Petal Stone Finished

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I finished up the 1/4 ” Petal Stone kit from Robin Betterley. This is a great little kit–all the landscaping materials, lights, electric system, base, even rugs for the floors and curtains for the windows are included. Now I just need to get in some furniture!

Finished house before I put it on the base and landscaped.

From the back, all lit up. Kitchen is in the downstairs silo, bathroom in the upstairs silo. I have not decided what the other rooms will be (apart from the obvious bedrooms, living area…). All the lights are included!

Now I have the base and landscaping. There are plenty of materials in the kit. I also added grass from a leftover grass sheet and a some “clump foliage, dark green” from Woodland Scenics, which are for model railroads. A bag of that lasts for years. Hobby or model railroad stores will have it.

The trees are included in the kit. The silo looks pretty all lit up.

Right side.

Left side with conservatory.

While the kit contains materials to make a vine, I had some leftover from landscape materials I bought from Bill Lankford. (http://www.billlankford.com/index.html)

A glimpse of the bathroom.

I really enjoyed this kit. I have been working nonstop in my writer’s life and dealing with real life things, and putting this together was great therapy (well, all my minis are, which is why I have so many of them!)

I have stepped away from the Beacon Hill enough that I’m ready to go back, finish off the one side, and start on the other. But this kit was a fantastic break. I’m glad I did it.

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New Project Quarter-Inch Scale PetalStone

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If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, I decided to turn aside from the Beacon Hill for a rest (need it!), and do a quarter inch scale house kit I recently bought. It’s called the PetalStone from Robin Betterley.

They’re currently on the 7th cutting for this kit, and you can reserve one for a deposit: https://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/petalstone/products/petalstone-house-7th-cutting

This is the main page for the kits:

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The price is usually more than I pay for a dollhouse kit, but you get everything. First, the house is large–three floors with spacious rooms plus a “silo” for a kitchen and bathroom (or anything you want to put in there), and a conservatory. Included is: spiral staircase, all windows and doors, all wallpapers and flooring, all trims, rugs and curtains, lights, lamps, and the entire electrical system, a base, and all the landscaping materials for the outside. The only thing not included are the furnishings, and while they have kits for those too, I’m going to use mostly my own furniture or other kits to do the inside.

First floor mostly done.

First floor with spiral staircase and kitchen installed.

I did go ahead and get the kitchen kit for this, as I liked it.

Outside–the silo under construction

Second floor mostly done.

Starting to shingle the silo roof.

Wires hanging down are for the bathroom chandelier–they’d be tucked out of sight.

The lights are both lamps and overhead “canned” lights.

This is a fairly big house–I’m wondering where I’m going to display it! It’s a fun project, just what I need. I’m building it as is, not much bashing, but it will be pretty when I’m done!

Then back to the Beacon Hill. 🙂

 

 

Creekside Studio (Much needed break from Beacon Hill)

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Taking a break from the Beacon Hill, I built this kit. Creekside Studio by Suzanne and Andrew’s Minis. This took me about a week–it’s 1/4 inch scale. Nice to do an entire build in a week!

Front door and porch.

The back door.

Right side of the house.

Left side and interior.

Suzanne and Andrew offer a landscape base for the house as well, which comes with material to do the dirt and grass. I thought ahead and purchased it when I bought the house kit.

The blank base.

The base provides the height for the porch steps to reach the back door.

I’ve painted the stones on the base here and added grass and dirt. I’ll plant a ton of flowers later–thinking of doing a vegetable garden too.

The “creek” looks like it has water in it. It’s triple gloss sealer.

The full creekbed side of the house.

The back door. I’ll put in bushes, flowers, and other fun stuff.

Right side of the house. I’m thinking of putting the kitchen garden here.

A fun kit, glad I bought it.

Halloween Interlude

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Since Halloween is nearly upon us, here’s a montage of some spooky things I’ve made in the past couple of years.

First is Ravenwood, a kit bought from Robin Betterley. All the house pieces and the art is in the kit–I supplied black paint (plus green, burnt umber, etc for aging), glue, varnish, and the bottles and book in the lower part. This is microscale (1:144) on top of a 1:12 scale cabinet (included in the kit).

