Getting back into the swing of things


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*Looks around* Hello! How were things for you in 2018? How’s 2019 going so far?

I’m very sorry for dropping off the online map for so long. I needed to recalibrate and refocus after some changes that happened at the end of 2018. It actually started at the end of 2017 when I learned my job (and my husband’s since we worked under the same grant) would be coming to an end, which pretty well coincides with the timing of the previous post made here.

In a nutshell, I absolutely loved my job these past five years, and it was a big part of my identity. I helped with the administration of a huge food safety collaborative studying a very cool and prolific virus. I sometimes felt like I was “in the room where it happens” to borrow from Hamilton, seeing decisions and collaborations come into being out of the ether. I got to know a couple hundred neat individuals from all backgrounds, and we felt part of something truly good and unique. And so after this massive project ended this past September, even as we’d always known it eventually would, it hit quietly but deeply (except for the next-to-last day when I ugly-cried into my coworker’s kind and absorbent shoulder).

After my job ended, if you asked me on any particular day how I was feeling, I’d reply with honesty that I was pretty chipper. I was staying busy (I took on greater leadership roles in my miniatures and public speaking clubs), spending quality time with my family, and mentally trying to stay ready for whatever changes came next. But looking more broadly, many things got reprioritized, including some things I enjoy, like this blog.

I still did crafty things, but got antsy if I spent much time on them, because it was time not seeking new employment. Completing miniature scenes as “speed runs” became shiny prospects (more on those in later posts). I’d get partway through a project and then another idea would pop in my head and command my attention. When I mentioned it to my minis colleagues, one of them sagely said (almost offhandedly but assuredly) that it was because I was unsettled. And she was right.

I started a new position this February that uses many of my skills and experiences, but in a very new setting. Now that I’m increasingly feeling like I made the right choice (there were 2.5 different career paths on the table at the same time), I started thinking about this blog with more than just dismay at its quiescence and think to myself “I should really post something soon.”

And so what I thought I’d do for a restart is show what’s happened since January 1, 2018 in photos. I went through my phone and pulled a few highlights. Some will be spoilers for future posts!


I finished a second donated dollhouse with a family of bunny Calico Critters to inhabit it.


A cool arts graduate student in California asked me to make a tavern scene for an interactive website/storytelling platform involving real snails as actors. This was an in progress shot.


In addition to calling upon grad students at work to help make 500 norovirus-shaped soaps for a food safety conference in 2017, I played with a neon green, clear version that glowed under black light for another conference in 2018.


The hubby and I celebrated an anniversary at that same conference in Chicago by eating a towering, chocolate-covered milkshake.


For most of 2018, the miniatures club worked on pet shops. (Yay bunny bench!)


We got snow in North Carolina, which almost never happens. My folks actually got more than 12 inches, which is super rare, and the storm basically shut down our state for several days.


The rooftop garden of the Japanese bunny cafe got some lettuces made out of crepe paper.


Itty bitty guitars!


SPOILER 1: A desert oasis designed for an artist to get away and create in a mid-century modern space. First failed speed build attempt, but going to come back to this one someday. (And Nancy and Kris, thanks so much for the Eames-style fireplace pattern!)

Seriously, the fireplace design is awesome, and can be found here.


We had a dozen of our friends over for a home-made escape room Halloween party. This was an artifact that was mailed to the players in pieces. The story was that the hubby and I were sent to an alternate dimension by a pooka (a Celtic shapeshifter that was inhabiting the form of a plush rabbit) and they had an hour to figure out the story and free us (which they did).


“Petey,” a wee canary project for the pet shops.


SPOILER 2: A vintage trailer converted into a space-themed donut shop (because it seemed like a good idea when lying awake in bed at 1am). This was originally a 24-hour speed build (cumulative hours) that failed, but is actually pretty close to done!


In-progress shot of two folding aluminum chairs to go with the donut food truck. Made out of actual aluminum and woven plastic webbing!


Miniature hamster cage kit, made about 17 of these and we made hamsters the month before at the club. Some laser cutting, some tiny plastic boxes, and the sides of the wheel are bingo tokens.


A 1:24 scale Christmas tree made with static grass for the annual club holiday party. Thanks so much teensyweensybaby for the creativity behind the tutorial!


SPOILER 3: This one will get its own post, but an in-progress photo of a chicken coop project that the minis club is now building. It turned out super cute.

