Watson Mill - layouts

by brae  

I tried out some furnishings this evening to figure out the direction of decorating going forward.  It's time to start thinking about lighting and wiring, so I need to determine where things will sit in the end.  After flipping things around and trying different furnishings on the two levels, I think I have what I need to continue.  I'll leave it set up a few days to let it simmer.  :]  Some of the items will stay, and some will be replaced.

I'm going forward with the circle library, and the large window on the front wall will add much needed light to this room once the ceiling is in place.  With the original plan, there would be a ladder to the upper room on the left side of that wall.  Since Gustav will have only a ladder leading to the upper room, it would be cumbersome for him to bring up late night milk and cookies while maintaining safe practices on the ladder.  I've rigged up a bucket on a rope for this purpose.  Gustav could send up the treats in the bucket, and then head up to bed on the ladder.  The final setup will be a bit more elegant.  :]

Looks like it's story time with Uncle Gustav!  That's Daisy, Poppy and Fleur on pillows and Meeko on the divan with Gustav.

On the other side is the cupboard and tea trolley I just made.  I think they work well here, and there is still room for a couple of shelves above the trolley.  I've pushed the door as far to the right as possible while still leaving some wall space toward the open back.  Gustav's Mill does take up a significant amount of room, but I think it will work.  The landscape board for it will be roughly the size of the table shown, but its base will be solid to hide the wiring.

No, I will not be keeping the railing shown.  I will have something to keep Gustav from falling down the hole while retrieving the milk and cookies, but it will be less intrusive.

In the bedroom, I'll likely keep all of these furnishings here.  I will have at least one light in this room, but I've been considering windows as well.  I think a window on the front wall would make sense for the interior, but it would definitely compete visually with the sails.  So, I think long thin side windows on the short walls would work better.  Perhaps some stained glass?

The gorgeous bed will likely end up in another house down the road, and I will make a replacement at that time.  But, for now, I want it where I can admire it.

It's a vintage bed with inlay and naturally aged bedding.  I won't cover up the existing fabric, but a folded sheet set ready to dress the bed might be lovely.

It's by Block House and came with the box.

Watson Mill - corner cupboard and tea trolley

by brae  

It's time to start making furnishings for Watson Mill so I can plan the window and door openings on the lower floor.  The upper room will have a bed, dresser and maybe an accent piece.  I might put in stained glass windows up there, but the first order of business is the main floor.

Gustav will be one to dine out most of the time, so there is only a small area dedicated for at-home refreshments.  In a small house, furnishings need to be modest and multi-functional.  The first two items I'm making are a corner cupboard from Art of Mini and a tea trolley by Daisy House.

The tea trolley was fiddly, but it ended up being rather sturdy for such a delicate piece.  It has casters so it can be wheeled anywhere it is needed on the main floor.  It can be a shelf for storage as well as a table for meals. The spreader bar included in the kit was not in good condition, so I cut a new section from Tiny Turnings.  :]

I sanded the edges of the cupboard pieces prior to assembly.  This softened the overall look and made it seem made from old doors.  I mounted my doors opposite to the kit photo since I liked that aesthetic better.  I painted the it a base coat of Camel by Americana and then followed that with custom mixed color using Turquoise by Anita's and Plantation Pine by Americana.  I sanded the edges to expose the color beneath for a worn look.

I painted the tea cart a mix of Battleship with Staining Medium, both by Americana. Where the glue prevented staining, I touched up with undiluted paint.  I love the sun-bleached look to the color achieved after a very light sanding.  For now, I've just pushed in the brass casters.  I want to try a blackening solution on them before I glue them permanently.  I'll write up the results on that separately.  :]

I finished both pieces with Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.

Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 2

by brae  

Beginning work on the Citroën DS19 in 1/16 scale.  As I mentioned previously, there's a modeler who built one to completion with excellent results so I am following those instructions as well as those from the kit.  The main change made is putting the doors on now and not bothering with function.  These models can be so delicate and unless you are lucky, the doors never sit right.  So, I will go with aesthetic over function.

