Re-exploring Key West

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - I love Red

I just love Red and have been following Ruby Tuesday for quite a while, although this will be my first link to that site. This is my living room and I view Red as a neutral in my life.
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Picture was taken by my sister, Linda Thorpe.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Inspiring Words

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

This was on one of my favorite blogs. I'd urge you to check it out.

Monday, February 14, 2011

French Country Dutch Baby House

I have never done a mini in such a small scale. This is French Country Dutch Baby House. It was a kit by Cynthia Howe Miniatures. It has 9 rooms of furniture. It has a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, guest room, parlor, music room, bath, and two hallways. It is very small. It is smaller than quarter scale. I can't find anywhere in the kit the size listed, but trust me - it's really small. All the furniture had to be assembled, painted, and placed in the house. Take a look at the quarters in the pictures. As you can see, the rooms are about the height of a quarter. I would like to tell you that it went together without a hitch - but that would be a lie. I must confess, I broke several frames, two chairs, one table. Some were glueable and thus salvaged; a couple just bit the dust. I've always maintained that when a quarter scale item hit the floor, it was gone. I really think I must have inhaled a piece of one chair. GONE!!!! This was worse than quarter scale in keeping the items from flying off my work surface Yes, I know about double sided tape but that didn't seem to be a total help. After all is said and done, I am really happy with this little Baby House. Now I think I will go back to bigger scale before I go totally blind.

This was really a challenge and I loved doing it; but going back to slightly bigger items now.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 22 Lake Cabin - quarter inch scale

I thought I would be back to finishing my Moroccan Scene.   Dog is still bad and will be boarded at a veteninary hospital next week.   Some signs of improvement but not a lot.   Still happy eyes and is not in pain.   Kicking his legs, but still not standing.   Keep positive thoughts.     Thought in the interim I would repost some of my favorite blogs.   Still hoping before the end of the month to finish my 3rd project; my original intention. 

When I was little (about 3 years old) my parents bought a lake house at Lake Lotawana in Jackson County, Missouri. It had a cabin that extended out over the water. It had bunk beds, a little kitchen area, a big table and a couch. It was always filled with people. The kids would sleep just anywhere (pallets on the floor were popular) and the adults would be out on the porch or out in the yard enjoying the nice evenings of summer. At a later date, they built a proper house up on the hillside. I never enjoyed it like I enjoyed that little cabin. Close to the water and lots of togetherness.
The actual cabin had a much bigger yard, but the water was the high point of the cabin.
I need to add a little fence around the porch (don't want the kids to fall in), but I put my fencing in a safe place and can't find it.

I loved the lake and some of my best memories of my childhood were from this little cabin. I learned to cook out, swim, ski, fish and drive a fishing boat. It was great fun.
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Friday, February 4, 2011

NAME Day Project / Thanksgiving WAY TOO LATE - BUT DONE.

During all the conversation about doing the NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) project, I wanted to participate. I had the hutch, but it took me too long to get the container and the furniture and even longer to get it done. But It's Done!. It is really a small project. It is quarter inch scale and about the size of a deck of cards.

On the table you will find jello salad, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing. The little blue beads are actually salt and pepper shaker set. The pumpkin pie (with two slices already cut) are on the hutch.

I made the table and it looks like a chunky trestle table.

I was real happy with the light fixture on the ceiling Reminds me of the one in my parents house when I was a child. The chairs are on rollers and the upholstery match the fabric runner.

I am really getting fond of doing quarter scale projects.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Le Petite Connexion de Quart

I was so delighted with this kit. The kit was from Suzanne & Andrew's Miniatures and the interior furniture was from Robin Betterleys Miniatures. I debated whether or not to do the old stucco on the outside and decided not to do it. I think this was absolutely the nicest brick print that I've worked with and didn't want to mess it up. Loved the little patio. The chairs and tables nearly assembled themselves.

The lady and gentleman are shopping, will have a snack before continuing on with their day. The dolls are by Jan Stockwell.

The trickiest part of the whole project was the postcard stand. It turned out cute - don't miss it in the corner.

The dolls were actually acquired for another project from Jan Stockwell, but they worked better in this scene.