So that’s 2018 and some of 2019. I have 4 miniatures projects on standby that I’ll be working on, as well as a newfound but strong itch to try out luthiery again.

Thanks for coming back :-).

Traveling by orange dot


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I’ve wanted the bunny café to be as accurate to the locale as possible, and a merry distraction I’ve enjoyed is teleporting around Japan with the help of the Streetview function of Google Maps.

Google has put impressive effort into visualizing a handful of countries, even granting the ability to go inside some businesses. These are marked with orange dots on the map, while the blue dots are 360-degree outdoor views. I usually started by searching for a pet café, then plopping the little peg person down to go walkabout.

Some things I’ve noticed on my Google Maps excursions of Japan:

  1. There is little, if any height difference between the street, sidewalk, and store entrances. No tall curbs to trip on, but sometimes platforms or steps are present, often made of wood slats or concrete.
  2. If there could possibly be plants on the doorstep, patio, or nook, there will be plants. This goes for businesses and homes.
  3. When you click an orange “look inside dot”:
    1. Chance of finding a bar: 30%
    2. Chance of finding a nail or hair salon: 30%
    3. Doctor, chiropractor, or dentist’s office: 20%
    4. Restaurant or café: 10%
    5. Something random, cool, and unexpected: 10%

Here are some of the highlights of my virtual tourism, in no particular order :-):

A peaceful train station

A cat cafe I happened to find

A gym with a costumed rabbit?!

Okunoshima (aka, Rabbit Island). “Walk” around and you will see lots of bunnies.

Virtual golf

Florist shop

Ceramics store

A tucked away temple 

A beautiful spot, though I’m not sure of its purpose

Toy section of a shopping mall

A park dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen

A conveyor belt sushi restaurant

A delectable cake shop

I hope you enjoyed the tour, and maybe do some “traveling” of your own.

Happy New Year!

Matcha and Maple


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I’d been perplexed at how I could have roughly 20 in-progress blog posts drafted and the bunny café almost assembled, yet not have any posts ready to show for it. Turns out that in working on everything at once, nothing’s really finished yet :-).

To show what I mean, and to make up for my relative silence, here is a big spoiler photo of some of the pieces and parts!

The walls and floors are almost ready to go together, and so I will share an in-progress view of the inside of the bunny café and how I got there.

Breath of the Wild = Amazing soundtrack. Brownie points if you ID the critter in the back right.

Trust me to pick a complicated wall treatment when a simple coat of paint would have worked. But I’d always had this quirky design in mind for the café, with stenciled rabbits frolicking on abstract hills, so I wasn’t going to settle for less.

I’d custom mixed paints for past projects, but for the sake of not running out and being able to do touchups later, I picked the palest green Ceramcoat makes (nicely enough called Green Tea). At first I was worried the paint was too dark, and it is darker than what I’d imagined, but I came to like what it does against the light wood. I lasercut the bunny shapes out of cardstock, but actually used the protective masking tape that comes on the cardstock for a sticky stencil.

Maple stripwood was the closest thing I had to the hinoki I used in the floor. The model shipbuilding company I bought the wood from had sent me two thicknesses of maple, so I alternated them to get a more interesting surface. It took most of a Saturday to cut and glue all of the tiny strips, then carefully clean them up with blades and sanding.

The main drawback of covering the walls and floor of a miniature house before assembling the structure is careful trimming to make sure everything fits when the magic moment comes. Especially in this case, since in my many hours of looking at photos of Japanese businesses, I noticed that baseboards and moldings are not the norm (unless the establishment is going for a European look), with walls and floors that cleanly transition into each other. Yet these little lengths of wood hide many a sin in the dollhouse maker’s world, and I mourned their absence.

Expect to see the outside of the café in a future post, now that I think it’s stopped evolving :-).

And speaking of spoilers, Hanna is enjoying the spoils of being a spoiled bunny.

A couple of weeks ago she sprained her ankle running around like a crazy person. She’s all better now and got lots of meloxicam and a newfound like for cuddling up to microwaved heating pads. She was 95% better by this point, I just thought it was a cute photo :-).

And last but not least OMG, my work was highlighted on Ponoko’s blog, the place where I get the super fine laser cutting. Thank you so much!

