Sunday, June 28, 2009


It's been a long couple of days, but the siding is finally finished. Going around all the windows was a very time consuming task.

The window frames and doors were set in place for the picture.

Tomorrow I will begin painting and finishing, starting with the house color and then painting and finishing the windows and doors.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Still working...

The siding is taking longer than I had anticipated - eight hours today to finish just two sides.

Not quite ready for pictures tonight but by tomorow I should have enough done to pop the windows in and take a couple of shots.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Progress Report

Since my last post, a lot has been accomplished.

All the walls are up, with window openings cut in them - an exacting job that took three long days. The three doors, plus the screen door on the front porch, are ready to install. The front porch and front steps have been built, but won't be attached until after the siding is finished.

I'm working on the siding now and hope to have it finished late tomorrow.

I've been putting in long hours and haven't had time to take pictures. I will post some in the morning so you can see how it's coming along.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Enlargeable Image of Windows

I couldn't get the photo on the last post to enlarge, so here it is again, along with a picture of on of the windows in my hand.


The windows for the older part of the house are finished. There are a lot of them, as you can see, and in three different styles.
To give you an idea of size, the squares on the mat are 1''. The square roughly in the middle of the frame contains all the basic pieces for one of the narrow windows.

I'm using strip styrene for these, in sizes from .010"x .010"(almost hairlike, used for the inside moldings) to .010" x .040". They are assembled with a special cement that "welds" the pieces together by dissolving the plastic a little. It can be tricky to apply - too much and you have a gooey puddle where your part used to be! To avoid this, I cut all but a very few bristles off the applicator brush.
Today I'm making the windows for the newer back part of the house and hope to at least start on the three doors.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Back to work

I'm back, and working on windows and doors. There should be a new picture tomorrow.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pieces of the House

Here are all the pieces of the house, except for the roof. Some of the duplicate pieces are interior bracing, and won't show on the finished model. The one inch squares on the mat will give you an idea of the size.

I won't be posting June 5 - 13, as I will be attending the IGMA Guild School in Castine Maine. I will be hard at work when I return, because I want to meet the scheduled completion date of June 3Oth.

Article in Miniature Gazette

For those of you who are NAME members - there is a nice article about my work by Anne Day Smith in the May/June issue of Miniature Gazette, page 17.

If you're not a NAME* member - why not? It's a great organization, and a good way to meet others who share a love of things mini.

*National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Construction begins

Today was spent building the base - every building needs a good foundation!

I added cross bracing to prevent warping and also installed the molding around the edge, which will be painted later on.

The footprint of the building is laid out on the base, but it isn't much to look at yet, so no pictures till tomorrow or Thursday.

Stay tuned!