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Four seasons roombox — wreaths and critters

I recently placed a custom order with Marion Humphreys (4Hala on Etsy) for seasonal wreaths to go in the rotating roombox. I sent Marion pictures of my scenes and links to other wreaths in her store that I liked. She made two for each season so I could pick the ones I liked best. These are the four I selected.

At my request, they’re only about .75″ wide, which is smaller than most of the other half scale wreaths I saw in her store. To my eyes, this is the size that looks “right” on the door. I cut off the wires that came with them and glued the wreaths to the window crosspieces.

For spring I requested purple flowers to complement the flowers in the planter.

I also placed an order with Barbara Ann Meyer for critters to go in the roombox. The spring scene got a female cardinal, a robin, and a bunny.

The robin is perched on the nest that Debora (dalesq on the Greenleaf forum) made for me in a swap.

And the bunny is behind the bush, hiding from the cat.

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Brackets from JMG Miniatures

I haven’t done anything with the Victorianna since October when I worked on the porch. I wasn’t happy with the sunburst brackets, especially at the short ends. I thought it might look better to use brackets that curve inward, so they form an arch when they’re so close together.

Right around this time I placed a Miniatures.com order that included a pair of small dragon corbels, intending to use one of the corbels to cover up a gap in the downstairs staircase (more on that later in this post). I used the extra to make the faux rake for the Four Seasons Roombox.

These brackets are made of cardstock, not wood, but they’re pretty sturdy and I like the detail. The manufacturer’s website has several more styles than are on Miniatures.com, in different sizes, at half the price. Unfortunately, ordering directly from JMG Miniatures turned out to be a frustrating experience. In the interest of full disclosure, there’s an explanation of what happened down at the bottom of the post.

Here’s how the new bracket looks compared to the original bracket. I like how the curve compliments the sunbursts over the window trim, rather than competing with them like the original brackets did.

Paint scrapes off these brackets more easily than wood. Also, a layer of paper sluffed off two of the spokes on the dragon corbel (making them dangerously skinny). The same thing happened with the other dragon bracket when I painted it for the rake, but it didn’t happen with the webbed brackets I’m using on the porch, which aren’t quite as delicate.

Like with the window trim, I love how the curves of the brackets compliment the curved pediment over the door.

They blend in more than the original brackets, almost getting lost when you look at the house from a distance. I think that’s okay? They give the tops of the posts a nice shape.

And this looks much better to me than the two sunbursts did in this small space.

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Half scale umbrella drink

This week I went to Dollhouses Trains and More hoping to find an iced tea or lemonade set to use in the summer lounge chair scene. They didn’t have anything like that in half scale, but they did have this tropical drink. It’s a bit elaborate for lazy summer lounging, but it was too cute to pass up.

After I got it home I noticed something funny about it. If the red things sticking out are supposed to be straws, what’s the gray wire? It looked like something used to be glued to it. I wasn’t sure if it had broken on the way home or if it was like this when I got it off the shelf.

I looked online and found this picture on the Handley House website. My drink is missing its umbrella.

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