Forget the books.

I decided the book boxes were too confining and too flimsy for use as a container for the ripper-ologist’s library. I still plan to use the same wallpaper and trim, but the boxes themselves had to go. This is why I’m not a fan of working in 1:12 scale. The pieces become too big, and I know how ironic that sounds considering this is a “miniature”

There are worlds within books.

Hi! It’s been a while, I know, but work on the Ripperologist’s library continues. It has been relocated from the temporary staging area into it’s final home, which is a large book shaped box. Actually two book shaped boxes. I bought these papier-mâché ones from Joann’s and took the cover off one and the back off the other and glued them together. I then covered them with extremely expensive paper I bought at the Paper Source. (Side note: why does the “Paper Store” call itself that when it doesn’t actually sell paper?). Anyway, here are the boxes:

They look pretty good, but I forgot to take a photo.

Next, the interior walls. The floor is “parquet” I got from Pinterest. I covered them with open stock paper in a pale yellow, with slightly darker patterning. The paper is 12”x12”, which is slightly shorter than the interior of the box.

Since the wall paper was a little short, I needed to add a border. I found a great on for free on Jennifer’s Printables. Technically the border is Regency Period, but it is no great leap to assume it would be in place for years.

That left the room looking a little plain for a Victorian study so I decided I needed wall paneling, which I also found on Pinterest:

They look pretty real and look good with the floor.

That’s all for now. Next up is the ceiling and a chandelier.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

I have most of the main pieces created for the library, so I needed a theme for the embellishments. Originally, I intended to make the occupant an explorer, traveling the world, shooting big game, but that felt kind of obvious and overdone, so I needed another idea. I wanted something dark and different, something to compliment the other pieces I have done. When I looked into the period I realized that there were four defining events of the period:

1) The sinking of the Titanic.

2) The Chicago World’s fair.

3) H.H. Holmes

4) Jack the Ripper.

Honestly, I really wanted to do the Titanic, but the only way I could really bring it into the room would be to have a newspaper lying on the desk. I felt similarly about the Chicago World’s Fair. Maybe my occupant would be an architect and have some plans for the fair, but not many people have an interest in if and the nuances might escape many. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer operating in Chicago in the 1890s was a real temptation. I thought, at first that this would be perfect. I could set up a desk with designs for the murder castle and his weird “kiln”. However, that case was solved and wasn’t really recognized in the media until it was solved, so it seemed less likely that someone who was not a detective would have been thinking much about the case.

That left Jack the Ripper. So I have begun turning my library into the library of a Ripperologist. First thing I needed was newspapers and evidence, and there is a wealth of examples online.

The newspapers were the most time consuming as I wanted them to be double sided.

I started by googling Jack the Ripper newspapers 1888 images and found plenty of scanned online archives. I did image grabs of the ones I wanted and put them in a Pages document (I’m an Apple user). I then found an image of an internal newspaper page and added that to my Pages document. I then resized and lined up a cover page and 3 internal pages.

The images on the right are other Ripper evidence. I hate to waste paper

That was easy enough. I then added another page to my document and lined up end pages and in reverse order on the opposite side of the page. All images are 0.5” from the side and 1 inches from the top of the page.

I then printed page 1, flipped the paper over and printed page 2. The second page lined up precisely with the first and I ended up with perfectly lined up double sided newspapers. The last step was to cut them out and fold them. They look great, I think.

Tiny Tiger Skin Rug.

I have finally completed the stitching on the tiger skin rug. I want to stress that I did not design this pattern. It is from this book by Venus Dodge:

I did modify it in a few ways. Against the instructions in the book, I used full cross stitches instead of half cross stitches and did the stitching with two strands of floss instead of three. I also wanted mine to be slightly smaller than the one in the book so I used 28 count evenweave instead of the suggested 23 count coin net. Last but not least, I used slightly different colors because they were what I had on hand. I started stitching him during the worst of the quarantine so I had to work with what Inhad in the house. Despite these little adjustments, I think the end product is pretty good. Here is the completed stitching:

Obviously, I can’t put him in the miniature library as is, he needs finishing. First I had to cut away the extra fabric:

Next, we need to fold in and glue the edging of fabric. This has two purposes. Firstly, it keep the fabric from unraveling, and secondly, it makes a nice neat edge to the stitching. So we flip him over and start gluing.

Here, his sides have been glued
More edges glued in place.
And here we are, all ready for the library.

So that’s the latest for the library.

Ciao!

It’s been a while.

Between work, working out, and family issues I haven’t had time for posting here. I really haven’t been working on miniatures much. I finished Pumpkin House. It is currently on the shelf at my desk at work. Here are some photos:

I have been working on His Lordship’s Library. The bookshelf is nearly finished:

I plan to put decorative plates in the open spaces and perhaps add candlesticks on either side of the photo.

