Three More Small Projects

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As I said in my last post, I sometimes like to make small, quickly built scenes (kits) for that sense of accomplishment. Here are three I’ve done in the past couple of weeks:

Microscale (1/144) Book “house”. There’s no inside, just a cute facade. This can stand alone or be a decoration in a 1-inch scale house. (Kit by Robin Betterley):

Pocket watch scene (kit by Ginger Landen Siegel). I picked this up at a show. It’s micro-scale, the pocket watch blank is the size of, well, a pocket watch. The scene is paper made 3D. Four pictures get stacked with various bits cut out and wood, lace, landscape material, etc added for texture. Ginger specializes in these kinds of scenes, which are a French art form from the 19th century. I did one of Ginger’s illusion kits in a larger scale here.

Yesterday, I finished this one:

This is the “Pie Pickup,” a 1/4-scale kit from True2Scale.

I picked this up at the Good Sam show I went to in October. The kit contains *everything*–pickup, the art, dishes and placemats, pies, chairs, shelves, jars, crates, fruit, and various accessories. I added the grass.

Fun little kit. Much is 3D printed, so there was a lot of painting with tiny brushes.

I like little kits like this–they’re low-stress, and don’t take up much space when I’m done.

I’m looking through my stash for my next small project, and trying to decide where I’m going to put the Westville when it’s finished.

Small projects: Redone scene and tiny kits

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I’ve discovered that when I’m writing a long novel, which is months of work, I prefer doing short mini projects. This gives me a sense of accomplishment on the days when I’m wailing: “I’m never gonna get this book done!” (I do this on every single book; just ask my husband.)

First short project: I was cleaning out my closet, trying to organize the mass of junk that gets thrown in there, and I came across pieces of an old scene I’d done years ago, a turnaround vignette showing inside and outside a front door (1-inch scale). Its first manifestation was a Christmas scene–Christmas tree and gifts on one side, and presents left outside the front door on the other.

I gradually took that apart, moving the Christmas items to other scenes, and I had planned to do a grungy scene–peeling wallpaper, boarded up window.

But when I took out the wall looked at it, inspiration struck.

I covered the old wallpaper with scraps of leftover paper, and repainted the door and window (celery green, if you’re interested). I gathered some pieces that didn’t have a home, and voila, instant scene.

On the “front” side, I refreshed the grass (by brushing it clean, getting all the dust out of it), and covered some gaps in the bricks with “rose” material I had leftover from another project. A few extra plants and I was done.  (I’m proud of the bricks–I made them out of Fimo, cut into individual bricks, baked, and glued on. I must not have had anything else to do that year.)

It’s very simple, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

I pulled out some other inexpensive little kits from my stash and have been happily putting those together. Next post will be about those.

Christmas Wagon

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Last year I put together this Christmas wagon kit (1-inch scale). This year, I got the horsie finished and fixed up. Horse is a Breyer model I bought when I was ten years old. Yes, I still have it. In good condition too! I thought he’d be happy as my Christmas horse.

Both sides of the wagon are open and full of goodies, with lights to illuminate all the stuff.

I haven’t posted in a while, because the first two weeks of December, my husband and I went to the Caribbean. Where it’s warm! It was lovely.

We stayed a couple days in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was wonderful. I def want to go back there and explore the whole island.

I took this photo of houses in a street in old San Juan. Would love to make a mini of one of them.

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving Spice Tin

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I finished putting together the Thanksgiving Spice tin in time for Thanksgiving!

  

The tin is another Robin Betterley kit. It looks nice on the Thanksgiving table. After today it will join the other two tins I’ve done on the dining room shelf.

A look at the other tins:

Halloween Tin

Spring Tin

Enjoy Turkey Day!

French Quarter: Finishing the Interior

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A while back I put together this house from Karen Cary’s miniatures. This is 1/4″ scale (1:48 scale).

I love the exterior, but I never finished furnishing it except for the kitchen. The other day I walked by it, looking all bare and neglected inside and couldn’t stand it anymore. So, I took it off display and back to the “workshop.” Went through my boxes of quarter inch kits and accessories, and here’s what I did.

Overall interior including the roof garden. I also electrified the house while I was at it!

The story for this house: It’s an old set of shops in New Orleans that were purchased and turned into a single house. Downstairs is a kitchen and living / dining room. Upstairs a sun room and bedroom. I didn’t have room for a bathroom or stairs, so we can pretend they’re on the cutaway side of the house.

For the kitchen I used the “pie kitchen” kit from Robin Betterley. I did this a while ago. I think it fills the space nicely. I didn’t use all the pieces, so I have a cabinet and a couple other things I can put in another house.

I bought the pie rack and made the tiny pies. The jars of jam I bought at the Good Sam show this October. The baking pans are a kit by Debbie Young (Young at Heart).

  

Next is the living room / dining room:

I built a lot of kits for this room, and made / found many accessories. Lots of shelves to fill!

