Archives for: March 2013

Happy Easter from The Haunted Heritage

by brae  

Presto!  No more Halloween and on to Easter...as long as I don't show the big autumn tree out front.  :D Mr. Rabbit is by K. Kuti Designs.  The large basket is from Lidi at Basketcase Miniatures, and I made the flower stems from Bonnie Lavish kits. … more »

Retaining wall planning

by brae  

I had left enough space around the builders foam to add a retaining wall.  I think the retaining wall is a nice way to finish the edges since I built up the land in order to have the leaf deck. Since the foam layers are uneven, I cut strips of foam cor… more »

Hummingbird shower mural - drawing the flowers

by brae  

After completing the leaves and shadowy branches, I started working on the flowering branches.  Since I knew I wouldn't be able to draw them all in one sitting, I decided to move around the drawing.  If the remaining flowers end up looking a little… more »

Hummingbird shower mural - drawing the leaves

by brae  

Since my initial sketch worked well for concept and composition, I've started filling in the final colors.  I started with the leaves since I'm rather out of practice for drawing and they are the simplest part of the design.   I did all of the leaves,… more »

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

by brae  

Hooray!!!!  The results are in!  I went to bed early and woke up to a lovely email letting me know my blog was chosen as the Best Miniatures Blog in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards.  It's such an honor!  :D Congratulations to Casey, Joann, Jazzi… more »

Blue medallion rug - stitching complete!

by brae  

I've been quiet on the blog while I spent time finishing the stitching portion of the blue medallion rug.   It shouldn't take too long to bind the edges so it will be all ready for the Studio.  :D more »

Artist paper pads

by brae  

It's been a busy weekend in real life so I didn't do a lot with miniatures.  But, I did manage to make some pads of paper to fill some of the space in the wood crate bookshelves. I found images of actual covers online and printed them with black… more »

Window planning

by brae  

As a reminder, here are the two projects that inspired the basic shape of The Artist's Studio: Rooftop Artist's Studio by The Thomases, seen in the second gallery in this link and Nell Corkin's Summer Studio, created in tiny 1:144 scale. Using some… more »

Swap with Jane of MiniFanaticus

by brae  

I've loved Jane's minis since she first started blogging about them.  She makes wonderful minis from clay, especially food. Look at these tiny gumdrops and mints!!!   Can't you just taste the granulated sugar?  Feel the refreshing tingle of mint?  … more »

The fabric fairy visited again!

by brae  

Kathy was generous once again and sent me a lovely pack of fabrics.  :D  The orange one on the right is very close to the one I've been looking for. I especially liked the second from the left - the purple with pink flowers, so I found more of it to… more »

It's going to be a photo finish!

by brae  

What an exciting race for Best Miniatures Blog 2013!!!  :D image from Wikipedia  Voting ends March 19, but I am not sure exactly when -- likely depends on time zone. Thank you all for your support and encouragement as well as the nomination in the f… more »

Firewood

by brae  

Since I was back to waiting on the main structure, I cut some firewood for the wood stove and walnut firewood box.  There was an old farmhouse near my parents' place in a local suburb.  I don't think anyone around here appreciates an old white farmhouse… more »

The Artist's Studio - lots of progress

by brae  

Since the front opening trim had been cut and sorted, it was time to finally glue the ceiling board to the main structure.  Scary to be completely out of dry fit!  :O   I added one nail to help hold the diving wall in place since my cut ended up being… more »

Finishing the front opening edges

by brae  

Who knows why the Studio is uneven along the front edge of the floor even though the walls measure the exact same depth.  Perhaps the individual floor boards are misaligned overall.  It's nothing that can't be fixed. To finish off the front edge of the… more »

Vintage suitcases

by brae  

Stacks of vintage suitcases are all over the design blogs and Pinterest.  They combine nostalgia and beauty.  I knew I wanted a set for grandma's attic, and there is no better artisan to turn to than Fran at FranMadeMinis.  I sent her some of my favorit… more »

