Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Friday

I have not been posting enough blog posts lately and although I don't have a lot to say, I thought I'd give a quick update. I have spent a lot of my weekend (and weekday) hours working on my new work room which will house my brand new laser cutter. This has been a big step for me, one which still isn't sitting well, but I had reached that point where $$$ needed to be spent one way or another. So I will post a photo of my little work space when it is a little more finished - just some painting left to do and some trimming out to neaten things up. I am very excited about this new little space. It will make things much easier for my little business.

And I also opened a website, with an online store, hints and tips, gallery, etc. I am having a sale this weekend. Orders over $60aud will get 10% off. Just enter the code GRANDOPEN10. The sale starts at 8am AEST Saturday 28 July and ends at 12 midnight AEST 29 July.

Here is my new website address: https://www.redcottageminiatures.com

So onto more fun stuff. I will post some pics of some stuff I have been working on this year.

A little 3d printed Shapeways bike out the front of my Carmel cottage. So cute, but it is the cheaper plastic so is quite lumpy.


The bedroom of the Carmel:



Some views of the living room:


Needs some cushions I think....

The entry:

And kitchen:


I am really happy with how this cottage has turned out. It still needs accessories, but they will come in good time.

I have also done some work on my chateau, including the salon floors:


I laser cut parquet floor parts and now and sticking them together. I have made not quite 20 of the squares, with quite a few to go, and I have not been doing too many lately, but some progress is better than none.

And another new little kit. It is an odd scale, so I may size it up to 1:24 scale and sell it in my store, but for now I am working on getting the roof parts right. When that is done, I will be able to reveal more.



Ok, enjoy your weekend everyone. I will be painting and fixing up a few little things in my workshop! And hoping for some sunshine.

22 comments:

  1. The cottage is genuinely swoon worthy, inside and out! Charm and detail everywhere you look, and it's not even fully accessorized yet! I am in LOVE! The bike is ~G~R~E~A~T! The cabinets above the sink unit surrounding the windows? <3 <3 <3 Those doors! The bed! The parquet floors! You may not be posting, but you are surely busy creating greatness!
    Congrats on the new website! I had a look around, and really like what I see! I love all your structure and furniture designs so much, that I see a 1:24th scale project filled with all your creations in my future!
    Good luck with the finishing touches on the workroom. Can't wait to see what's next!!!

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    1. Hi Jodi. Thanks for your lovely comments. I spent some time a month or two ago making some accessories and even just a few things adds a lot of character. Will try to post a bit more frequently with what I have been up to. Take care. Xx

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  2. Hello- You have done great work on your models- I particularly like the 'Foyer' with the Stairs. I'm just starting out with a 1:16th Project- it is all a bit unusual though I'm enjoying it greatly and have learnt a lot since starting the planning some weeks ago. Have saved your Site to my Favorites. Regards. KEV. (Sydney-Australia).

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    1. Hi Kev, thank you for your lovely comment. Your project looks very interesting and promising. It is a fun hobby and means you can dabble in a lot of different aspects of making/crafting. And we are always learning! I want to learn more about aging stuff. But all in good time!

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  3. Congrats on your new workspace and website! I know you're going to do great. I love that bicycle on the path... Just lovely. Can't wait to see your workroom. (I have workspace envy)

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    1. Hi Sheila. My workspace is girly, and quite small, so don’t be too envious, but it is mine and will be a comfortable space to work in. I am looking forward to aving it done! Enjoy your weekend. Xx

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  4. The cottage is lovely and charming. I was in Monterrey last year and if I had known about the cottages, I would have gone to see them. You have done an excellent job of recreating them. It makes me want to give 1/24 scale a try! Congratulations on your new laser cutter and the website looks great as well.

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    1. Hi Carrie. We only got about an hour to find and then see the cottages, and it was worth a visit, however they were snuggled into trees and gardens so nearly impossible to photograph from the street. Would love to go back and have a proper look, especially if they had open days. And thanks for the compliments re the website. It’s been a bit of an exercise in frustration management! Haha! Enjoy your weekend.

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  5. Hi Shannon- I've had a good look at your Website- you have made a fine assortment of 1:24th Scale Kits- great Design work you have achieved- I particularly like your Chairs and the Old Style Stove. Good fortune with your Business adventure. Regards. KEV.

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    1. Hi Kev. Thank you - I am probably most proud of my chairs; they took a lot of work to get right initially. I add stuff periodically, have lots of ideas! I look forward to seeing how you go with your build!

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  6. H Shannon! Congratulations on your new web-site! I will go have a look! The Carmel Cottage is adorable! The bicycle is so perfect for the setting! I Love the parquet floor you are making and would love to see more of the Chateau! You have been busy!!! :)

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    1. Hi Betsy. Thanks for the compliments. I love the bicycle took. I need to get to work on the parquet because it has been a real sticking point for me. Have a great week. Xx

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  7. I love what you have done with your cottage so far. Every room is very charming and cosy! Good luck with your shop, I hope you sell a lot :)

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    1. Hi Alex. Thank you! The sale was a success and now I have lots of orders to pack. I will have a busy day! Xx

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  8. Well done with the new website. It looks clean and professional, your photography is good and you have a lovely variety of products. May it help your business to grow in leaps and bounds!

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    1. Thanks Megan! I think it probably still needs a little tweaking but pretty happy with it so far. Thanks for the feedback and yes I too hope it helps moving forward! X

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  9. Hi Shannon!
    I know that I am Terribly late to the party but may I say that catching up was An Enormous Pleasure!!!
    Your Carmel Cottage is Absolutely ENCHANTING both inside and out!
    I love the way you have assembled the house kit and the furniture kits offered on your website in such creative ways- BRILLIANT!
    The sunny yellow bedroom is perhaps my favorite room, but I also love your cosy, rosy parlour too!
    The entire property is evocotive of an English Countryside although I realize that it is inspired by a California Cottage. Nevertheless it looks English to me as well as irresistibly cute!
    Congratulations on it and on your new WEBSITE where I see that some items are already "Sold Out" so appears as if you are already off to a GREAT START! ❤️

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  10. Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for the positive feedback. And yes my cottage is quite English, but then the Comstock cottages were based on English cottages anyway. Swings and roundabouts huh?? I have a massive obsession with 1930s architecture and decor at the moment. Hope you have a great week. Xx

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  11. Hi Elizabeth! What a great work you have done!!!!
    Greetings from Finland!
    Kristiina

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