Plates and silverware box are kits from True2Scale.

I made the books and the plant and upholstered the sofa.

This little sofa is actually a 3-D printed couch that I covered with fabric. I knew if I painted it, it would look horrible (lack of skill and good paint), and I thought, “Hmm, I wonder if I can upholster it?”

Lots of glue and determination later, and I had it! I was much easier that I feared. Tacky glue and a sturdy fabric–this is cotton. I glued it right onto the plastic sofa form. I wouldn’t recommend silk for this, unless it’s thick, like raw silk. Also helpful is a pair of small very sharp scissors.

I fitted it on a piece at a time, arms first, then one piece to wrap from bottom front all the away over the seat and around and down the back. Last I put on the fronts of the arms–thin pieces cut and stretched, stretched stretched over the front. Tiny pillows can cover up flaws in cutting.

Upstairs to the sitting room. I really like this room as it’s bright and sunny. I can imagine reading here on a nice day with the windows and patio door open to let in the breeze.

I did not make the gorgeous wicker sofa / day bed. It was another Good Sam show purchase last month. (When I remember who I purchased it from, I’ll post).

I put plants outside the open French door.

Now for the bedroom. It took a long time for me to figure out how to arrange it and what needed to be in it. Once I put the bed on the wall facing the opening and the cabinet in the corner, it all seems to click. (I had it on the right wall before, and nothing was working.)

Filling the room with accessories makes it look lived in. Books, throws, pillows, plants, boxes, and bottles seem to bring it to life. I scour my supplies for anything tiny that’s workable.

The sweater on the hanger came from a “boudoir” kit from True2Scale. (It has hangers, boxes, clothing, tiny pictures, and a couple other cute things).

Another cozy space for reading, this time on a cool winter’s night.

A closeup of the filled cabinet in the bedroom.

Last, the roof garden. The large wall looked bare, so I took a Grandt Line window I had in my stash, painted it to look like old wrought iron, and added plants to it.

The whole thing is put together from bits and pieces I’d bought or made and stashed away.

A few more shots of the finished building. I’ve put this back on display now and am much happier when I walk by it!

PetalStone: Interior

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Before I ran off traveling all over in September, I finished the interior furnishings of the Petalstone 1/4″ scale house. I made the exterior a couple of years ago and finally got around to doing the inside. Scroll down for lots of photos, and click photos for larger versions.

The overall interior.

Bottom floor: Left to right:

Dining room and front door area.

Zoomed out for perspective.

Front door with bench.

Closeup of dining table and chairs.

Middle area with staircase and room divider.

Kitchen is tucked behind the staircase in the silo area.

It’s a little hard to photograph the kitchen but you get the idea.

Living room area.

Zooming in past living area to front door (there are two front doors in this house). Another bench with stuff in the foyer.

Looking in through the conservatory / greenhouse.

Looking from conservatory into living room.

From living room into conservatory. I think this is my favorite room.

Second floor: Left to right:

The guest room.

Simple, cute, and pink.

This shows how the bathroom and kitchen are situated in the silo. The bathroom is behind an open sliding door.

  

A full bathroom–everything you need.

 

The master bedroom in shades of cool blue-green.

Top Floor:

On the left is the attic, full of old castoffs.

On the right, the writing nook, with a computer set up on the writing table, a comfy chair, and lots and lots of books. I’d love one of these in real life!

 

This is quite a lovely house overall, and it was a fulfilling build.

The kit of the house and all the furnishings is still available from Robin Betterley: https://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/petalstone

 

New Quarter Scale Projects

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I took a big break from the Westville, first to travel for about a month, second to work on some smaller projects that didn’t take very long to finish.

First for Halloween! This little kit was cute, fun, and took me two days (because I was working–it probably could be done in an afternoon.)

 

This is a 1/4″ scale kit from Robin Betterley’s miniatures called “The Petite Shop of the Black Hat Society.” It’s a vignette that is a peek through the window. Nothing else. Kit comes with everything including the battery box and lights, plus the frame.

They have several of these, for Christmas and other holidays. It sits on my shelf with other vignettes and tiny scenes..

The second project was more elaborate and took longer. Another kit, this one from True2Scale. It is also 1/4″ scale.

This very cool shop is called “Joie de Vivre.” It’s a bookshop, with a printing press on the top floor (or will be when I get the interior furnishings done.)

This kit took a bit of doing, plus I wired it, but I loved how it looked, I’m glad I built it. I had to shut it in the closet every night so my cat wouldn’t eat the wiring!

The interior. Three large floors with balconies indoors and out. A spiral staircase will lead to the balconies.

Bottom floor will be the bookshop.

Second floor will be a sitting room. The red glow of the fireplace LEDs was already done as part of the kit (thankfully).

I love the skylight on the third floor.

The skylight from above.

I love Art Nouveau, so this was a perfect project for me. I have furnishings kits for it, but have put it on display for now, and I’ll go back to it.

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