Welcome to Brenda of Brenda's Minatures!
Here is her blog: http://brendasminiatures.blogspot.com/
Please check it out and support a fellow mini enthusiast. She has a really nice blog.
I'm glad you're here, Brenda!
First is Jean Day of Jean Day Miniatures. Here is her terrific blog: http://jdayminis.blogspot.com/ She is really an artist!
And then Debbie of Tiny Treasures who has so much going on and so many beautiful things to look at! She has 120 followers so she's doing something right- or an awful lot of something right! http://debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com/ Check it out. She's doing Diagon Alley. It's amazing work!
Thanks, ladies, for checking out my work. I suddenly have an image of Wayne and Garth, bowing and shouting, "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" But I'm learning and getting better all of the time.
I'm not sure I ever welcomed the person I consider my friend and Mentor, Casey of Casey's Miniatures: http://caseymini.blogspot.com/ Casey is also an unbelievable miniaturist and has encouraged me from the beginning. It is because of her terrific blog I started mine, and almost everything I've made she's had helpful tips and guidance to get the result I wanted. My progress is so much because of her help! So thanks, Casey! Check out her new project, a steampunk house. So cool! She has a great explanation of what steampunk means, but think Wild Wild West on TV in the 60s. That's the look.
I got to practice some of my painting skills on the flowers on the lid. We painted the whole box a light pink, then did a little accent work in lavender.
We took the clasp off of the front and replaced it with a ribbon closure instead. I forgot to take a picture of it, but I padded the inside and lined it with pretty, flowery fabric.
We put her name on the front, because what little girl doesn't love something with her name on it? It doesn't close all of the way because of the way I lined it, but I think it looks so pretty with the ribbon that it doesn't matter. We'll deliver it tomorrow. I hope she enjoys it!
After that little project, I went back to shingling. I'm halfway done- I have the whole right side of the house done! I'm going to stain the shingles with a dark stain that has a hint of red in it to bring out the red accents on the house.
Shingling really brings a finished air to the house. We have a ways to go, but it really makes me think about what the house will look like when done. I'm toying with shingling the top of the bay window, but I kind of like it white. I'll decide sooner or later. The bay window needs some of the red accents as well.
On another note, I'm starting to collect a few pieces of furniture for the interior of the San Fran, since I'll need a lot. I really need to name her something more appropriate, don't I? I'll think about that. Casey of Casey's Minis was talking about naming her Glencroft something more steampunk-like, so it made me think that the San Fran needs something more Victorian. I'll get there.
At any rate, I won this piece for the dining room on ebay today. I really like that it has red velvet seats, although that's easily changed, but it's nice that I don't have to change it. I think this will be an excellent focal point for the dining room.
One goal for this house is to make it sort of eclectic. The Victorian house I visited in Wilmington last Fall showed me that the Victorians valued having things that no one else had, hence a more eclectic collection. I'm not looking for a matched set of parlour furniture, for example, because I want complimentary pieces but not "matchy-matchy." This set was just too nice to skip, though. I have my eye on a couple of interesting pieces out there. I'll show you if I get them.
That's it for today! I have a few ideas in the works for the San Fran in the next couple of days, but I'll share when I have something to show. See you later!