Miniature quilt tutorial


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I realized I haven’t done a dedicated tutorial before, yet have benefited greatly from what others have shared, so here is a short post on how I make tiny quilts.  I’ve only made two simple quilts in this way (the one here and the one in this post), but it seems to work, at least for square-shaped patches.The first step, which may take longer than actually sewing the quilt, is deciding what kind of look you are going for. Is it a rustic patchwork quilt, or is it something with a pattern and specific color palette? I’d also suggest figuring out your dimensions at this stage by scaling down from real quilt sizes and sketching out what you want.

Selection of fabrics with small patterns is important for making the scale look right, and since I work in half (1:24) scale, the smaller the better. I tend to buy the right fabrics when I find them, even if I don’t have a use for them yet, since they are hard to come by and an eighth of a yard of cotton is cheap.

Once your quilt is planned and with fabrics in-hand, it’s time to measure and cut your squares. I use a 1/8″ inch seam allowance around whatever final square size I want. In this quilt, I was making half inch squares with an added eighth of an inch all around. I grid out my squares by marking the backside of the fabric with a mechanical pencil before I cut out a bunch of squares at once. Don’t worry, the pencil lines will be hidden in the finished quilt.

Each time you add a square, press the two edges you want to sew together with the backsides facing outward. The needle should pass exactly through the corners of your squares, where the pencil lines cross, and stitch evenly in small (1-2mm) stitches until you reach the next corner. Keep to your pencil lines on both sides, and it is better to stop a stitch early than a stitch late, since if you go too far and then backtrack later that extra stitch may show through on the finished quilt. When the fabric is turned right side out and the pieces of fabric are folded on their seams, no one will know a stitch was missing.

To save on time and thread in this quilt, I was sort of random in how I added squares, instead of making strips or groups of squares and then stitching them together. I kept track of how many squares I had vertically and horizontally, and eventually all 100 squares were in place.

To finish the quilt, spread the stitched fabric right-side up and iron it a little to make it lay flat. Cut a square of backing fabric in your planned finished dimensions with 1/8” seam allowance. Stitch the two faces together, all of the way around except for a gap on one edge long enough to let you flip the quilt inside out. I used a lot of pins and tacking stitches at this point to stretch out my springy, scrunched up front side to match its sibling.

Once flipped inside out, slip some batting (here I used no scrim cotton, about 1/8” thick) into the hole between the quilt faces. You may want to use tweezers or a long stick to make sure it gets all the way into the corners.

The last step is to seal the hole, by using a ladder stitch, like this one.

Pat yourself on the back, you just made a very nice coaster!

Grandmother Hoppinset, usually a jovial soul, disapproves of that last remark my husband made. She instead says good things take time and care.

Trees from Tokushima


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Hello! It has been far too long, and recently life has gotten calm enough for me to consider blog updates. I’m actually on vacation on Grand Cayman at the moment, with the following view just above my laptop.

The bunny café has been progressing, but it’s been so piecemeal I didn’t think I had enough for a cohesive post for a while. Case in point, I have twelve blog posts started on different aspects waiting in the wings.

I decided why not start with the foundation, and while peel-and-stick veneers are not a new thing, I found some really unique ones to share.

I thought to myself, “I used Hawaiian wood in the hideaway, why not use some Japanese wood in the café?” Finding said Japanese wood, or even the kind of woods used in the Land of the Rising Sun, proved a bit of a quest. I Googled every combination wood and the concept of thinness that you could imagine, and eventually found a company called BIG Will.

As best as I can tell from their Google translated website, they take trees being thinned in forests for conservation efforts, trees felled in the big tsunami, or old trees being removed from schoolyards or businesses around Japan. They then mill the wood into thin sheets and use them in products. On their Facebook page they also do a lot of outreach at schools, with photos of happy children and their handmade crafts.

I couldn’t help but notice the serendipity of using a company called White Rabbit Express for the bunny café, and felt I had reached a new level of Japanophile cred by using a purchasing service. Since many Japanese (or other international) stores do not ship beyond their country’s borders, services like White Rabbit acquire the item for you, then ship it to you, with a fee for their efforts.

I purchased hinoki, tamo, and birch, as well as some random mini sheets, which contained I think sapele, oak, and pine. They are giant stickers, which you can cut to size. Hinoki is a type of cypress that is aromatic and water resistant, and so it is commonly used to make bathtubs and spa items. My sheet was cheerfully pinkish, and I did seal it a bit of polyurethane, but not so slick that teeny bunnies couldn’t get traction.