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Second: A one-inch scale room box I built and filled with things I made or collected. I kept saying “Skulls! Need more skulls!”

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Happy Halloween!

What I’ve Been Working On

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Now that I’m finally settled into my new house, I’ve been able to get back to projects. I am nearly finished with the inside of the Real Good Toys Half-Inch Scale Bungalow. Scroll down for photos!

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As you can see, I moved the staircase to the middle of the house, made this one big room, and put in a fireplace.

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Needs pictures and other touches, but you get the idea.

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Upstairs, I made the left side of the house one big room instead of cutting it up. I wanted more room for furniture. The staircase comes out in the middle of it, but why not?

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I’m pleased with the way the scrapbook paper came out as a mural. Amazed too! It wasn’t easy.

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I played with the interior a little bit, removing a wall on the second floor and moving the staircase on the first floor.

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I have more finishing touches to make (pictures, rugs, towels, plants, porch furniture), but it’s come a long way from blank pieces in a box!

 

Moving update

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I have my dollhouse room in my new house almost the way I want it. There’s a big closet with lots of storage for my supplies, and room to work on and display the houses.

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Note that one of my cats has already decided where he needs to be.

I also am getting my miniatures “mojo” back. I’ll go for stretches not interested in projects at all, or wondering why I have so many minis. 🙂 Then creativity hits me again, and I’m back to work.

I have the RGT half-inch scale bungalow here on my worktable to furnish and decorate the inside. Almost done with that–have finishing touches to add.

Next I have a very small half-inch scale cottage I’m trying to fix up (it’s sitting on the white step stool in the first photo). And then I might actually finally pull out the Beacon Hill and start it up! (maybe)

More Microscale (1/144 scale)

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My love affair with this tiny scale continues. Here are some projects I have done / have been doing.

I’ll start with the “Secret” books by Robin Betterley. (I’ve been doing a lot of her kits lately because she has some very nice microscale kits).

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These “books” which can be used in a 1-inch scale setting, fit nicely into the microscale house by Charlotte Scott. I plan to use this as a bookshelf in a 1-inch scale house.

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Outside, they look like well-worn books.

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Inside is a secret space with a microscale scene.

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These secret books (called Teeny-Weeny Secret books) are fun to make, take an afternoon (most of the time is letting glue and paint dry), and are inexpensive ($5-$14). A great way to learn microscale. Find them at:

http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/teeny-weeny-secret-books

Next, I finished off the little cafe, also 1/144th scale:

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The bedroom furniture (very, very small…)

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The cafe counter and hutch plus the many teeny cakes.

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Putting it altogether.

The Blue Sky Cafe (http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/watercolors) is another great introductory kit to microscale. It’s a little more expensive, but you get *everything*–for the cafe: parts for the structure, flooring, wallpaper, fence, landscaping, chimney–you only need paint and glue (and a little time).

The furnishings were probably the hardest–the building itself was fairly easy and painless to make. While the kit for both the cafe and interior says they’re for experienced miniaturists (and I guess I am one), I thought the cafe itself was not too hard. It’s only two rooms without a lot of strange angles or tough-to-fit pieces.

The furnishings I thought were more difficult, only because they are so small. Painting the pieces for the folding chairs and gluing them together was a trick! But not too bad. The interior kit also has everything you see–the furniture plus artwork for it, the bedding, throw for the chair, and all the little cakes cupcakes and accessories for both bedroom and dining area.

However, if you’re going to foray into microscale with the Betterleys’ kits, I recommend doing the cafe or the secret books before you try the “secret” house I just finished (below).

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I enjoyed the heck out of building this kit (Ravenwood: microscale on top, the base is 1″ scale), but I was glad I built the cafe first. This one has many more rooms and more details, more things to mess up! I’ll show more of this house in my next post. (The kit: http://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/secret-houses)

I swear I do not work for them. 🙂 I’m just a happy customer. I will post about other microscale offerings out there and show other houses I’ve collected or made.

For my next project, I’m going to finish and furnish a Bespaq baby house that I picked up on a discount, doing everything my own self. I’ll let you know how it goes …

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