Archives for: "August 2017"

Watson Mill - door and windows, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the door and windows.  I spray painted four doorknobs and two keyholes in antique bronze since the area for door handles was so narrow.  I had to put the knobs a little off center from one another due to the draft strip down the… more »

Bishop Show Chicago Fall 2017

by brae  

It's mini show time again!  I headed to the Bishop Show - Chicago Fall 2017 event tonight and came home with a few goodies.  I also saw the classes for next year's Bishop International Show, so I have some things to consider.  :] All About Miniatures.… more »

No, you're not imaginging things

by brae  

I have disabled all photos on my blog, which is a bit ridiculous for a tutorial and show-and-tell blog.  I am once again dealing with a difficult Pinterest user who is insisting on pinning every image in my recap posts to Pinterest.  As I was copying… more »

Watson Mill - door and windows, part 1

by brae  

In my perusal of windmills online and from my own stash of vacation photos, I've found that the windows and door frames are often rust red or white.  Check out this beautifully converted home, for example.  I've opted for Americana White Birch in satin… more »

Paw prints

by brae  

It's my birthday week.  Well, it has actually been my birthday month filled with outings, lunches and dinners with family and friends.  :D  I'll have mini presents to share soon, but I am busy, busy, busy this week especially.  I've been making a dress… more »

Bargello II - completed

by brae  

I've finished the new coloration bargello stitching.  Interestingly, the one on the left took 5 hours and the one on the right took 4.25 hours, just like the first time around.  It must just take more time to plot the first one, whereas you can just… more »

Watson Mill - I've got the shakes again

by brae  

It apparently takes six years to forget what a right proper pain it is to wood shake an entire house.  :\ It's a lovely finish though, and very forgiving especially on an old mill.  Instead of dark cedar, this time I will be using light wood shakes that… more »

August Online Show 2017

by brae  

I am participating in The August Miniature Show online this week.  Early bird shopping begins August 9th at 10AM MST and ends August 10th at 10AM MST.  After that, it will be open to the public through August 13th.  As usual, I am offering free shipping… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  I finished gluing the circle library boards and backing sheets, cut some paper shims for behind the mirror, removed the protective covering and pushed the circle in place. The circle can be taken out to clean or… more »

Watson Mill - more decorating

by brae  

To add stability to the side walls, I glued strips of Tyvek in place.  I love this material since it is strong but thin enough not to interfere with most wallpapers and flooring. I liked the appearance of the aged plaster wallpaper design joining… more »

Watson Mill - the end of the dry fit

by brae  

Since I had left the original door and window in place on the kit front, I had to even out the raised portions of the die cuts.  I used 60 grit sandpaper taped to a scrap of wood to flat sand the raised areas away.  I touched up the gesso primer… more »

Watson Mill - electrical plan, part 2

by brae  

Things always come up when the warmer weather hits, and I get out and about with friends and family.  Then on my "days off" from festivities, I relax and recuperate to start the work week all over again.  So, the blog slows down this time of year, but I… more »

Auguste

by brae  

This is Auguste, and he is as cute as a button.  :D Auguste is a clever hedgehog made by A. Gabriela Z. Rodriguez of agzr*studios. She included a strawberry house and food bowl.  I love the strawberry especially.  It's the perfect hideout and makes me… more »