The wood was so thin that for best results I pre-painted the base in matching colors. You can actually see the difference it makes in the second photo, before I trimmed off the excess in the white zone.

Tamo grows in mountainous regions and since it was hard to obtain, it used to be reserved for royalty. It is also resistant to the elements, so I used it on the deck. To make the planks look less perfect and more worn, I doubled up on the thin strips in some places and placed folded strips of it under other sections for a buckled effect. Varying dilutions of Citadel’s Agrax Earthshade and some sanding of the high spots worked better than I could have hoped. Every miniature nail I had was too big, but the deck wouldn’t have been held together by magic, so I used gunmetal-colored wire from some headpins and cut them into short stubs to look like screws. I still have a ways to go (as in everything except the five leftmost planks), but you get the idea.

I chose tile for the entryway because in my experience, rabbits dislike tile floors (Hanna won’t go on them), or they at least can’t move quickly on them since it’s hard for them to get good footing. Their feet are covered in fur and they lack paw pads, after all. I figured it was a good bit of insurance for keeping the staff inside.

The tiles are polymer clay, which I ran through a pasta machine to make thin sheets and used a hexagonal punch. To get them aligned properly, I printed the tile pattern on paper, then did an old-school pencil graphite transfer (cover the backside with scribbled pencil, tape where desired, trace the printed parts with a ball point pen, remove paper). It worked well enough to show me where the tiles were supposed to go.

With the tiles glued in, I used some 1/16” half round wood strip, soaked in hot water to make it bendy, to fence in the grout and transition from tile to hardwood. I thought that doing the grout would be a breeze, and used some Pebeo modeling paste I had around. But it was a messy business. I couldn’t let it dry on the tiles because it permanently adhered to them, and I eventually resorted to holding the floor sideways, wiping off the excess grout with wet fingers, and letting the mess drip off the edge into a trashcan. It took three rounds to get enough grout to look right, and then lots of sanding and buffing, to try to get back to their original shine. By that point, most of the clear polyurethane I’d delicately layered on had worn off.

The tedious tilework reminded me of that old Batteries Not Included move. (A quirky and endearing old gem, worth a watch).

Daydreaming of bunnies and the happenings of fish


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The Pokémon homage has been coming along and I make bursts of progress now and again, but I was reaching a point where other projects seemed rosier.  I realized the reason was that for the Pokémon scene to be effective, everything has to look a certain way. Making something another fan would identify as accurate is a great challenge, but that marvelous and detailed world has already been created and I am bound by it.

I let my mind wander and arrived at a tiny café in the middle of Tokyo. A quaint tea shop that is also home to a group of rabbits, who are patient with the guests but well cared for. The shop’s name and its nuances have quickly fallen into place, and in a few days the lasercut pieces will arrive and I will have this project’s possibilities to balance the requirements of the other.

In the meantime, while Tea and Bunny remains a sketch and an idea, I can point you to a couple of cute videos of rabbit cafes (here and here) and you can see what I’m thinking on my Pinterest board.

I’ll be hopping between the two projects, and another donated house, for the next several months, so hopefully something in the mix will tickle your fancies :-).

As for a pet update, Gill’s fins keep growing and I’m about to change his name to Rapunzel. He also hardly ever stops moving, except to sleep curled up in the grass. His genetics still baffle me.

He’s a month and a half older on the left, and still a hyperactive ham.

And nothing says “buy me a massive sampler of fancy hay” like a sudden onset of ileus on a Sunday morning. Similar to her E. cuniculi bout a couple of years ago, Hanna went from bouncy and voracious to hunched and not eating in like two hours, and it took her several days to recover. I learned that lacing meds in banana slices only works three times. And bunny owners all know their lives are ruled by their tiny charges.

She only likes the oat hay. Sigh.

Happy Easter everyone!

New craft room buddy!


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Meet the newest member of our household, who will be hanging out in my craft room to keep me company.

newbetta1He doesn’t have a name yet, but I like his spark.

I had a wonderful, though cowardly and morbid betta named Pansy a couple of years ago (I actually did a Toastmasters speech on the many ways he tried to murder himself or was injured by his tankmates, half of which were inanimate objects). Pansy was a small treasure, and thanks to his marble genes, did a lot of color changing over his lifetime, mostly swapping his white for turquoise. After his passing, his tank was cleaned and neatly packed away, waiting for its new tenant.

