Archives for: "July 2019"

Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. I was already leaning toward the micro mesh, but the overwhelming votes for it helped seal the deal! :D I tried a couple more tests to see if I could tone down the sheen. I tried to spray paint the mesh once before,… more »

Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 3 - plus some hay

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. When I left the screen door last, I had tried to darken the aluminum micro mesh without success. I moved on to the wood parts.  I marked where the glue joins would be and left those unpainted as I gave the screen door… more »

Ivy Hollow - potbelly stove, part 1

by brae  

Many moons ago, I building a decrepit potbelly stove from a Chrysnbon kit for Baslow Ranch. It's a great kit, with a skinny stove that is perfect for a small structure. Typically, these would be placed in the middle of the building, but we've already… more »

Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, start and restart

by brae  

I spent some time working on the rug last weekend, and I do love it...but the linen isn't going to work. While I can see the threads with no problem, I'm running into the same issue I had with the silk gauze in that my knots are covering so well, it's… more »

Seeking a book - FOUND!

by brae  

As you may recall, I was seeking a copy of Making Model Horse Harness by Anne Funnell.  She used to head Lenham Pottery Models, involved with both horse models (including scale model harness kits) and dollhouse pottery.  She had retired, so it seemed… more »

Mail Wagon - part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the Mail Wagon. With the front and rear axle assemblies started, it was time to work on the wheels. Most instructions tell you to read through the whole process before starting. This is to familiarize yourself with the parts and… more »

Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, prep

by brae  

I've set up my fabric for the Birds on a Branch rug by Sue Bakker. I measured my printout, which is roughly the actual finished size I'm figuring, and then tried it with my Morgan Lap Stand (my original review here).  This set has two no-slip embroidery… more »

Ivy Hollow - siding, gable windows and roof planning

by brae  

Here's a refresher on the postcard from 1917 showing a post office with RFD horse wagons picking up the mail. I want to keep most of the details of the original with a few changes. image used with permission I bought some half-scale Alessio Miniatures… more »

Ivy Hollow - that time of year...

by brae  

Looks like I'm doing an autumn scene this time. :D This is autumn gold candytuft from Scenery Solutions - 4 bundles. I'll start making a tree trunk soon. more »

Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, intro

by brae  

I know it might not be accurate to have a stitched rug in an old post office, but sometimes you just have to go with what you like. :D This is a design by Sue Bakker, and I think the folksy look is marvelous. She called it Arts & Crafts Wallhanging,… more »

Jebediah McCants

by brae  

That's my horse's name - Jebediah McCants. Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt anyone guessed it. :D I looked up the meaning of Jebediah, and it means "beloved friend." McCants is some distant ancestral name, and I thought the names sounded good together. I'm… more »

Ivy Hollow - building progress

by brae  

Today, I cut the window openings and completed the remaining patch needed. Since I'm using the full height of the walls and not setting the floor into the grooves, I filled those gaps with two layers of strip wood. Since the plywood patches for the… more »