Archives for: "November 2019"

Ivy Hollow - windows

by brae  

I'm using five attic windows for my tiny post office since they are in better proportion to the building overall. I love working with pre-made components for their time-saving appeal, but they do require some work to get in top shape. One of my favorite… more »

Mail Wagon - part 12

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. Here's a reminder of the mail wagon from the Galloway House and Village in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Since its interior is the only one I've been able to photograph up close, I'm modeling many of my details after it. I… more »

Ivy Hollow - mailbags

by brae  

We have to receive our mail in bulk at the tiny post office, mostly likely by rail. I printed and sewed a simple mailbag design. It's one thing to put actual letters in tiny envelopes that will never be opened; it's entirely different to hide all that… more »

Ivy Hollow - sneak peek of the interior

by brae  

A sneak peek of the interior trims being put in place. The roof (and ceiling beam) will remain removable to better access the interior. It's a little hard to see, but I used wood flooring sheets to make the ceiling, then painted the surface vintage… more »

Ivy Hollow - gate

by brae  

I made a gate from scrap wood and Tiny Turnings, making it up as I went along. I thought the spindles probably could have been closer together, but it turned out well so I went with it. The stain is Minwax Dark Walnut. I used brass Houseworks hinges to… more »

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the tree. I have the tree painted and detailed, and I separated the foliage branches from two bundles of candytuft. Too bad I can't just say "alakazam" and have the foliage appear on the tree. :\ The trunk is somewhere between grey… more »

Mail Wagon - part 11

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. Here is the mock-up from last time. I originally intended to build a working window for the front, but after considering that the small space would make it difficult to actually operate the window, I opted for faking… more »

Ivy Hollow - tiny parcels

by brae  

At this point, there's so much left to do on the build that I'm having no time to blog. I've posted a few things on Instagram, as some of you know. Since I like a big reveal but have chosen to build publicly this year, I think the next few weeks are… more »

Ivy Hollow - postmaster's desk wall, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the back wall. Our rural post office has good cabinets and a postal teller in newish condition, but the desk and chair are hand me down pieces. They are still perfectly usable, after all. :] The Chrysnbon Victorian chair kit was a… more »

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 1

by brae  

I'm working on another tree this year. I'm using the same wire and putty technique I've used in the past for the trunk - notes at the bottom. The first layer of putty is on with at least one more to go, where I will add texture. I like how the tall tree… more »

We've got more mail!

by brae  

After the letters, envelopes and postcards, I still needed mailers and catalogs. Rural Free Delivery meant businesses could expand and reach more customers, and people in rural areas would have access to goods far from home. Again, I turned to online… more »

Wee "c" Miniatures Show - 2019

by brae  

Tonight, I headed to the annual Wee "c" Miniatures Show.  It's a smaller show but there are always wonderful finds to be discovered.  The show is open again tomorrow if you are in the area.  :] Tonight was vintage minis and kits night! Young Miniaturist… more »

Ivy Hollow - hot off the press

by brae  

I've made up a mini newspaper stack for the post office. I settled on a midyear 1917 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer because it had horse drawn carriages on the front page above the fold. Again, these are in scale and not really legible. I printed… more »