Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm Still Here :)

To everyone who has been so kind to drop by this blog and especially to those who are following, I've got good things cooking for upcoming scenes, tips and tutorial posts to inspire your projects, but I've also got something else pretty cool cooking--I'm getting ready to graduate! 

So look for another post a little after Thanks Giving to tide you over and then I'll be diving into finals and presentations for the first two weeks of December. After that, my great college adventure will be complete and I'll have some time to crank up the production on this blog. Wishing everyone a safe holiday this week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Must Read Blogs for Mini Modern Lovers, Part 1

If you're looking for some inspiration for your quarter scale mini modern projects, here are some must reads to inspire you. 

Liberty Biberty
This blog's design is as pretty as the shabby chic minis it showcases. The blog of Mercedes Spencer, this talented lady is currently working on a shabby chic farmhouse that looks as if it was ripped from the pages of a high-end magazine. Her style is very rich and just as inspiring for those who lean more towards the industrial chic side of interior design as those who are shabby chic.

Petite Moonbeams
This blog is a rare treasure as it features a quarter scale mini modern boat house. She is also working on a quarter scale French cottage from the Le Petite Maison kit from Petite Properties, which is her entry in the Undersized Urbanite contest (another great source of modern inspiration).

Call of the Small
Call of the Small is one of the giants in the hobby. One of the first to inspire the mini modern movement back in 2010, Christine Ferrara's miniature work has been featured on book covers and in a special feature article in The New York Times, which several mini modern enthusiasts have cited as their first contact with modern minis and a driving inspiration. 

Mini Mod Pod
This is a strictly 1:12 scale blog, but you'll find lots of modern inspiration with a heavy mid-century influence.  She's currently working on an awesome kit bash for the 2015 Creatin' Contest.

I'll post links to other neat reads periodically, and if anyone knows of other great mini modern blogs or blogs featuring quarter scale houses, drop a line and the URL in the comments section!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Eclectic Experimentation

I'm reworking the master bedroom in the 1:48 scale San Francisco house.  Inspired by industrial chic, mid-century and Victorian decor, I collaged this widely eclectic retreat.

The armoir is a kit by Petite Properties Ltd and you can learn how to finish it here.

The carrosse chair is 3D printed by Tiny Toes Couture.

The George Nelson marshmallow chair is 3D printed by Ashuman Bhatai.

The Victorian bomb chest is 3D printed by Pretty Small Things.

I crafted the bed from scratch and framed the vintage print. The rug is actually a very small cutting from a canvas fabric available at Walmart.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Little Freshening Up In the San Fran House

A little tour of the new living room in the 1:48 scale San Fran house. New additions are the Tibetan kilim rug, pillows and a runner rug beside the staircase leading to the kitchen. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Making a Toast -- 1:48 Scale Wine Bottles and Glasses

The little things bring your miniature rooms to life, like glass ware or wine bottles.  Today's mini tutorial shows you a simple, easy way to decorate the blank 3D printed glasses, wine bottles and whiskey bottles from Stewart Dollhouses using glass paint pens.

Let's Begin!
Any brand of glass paint pen will work for this project.  I purchased mine from my local craft store.  Shake your pen and test the ink on a sheet of paper before you begin, as the first run of ink tends to gush out (not good for mini projects!)

Once your pen is ready, carefully draw the color on your bottles.  I started with the whisky and white wine bottles using a yellow pen. In less than a minute, they were done! Allow 8 hours for the paint to dry before removing your bottles from the stand (and read the finishing touches at the end of this article for optional tips before removing).

Creating the Red Wine
The merlot needs a little more work than the whiskey for a convincing look and requires two pens: one red and one brown.  Paint your merlot bottles in brown and allow 8 hours to dry, then paint over them again with the red.  It's an extra step, but the layering makes for wonderfully convincing color.

Apply the brown paint as a base coat and allow to dry.

The Finishing Touches
I wanted an extra bit of realism and so I spray-painted my bottles and glasses in high gloss spray paint for a more realistic glass look.  Also, be careful when removing your bottles from the stands so that you have a nice, clean cut.  If the bottles still don't stand up by themselves, gently sand the bottoms with fine grit sand (600-1000 grit range).  Now just glue your labels and you will have lovely little bottles for your mini scenes!