Archives for: "June 2017"

Watson Mill - books and tulips

by brae  

What else could Gustav need for Watson Mill but books and tulips?  :D  I haven't assembled any more of the Cricut insert books, though they are neatly situated in a box for a movie night or two.  In the meantime, Lyssa was clearing some mini clutter and… more »

Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the main room furnishings.  Elizabeth suggested measuring the table height with Gustav in the seat, so that's where I started in determining whether to cut down the table legs.  I put the cabinet in the scene as well, since counter… more »

Estate minis from Barbara

by brae  

Barbara is a very generous friend and has excellent taste in minis!  :D  She sent me a beautiful box of estate minis.  The four books are four fewer that I have to make for the library.  The two turnings are gorgeous and would fit well in The… more »

Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the main room furnishings.  I painted the kitchen chairs Zinc by Americana.  What I like about this dark grey is the blue cast to it, which should go well with the enamel tabletop.  I've been trying out processes for the tabletop, so… more »

Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the main floor furnishings.  I tried out some new Minwax stains I picked up at Lowes.  This is Natural, Fruitwood and Driftwood (left to right) used on basswood scraps.  Natural gives the grain a lift and a slight warm tone.  I might… more »

Watson Mill - foundation, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the foundation.  I had egg carton bricks on hand, so I didn't bother to reinvent the wheel.  Most of the time, I will measure my board and determine how many bricks across I need and adjust the measurements accordingly.  It's a small… more »

Watson Mill - enamel tabletop, part 1

by brae  

A Greenleaf forum member suggested enamel tabletops, so I scouted around the net looking at examples. It seemed a grand idea, so I printed some designs I thought would work best in blue, black and orange-red. These are just on regular paper for testing… more »

Kitty tray

by brae  

I treated myself to a splurge item just because.  NAME Miniatures has a great collection of estate pieces, and I could not get this kitty out of my head.  It's a beautifully painted tray with a stand on the back that is held on with wax, so the tray… more »

Gazelle Rug - new, old work

by brae  

Yes, one more needlework project, but I know you all understand.  :D  I ran across this work while organizing this weekend, so I thought it might be nice to see if it will work for the bedroom of the mill.  I had already done the center detailing in… more »

Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 1

by brae  

Now that I have the general layout, I can start making the final furnishings.  I've raided my stash of furniture kits and took out a couple that I would not likely use otherwise. For the kitchen area, I will make two Queen Anne Side Chairs from The… more »

Watson Mill - wallpaper

by brae  

Choosing wall color is a big step in decorating.  I always knew I wanted a pale blue for the main floor, but finding the right shade was key.  There will be a lot going on with décor in a small space, so nothing too dark, too bright or too green to… more »

World's Smallest Yardsale

by brae  

I am participating in the World's Smallest Yardsale coming up June 14-18.  Early bird shopping starts June 13.  I have a bunch of unused and like new items from my stash including kits and random minis.  There are also a few scratch & dent bargains.… more »

Watson Mill - foundation, part 1

by brae  

I'm 95% sure I want to do a wood shake exterior on the mill, which means I neglected to leave any space for a foundation.  I made a support system from 1" plywood strips, adding a couple spare pieces of mdf that will help hold it in place when I glue it… more »

Bargello, introduction

by brae  

Since I plan to make some seating from House of Miniatures kits, I thought I would give embroidered upholstery a try.  I previously cross-stitched new cushions for two Mackintosh chairs, but this time I wanted to try something new to me. I've always… more »

Where we're going, and thoughts on it

by brae  

I recently purchased sketchbook and road atlas kits from Nancy Enge's etsy shop.  Nancy makes fine kits with detailed instructions.  I've always loved tiny Moleskin journals, and her sketchbooks remind me of those.  I made one straight out of the kit,… more »

Wee topiary pots

by brae  

I've added three styles of topiary pots to my etsy shop.  The heart is in a resin pot, and the bird and bunny are in ceramic pots.  I've painted them to a fine patina. I've also listed the third unused shop counter like the ones in Ye Olde Taxidermist. more »

Watson Mill - settee and rug

by brae  

I had originally planned to put the Tribal Foxes rug in the bedroom, but the room is so narrow very little of it would show.  I will stick with the red rug shown in the mockups since it fits so well. The rug was purchased at the most recent mini shows… more »

Watson Mill - a pictorial review

by brae  

Just starting my usual recap post to make it easier to find things.  This post will change as I get further along in the build.  Many images in this post can be clicked to view larger.  To see a list of posts showing details on how I made things or what… more »