22 Mar 2017

Creatin Contest 2017: Structure Design

My small 'cabin' didn't stay small for long!

I've figured out my changes to the structure design and completed most of the base construction.  I just need to cut and frame out the many windows.  I've decided to go contemporary with concrete, wood, and glass.  I felt like a flat roof would be more suited to this style but I want to keep the essence of the kit as much as possible.  So it will be a mix of flat and angled roof lines.


I made some changes to the kit layout...  The right side wall now recessed and I took away the kit's porch. Instead I've cut out some living space to make room for a new porch and a new front.

And the whole thing might have increased in square footage...  easy to do when the floor slides out and you can slide in a new bigger piece ;)

I decided to add even more additional space to create an airy and open main living room.  One side features a separate room box with a bed and bath. The new rooms are a little smaller then I'd like... but I'm trying to keep this house from sprawling out!  They'll just have to do!

The planned layout is below:

Thankfully the whole building fits great on top the desk I have!

Update: Incase anyone else is questioning, I was just reassured that all the kit bashing is all okay :) Whew! Build away!

Hope your all having a great week!

4 Mar 2017

Change Up in the Studio!

I had grand plans for Valentine's day last month; a marble fireplace, a city view, and chocolates!  I knew I needed a new project to inspire me.  I recently read 10 Newbie Dollhouse Mistakes and How to Fix Them by Small House models and realized I'd actually made a bunch of them.  Building a huge dollhouse just wasn't helping my creativity and I needed something smaller. 

A room box seemed like a good bet, I've made plenty before.  I always remember foam board being an easy go-to material for building... but I guess my love of modern interiors and the precision of MDF has changed me.  I just couldn't seem to get my cuts square or straight without wallpapering the entire thing.

This is as far as the scene got before I left it.  I loved the fireplace but the large windows to the left (no shown) just weren't fitting together.

After four weeks I decided it was time to move on.  I took a previous room box I'd made and outfitted it into a studio of sorts just to keep me busy (looks nothing like my workspace in real life because it's way too tidy!) I added a mini paper version of the room box I had been working on using my Silhouette Portrait (electronic paper cutter machine) along with some pieces from a 1:24 farmhouse kit. The light and tripod are based off of Pepper's tutorial here!

That night I sat down at the computer and finally decided it was time to buy a pre-fab dollhouse kit.

And not just any house, a smaller house!

I loved the HBS Craftman Cabin the moment I saw it months ago.  It's the first small dollhouse I've really liked enough to even consider buying.  As much as I love designing my own spaces from scratch and using the laser cutter I am so excited to have something I know I will be able to complete in a reasonable amount of time and has a build plan.  That said...  it sure won't look like the kit for long!

Hope you're all having a great weekend!  Please let me know if you're doing this kit too, I'd love to follow along!

PS:  I was left speechless at how quickly this dry-fit went.  I have never experienced such easy miniature construction in my life.  No wonder people love kits!!  THE WINDOWS LITERALLY GLIDE IN.

28 Feb 2017

Breathe Magazine

Some fun news to share! At the end of last year I was asked to contribute some photos for an article in the UK lifestyle magazine Breathe.  The author, Karen Bamford, described what a lot of us enjoy about the hobby, creating and designing things on a smaller scale that we might not get a chance to do in real life.   It's so great to see a focus on modern miniatures and the different approaches people take to create.  There are several other miniaturists work and their shops featured too.

I had a laugh at Karen's suggestion that as a miniaturist she also fills the roles of frustrated interior designer and unqualified architect!  I could not agree more!  Honestly sometimes these projects feel as crazy as though they were life size.  I'm always struggling to learn so much more then just the pretty decor stuff!  Especially the architecture and building construction side.   

Update:  I found the Instagrams of the other miniaturists featured and their feeds are just row after row of modern mini eye candy!  Check out: @onebrownbear, @minipropertydeveloper, @mostlyminiature, @fourlittlewalls, and @mad_missy_minis!

It's a great magazine for inspiring creativity and next issue is out March 9, so if your in the UK and at your local supermarket, check it out before then! :)   

As for the other good news... did you notice the full size picture of the kitchen above?  It was taken back in December for the article, before the flooring was finished, but its great to be able to finally show the kitchen looking mostly done.  Which leads me to finish with....

I'm so so so excited to say this should be my last kitchen post for awhile! I've got a new big project coming in the mail! It's finally arrived in Canada as of today so I'm hoping it will make it to my door later this week.  I'm currently editing up some photos of a scene I made for February and that should be up this weekend along with revealing my plans.  Hurry up mail delivery, there is only so much Pinterest'ing I can do!

Hope you are all having a great week!


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