Monday, May 10, 2021

 This will be a short post today.  I have had my hand surgery so I have not been able to mini.  My hand is healing well but is still quite tender.  I was lucky enough to be able to watch the surgery on my hand.  Ohh it was so interesting.  Darn!!! I should have taken pictures.

Last Friday my Hubby and I had to take our lovely little Bella to help her cross over the rainbow bridge.  The house is so empty and quiet without her.  We both miss her terribly.  I took a video of her in her little doggie cart earlier in the week.  She wasn't sure if she like it but she tried.  I think had she been younger it might have been easier for her.  We had ten years with Bella which was most of her life.  She was less than a year old when we got her.

Run and play in the fields with your friends, enjoy the sunshine, rest in peace sweet Bella.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

 I realize I haven't posted in quite a while.  Of course, I have lots of excuses but truth be known I've been having quite a bit of trouble with my hand.  My mini-ing has been limited.  I will be having surgery on my hand on the 5th of May.  I am looking forward to getting this behind me.

So the first, and very important, event that has prevented some blogging is my lovely little "Bella".  She has been going down hill for some time and my hubby and I just didn't want to face that fact.  She is a 10 year old French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix.  According the our vet the life span of these dogs is between 10-12 years.  We just got a wheelchair for her and we are hoping this will help.  Her front half is still in good spirits but her back half doesn't work so well.  

Secondly we decided to put our house on the market.  It sold in four days, and yes we got above asking price.  We found an apartment, a one bedroom, so needless to say I am purging big time.  I now have boxes labelled "apartment", "auction", "storage" and "give away".  We are moving from a two level house to a 680 square foot apartment.  We plan on being there about a year and then we will be off on our boat adventure.  Of course, this is conditional on us not killing each other in such a small space.

I have been doing some mini-ing.  I am doing an art gallery.   The art gallery is going to feature a very talented artist that I worked with some years ago.  Ann Ryer is a self taught artist and does amazing work.

I am doing this project in half scale.  The building is about 12"X12".  The gallery will be called Avenue Ann.  I made the floor to look like marble tile.  The two pieces that you see in the background are two small walls which will hold paintings as well as the other walls in the gallery.  
I made a bench so you could sit and admire the beautiful paintings.  I also made a display case that explains all about the artist.  I also made a few unusual looking easels to display a couple of paintings in the window.  I'll show those in my next posting.

I decided that I wanted to make a revolving door into the gallery.  It is not finished yet but the picture below will give you an idea of what my plans are.  I will definitely update these pictures as I move along.

I hope to get back into posting on a more regular bases.  It does keep me on track.  And, by the way, my good friend Marilyn has a birthday coming up next month.  I have made her a present which you will have to wait and see what it is.  Big Surprise!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I have been able to get some work done on the farmhouse.  One of the biggest jobs so far was to paint the 19 windows.  That took quite a bit of time.  I finally got all 19 painted.

Some of the windows are working windows so I made screens.  Now in actual fact these screens did not look new in any way, shape or form when I was a kid.  But since I just can't bring myself to rough them up, what you see in the picture below is what the screen looked like the day it was put in, not like it looked when I was growing up.  

I love the look when miniaturist make things look old and well used.  I just can't do it.  

I posted some pictures earlier with the outside walls taped in place.  The windows and doors have now been cut out and it sure makes a difference.  As I look at the picture below I realize just how big this house is going to be when I am finished.  Where am I going to put it?  I have three other dollhouses and a big barn, not to mention all by Camp Mini Ha Ha projects, etc. etc..  Oh boy....sure can't take them all on the boat.

I think I will work on adding the second floor and the room dividers on the second floor.  

Saturday, January 30, 2021

I am finally back.  I have not been able to do minis since about the beginning of December.  I have found out that I have what is know as "trigger finger".  So it's just me and Annie Oakley.  In the meantime I have re-organized by miniatures.  You have to understand that since I am not the "fly by the seat of my pants" girl everything was organized but now it is super organized.  My sister, Joyce, said the hoarders would love me because they wouldn't have to get rid of anything.

