Sunday, December 30, 2012

A bed, a chair, a table

More work on Miss Lillian's Feline Cottage today.

I have installed and painted the roof.

I think it looks pretty good.
Here's the bed from yesterday, painted and dressed.
And another view of it:

This came out quite well, I think.

And, I made a slipper chair:

Scrap wood, foam, and fabric.
Then, I added a table:

And I put them all inside the house.

Sadly, I apparently got spatters of paint on the floors of the tiny house while painting the roof. :(
Not sure how I'm going to fix that.

Took a trip to AC Moore with my friend Susan, and bought lavender and rose paint, two fat quarters of fabric, and a skein of rather odd yarn to make a ruffly scarf.

1/4 scale Christmas house

I'm having some problems uploading to my Greenleaf forum gallery.

The new software (Photoshop) is something I'm still getting used to, as is Windows 8. While I was not blogging, I created a Christmas house in quarter scale for our annual Christmas swap. It was the package chosen by my sister-in-law Bina. I'm very pleased about that, because I think she and my brother Andrew are both very appreciative of hand-crafted things.

Unfortunately, I think I forgot to take a pic of the final, finished house.

I used an old doily for the curtains. The fireplace I made from paperclay, painted it, and added the "stockings". I decorated a tiny Christmas tree. I changed the chair cushions and the bedding to Christmas print fabric.
I made the red slipper chair in the bedroom, and the tiny bottles on the dresser. Also, the tiny lamp in the bedroom. The bathroom towels and mat are painted pieces of paper towel.
I printed tiny Christmas pictures, framed them in gold card stock, and pasted them on the walls,

I had painted the brown plastic ice box white, and also the sink. The pump was red, and I painted that silver.

I ended up putting a wall between the bathroom and the bedroom.
The finished house was on foam board, covered with a textured paint walk, batting snow, 3 tiny snow-covered trees, a little snowman, bows on the porch garlands, and a tiny wreath on the wall. Oh yeah, Santa was on the porch roof,
I made a tiny poinsettia from an SDK kit, and that was on the kitchen table.
It was really a fun little project, and I will definitely work more in quarter scale.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Making a bed

The roof is on, and the trim is attached.

I used ModPodge on the floors, and painted the upstairs ceiling yellow (after spackling the tab/slots and sanding it down).

The bed frame is glued together.

I used lightweight wood, and the legs are made of toothpicks. The bed is sitting on the box from a 1/2 scale window. I'll try to start putting a size reference item in my photos.

I've been envisioning the furnishings of this house to be fairly whimsical - I probably won't use much of the plastic furniture sets. The bed frame will be painted sort of an aqua, and I hope to have it finished tomorrow. I'll use foam for the mattress, and I have some fabric and lace to use as well.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Miss Lillian's Feline Cottage

My new and fanciful project - a 1/4 scale house, built for Miss Lillian.

Miss Lillian.
Miss Lillian comes from PamelaJunksMinis on Etsy. She is designed to be either full-sized at 1:48, or doll-sized at 1:12.

The house is painted vanilla, with blue denim trim. The door is a spring green with yellow panels.

The interior of the house is two rooms. Downstairs is a kitchen/living room. Upstairs is the bedroom, with either workspace or bathroom. I haven't decided which yet. Although I left the downstairs ceiling unpainted and unpapered, I will be painting the upstairs ceiling after it's assembled and spackled.

I used split coffee stirrers to make the inside window and door trim. The flooring and wallpaper are scrapbook papers.

The roof will be painted denim blue, with green and yellow trim.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Mini Projects

Current houses:

1/4 scale Christmas house - this will be my holiday swap gift. Tonight I added icicles made from glue. (Not shown in picture.)

More has been added, both inside and out. New pictures soon.

Haunted Fairfield: This is in the very early stages.

I've had to do some modifications. I'm going to use the Houseworks stairs, on the ground floor. They are wider than the Greenfield kit stairs, so I've moved the side wall over in the foyer.

Tonight, I finished polyurethaning the coffee stirrer floors in the living room, dining room, and kitchen (these floors are not yet installed). I stained the Houseworks stairs, railing, balusters, and spindles. I'll wait to polyeurathane the stairs after it is assembled completely.

I glued some of the wallpaper to the applicable walls.

I am very much liking the half scale, and will try to post pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Camper progress

I have been working on the camper. It's coming along quite nicely.

