To make up for my lack of blogging lately, I'm going to give you a mega post about all of the minis I've been working on. Sit back, get a cup of coffee, and prepare to be slightly worried about my sanity (again). BAHAHAHA!!
I failed miserably at hacking off all of the leftover siding glue with my fancy scraper from Pa. I simply don't have the forearm/hand strength of my father, so the whole situation was bad. I decided to forget about it because those sides of the beams will be facing out toward the siding, so you'll never see them anyway. Instead, Gretchen and I took some time to dry fit the structure. It was very wobbly because I didn't use very much tape:
I love looking at this house from an angle so you can see the top front popping out like that:
I added in the existing floors and ceiling, which will all need to be replaced because they are Masonite, which tends to bow very quickly:
Pretty, pretty house:
I held up the bay extension to get a photo, but Gretchen insisted on marking the whole thing with her face, which made it tumble apart. Oh well, at least we know what it will look like eventually:
You'll have to forgive these blurry iPad photos for this next part...
I took a piece of matboard and traced the wall onto it:
I marked where the floors will be:
Then I put my wallpaper behind and in front of the beams. I played around for a while and then realized I just LOVE THOSE BEAMS and can't imagine covering them up. The wall looked quite magical like this:
Not so magical:
Having one set of beams showing made the other wall look so plain. Back to the beam-age:
I'm not entirely sure how I'll do these walls. I'll most likely sand them down and stain/seal them to make them shiny. No, it's not normal to have naked beams in your house like this, but whatevs. I LIKE IT!
I stuck the hat on top of the house to see how she looked. Very tall! Very regal:
The hat is actually on backwards right now, but that's OK. I cut out the center part to make the area open:
I needed room for the Wizard. I'll be sure to move him down a bit and turn him so that he faces the viewer:
Then I put together this cart that I was supposed to put together back in October for National NAME Day. Whoopsie. It's very pretty though:
It's going to live here in the Orchid/Plant Room. I also have some flower boxes and other kits to put in here eventually:
The top left room of the Beacon Hill was going to be many different things, including a Chicken/Rooster Room. Now, I feel that theme will work better in a different build, so I changed the theme of this room to be the Mini Makers Room. I'll put gifts from friends in here, along with things I buy from my favorite artisans over time. This room is quite small, and it has two dormer window openings hiding behind the wallpaper for now:
And then I started thinking about that box that's going under the Crime Museum. Yes, I still plan on burying a body under a trap door...
So I took the box and dirtied it up with paint:
It looks much creepier now than it did before:
It looked even creepier when I slid the box under the house:
Hmm... We seem to have a hip sticking out there. I'll need to work on it. I was actually creeped out by my own invention, so I covered it up with a tape dispenser and went about my business:
For something lighter, let's look at the church. I'm not sure I've mentioned this church on the blog before, so just in case I haven't, this is for my parents. It's a 1:144 kit from Templewood Miniatures:
It's a truly stunning kit -- the best 144 I've ever worked on -- and has tons of little details:
I bought this church as a gift for my parents over a year ago. I got... distracted. But now I'm back on it! Here you can see the delicate window frames:
I'm now at the point of putting on the stained glass windows, which came with the kit:
My computer even tried to label the faces in these windows as real people -- oh, silly iPhoto:
Does the church make up for the body??? I hope so.
I also hope you've enjoyed this mini round-up. HAPPY FRIDAY!