Blue medallion rug - stitching complete!

by brae  

I've been quiet on the blog while I spent time finishing the stitching portion of the blue medallion rug.

Stitching took 154.5 hours worked on 32ct Jobelan.  It currently measures 4 1/2" x 7 3/4" prior to final finishing.

It shouldn't take too long to bind the edges so it will be all ready for the Studio.  :D

Artist paper pads

by brae  

It's been a busy weekend in real life so I didn't do a lot with miniatures.  But, I did manage to make some pads of paper to fill some of the space in the wood crate bookshelves.

I found images of actual covers online and printed them with black rectangles on the binding edges.  I always print two of each hoping to end up with one of each.  :D

I cut white mat board to use as filler.  I glued the covers onto one side of the mat board, leaving the black portion long and unglued.

I glued thin cardboard to the back of the mat board.

I folded the black portion over the edge and cut it to fit.  Once glued in place over the cardboard, it gives the illusion of a bound edge.  :]

I've also seen them with a white backer, so if you don't have thin cardboard you can skip that step.

I'll make a number of other artist materials, but these are a good start.

Into the crate they go.  Lyssa makes the best paper towel rolls.  :D

Window planning

by brae  

As a reminder, here are the two projects that inspired the basic shape of The Artist's Studio: Rooftop Artist's Studio by The Thomases, seen in the second gallery in this link and Nell Corkin's Summer Studio, created in tiny 1:144 scale.

Using some spare strip wood, I mocked up four versions for the front window to see what worked best.  These photos were taken before a lot of the recent work was completed, so it might look a little off.  :D

Wide vertical sections with roughly equal panes

Wide vertical sections with three sizes of panes

Wide vertical sections with tall upper panes

Narrower vertical sections with tall upper panes

The building will be red, and I was planning on painting this window Warm White.  This window will also be removable.  Lyssa, Blondie and mom voted and chose the wide vertical sections with tall upper panes, and I concur!  :D

I think it's a good balance with visual interest without being overwhelming.

Now to actually build the thing...  :\

Swap with Jane of MiniFanaticus

by brae  

I've loved Jane's minis since she first started blogging about them.  She makes wonderful minis from clay, especially food.  All of the dishes are mine, and Jane was kind enough to leave everything loose so I could play...er...arrange as I pleased.

Look at these tiny gumdrops and mints!!!

Can't you just taste the granulated sugar?  Feel the refreshing tingle of mint?

Her sweets are so detailed and realistic.

Each layer has just the right color, translucence, texture and sheen.  Look how perfect that tiny cherry is!  Even its little stem.

I'm seriously going to have to take a trip to the local bakery if I keep staring at these.

And, let's not forget the donuts!!!  :O  Mini sugar buzz.

These ornaments will find a home in grandma's attic until next Christmas.  :]  I borrowed the milk crate from The Aero Squadron Lounge to keep them from rolling off the table.

I don't want to post what I've sent her in return -- I want her to be surprised, though she did give me an idea of what she needed for her builds.  Thanks so much, Jane!!!

The fabric fairy visited again!

by brae  

Kathy was generous once again and sent me a lovely pack of fabrics.  :D  The orange one on the right is very close to the one I've been looking for.

I especially liked the second from the left - the purple with pink flowers, so I found more of it to make either a dress or a top for myself.  I'd love to find more of the second from the right, too.

The far right here has flecks of gold thread.

The birds are super cute!  Thanks so much, Kathy!!!  :D

I found these at the local Hancock Fabrics.  The leaf fabric on the right is also close to the one I've been looking for.

These are also from Hancock Fabrics.  The one on the right with the hieroglyphics was in a fat quarter pack.  I've tried finding more of that one, too, but so far no luck.

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