Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CC 2016 Inspiration

When I first saw the 2016 Creatin' Contest kit, I was a little uninspired.  Now that we are supposedly going to have an early spring (we cal only hope) I have had an aha moment and started brain storming.

This is the 2016 kit: The Backyard Bungalow

Here are a couple of ideas for a beach bungalow.

This is a pretty small kit, so I will have to buy two.

Another idea I had is to do a Tiny House.  One of those really compact 200 square foot homes with lots of hidden multi purpose furniture and storage.

I will probably just get the kits and play around with them until I decide.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Working on the Citadel

Now that the HBS Contest is done, I've had a little time to get back to working on the Citadel. First I've been working on the lighting.   Several months ago I purchased a couple of the Alvar Aalto vases from Modern Mini Fan (AKA Modern Mini Houses) to make a light out of.  I started thinking about it and thought a larger version would be really cool as an overhead light so I contacted her and asked if she could make it in a larger size. She was very acomodating and quickly made a larger version.  I was originally going to use it for a dining chandelier, but since the ceilings are tall in the Citadel I thought it would be a great ceiling light. 

 Though the room has no finishings and I haven't decided what room it will be (probably a bathroom or office) I think the light looks awesome!

Next I got the recessed lights working in the kitchen.  

I've been admiring the colored cookers at Elf Miniatures for some time and of course my favorite color is orange.  I wanted to make a fridge that matches the cooker so I asked Elizabeth at Elf if she could either make one or send me a piece of the same orange plastic to make a matching fridge myself.  She blew me away by making a kit version of a picture of a fridge that I sent her. First, it's awesome and second very affordable.

I started laying out the kitchen using the cooker and fridge kits that I already put together from Elf Miniatures. 

 I  "planted" some succulents in the built in planter and added some paneling in the entry way.

The clock and cactus coat tree are from Piccoleidee Moderne on Etsy. I blogged about them recently hereI used pre-made single french doors for the rooms, but frosted the windows for privacy.  I started making my own doors but then decided it was a bit of a pain in the ass so I bought these from  They are by Houseworks and you can remove the "glass" part to paint the frames and in my case frost the "glass".

I addition, I have done a little bit on Don Draper's Mad Men office

 The ceiling is done and the windows installed.

This is my third try on the carpeting.  The first one I cut one inch short, the second showed glue (water based) on the nice side that could not be remedied and the third time I tried spray glue to install the "carpeting" which is just faux suede. As you can see, even the spray glue shows through the fabric.  Next try will either something I already have or felt but I really don't want to go back to the fabric store. Besides when I was there I looked at the felt and I couldn't find the right shade of grey.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Project...Sort Of

As you may know, I decided a few months ago to ditch the idea I had for the 2015 HBS contest house and gut what I did and start over.  Well, that's exactly what I did. 

Now that the holidays are over, I've had a little time to work on Don Draper's Mad Men office. Primarily, I've been working on doing a dropped office ceiling.

 I started by adding 1/2" x 1/16" wood to the bottom of the center beams and 1/4" x 1/16" on the sides.  They leave just enough of a shelf to rest the dropped ceiling on. It also leaves plenty of room for the wiring. I found this sliver of plastic overhead lighting cover at work.

To make acoustic tiles for the ceiling, I cut to size pieces of mat board to fit in the spaces then attached self adhesive cork and painted it white.

 To make sure the acoustic tiles and plastic conform to the curve of the beams, I put in little blocks to keep them from moving.

Voila, a dropped ceiling. 

While I'm in an MCM mood: I decided to do a little scene in the CItadel.

 The TV is a vintage salt shaker ( I got the idea from Otterine), The phone, coffee mug,, end table and some other accessories are from Ebay.  The floor lamp and magazine rack are AG Minis, The light and dark coffee table and incredible clock are by Minisx2. The book case is vintage German, the cat statue is from an Egypt Toob toy,  the yellow ash tray is by Mike Urkovik of Atomic Miniature, the table lamp is from Minimum World, Tha african sculpture is by Minismodernas, The sofa and pillows are by me.

Merry New Year! Cheers to new adventures!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Area 54 - Nightlife

I worked out the photos for Area 54! This was a fun build to do. It's something different from what I usually do, but still modern...maybe ultra modern? Now, I have more than enough booze bottles for the Mad Men office. I made the ceiling with exposed duct work etc. so that I can some day add some windows and turn this into an industrial loft /studio apartment. I still don't like using dolls in photos, but I do like the Daft Punk guys (the guy in front carding people and the bar tender) and my Austin Powers action figures. I just think they're funny. 

 So here are the official pics:

While I was at it, I made a short video if the inside of Area 54: The music is from the blue tooth speaker above the door.

And the Scrolling Sign:

Area 54 Scrolling Sign

Now all I need to do is get through Christmas, New Years and a birthday (not mine) and I can finish the Mad Men office and get back to the Citadel! 


Monday, December 14, 2015

Area 54

Well, It's finished.  Area 54 is a bar / night club that is Area 51 meets Studio 54.  It turned out more or less as I envisioned.  My only problem is that the deadline is tomorrow and I can't seem to get ant good pictures of the whole structure.  I had planned on taking it outside today to photograph it.  I thought it might even look kind of cool with Christmas lights behind it...but if rained all day and MDF and water don't like each other very much.  I'm going to work on the pics some more tonight, but here are a few preliminary shots.

The bar as seen from above (before I put the roof on).  I wanted to show the kegs and what not that are under the bar.

Lots of lighting and a tiny blue tooth speaker above the door.

The ceiling complete with sprinkler system in case of fire.

Here is where I need some work on the photos.  I think I will just try ironing the sheet and see if that helps. I don't usually use dolls for my builds, but I thought it might be fun to add some for this one. I do love the scrolling sign.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Modern Mini Makers

This morning, I typed in "modern dollhouse" in the search engine on Etsy and guess what I found?  Several new modern mini makers! I was thrilled to find these modern mini artists! Please click on the shop names to go to their Etsy shops.


Based in Italy, Renata Robida makes some wonderful acrylic pieces,

I'm really loving these clocks and I will be placing an order for one!

This boomerang table would be great for both modern and MCM.

Mini Home Decor Shop

Awesome laser cut shelving and furniture. They also have a blog you can see here.

Just Darling Miniatures

Out of Denver CO, Monica makes some very cool industrial chic pieces. You can also visit her online store here:

 I love this Scandinavian styled bed and industrial shelves and the background is so lofty chic!

This door and saw horse desk is amazing!

Anatolian Miniature

Based in Turkey, Bora Demirpglu makes great modern and midcentury modern furniture, His blog is here.

Art in Wax

 Based in Southend on sea Essex (in the UK). Hazel paints her Art in hot wax, sometimes referred to as encaustic art,  She also has an online shop here and you sen see more of her work in her Facebook page.  The following photos are copyrighted to Hazel at Art in Wax.

Now, I wish I had some extra money to place orders at all of these shops. All of these photos were posted with permission from the artists. You can click on each of the shop titles to be linked to their Etsy shops.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Alice Miniatures

Recently, I've discovered an awesome mini modern enthusiast on Facebook.  Her name is Alice and she does fantastic modern work. She's been around for awhile, but I just found her in the last few months.

This is one of her more recent projects.

Something a little more Mid-century, but still modern.

 Another awesome kitchen project.

I love the lighting in this bathroom.

If you're on Facebook, her work is definitely worth checking out.
You can see it here.

She also has an Etsy shop where she sells mini modern art work.
She is the same Alice that also had her art work featured in September's Doll's House Magazine.