Sunday, November 12, 2017

Update

Someone said that the sewing room was not messy enough!
So - here with some additional decoration
To this I added the ironing corner (with distilled water for the iron ... hihi)

I spent last weekend in Ludwigsburg at Ingrid's house and met up with Stephan and Joe for mini talk, Spätzle and Gulasch and a serious discussion about interpreting paintings!
And I collected a few things I have ordered...

Stephan Wein made the salad gear for me in silver...
he said that he will make a few more for Kensington Fair next spring...
Joeachim Kühner made a black rim (re-firing the plates) on the spaghetti bowls I bought in Chicago
Now, my dining table looks like this:
... fiddly project to make the parmigiano cheese...

Ingrid Auer made this beautiful wrath

And this was certainly not planned!! But I could not resist getting this beautiful tree she made
iccles are hand-blown glass ... incredible detail!


Yes, the roof is in the making... looks already convincing from the inside ;-)
great moment when I could mount the spotlights!
These are the news from my side...
Ah, exept this: it looks as that interview with 'thedailymini' last month triggered off something. Shortly after that was published, Shapeways asked me to feature my work...
https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/36023-tiny-home-marion-russek-modern-dollhouse-maven.html

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sewing area upstairs

I was in Provence for two weeks ... prolonging the summer.

Our friends' house we rent every year. It is adjacent to the one I buildt in mini ;.)

So, there was only minimal progress on my mini house.
Before adding the roof I had to complete the interior of the upper floor. This open space belongs to a hobby seamstress. Here we go...
The sewing macine with working light is from Fanaberi


Iron/ironing board are from Fanaberi



Here how I made the floor lamp:
I embedded the led in this plastic material

Then made the casing from styrene. Added a metal plate on top so that the light would no shine through - because the led is facing upwards! This way, the light sources are a little more difuse. I wanted something resembling a neon light...



Big honor: I was asked by Kate from 'dailymini' for this interview!

So, I think now I am ready to tackle the roof...
Have a great weekend!
Marion




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Update Modern Wood House - September 2017

This coming Friday I am off the my annual stay in Provence! And with the beautiful weather and my new e-bike all mini activities moved a bit to the background.

Alas - when trying to get off the bike three days ago - in an 'artful' way - my foot took a beating!
Good side of it: I now have ample time for an update before leaving 😃.. and with today's medicine nobody really has be in pain..
The dicy side of this: not sure yet whether I can manage the 8-hour drive on Friday ... will see...

I wanted to use the semi-precious gem stones and composed this.
Covered wood dowels with real concrete..
Once the roof is in, I can install the spotlights as well.
I tried various ideas and this one worked best: I used various sizes of metal end sleeves for electrical strands (you get them at electrical supply shop), bulbs from Nalladris and a U-shape styrene piece.


And I made the banisters for the upper floor.
Messed up again with superglue and perspex - will I ever learn?
So, I made this image to keep this firmly in my mind:
The thing to use is the double sided 3mm or 6mm tape!
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And then installed the handrail for the stairs. Mind you, not just handrails - I added indirect lighting!! This proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought. I prepared a nice wooden handrail and when I inserted the lightstrip it actually shone through!  grrr...


After more trials I used an L-shaped styrene strip, covered the sides with wood strips, added brackets, then inserted the light strip and fiddled around with hiding the wires...





Done!
To imagine something is one thing - getting it to work out is another  😊 ! 
It would have been nicer with a solid light strip... but I have not come across something like that in mini, yet
Addendum Nov. 17: 
- one could use white perspex and add the led strip behind it. The further the distance, the less you see the light sources and the perspex becomes evenly lit.
- Another suggestion I got (after finishing the lights...): use 4.5V instead of 12V for these lights. They will not be that bright - a good thing for indirect.


So, now fingers crossed for my driving ability... back with updates end of October or so...
Hugs to all.
Marion





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bedroom, Bathroom, Walk-in Cupboard



It has been a while since I updated. The summer was fantastic and full of activities, I became an e-bike lover and with my friend Ursi we are scouting the region now!
And I got this urge to clean out - it is wonderful to have half-empty cuboards 👍. Cellars will be next ... when the days are shorter again.

So, mini-wise this is where I am at now:





I completed the guest toilet:
please note the Gameboy and the matchbox...

the bathroom:

... I love Jodi's faucet..


the bedroom:


and the walk-in closet.

The two wet rooms will get skylights once I do the roof.

The loft area is dedicated to the hobby of the person living in this house - she loves sewing 😀
It will be fun to place all the things I bought for this...


And here something that I tested and am very, very happy with:
This 'jeweller's glue' attaches e.g. metal hinges to perspex or painted wood.
Marion

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Printable miniature book covers in German and English

Tick off 'fit to page' when printing pdf..
I used 115g photo paper (thinnest I could find) and foam board




Bathroom and guest toilet

After installing he upper floor, the light cables, the outside siding and carefully measuring the dividing walls inside so that they all have the same angle as the roof - I started with furnishing of the tiny guest toilet and the bathroom.
Bedroom and bathroom will have lowered ceilings because of the proportions of the rooms - just did not look cosy enough when peeping in from the outside ...

Here is becomes visible: I want to make a gallery ...
As you can see here I work with loads of foam board and cover it with thin basswood sheeting. Used real wood though for the ceiling of the ground floor.
The gutter downpipe will hopefully conceal the wood cracks - but this outside wall is removable
First decision was how to tile the shower. I opted for wood 'ceramic' tiles (made from popsicle sticks) to stick to the minimalistic look.

I first had to make the furniture for the guest toilet before putting the wall in - too tight to put my hands in after that..

A tiny hand wash basin for a tiny guest toilet
It is amazing what one can make with the parts of a hearing aid!

dry run to see if this utensil shelf fits....
Orso returned my salad bowl filled with greeneries 😊. That will be the deco on the dining table.

And the warm evenings were great for making some books sitting outside until the daylight faded... or the mosis gave me a hard time ;-)

And I added a few more items to my Shapeways shop: a director's chair, sidetable indoor/outdoor in two sizes and stackable Ikea chairs.

It shows that I had a bit of a summer break at the office... lol.