Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I'm Still Here!

Hello my wonderful blog friends!

I must apologize.  I am so, so, so sorry that I haven't posted since April.  It's just been a long and difficult summer, to say the least.  Yikes!  However, I have done a little work on some miniatures and will soon get back to posting more regularly.  A warm thank you to all of you and a friendly welcome to the new followers!  You guys are amazing!  Thank you for all your kind and helpful comments!

Here's something I have been up to this July. I taught a basic miniature room box class to some beginning grade school students.  In need of a model for the class, I had to quickly whip up a room box of my own.  I was able to finish the necessary elements before the class started--walls, floors, ceilings, etc.  But after the class was done I just couldn't stop adding more details.  It's almost done.  I will post pictures of the completed project soon.  In the meantime, here are some pictures of the "Blue Room" in progress.

The Blue Room. It's getting there...
Another look at the Blue Room.
I decided to make a fireplace and a miniature painting from scratch.  The painting is of Henry Scott, the 3rd duke of Buccleuch.  I saw the RL painting when I lived in Scotland.  I love that Henry is holding his dog. There is such a gentle expression on Henry's face.
Zoinks!  Here I am trying my luck at making widows from scratch.

The following are some pictures of my student's work.  They had so much fun!  It's great to see young kids get excited about miniatures!  I think I may have found some future miniature enthusiasts.

And yes, I am working on Barton Cottage too.  I'll be honest, work is going very slow--but this fall I am determined to get things going full tilt.  Christmas is going to be a big goal for me.  I want to decorate the cottage, and having the cottage done by the holidays would be wonderful. Fingers crossed.

The east side of Barton Cottage.  All of the outer walls and floors have been cut out from MDF board.

Well, I will be in touch soon.  Please keep your comments and suggestions coming.  I wish you all great joy and success.  I look forward to seeing your projects develop and grow too!

All best,


  1. Hello Brad! I must say that some of your student's work it very good and there is some budding miniaturists judging by the projects that you are showing, I bet that they had a lot of fun! I love the look of your blue room and the windows are wonderful! Barton Cottage ( love the name!) is going to have a unique silhouette and I am greatly anticipating watching the development. Thanks for posting and I am glad that your back!


  2. Hello Brad,
    It's wonderful to hear from you. The blue roombox is great!I love the fireplace and the window came out fantastic! What a terrific project to get young people interested in miniatures. The students did a fantastic job on their boxes! The composition and elements they thought of is very good indeed! I cannot wait till the fall so we can see the cottage take's like waiting for a new mini-series to start on pun intended!
    Big hug, I am glad you are back,

  3. Welcome back to Blogland Brad!

    What fun it must have been to teach a class to a bunch of children and get them excited about miniatures. I bet they loved every minute of it. You may have created a life long interest for one of them!

    The blue room is going to be lovely. Well done to have made your own window! It looks great. I will be back to see your progress on the cottage too. Catherine XXX

  4. Hi Brad, I love the way your blue room is turning out. And so nice to see the work of your students, how inventive they are and so unique in their own style. Hugs, Liduina.

  5. Hi Brad,

    I just love the blue with the dark floors, it looks wonderful.

    It is so much fun to work with children and have them interested in miniatures, I think it stays with them for life!

    Fi x

  6. Bonitos trabajos, seguiré los avances. Un saludo, Eva