Archives for: "September 2019"

Realife Country Store fixtures - part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the Realife Country Store fixtures. I cut more away from the window opening and cut new sides to replace the warped kit pieces. I was mistaken about the window shelf - there was a ledge included in the kit. I just hadn't cut that… more »

Ivy Hollow - wallpaper decisions

by brae  

Between the blog and Instagram, there were clear audience preferences to the wallpaper options. :D Now that I have the flooring stained (though not completely finished), I will give them a further look. This is the flooring, the paper printout of the… more »

Realife Country Store fixtures - part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the Realife Country Store fixtures. Due to the old, warped wood in the kit, I had to cut a few new parts for the counter, including an added bottom, which was not part of the original construction. Adding a bottom gives the piece more… more »

Mail Wagon - part 10

by brae  

Just a quick note that another miniaturist is making the doctor's buggy - but she is making it right out of the box. Be sure to check out Farmors miniature! ---------- Continuing work on the mail wagon. As you saw last time, I had primed the wagon… more »

Ye Olde Taxidermist - Haunted Heritage double feature in Dolls House & Miniature Scene

by brae  

I'm honored to have Ye Olde Taxidermist and the Haunted Heritage both featured in Dolls House & Miniature Scene for October 2019. As I was going through the old album to send them pictures, I found a photo I liked that I hadn't posted before.… more »

Ivy Hollow - wallpaper options

by brae  

I bet the rural post office would have been plaster on the inside, maybe wood paneled...but I'm going fancier. I wonder if this building might have been repurposed to be our post office, or perhaps the townspeople just had money and style. :D Options… more »

Ivy Hollow - lighting

by brae  

Originally, I thought to have a removable roof and possibly a removable wall. I'm pretty much set on having only the roof removable at this point, so I put an additional window on the back wall for better viewing the interior with the roof on. With a… more »

Ivy Hollow - potbelly stove, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the potbelly stove. There's always the kit stovepipe, which has excellent detailing, but I wanted to attempt a straight pipe up through the ceiling, which would be more in line with my inspiration photo. The rub lies in the oval… more »

Horse Harness - part 1

by brae  

Maybe that should read, "Putting Jebediah to work, part 1." As you know, I'm using a Breyer thoroughbred horse for my mail wagon. I found it interesting that at least one pacer (harness racing horse) pulled a mail wagon in real life. Mail Wagon Horse… more »

Ivy Hollow - inspiration photo and history

by brae  

As you recall, when I first started with my idea of building a Rural Free Delivery mail wagon and its post office hub, I found this postcard from 1917 showing a post office with RFD horse wagons picking up the mail. It was precisely the type of building… more »

Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, 14.5 hours

by brae  

Update on the Birds on a Branch rug. After the last update, I lost a bit of motivation after deciding I didn't like the diagonal striped border. The knots were not lining up well, and it was becoming a jumbled mess the more I added. Here is what it… more »

Mail Wagon - part 9

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. I'm planning a basic box cabin with trimmed details, a hinged front window, and sliding side doors. I'm using 3/64" thick basswood sheets (3" x 24") for the majority of the parts. It's thinner than 1/16" and therefore… more »

Mail Wagon - part 8

by brae  

With the front and rear axle assemblies and wheels made, I can start to build the cabin. I've pretty much been researching mail wagons since I started down this path, and there was no standard type of wagon over the years. RFD was such a novel thing,… more »