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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

Good Morning, Happy Weds

As you can see I finished the pole barn, I scaled it to the cow which I thought was 1:12 scale ..silly me the importers from China have a different 1:12 scale so the pole barn is smaller than it should be but the cow fits it the only problem is that the inside is scaled wrong. the rooster looks huge next to the zebra cow but it's the correct scale. hopefully if I dont put them together no one will notice the difference but you guys will know cause I just told you
 I toned down the white a bit with some brown watered down paint, it looks like it just came through a rain storm but that's because I painted the roof again I made it darker and mixed in some green to make it look like a slate roof.  sometimes you have to sit back and let things soak in or you overwork a piece.



 I thought it would be nice if the doors worked but then I remembered when I was on the farm one of the doors came off the track and I had a devil of a time getting it back on so I could close the door *I was in my bathrobe wearing my muckboots so I was fit to be tied*  lucky for me the neigbor came by and helped me (he lived two football fields away ..everyone lived at least that far away from me and I loved it.)

 Im sort of happy with the upstairs and sort of not, I need hay bales but then again it's a pole barn so maybe tools?  dunno yet

 Now this goat is the correct scale and the stalls fit him perfectly I couldn't find a horse at the dollar store to fit the stalls so Im going to have to make a trip to Toys R Us (they have a wide selection of animals and they are to scale, a lot of people talk about the brand but for the life of me I can't remember the name)
and here is my barn owl it's the correct scale too (it's a name brand owl that's why) I hate that ladder I can do better but it's ok for now while I look at things and make adjustments Im happy that it's done but you know mini people we like to tweek things
so that's it, I finished my swap for Ruth so I'll show you photo's of that *yes I know sometimes they're blurry..I probably need a new camera but we just got hit with property taxes over 90% for a school levy?!?! 


moving on..you know that cute little shelf I showed you..well it disappeared..I blamed Baxter for things like that but he's not here anymore so Im thinking it's gotta be either Pouncer or Claudette.  I've looked everywhere but I can't find it I moved the sofa's looked under the hutch looked under the bed..nothing

Im going to have to make a couple more and put it away ..why would someone move it? my money's on Claudette *now I feel bad because I used to blame Baxter for stuff he didnt do, but he did do a lot trust me on that*

Have a Wonderful Morning

Hugs
Marisa

I feel like dancing dont you :)

 

35 comments:

  1. Hello Marisa,
    The finish ont he barn is great! It looks like a weathered barn that has been kept in good shape. It is beautifully done. the interior is just as nice. I think you did a terrific interpretation. it is just a shame that the animals are a little off scale, but it does not shoe badly in your pictures...and I have seen some scary big roosters in my life.
    big hug,
    Giac

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  2. Giac thank you for your kind words, I sort of feel like I have a Godzilla Rooster vs the small Tokyo Zebra Cow smack down going on..but its another house for my collection that I didnt have before so Im happy :)

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  3. Hi Marisa! Your barn looks gorgeous! I love the weathered boards. They are perfect.
    I had to go back and look at your post on Baxter. I totally missed that. I'm so sorry. Poor little Baxter. At least he had a very good and happy life while he was here. You have the right attitude about his passing. I sure will miss his mischievous ways! That sweet little fellow!
    big, big hugs♥♥♥,
    Caroline

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    1. thank you I do miss him but he wanted me to be happy, the boards sort of weathered themselves, I was almost tempted to touch them up but I'd better just leave it alone for a while

      Hugs
      Marisa :)

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  4. Your barn looks fantastic - it was fun to watch all those details. And maybe this cow is a bonsai breed, there are mini ponies, why shouldn't there be mini cows... as well as giant roosters... ;O) I keep my fingers crossed that you're finding the perfect horse, maybe try the classic scale from Breyer, that fits 1:12.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. honey that rooster is like Godzilla that cow wouldnt stand a chance against him in a fight (roosters are mean we had one and it used to chase me back to the house..he finally left for some chickens across the way..they were happy to have him)

      Hugs
      Marisa :)

      PS thats the name of the company thank you for..I couldnt remember it but toy r us carries them..Hugs :)

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  5. Hi Marisa,

    Coincidentally, I was out with my 87-y/o father and my sisters this weekend trying to find a barn that my grandfather built in the 1920's. We couldn't find it but we did come across one that looked exactly like your miniature. I could barely contain my squeals of "OMG! Marisa's barn!" whilst getting looks from the fam. I love how you weathered the sides and did the roof. Speaking of roofs, the farmer that greeted us (as we city folk were neck-craning in front of his barn) said that you can't get the old-fashioned 'T-shingles' for barns, anymore. So he had to do a metal roof, recently. I thought that was kind of sad. Anyway, I love your animals! I can't remember the brand-name, either but I think it's German, no? I have a couple in my Entrance Hall --had to cut their heads off to make trophies --ugh! Are you going to make straw bales? It seemed to me that they are making 'round' bales nowadays in these parts. Sorry about your shelf, I just lost one of my carriage lamps off the front of the house so hopefully it will turn up, too.

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Hi John
      HAHA I cant believe you actually found a pole barn (well maybe I can cause they are a lot cheaper than regular barns and you can do a lot more with them..I do sort of miss the old style ones though) and I cant believe you murdered the poor plastic animals *good for you I have a hippo thats head for the slaughter..I plan to use it's body for a table* I hope you find your lamp..hopefull one of the cats took it *you know it has to be cats cause dogs dont care about that stuff*

      Hugs
      Marisa

      Ps now get cracking on that fairy village Mr I wanna see some progress and a water fall!