Black cat weathervane, moss and lawn care

by brae  

What's a haunted house without a black cat?  Boring and unfinished, that's what it is.   I bought this delightful weathervane from Minimum World.  It's made from silver metal, so you can paint it any color you like...but not brass, please.  No additio… more »

Juliet balcony, completed

by brae  

I completed work on the Juliet balcony and glued it in place outside the bedroom swinging window.   Here's a reminder of what the basic structure looked like last time. I spray painted the "wrought iron" assembly flat black, which instantly changed… more »

Skylights

by brae  

I used two Houseworks 8-light windows for the Studio skylights, though I had to widen the original openings in the ceiling to fit them.  I painted the exterior portion Warm White by Americana.   These don't come with window inserts, so I cut inserts f… more »

1908 Miniature Underwood Typewriter

by brae  

I received a nice bonus this year, so I decided to spoil myself a little.  For some time now, I've had my eye on this 1908 Miniature Underwood Typewriter by Ken Byers of Shaker Works West.   It fits wonderfully in grandma's attic for now, though I for… more »

Wood stove, part 5 - stove pipe and primer

by brae  

For the stove pipe, I measured against the outside wall to get the precise angle the pipe would hit the ceiling.  I used my scroll saw to make the cut.  The scroll saw has a nifty angle guide for just these types of cuts.   I tested the fit in the Stu… more »

Blue medallion rug update - 138.25 hours

by brae  

It's coming down to the wire with the blue medallion rug...which is a good thing since this is meant for The Artist's Studio!  The Undersized Urbanite contest deadline is May 4.  Once the stitching is done, there is still the final finishing to be compl… more »

The Deck - part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on The Deck.  To finish the outer edges of the main deck and side deck, I used dark trim wood from my stash.  This is definitely Dura-Craft wood, but I am not sure from which kit or if it is walnut.  It's close in color to the wood I pla… more »

The Deck - part 2

by brae  

The framing under the main deck and side deck won't show much, so I used some leftover Dura-Craft 3/16" x 1/4" strip wood to keep costs down.  The wood isn't nice enough to use for building or finishing.  I started with the side deck since it requires t… more »

Walnut firewood box

by brae  

Building a firewood box for the Studio served two purposes.  It will hold the wood stove switch so I don't have to reach into the structure to operate the flickering LED fire, and it gave me the opportunity to work with walnut using my scroll saw. I fo… more »

Jasper's story

by brae  

While we break for glue drying and planning time, I thought I'd share a little off topic fun.  Jasper's story is very interesting.  You might have read about my first kitty Basil from the Baslow Ranch post. Basil wasn't the first cat in my life, but th… more »

The Deck - part 1

by brae  

The Deck for the Studio is going to take some serious engineering.  It will fit into the slope of the landscape and be only partially supported by firm ground around the building itself.  You might recall my previous mockup. And the inspiration photo… more »

Who wants freshly baked cookies?!!

by brae  

I suppose that is a bit of a silly question.  Who doesn't want freshly baked cookies?!!  :D  Grandma knows this and has been hard at work.   I won this lovely cookie baking set from Creating Dollhouse Miniatures.  The pieces are so well made and reali… more »

Progress on the windows and doors

by brae  

I painted the living area window Warm White by Americana.   I added trim to the window since it was built for a depth of 1/2" but the walls are only 3/8" thick.   The front door is painted Slate Green by Americana.   I also added trim to both door… more »

Shutter garden

by brae  

To hide the open wires on the door side of the Studio, I painted a Houseworks shutter.  The base coat was Lemonade by Folk Art followed by two washes of Asphaltum and Slate Grey both by Americana.   The idea came from this image of a shutter holding f… more »

Clerestory windows, part 1

by brae  

When I lowered the ceiling height of The Artist's Studio, I had originally thought to fill in the lower portion of the original side windows.  After a dry fitting of the roof in place, however, I decided I liked the odd shaped windows.  A happy accident… more »