Christmas Wagon

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!

New Quarter Scale Projects

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.

Christmas Projects!

I finally have Christmas projects to post. I just finished up this one:

This is a kit, a one-inch scale peddler’s wagon. I put together the wagon and then all the little things that go in! The accessories kits make lots of stuff–I have plenty left over.

A shot from the front, with the seat. I can put a Bryer horse in front of this–I didn’t have room in the display area for him, but I’ll fix him up for when I put this on its permanent shelf after Christmas.

I’m displaying this on a hall tree with a mirror, so we can see both sides of the wagon.

The interior cubbies light up (LED lights and battery pack included with the kit).

Cubbies on the other side full of more stuff.

More goodies on top of the wagon. I especially like the kit with the stacking boxes–the boxes are finished inside and out and the lids close.

A cool thing about this wagon is that it works. Not only do the wheels turn, but the front wheels are steerable. This is the undercarriage as I was putting it together. The front axel is (will be) enclosed in a box that pivots on a screw. The green dowel already attached is where the harness traces go–turning those steers the wagon.

The finished undercarriage attached to the wagon.

In front you can see the green traces that attach to the front axel assembly.

I’m very pleased with how the wagon turned out. When I get the harness done and the horse hitched up, I’ll post more pics.

I got the kit and accessories here: https://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/the-merry-peddler

Have a merry, mini Christmas!

New Projects

I haven’t posted much lately, not because I haven’t been doing minis, but because I’ve been writing so much I don’t want to be anywhere near my computer when I’m done. After a day of my laptop, I want to go analog, so I paint, glue, cut, no computer in sight.

But … I’ve built a couple of kits that I enjoyed and am working on another as we speak.

For Halloween, I completed this spice tin (quarter-inch scale). Click photos for larger versions.

A fun little project that introduced me to another way to light minis (because I broke the switch on the battery box in the kit–this is typical of me).

Anyway, the kit came with a lighting kit–LEDs plus battery holder and switch from Evan Designs. This is a cool, easy way to backlight minis, especially great for the smaller scales. When I broke my switch, I easily ordered another one straight from Evan Designs, whose website showed me all the LED lights and switches I could buy! Very inexpensive too.

Christmas Project

I realized I didn’t have enough Christmas minis (I have one vignette and that’s it), so I made this:

This is a microscale “Secret House” kit from Robin Betterley. I have the kit for the interior furniture, but haven’t put it together yet.

I’m working on another Christmas project, a (one-inch scale) Christmas Peddler’s wagon (again from Robin Betterley–my husband got me a gift certificate last year, and I went nuts.)

I’ll post pictures when I’m done. It’s teaching me how to put together a wheeled vehicle, which is very clever.

I also put together another house kit (quarter inch), which I’ll show in the next post.

 

Sanity project: Interior of Ravenwood 1/144 house

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

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.