Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Ivy Hollow - wallpaper decisions

by brae  

Between the blog and Instagram, there were clear audience preferences to the wallpaper options. :D Now that I have the flooring stained (though not completely finished), I will give them a further look. This is the flooring, the paper printout of the rug that is much lighter in color here than in real life, the stove, the exterior window trim color (the interior trim surround has not been painted) and an approximation of the darker furniture stain.

Graphic 45 - Cityscapes Collection - Crossroads. I love this one truly, but it's probably too fancy-pants for a rural post office. This won't be the last time I consider this paper but not for this build.

Kaiser Craft - Provincial Collections - Chaise. Many liked the green for its tie-in with the green doors. I find it a little busy and overwhelming.

Brodnax Prints - 1VT321 - Hospitality. A vertical stripe pattern is what I had in the back of my mind all along, and a lighter toned paper might work better for a small interior.

I have one more to introduce. Brodnax Prints - 1VT344 - Gathering Stripe Green. Another vertical stripe, more in line with my original vision and a bit more subtle than the dots and lines. This is the one I'll likely choose in the end.

Realife Country Store fixtures - part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the Realife Country Store fixtures. Due to the old, warped wood in the kit, I had to cut a few new parts for the counter, including an added bottom, which was not part of the original construction. Adding a bottom gives the piece more stability. I reduced the depth overall by 3/8" to give myself more floor space. It's still a usable depth in scale but gives a little breathing room for my small interior. I made some adjustments to the trim for proper proportion to the final look. The trim around the base will be added after I install the flooring and baseboards.

I'm thinking of adding a routed edge to the countertop, so I'll leave that unattached for now while I brush up on my drill press class notes. Plus, I will need to have some flexibility with the placement along the window and the gate.

I needed to make new parts for the pigeon holes for the post box teller, because die cuts are splintery and uneven. Die cutting doesn't work well for tiny details, and the wood was fragile beyond that.

First, I cut new strips the size of the originals and marked the location of the notches. I taped the like pieces together and used the scroll saw to make the cuts. Taping the pieces together helps keep the pieces close to being the same.

Just a little clean up, and we're ready to go.  :D

This is nowhere near perfect, but it is better than what could have been achieved with the original pieces. A laser cut version might better, though I think the pieces would still be fragile.

The original facade for the post box teller was split in the kit, before removing it from the die cut sheet. (The instructions even indicate this piece is prone to breakage and suggest repair.) I was originally going to repair it, until I set the dry fit on the counter just to see. Well, this low window will give our postmaster some back issues, won't it? :\

I cut a new facade from 1/8" thick plywood, making the window in line with the top of the sorting window and leaving the letter slot in its original location. The top and sides are too warped to keep, but they work well enough for a dry fit. I might have gone a little higher than needed with the window, but it's much better. I'll probably cut more from the bottom portion to make the window longer and add a shelf.

Mail Wagon - part 10

by brae  

Just a quick note that another miniaturist is making the doctor's buggy - but she is making it right out of the box. Be sure to check out Farmors miniature!

Continuing work on the mail wagon. As you saw last time, I had primed the wagon wheels. On the hubs, I used Rust-Oleum Aluminum Primer, which is light grey. It bonds specifically to aluminum, and an aluminum primer was recommended in the instructions for the doctor's buggy.

I then used plain flat grey Rust-Oleum primer. As you can see, the wheels are rather fuzzy.

Sanding after priming a first coat always helps smooth the fibers away. Then a second quick spray of the same grey primer and they are now ready for final color when I get there....

Back to the cabin. I made a drawing for the front based on my built walls, not the previously drawing of the sides. My final measurements for the sides ended up being different from how I had drawn them.

Before continuing, I cut the front and back from cardboard to get a feel for the final size. Easier to adjust here than after I started building the front hinged window.

I checked the width against the rear axle assembly, which can be adjusted to fit, but I think the cabin size is good for proportion.

Ivy Hollow - wallpaper options

by brae  

I bet the rural post office would have been plaster on the inside, maybe wood paneled...but I'm going fancier. I wonder if this building might have been repurposed to be our post office, or perhaps the townspeople just had money and style. :D Options are as follows in no particular order. Trim color can be chosen later, but I am figuring a dark rustic wood floor and baseboards. One thing to remember is there are five window openings and I'm sure to add some maps and advertisements, so there won't be large sections of pattern.

Graphic 45 - Cityscapes Collection - Crossroads: Love the name and colors. I thought it might be too big and busy, but it rather works for me.

Graphic 45 - Cityscapes Collection - Grand Tour: Also a great color. Reminds me of old playing cards.

Kaiser Craft - Provincial Collections - Chaise: This one does seem busy to me and might be better as a linoleum floor in another build.

Brodnax Prints - 1VT321 - Hospitality: A vertical stripe pattern is what I had in the back of my mind all along. The dots are actually tiny flowers, so it is not as stark as a true stripe. This is the lightest of the papers, which might work better for a small interior.

Brodnax Prints - 1AN103 - Camel Caravan (named for the border that I wouldn't be using here): A little busy but still fun.

Time to think on it. :]

Ivy Hollow - lighting

by brae  

Originally, I thought to have a removable roof and possibly a removable wall. I'm pretty much set on having only the roof removable at this point, so I put an additional window on the back wall for better viewing the interior with the roof on.

With a removable roof, ceiling lights are just too much of a hassle. Possible, but a hassle. I'm opting instead for wall lights only, and the Meyers Wall Lights are the perfect blend of vintage and shop. While considered an outdoor light, they are small enough to work well indoors. Plus, I like the look of the pea bulb (not shown in my photos since they are still safe in their packages). As for whether there would be electricity in this post office in 1917, I'm deciding yes!

Using the artist's model as a guide for height, I chose a place relatively high on the wall.

I'm still deciding if I'll have one on each side wall and two on the back wall.

I had originally planned on only one centered over the back counter, but the added window meant I would have to arrange any shelving or desk in a different configuration than originally envisioned. I could likely eliminate the one to the right of the back window and have plenty of light. That would allow for full shelving on the right, a cabinet under the window and then a desk counter on the left. I could also add a desk lamp. I'll do some mockups in cardboard to see what I like best.

I won't have an outside light since my inspiration post office inspiration did not. Let's just say the business hours were limited to daylight hours, but you still had to see to work inside. This would be especially important during winter or stormy days.

To install my wall lights, I'll need channels running to the floor and through the foundation. I'll also need a wire for the stove to run to the battery in the back. Having the building on an angle makes it easier to build a shed in the back to house both the battery for the flickering lights and the power strip for the regular lights.

Looks like Daisy has found a great place to curl up and stay warm. This beautiful sleeping kitty was made by JMDS. I'll need to make her a less modern pillow if she is to stay in the post office. :] She's rather pristine for a rural cat, so she might end up having a permanent home in another build. It's not as though I don't have enough mini cats to find one to wander into the post office.

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