Monday, April 13, 2015

A new start

Photo of a modern dolls' house miniature shed kit with curved roof and sliding doors at the front.
Hobby Builders Supplythe company that runs the very popular annual Creatin' Contestcontacted me (and a number of other modern miniature bloggers) to see if I'd be interested in receiving this year's kit. And so a box containing Denise's City Cottage Kit arrive a couple of weeks ago and sat in the corner of the kitchen until I'd finished my build for the Shapeways 3D Printed Miniature House Contest.
Yesterday, after I'd made a library (as you do), cleared some space and put a pile of stuff away, my thoughts turned to the new build.

While I was filing photos of The Hideout I noticed that the adjacent folder had contained photos I'd taken when I was contemplating creating a writers' retreat called The Garrets and another contained photos of the unfinished Shed project. Perhaps this was the inspiration I needed?

I cut out a piece of cardboard to the interior dimensions of the cottage and arranged some furniture I had to hand. As you can see I originally contemplated having four rooms in the cottage but decided that it would make each room claustrophobic and cell-like.
Four sets of modern dolls' house miniature furniture in different styles arranged in room settings on a piece of cardboard.
And so I tried just two rooms: each in a different style but containing the basics.
View from above of mid-century modern dolls' house miniature furniture bedroom setting arranged on a piece of cardboard.
View from above of shabby chic dolls' house miniature furniture bedroom setting arranged on a piece of cardboard.
I'd already decided, if I was to go ahead with this idea, that there would be front windows overlooking the view, the small window from the side of the kit would move to the back above the bed for cross-ventilation (and night-time star gazing) and that entry would be from the sides.

So I printed out a copy of the original kit photo and traced over the basic details:
Sketch of an outline of a shed.
 My first thought was to leave a long window on each side of the centre for a good access to the view, but since that's where the bookcases are going in this iteration of the build, I figured it probably wouldn't be such a good idea I tucked the concept away in case I decided to rearrange inside and have the sitting area there, which would work well with the window placement.
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two long windows and two short windows on the front and a deck on each side.
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two long windows and two short windows on the front and a deck on each side. The background is coloured grey to show placement of windows and doors at the side and rear.
 So I tried again, raising the front windows to just above desk height right across, and adding weatherboarding for interest:
Outline of a shed split down the middle ,with two windows on each side of the front, weatherboarding,  and a deck on each side. The background is coloured grey to show placement of windows and doors at the side and rear.
And realised, if I made this and painted it with the creosote-coloured paint I bought for The Shed, I'd have created a typical New Zealand bach...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

That was quick...

Modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library.
(And most definitely NOT tidying up.) 
Entrance to a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library.
My excuse is that The Little Library was part of the same post with mini inspiration from my trip to Melbourne.
Corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, with a pouffe, fire extinguisher and shelves of books.
So it made sense to use the same build.
Bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Decor items on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sign saying 'Please borrow our books but please don't take our props' next to decor items on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sun shining on a bookcase in a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library,
Sofa in the corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, On the wall above it are some vintage maps and a paper parasol.
Sofa in the corner of a modern dolls' house miniature pop-up Little Library, On the wall above it are some vintage maps.

 I wonder what happened to Hideout?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

An evening celebration

Saturday evening. When I believe most normal people are out and about being sociable.
Exterior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe at night, with the interior light up.
I'm at home, getting excited about the idea of seeing my newly-finished build in the dark.And making up a scene where two friends meet for a drink to celebrate one of their birthdays.
Exterior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe at night, with the interior light up.
This looks like a nice place to stop for a drink...
Interior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe at night.
(Although a little quiet, but the night is still early.)
Interior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe at night.
 What A FABULOUS gift! You have such good taste and know me so well...
Interior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe at night, with two glasses of wine and an unwrapped gift on the table.
 (A gift from Kikka N last year: I wasn't sure if it was a Shapeways piece, or even 3D printed so didn't include it in my contest entry)

A quick coffee

Modern dolls' house miniature cafe table with a newspaper, a latte, a sugar bowl and a handbag on it.
 At your favourite cafe.
Exterior of a modern dolls' house miniature laneway cafe.

An early morning start

Well hello! You're here early: we're just opening up. If you'd like to wait a couple of minutes the coffee machine will be ready to go and we'll have the seating out.
View of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe from the door, with chairs and stools stacked up, ready for opening.
Here, let me move these chairs so you can grab a water while you wait.
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe water shelf with jug and glasses, pepper grinder and sugar bowl in the shape of a treasure chest.
Perhaps you'd like to grab the comfy bench?
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe bench with squab covered in coffee sacking.
There's lots of room...
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe table and chairs On the wall is a mirror with a gun attached to it.
Or maybe hide down the back in  the corner?
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe corner with a single chair. Above it are a variety of framed pictures of fictional female bandits.
Of course if you'd prefer to grab a seat outside, we'll have them out in just a tic.
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe exterior.
Modern dolls' house miniature cafe exterior detail showing rubbish on the footpath and a paste-up on the wall.

A slight sidetrack for the sake of street art

Exterior of a modern dolls' house miniature cafe with paste-ups on the wall.
Because you can't have a laneway cafe without a paste-up or two, can you?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A light at the end of the tunnel...

Deadline tomorrow. I'm at that stage where there are a few things that just aren't going to happen (but I know that's normal).

I also know there's no way in hell I'm going to win. But winning's not the point.
Modern dolls' house miniature scene in progress, with a copper-coloured cafe bar stool in the dark with a geometric-design light shade above, casting patterns on the wall.
I've lost a stool. I'll have to cope.

But the tea-light shade trial is working a treat. The internal pillars are glued on to the back wall and drying under a pile of books. The external pillars are downstairs recovering from their 'grunge wash'.

And the night is still young...

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Lucky dip

I realised yesterday that the three white vases I bought cheaply from last month's show were the third of each vase I had in my collection.

Something had to be done. And just as I was drifting off to sleep the answer came to me and caused me to get out of bed, wander downstairs and rummage in the paint stash to see what I could do.

What I could do was have a try at dip painting:
Modern dolls' house miniature bedroom scene with futon bed with a white waffle-weave blanket, a blonde-wood chair holding two dip-painted white vases and a feather.
Which worked a treat and turned into a new scene this morning, inspired by my need to create a miniature version of the white cotton waffle-weave blanket I got from Just Bedding back in February (and which I packed away this week as the weather is getting too cold for it).
Modern dolls' house miniature bedroom scene with futon bed with a white waffle-weave blanket, a blonde-wood chair holding two dip-painted white vases and a large round wire lightshade.
(The wallpaper is from the same pad that the paper for Limited Colour came from: and one I never thought I'd use. The chair is from minisx2, the feather was a gift from Elvira the light shade from a pack of Christmas decorations I've had hanging round for years for just such a purpose, and the waffle-weave blanket is courtesy of an op-shopped dressing gown.)