Monday, 16 April 2012

Suggestions?

I'm always conscious of the fact that I don't post on this blog as often as I could. I miniature most days, so it's not for the lack of things to post about. I get totally hung up over the content and whether it would interest anyone, instead of viewing the blog as a way of cataloging my ideas and tutorials. I guess a lot of bloggers feel that way. So I've decided to just get on with it. This will be a diary of work. A progress report if you like.

So a couple of weeks ago I received a Birthday gift from my better half --- a kit build corner shop. I've never built a kit before but I didn't expect any great problems with it. The instructions were IKEA-esque. Step-by-step photos from start to finish. Only one problem that niggled the perfectionist in me. Some of the 'tabs' in the wood used to glue adjoining walls and floors were routed badly so I had to square them off with a file to make them fit. Apart from that, I managed to install the lights, cover the floors and get it all pulled together over the weekend. Now the problem that remains --- what business resides inside? This, I think will be the basis of how the overall building will look.






I can live with the idea that the exterior of the building is Victorian, however the modernist in me demands something contemporary inside. I've been juggling with the idea of a shop that sells contemporary furniture (since I will be making everything that goes inside) until my Hubby suggested a photography studio and shop. He likes to challenge me with something that hasn't been done before (studio equipment, soft boxes, camera tripods etc). My all male colleagues at work suggested an adult shop ---- some men just love to live up to stereotype don't they? I'm not prudish in any way but I would dread the conversation with my Mother about why I'm making miniature bondage gear Ha!
I digress...so any suggestions? I'd love to hear your ideas.

The rest of my days have been spent finishing off a long overdue swap with MiniDork and putting together kits from The Miniature Garden Centre. Damn Georgie, you make it look so simple =0) I adore the Japanese Maple kit. My version looks slightly wind swept and bare. I think it needs more branches and leaves to make it look healthy.


'K, I better get to the swap items and make an effort with chores

Enjoy the rest of the week

Pepper =0)

61 comments:

  1. I love the exterior/interior contrast. It is like so many old city buildings I've seen. I agree you should just post. Sometimes I post such specific things about the kit I am building that I think no one cares, but it might inspire an idea somewhere, and that's enough for me. We love hearing from you! :D

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    1. Thanks Brae. You're right about blogging. Better to just write and let readers pick out what they want. I can't count the number of times I've picked up clever tips from you and other bloggers. =0)

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  2. I would love to see this as some sort of eatery. Like a bar or a coffee shop or something. I think things like miniature beer taps, or miniature espresso machines would be fun. (Though it may just be because the second picture reminds me of Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks")

    I'm glad you plan on posting more often. I like seeing things from you. I'm not a fellow miniature artist, so i like seeing tutorials and such, but I don't need posts to be informative. I just like seeing small things that look like normal sized things is all.

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    1. Thanks Amber. Yeah, Edward Hopper...it really does remind me of that painting now you mention it =0)

      Thanks for your comments

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  3. What a nice little shop, love the colour and the lights look great too. It could work as a modern home store, or maybe a gallery.

    My first thoughts when seing it were that it was similar to a shop in the town near where I live, which was once a dolls house shop (now sadly gone) and is now a beauty spa, which would be a fairly unusual project. I also thought, being inspired by the lovely Japanese maple, that the shop would make a good little florist!!

    I'll be interested to hear what you finally come up with!

    regards
    Andy x

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    1. Thanks Andy. Cool suggestions =0)

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  4. The building is so beautiful... can I ask, what scale is this kit?! It would be perfect for the Majokko Shop... but I suspect it's not 1/6 scale, is it? I have the hardest time finding things in the right scale for my girls.

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    1. Hi Heather. I'm afraid it's 12th scale. The Miniio house is 1:6 but probably not what you're looking for

      http://www.miniio.com/

      I think many people have trouble getting exactly what they want so turn to custom doll house builders =0/

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    2. Thank you so much for the link!! I love that style... if nothing else, it gives me an awesome idea on where to start!!!

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  5. It is a wonderful building with loads of possibilities. It could be a flower shop. I like the idea of a coffee shop. How about an artist's studio? My sister had one in her Victorian town that looked a lot like it. There could be a apartment up stairs.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. I love the idea of something arty =0)

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  6. Your house is so special. I want to see more. I love the contrast.
    Hugs from Craftland

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    1. Thanks Craftland, much appreciated =0)

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  7. A home decor/gift shop would give you the opportunity to make just about whatever you wanted. I think a candy shop would be so fun and colorful and you can always do a photographer's studio/gallery on the upper level. There is a photographer who works out of the upper level of a victorian building in the little town square of my town.

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    1. Thanks BijouxBaby. Wow, I'm even more undecided than before ha-ha =0)

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  8. Yay glad to hear you will post more often! YOu did great getting the kit together in a weekend!

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    1. Thanks Jazzi. I think I'm getting much better at organising =0)

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  9. ha! I SO get how you feel about blogging! I often take pictures of my work in progress and never blog about it.

    Sooo, what shop to do? I'd go for a restaurant or bar :D but that's because I love making food ^^
    Still I think a restaurant has quite some possibilities.

    The photo shop is a nice idea though, and unseen.
    What would be utter fun would be a crafts shop, but that doesn't really fit in your neat interior.

    Oh, oh, ooh! OR you could make a deco-shop. that would fit! Plus you could put in some furniture pieces.

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    1. Ha-ha, you sound really excited about this project.

      Thanks Stephanie =0)

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  10. Love your shop and your lights - how did you do your lights? I also love the idea of photography studio/shop and perhaps gallery - that was one of my original intentions with Lake View or what about a hairdresser/nail bar?

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    1. Thanks My Wee Life. I'll post photo's of the how-to's of the lights soon. Hmmm, hairdresser? Oese would KILL me ha!