A while ago I got the fishkeeping nibble to get a betta tank running again in my craft room. Knowing this, my friend and I found ourselves in a pet store yesterday, and while no one likes seeing those teeny cups, most of their occupants seemed active, clean, and healthy, and it was the biggest and most varied collection of beautiful bettas I’d ever seen. It probably took me half an hour to choose, with yea/nay help from my friend, and still at the eleventh hour I switched from a billowy tricolor to this pastel, pearlescent oddity.

Part of it was I wanted the more wild-type plakat shape, after Pansy’s flowing fins kept getting him into trouble. Newbie’s colors are very shimmery and ethereal when they catch the light. He’s also a lot braver than his predecessor, and I daresay more intelligent. By his second feeding (he darted to the bottom on his first) he figured out whenever I come into the room (or so much as make eye contact) to race to the front and dance like crazy, then immediately pause and look up at the surface for pellets. Repeat as needed until desired result. I fell for an aquatic peacock, and I don’t think he understands that feeding him whenever he wants will make him fat.

I confess I broke the cardinal rule of fishkeeping (and I’m a DVM no less) and set up the tank the same day instead of letting it cycle. Five gallons with plants, sand, and all the peripherals is a vast improvement to the cup though.

fishtankOne thing I’m really interested in is whether his sky blue and yellow brighten or change with time. He may just be a light-colored fish, and I’m cool with that, but I also see some variation in his scales that suggests marble genetics, and there are amazing before and after photos of similarly young and pale pet store “rescues”  who look like totally different, vibrant fish after days or weeks of better husbandry. I promptly went to Amazon and bought him two brands of the finest of pellets.

He needs an aristocratic name because he is already somewhat spoiled and is about to get very spoiled. I am thinking about Marquis, because of the powder blue and gold, Lafayette is my favorite Hamilton character, and this fish has no problem advertising himself like a freaking theater marquee :-).

The Search for Wolf River


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I confess, this entry was going to go up months ago but then I got caught up in finishing my Master’s. Figured late is better than never :-).

wolfriver6For the past few years, my family has been on a quiet mission. My Grandmother, now in her nineties and who I’ve mentioned before on this blog, grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. She once told us about the best apple jelly made from Wolf River apples, and that the apples had enough natural pectin to gel on their own, which was convenient when living high up on the mountain and in lean times. My Mom also remembers the homemade apple jelly my Great Grandmother made and its unique taste. These legendary apples are also humongous, with tales that a single one could fill a pie.

Unfortunately, in our part of the country, the variety has a very short growing season, and we missed finding Wolf River at farmer’s markets for two years in a row.

By pure chance, I went to the state farmer’s market early last fall and Wolf River was just coming into season. One vendor had a lone bushel box, and after telling her what my family wanted to do with them, she sold me the whole thing.


I have teeny hands but these are still massive apples.

We’d never made jelly before, but my Sister and I got together on a Sunday afternoon and worked late into the night. Our Grandmother walked us through the process on speakerphone in the kitchen. We soon learned these apples were strange, and immediately cooked into a thick sauce, instead of keeping any kind of shape. Wolf Rivers are famous for making apple butter, and I can see why, but all of the how-to YouTube videos I’d seen had shapely stewed apples in a nice clear juice. When it came time to strain our brew, we had to dilute the mush and watch the trickle of murky liquid ever so slowly fill a four-quart bowl.


Mush, mush, and the hard-earned juice in the back.

We used the 1 cup juice to 1 cup sugar ratio and worked in batches cooking the jelly. It was neat how by the end of the night my Sister and I could taste the liquid and know when it was ready. Terrified of the idea of sharing botulism with my relatives, we also boiled everything, and then gave the finished jars a good boil (because USDA said so).

The best way I can describe the flavor is rustic. It’s sour, but not as tart as Granny Smith, and almost savory, but when cooked it magically becomes the quintessential country apple flavor. I made an apple pie with some of the extras and it was marvelous. I may not find them again for some time, but these would be my go-to baking apple, along with Arkansas Black.

wolfriver5In the end we got through half the bushel before realizing we’d filled every available pot in my Sister’s kitchen, and were rewarded with eighteen big and little jars of gelatinous substance, which we gave to our relatives at Christmas as a surprise. We also paired it with a family photo album, which had some neat 1800’s tintypes and other gems of our history in western North Carolina.

