Daybed, rug, and a cookie swap

by brae  

I'm just about to start working on the Heritage bedroom paper, but I had a few things left on my work table that were quick to finish.

During my spray painting task yesterday, I changed the color of the daybed from white to burnished copper.

It now flows better with the rest of the furniture.  I also tried out a new rug.  This is the Janet Granger After William Morris rug that I made with custom colors.  I thought the square shape might work better with the furniture layout.

Here is the room with the white daybed and rectangular Navajo for comparison.  I'm still thinking the Blue Medallion rug might work here in the studio but it's too soon to tell for sure.  I need flooring and wallpaper in before I can make a final decision.

Here's the planter outside the door.  I think it will work well, so I'll just extend the side deck to leave enough room for it.

I also plugged the openings in the back wall with scraps of mdf cut to fit, though I haven't glued them in permanently yet.

In other news, I am participating in a mini cookie swap this year, and there are still a few spots left if you want to join.  The full details can be found on Dolly's Gallery Miniatures.  Please contact Gail by tomorrow if you are interested in joining us.  :]  I'll be making white frosted leaf cookies, which I also have listed in my etsy shop.

Thankful for a great day for spray painting

by brae  

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating the holiday!  Winter is due any day now, but today it was in the 60s.  The winds were a bit gusty at times, but I managed to get the spray painting I had wanted to do out of the way.  This is likely the last day for such outdoor makeovers until next year in early spring.  :]

I sprayed a lot of minis, but I have only two to share right now before the big dinner starts.  :D  First, I took the lovely planter Jeannette gave me and gave it a copper penny finish.  It now looks like something you might find in a Smith and Hawken catalog.  This might end up outside The Artist's Studio.

Here's what it looked like before, shown with some of the other minis Jeannette gave to me.

The other transformation I will share with you today is that tall Windsor chair I picked up at the Wee "c" Miniatures Show.  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.

Much better than the overly shiny mahogany, no?

Okay...I am off to stuff myself silly.  :D

Blue medallion rug update - halfway at 80.25 hours

by brae  

I didn't get to work on the rug as much as I wanted last month, so my update is a couple of weeks late.  I've made it to the halfway mark, plus a little past.

This is 80.25 hours of stitching time, which means the rug should take about 160 hours in total.

The Art Studio - modifications have started

by brae  

Yes, I know...finish the Heritage first.  :D  That's what happens when you take a new kit out of the box "just to take some measurements."

The Art Studio structure is now 5 3/8" shorter but still has a nice lofty ceiling height.  I used the scrap piece from the back wall to cut two angled pieces for the front sides.  The floor edge in the front is marked by tape.  That piece needs to be cut still, as well as the outer door hole.

I kept the location of the skylight holes but made them larger to accept Houseworks 8-light windows. I also added a Houseworks working window in the living area.  The remaining holes at the bottom of the back wall will be filled in.  The two side openings at the top will be funky clerestory windows.  :D

The door hole in the living area will be filled in completely...no window or door there.

The position of the skylights will require a short front wall for the bath, but I've seen that done in structures with vaulted ceilings.  This wall will be removable for access to the bath.  I will add a small single casement window to the bath toward the interior corner, with the sink moved to the interior wall to make room for the window.  I've filled in the loft track on the side wall and will do the same for the track on the back wall.

I've switched the daybed and the whimsical cabinet to showcase the cabinet.  You couldn't really see its fun shape on the side wall.

Ok, now where was I? ;]

The Artist's Studio - my next build

by brae  

I'm ready to announce my next building project: The Artist's Studio made from the Loft kit from miniatures.com (this was their 2012 Creatin' Contest kit).

I've wanted to make an artist studio since I began making miniatures in 2009 since I've been an artist all my life.  I learned to paint with oils when I was very young, which is probably why I think of them as "finger paints" now.  My grandma used to take me to art classes in the city when I would stay with her.  I then moved to pastels and later in college learned to work with watercolors and acrylics.  In between, I discovered a love of sewing and photography, so I've always had creative outlets in my life.

There are two great miniature art studios from which I drew my inspiration.  The first is by The Thomases, who are masters of realism in miniature.  Their Rooftop Artist's Studio can be seen in the second gallery in this link.  I love the siding but most especially the shape of the building itself.  That wall of windows...sigh.  :D  I love the barebones interior finishes...the rustic floor, exposed beams and wiring conduit.

A more recent build has the same siding, general shape and wall of windows.  This one is Nell Corkin's Summer Studio, created in tiny 1:144 scale.  I love the similar qualities this build has to the one by The Thomases, but that garden setting really sends it over the top for me.  :D

To start, I have already gathered a number of lovely miniatures to include in the build.  First, Lyssa and I did a swap this past year.  She sent me some of her wonderfully made artist miniatures including this easel and one of her lovely small paintings.

She made two crates of canvases and specialty papers.

I picked up an assortment of metal miniatures from Sir Thomas Thumb at the Bishop Show.  The palette was a free gift at the 3 Blind Mice Show one year, and this second easel was a free gift at the recent Wee "c" Miniatures Show.  The table is currently a refugee from the Newport but it might find a home here, too.

And, let's not forget the whimsical cabinet by minisx2 on etsy.  It's just so fab!

The vase and book were lovely gifts from Minismodernas.  The rya rug was a gift from Glenda at Peppercorn Minis; she has an etsy shop, too.  The flooring is Greenleaf vinyl tile and the paper is 40's Farmhouse by Recollections (Garage Sale theme).  The paper and rug might end up in the project, too.

Or, I might go for a cleaner look with solid papers and let the structure and furnishings take the spotlight.  The cabinet came from Daphne at A Miniature Obsession, and the plant on top is a gift from Fran at FranMadeMinisCora you met last week.  :D

I have a lot more in my prep box, but I am going to keep it all under wraps and reveal as I work.  :D  I've got some killer ideas up my sleeve.

When I first saw the Loft kit, it immediately reminded me of the shape I wanted for the studio.  Just a quick layout in dry fit.

There will be a bathroom...

a living area (the Navajo rug won't be staying, but there will be a rug here)...

and a painting area.  In making the angled front wall of windows, floor space will be added in the front.

There will be some alterations made to the kit pieces (including making the whole thing shorter) and we'll be ready to break ground once the Heritage is complete, probably sometime in January 2013.

Why did I not build it this year to enter the HBS contest?  Mostly time.  I chose to build The Aero Squadron Lounge for the Greenleaf Spring Fling contest and had the Heritage still to finish.  I'm also delaying The Brownstone to build the studio, because The Brownstone will require a lot of bashing like the Heritage.  After the lengthy Heritage build, I need a relatively smaller build in between.  Of course, I don't know if the deck I have planned could be considered a smaller build.  Haaaaaaaaaa!

However, there's a new contest in the miniature community over at Little Victorian and entrants have until May 5 to finish and enter.  That might cut it close for me, but I do have the long, cold winter ahead.  :D  So, why not?  But, I won't be keeping everything all secret for this one...you get to come along for the ride.

Now, who's ready for a modern art studio?

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