Archives for: "February 2016"

Creatin' Contest 2016

by brae  

There's a new kit in the house!  This is the Backyard Bungalow kit for the 2016 Creatin' Contest hosted by HBS. What will it be?  :D #HBSCreatinContest2016 more »

Milo Valley Farm - landscaping, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the landscaping.  For a bit of non-grass vegetation, I have the Goldenrod Weeds "Silflorettes" by MiniNatur.  These come all webbed together, and you cut the stalks off the web to apply individually.  I have summer, late summer, and… more »

Watson Mill - motor, part 1

by brae  

Before I even begin to build, I need to figure out how to power the sails for Watson Mill. The mechanical setup will determine how much I alter the open back to disguise the power source. As I mentioned, this tutorial from Bruce Hirst used a motor from… more »

Milo Valley Farm - landscaping, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the landscaping. The grass mat I will be using is Wild Grass in Dark Green by Heki from Scenic Express (they call it Summer Green TurfGrass on their website). It has high dark green grasses with some variegated coloration to simulate a wild but well kept lawn. Just because there's a barn find car inside doesn't mean the whole property has to be an eyesore. :D… more »

Undersized Urbanite - vote now!

by brae  

Just a couple of days left to vote in the 2015 Undersized Urbanite contest hosted by Christina at Little Victorian.  I haven't looked through each entry yet, but at first glance it looks like a nice field of entries.  :]  Go here to vote. more »

Milo Valley Farm - overhead light

by brae  

I'm using a Meyers Wall Light for the front of the barn.  I used pliers to bend it outward a bit, which removed some of the paint.  That's fine for an old light, and I brushed on flat black paint to remove the gloss shine.  Once that was dry, I dry… more »

Milo Valley Farm - barn doors, part 5

by brae  

Finishing up the barn doors.  Glue will be the main support for the tubes.  I left a slight gap in the middle.… more »

Tribal Foxes Rug - 63 hours

by brae  

Continuing work on the Tribal Foxes Rug.  I've reached the other side of the center square.  :] I am now at 63 hours of work.  I am stitching full cross stitch with single thread over 32 count Jobelan. more »

Milo Valley Farm - barn doors, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the barn doors.  I brushed Testors black inside the plastic tubes as best I could.  I let it dribble through from each end and soaked up the excess with a paper towel.  It didn't need to be perfect, just to hide most of the white… more »

Milo Valley Farm - barn doors, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the barn doors. I cut new upper reinforcements from basswood since I didn't like the texture of the plywood edges. I marred the basswood pieces to make them look like old wood.… more »

Milo Valley Farm - knob and tube wiring, part 4

by brae  

With the 12V lights wired, I continued the knob and tube system along the side wall.  This was my initial map (I changed the cleats to knobs in the last post). I started with the lower cord from the back cross beam.  The process is the same as it… more »

Happy Groundhog Day 2016!

by brae  

It's Groundhog Day, but I think Woodrow is still making up his mind whether there will be an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter. It's not like I am lacking in mini projects to keep me busy...but it would be nice to have the windows open.  :] … more »

Otter Cove -- the contest results are in!

by brae  

With an impressive field of 115 entries, Otter Cove has taken the Second Place award in the HBS Creatin' Contest!  :D  I'm so thrilled to be among the top winners! Thank you to the judges and everyone at HBS!  I'm already mapping out my wish list. To… more »