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  1. Shadow Boxes

    These are incredible! I don't think my kit sofa looks 1/2 as good as these, but this is certainly very inspiring. Thanks very much for sharing these :)
  2. Shadow Boxes

    Probably not impossible, but the piece feels pretty 'overworked' and I think that (for the amount of work it would take) it may just be preferable to either build or buy some armchairs instead. The HoM couch takes up too much room in a house like the Orchid, in my opinion. I'd rather use the space to showcase my other skills (upholstery isn't really one of them, unfortunately!). Plus, I got this Queen Anne curio cabinet at the Miniature Museum of St. Louis (it was truly lovely, by the way!) and it's bulking up the living room now.  Maybe the sofa just wasn't meant to be? 
  3. Shadow Boxes

    Funniest thing, I just had this thought today as well! I modified and upholstered the House of Miniature Chippendale Sofa kit and, for whatever reason, I can't stand the way it looks in my little living room. It was too bulky (in the Orchid, anyway) and the decor a tad too modern for my (mostly) 19th century style home. The latter is my own fault for choosing a heavier fabric with a herringbone pattern (which normally I like!). I don't know exactly what the box will be for, but I decided it was time to set it aside if it was making me unhappy   So, if folks have ideas for a room box focused around a full-bodied, gilded couch, I'd love to hear them  (I kid). I wonder: do these little bit and bob boxes make for good gifts perhaps? 
  4. Keeping all your finishes and effects straight!

    Oh my, Lita, this is exactly the sort of thing I had in mind. Thanks very much for sharing! :D 
  5. Keeping all your finishes and effects straight!

    I thought about this too! That would really keep things in order. Toy stores still stock them, don't they?
  6. Keeping all your finishes and effects straight!

    Gee thanks, Kathie! I had to wait on the trim because I broke the wee bits that came with the kit (they were pretty brittle) and left my mitre box back in Eugene! I've since decided 2 boxes are worth having ;) 
  7. Howdy all,  Eli here again. I was wondering: have any of you mini-makers found a good way to keep track of all your paints, stains, glues, varnishes, waxes, enamels, etc. and, most importantly, their effects? Today I was deliberating on a faux 'gilded' finish for my 'decoupage' Queen Anne tea table (house of miniatures kit; it's a work in progress). I tested my gold effect wax and some oil-based enamel on a scrap of painted wood (I wanted a well-worn look). It occurred to me that I could keep a record of my different materials on different surfaces! You could use photos, I suppose, but I prefer the idea of having materials in real life. That way, there's no funny business with lighting or lenses; plus, if we date them, we could see how effects or finishes age! Have you all made a finishes/effects journal of sorts before? Or have you found some other solution? Or, lastly, do you all have this information stored in your noggins (if so, I commend you because I can't remember it all!)?  As usual, I'd love to hear from you!
  8. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    Oh goodness, mini books! I didn't even think to start on my house's library while I'm away. This is a wonderful idea, Anna :)
  9. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    This sounds lovely! I'm really looking forward to it :D
  10. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    Thanks so much for the contents-breakdown! This is going to be very helpful. I'm feeling more confident by the minute about making minis while I'm away. Your encouragement and know-how is very appreciated!
  11. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    I most certainly will. Word on the street is that the shop is quite nice! Have you been, Holly?
  12. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    I've been having this realization too! As I was starting to pack, I thought 'How will I leave this house behind?' I have a serious love of miniatures, but I never expected that I would be quite so attached! After this last year and a half, this house has become so important to me. As for the joy of acquiring (and marvelling), I do have that element covered. L. has promised to take my to the mini museum in St. Louis! I'm so looking forward to it.
  13. Do You 'Mini' Whilst You're Away?

    Oh my, Anna, this is quite the travel kit! I only hope I can manage something like it :) 
  14. Hello everyone! I've been rather quiet on the forums these days. My graduate program and my teaching has been quite demanding so I've been mostly lurking! Nonetheless, I've been diligently working away at my first build. It's come a long way!  Next week, I'll be leaving my home in Eugene, OR for an extended semi-vacation (I'll be working remotely) with my partner in sunny California. I'll be gone at least 5 weeks (and perhaps longer) since my new job doesn't entail any in-person office time at the university. So, long story short, I can't decided whether to go on mini hiatus or pack enough small supplies to work on kits and such.  What do y'all do? Do you have a protocol for long travels? Do any of you seasonal travelers or snowbirds have tips for taking along smaller projects? Taking the whole house is, as you can imagine, not really an option. I'd love to hear your thoughts!