Category: "Art, photography"

Paint Nite, in miniature - 3

by brae  

I once again went to a Paint Nite event at a local restaurant (you can see my previous paintings: one and two). From the link here, you can see the moonlit night painting the artist and host Sarah Benkin would be teaching. I brought a mini sized canvas instead of using the provided canvas. The mini canvas was made using textured scrapbook paper glued to mat board with spray adhesive and then coated with white acrylic. It has a more subtle texture than the canvas note cards used previously, so I will likely use this base in the future.

Paint Nite, in miniature - 2

by brae  

I once again went to a Paint Nite event at a local restaurant (you can see my previous painting here). From the link here, you can see the rainbow forest painting the artist and host Sarah Benkin would be teaching. I brought a mini sized canvas instead of using the provided canvas. The mini canvas was made using a textured note card glued to mat board with spray adhesive and then coated with white acrylic. I had to leave off some elements due to the scale change, but it was so fun! I already have a ticket for a future painting event.

Carriage Days and Galloway House

by brae  

I spent part of my birthday weekend in Wisconsin. When previously touring the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, we were told about the carriage days event in August, which coincided with my birthday weekend. The event was interesting - the drivers compete for ribbons and come decked out in their finest. It was not easy to capture a good photo of the carriages in motion, and when they were still, they were all grouped together. It was great to see these vintage vehicles in motion, to hear the creak of the wood and leather as they moved over the grass.

The event included a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds to the event circle, the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel, the blacksmith shop and saw mill. Things were a little disorganized, but it was still a great day to tour and see interesting historical attractions. The hotel tour was a little long, so we skipped around to take photos and left early. It's definitely worthwhile to visit both the museum and the surrounding property.

 

After that we headed to Galloway House and Village in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. What a beautiful house!

There were not many people around, so we were able to take our time. I spied this interesting lamp in the parlor.

Just like the Chrysolite lamps I made for the Haunted Heritage bathroom (I left off the reflectors for mine).

There are a lot of surrounding buildings you can tour (self-guided). What was interesting to me were the antique items intended for actual handling by guests, something that is rather rare. Of course, the main attraction for me was their old mail wagon.

It's in rather rough shape, but it was great to be able to see inside and get close.

The sign on it reads:

This 1921 horse drawn mail buggy was used to deliver mail for 7 years by Mr. Frank Brodzeller.

This was a 38-mile route in rural Lomira, Dodge County, Wisconsin and served 165 families.

In late 1927, after traveling 5,794 miles using 4 different horses, Brodzeller gave way to the automobile and retired his horse and buggy.

After 39 years and 7 months, 400,000 plus miles, 4 horses and 20 automobiles, Brodzeller retired. A safe driving award was given to him along with an excellent service award by a Lomira Citizen group.

Brodzeller then, with a borrowed horse, used this mail buggy once again to deliver his last mail to Lomira Route #1. There were many of his friends waiting for the mail, to bid this final farewell. All relived the early days of 1921.

This buggy was later donated by Brodzeller to the Galloway Carriage House Museum.

There is so much more than these two highlights, and I highly recommend a visit if you like history and antiques even in the slightest.

Intermission - but back to work soon

by brae  

As Sheila points out, they are both actually in my chair...but one good yank of the blanket, and the chair is free for me.  haaaaaaaa!

I had a short road trip vacation and am now back at it. More mini updates soon....

Revisiting...

by brae  

While I am trying to get motivated to mini (and blog) more consistently, I am participating in a daily challenge on Instagram for the May Mini Makers.  :D  I hope to complete it each day, but I can already tell there will be a couple I need to think on.  It has been fun going through old pics, though.  I have been keeping this blog for nearly a decade!  :O

Here's the photo set up for my Halloween 2013 scene for the first day's challenge.  Check out my Instagram page for the rest.

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