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: https://just-darling-miniatures.myshopify.com

 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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My 15 Surprise Minutes of Fame

A couple of months ago I was asked by The Dolls' House Magazine if I would submit a couple of pictures for the "Get the Look" section of September's issue.  Of course I said yes and submitted a few pictures of the Amoeba table that I have listed on Etsy.  

I heard back from that they didn't get my e-mail with the pictures, so I sent them again...twice.  For some reason they didn't get them.  Needless to say I was a little disappointed that they didn't get there.  That was OK because there were several other fabulous modern and mid-century modern miniaturists that made the spread and the cover like:

Modern Mini Houses.  You can see the cover on her blog HERE

GG's Dolls Here

The Shopping Sherpa Here

Alice's Miniatures Here

Anyway, I bought the September issue online because of the modern miniatures spread.  As I was looking at it, my husband pointed out that a sofa looked a lot like one that I made.  I said no, that it had to be one that was just similar...after closer inspection it is the one I made!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Going Mad

Have you ever had one of those projects you have been working on for months and no matter what you do you're just not happy with the way it's turning out? The HBS creating contest kit is that one for me.  I've had many seeming "brilliant" ideas which I have been blogging about and quite honestly, none of them turned out as I had hoped. I just didn't feel like I was getting anything exactly as I wanted it.

Then I received a little something in the mail that inspired me...

This incredible mid-century modern office desk made by Patie at Minisx2.

Then this happened...I ripped out the swiveling doors and the inside and outside walls.  

If anyone watched the AMC Series Mad Men, you probably know where I'm going with this.

 My version of Don Draper's office
  I had planned on doing this at a later date, but when I got the desk that was it...
The real Don Draper's office.

 I wanted to do a replica, however I wanted to use the patio area that I already worked on and the curved ceiling is different than the real thing.



Monday, October 12, 2015

New Stuff

Just a little scene I did a few weeks ago with some of the new items I made for the show.

 The entertainment center with the doors open to see the TV.

Try not to let the workroom stuff in the background distract you. 

The entertainment center with the doors closed so you don't see the TV.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CC 2015 Progress

The last couple of months have been crazy around here with personal stuff. First my sister went into surgery at the end of August and has been ill ever since, my mother in law came to visit, I made inventory and did the miniature show and now it's Halloween season. You know how I love Halloween!  I finally had a little time to work on The PS Pool House.

 I worked on the pool area.  I added some plants and stone work.  The sunken area will be where the grill resides.  The little trough area will be filled with ice and cold drinks and work as a swim up bar. There is still a lot of work to do.

 I finally put in the wall that divides the dressing area/rest room from the living area.

 I made the wall so that it doesn't go all the way to the ceiling.  I wanted to emphasize the curve of the roof and I think it visually makes the place seem more open.

 The pocket door.

 I also added some stone work to the outside.

This gives you an idea how the pool drawer will work.  I think I will have to do something different with the diving board because it sits a little too high to allow the drawer to close completely. At this rate, I'm not sure that I will finish this before the deadline which is quickly approaching. I'll probably get most of it done, but the details such as landscaping and the pool pump will most likely happen at a later date.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Indy Mini Show

On my last post I showed you a few new designs for the Indy miniature show.  Even though I didn't get a chance to make a few things I was planning on making for the show, It went much better than the one I did two years ago.  I met a lot of nice people and had fun!!

I was definitely the only one with modern miniatures,but the reaction was very positive.  I think even people in Indiana are starting to want to do something a little more current.