Anyway, moving on.  I was getting a little worried that since I've been doing a lot more of my friend's, Marilyn, flying by the seat of my pants that in the end nothing would fit together.  So after enlarging the house slightly I decided to join the outside walls to the floor and put the main floor walls inside together.  (Just taped, not permanently put in place)  So with the exception of one wall which I have to trim by 1/2" it all fits.  Boy, do I feel better.

                    Kitchen                                                        From kitchen looking into dining room

                 Looking into living room and den                Looking from dining room 

So, overall, I'm okay with the fit of the outside walls.  I am going to start cutting out my exterior doors and windows from my outside walls.  Actually I'm hoping to talk my husband into doing that but only because I have very little use of my hand right now.  

My next step will be to put all the windows in (all 19 of them) and the three doors. Then I can put the wallpaper up on the inside of the outside walls. 

Oh dear, I think I'm confusing myself.  Hopefully you know what I mean.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Farm House

 I didn't get much done on the farm house this week.  I've been working on Christmas gifts and exchanges.  So much to do, so little time.  This week I decided to make our television.  I was about four when we got our lovely black and white television.  Back in those days unless you had a great antenna you could only get two channels.  My older brother talked my Dad into letting him build an antenna.  He was ten years old but an avid reader of Popular Mechanics.  So we were lucky and got a few more channels.

I started by making the box.  Old TV's weren't 70".  I think ours was 13".  Then I made the inside frame for the picture tube and made some legs.
I think the most difficult part was making the curve for the tv tube.  My brother fortunately knew that it was an admiral TV.  I made a mid 50's Admiral TV.
I stained the cabinet a dark wood color.  It probably was actually wood in those days.  Remember the test pattern anyone?  I think sometimes we saw the test pattern more that we saw TV programs.  But, I do recall watching Walt Disney, Ozzie & Harriet and George Burns.
Once this part was finished I only had to make the rabbit ears.  

This was one of the quickest farm house pieces of furniture I've made yet.  Unlike the wringer washer which took a very long time.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Farm House

 Today I am going to post the wringer washing machine I made.  I'm sure that this wringer washer is not exactly like the one we had but it is close enough.  I did try to take pictures all the way through but I didn't quite make it.  I keep forgetting to take pictures.  So this is the start.  We had a square wringer washer.

I put the two pieces together and did a lot of sanding to round the corners.  As you can see here I put the agitator in and started to build the arm for the wringer part.

The next part that I made was the wringer part of the washing machine.  Fortunately for me I was able to follow, mostly, the design by Kris Compass on 1 Inch Minis.  I love everything she does.
We had a shiny tray for guiding the clothes through the wringer.  I tried several approaches to that part and mostly without much success.  I finally made the tray with Fimo and covered it with shiny tape.

You can see here that I added the two arms for selecting the wash cycle.  In the final pictures you will see the electrical cord, the hose for draining the tub and the wheels on the bottom.
Overall, I like the wringer washer and I know it will look great in the farm house.

On another note, remember the leprechaun door I made going down to the basement of the house?  Well, I did fix that door since no one in my family is a leprechaun.

I am going to start working on putting the first floor of the house together.  I am somewhat afraid of doing this step only because I have been building by the seat of my pants.  Who know if it will go together right.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Farm House

 I have not worked on the farm house in a little while.  We finally got our boat in the water after waiting all summer.  The Thanksgiving weekend is the last weekend it will be in the water so we are trying to take advantage of that.

I did manage to frame my parents wedding picture.

I will hang these pictures in the living room.  I don't believe they actually hung in the house but I thought it would make the farm house more homey.  I also bought some flowers in pots from Freedom Miniatures to put on the window sill in the kitchen.  My Mom usually had flowers growing in pots.
I have started to work on the wringer washer.  Ohhh that's a big job.  I doing what my friend Marilyn does all the time - flying my the seat of my pants.  That is so difficult for me.  The wringer washer won't be exactly the same as the one we had but I'll do the best I can.  My parents bought it after the first set of twins were born, after WWII, so it has been difficult to find pictures.