Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Almost Done

 


Well, I've been back mini-ing with a vengeance.  Once I got the bathroom done, things happened very quickly.  I got the roof/ceiling cut out, LightingBug lights installed and roof on.  I added the chimney and stacked circle detail that was already ready to go.  



Next it was time for the railing.  Posts cut – check.  Holes drilled – check.  Washers spaced and glued down with JB Quick Weld – check.  The railing itself was a bit of a problem.  Wire generally comes coiled, and despite my best efforts, I can never straighten it out properly.  It always looks a little drunk.  So I bought some silver metallic elastic cord to use instead.  I think it works OK.  Right now, the ends are just taped to the back of the house, in case I decide to change it, but railing – check.  Then came the post caps, and everything came to a screeching halt.  My prototype used some Reflections brads from Michaels.  I removed the legs, and the tops formed the exact caps I wanted for the posts.  They came as part of a mixed set—silver, copper, black and pewter.  Naturally, there weren’t enough of the silver ones to complete the job.  No problem, I thought; I’ll just buy more.  It’s a lesson I should have learned long ago—if you like something and know you’ll want to keep using it/use it in future, buy more now.  Which, of course, I hadn’t done, and now I can’t find them anywhere.  I tried other brads, but none worked—too big, too small, too flat; none matched.  



GRRRR.  I finally took the legs off the pewter ones (of course, I had plenty of those) and used Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish in chrome on them.  That was pretty amazing stuff, and I’m quite happy with the result.  They’re not an exact match to the silver ones, but they actually work better with the washers, so caps – check!


For the deck, I made up some furniture from kits I had purchased at one of those estate sale tables at the Stockton Miniature Show.  They are Cane Creations from Twin Palms Miniatures, which does not appear to be in business anymore.  I have no idea when the kits were made.  There is one black-and-white photo of the finished piece (from only one, not-very-helpful angle), a lot of very dense instructions, and some hand drawings, so I’m guessing they’re not of recent vintage.  The instructions were a bit hard to follow, and, for the chair at least, following the instructions would not have yielded something that looked anything like the cover photo.  I found the rattan somewhat difficult to work with, and the confusing instructions didn’t help, so the pieces look a bit . . . rustic.  But they’re patio furniture, so they don’t need to be super elegant, and I’m glad to have used my kits.  I also found the foam for the cushions was cut very oddly, so I ended up cutting my own.  The fabric was printed with my ink-jet printer.  


The Star Line deck chair is a kit from 
Michelle’s Miniatures, and, fortunately, it made up beautifully.  It will likely also get a cushion, but I haven’t decided to print more of the chair fabric or try to find something complementary.  I have a few more plant kits coming from SDK Miniatures, but then it’s just landscaping, and I’ll be done with the Art Deco house.  *sigh*  It’s always a little sad to finish a project.


Luckily, I have a new project to plan for—the Real Good Toys lighthouse and cottage!  Here is my idea:  Lighthouse first floor—tearoom.  I have two absolutely lovely Charles Rennie Mackintosh tea table sets from Jane Harrop that I have been wanting to put together and use for a long time.  For my birthday, I got a nice little slanted display case from Bauder Pine to display little goodies.  Lighthouse second floor—book store.  I know I can make bookshelves and books, and another birthday gift was a little center display table from Mini Etchers.  The third floor may just be a stock room.  If I can fit a desk in there, I will.  The cottage will be a nautical museum and gift shop. 


I had a lot of fun “shopping” my stash to find items I could use.  These included a metal “shell collection display” that I bought at the very start of my mini-making.  I just wasn’t as comfortable painting small things back then, so I got as far as the blue background and stopped.  That has now been finished and will go in the museum/store.  As part of the “fill the shelves” swap from the online Half Scale group, I had received a lovely shell décor piece that will also work nicely in the gift shop. One of my little purses, the one I call “Under the Sea,” could work, too.  


Oh, and I still have some left-over marbles that I got to make the Japanese fishing floats for the Merrimack’s rec room, so I’ll have to add a couple of those. 



Of course, we’ll need some boat models for the museum.  My mother gave me her old charm bracelet, in the hope that I could use some of its charms, and it had a Viking long boat and a sampan.  With some paint, they will do just fine.  


I also have a sailboat charm and a ship’s wheel charm, as well as some shells I bought at the annual sale/swap meet at Peg’s Dollhouse in Santa Rosa.  And I have some seashell nail art stickers to decorate mugs.