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  6. If it's a calf than it's not too small. The barn looks great and can shelter many farm animals. The barn owl is a wonderful touch and the rooster can serve as a sign on the
    roof. Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. I can push it but I dont think I can push it that far, remember I live in farm country so folk around here would call me on it they know a calf from a cow..trust me ;)

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  7. I really like the weathered finish on the barn and all of your animals. Scale schmale...they look great. I am looking forward to seeing your swap pics. I'm curious what you decided to make. Love the video...miniature Steppenwolf. ;-)
    Have a good day,
    Lisa

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    1. hehe..thanks Lisa I will show you when she gets it I want it to be a surprise for her :)

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  8. Great work on the barn, I love the little aged areas and setup! The owl looks awesome too, I am always hunting for minis in scale ..even in the kids toy shots..for ..me ;P

    Its good you are getting time to be crafty and do some mini work!
    Hugs~J

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    1. Im having fun and I did most of the work while I was on Vacation I wanted to get my Barn finished, I think I like building more than I like decorating buildings..I am so strange

      Hugs
      Mairsa :)

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  9. Hi Marisa! Your barn with its old weathered look is great :D!!
    But what brand is the owl? I can't translate a lot of the words you have used, because of my bad English (I know I have to learn more of your language ;o), so I don't understand everything, that's why I ask you this.
    The same is for the cow: you say that its scale is China scale...maybe it is a calf hehehe ;o?
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. sorry but I dont know the brand it came in a box with other birds from a yard sale (the woman who owed the bird passed away but she collect plastic birds)

      no the cow is small for a cow but I will tell people it's a calf :)


      Hugs
      Marisa

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  10. Me encanta como está quedando ese granero, me gusta mucho el detalle de las puertas correderas. No se nota mucho la diferencia de escala.
    Gran trabajo

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  11. Que gran trabajo estás haciendo en ese granero, me gustan mucho las grandes puertas correderas. No se nota demasiado la diferencia de escala.
    Me encanta ese granero

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    1. thank you so much I really appreciate it, sorry for the blurry photos but it's the best I can do until I get a real camera Im glad its not that noticable

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  12. Yes, I thought it looked like a calf in the photos too! Guess I'm just a city slicker, so my words mean nothing, but really, it looks like a calf. :-) I LOVE your photo of the goat eating the groceries--too fun! Looks like you can do lots of fun things with an awesome barn like yours. I can't wait to see what you sent Ruth--woohoo! xo Jennifer

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    1. hehe, well if it fooled you I guess it's not all bad :)

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  13. Hi Marisa! Your Barn looks Wonderful! (I LOVE barns!) I think you got the "Tall Shanghai Rooster" so now I wonder where the "Old Yaller" dog is! LOL! (I hope you know the old folk song...!)
    I really do love Barns... and yours looks so welcoming and real.... I remember those doors that roll off the track... LOL! Twelve foot tall doors so the hay wagon could fit into the haymow with a full load..... Ah Memories.....

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    1. yes I loved living on the farm, but sometimes ya gotta move on..the owner sold it right out from under us too..now it's for sale and the new owner wont sell it back to the old one :)

      you just reminded me that I should probably go to Tractor supply..maybe they have what I need.

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  14. Hey Marisa! I am diggin your pole barn! You have done a great job with it and it looks like it has some history and is well-used. I agree with the idea of the cow looking like a calf. The rooster looks right at home as does the goat and that Fab owl in the loft, but wait a minute, where's the kitty? You have to have a farm cat to prowl, scowl, have litters in the hay and chase mice.... and you could call it BAXTER! :))

    elizabeth

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    1. I totally forgot about that, Im a bad kitty mom cause I totally forgot about my lil guy. thanks for the tip I'll call him Baxter :)

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  15. the barn is really coming and the animals look great. Was that a barn owl I spotted? This is an exciting project and one we don't see enough of I think.
    Can't wait to we how you get on with finding the horse - and the shelves!!
    Hugs

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    1. I went to toys r us to find a horse and they're 30.00!?!?!? I think I'll just settle for the cow for now. it's part of the collection that I'll work on when the mood strikes me

      and yes thats a barn owl :)

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  16. This is a great idea for a scene! I really like all the animals involved instead of people :) As for the decor, the floor is beautiful. I like the colour and the way all the pieces look put together like it would in a real barn. Very nice!

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    1. oh thank you, Im missing a cat and it probably needs some hay and animal droppings ect but thats for later, Im just happy it's in the real world and not in my head anymore.

      Hugs
      Marisa

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  17. Hello Marisa!
    Late to join the festivities here.......but here nonetheless! I love your barn and animals. I appreciate the talent and ability I takes to do a miniature like this. The weathered finishes are spot on! The pictures don't seem to make your animals look out of scale.
    Look forward to seeing this progress!
    A hug from Ray

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    1. Hello Ray, thank you very much this is going to be an on going project for me until Im happy with it, Im sure you'll be seeing more of it

      Hugs
      Marisa :)

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  18. Hi Marisa! The barn looks great! And I love that goat! I say yes on hay bales! :)
    I'm not sure where you live, but Hobby Lobby, Michael's Arts and Crafts and Orscheln Farm and Home have great farm animals too.
    Have a good rest of your week,
    Gina

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  19. Your barn is great Marisa. I wouldn't worry too much about the scale and I love the barn owl. Perhaps it was mostly Baxter when things used to disappear and now Claudette has stepped in to take over the role to keep you on your toes.

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