La Lanterna Rosa continued

I haven’t built the tiny violin yet, as I have been distracted with other pieces of the lantern. Things have been moving along rapidly. The walls and fireplace are done, the clock face has hands and I have completed the couch, chair and side table:

This all entailed a trip to southern New Hampshire and Earth n Tree miniatures. You all would love this place. I can, quite literally, spend hours there. Though I could wish they had more in the way of half scale supplies.

The frames around the “paintings” are made from 2mm quarter round from there, as is the music stand. I originally planned to build a music stand, but this one was so little and perfect I couldn’t resist. I also found a little piece of “pipe”’that will serve as a flute.

I have also completed the chandelier, which was a feat and took several days and many jewelry findings. I haven’t added the candles yet, but I purchased them on my shopping trip.

Many of the smaller pieces are completed as well, these include fireplace screen, some candle sticks, a tea service, a bowl of apples and some flower arrangements.

That’s all for now. Ciao, bella.

The grandfather clock

As promised, this post is entirely about the grandfather clock I am making for La Lanterna Rosa. I spent most of the day working on it, as tomorrow I am back at work.

I started with a half scale grandfather clock kit I purchased from Alphastamps (whose shipping time, I am pleased to say, is much improved). I purchased it some time ago and decided that it would go well in the music room. I assembled it and painted it white a few days ago. Today, I began embellishing it.

I started with pink card stock, which, at very small scale, can be layered to look like beveled wood. I carefully measured the dimensions of the door an drawer and cut out the “wood” on my cricut.

Here is the clock with the outline of the door. I did the drawer first and then decided I didn’t like it, so I took the charms off and replaced them later.

The center of the door is made of two rectangles, one slightly smaller than the other, layered and centered in the door frame.

Next came the drawer, which is also two layers of card stock. The embellishments are tiny metal confetti that are meant to be incorporated into resin jewelry. They are the perfect size for half scale miniatures

The sides were next, both are the same.

I embellished the sides to match the front

I then chose a clock face I found on the internet, shrunk it to fit and glued it in pace. I painted the clock face frame pink, to match the paper and glued that in place over the clock face. I glued the “wood” arch over the top of the clock and added a G clef. I also further decorated the spaces between the door and the drawer with more confetti.

Lastly I added some tiny points to the edges of the clock face, and the clock was pretty much done. The only things missing are the hands, which I haven’t figured out yet.

That’s it. Tiny violin will be next.


La Lanterna Rosa.

Having been home for several days with COVID, I finally had some down time to work on my rococo music room. I simply don’t have the energy to work on any projects for my real house and I can’t focus long enough to knit or embroider.

I have decided to move the music room from the container I originally bought for it to this lantern I found at HomeGoods.

The lantern is eight inches to a side so it gives me a lot of floor space with which to work. The first instrument is ready as well. It is a harpsichord I purchased from FilamentFlair, an Etsy shop. The owner was kind enough to produce a custom printed half scale harpsichord at little notice for an extremely reasonable rate. Here it is, complete with bench:

I have begun work on some other pieces as well, that will include a grandfather clock, a couch, a chair, and some tables. I also hope to produce several other instruments and a music stand.

Here are some furnishings in the first stages of assembly.

The main color for the room will be pink, as people were quite fond of pink during that time period and because I haven’t done a pink room yet. Handling the walls has become a bit of a project in itself, as I fell it necessary for these walls to be more elaborate that the flat back drops I have used prior. I shall begin working in the soft furnishings soon.

That’s all for now. Ciao, bellas.

Christmas is in the Air

I love Christmas, which, as I am an atheist, is weird. For me, the best part of Christmas is that I can be as generous as I wish and no one can get mad at me. This, however, does take up quite a bit of time. I have been working on some mini projects.

A few weeks ago I started this kit:

I haven’t used a kit in a while, but since I moved a few months ago, a lot of my craft supplies are in storage. This kit is fun, though. The instructions are really easy to follow. I enjoy the tiny bakery:

Which lights up:

More on that project as I work on it.

I have also been filling the shelf between my living room and my dining room with a paper Christmas village. Here is the basic look of the village:

The houses now all have smoke coming from the chimneys and tiny christmas trees inside.

It has been a while:

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. I recently bought a home and have been really busy working on that. Also, I lost my darling cat Johnny and have been bonding with my new cat, Poppy. Poppy is a love, and he came to me about a month before Johnny left. I would have been lost without him. He is a great comfort to me. I promise I will get back to miniature making soon, in the meantime, here’s a photo of the rococo room I was working on before my life went crazy. I have a floor at least.

Hang in there!

Catch up post.

Hi! It’s been a while since I posted. The library is complete.

I also took two weeks to create an Easter scene for my sister. She loves Easter and we weren’t able to celebrate last year due to the Pandemic.

My next project, which I just started today, is a Rococo Room that will be built in an old dresser case I purchased on eBay. Here’s the box:

And here it is when it’s open:

Sadly, the old silk lining is too damaged to save. It literally shreds when you touch it, so I am either going to have to remove it or cover it.

The color scheme for this room is going to be pastel pink and white, which was very popular at the time. Also, since the walls are only about two inches high, the scale is, by necessity, 1:24 scale, which means that 1 inch is equal to 2 feet. 1:48 scale would have been a possibility as well, but 1:24 scale is my favorite.

I was able to purchase some lovely furniture kits from Melissa’s Mini Wereld Etsy shop. She included a lovely thank you card:

She ships from Europe, but my order arrived very quickly. Here are the kits I bought:

I’ve also been making some architectural details using Crayola Model magic and some wedding cake decorating molds I purchased from Amazon.