I've decided to work on the body first, so if I throw my hands up with this model, I won't have wasted time on the unseen details.  I am not at all confident this model will work, but if I can't get it showroom new, I'll turn it into a wrecked barn find.  :]

A huge thank you to Nancy Enge for recommending these pliers.  Having the proper tool is key, and it works unbelievably well in removing parts from the sprue.

I had to repair two small areas where the main body mold had broken during shipment as well, but the breaks were in inconspicuous places.  Unfortunately, these remain delicate joins and can cause issues later.  :\  Additionally, the body panels were not uniform in thickness, so gluing them end to end resulted in different depths.  Real cars are streamlined, so that was something I needed to address.  I used Squadron Products White Putty to build up and fill.  Yes, it stinks to high heaven but it's a great filler for plastic models.

This can take a few tries to get it to look right.

At this point, it's hard to tell the depth with a light patch on a dark base, so I need to give it a uniform primer coat to see where further adjustments need to be made.

Even with careful planning, there's still a rough fit to the hood when viewed from the side.  :\  I am considering gluing the hood in place, too, since I am going more for aesthetic and I could live without opening the hood...ever.  Gluing it in place would save on fine engine detailing, though I would still add all the engine bay parts for weight.

Here's the other side.

I have the basic body assembled and prepped for the next good day of spray painting weather.  Not throwing in the towel just yet, but I have already accepted that it's a 50-50 chance this car will turn out looking newish.

Last day of the shows 2017

by brae  

It was the last day of the shows for me, though the Chicago International Bishop Show is still open tomorrow.

Diane Paone.

Back to The Miniature Show, too.

Arjen Spinhoven.

I took some photos of the finished items as well.

The rent table has an interesting story: the top slid forward to keep the tax payer unable to reach the money collected by the tax collector.  :O

Art of Mini.

Looking Glass Miniatures.

Until next time...  :]

Bishop Show and Miniature Show 2017

by brae  

Today was the preview day for the Chicago International Bishop Show.  :]

I made a beeline for Jane Graber's table, because her pottery goes so fast.  I think a plate display in Watson Mill will be lovely.

Heidi Ott.

Barbara Begley Miniature Gardens.  Hand thrown and hand painted pot, natural wood table with twig legs.

Spencer's Nook

Vilia Miniature.  I don't even drink coffee, but I loved the look of these.

64tnt Miniatures.  Magical brooms.

Bindels Ornaments were back this year.  Always a great selection of bits and bobs.  They had more silver metal this year in addition to brass.

The Little Dollhouse Company.  How cute is this snowman?!  :D

Designing Ways.

The Enchanted Garden.

Wright Guide Miniatures.  Tire for a Model T.  :]

They had new displays this time along with new minis.

Michael of Atomic Miniature.  Always a pleasure to see his new miniature scenes.

I later headed to The Miniature Show.  Included with the price of admission was a drink ticket for happy hour.  :]  Champagne and minis!  Cheers!

Arjen Spinhoven.  So awesome to finally meet him in person and to see the wonderful furnishings up close.  Such fine detail.  I bought an unfinished biscuit mold for the mill.  He has items that are both finished or DIY.

Art of Mini.  Another favorite of mine.  The chairs from the Heritage are from here.

Love the dapper rabbit art.  There were so many fantastic designs to choose from, but I picked only one.  :D

This door has such great detailing.

She had the most delightful Dutch candies -- simply divine.  I could have eaten them all!

Looking Glass Miniatures.  Jennifer is not only a talented miniaturist, but she's a fun and friendly gal.  :D  I had a nice time catching up with her.

St. Leger.  Picked up an automaton: mama bird with babies.  You spin the crank, and mama feeds the baby birdies.  :D

Atelier 1:12.

Petits Bonheurs.

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