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.

 

 

 

 

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Working: Fun Minis to look at

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Sorry for not posting here in a while, but I had to step away from both blogging and minis to finish writing a couple of books (one is final, the other I’m still working on). Must write books so I can afford to buy wood strips! In the meantime, enjoy photos of some of my 1/4″ scale projects (these are all kits).

Honeysuckle cottage (kit by Sue Herber).

 

Interior waiting for furniture.

Shoe house (kit by Suzanne and Andrew’s Minis)

Unfinished interior.

A peek inside the kitchen, in the shoe part.

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Sparrow cottage (kit by Sue Herber)

Interior of Sparrow cottage (living / dining above, and kitchen below).

As soon as I acquire more wood strips, it’s back to finishing the Beacon Hill!

 

 

Interlude: Finishing smaller projects

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I needed a break from the Beacon Hill so finished up some quarter inch and micro scale projects.

This is the cute little Sunnyside Gardens, a microscale shop in the “Watercolors” series by Robin Betterly. I had completed the shop before, and now I finished the interior and landscaping kit. (I could have decorated the interior myself, but sometimes kits are more relaxing for me).

We have pots of plants, crates of seedlings, garden soil, garden tools, all kinds of fun stuff.

The interior is a bedroom upstairs of woodland themed furniture, and the shop downstairs, which includes a seed rack and display counters for all the garden goodies.

I had to wash out the exterior to get the photo of the interior through the door. Seed counter and pots inside.

A fun little kit. It’s on display in my living room with the first kit in the series (the cafe). Gee, there’s room for another kit next to the garden shop.

Next: Finished up the landscaping and added an outdoor tub to the quarter-inch scale Creekside Studio.

Decided to put a little vegetable garden here.

This kit turned out really well. I got this from Suzanne and Andrews Minis (link in sidebar under Quarter inch Resources). They don’t have this particular one anymore, but they have a similar kit called “Seaside Cottage,” which has a complete second floor.

Obviously, this needs furniture! Which I will do one day. Right now, I’m ready to return to the Beacon Hill and finish the outside details I need to build on.

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.

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!

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