Happy Halloween 2017

by brae  

I have had very little time for making minis other than completing my etsy orders, but I am here to wish you all a Happy Halloween!!!  :D  Life is good, though, and so posts will continue to be sporadic.  Happy mini-ing!

Also, you can see the Halloween contest results here.  There were a ton of fabulous entries to celebrate the spooky season!  :]

Say what now? Yep, I'm on Instagram

by brae  

I have dipped my toe into social media and signed up for Instagram.  :D  Huge step for me, really.  I have no idea what I am doing, so be kind.  I'm still rocking a ten year old cell phone, so these icons and functions are like learning a foreign language.  As it is, I had to dig out an iPad I won in a promotion to upload.  I posted the Haunted Heritage since I had a square photo of it at the ready.  I have no idea how to do hashtags, so it looks like there are youtube tutorials in my future.  I suppose it will all come in time.

HBS Halloween Contest

by brae  

I've submitted an entry in the HBS Second Annual Halloween Contest.  Voting runs 10/16 through 10/22.  You can vote by liking the individual picture in the album linked here.  I would greatly appreciate the support.  Mine is the one with the two dolls in the sewing room (the girl doll is dressed in butterfly wings).

Watson Mill - ceiling, more flooring, and lighting

by brae  

The Ray Storey floor lamp wire runs on the outside, up to the bedroom wall channel.  I had made the channels for the wires previously.  To install the floor lamp, I made one of my usual faux wall outlets from copper card stock.  I have only one more lamp requiring an outlet, but I made four to have matching decorative outlets as well.

I finished the wire with a false plug, added a receptacle cut from stickers, and ran the wire up the outside.

I glued the ceiling board in place.  To help with stability, I added strip wood on the upper floor where the wiring space will be.

I installed the two ceiling lamps from the first floor and ran the wires into the attic space.  These are new old stock ceiling light kits by Illinois Hobbycraft.  I spray painted the metal rings Krylon Antique Bronze.

Since I put the wallpaper in prior to putting in the ceiling board, I needed some small crown molding to finish the upper edges.  I stained this Minwax Driftwood to coordinate with the other finishes.

I checked the fit of the upper flooring and cut the holes for the two openings before gluing it in place.  I had previously stained the red oak flooring with Minwax Dark Walnut, sealing with two coats of Delta Ceramcoat Matte Varnish.  Next up was installing the small side wall to complete the bedroom space.

Here you can see the wiring from the floor lamp running through the bedroom channel.  I put a few small pieces of tape over the interior wiring channel to make a pocket for the wires while still allowing for movement.  The bedroom sconce wires still need to be added to this channel.  A whole strip of tape would stick to the wires too much and make it difficult to pull them through.

I stabilized the wall with pieces of mdf.  As you can see, the attic space will provide good access to the wiring.

Watson Mill - door and windows, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the door and windows.  I painted a Houseworks window for the main floor, using stained trim for the interior.  The corner joins are somewhat pronounced from the stain, but it won't matter with the window coverings and furniture placement.

I had to pad the exterior frame with strip wood since the thickness of the wall is 3/8" but these are 1/2" thick windows.

As noted previously, I had to repair the window opening for the round upper window due to a wandering Dremel.  I cut strips of cardboard and lined the hole until I had a suitable diameter to hold the window in place.  This fix will be covered by wallpaper on the interior and wood shingles on the exterior.

While I love the 2 1/4" Simplicity Window from Heritage Laser Works, the front wall is 3/8" thick.  Each window comes with one 1/8" thick center mullion piece and two 1/32 thick outer trim pieces.  I bought three windows to have the parts needed to address the thicker wall.  I will use two center mullions, one on each side of an acrylic window.  I cut the cross bars from the third mullion piece to finish out the required thickness.

I glued three of the outer trim pieces together to make a thicker exterior trim piece then glued the two remaining outer trim pieces together to make the interior trim piece.

For the 1 1/8" Simplicity Window from Heritage Laser Works, a little more work will be involved since the pieces aren't as thick.  But, to start, as with the larger round window, I glued four of the outer trim pieces together to make the exterior trim piece then glued the two remaining outer trim pieces together to make the interior trim piece.

I glued the outer trims to one mullion piece for each window.  I won't glue the windows in just yet since I want to use them as guides for cutting the shingles to fit.   I painted these Americana White Birch in satin.

The interior trim is stained Minwax Driftwood.

I think I am ready to get the ceiling installed, then lighting, then back to the dumbwaiter and the ladder.  :]

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