My Great Great Grandfather Vernon.

My Great Grandfather.

Where my Grandmother grew up.

Where my Grandmother grew up.

A little Christmas cheer


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Good tidings everyone! I am one exam away from being done with my Master’s of Public Health, and figured I had time for a quick post.

My miniatures club just had their annual Christmas party and it was heartwarming as always. As is tradition, we did a gift exchange, and my contribution this year was this little 2″ fellow.

steiff1Yep, I went back to bun side after two years and made another rabbit toy. Whenever I think of miniatures and Christmas I imagine tiny Victorian homes festooned with all of the holiday trimmings, and the simple yet elegant toys the children would have played with a hundred years ago. I recently learned about the history of Steiff plush toys, so I made a little Steiff bunny complete with the button in the ear. It was a nice reason to test out a set of Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, and the bun started out all white.

steiff4As a bit of trivia, I fashioned the name Wishcraft from the idea of thoughts becoming real, and have long loved the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. It is also part of the reason why my logo has a bunny, but don’t tell Hanna because she doesn’t like to share the spotlight.

Speaking of Hanna in the spotlight, she recently ventured onto our new sofa, with a bit of help by making her some stairs and a cave system  :-). The video is a bit long, but is good at showing how bunnies methodically explore new places. She’s doing pretty good for a 2009 vintage. Sorry for the dreaded cell phone black bars.


I choose you!


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Cyndaquil in the TV series. Mine is not that smug.

Cyndaquil in the TV series. Mine would never be that smug.

The most important decision for players of the Pokémon games is which starter you pick from the Pokémon Professor’s lab at the very beginning of the game. Each generation has three unique beasties, corresponding to fire, water, and grass, and this creature is your first buddy and protector. Cyndaquil is my favorite starter of all time (Chikorita is a very close second), and in my story, he is the rookie member of my team, given to me as a newly registered trainer arriving in Johto from Kalos.

Starter Pokémon are always cute and toddler-like, probably because they are supposed to grow with their trainer. But this trait made posing Cyndaquil difficult, because he suffers from a serious case of T-Rex Arm Syndrome and has a snout that gets places 15 minutes before he does. But my little napalm-spewing shrew is resourceful, and will MacGyver whatever he needs in the mini scene.

Reference images made for the TV show. I really wish I'd known about these when I was sculpting mine!

Reference images made way back when for the TV show. I really wish I’d known about these when I was sculpting mine!


Yes he had a stick toothpick up his butt, and I’m still fighting with that epic schnozz.

His sculpt was the first and surprisingly difficult, making me have a deeper appreciation for the people who design toys based off of 2D characters. It taught me to stick to reference pics, even if Cyndaquil’s nose defies the third dimension.

Actual internal conversation I had follows.

Me: I should give him some cheeks, to look more like a real animal, like this one:


Pygmy shrews are totally tiny Cyndaquils.

Myself: But Cyndaquils don’t really have cheeks…their heads are like perfectly round.

Me: I’ll try anyway. (10 minutes later…) Hrm, that doesn’t look much like a Cyndaquil.

Myself: See, I told Me. Hrm, but now that it’s round again it looks pretty boring and expressionless.

Me: Don’t say I didn’t warn Myself.

I was going to show each Pokemon sculpt with their final paint jobs, but since everything in the scene is going to be painted, I’m going to wait. Like a blank canvas turning into a finished piece, the miniature scene is going to go from flat white to full color, and I think it will make for a fun before and after.

If digital Japanese creatures aren’t your thing and you came here for the dollhouses, here’s a spoiler of the build.


The Parade of Homes, Johto edition.

Houses in the Pokémon games are eerily similar, especially in the older games. One room downstairs, door on the left, big window on the right, attic room if you’re lucky. Since my scene is in a forest, I went with a log cabin (like the top right image).

Here is the current mockup, cut out of Gatorboard and dressed up with basswood like the mill cottage, held in place with lots of masking tape. The house is only a couple of inches deep because it will be fitting inside a shadowbox when all is said and done. It’s funny that I’m making it with wood, only to cover it in white and paint it to look like wood again.

cabinspoiler2cabinspoiler3In other news, I am on my last semester of my Masters of Public Health (yay!), but that means I’m going to be buried in papers the next couple of weeks.  Believe you me, once I have my free time back I will be doing a lot of crafting!