Kitty tray

by brae  

I treated myself to a splurge item just because.  NAME Miniatures has a great collection of estate pieces, and I could not get this kitty out of my head.  It's a beautifully painted tray with a stand on the back that is held on with wax, so the tray could be displayed flat as well.  But, who would cover that face?!!  :]  The work is signed HS 02.  If anyone has information on the artist, I would love to know.

Now, if I could only figure out why that kitty seemed so appealing and familiar.  Hmm...don't tell me.  It'll come.

Gazelle Rug - new, old work

by brae  

Yes, one more needlework project, but I know you all understand.  :D  I ran across this work while organizing this weekend, so I thought it might be nice to see if it will work for the bedroom of the mill.  I had already done the center detailing in late 2015 with the intention of having it in Otter Cove.  If it doesn't work in the mill, it can certainly still be added to that house.

This is 4.25 hours of stitching.

Cross-stitch on 32 count Jobelan.  Pattern from Miniature Embroidery for the 20th Century Dolls' House by Pamela Warner.

Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 1

by brae  

Now that I have the general layout, I can start making the final furnishings.  I've raided my stash of furniture kits and took out a couple that I would not likely use otherwise. For the kitchen area, I will make two Queen Anne Side Chairs from The House of Miniatures. I don't recall starting these before, but the kit is mid-assembly.  It's also possible they were started by someone else when I bought them.  I have purchased a few lots of HoM kits before, so who knows?  :D

I've built enough furnishings to be able to handle a piece already started.  These are simple chairs with just enough interest.  I have sanded the legs, but I never fully round them as the instructions or photos show.  I like a bit of structure to cabriole legs even if it is not in keeping with the true style.  The foam in the kits has been damaged, but that is easily substituted.

The table kit has a resin top and wood legs.  I could not tell you where it came from, though.  :\  I bought it quite awhile ago.  The legs have extra length and are easily shortened as needed.  I'm not sure if I will paint the top or leave it white and just finish the legs and apron.  I like the small size of the table, 2 3/8" square.

As you can see, I still have to cut the legs to the final height.  I do like their lean shape, so I might substitute shorter legs and put these back in the stash.  :]

Two Chippendale Benches (also HoM) will replace the footstool and round stool I've been using as placeholders.  The similar legs will go well with the chairs.

These are what I planned to finish with the bargello embroidery.  One of these might seem a little large for the work table, but in a small home, furnishings have to do double duty.  Once I have the work space set up, that should help, too.

I have a Houseworks 2" kitchen cabinet kit for the space in back.  This will coordinate well with the dumbwaiter on the other side since that has a kit from the same series as the base cabinet.

These pieces fit well and use up some of my stash of kits.  :D

Watson Mill - wallpaper

by brae  

Choosing wall color is a big step in decorating.  I always knew I wanted a pale blue for the main floor, but finding the right shade was key.  There will be a lot going on with décor in a small space, so nothing too dark, too bright or too green to compete with the settee or corner cabinet.  I like using textured cardstock since it has visual interest over flat paper and it can cover rough walls better, especially when die cut pieces have been left intact like the former door location on the front wall.

My first option was a pale sea foam blue from Hobby Lobby.  They didn't have this in the larger 12 x 12 sheets, but the short main floor made this workable.  I would still have to piece it along the front wall, but the ladder could disguise the seam.  Meeko is modeling for us.  :]

But, I knew I had my winner when I received my order from Scrapbook.com.  This is Happenstance - Fluke by The Paper Loft.  It is flat paper, but it has a printed design that looks like old fresco.

The blue would be lovely in the bedroom, but I have a few other ideas milling about.  Nothing has spoken to me yet.  I did buy enough of the paper in case I decide to make it uniform throughout the build.

World's Smallest Yardsale

by brae  

I am participating in the World's Smallest Yardsale coming up June 14-18.  Early bird shopping starts June 13.  I have a bunch of unused and like new items from my stash including kits and random minis.  There are also a few scratch & dent bargains.  Prices are low, so mark your calendars and come on by!

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