I started with the entryway even though it is the smaller of the two open areas because I wanted the herringbone pattern to be centered here. … more »

Fancy parlor floor - the real deal - part 5

by brae  

After completing the plain wood border, I added the marquetry border. I really love the way this floor is turning out.  :D It frames the hearth so well. I'll be using plain wood flooring to finish the threshhold between the parlor and kitchen. more »

Fancy parlor floor - the real deal - part 4

by brae  

I accidentally got some glue on the herringbone wood surface when I was gluing it to the bristol paper backing.  I sanded the area lightly and got a wonderful sheen.  So, I decided to sand the entire surface of the herringbone and plain wood sheets in… more »

Kitchen window trim

by brae  

The Houseworks double working window I installed in the kitchen came with pre-cut trim, so I painted and used those pieces as is.  There were a few gaps, so I filled and painted just as I did for the baseboards.  The flowers are by Michelle of Little… more »

Prep, prep, prep...will I ever get to the fancy floor already?!

by brae  

There was one more lamp to wire before I could finish the wallpaper in the parlor: the Chrysolite table lamp, which is the only Chrysolite light fixture I bought that wasn't a kit.  I used my usual method for table lamps; I made a wall outlet.  :D  The… more »

Dollhouse of the Month - Baxter Pointe Villa

by brae  

Gaye at My Small Obsession has featured Baxter Pointe Villa as the February 2012 Dollhouse of the Month!  :D  I'm so thrilled and honored! Be sure to have a look around her site.  There is a lot of eye candy and some great trash to treasure… more »

Gaslight sconces and fine art

by brae  

The Chrysolite sconces had non-replaceable bulbs that I decided to swap out for replaceable ones.  At first, I thought I would have to use candle sockets with thick wires, but I did some research and discovered and Cir-Kit Concepts makes candle sockets… more »