Mikros Kosmos #13: One room done...

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-24-2010 04:40 PM 1175 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pretty small update today. I worked on this for quite a while last night, actually, but progress was slow. It was a lot of measuring and re-measuring.

I mentioned the other day that I cut up a bunch of cherry and mahogany. I still forgot to take a photo of the lot. Ooops. The cherry was salvaged, from a shipping pallet. I have used some pieces of it for my “tiny art” series wall hangings. I had a plank of it with me, that was ready to go for more engraving (It even had one side covered in silver spray paint, ready to go) but I decided it would serve a better purpose here.

So this is what I did yesterday. No “in progress” shots as the progress was pretty boring.

I papered the ceiling in this room. I am going to do something kind of spectacular for the main floor ceiling, but I decided it would not work for the smaller rooms on the second storey. and of course, the third storey does not have a traditional ceiling. If it were a real house it would have a flat part, but on this scale it would end up feeling cramped. I’ve been thinking about it…

Anyway. I papered the ceiling with a pattern that I felt was appropriate. I then put two of those cherry planks in the ceiling. They are not intended to look load-bearing, it’s definitely just a decorative thing. I may, however, put the continuing planks in the other rooms, when I get there. I finished the cherry with orange oil + caranuba wax.

A close up of the ceiling. Glue is still very wet here – everything will flatten out as it dries.

I then finished out the trim in there, and finished out the trim in the little stair-room. Which was a pain. I can almost fit my hand in there to glue the trim, but I can’t see it. I had to put it in place, walk around the house and look in from the window to see how it looked.

Like that :)

I’ve had a few people comment about the colour scheme I chose… :D I did it very much on purpose. I have seen dollhouses that are hyper-realistic in their decor and they almost always end up looking a little boring. In person being in a room with solid walls and a couple of pieces of art here and there may be “enough”, in a tiny house it just looks like you’ve left it unfinished. The best little houses I’ve ever seen go a bit over the top, are just a wee bit excessive in their ornateness. It would definitely be a little too much to live in, but for a diorama of sorts, it’s exactly what I want. Just wait until you all see what I put IN the house…. :D

If you have not figured it out yet, I have a love affair with mixing patterns and I am not done yet! hee.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 04:52 PM


This is beginning to remind me of my aunt and uncle’s farm house. So many rooms and each one a bit different from the rest; having to go thru one room to get to the next and multiple staircases made for many a summertime adventure.

Thanks for bring back so many happy memories.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 05:03 PM

i think you are doing just fine .

these things take time ,
you have to make an appointment with the builder ,
have lunch at her convenience .
decide to talk with the client ,
when she gets back from the polo game or hawaii .
then lunch with them .
wait while she thinks about it .
the designer in the meantime has another idea .
so you go and make sure the subs are doing their jobs right .

everyone decides to think about it some more ,
you need another draw , for materials and the subs ,
not yet the owner says , read the contract .
you read the small print (and in 1/12 scale that is some small print , LOL) .

by the time the client , designer , builder and everybody is happy ,

you get another call ,

” i would like you to make me one like one i saw once ,
i don’t have a picture of it , but it’s something like this ,
can you make it with these changes ” ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 05:46 PM

Lis, colurful does seem better on this scale. Each room has its own individual character, this way. The windows and doors tie the whole thing together, as a house. The overall effect is bright and cheerful.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 07:10 PM

Lis, I was just saying the colors do not go in my house but looks beautiful and appropriate in the Doll House. It is starting to look GRAND. I like following your projects.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 11:38 PM

I like the beams, it deffently ad something to the room

thank´s for sharring even the smallest amount of progress Lis :-)


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#6 posted 07-24-2010 11:44 PM

Erwin – it was not just you! :) I’ve had a lot of people wonder. haha.

Lew – yay! It was my goal to make it feel reminiscent of a real farmhouse, however fantastic it may also be. :)

David – haha, well I’m not headed to Hawaii anytime soon but I am jetting off to California in a few days. :P

Dennis – thank you! I was a little worried the beams would be considered out of place. I love them.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 11:50 PM

You are now arriving to the most detailed part. Ratio and proportioning. Are you planning to make those small items like bed, night table or entertainment center.. That would be difficult… I am not planning, I just having an imagination of how good the house will be furnished. Keep up the good work Lis.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-25-2010 02:25 PM

Every step of this gets better and better. It is like watching a story unfold! I always look forward to seeing the next chapter. How wonderful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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