The molds are very easy to use. Simply squish the model magic in and then gently peel it out again, and you have some lovely details. Model Magic air dries overnight, so I can just leave them until I’m ready.

Any one who knows Rococo design, knows that it is very ornate. The wealthy in this period liked gilt and marble and frescoed walls with plaster accents and textures. Versailles is a perfect example.

So this is all I have for now.

The study is nearing completion

I imagine that the study will be finished within a few days, I thought I would give an update on what’s been happening.

When I work on minis, I like to imagine the people who occupy the scenes I am creating. This one is fun because I have been imagining a couple, one person who enjoys lovely decorating and a second who enjoys researching bloody murders. I keep hearing the first person in my head, complaining to a friend about how the other person has destroyed the formal study it took so long to decorate. Thus, the room is basically divided into two halves.

The still undisturbed side has the fireplace and the other side has the desk. So here are some pictures of the fireplace side:

Though, considering the reading matter, it’s not totally undisturbed.

The fireplace looks good, but I need something to cover the hook holding up the bell pull. I’m not sure how person one feels about the hookah. I, however, enjoy how it looks.

I thought about adding more artwork to this wall but I enjoy how stark the one drawing is, so I’ve left it alone.

Now, on the other side:

Person one has tried to make the place less gruesome with some flowers and a bust of the glorious queen (Victoria, of course).

Of course, the wall of suspects commands attention:

Those are actually photos or drawings of the actual suspects in the ripper murders. There were more than are shown here, but I didn’t have more space. Most of those images were from newspapers published at the time. You can see Prince Albert Victor there on the bottom row, as well as Aaron Kosminski and John Pfizer in the middle row. They were both prime suspects at the time.

Also, my ripperologist has this map Whitechapel from the 1800s, as well as pictures of the victims and crime scenes. The desk has copies of various notes the ripper sent to the police and newspapers, and some newspaper clippings.

So, nearly finished. Final pictures to come soon!

Back to the study

His Lordship’s study is coming along. Here’s what it looks like now:

I like the way the mantle came out, though I still need a portrait to go above it. The mantle scarf is made from some lace my lovely friend and co-worker, Bambi. She’s a crafter herself, though not a miniaturist.

Choosing wall art has been very difficult. I want dark images, but not necessarily weird or creepy ones. And there is a LOT of wall space to cover.

When I was well into this project, I decided it needed more rugs, so it stitched this one:

It looks pretty good in front of the bookcase.

Of course, now I feel like I need another rug for near the desk, I tried this one, but it really doesn’t work:

I’m not really feeling like stitching another rug, but I might have to. Also, I want to build a stand with records for the phonograph.

I’m not sure why I keep writing this blog, as I have zero followers, but maybe there are some people who like to read it.

Enjoy your weekend!

And the Bathroom is Done!

I finished up the finishing touches on the bathroom today. The high light, in my opinion is the tiny clothes I made to go on the chair. Here they are, tiny robe, undergarments and slippers.

Unfortunately, the bathrobe didn’t look quite right in the room so I decided to leave it out. Here are the other items on the chair.

The chemise and knickers are made from this handkerchief.

Vintage handkerchief’s make great material for miniatures because the cloth is so thin and fine. I used to feel bad about cutting up vintage items, but then I realized that I could purchase them for less than a dollar a piece. Any valuable handkerchiefs would be more expensive. I used the same handkerchief to make a basket of towels that I put on the bottom shelf of the washstand.

Last, but not least, i added some details to the hip bath, including a wash cloth, rose shaped soap and a mug for tea.

Stepping away from the library.

The ripperologist’s library was rapidly becoming a CASITAS (crafter speak for CAn’t Stand IT Another Second), so I put it aside for a little while to work on a tiny bathroom. I’ve had such fun doing it that I am almost finished and haven’t written a post about it yet.

I started with a small display stand by Reuter Porzellan that I purchased from Minimum World. I thought the blue stripes it had on the back drop would be good for a bathroom.

However, to my dismay, when it arrived it was only striped on one side and there was no way to cover the writing on the striped side. I decided to use some of my fancy paper to cover the display. I chose a soft blue damask paper I bought at Joann’s.

It came from this pad:

For this project, which is in 1:12 scale, I was able to purchase several unfinished wood pieces. The window frame cam from Hobby Lobby (not my first choice for shopping, but Michael’s and Joann’s have basically stopped selling miniatures and uncommon charms), the washstand came from Minimum World, and the chair came from Dollar Tree.

I decoupaged the washstand and chair with Victorian illustrations I found online.

Then came the fun part: adding the details. The photos for the left side of the window are printed on card stock and placed in frame charms by Tim Holtz designs. The tassel is yet another charm and the cameos on the wall are more. The mirror was meant to be a pendant.

I made the curtains from an organza bag (8 for $1 at Dollar Tree). I pulled out the ribbon draw strings and cut the bag in half. The curtain rod, made from a painted bamboo skewer, fit into the gusset for the ribbon ties. I then used one ribbon tie to make the curtain tie backs, and I used the other to hang the silhouettes on the left of the window. Outside the window is a view of London.

I purchased the little hanging plant at The Yarmouth Antiques Center. It looks just perfect there.

The wash stand holds a toiletries tray, made from a flower shaped cabochon frame. The bottles are made from assorted beads with actual miniaturized vintage labels. The hand mirror is another charm, and there is a wash stand and basin from Minimum World.

I also added a floor vase, with tiny pink flowers. The flowers were meant to go in resin jewelry, but the are the perfect size for a miniature.

So here’s how it looks so far:

This a tentative placement for the furnishings. I still need to finish the bathrobe and lingerie set I am working on, and I need a basket with towels and other sundries. Plus I might make some kind of toiletry basket with soap and a washcloth to put with the hip bath.