Big House Music Room–Mostly Done

I have mostly finished the Music Room in the Big House Remodel, so I will regale everyone with pictures! (Click for close-ups)

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First some general overview pics. The whole space is 16″D x 17″W x 12″, though I took away about 2-3 inches of depth with a false wall and French doors leading to a garden.

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I hadn’t started out to amass a musical instrument collection (figured I’d put in a couple of things), but I kept finding opportunities to acquire them. Took me a couple of years, but here they are. (More details on each below.)

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Beautifully made mandolin is part of a set of instruments I bought at auction. They were handmade by L.W. Norman.

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Dulcimer is part of the L.W. Norman instruments. Most of the decorative items in the built-in shelves I purchased at the Mini Time Machine musuem’s shop (glass, silver wedding vase, ceramic quail). A couple of the pots I bought from Craig Roberts at a show, the top one in this picture is from Poco Pots (it has horsehair in it, mane clippings!).

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Two beautiful guitars from L.W. Norman.

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The guitar on the floor stand is by Nantasy Fantasy. I believe I bought this via Mainly Minis. I made the stand (as well as the hanging stands). How to make the floor stand baffled me, until I found a pattern for an easel and modified it.

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Banjo is the fifth and final instrument in the collection from L.W. Norman. Gorgeous! I also fell in love with this Knowle sofa made by Ron Hubble. I custom ordered it.

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This is a lovely music cabinet made by Shannon Moore. I’m annoyed that this photo came out blurry, but you can see the burle veneer on it–so pretty. The violin on top was part of a Reutter Porcelain set.

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The cabinet open. It’s beautifully made. Historically, the cabinet was meant to hold instruments, such as violins, as well as music books.

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A shot of the room via the front hall.

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The instruments I’ve bought are works of art in themselves. This is the Nantasy Fantasy guitar. Perfect workmanship.

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The painted harp is by Ron Kerr.

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This is a Ralph Partelow piano. I had in mind to buy a regular grand piano, but I liked this one because it’s unusual. It’s a box grand.

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Inside the piano. The detail is a little hard to see in the picture, but the stringing and soundboard look very real.

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Another thing I splurged on was this fine chandelier by Luminations by Mr. K. It’s hard to take pictures of it, because the camera spreads the light. This pic is a little dark, but easier to see detail.

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At this angle you can see it lit a little better.

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Some “through-the-windows” scenes for fun.

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Switching to the front hall, which is not quite finished, but getting there. I redid the floor in parquet to match the music room.

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Another shot. Sofa is hand carved by Susanne Russo. She describes how to hand carve like this in an issue of the Scale Cabinetmaker. When I saw the sofa at the auction, I recognized it from the article and decided to bid on it.

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Back to the music room. The chair is “vintage” Bespaq I bought from Mountain Miniatures. I figure the lyre motif went with the music room! The still-life picture is by Cezanne. (He didn’t actually paint this one! It’s a cut-out picture I framed.)

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This table is a brag. I made it in a class with the Boorums at the NAME convention in 2013. I had it mostly done in the class, but finished it at home. We learned how to taper the legs, router the top, do the inlay, and cut the rest of the pieces for the table. I finished it with paste wax. (They carved the drawer pulls for us.)

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An overview shot. I need a good piano bench or stool, and I’ll probably re-do the curtains, but I think I can put a fork in this one. It’s done.

Country Cottage–Part 6–Porch

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The porch of the country cottage turned antique shop will also be filled with wares. I’ve put together old things in my boxes with a touch of new.

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The pie safe came in the boxes I bought with the Blue House, as did the spatterware (some metal, some Chrysnbon). The “metal” pitcher is a recent purchase (like a few weeks ago), from Angelika’s Minis on Etsy. She has some neat stuff!

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These golf clubs were made by Nantasy Fantasy. Amazing detail. The ball bag opens and is filled with mini golf balls! Individual ones. Wonderful craftsmanship.

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Front porch next to the front door. More good stuff for the antiquers!

I am very close to being done with this project. Need to hide the wiring on the back of the house, do a few little finishy things, and add a sign. Then find a place in my house to display it!

Blue House B and B–Refreshing a few rooms

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I changed the light fixture in the kitchen of the Blue House, and finally I have light in there to see everything. Click pics for close-ups!

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I love this broken egg on the floor, a creation of Jan Patrie from Autumn Leaf Studio.

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The living room fireplace with new ornaments. Books came with bookcases I bought at auction, plus Goebel figurines from the same auction.

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I keep rearranging this table. Now when the guests arrive at the B&B, they can have sweet treats–ice cream, pumpkin pie, cookies, and for some reason, a basket of rolls.

Whenever Jan Patrie of Autumn Leaf Studio comes to the Small World Mini Show, I always stop at her table and pick up something new! This year it was the rolls, pie, and cups of tea with lemon (scroll down for those). She also made the basket of black cherries in the kitchen sitting on the white stepladder.