Also, the tiger skin rug nears completion. This one is hard to document because the progress is extremely slow. Anyone who does needlework will understand. There is still several days work to do, not including the finishing.

I’m still waiting for a shipment from the UK which contains the container for this particular scene. I hope it comes soon, because I can’t go much further without it. I need to know what kind of space I have before I can decide what goes in it.

That’s about it for now, except I decided to abandon using song lyrics for post titles. It started off fun, but now it seems tedious, so I’m stopping. Good night.

And I wonder wonder wonder wonder who made the book of…tiny.

Pumpkin House is finished but for one piece and as soon as I figure out what is missing and how to make it, I will do so and post the photos. In the meantime, I have begun work on what I am currently calling “His Lordship’s Study” which will be a companion piece to “My Lady’s Laboratory” and shall be a Victorian explorer’s study, complete with a tiger skin rug, which I have been working on sporadically since over the last several months.

Today I started on the bookcase which I purchased on a whim from Wish.com. I’ve heard many people complain that they didn’t get what they thought they were getting from Wish, but I’ve learned to carefully read the descriptions of the items before I buy. Largely due to this, I have never been disappointed. Anyway, back to the bookcase. Here it is:

Of course, the first thing a book case needs is books. For this I went to my trusty Pinterest board and found some free printables. I found a great selection of antique book covers on Maria’s Minis. Here are the jackets, all cut out:

Since these books are going to be shelved, they don’t need actual pages, so I used my Cricut to cut rectangles out of chipboard. It took an hour and a half for it to cut out sixty little 1.2 by 1.7 cm rectangles:

When glued to the jackets, I got this lovely little pile today of books for my Victorian study:

Of course, I shall have to make many more to fill the shelves. I also spent a little time going through my stores to see what else might be appropriate for this scene and came up with several possibilities. What do you think:

You gotta work yo jelly…

So, we are coming down to the wire on Pumpkin House. This piece came together pretty quickly, but I credit that largely to being able to leave the house during this build.

I wound up putting the doors back on the cabinet and I’m determining the final placement of the furniture and accessories inside.

Here’s my current planned layout:

The top of the fireplace and of course the table are not finished yet. I have been working on the table. Some pear jelly is currently being prepared on it:

The goo in the cauldron is made from Mod Podge and pearlescent yellow food coloring. You can see the cutting board and tiny knife, too. The knife is made from the tip of a toothpick and part of a brass fastener (the kind that one uses to bind documents without a three ring binder). Here’s the whole table with cutting board and crock of sugar:

It’s witchcraft….

This weekend I went to Earth and Tree miniatures in New Hampshire. If you live anywhere nearby, you should check this place out. There was an extensive sale table and every style of house from mansions to sheds to adobe houses to basic room boxes. I wandered the place for well over an hour and had to restrain myself from overspending. Here are some photos of a few displays:

You can shop out of the houses as well as from the walls.

When I got home I got to work on another piece for Pumpkin House. I needed a cabinet or shelf of some kind. I decided to use this little cupboard I bought at Michael’s.

Unfortunately, the doors didn’t open, so I had to get out my utility knife and cut the cabinet to pieces. When I finished dismantling, I wound up with this:

My tiny saw turned the one solid door into two separate doors.

I painted the cabinet in a few shades of brown and then set about filling the shelves.

Some of the bottles I made were too tall for the interior shelves, so I placed them on the top of the cabinet along with a raven shaped bead I bought from Alphastamps.

So, more potion jars and assorted other objects were needed for the shelves. Cups and books seemed to fit alongside the bottles and jars. Of course, one also needs a place to store linens, so those are in the bottom.

I haven’t decided whether I wanted to put the doors back on. If I do, one will be ajar at least.

Let’s order witches and bottles….

I spent my considerably shortened work week feeling like I got nothing done so tonight I have been making small items for Pumpkin House. I don’t know if they will all make it in, but they’ve been fun to make. Here are some potion and herb bottles:

I’ve also planned to put in some beams, from which I plan to hang some items. Here are the beams:

So far, I have only made a few items for the beams but here they are:

A string of dried apples.
A tiny beehive.
And a tiny birdhouse made from an actual acorn.

I want a string of garlic. I think I will ask my friend Ashley to make me one.

Good night!

Yeah pump a pumpkin in my head…

Getting some work done on pumpkin house today. The main focus has been the fireplace. I used a blank fireplace I bought at Michael’s and some pebbles I found at Dollar Tree.

I’ve also been working on an herb drying rack. It’s made from balsa wood and toothpicks. The herbs are dried, fake, and paper flowers

Now that some pieces are done, I can start planning how the interior might like. I’ve included some pieces that I purchased:

I’m not al all sure how things will look in the end, but I’m enjoying the suspense.