Beacon Hill–Left Side–Garage

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On with the Beacon Hill!

As I’ve talked about, I set the left side of the Beacon Hill on top of the Houseworks garage.

 

I decided to proceed finishing this house from the bottom up, which means finishing the garage first.

Touched up outside paint, finished inside paint, and painted the floor.

Houseworks has a garage door to fit this kit, so I painted and installed it. Tip: Do not paint the rollers or the roller tracks if you want the door to work (it rolls up and down). I used this same door kit in the Mechanics Garage I did a few years ago.

Outside finished and trimmed.

I didn’t construct the garage exactly to the specifications of the kit, because I needed a flat roof, and the kit has peaked sides. I could have simply cut the peaks off the sides, but in the absence of a good power saw I decided to use other pieces of the kit to create the side walls.

This leaves me with a hole in the upper left side, because that piece of wood was supposed to be a floor with a hole for a ladder or staircase. Now it’s a window!

I went back to my own “Windows Tutorial” (link below) and did a custom-made window. First lined opening with 3/8 strip wood.

Making the two window frames from 1/4″ strip wood.

Frames ready for plastic or micro-glass in between. I imagine most people’s windows will be neater than mine.

The finished window with outside trim and sill (I haven’t trimmed the inside yet).

The Windows Tutorial post shows in detail how I put together custom windows. This method will let you make any window for any size of opening. Very convenient when you have an odd-sized opening or want to make different styles of windows without relying on what’s commercially available.

Now we have the garage! I need to do more trimming on the bottom.

While looking at this house head on, I made the decision not to do the entrance stairs up the side. I like how it looks, I can pretend there’s a way up from the garage, and it will be easier for me to display in a tight space, which was why I cut the Beacon Hill apart in the first place.

I will most likely put the left bay window in where it’s supposed to go.

My decision is not set in stone–I might change my mind again. But I like the simple appearance of the house as is.

If I do put in the bay window, I’ll prep all the parts.

Next thing for me, though, is the Chicago International Show! I am going this year for the first time! Signed up for workshops and everything. Let’s hope I don’t spend too much money. 🙂 I have $ set aside and a budget. Really.

Hopefully I’ll be able to take some photos of exhibits of cool minis. Which I of course will share!

Sanity project: Interior of Ravenwood 1/144 house

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Because I was working so hard, I took a break from the Beacon Hill to finish the interior of the Ravenwood house, which I’d built a couple of years ago. (Post on exterior here: https://jennsminis.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/halloween-interlude/)

The house is microscale, sitting on a one-inch scale cabinet.

This house kit is by Robin Betterley. http://www.robinbetterley.com It’s called a “secret house,” meaning it is solid when you look at it, but secret compartments slide in and out, showing you the interior.

One thing I like about Robin’s miniatures is that she tells a story for many of them. The story of this house is about a young woman named Sophronia whose family moves into this derelict house and makes it a home. She’s terrific at natural medicine and helps out many from the nearby town. She also nurses any ravens she finds hurt in the woods around their house. The entire story is included with the kit, including the day the lonely doctor meets Sophronia in the woods …

I mention the story to give context to the rooms. This is the left side of the house. Ground floor, living room. Second floor, dining. Third floor, father’s bedroom.

The tower–the middle of the house.

First floor, entrance. Second floor, hall with entrance to the ravenry (through the large picture). Third floor, library.

Right side of the house.

First floor, Sophronia’s consulting room. Second floor, ravenry, with cage. Third floor, Sophronia’s bedroom. The pouf in front of the dressing table is a tuffet. (Now you know.)

The house in its entirety.

The lower half is a one-inch scale cabinet for potions and spooky books. (The bottles and book below are mine–not in the kit.)

I loved this kit. For the interior, everything comes with it–all the furniture, books, raven cage, chandeliers, candelabras, paintings, fabric, carpets–everything!

Just what I needed to ease my stress. However, microscale is tiny! I need to get back to one-inch scale, which looks huge to me now.

Next, I return to the Beacon Hill and start finishing up the left side of the house.

 

 

 

 

In the Interim: Mini Show

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I have been working flat out at my “real” job as a writer–two deadlines back to back, and two more coming up. Whew! But–I made time to go to a the Small World Mini Show one afternoon and also to finish another kit. Minis is therapy.

Some cool things I saw at the mini show:

This was my favorite exhibit–a wedding suite in a wedding shoe! You can read the story of it here:

This flower shop was really well done! So much detail.

Witch’s workroom inside a spell book. 🙂

I enjoyed these rooms using unusual spaces.

Well done junk shed.

Lovely and unusual Christmas room.

A couple of my purchases. I couldn’t resist this flapper with attitude from Fern Vasi.

Steampunk manikin from Vegas Aires. So much detail.

I went, I saw, I shopped, I came home refreshed.

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