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I’m always adding things to the bed. The inexpensive long pillow sold by Hobby Builders Supply matched exactly.

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The tea tray with one of the cups of tea by Jan of Autumn Leaf.

I never really finish my houses. I’m always seeing something that would look great in them. Doesn’t matter if it’s an inexpensive or found item or something by an artisan–if it works, it goes in!

Big House–Jewelry Findings–a dangerous obsession!

I found a new obsession–making minis from jewelry findings. I bought the book put out by JAR-JAF miniatures, and had to try my hand.

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I had way too much fun choosing a project and picking out the findings for it. This Regency sconce didn’t have too many parts, so I began with it. I made two, which will go in the Big House game room on the top floor. Fun!

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This lights, it really does. Now I want to make more! And try something more complicated. See? Dangerous.

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Another project was a compact and lipstick. I had the tray in my extras boxes–made the two lipsticks out of the findings from JAR-JAF, with tiny red stones left over from another project. The compact opens and displays a mirror and powder puff. The little jar with a blue stone was an accident. I’d broken the finding trying to make it into the lipstick. I stuck a tiny blue stone on the top, and decided it could be a rogue pot.

The hexagonal box is from a kit by Lisa Engler (the rest of this neat little kit is shown in closeup in this post).

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Panning back, this is the dressing table I’ve put together for the bedroom of the Big House. I wish I could claim to have made this wonderful perfume and lotions tray, but I bought it from Mountain Miniatures. The gloves are a kit I put together, bought from Dragonfly International. The fan and comb-brush-mirror set I’ve had for so long I have no clue where I got them.

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Backing up to show the whole dressing table.

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The dressing table in place in the bedroom, which is still a work in progress.

I had to go out and buy two storage boxes for the findings, because of course I bought more for more projects. I’ve already made a desk set and candlesticks, which I’ll share when I have the desk vignette I’m working on done. I have my eye on building a big, multi-armed, many dangly bits chandelier…. Stop me!

Fairfield Half-inch–More interior decorating

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I continue to pick away at decorating the interior of the Fairfield half inch house. Click photos for larger views.

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The living room, looking into front hall.

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Kitchen (was dining room in kit’s original layout)

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Bathroom. Probably needs the most finishing touches. (Original house kit has this as another bedroom, I think. I like huge bathrooms!)

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The original kitchen downstairs became a staircase hall, office, sitting, whatever room. Need much more in here.

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Upstairs hall sitting room with beautiful furniture by Nell Prescott I bought at auction.

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I opened the tower room, extended a staircase to the third floor, and made the tower a writing nook.

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Closeup of tower / writing nook.

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Right side of house all lit up.

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Back of house lit.

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Side porch with coach light.

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Front bay looking toward front porch.

I need more paintings, a little more furniture, curtains or blinds, and finishing touches, but I’m getting there! I’m very happy I did this house.

Shoe House–Progress

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Have the second floor built and put onto the first floor.

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More mix-and-match wallpaper by Mrs. Mouse.

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I’m lighting this house–will be hard to see inside when it’s all put together, so four LED lights are going in. This fixture on the bottom floor is from Lighting Bug. Lighting Bug has a cool new LED system for 1/4″ scale–it has a battery box, and will work on their LED lights, or any 12-volt light. They system is $39.99, but I figured I’d spend that much buying lights, transformers, accessories, and switch box on a 12-volt system, so what the heck? The Lighting Bug system is small and easy to use. Will let you know how it goes when I put all the lights together.

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Because the bathroom will be inaccessible once the roof goes on, I had to finish the whole room first. That means everything! I prefer to decorate as the fit takes me, but I sucked it up and did the whole bathroom in 1-2 days.

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The picture over the tub is a cow in a bathtub (cow is upside down). I couldn’t find a mouse.

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Bathroom accessories were fairly easy. Mirror is a jewelry finding with shiny paper punched out w/ a 1/4″ hole puncher. Pictures are print outs. Towels: fabric cut in narrow strips, folded and glued. The towel beside the sink hangs from a jump ring. Bathroom fixtures a kit from Suzanne and Andrew’s Minis. Rug is printed paper that came with another 1/4″ house kit. Colored plastic bits made bottles on the shelf (a modified kit from Karen Cary). Plant is green model train clumpy foliage, dabbed with pink and yellow paint, put into a 1/4″ scale bowl bought from Pearce Miniatures. Mrs. Mouse likes pink and lace, so the curtains are lace and the shelves are painted pink!

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Lit the bathroom with a tiny LED so things can be seen through door and window when the roof is on.

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Outside of shoe painted. The bricks were molded into the shoe already, and I painted them–mortar gray, bricks dry brushed “Heritage Brick” from Americana, then washed with burnt umber dirty water wash.

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Tile floor glued into the base of the shoe, which will be the kitchen. Another room that must be finished first!
(Note that the shoe house kit contains no wallpaper or tile for the kitchen–it’s all from my leftover supply boxes. It does have the wood flooring for both first and second floor.)

Outside finishing next.