Category: "Miniatures"

Secret Santas

by brae  

I participated in a swap this year with a group of talented and delightful miniaturists. One of my Santas, Corinne, sent me mini mail and a mailbag that appears to have just come off the train. All of it is so perfect.

There were also wartime posters - aged and new for my choosing, and I used three of them in the post office.

She also included Datsun posters, pushing me to get back to building my model car.

She sent me so many great things! I'm beyond thrilled!

I wish Jebediah didn't have his eyes masked in this photo, otherwise he could see how handsome he looks! Thank you, Corinne!

Amanda sent me some minis to brighten Easter, Halloween and Christmas. I've wanted a mini chocolate bunny for a long time, and this one is so perfect with its tiny gold bow.

The record player is amazing -- aged and worn but still operational for when you want to get out the vinyl and enjoy some oldies but goodies! Thank you so much, Amanda!

Ivy Hollow - tiny stamps and a postal cat

by brae  

As I was building, the delightfully talentedĀ Anna sent me some mini stamps she made. She included real life size prints of the original inspirations as well.

One has a biplane in honor of The Aero Squadron Lounge.

Another has an RFD wagon.

There's even a book to keep them organized for the postmaster. :D

Thank you, Anna, for your wonderful and generous gift!

I've set a few on the ledger from Looking Glass Miniatures. There's also a cat food jar by Jane Graber for when Chester gets the munchies.

And, you know cats do! :D Chester was made by 2014erok. I had so much fun playing in the mini dirt this time around - the landscaping got to be a lot less manicured.

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on theĀ tree. Sprouting foliage! :D

Good thing I chose autumn, so my tree can be sparse. haaaaa

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 work away in a mailbag that will never be opened. But, I needed to be mindful of the weight and shape overall. I started with faux letter bundles.

I then made wood parcels.

I arranged the parcels in the middle and bottom, filling in the letter bundles around them.

I used a double layer of regular sewing thread to draw the bag closed and tied a bow.

Though it's hard to tell in the photo, the fabric is just thin enough that the colors and patterns of the faux mail add to the realism of what's inside.

You'll be happy to know I am not making dolls in satchels to represent the children sent parcel post (article one, article two). haaaaa!

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 and brown. I mix at random and fine-tune until I get there since there isn't a good color straight out of the bottle.

The foliage branches next need to have their stem portions painted to match - or relatively close.

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