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  11. How about a curated design shop with different themes each season? The basic shop interior could be unchanging but you could completely rejig the stock when you get bored.

    There was an article in Uppercase magazine a couple of years ago about the concept: happy to dig it out and email it to you if you're interested... :-)

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    1. Oh TSS, you are a star. I'd really appreciate a copy of the article =0*

      *scratches chin thoughtfully*
      Not a bad idea. I like the thought of being able to change the contents

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  12. Love it!! as for ideas.. how about creating a gallery of your favourite miniature artists this way you would be open to display paintings sculpture and furnishings of your choice.

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  13. I like the resteraunt idea.

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  14. Maybe it could host a series of 'pop-up' shops/galleries? That way you can change it around as you please - desginer furniture one minute, fashion/flowers the next. Do you plan on making the shop two levels or a small apartment above the shop?

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    1. I'm still open to ideas so two storey shop or shop/apartment are both a possibility. I'm really liking this idea of a transitional scene. Thanks Norma =0)

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  15. I kind of like the photography studio idea- but it needs something else added- maybe a really sleek gallery with contemporary decor , but with a classroom adjoining for photography or other art classes?

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    1. Thanks Jennifer...I like the photography idea too =0)

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  16. I love how you did the lights. It reminds me of an older city with new and modern trendy shops. What about modern home furnishings on the bottom and photography studio/loft apartment upstairs?

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    1. Thanks Mad For Mod. Definitely something to think about =0)

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  17. Oooooh, Shooooes!!!! You'd have to get pretty good at making them though, but am actually really into the Photography studio, the possibilities are endless with photography and I love the idea of an artists gallery and the studio upstairs. But i'm afraid thats very predictable of me to lean that way.

    The shop/apartment is just gorgeous and you could defiantly still do modern furniture inside, how many old shops do you see with modern interiors?

    And i think more posts are the way to go! We are always interested. I think perfectionists have the tendency to hold back untill they are a hundred percent happy. And isn't this what a web log is for to make a log of your work? I'm just the same though.

    Fi xx

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    1. HA-HA-HA! Somehow I get the impression that you're a shoe fiend Fi =0)
      If Patrizia (http://patrisan.blogspot)
      or
      Lotte (http://lottesminishoes.blogspot)

      had an online store I would be up to my neck in mini shoes. They're just awesome.

      Yup. Less worry over content, more blogging *nods*

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  18. How about a modern furniture shop ?

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    1. Thanks Troy. I appreciate the suggestion =0)

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  19. I think the idea of your better half is perfect and such a challenge for you. I know you like challenges. Every other suggestion/idea is good too, but please don't do a hair-salon, because then I'll be envious all the time ... ;-)
    a big mini-hug from germany

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    1. Ha-ha, Oese. I've just commented about a hair salon. Your hair salon ROCKS!!

      =0)

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  20. Hi! Your House is stunning!
    I like the idea of a photography studio and shop. Make it your way!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  21. Oh wow! those lights look fantastic! I love the mix of period buildings with modern interiors, can't wait to see what you put in the shop! :)
    Kat

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  22. Hola, Pepper! All these suggestions are so great! I don't have a better one ;) In terms of blogging, go with your heart and gut. I just write what comes to mind and I post. I don't really edit my stuff at all, or noodle on my posts. I like to share my words and scenes that way. Your work is phenomenal, and I love your writing style, so I will always be happy to read your stuff! Enjoy it.

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  23. This house is wonderful.
    For the shop: a library?
    Bye Faby

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  24. You could combine a photography shop with a photographer's studio,
    like in the old times. I am sure you'll make something great any style you choose. Have fun doing it.
    Hugs

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  25. La idea me parece fabulosa, es algo nada visto además. En cuanto a la iluminación, me encanta !!!!!
    SEguiré los avances con entusiasmo.
    Un abrazo.
    Gema.

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    1. Gracias Gema, le agradezco sus amables palabras =0)

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  26. Es una gran idea el estudio de fotografia, pero cualquier cosa que pongas quedara genial en esa fantastica casa.
    besitos ascension

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    1. Gracias ascensión, me gusta mucho la idea de algo que ver con la fotografía
      =0)

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  27. Hi Pepper,
    I love the building. It's beautiful. I like your idea for a furniture shop. It reminds me a lot of some offices here in Old Montreal. Maybe an office of some king: Interior Designers, Lighting experts, Placement agency, Condo contractors, High tecvh sound store like Bang & Olufsen...
    I can't wait to see what you decide on.
    All the best,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac. I've had so many suggestions I want to try all of them. OOoo high tech store. That sounds right up my street =0)

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  28. You have so many suggestions here...All cool. I think whatever you make will be quite awesome. However, is it okay to hate you because you put this kit together and lit it over the weekend? Who does that??? Oh! That's right = talented and creative people...Damn. ;)

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    1. Ha-ha
      Hate away. I have to say this was a kit so the company did the hard work. That and I had the whole weekend to myself. That's a lot of miniaturing hours =0)

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  29. This will be fun watching it emerge!!!

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  30. I confess I have not read all the comments (don't tell anyone..) but I suggest a charity shop where you can showacse everything, like a Goodwill store, clothes, furniture, people, shoppers etc. lots of variety. xo C

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  31. Can't wait for the grand tour! so much to catch up on...i feel so greedy whenever I come visit your blog...NUMNUMNUMNUM

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  32. This would look amazing as a modern art gallery with a studio on the second floor. The white walls, lighting, and gorgeous floor just make it perfect for it. Or, you could try a graphic design studio (this would let you put in a lot of modern art and design and modern furniture; if you check out real design studios in New York or London, they are pretty cool). Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will pretty great.

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