Then I went the tiniest bit crazy and starting ordering some things from Life of Riley (her baked goods are so exquisite!), Timber Ridge StudiosTrue-2-Scale, the Virtual Dollhouse (if you’re willing to do some painting, she has so many inexpensive metal minis in half scale), and various artists on Etsy.  I know I can print out and frame art, but real miniature art just seems so much nicer to me.  Two have already arrived—the acrylic painting on the left is by Lucia Crippa of LuArting; the water color on the right is by Paula of Pbjewelryandgifts, both on Etsy.


Ooh, toys! I’ll need toys.  I ordered an itty, bitty amigurumi whale with spout from SuAmi (who made the badger in the Sagamore Hill library), and then I decided to try to make some of my own toys.  I started with a little braided octopus—the kind I once made at summer camp.  I used a round metal bead for the head, and even though it had a fairly large hole, I could only stuff enough embroidery floss through it to make a hexapus.  😊 Still, I think she’s cute, and I’ll keep her.  While hunting around for a good example of the braided octopus, I discovered a tiny octopus crochet pattern and decided to be brave and tackle mini amigurumi again.  The original pattern calls for embroidery floss (the full six strands) and a 1.5 mm (US size 7) crochet hook.  I used one strand of embroidery floss and a .7 mm (US size 14) crochet hook.  For my first amigurumi, I think he turned out alright.  He’s sitting on a penny for scale.  Then I tried a little whale.  He’s supposed to be two colors, but there was something funky with my color changes (I have to experiment with worsted yarn so that I can see what I was doing wrong), so I ended up making him a solid color.  Inserting stuffing through a hole the size of a toothpick was the hardest part!  I had to put a little thread around the microbeads I used for his eyes, because the black was disappearing against the blue I used, so he looks less like a whale and more like, well, a fish, but that’s OK.  Once I sort out my color changes, I may try the two-color version again. 

Then the spousal unit asked if I was going to include a ship in a bottle (oh, sure, I can’t even find bottles I like in half scale, let alone one with a ship inside) and some scrimshaw.  Scrimshaw—in half scale?!?  You’d need a microscope to make it/see it!  (But I'm still thinking about how I could do it.) Then Mom suggested a Nantucket lightship basket, and that got me doing more planning.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to have more ideas than room!

In other news, I received my second COVID shot today.  Woo hoo!  Dose two!  I am looking forward to two weeks from now and being able to get together with vaccinated friends in person.  Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Thank you for stopping by!



Monday, March 29, 2021

Back and Building the Bathroom

Well, it's been six months since I last posted.  I didn’t mean to disappear for that long.  First, I was busy on the Halloween decorations, so not making minis.  After that it was Christmas, lots of masks, and learning how to program in PowerPoint to make game show games to play with our friends on Zoom.  I also took a longer-than-expected break from social media, starting the week of the election.  That whole process just seemed to drag on and on and on, and I continued staying away.  While I breathed a sigh of relief on January 20, I had been sidetracked by so many other projects that minis were not high on my radar.  I admit that part of my problem was that I needed to do the upstairs curved window next, and I was not looking forward to it.  The downstairs window had gone smoothly, so I’m not sure why I was so paralyzed.  Then, one day a few weeks ago, I just did it, and it took (ta da!) two hours.  That’s it.  Months of inertia because of two hours of work.


Once that roadblock was cleared, I was able to quickly install the stair railing that I had already made, as well as put up a surround for the staircase opening, which I made from railroad lumber and another strip of cherry wood.  I was very happy with how it turn out.


 

Next I prepped the hall wall, which is completely inaccessible once installed.  You can see two doors.  The one on the left is real and made entirely from strip wood with a pin hinge.  The one on the right is fake and is just veneer with some strip wood.  (That doors do not get narrower at the bottom; it’s just the odd angle at which I took the picture.)  The fake door goes to an imaginary closet which corresponds to the bump-out behind the tub in the bathroom.  I had wanted an art deco armoire, but there simply wasn’t room, so I decided the next best option was to make a “closet” near the bathroom.



With the wall prepped and up, I got to the very enjoyable part of decorating the bathroom.  You may have noticed, in previous pictures, the disparate pieces (taken from three different collections) I am using in the bathroom. 




