Archives for: "April 2017"

Weedwacker Mill

by brae  

Thank you for your suggestions and comments on the windows and interior layouts.  Again, good to sleep on it.  I've put in some shrubbery and the window layout I wanted originally.  I think we have a winner since the landscaping balances it all out and… more »

Watson Mill - layouts, revisited

by brae  

Always good to sleep on things.  I wanted to try out the look of the window options on the front with the sails.  None of them appealed to me at all since they detract from the sails and the shape of the structure.  So, no windows on the frontside. That… more »

Watson Mill - layouts

by brae  

I tried out some furnishings this evening to figure out the direction of decorating going forward.  It's time to start thinking about lighting and wiring, so I need to determine where things will sit in the end.  After flipping things around and trying… more »

Watson Mill - corner cupboard and tea trolley

by brae  

It's time to start making furnishings for Watson Mill so I can plan the window and door openings on the lower floor.  The upper room will have a bed, dresser and maybe an accent piece.  I might put in stained glass windows up there, but the first order… more »

Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 2

by brae  

Beginning work on the Citroën DS19 in 1/16 scale.  As I mentioned previously, there's a modeler who built one to completion with excellent results so I am following those instructions as well as those from the kit.  The main change made is putting the… more »

Last day of the shows 2017

by brae  

It was the last day of the shows for me, though the Chicago International Bishop Show is still open tomorrow. Diane Paone. Back to The Miniature Show, too. Arjen Spinhoven. I took some photos of the finished items as well. The rent table has an… more »

Bishop Show and Miniature Show 2017

by brae  

Today was the preview day for the Chicago International Bishop Show.  :] I made a beeline for Jane Graber's table, because her pottery goes so fast.  I think a plate display in Watson Mill will be lovely. Heidi Ott. Barbara Begley Miniature Gardens.… more »

Drill press class and the 3 Blind Mice Show 2017 opening night

by brae  

Today was my adventure in learning to use a drill press at the Bishop Show.  The instructor was Tom Walden, and he taught us so many great techniques.  I can see a whole new world of minis opening up for me.  I bought the set-up that holds the Dremel I… more »

He's just misunderstood

by brae  

I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and have always loved the whimsical characters.  My childhood copy of The Lorax is still on my bookshelf and is in rather good condition.  I've even been to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts.… more »

Gustav's Mill - part 1

by brae  

I have the week off from work, and yesterday I built Gustav's Mill -- the Archistories Windmill 'Marienfehn' in Z scale. I bought some 21-gauge tipped glue syringes since the portions to be glued are so small.  Elmer's wood glue worked well with them.… more »

Watson Mill - arched door, part 1

by brae  

I wanted an arched door for Watson mill to keep with the curved aspect of the facade, and as mentioned before the door opening had to be moved to the side to avoid the sails.  There's a relatively low ceiling on the first floor at 7 3/4" tall, which… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 1

by brae  

I've taken the plunge and purchased a crafting machine.  :]  I opted for the Cricut Explore One, even though there are more advanced models out there.  I wanted to keep costs down, and I don't foresee needing to speed through projects or having the… more »

Baxter Pointe Villa is for sale

by brae  

I'm finally listing a house for sale (here's the listing on eBay).  I doubt I will let go of many, so this is a big step for me.  :]  I'm located in the Chicago area if someone coming to the April shows is interested.  Due to the delicate wind turbine… more »

Watson Mill - sails, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the windmill sails.  It's time to figure out the hub and shaft portion for the sails.  I've developed a hub inspired by the 1:30 scale mill kit by Amati and this windmill build by Penterbak. I decided to build my hub from styrene… more »

The Persian - 18.25 hrs

by brae  

Continuing work on the Persian rug.  I'm now at 18.25 hours of stitching.  I've had a few sessions of pulling knots back out to get the colors right and have added two more browns to the mix since the darkest brown that worked for the red border was too… more »

Gustav's Mill - introduction

by brae  

One of the reasons I cut new walls to make Watson Mill larger on the inside was to accommodate Gustav's hobby.  Turns out, in addition to avid reading, he's a miniaturist.  :D  In researching mini mills, I found this delightful Archistories Windmill… more »