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  1. I have decided to make a village for my growing collection of micro houses (1:144 scale). Just a simple little layout with a few houses and streets. Did I say "simple" ?? We all know that houses talk to us - but this layout is getting downright bossy! Fortunately it has to go in a case that is only 6" deep, so that got the Garfield all in a snit - she wanted to be on a bluff, looking down on all the peons on the farm! She'll have to settle for a small hill on the edge of town! And the church, the saintly one of the bunch, insists on having a cemetery behind/beside it! And the fishing lodge? It can't just be beside some water - has to have a lake coming right up close, with a dock extending into the water. Geez Louise! I thought I was supposed to be the builder! So I'm thinking with streets one should have street lights, right? I go through the websites for train layouts, Googled the whole vast Internet - and found working street lights in various styles - and - are you ready for this? - LIGHTED CARS! All in the right scale! Unfortunately, the Town Mayor was looking over my shoulder and just has to have them! What fun to have a night scene with street lights on and cars on the streets with their headlights and taillights! My question now is for someone like Havana Holly, someone who has worked with train layouts - all these lights and cars come with the attached wiring, but that's all. How do they hook up to power? I'm afraid they are designed to connect to the control panel that big train layouts have. This whole layout is inside an acrylic case and will be moveable, so I can't have a stationary control panel. Any ideas? Advice?
  2. CheckMouse

    56 Left Side

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    The table (with the extension under the window) I made from a HOM kit. The dry-sink is a Chrysnbon kit, and the ice-box I made myself from a pattern I found in a book (30 years ago).

    © Checkmouse

  3. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    The barrel is actually a puzzle that had belonged to my grandfather, who was the only one who could put it back together. It has remained that way since he died in 1952. I had it in my first bookcase dollhouse, and always wanted to add apples to the top, making it look like a barrel full of apples. Finally did it! The apples are glued to piece of clear acrylic, not to the actual puzzle. The picture on the wall is of my great-great-grandmother, who lived in the era of this house.

    © checkmouse

  4. CheckMouse

    57 Closer View

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Note the mixing bowl of bread rising on the stove ledge.

    © checkmouse

  5. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Strapped into the back seat of the car - heading off the WA State Fair. I don't expect to win any prizes on this because it is out of scale, but I wanted to take it anyway.

    © checkmouse

  6. CheckMouse

    58 Dinner time

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Sugar, salt and pepper stay on the table - candles are ready to be lit for the evening meal. The child's dress on the ironing board is one I got from a sale at NAME.

    © checkmouse

  7. CheckMouse

    50 Attic Lit

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    In the bare, unremodeled attic, I have one little micro house - plain, and painted with glitter paint, and one little angel figurine. I have replaced the original back wall of the attic, but not with the 99 (or so) nails that were used the first time. I have 3 elbow hooks which can be easily twisted to remove the wall. Inside I place a motion-sensor battery operated light, so when someone gets close to peer into the attic, the light comes on and illuminates the figures. This is just my tribute to the little girl for whom this house was built, 100 years ago.

    © checkmouse

  8. CheckMouse

    48 Front View

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    View of the whole house.

    © Checkmouse

  9. CheckMouse

    51 Outside

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Planned to make an apple tree for the yard, but ran out of time, so these smaller trees will have to do.

    © checkmouse

  10. CheckMouse

    47 Mama's Room

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    In this room I recycled the original blue curtains and put them back in. The bed is an 1880's Gottschalks bed, which I repainted and redressed.

    © checkmouse

  11. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Another printie apple crate, abandoned in the yard and collecting leaves and junk.

    © checkmouse

  12. CheckMouse

    52 Yard

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Better view of the mischievous pup.

    © checkmouse

  13. CheckMouse

    49 Attic dark

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Used wooden letters I found at Hobby Lobby, and the two little red apples are charms.

    © checkmouse

  14. CheckMouse

    46 Toybox

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    One of the printies I made as an apple crate, with the same company logo as the bigger house, doubles as Emily's toybox. Her teddy bear and a book are in it.

    © checkmouse

  15. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Skating on the Pond." My daughter and I have been ice skating together since she could walk. And doing minis! So when we were sure we'd have all the gift-scenes done in time for Christmas, we made just one more scene, a gift from us to us.
  16. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Pool Hall." For my nephew, a competition-winning junior player who can run the table on me any day.
  17. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Bowling Night." For my dad. His Monday night team just won the league championship for this past year, but I didn't know that at the time or I'd have him wearing his new lapel pin in this scene! In case you're wondering, we chose to leave the tiny, less-than-half-inch-tall figures (at this scale a half an inch is a six-foot—approximately two meters—tall person!) without faces or hairdos, feeling that at this size it would look either garish or invisible. At least with my micro skills. I can't possibly list all the design elements without boring you, but almost every single thing you see is hand crafted. I'm most proud of the things that were most insanely difficult, of course—the drums, constructed as close to how real ones are made as possible, with tiny drumsticks that are actually lacquered sewing thread because nothing else looked realistic in this scale; the pool table, topped off by a long "stained glass" hanging lamp with itty-bitty fluorescent bulbs; the quilting rack, which swivels just as a real one would to allow the seated quilter to get close to the section she is working on; the bowling alley's screen which through some clever design tricks almost looks as if it's lit up to show the bowlers' scores; the sweet acoustic guitar my niece is playing, which is finished quite beautifully on both sides and with care, can really slide in and out of her arms; and of course, all the little carved-wood figures, deeply involved in their activities, which required my magnifying reading glasses AND a 7x magnifying glass to see what I was doing as I carved all their minuscule arms and legs. Much harder than expected. Little did we know how tricky my daughter's sketches would be to bring to life. Very rewarding, especially when we gave them away.
  18. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Quilting Day." For my mom, whose creativity and patience with hundreds or thousands of small pieces of fabric boggles my mind. I was in charge of hand-carving and painting the figures (of wood), building all the furniture, "lighting," and other scene elements, and generally doing a lot of invention to figure out how to get the ideas in our heads into three tiny dimensions.
  19. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Drum Solo." For my brother-in-law, a drummer whose band is much in demand on the local scene. For those of you who work solely in 1:12—If you know how big a walnut shell is, then that will tell you everything you need to know. Each scene is built inside one-half of a real walnut shell. If the size of a walnut shell isn't familiar to you, you'll see my fingers in some of the pix and that says it all! After we'd decided on these time-intensive little gifts for our family and agreed on the themes, my daughter sketched out the elements that we would fit into each scene. She also took charge of the landscaping in the outdoor scenes and the wall art—windows, "neon" signs, posters, and the like—in the indoor scenes.
  20. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Bedroom Guitar Practice." For my niece.
  21. From the album: Micro-Mini Scenes

    "Putting Green." For my sister, an avid golfer. With a touch of help from my daughter, now a busy high schooler, last November and December we made micromini scenes for the closest relatives whom we spend the holidays with, representing each of their hobbies and interests. As you all undoubtedly know, microminis are 144th scale, a dolls' house's dollhouse size. Itty-bitty.
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