I gave them and a half-scale tile sheet a unifying coat of glossy pale green spray paint.  It’s not quite the eau de nil color I had wanted, but my spray paint options were limited, and I felt this was the best of the bunch.  The penny tile floor is just printed on cardstock (no texture to it), with a coat of ModPodge.  Because I did not like the look of the painted “wood” tub sides, I made an outer cover of matboard and painted that as well.  



To give the bathroom a luxe, slightly over-the-top feel, I found some art deco mermaid art for the tub surround.  Using Word’s color adjustment options to make it cooler (i.e., bluer) made it fit a bit better with my paint color.  I added an overlay of fine white lines to represent the grout and printed it on double-sided matte presentation paper, which has the thickness of cardstock.  A tiny ball embosser was used to press down along the grout lines to give the tile a more realistic look, before it was given three coats of clear nail gloss.  I also tried clear Gallery Glass, but felt the tile looked too lumpy-bumpy.  That might be just fine in other contexts, but not for this one.  Finally, I made an art deco tile border, in black and white, for the trim. 



 

Then, of course, the tub needed a bath caddy, which I made from cherry strip wood.  I added a little cake of soap on a half-shell soap dish (nail art), a pink scrubbie made from bunka, a bead “candle,” a bottle of purple something (lavender-scented shampoo?), and, of course, a 1920’s Photoplay magazine.  Now my little homeowner can have a luxurious, relaxing bath with some entertaining reading material.

 


The sink had a tiny, almost flat set of fixtures as part of its mold.  You could barely see them, and I thought they detracted from the look of the sink, so I sliced them off with a box cutter.  When I had finished painting the sink, I glued on a “chrome” fixture set I had purchased from Dollhouses, Trains and More during their “going out of business” sale.  The medicine cabinet is from a Greenleaf half-scale bathroom furniture kit.  I flanked it with two nail art mermaids I had painted silver (they were originally a cheap-looking gold), and added two crystal beads to make art deco “light fixtures.”  For over the toilet, I made a little shelf unit.  The one I based it on had a fancy filigree silver edge.  I had thought that I could paint some fairy lace silver and use that on my edges, but to be honest, it just didn’t look right, so I opted for simply painting my edges silver.  I’ve added some Scot Tissue, Camay Soap (“The soap of beautiful women”), some dusting powder, and pink bath salts.



 

A towel rack, toilet paper holder, and fluffy rug made from a scrap of velvet and some fringe trim completed the decorations, but then I couldn’t resist adding a pink peignoir with black lace trim to the back of the door.  😊


 

With the bathroom done, the house is getting very close to completion, and I have another project coming up!  My better half bought me Real Good Toys’ half-scale lighthouse and cottage, and I already have ideas for them.  Hopefully, I won’t go another six months before my next post.


I hope you have all been well, staying safe and healthy.  I look forward to catching up on all the posts I've missed while I was playing hooky with other crafts.



 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Second Floor Walls Are Up

Happy autumn, everyone!  Another season changes without much change, but we carry on.  The good news for us is that the fires are largely under control, and the outside air is once again breathable.

I have put up the walls on the second floor of the art deco house.  The process for the curved wall was identical to the one I used on the first floor, so I won’t bore you with the details.  The only difference was that, on the first floor, both ends of the curved wall butted up against a perpendicular wall.  On the second floor, the back wall flows into the curved wall, and there is nothing on the front end of the wall.  It simply ends where the removable panel will be.  To make it more stable, I drilled a hole in my roof and sank a 1/8” x 1/8” post to give the mat board something to attach to.  Here you can see things being glued into place.  Not everything is being glued down in this photo (obviously), but all the pieces are there to make sure everything lines up correctly.  I used some foam core half circles glued to a paper cup to help shape the top of the curved wall as things dried.  

The interior of what will be the bedroom and hall has been papered.  I discovered a very odd thing when printing the wallpaper this time.  Generally, I use high-quality matte presentation paper when printing my wallpaper, because it usually gives a sharper and richer print quality.  To my surprise this time, the print-out was decidedly grayer and more muted than the test piece I had printed on plain paper.  No matter how I fiddled with the settings, the only way to get the color I wanted was to print on plain paper.  Odd, but a good reminder to test things and remember that the paper you use, as well as your print settings, can affect the outcome of home printing.

