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Victorianna right tower finished

The last time I worked on the Victorianna’s right tower, I had assembled the cupola (a bashed 1:48 gazebo) to look like this. To finish it, I needed to fill those gaps between the wall pieces, and also clean up the platform that goes around the cupola. I cut dowel pieces to fill up the… Keep reading »

Thimbleweed Park afghan complete, and being auctioned for charity!

Just about a year after I started it, my Thimbleweed Park afghan is complete. What began as a gift for Ron Gilbert to celebrate the game’s launch spun into a massive and somewhat crazy project encompassing 48 characters plus the iconic road sign. It all adds up to 72,049 stitches. Yes, I counted. So now… Keep reading »

Fixing broken things

Almost three years have passed since I packed up 17 dollhouses (yikes), ~20 bins of furniture and supplies, and more kits than I care to count and moved from one 1:1 scale house to another. Even though the move was only 25 miles, getting the houses packed up, transported, and unpacked was a huge effort… Keep reading »

Blackbird Bar – almost finished

I’ve put off posting about the bar roombox while I finish up some small details that didn’t seem exciting enough to post about on their own. Back in March I added brick to the outside of the roombox, using Magic Brick like I did on the front. I thought it would be easier to do… Keep reading »

Half scale Dutch door

Both of my Bill Lankford cottages came with plastic Grandt Line doors installed. I want these to be old country cottages and the those doors seemed too modern, so I removed them intending to make my own rustic doors. Browsing Etsy recently I came across these plank doors from Bauder Pine, and $1.99 is an… Keep reading »

Victorianna master bathroom (almost) done

This week I’ve been working on the shower, tub faucet, and trim in the Victorianna’s master bathroom. Everything was in progress at the same time so I’ve divided this post up by topic instead of showing the pictures chronologically. Shower To make the shower floor, I laid down a piece of beadboard (with the grooves… Keep reading »

Victorianna master bath – marble shower & vanity

After a long hiatus, I’m back to work on the Victorianna’s master bathroom. The problem with getting distracted mid-project is that it takes a while to remember what I was doing and what I planned to do next. The last time I worked on this, I had made good progress on the vanity and linen… Keep reading »

Half scale cocktail set

The theme for this year’s Half Scale Miniatures Group swap was “filling the shelves”. Every year I try to make something no one else will think of, but initially I was having a hard time with this one. This is a big swap — I needed to be able to make 40 of whatever I… Keep reading »

Stocking the bar

With the bottles finished, it’s time to breathe some life into this bar! (And by “life” I mean “alcohol,” obviously.) I hate the permanence of gluing down accessories, but with this many small pieces it’s a necessity. I started by arranging a shelf’s length of bottles to get them in an order I wanted, and… Keep reading »

Optics and more bottles

Inspired by the Henchmen Pub, I decided to add optics to my bar. I kept seeing these for sale from UK miniature shops and had to look up the word “optic” because I hadn’t heard it before. They’re dispensers that hold a bottle upside-down and pour a measured amount of liquor. They seem to be… Keep reading »

Victorianna left tower finished

I’m waiting for supplies for the Blackbird Bar to come in the mail so I switched back to the Victorianna to get some work done on the towers. Here’s how they looked the last time I worked on them. A couple things were bothering me. One, the base of the big tower roof, which is… Keep reading »

Printie wine fridges and Christmas light bottles

I’ve been looking at other people’s miniature bars to get ideas and I keep coming back to the Henchmen Pub. (I wish there were more pictures!) I especially like the lighted fridge under the counter, which was made by Elf Miniatures, but my bar has shelving underneath that prevents putting in one of those. Instead… Keep reading »

A fake bathroom for the Blackbird Bar

In my last post I was worrying that I might inadvertently trap the bar in the corner of the roombox once the picture rail and wainscot are in. Samantha of Blueprint Minis suggested adding wood to the wall, the same color as the bar, so the bar sits slightly out from the wall and won’t… Keep reading »

Blackbird Bar interior (finally)

Now that the bar is electrified, I’m done adding tapewire to the roombox and can finally get moving on the roombox interior. (I originally intended to finish this project in December so I can get back to the Victorianna, which I’m hoping to finish in 2018. Oops.) I decided early on that the bar’s main… Keep reading »

Electrifying the bar

Before gluing in the bar shelves I built, I wanted to add lights. The bar needs to be removable from the roombox (it would be much too hard to add accessories if it were fixed in place), so this means the lights need to plug in to an outlet. And of course I didn’t want… Keep reading »

Miniature jukebox from a Christmas ornament

Once the bar and the patrons are in place, the Blackbird Bar roombox won’t have a ton of free space, but there is an open area near the door where I wanted to put something. I thought about a coat rack or a free-standing ATM, but both of those seemed kinda boring. So how about… Keep reading »

Bar exterior with Magic Systems slate and brick

The bar interior is on hold until I have everything I need to do the electricity, so I moved on to the outside. A while ago I got some Magic Brick and Magic Slate for a good price. (I mostly do half scale projects, so part of the fun of doing a 1:12 roombox is… Keep reading »

Snazzing up the bar

I bought the bar that will go inside the Blackbird Bar for $15 at a miniature flea market. It has a label on the back that says “Handmade by the Mini Wizards” – I don’t know who these wizards are and haven’t been able to find any details online. If you’ve heard of them, please… Keep reading »

New project – the Blackbird Bar roombox

After working nonstop on the Victorianna almost all year I decided to distract myself with a smaller project. In the early 2000’s I had a grand but short-lived plan to enter one of Miniatures.com‘s annual contests with a bar roombox. I bought some furniture and mini bottles but never got around to doing anything with… Keep reading »

More nursery animals

I started cross stitching a rug for the Victorianna’s nursery in July and finally finished it this week. It shouldn’t have taken that long, but I’ve been working on a life-sized cross stitch project and have only been squeezing in a couple of evenings a month on the rug. I adapted this pattern from a… Keep reading »

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