Friday, April 1, 2016

American Miniaturist, Issue #156!

My Garfield Manor got featured on American Miniaturist, Issue #156!





Wednesday, February 17, 2016

1/144 Scale Garfield Dollhouse: Part 2


The kit does not contain door-frames for the internal doorways. Using the openings as template, I made my own door-frames out card-stock paper.


Assembly proved to be challenging. The wood is very very soft, and I broke the walls and the 2nd floor when I pushed too hard to make the parts line up correctly.



With the help of super glue gel, I have put the walls and floor back together. It is important to wallpaper, assemble window-frames and paint the exterior walls before gluing them on.

Since the initial setback, I have started trimming back the tabs slightly so I don't have to push too hard into the slots. Currently, I am working on the tower.



Monday, February 15, 2016

1/144 Scale Garfield Dollhouse: Part 1


So excited! Finally bought the 1/144 Scale Garfield Dollhouse kit by NorthEastern Scale Model Inc.! It was on sale on eBay for about $40.

From the schematics, the design seems slightly different from the 1/12 scale Garfield.




Using Photoshop, I created wallpaper and checkered wooden floor that resemble my 1/12 scale Garfield.

I have attached the images below, in case you want to print and use them in your projects. Click on the image to magnify it, right click and select "View Image" to bring up the high resolution image to print.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Bathtub Mirror



Inspired by the photo below, I have added a Bespaq mirror above the bathtub.

Mirror was priced at $8 (+$2.95 S&H) on eBay.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Aquarium in the Study





Bought a beautiful aquarium by Patricia Hamilton from eBay last year.

Below: photos of the old aquarium from 2013

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sundial & Birdbath

A few months ago, I bought a matching pair of pedestal sundial and birdbath by Mark Evans of Island Crafts and Miniatures. They are cast in heavy gun metal and finished to look like aged bronze.

They were listed at $15 (+$2.79 s&h).

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Painting the Bricks

I have finally painted the bricks after four years; I had finished sculpting the brickwork right before I had my son. The walls are parchment -- warmer than the natural color of paper clay. The brick borders around the windows are now rusty red. I am not sure how I feel about the color scheme yet. I was so used to the white.

 

This is a house in our neighborhood that inspired the colors.