Ceiling, Standing Stone, Brick Arch, Yipes Stripes, Bench


For the Argo Wool Works showroom ceiling, I glued the two roof sections from the Backyard Bungalow base kit together, and edged with half- by quarter-inch (13 x 6 mm) basswood to extend the overhang. I measured the placement of the beams and walls in dry fit like three or four times, encountering anomalies each time.


Yet another dry fit, this time with the upper window frames in place, and one section of ceiling planks. I’ve decided a 1/16-inch wiggle room is acceptable, especially since the whole ceiling and under eaves will be semigloss white, and any gaps will blend into the painted bricks… or something. I’m using the ever versatile 3/4-inch rustic clapboard siding from miniatures.com to cover the ceiling.

In the lower right of the photo you can see this standing stone feature I’m working on:


It’s two gorgeous crystalline mineral shards that I promptly forgot the name of, found at a very eccentric bead and rock shop here in Pacifica.


The back of the build was to be clad with the yellow and gray siding, but I decided today to have the bricked-in arch from the interior carry through to the outside wall for interest. I might mess with the foundation to suggest remnants of more of the building, too. There’s only just over an inch of space on the base, but I think it’ll be enough :)


Small progress on the Yipes, Stripes rug, at 2.5 x +2.5 inches, it’s a bit more than half finished. It’ll fit well in the showroom. (Stitched on 48-count silk gauze with ten colors of Gütermann silk; making up the design as I stitch :)


And here, lit by the westering sun, is my first bit of tie silk upholstery — nothing too challenging. Our dear BW sent a vintage Daisy House bench kit (so sad they’re no longer in business), and the fabric is a lustrous gray, black and ivory woven dot pattern. Thanks again, BW and Suz and Dave!

13 thoughts on “Ceiling, Standing Stone, Brick Arch, Yipes Stripes, Bench

  1. Sheila says:

    Wow! Absolutely love the rug and the bench. And the angled roof is so cool. I really like how we can see how it’s coming together.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Sheila, thanks! The angled roof lets in so much light, and it’s going to house some of my first-ever lighting electrical stuff. I like seeing how things come together as well :)

  2. Kat says:

    It looks amazing!

    I didn’t realize Daisy house was out of business! Eeek. I’m going to have to grab a few kits at my local store before the disappear.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Oh Kat, thank you. And do grab as many of The Daisy House kits as are available. From my survey, there are not many left in local inventories, and they are so good.

  3. Barbara W. says:

    I think the arch on the back of the building is my favourite detail. Did you ever ‘grow’ crystals in middle school for science fair?

    • Nancy Enge says:

      So glad you like it! Think I’ll leave the bricks unpainted, too, and maybe add an old street sign or two (salvage from the 1906 earthquake)?
      Ha! As for growing crystals in school, it might has well have been the philosopher’s stone. By the time that endeavor appeared in the curriculum, it was 11th grade chemistry class, which I had at second period, and daringly skipped regularly with my lab partner Cheryl. As I recall, our *crystal* was less than brilliant :)

      • Barbara W. says:

        A faded street sign or an old ad (they used to paint them directly onto the bricks) would be brilliant!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, Bennie! The shelves will be stocked with a rainbow of fleece and yarns; Yipes, Stripes will probably hang above the worktable. So glad you like it!

  4. Kat says:

    And update on the Daisy kits. The Little Dollhouse Company in Toronto has tons of all the kits. I grabbed a bench and bed. Just looked at the racks of all the kits this past weekend. Including the half scale pieces. Thelittledollhousecompany.com.

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