Lyssa's new coloring book

by brae  

Just a quick shameless plug for my dear friend Lyssa, who has just released her second coloring book for adults.  Barefoot & Doodles: Zentanimals has wonderfully detailed animals all ready for your colorful creativity.  :D  Be sure to check it out!

Sneak peek -- one month out

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Yes, I know every day counts when there's a deadline looming, but we are just about one month out.  It's hard to believe.  This weekend, I installed the lights and finally glued the building to the landscaping board.  My list is still long, but now with the lights installed, I can work into the wee hours.

Sunday driving

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Sunday driving in the Model T will have to wait.  I am busy working behind the scenes...more soon....

Wee "c" Miniature Show - 2016

by brae  

The November Show is still open free of charge this weekend through November 13.

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I headed to the Wee "c" Miniatures Show last night (with a couple of more hours left today).  It's a small show but worth the admission.

A Pocket Full of Wishes - a green jug for a bargain price.  It has a couple of chips but those are easily fixed with paint and sealer.

I always pick up birds from Barbara Ann Meyer.  This time she had chickadees in Santa hats!  :D

Wildwood Dollhouse & Miniatures - she called this a bug, but it looks like a colorful turtle to me.  :]  Either way, it appealed to me with its uniqueness and vibrance.

Patricia Hopkins Studio - she was selling some vintage kits to reduce her stash, so I picked up this firescreen and candle holder.

She also had some lovely floral plates.

KMWohrstein - a little bronze vase

Sandy's Lace - some gorgeous silk fabric and silk gauze.  The gauze is 42 count, and I might give true petitpoint a try with it.  I've tried 40 count, but I end up with bare spots because I pull too hard.  I'm not going to retrain myself to stitch after all these years, so I will try a different medium.  :D

1913 Model T Van, part 11

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Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The kit comes with rubber tires that you stretch over the plastic wheels.  The wheels are substantial, so you don't risk snapping them in half during this process.

From the examples I've seen, the real life wheels were natural wood or painted.  I opted for semi-gloss black.  The tires have a nice tread.

My second kit's tires were defective with a mottled surface, but one of those four was in decent condition on one side.  These extras will be used for something else.

You are to sand the hub parts so the wheels turn freely.  I've never been a fan of the phrase sand to fit, but these worked relatively well.  I left them a little stiff so the Model T doesn't roll away on me, but one ended up really stiff.  If it doesn't end up spinning in the end, I won't worry about it.  Since I opted to make these parts black and thought added paint would hinder functionality, I colored the sanded edges with a Sharpie.

This was by far the easiest part of the building process.  :D

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