Creating and collecting miniatures have long been a part of my life. They bring me inner squeals of joy when I make an individual piece or finishing up a setting that looks like I could walk on in if I was resized to that scale. Hopefully, they will bring you a little smile to cheer your day.
Every time I look at this area it invites me in. It has become one of my favorite scenes. Everything flowed together as I decorated this little nook at the top of the stairs. I wanted to use the peacock stained glass piece a friend had given me to hide the stairway entrance on the second floor. Naturally, it needed a light to bring out the colors behind it. Then the green tone went with the warm browns. The space needed plants, so I raided the stash of mini treasures that I have collected over time. My beautiful tall orchid on the pedestal by Karl Blindheim finally had its spot. Pottery by various people decorated the desk and bookcase. Lovely teals and blues. I won the rug in an auction at the Denver Dollhouse show. The vase holds feathers from my own peacocks.
I got the curved staircase wall done (a very big sigh of relief here!!). I will be posting about the details in another post. Trying to get to current spot of where I am on this project and will have to work backward to fill in the gaps. Starting in the middle of the story does pose some problems but it is where I am on this project.
I papered the wall between the entry hall and the drawing room. I have 2 wall scones on the wall in the drawing room. My wall is 1/2 inch thick gator board which is light weight and doesn’t warp. I carve out a little channel for the wiring to sit in the gator board so the wallpaper doesn’t show the a line where the wiring is. The wall has a smooth surface instead of a tunnel line like a mole trail. I didn’t get a picture at the time so here is an example of a wiring tunnel on a scrap piece of gator board.
Fall has been good this year with a refocus on my miniatures with a renewed outlook. I have had time to made decisions on two projects that I was stuck on. I am bound and determined to make headway and hopeful finish them. I am a novice on this blogging project so bear with me learning. I am going to see saw between the two projects if it isn’t too confusing. I am working on both of them at the same time. When I need a break from one I switch to the other one. Both have had long incubation periods and are pass the beginning phases. They are stuck in the middle and need to progress to a FINISHED stage.
So this is the journey from the middle to the end. I will be better at the whole journey story on the following projects upon completely these two structures. You have to start somewhere, right?
Today’s story is about Orchid Hill House. It is an attempt to complete an electrified house instead of a roombox. I have mainly done roomboxes and not a complete structure with multiple rooms that need the wiring all tied together. It has been a lesson in planning electric layout. Hence, a lot of stop and starts. Saga of a stuck in the middle project.
First rule of miniatures for me is that if it is yours you can do it however you want! It is not graded or have to be done a certain way. So it may be crazy but I abandon the front facade of the structure and made it the back. I don’t have a turntable base for it and when I want to look at it, I want to see the inside scene not the outside windows and front door. So my point of view is looking to the interior rooms without peaking thru windows or a small doorway.
Here is the original kit picture. It was a Real Good Toys Model #PR-225.
I changed many things to make it MINE. Good or bad, it is mine. Walls changed and only put the first part of the staircase in. You have to imagine the stairs being somewhere just not visible in the view. I didn’t want all the space wasted with a staircase getting to the top floor. I covered the window on the left room on the second floor and added a smaller servant’s bedroom on the 3rd floor. I removed the right railing on the staircase. It looked awkward and had the brilliant idea of having a curved wall (how to do it wasn’t worked out at the time-just that was going to be -yikes). If you haven’t figured out that created quite the stopping point for a length of time BUT happy to report that is finally figured out and will give the how to info on that in another post!
Here is a closeup of the cabinet. Carl designed it and was part of the shoppe class. It is a very nice display cabinet for foods. Anne Caesar from the Kitchen Captive made the cookies on the cake stand and boxed ones on the right side of the shelf. The boxes are mine, named Old Castle boxes(not the most creativity title). They are great fillers.
On the third shelf are my clover boxes filled with meringues that I made. The boxed rose candies are beads but look great as molded chocolates. The belingot container on the left is a favorite. The subtle coloring of the bonbons always draw my eye to them.
Here is more photos of the previously mentioned shop. With an open side and no roof it allowed all the individual foods to be visible and not hidden in the shadows. All the bits that I had treasured have a home! So many treasures and memories tied to them.
I loved the wicker table. I recolored the table top to blend better to its companion pieces. I created the doilies. Draped doilies always seem to add elegance and warmth, at least to me. The cabinet on the right was from Philly show a few years ago. Brought it on a whim but had no immediate home for it BUT now it is looks perfect in here.
The tiered wire stand allows the individual foods to shine. Love miniature foods especially the sweets. Yummy without the guilty pounds!
I started this blog about a year ago and really just let it set idle. I think the problem was no set purpose to the blog. I wanted to share some of my thrill of creating miniatures, I just didn’t have a clear vision how to present it. The internet has allowed people to share far and wide. It has became our community. Due to all the inspirations I have found helpful, I want to give back some of that.
I love the journey from a mere idea to a captured mini version of some object or scene. I relive the journey when I look at it, all the time spent making it or all the things I have purchased to fill it. Perfect contentment.
I took a class from Carl Bronsdon at a NAME convention in 2014. It was a structure that captured a beautiful facade but allowed you to really see the inside well. One side and roof is absent so the detail of my minis really shine.
Here is the whole kitchen. It brims with food and china. I can imagine that is it smells inviting from the freshly made soup and warm cake. All that snow is outside but I am toasty inside in the kitchen. Below is a peek in the hutch, no need to go to the store, enough for many more meals.