Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why Don't You...

"Why don't you...realize, realize the return of black, and black and white, in decoration? It is of tremendous importance. Use it whenever you can." - Diana Vreeland

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I've been reading Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniature by typing sections into Google Translate, since my French is limited. The construction section, to my surprise, called for making the rooftop from Bristol board (I do wonder if I mistyped it...).

I've handled Bristol board countless times. It has many uses applicable to miniatures, but I wanted the rooftop to be made of something sturdy enough to take a certain amount of handling, several more moves in my lifetime (probably), and being in the same house as a large cat who is almost as clumsy as I am and doesn't let it stop him from climbing tall pieces of furniture. So, my rooftop is made of 1/4" plywood, left over from cutting the interior walls. The raised ribs are made from craft-store 1/8" x 1/8" sticks.

I couldn't find zinc paper anywhere, but I always have paint on hand. Using pictures of real buildings in Paris as a guide, I gave the bare wood a base coat of silver metallic paint, then added layer after layer of dirty washes in varying shades of gray. I have no experience with faux finishes, and was a little intimidated because I have never been a good painter (despite my best efforts to the contrary), but I'm very happy with how the roof turned out.

Obviously, 1/4" plywood is much thicker than Bristol board. The "seam" between the rooftop and the mansard roof will be covered by rain gutters painted and aged to match the roof.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Exterior progress

Plastering and painting is done, I've added the top-floor windows, and the rain gutters have been fitted. As you can see through the ground-floor windows, I've also been hard at work laying dozens of tiny, but real, glass tiles (I attempted some Bristol-board tiles, but they just didn't look quite right).

More to come...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My new wheels

I've wanted a Vespa since I was 15.

I live in a place where it isn't really safe to ride a scooter, and having a car is pretty much necessary.

But someday...someday I'll be able to move away and get that Vespa.

For now, parking a 1:12 replica of my dream scooter on the sidewalk outside my 1:12 dream house will have to do.

P.S. Someone's actually following me! Welcome, Norma.