Sunday, January 16, 2022

2022 - Not So Sure About This One

I'll admit, I'm a little tired. Dealing with home renovations, mini projects, work, and all the other insanity that goes along with every day life...I'm a little worn down.

And I'll admit, this didn't help:



Guess whether or not I received an email. If you said no, you'd be correct.

So I'm very interested in seeing the winners, honorable mentions and first time entrants.

And the new contest kit is out.

I'm not so sure about this one. It seems like a rerun of the 2020 kit?




I mean, it's not bad.  But it doesn't seem to come with windows or a door and it's not enclosed. 

I have an idea but at this point, though I purchased the kit just in case, I'm not even sure I want to do the contest this year. 

After all the time and effort to make the deadline in 2021 and then the house isn't even good enough for an Honorable Mention... it's discouraging.

At this point, my house is still in upheaval because the wonderful start to the bathroom has fizzled out and we've gotten some very bad news from a plumber we had come out. Twenty thousand five hundred dollars later we still don't have a completed bathroom. 

With the change in jobs it's more difficult to put money into savings and I'm more conscious of how much some of the mini supplies cost.  Of all my hobbies, minis are the most expensive.  

So if I do the contest, it will be with supplies I already have or can make. 

I'm giving myself a little break, to relax, write without feeling like I have a deadline and read books I have had in my pile for a while. (ha, rhymes)

I love minis but after the last year, stressing over the old job, getting fired and having a new job, I don't want to stress over my hobbies too.

So we'll see.

I hope the rest of you did better in the contest and I can't wait to see all your entries!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Contest Entry And the Last Post of 2021

I took Christmas weekend off from everything but reading and relaxing. After racing until the final minute to get the contest entry in I was in no mood to do anything stressful for a while.  But I did finish.

I got the pictures submitted five minutes before the deadline. Talk about cutting it close!

First, my four submission pics.





I spent half my lunch break each day figuring out what I needed to do next and how to do it that night.  I had lists on top of lists.

Getting the lights wired in wasn't easy. But I managed.  They're LEDs connected to battery packs hidden above the closet.


The hanging basket light is from Marion's Shapeways shop. So are the handles on the front door.

In order to finish off the living room and upstairs I made some shelves. I put a stereo system and records on one for the upstairs, books on the one for the living room.

I made the stairs and loveseat. The shelves are from a kit I got at an online show. The lamp is from Jodi's Shapeways shop.  The red chair is from Etsy.  The pink and blue patterned pillows are from Brae's Etsy shop.


The stereo equipment came from Ebay, and the records from Etsy, I got them a few years back. The blue chair is one of the Reac chairs and I got it from Ebay as well.

I glued the closet in, and a glass 'railing' to keep someone from tipping their chair over into the stairs.


Filling the closet up with clothes, shoes and purses was fun. The Gucci backpack, sandles and belt, as well as the brown wedge sandles are from Patrizia Santi's store.


The other purses I found on Ebay a while back. 


The clothing I got on Etsy.



Once I finished that there was the matter of adding all the little everyday things to the kitchen.

Dishes and wine on the shelves, a coffeemaker and spice rack on the counter. Mixing bowls. And shopping bags full of groceries.

The coffeemaker and caserole dish on the top shelf are from Etsy.  The lights and chair shells for the stools are from Marion's Shapeways shop. The dishes are from Jodi's Shapeways shop. I edged them with some of the bright blue nail polish I used on the stool chairs.  Faucet and handles are from Kristine's Shapeways shop.  The wine, spice rack and mixing bowls are from Miniatures.com.









The living room didn't take much, a basket behind the stairs for the extra pillows, a magazine, and a purse and flowers on the shelves inside the door.






I like how everything looks together.  The lamp looks good with the chair, the stairs match the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and the blue and silver looks good with the tile backsplash.

For the rooftop patio I wanted flowers, a lounge chair and different stools for people to sit on. They could also double as side tables. 

I loved how Kristine added additional cushions to her outdoor furniture so I decided I'd give it a try. Foam core board with fabric over it, as well as a bit more fabric underneath so all of the 'cushion' on the lounge looks like it's the same.

The lounge, laptop and notepad is from Miniatures.com, the barrel stools are from Kristine's Shapeways Shop. The flowers are from Ebay.



In my experience you can't have an unattended laptop without at least one cat incursion.

You've pretty much seen the bathroom though I did add a pair of glasses to the sink counter. I was really proud that I'd remembered to make a contact lense case.



The rest of the exterior is pretty basic. I used some flowerpots from Hobby Lobby for oversized containers at the front of the house. Wooden numbers I got on Amazon, painted silver and black metallic lights over the front door and beside the upstairs exterior door.






So I'm fairly pleased all in all.  It's done!

I did my best to list where I found everything but if I've forgotten something ask and I'll do my best to figure out where I got it. Some of these things I've had for years.

I hope you're all having a joyeous and happy Holiday season!





Monday, December 20, 2021

Oops...Skipped a Week...

Sorry I didn't post last week. I literally worked on the build until the eleventh hour. And then had to clean up and take pictures.  But I got the build submitted with five minutes to spare!

I thought last year was crazy? This year has been insane.  

So I began working my way through what was left of the list. And I made another one on a break at work, for things to do once I got home. I worked on it every night this week and as you know, I normally don't do minis on work nights because its so hard for me to make my brain stop going.

I had made up a pretty bed, nice Mid Century Modern style. And it was too big. I had to make something custom. And I remembered when Pepper was working on the 2015 kit and how she made a sofa bed. So I checked out her method and adjusted slightly.








And I'm pleased to say that it works and it fits in the room as well.



So once I got that done it was time to get a few walls glued together and then work on a bedside table. Somewhere to put pillows and sheets. (Or a battery.)



I tried to make it sort of Mid Century Modern.


I got the bathroom assembled. So far I'm happy with how it looks.






Obviously the cinderblocks are just to hold up the toilet while it's glued into place.



I got the windows done for the bedroom and made a window and sliding door to go onto the rooftop deck.




A little thing I managed was getting the house numbers on it. 311 in honor of my childhood address.


The ceiling light fixtures were the next step, and then I glued everything together, walls, ceiling... and prayed. Lots of praying.



As you can see I got the supports and steps glued in and made a little driveway. And added some grass too.

I need to take a bunch more pictures and list my sources for all the little things I have in the house. But I did manage to get my submission pictures sent in.

This has gotten a little long though so I'll do another post in a day or so with them. 

The 1:1 bathroom is nearly done. Paint and a little more grout, and the glass for the shower...closet rods and shelves...and we're good.  But the new washer/dryer is in and we got to do laundry.

I've never been so excited to do laundry.





So we're moving along.  How are all of you?