Archives for: February 2013

Bedding for the daybed

by brae  

The daybed looks as though it has a deep base to hold the proper support for a twin mattress, but the cardboard liner sits near the surface.  I replaced this piece with white cardboard and covered it with cotton to give the appearance of box springs set… more »

Book inserts - an ah-ha moment

by brae  

Since I borrowed books from the Heritage for my rustic crates, I needed to make more to actually use in the Studio.  I printed a mess of covers, most are popular and/or classic novels.  Most of these are from Lyssa and Blondie.  Thanks, ladies!!!  :D  … more »

Wood stove, part 4 - flickering LEDs

by brae  

Continuing work on the wood stove. This is one of those instances where I knew I would be wiring the stove LEDs but did not plan ahead for it.  Why?  Who knows?!!  But, all was not lost!  It just took some extra steps. I received the wider fire this w… more »

Hummingbird shower mural - initial sketch

by brae  

Since I wasn't able to find suitable existing artwork for the shower mural, I've decided to draw the scene.  Or, at least, attempt to do so.  :D  It has been a long time since I last did a drawing. Using smooth Bristol paper, I marked an outline slight… more »

Daybed - painted

by brae  

Just a quick update to show you the new daybed with its fresh coat of paint. I started with a base coat of Foliage Green by Americana.  It's a bright lime green.  I sanded and then followed it with a coat of the same green mixed with grey.  I added a… more »

Daybed change

by brae  

The daybed I've been using in The Artist's Studio is one that I had in my stash and wasn't necessarily meant for this space.  I painted it burnished copper to coordinate better with the other furnishings. The problem with it is that even though it's… more »

Wood stove, part 3 - brick surround

by brae  

For the brick surround for the wood stove, I started by squaring up my rough paper template and marking the center of the floor and back pieces.   I cut egg carton bricks 1/4" x 3/4" - my usual choice for brick size.  Click here for my cutting tutoria… more »

Art for The Artist's Studio

by brae  

One of the fun things about making The Artist's Studio is that I get to put interesting things in it.  An artist needs inspiration and what better way to do that than to surround oneself with unusual works of art? This cardboard deer head was made… more »

Let there be (more) Fresnel lens light

by brae  

I got a good deal on the other Harbour Lights Fresnel lens I seeking for Jasper Inlet Light.  Click here to the see the first one I bought.  This is the 3 1/2" Order Fresnel lens. It's hard to say which I like better, so it will just depend on which… more »

Wood stove, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the wood stove. I glued the back and sides around the foam core base.  I cut another piece of foam core for the top and taped in place (no glue yet).   I added the foam core lining to the sides and back.   I built a thin frame fo… more »

Wood stove, part 1

by brae  

Maybe if I build yet another mini that requires warmer weather for spray painting it will somehow will Spring to come early.  Come on, Punxsutawney Phil!!!  :D Here's a quick reminder of my wood stove, shown in (very rough) paper mockup form. This s… more »

Best Miniatures Blog - About.com Readers' Choice Awards Finalist

by brae  

I'm so thrilled to have been nominated for the About.com Readers' Choice Awards for Best Miniatures Blog again this year!  :D Voting starts February 19 and runs through March 19, 2013.  You can vote once per 24 hour period and need only an email addr… more »

The Artist's Studio - Interior progress, continued

by brae  

Before I could install the wallpaper, I needed to make outlets for the two lamps that would be plugged into the walls.  I usually make my own outlets from wood, but this time I tried out the glossy printed ones from miniatures.com.  They work well here… more »

The Artist's Studio - Interior progress

by brae  

Today, I spent some time on the interior.  I chose the darker of the two wallpapers - Daler-Rowney Dreadnought Grey.  I tried both papers out with the whimsical cabinet by minisx2 and some scrapbook paper art I have planned for the space.  The darker… more »

Rustic wood siding, part 1

by brae  

I had a lot of Corona Concepts 3/4" birch siding strips leftover from Baslow Ranch.  When Lyssa started working on her Mt. Ollopa Lodge earlier this year, she needed siding.  I sent her what I had and didn't think any more about it.  When I started work… more »

Rustic wood floor, completed

by brae  

Hooray for a three-day weekend of minis!!!   :D Lucille suggested using a template, so that is where I started with the rustic wood floor.  I moved the boards I cut previously onto the kitchen counter. I cut a template from regular drawing paper.  I… more »

Rustic wood ceiling - natural wood examples

by brae  

I do appreciate the feedback on the ceiling being white, but I swear to you I am not making things up!  :D  There is such a thing as a natural wood ceiling in an art studio. This one is more modern. From Remodelista And, this one is more rustic.… more »

Rustic wood ceiling

by brae  

My initial idea for the ceiling in The Artist's Studio was to have a wood plank surface here as well as on the floor.  This is a mockup with a sheet of Southern Pine flooring propped in place.  I would need to have finishing trim around the edges since… more »

Rustic wood floor, part 1

by brae  

My scroll saw and I are getting acquainted quickly.  :D  I started cutting and placing the wood boards for the rustic floor.  I'm doing my best to make it a random plank floor by using the various lengths Mike cut for me and then piecing end boards to f… more »

Roof ridge finishing

by brae  

Today, I went to mom's to do my taxes; she's an accountant.  I will be getting a nice refund again this year.  :D  Last year, I bought myself a beautiful ring...this year, I'll be buying a dishwasher.  Haaaaaaaaaaa! With the roof shingles applied and p… more »

Blue medallion rug update - 121.75 hours

by brae  

Rounding the bend on the third corner of the blue medallion rug, but is there ever a ton left to do!  :O This is 121.75 hours of work. more »

A mini dream realized

by brae  

I have another beautiful creation by Mary of Roslyn Treasures. This is the previous afghan she made. Some time ago, I found this real life afghan pattern on favecrafts.com and thought it would be perfect in miniature.  I contacted Mary since her w… more »

The Artist's Studio - construction begins...

by brae  

I am still awaiting the supplies I need to finish the Heritage, so I'm diving into the next project: The Artist's Studio.  With the wiring channels and basic landscape board in place, I started by gluing the foundation to the foam base.  The foundation… more »

The Artist's Studio - wiring channels

by brae  

I showed you the lighting plan in an earlier post.  Today, I used my Dremel Trio to put in the initial wiring channels, and it was quick work!  :D For the Lundby sconce by the entrance, I drilled a hole in wall so the wires would run down the exterior… more »

Happy Groundhog Day!

by brae  

Yes, I am still here.  It has been a crazy week at work, but I did manage to be a little creative ... made a new dress for myself. I have a few new things to share, the first of which is my new Proxxon scroll saw.  Sexy, no?  :D My friend, who is… more »