I've wired, wall-papered, floored, and painted. I have a plan to make a grill - using a toilet paper roll, paperclay charcoal, and some skewers. 

Furniture is placed temporarily. I will need to make a refrigerator, and stove. The window trim is not yet installed, nor the light covers. Or the door. The wheel well covers also need to be glued in.

I got the sink unit on Ebay. I painted it light chocolate. It needs a bit of white enamel touch-up.

Once the wall partitions are in, this lefthand section will be the bathroom. I don't think I'll have room to put in a shower. I have a ceramic toilet I'll make a seat cover for, and add a floor pedal. Haven't figured out the sink yet. The toiletries and towels will sit on the shelf there. The door will be in the middle, with the toilet and sink on each end.
This right-hand side will be the bedroom. I'll put in a fairly simple bed and a bureau/cupboard. This door too will probably be in the middle, to avoid the wheelwell covers. I may just do curtains for the doorways.

The view from  the bedroom end.

Here's the front so far. On the right you can see the whaddaycallit, tow-bar  thing. It's painted black.
The door is going to be a challenge. I am going to try to make a pin-hinged door. I'll need to make a door frame, and I need to figure out how to drill the tiny holes I'll need.

Before Friday, I'll have the door, frame, and wheels done (I hope).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Chim chim cherie!

I finished the chimney on the Whitney/Primrose.

I glued the bricks onto the frame, trying to alternate them to look like a real chimney.

Once they were all glued, I used tile grout between the bricks.

Not bad for my first try at brick-laying.

Balcony railing.

Bay window, shingled.

Front view,with shingles painted.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

10 Acres Camper

I worked on the camper the last two weekends.

And, currently, I am desperately wishing that the space bar on this darn laptop was not sticking.

This is the furniture that came with the kit. I assembled, glued, painted, and upholstered the chairs. I assembled the table, used scrapbook paper for the top, and mod-podged it many times. I used a metallic silver marker for the legs and rim. It's not quite as 3-dimensional as I'd hoped. I will try to find metallic silver puff paint. I do like the way the mod podge came out.

In the above picture, on the left you can see the glued but not yet painted jacks for under the trailer.

A front view of the set.

This is the front panel. I am not going to open the take-out window, so I wood-puttied it. I'll sand it this weekend. I also wood-puttied the edges of all the window trims. I am now seemingly obsessed with wood putty.

These are the lights I'll be using. There's 10 bulbs, each on its own wire, attached to a battery holder that takes 2 AA batteries. Since this is a raffle project (and since I have very little financing for this project), this light set is the most affordable option. We are currently thinking how to make shades/globes/fixtures out of each bulb. The other point is, the wires are all long enough so that I can install lights at both ends of the camper. And the firepit.

I will need to drill out holes to slip the lights through - I'll set the battery holder under the camper, maybe disguised by a piece of furniture or landscaping.

If you look closely, on the piece of floor (under the battery/lights thing) I've marked where I need to drill.
This, however, was the best miniature project I worked on last weekend:

If you look very closely, you'll spot a tiny but wonderful almost-two-year-old grandbaby.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bannisters, railings, and shingles!

Disclaimer- I haven't made much progress lately, due to the surgery on my hand a week ago. I had "trigger finger," which isn't nearly as amusing as it sounds. I'm hoping that by next weekend the incision will be healed and I'll be back to better-than-normal.

At any rate, work does progress (slowly) on the Whitney/Primrose house.
Front view, partially shingled. Sadly, the shingles look very zig-zaggy, which is really not what I was aiming for. I shall repaint the pattern after I finish shingling.

So I was working on the porch railings.
This is what happened to the ones that came in the kit:

They totally fell apart when I tried to remove them from the sheet of wood. Plus, I thought they looked too blocky, especially on the bedroom balcony.

I got Houseworks spindles and porch railings from HBS, and employed my stronger-than-me-with-actual-working-hands husband and the Easy Cutter to help cut the railing.

I painted the spindles thusly:
This took several days - paint, touch up, realize I needed more spindles, paint, touch up, and finally, glue to the porch.
I think they turned out rather nicely. I'll do the same for the bedroom balcony, which is on the left of the above photo.

A 3/4 view. I am very pleased with the way these look.
And a bit irked with myself that I didn't paint enough spindles for the bedroom balcony.

Just for the heck of it, here's the back view.