Before adding the left wall, I made another door, very similar to and using the same process I used for the front door.  For this door, I put in only one diamond pane.  Since it looks into the bedroom/bathroom area, I thought the door should provide a bit more privacy.  😊 

You probably noticed that the desk is still there.  In accordance with many of your recommendations, I have been letting it sit to decide if I can live with it.  I think I can, actually.  The only thing is, I will have to make the chair for it myself.  Standard 1:24 chairs will make the extra height a little too obvious.

I have been making some accessories for it.  


The non-working lamp is made from wire, a bit of wood dowel, and a couple of beads.  The larger bead is metal, and I was unable to cut it down, so I filed it (and filed it and filed it) to get a less rounded shape.  

The cover of the journal is made from mulberry paper with a coat of Mod Podge.  I really do like the leather-like look that it gives; I used it years ago on the steam punk books I made for the tower room of the Fairfield.  The small Ephraim-Faience-style vase is a squat bead painted and decorated with some paper flowers, all given a coat of satin varnish.  The little leather books were a gift in a swap a few years ago, and are small enough to fit the shelf.  (Yay!)

Speaking of swaps, I blogged about the swap items I sent back in August.  A couple of weeks ago, I received my own swap gifts.  They are from the very talented Melissa of My Dollhouse Passion.  She is a polymer clay artist (and has a store on Etsy), and you can imagine how excited I was to be her recipient, since my own skills with polymer clay are sadly lacking.  She sent a turkey, a gourd, an incredible little salad, and a yummy traditional fry-up.  



The gourd and fry-up are already in the Fairfield, and the salad is making that mac-and-cheese lunch in the Merrimack a bit healthier.  
😊 


She also sent a goblet (which will get painted), a canning jar (which will get filled before going into the pantry of the Fairfield), and a lovely picture frame.  I love how delicate it is; many frames are so thick they don’t look quite right in half scale.  A week or so ago, my better half returned from a trip to the local Daiso with several packets of nail art stickers, one set of which reminded me instantly of pressed flowers.  



had to make them into a little bit of art work for that frame, and it’s now hanging happily in the bedroom of the bungalow.  


Last but not least, Melissa sent me a plant stand and a vintage chair.  


The chair is absolutely perfect in the living room of the Fairfield.  


You may not be able to tell from this picture, but the trim of the chair exactly matches the burgundy thread used in the rug.  All together, a wonderful swap gift. 

On the non-miniature but still crafting front, we realized that October 31 falls on a Saturday this year, so decided to turn our regular game day into a Halloween party.  Back at the start of shelter-in-place, my company was still using WebEx, which has no virtual background feature.  Since my office and craft room share space, I bought a room divider very similar to this to hide the messy craft desk.  I loved it because it was easy to set up, and I got to dress it up a bit with books and fake plants.  I don’t really need to use it for work anymore (we’ve switched to Teams, which does have virtual backgrounds), but it can still come in handy on occasion.  Our meetings with friends and family are on Zoom, and Zoom doesn’t do well with virtual backgrounds when there are two people in frame.  (One or the other of us has a tendency to disappear.)  My plan is to decorate it like crazy for the party, but my challenge is to make all the decorations myself, using only things from my stash and free patterns and directions I can find online.  I’ve been crocheting, knitting and crafting for, well, decades now, so I have a pretty substantial stash, and the beauty of this project is that it also reduces that stash some.  Since friends read this blog, I’ll have to wait until after Halloween to show you how I did.  🎃  Stay tuned.  

Take care and stay safe!

 

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

A Floor and More


Hard to believe we are into September now.  The days do pass quickly when they are all so alike.  On the one hand, fall seems to have come too quickly.  On the other hand, I am more than ready for this year to be over.  

Now that the second floor of the art deco house is on, it was time to lay the flooring.  For the bedroom floor, I had decided on parquet.  It was common in art deco homes, and it would mirror the tilework on the first floor, while the wood would be a bit warmer than the marble.  I was originally going to order wood tiles from the same vendor where I got the “mar-like” tiles, but his Etsy site is currently down due to supplier problems (probably related to Covid-19).  His half-scale page on his main site shows “Under Construction,” so even figuring out what I wanted to order would be difficult.  Also, it would have cost around $25.00 plus shipping from the UK to get the tiles I needed, so I decided to make my own. 

