Category: "Miniatures"

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 image searches, trying to limit those chosen to 1917, give or take a year. Though I was able to find some fully scanned catalogs including the inner pages, I focused on covers and glued each one shut with inserts. These would be placed in the pigeon holes and not opened for viewing. Some of these came from sale listings, so I was able to get accurate measurements for scale, though I had to increase the scale size to get a good print in some instances. Some required more sprucing up in PhotoShop than others as well.

I'm not completely sure, but I would imagine many magazines were sent in envelopes with handwritten addresses. Since I spent so much time researching and working on the catalogs and magazines, I didn't want to hide them away in envelopes.

Seed catalogs.

This one is a 1916 with a changed date. I could not pass up that cover!

Ladies magazines.

Needlework.

Lionel electric toy trains.

Machinery and pulleys.

Buggies.

Photography.

Horses.

National Geographic.

Booze. Prohibition is coming!

I used true real life magazine pages for the inserts for the magazines. The color and variation add more realism.

For the catalogs, I used black and white printed pages. While many of these would not have been printed to the edges of the pages in reality, I liked the look better than plain card stock or paper.

I'm still making many more envelopes with letters, but this is the mail I have on hand, along with a few gifted letter sets not shown here. Like flowers, you always need more filler than you think...so I might be making even more in the end. I also plan to add packages.

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 Table. This is the big table of miscellaneous minis, kits and magazines in the lobby outside the main room. All these kits were super cheap.

Same with the minis. You just have to be willing to dig through old, dusty bins. And, if you're looking for older magazines or inexpensive house kits, you might find it here.

Rubik's cube kit?

Debbie Rundle. Great minis of all types.

Behold Sabu the Prognosticator. I have no idea why I needed a clairvoyant reptile in a wizard's hat, but I'm guessing he knows. :D I'm pretty sure he needs an amulet, perhaps some stars on his hat. And, a silk bed.

Jancrafted. Great vintage kits.

These are fireplace kits with an interesting material for the brickwork.

A Little More in Miniatures. New autumn shrubbery for a future project yet to be named.

I don't usually buy finished flowers since I enjoy making them so much, and I do have these daisies in kit for from A Little More in Miniatures, but sometimes perfection just can't be passed by. :D

K. M. Wohrstein. A lot of great old items here. Things I had never seen before.

I'm not usually a fan of brass, but these are wonderful pieces.

William Cambron Designs. Diminutive Designs frame kits that are harder to find.

Great knickknacks.

Greenhouse Miniatures. A fantastic country chair.

A working clock signed Keith Small Time Wales 1998. The clock was not working when I bought it, so I changed the battery. Nothing. I removed the battery altogether to make sure it doesn't corrode inside the case.

This isn't everything I bought. Some are gifts and others are kits that don't photograph well.

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 two other styles of interior pages just to have print throughout, though the backs of each image are blank.

I cut the various spreads then folded each individually.

I placed the two inserts inside the cover and folded into shape. A roller helped push everything together.

I glued the main fold on the inside and then a few random corners to hold the shape a bit.

I rolled the paper again and trimmed the non-folded edges with an X-Acto knife.

I tried to get them as consistent as possible, but I really needed only one near perfect one for the top of the stack.

As long as they were all relatively close in size, they would work as a stack.

Once I had a stack of ten, I used buttonhole thread to tie the stack.

Hooray! :D

Happy Halloween 2019!

by brae  

I've had zero time to make anything for Halloween this year. :\ But, I ran into this happy little guy at a local restaurant.

He's a real life sized pineapple, but I think it would wonderful to recreate him in mini. Debora sent me a mini pineapple sometime ago, and I could start there with a mold. I know I could follow a polymer clay tutorial and start from scratch, but sometimes reinventing the wheel only delays the gratification. haaaaaa!

Happy Halloween!!!  :D

Ivy Hollow - brass plaque

by brae  

I bought a 42-piece lot of vintage charms of the logo for the United States Post Office Department, which was the original name of the United States Postal Service.

No, I didn't need 42 of these suckers, but how perfect for a plaque.

I was going to make a sign to resemble a porcelain plaque, but this is delightful at 5/8" diameter.

I didn't want to wait to ask the seller for a smaller lot, because I couldn’t find anything like these online in a smaller quantity and I would have been sad had I missed out on this perfect detail. There are three styles, and one has already made its way to a new home. I'll list these in my etsy shop once I reopen. :]

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