Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Ivy Hollow - windows, a second look

by brae  

I'm using Houseworks attic windows for my tiny post office. They have interior trim that fits around the frame.

After seeing one in dry fit, it all seemed out of proportion.

Here's an interior window with the trim pulled in closer. It sits on top of the frame instead of surrounding it.

I had padded the exterior of the attic windows to make up for some of the difference in depth, and I couldn't add more without throwing the proportion off on the outside.

That left padding the walls on the inside. I needed only 1/16" thick material to make the walls flush with the windows, so I bought chip board sheets as an economical solution.

I cut new interior trim, eliminating the angled corners that are often hard to cut by hand. Better. :]

Ivy Hollow - postmaster's desk wall, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the back wall. I figured I would need more pigeon holes, because having a post office for only 15 mail customers seemed a bit of an extravagance. I modeled the additional pigeon holes after the ones made for the postal teller, making them a little deeper and having 40 on this back wall unit. I think I held my breath while cutting the thin slits to fit the parts together, but it worked! There was so much cutting and prep work beforehand, I was not looking forward to having to do it all over again.

I think 55 post boxes is more in line for a one-wagon rural post office. It might not be enough for a true post office, so I remind myself this is a mini approximation. :D

Instead of painting after assembly like I did with the postal teller, I painted and sealed the strips individually. This was so much easier than trying to get a good finish in the tiny pigeon holes. Wish I had considered this when I made the teller.

On the opposite side has shelves for packages. The postmaster could put a package slip in the box for mail that wouldn't fit. I adapted a 2" Houseworks kitchen cabinet for these shelves, mirroring the modifications I made on the opposite side of the window, but this one does have a working drawer.

I painted the cabinets to match the other woodwork.

Right now, the pigeon holes are not attached to the base cabinet. I need to add the box numbers.

Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, 24.75 hours

by brae  

Update on the Birds on a Branch rug. I didn't stitch as much as I should have this past month, but I feel I've gotten back into the groove. The Star Trek marathon each night on H&I helps. Now at 24.75 hours.

Ivy Hollow - postmaster's desk wall, part 1

by brae  

As shown previously, I had originally planned to use a Chrysnbon kitchen hutch bashed into a desk, but the interior is too small. Maybe if I had built the Chrysnbon desk later, I could have cut down the depth, but there would have been more room for disaster with that attempt. The new desk is adapted from a table pattern in the book Finishing Touches by Jane Harrop. Clean, simple design with a false drawer to save time (knobs to come after finishing).

Barbara sent me some Chrysnbon kits for seating options, and I'm choosing the Victorian chair for the postmaster's desk. It's fancy, but I plan to age it a little to look like a hand-me-down.

These kits are more delicate in style and often smaller in stature than other 1:12 scale chairs, which works well for the small interior.

The boards of the shelving units in the Realife Country Store fixtures kit weren't salvageable due to warping - not even as wood scraps, but they would have required modification to fit the space anyway. Easier to just work from scratch.

After deciding I needed another window on the already finished back wall, I cut an opening without damaging the siding. Whew. But, I measured the back wall window opening incorrectly...it's off-center. Oy. Guess what, my brain was apparently ahead of me since it knew I needed three inches of space on the left. Had the window been centered, my idea of adapting a 3" Houseworks kitchen cabinet kit wouldn't have worked. Double whew! :D

I cut the depth down considerably and altered the construction a bit since this was originally a sink/stove cabinet with false drawer fronts. I used surplus parts from an identical kit I had scavenged before and cut some new pieces as needed.

These are great kits, but I usually buy the partially assembled versions if I plan to use them without modification.

The cabinet fills the bottom space, adding storage, but I don't have to actually fill said space with minis that won't be seen (nor will I have to dust this space).

More is planned for the space to the right, of course. :]

These pieces all fit well, but that window placement next to the postal teller is going to bug me. :\ When I flipped the house structure and furniture arrangement, I neglected to reconsider the window placement. This is when my penchant for leaving a house in dry fit until the end works in my favor. This is a relatively simple fix...cut a new rectangular wall, add siding and paint. It's a task that I can do in the background while moving forward and using the existing wall for planning, etc. Plus, I will keep the old wall in my stash for whatever may come up.

We've got mail!

by brae  

Today, my car needed its scheduled maintenance, so I packed my bag of minis and headed over there for a three-hour tour (Gilligan's Island theme song now firmly in my head.) They have a desk/office area cordoned off for some privacy, so I was able to work comfortably. Sometimes I sit in one of the comfy lounge chairs and stitch, but today was Mail Call day.

Someone was kind enough to leave their dirty coffee cup behind, but it worked well for a mini trash can. Kismet litter (good punk band name). haaaaaaaaaa

For the past couple of weeks, I've done some scouting about online and found a few different sites that had scanned letters and their corresponding envelopes. There is also a wealth of postcards, both mailed and unused, listed for sale online. I tried to limit the ones I printed to true 1917 dates, except for a few that I loved and wanted to include. Here are the letters. They are true to scale and not legible, but they add a nice touch.

I did print envelopes, but my guidelines were so faint that I am going to reprint those for another day. I did manage to get one matched reasonably well.

The letters are glued shut, but I like knowing there is a true letter inside.

I cut out the postcard fronts and corresponding backs as pairs so I wouldn't have to play an impossible match game later.

I pasted them back to back for a true postcard facsimile. This is one I fudged - this is a postcard that had a blank back, but I needed the bunnies in my post office.

Assembling these will be good busy work for TV time.

Miniature Collector magazine had printies in their magazines, and I pulled a whole bunch from the recent magazine stash that was gifted to me by a generous reader. One was a sampling of the 1902 Burpee's Farm Annual. The magazine has a copyright date of March 2007.

It included a large envelope to hold the mailer, an order form and a return envelope.

It's a lovely set, and the notes indicate you are allowed to copy or have a copy service reprint for personal use. Since the magazine paper is a little shinier than I would like, I think I will do just that and make up a bunch. :]

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