Saturday, 11 April 2020

New Build: The Cozy Cat Bookstore and Cafe

This another project that I started over a year ago and then put on indefinite hold for several reasons, not the least of which was that we undertook real life renovations, including replacing the flooring throughout our whole house!

I'm still unboxing my minis and this project probably requires the least mess-making of my current WIPs, ha ha, an important consideration since I have been booted out of my craft area to make way for my husband who is working from home during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This project is going to be for my eldest daughter, who shares my love of books.  And really, is there anything better than a good book and a hot beverage to drink?

The scale is 1:12, and this is the façade of a shop room box I bought on eBay.  The kit came with stairs at the side and a railing along the rooftop, but it won't fit into her bookshelf for display with those on it, so I am omitting them.

So far I have painted the façade Hunter Green, and lined the interior of the box with embossed brick paper.  I've also constructed some bookshelves and painted them black and stained the timber skirting boards.  I'm going for a contemporary renovation of an old building kind of look?

Wish me luck!

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Bates House Complete

Well, it may have taken 18 months, but I am finally finished (for now) with the Bates House.  It was constructed from a laser-cut kit I bought on Etsy and I'm not sure of the scale - I think around 1:32 or 1:35?

Anyway, whilst it was easy to assemble, painting and weathering is not my strong suit, and as a result this project had a LOT of stops and starts because I just wasn't happy with how it was coming along!

It all comes with practice though and this is only my second time weathering and landscaping like this so I have cut myself a break and called it done!  It is very overcast and my photos are dull, for which I apologise, but I am keen to get it off my work desk and onto display, lol!

I started with a black roof and then changed it to a red one, as I had seen in many photos of the house from the movie Psycho, however I wish I had left it black in the end?  If I was to start again, I would do the whole thing in shades of grey - including the landscaping - to reflect how I remember it from the original black and white movie.  I think that would have looked cool.

"Mother" in the upstairs window backlit with a nano LED light.  I would use a larger, yellower (warm) white light if I did it again.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

New Project: Bates House

To celebrate Halloween this year, I am putting together a model house kit I was gifted for my birthday - the Bates House from the movie Psycho.  It's a pretty famous house, lol, so I hope I can do it justice!

I'm not sure of the exact scale but it's roughly somewhere between 1:24 and 1:48, so I'm calling it 1:32 scale for the moment.  As it is a model, not a dollhouse, it doen't have access to the inside so to-scale furniture is not an issue :-)

This is what it is supposed to look like when put together in the raw state, although I will probably pre-paint many of my pieces before assembly.

The kit also includes frames for the windows.  Painting and decorating is NOT my forte, so I hope my painting and landscaping can do the house justice!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Mod Pod Build: Finished

After finishing off The Dressmaker's Cottage for my middle daughter, it was time to go back and finish off The Mod Pod for my youngest daughter!  The inspiration for the Mod Pod was the modern shipping containers converted into compact holiday homes which have appeared near beaches and lakes around the world recently.  You'll have to imagine that this Pod has a second Pod nearby containing the bathroom and laundry, ha ha, because this one only has a bedroom, kitchen and lounge!

I abandoned this build after I did a terrible job on putting together the under-bench stainless steel sink from an ELF kit.  It was first attempt at something like this but I was really dismayed at how it turned out - warped and with glue on the aluminium sheet :(  I didn't trust myself to finish off the kitchen then, so I started on another project.

Coming back to it now, I felt a little more confident - and a little less perfectionist about it, LOL.  The ELF kitchen was straight forward to assemble which was great.  I decided that you can't really see the sink anyway, so I left it as is and chalked it up to experience ;-)

After the kitchen, there wasn't much left to do except make a headboard and dress the bed, and attach the "concrete" ledge for the electric fireplace in the lounge.  Oh, and I ordered some 3D printed door handles from Marion Rissek's Shapeways store, for the sliding doors at the front!  It all came together pretty quickly after that.

It's very hard to take pictures of the front doors as the plastic reflects everything terribly!  I rook the doors off for a better view of the inside, but my pics of the whole Pod are not very good because of the reflections. Oh well!

This is the empty Pod before adding the interior.  The "glass" doors slide on each end towards the middle.

And here it is outside with the doors off:

The bedroom

With the sliding door in place:

The boho pillow, plant, Buddha, hanging lights, mirror, cross, surfboard and cane basket came from MiniHomeCoAu on Etsy.  The sign is from My Miniature Emporium ( also Etsy).

I made the bed, headboard and bedding.

The kitchen.

The doll (Chad), is a Heidi Ott doll, dressed in clothes and shoes from Lena Kristapchuk on Etsy.  The kitchen kit is ELF Miniatures, the coffee machine is also ELF, the knife block is Miniature Co, the bowl of yoghurt and fruit is Petite Boulangerie Au and the stools are My Miniature Emporium.

The lounge room.

In the lounge room, the chair and electric fire are from ELF Miniatures.  The rug and plants are from MiniHomeCo.  The side table and laptop are from Minimum World.

Here it is with the door on:

This is the kitchen and lounge together, for a better perspective.

With the lights on!

And the kitchen and bedroom together.

There are LOTS of things I would do differently if I were to do it again, but as my very first from-scratch build, it didn't turn out too badly! :-)

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Dressmaker's Cottage Finished: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the Dressmaker's Cottage, the downstairs rooms!

On the left is the kitchen, with a blue Aga stove and porcelain sink.

My daughter loves baking, so I had to include an apron (from Mondina Dollhouse) and a baking scene on the table :-) 

The gorgeous cannisters on the shelf are from A Lavender Dilly, and the cutting board is also from Mondina Dollhouse.  The pink KitchenAid and casserole dish were from eBay.  The fabulous filled dish drainer is from PinkabellaMinis.

Looking across to the sewing room from the kitchen.

The sewing table.  The pattern and cute little buttons card are from Mini Fanaberia.

The bolts of fabric and the sewing book are also from Mini Fanaberia.

Mini sewing patterns, also Mini Fanaberia. She had a sale on her mini sewing items and I couldn't resist!

Lastly, the sitting room.  The side table contains another sewing book, a pair of scissors and a packet of licorice allsorts, my daughter's favourite sweets :-D

The Aubusson rug and pillow are from Mondina Dollhouse. So pretty, the photos don't do them justice.

The blinds and curtains are from MiniMaisonMiniatures.

Thanks for having a look around!