I still have lots of the lovely wood veneer Carrie sent me.  I selected two sheets (I think they are pine; they are very light with a nice, close grain), and stained one Minwax Fruitwood and one Minwax Special Walnut.  The Fruitwood was a shade lighter than the Golden Oak I have, and one coat was sufficient for the depth of color I wanted.  The Special Walnut took two coats to get a nice, rich color.  I used 0000 steel wool on both to make them as smooth as possible.



Then I went into my Silhouette Studio.  I just have the basic software, but that is good enough for me.  I started by inserting a square shape.  I had trouble getting it to exactly .5 x .5 inches.  It wanted to stay just slightly under that, but I decided that slightly smaller is better for half scale anyway.  Silhouette Studio has the same copy, paste, snap-to-grid, and group features that I am used to in Office, so it was easy to create a row of duplicate squares, group them, and copy the row down until I had a nice block of squares ready to cut. 

I used my deep cut blade and two passes.  It took around 20 minutes to cut each block of squares, and it didn’t completely cut through the veneer.  However, it was easy to finish the job with my utility knife.  I ended up with two colors of beautifully even tiles, quite similar in thickness to the Mar-like tiles I used on the first floor.


 With my piles of tiles, I got started laying my floor.  

This floor was much easier to lay than the first floor.  For one thing, I will only have one open edge, so there was no need to calculate how best to align the tiles for two clean edges.  Second, it was, of course, a much smaller space to cover. And third, special cuts were a breeze with my utility knife.  There was no scoring/hacking/chipping/cursing this time. 😊 To my surprise, I got the whole floor laid in one afternoon!  

After it was laid, I went over it again with steel wool, then gave it three coats of shellac, with more steel wool after each coat had dried.  I will not be cross-stitching a rug for this room.  I never do for bedrooms, because the bed just covers up most of it anyway.  I have picked this rug, printed on velvet paper, because I wanted a burgundy to go with the little throw pillows on the bed.  I wish I could invert the design and have the background beige and the design in dark burgundy, so that it would really pop, but I don’t have the software to do that.

I had also started the bedroom desk a while ago.  This was my inspiration desk. 

I loved the beautiful, simple art deco design, and the curved footprint would fit so nicely in the curved alcove.  I got some real cherry strip wood for the shelves and desktop. I knew that curved drawers were probably out of the question with half scale, so my intention was to use cherry veneer over a framework of whatever I could make work.  Unfortunately, the left-over cherry veneer from the Sagamore Hill Library roombox was just a bit too thick.  I really liked the wood scrapbook paper I had purchased on Amazon several years ago, but it’s no longer available and didn’t come in cherry anyway.  After hunting on the Internet, I found this site:  https://www.realwoodpaper.com/  I ordered two sample packs, one in .010 thickness and one in .016 thickness.   The paper is absolutely wonderful—just what I needed!  To my surprise, the slightly thicker paper is what I ended up using on the project.

This was my first try. 


I say “first” because, although I think it’s a fairly good match for the original, its scale and proportions are not quite right.  Here you can see it next to the vanity. 

It’s a bit too tall.  When I was designing it, I wanted a decent shelf height.  The shelves, the way they are, are already too low for my half-scale books.  If the desk were any shorter, I thought the shelves would be too cramped.  When I compare it to the original now, though, I see that the original shelves are not very high.  I am pondering my options.  I do love this version, but I can also see where I could improve.  And you know me and do-overs! 😉 Stay tuned.  (Fabulous art deco frame from a kit by Jane Harrop.)

Hope everyone is able to staying safe and enjoying a chance to work on your minis (or your hobby of choice).  Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

First Floor Finished!

In my last blog entry about the art deco house, I was having electrical issues and was trying to create a chandelier for the dining room.  It turned out that my electrical strip had a short in it.  I purchased a new one, and my lights are working!

For the chandelier, I was really trying to create one that looked something like this:  https://www.studioitalia.com.au/minneapolis-chandelier.html  However, the beads I had bought, which I thought were bugle beads, were not.  They were some weird double-barreled beads.  While waiting for my new bugle beads to get here, I experimented with them anyway, just to get a sense of how my idea would work.  This was my first try:

No.  Just . . . no.  When the bugle beads arrived, I tried again.  I was using super glue to attach them to the Woodsie circle and the small plastic washer I was using for the second tier.  No matter how careful I tried to be, the super glue made the beads all cloudy.  Plus, the unevenness of the beads made for a very funky outcome.  Here is try number two:

Again, no.

