Category: "Orchid"

The Orchid idea is congealing

by brae  

The inspiration for the Orchid is a small rural house.


Woody's House

As much as I would love to do a small rural house, I have the Country Estate now...and that can be my rural house.

Or the English Country House.


drawing from Decorating & Craft Ideas magazine

So, I was mulling over ideas and I thought: Post Office!!!  :D  Remember the mail cart kit I have?

To make something like this:


image from The Smithsonian

Of course, the Orchid might be too large to fill with just mail related minis...so I started thinking about a General Store/Post Office with an apartment upstairs.  Unlike Baslow Ranch, I think I'd do more of a "new" antique build...like stepping back in time when the old things were new.

I have a lot of minis that would lend well.


from true2scale


from Karen Aird Miniatures


from Wildwood Dollhouse & Miniatures


Walmer bookcase from All About Miniatures


from Jane Graber


work in progress Chrysnbon stove

Of course, I'm still thinking, so who knows?!!  :D

The Orchid (for now)

by brae  

I'll refer to this cottage as The Orchid until I come up with another name.  There's nothing wrong with "The Orchid" per se, but I'd rather give it a unique name.  :]

I picked up the kit at the local Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon, so I am off to a good start.

A dry fit is in order to get a feel for the size of the house overall as well as the rooms.  But first, I must organize some mini supplies or I'll spend most of my time hunting things.

Happy New Year! (a few days in)

by brae  

We're still getting settled, but the workroom is coming along.  I just need to get my supplies organized and a project on the work table.  Then the momentum of minis will just take over.  :]

The Brownstone is my next big project, but I'm feeling the urge to take on something a bit smaller at the moment.  I missed doing the Creatin' Contest this year due to the move, so I still have that as a possibility.

When I went to my family's place for Christmas, I saw this old photo of a house that's no longer standing.  What an awesome porch, no?  :D  Considering this was and still s a mostly agricultural area, it's rather fancy.


Woody's House

I think a Greenleaf Buttercup would be a great starting point.

Or maybe a Greenleaf Orchid, which would give me a little more room to work with.

I would add a traditional bay window to the front, move the door to the left, and then build the oval porch.  It would be the perfect place for my tall Windsor chair.  I picked it up from Patricia M. Wehmeier Miniatures at the Wee "c" Miniatures Show one year.  I gave it a spray of flat black and then hand brushed on a thin coat of satin varnish.  It seems a more stately and substantial piece in its new color.

Something to think about...I should be back in the swing soon.  :]