Archives for: "October 2016"

Happy Halloween 2016

by brae  

It's Halloween and payday, two things that brighten a Monday.  :D  This year, my mini scene is lighter and more festive than scary. Our lovely seamstress Cherry is all dressed up in her monarch butterfly costume. She and Lowell are the first dolls… more »

Halloween Eve 2016

by brae  

I have something else planned for a Halloween post, but a recent acquisition calls for its own feature. These adorable bats and tree are the work of Olga Proshina.  One has open wings. The other is wrapped up tight.  :]  Both have super cute… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 8

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The kit comes with tubing and wires to add realistic detailing to the engine compartment.  The thin tubing is rather stiff, so in just about every instance it has broken off the tiny plastic rod that's supposed to… more »

Fall sale on etsy

by brae  

Just in case you were eyeing anything in my etsy shop, I am offering free shipping with a minimum $30 purchase to U.S. addresses through November 8.  Use code OTTERINESHIP30 during checkout. more »

Ticking things off the list

by brae  

We've all been speaking of lists.  Mine is also a bear.  :\  I've been trying to do at least one thing per evening and concentrating on longer sessions on the weekends.  Tonight, I worked on an etsy order and then finished up the black-eyed Susans.  Say… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T van. The kit includes adhesive backed micro wood to simulate the parts that were wood on the real van. Since I have two kits, I have some excess.… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The past couple of steps have used the "brass" finish parts that are factory painted in high gloss.  While having the brass parts modeled in shiny color is great, sometimes they are not attached to the sprue in the… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  We've reached page two of the instructions!  :D The frame has been attached to the fenders and the engine glued in place.  This is all extremely fiddly after removing the stabilizing sprue connectors from the… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The gas tank in a Model T sits under the seat and likely won't be seen much in my model, but that's no reason to skimp on detailing.  :D  The pieces that make up the tank were primed in flat black since they were on… more »

Greenery and flowers

by brae  

I made some small bushes from greenery I bought at the minis shows from A Little More in Miniatures.  I planted the stems in styrofoam painted brown and added yellow tips on a few of the branches.  I then planted some of the black-eyed Susans I made… more »

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susans

by brae  

I'm starting to assemble bits for the landscaping, and one of my favorite wildflowers is the black-eyed Susan.  :]  I've made Bonnie Lavish kits in the past, but she is no longer selling and the kits are hard to find.  These flowers are relatively… more »

Bird perches

by brae  

I re-purposed two House of Miniatures kits for Clyde and Sam -- a bookstand and pedestal desk.  I've kept the tops for other uses. I finished them in dark walnut with a satin varnish.  Pretty birdies! To make the perches, I used pieces from the old… more »

Model cars & airplanes, etc.

by brae  

Just a recap post to make it easier to locate past models and works in progress.  Some images in this post can be clicked to view larger.  Each section has a link to the latest post in the build, which can be followed back through the process.  To see a… more »

1913 Model T Van, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  Since the chassis will soon be up in the assembly process, I decided to go ahead and polish the rest of the way.  Touch-ups can always be done later, but it's easier to work with the parts while they are separate. I… more »

The Scarecrow

by brae  

In dressing the next Martian, I realized the pants material was rather thin.  So, I made some boxer briefs from darker embroidery thread to keep things decent.  =giggle= Here is Lowell all decked out for Halloween in a new scarecrow costume.  I used… more »

The Monarch

by brae  

One of the Martians has shape-shifted!  :D It was my first time making a doll let alone dressing one, and I just decided to wing it.  bah-dum-PAH!  Nothing is glued in place other than her hair, so she can be dressed in other garments if I like.  I… more »

Skeleton flamingos

by brae  

Who doesn't love a kitschy lawn ornament or three?  :D Saved from a life as discarded swizzle sticks, these flamingos now have an undead existence in the Haunted Heritage lawn. I've listed the extras in my etsy shop.  :] more »

1913 Model T Van, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  Making models showroom new is not easy, at least not for me.  I can age and wear anything down with ease, but new takes time, effort and luck.  Gloss is also not an easy finish to achieve, but with a newish truck I have… more »

Birthday suits

by brae  

=wolf whistle=  Look at those figures!  :D The pipe cleaner skeletons have been padded and wrapped in embroidery floss.  To get the one a bit taller, I pulled his legs.  haaaaaaaaa!  Now they're ready for clothing.  I've never made clothing this small… more »