For my third try, I borrowed a tip from Emily Morganti of the Den of Slack, who had made wind chimes with bugle beads and eye pins.  I reasoned that if I could set up a series of cut-off pins around the outside edge of my Woodsie, I had a much better chance of getting a nice, even ring of beads.  I am no good at all at figuring out how to do the math to divide up the circle evenly, so I let Excel do it for me.  I counted the number of beads on try two, then I set up an Excel data set, with the first column being letters of the alphabet (a through dd, to make up the thirty rows I needed), and the second column all being the exact same number (I chose ten; it doesn’t matter, as long as every “amount” is equal).  Then I inserted a Pie Chart based on that data set.  Excel gave me a nice circle with thirty wedges of the exact same size.  


I took a screen capture of the chart, sized it to fit my Woodsie, and printed it out.  I used this little chart on top my Woodsie to mark where each pin needed to go. 

Drilling the holes and clipping and inserting the pins was a ridiculously fussy process, but I did end up with a much nicer perimeter of beads.  I wasn’t able to do that on my plastic ring washer, but I was less concerned about that set than the outside ring.  It’s a smaller ring with many fewer beads.  For all, I just used Ailene’s tacky glue, and it seemed to work fine, without the hazing.  I covered the top and the upper edge with some adhesive metal left over from making the tin ceilings in the Orient Express.   Here is try number three:

Not perfect, but much, much better.  And it lights!

Now I had lights for the dining room and kitchen (the standard half-scale globe ceiling light).  

 

I had intended to make a similar chandelier for over the piano, but 1) it was a lot of work and 2) most of it would be hidden anyway.  So I used a bead cage and a short piece of metal tubing to make a light similar to the light I had made for the Merrimack foyer.  I also had the floor lamp I had made, but I was concerned there would not be enough light in the living room, so I added a ceiling fixture I had originally purchased for the bedroom.  I figure I have enough time to get a replacement (which I’ve already ordered), given how slowly I’ve been working.  The ceiling fixture is by LightingBug.  Their lights are a little more expensive, but I love them.  They are not the same old fixtures you see in every half-scale build.   (They make 1:12, too.)  The little ceiling fixture I bought it so pretty and delicate-looking!  I think it just fits this house.

Here you can see where I mapped out the centers of each room, drilled the holes for the lights, and dug the channels for the wires.  I glued the roof/ceiling down, and the lights still worked!

Next, I glued down my mat board layer. (Yes, I decided to go with the mat board.  I liked its thickness the best.)

I then put some spackle around the edges, sanded and painted.



The second floor base is now glued down, and I am ready to start working on the floor.  And the lights still work.  Whew!

While working on the ceiling and electrical, I received a lovely gift from Sherrill.  I had commented on how pretty her pillows are and how interesting it was that she filled them with pellets.  She sent me four half-scale pillows, each stuffed with a different method—pellets, pellets and fiber, seed beads, and seed beads and fiber.  I learned two things.  The first is that I think I have been overstuffing my pillows.  I had stopped sewing my pillows because the stitching always really showed, but if you don’t overstuff your pillows, there is not as much strain on the seams, and the stitching doesn’t show as much.  The other thing is that seed beads and fiber make a really nice stuffing for half-scale pillows.  They were definitely the best of the four, although all were nice.  One set of pillows was done in a light-gray-and-white geometric pattern.  I think they are perfect in the living room of the Merrimack.  The gray in the pillows is a lighter version of the gray in the rug.  The other set of pillows, which are the same pattern in gold and white, are going in the art deco house.



Another wonderful addition was, oddly, the result of Covid-19.  This year’s Kensington Dollshouse Festival was canceled as a live show, but there was a kind of online show.  I would never be able to get across the pond to the show in person, but I could “attend” the online show.  I clicked on the various links for half scale and learned that one of my favorite Etsy artists has her own site now.  Life of Riley does some of the best half-scale food I’ve ever seen.   (She also does 1:12.)  I have purchased from her on Etsy, but she has a much larger selection in her own shop.  I ordered four items, which arrived quite quickly.  They are all absolutely wonderful, and I never would have known if not for Covid-19.


And there you have it.  I’m ready to start on the second floor.  I have already started cutting floor tile using my Silhouette Cameo.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe week!  Thanks for stopping by!