Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Year After the Guild School, or Yet Another Micro House

In my last post, I wrote that I was working on a special project. Well, I'm finally getting to reveal it now! Last year, I was lucky enough to go to the Guild School in Castine, Maine. I took Nell Corkin's 1/144th scale class. We made this tiny garden shed:
The class was really interesting, and I learned a lot. You can read a little more about it here. Or visit Nell's blog, at to see her amazing work.
Then, a few months later, I decided to try making another  micro shed on my own. It was a lot more difficult to build without the whole process broken down into nice manageable steps, but I managed. I had a few issues with scale, abandoned the more ambitious parts of the project, and struggled with the roof, but overall I was thrilled that I'd been able to use what I'd learnt in the Guild School to make a second, different structure.
For my newest micro structure, I really wanted to make a two story structure. I'd planned to make a loft in my little green shed, but an mismeasurement meant that I had to either scrap the loft, or re-cut everything.

I was much more careful with the measurements for this house, but I still had a few "oops" moments. Luckily, most of my mistakes this time around were easily fixed!
The ridge cap and finials on the roof were one of the last things I added. I used techniques Nell showed us for the climbing roses. I still need to touch up the landscaping on this side of the house.

On the other side, I added some sunflowers made from an SDK kit. I bought a few of their 1/144th scale plant kits several years ago, but this was the first I put one together. They went together really easily, and the scale looks about right, which is not always the case with plants advertised as 1/144th scale.
I'll post part II, the interior, sometime this weekend!


  1. Wow...What a beautiful project...

    Kind regards,


  2. I love your house, it turned out really well and I am sure you will get even better at it with each new one you make.

  3. Maravillosa casa¡¡¡
    Estoy asombrada con lo pequeña que es, felicidades por tan magnifico trabajo.
    Un beso

  4. Je ne sais pas si je serais capable d'en faire autant!! c'est remarquable et très réussi!!

  5. Amazing work in such a tiny scale. I love both houses.
    Hugs, Drora

  6. Your houses are amazing and so tiny..
    Bye Faby

  7. Eliza,
    All of your structures are beautiful. your latest is absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see the inside.

  8. I love it!! are really a great work,congratulations! I would like to see more! I would love to be taught by Nell Corkin, because I really admire her work. Regards.

  9. Oooh I love this! That blue door is just perfect! :) x

  10. Your tiny houses are beautiful,Nell must have taught you well. So nicely finished and great plants in such a small scale.

  11. Te felicito por las casitas
    Estupendos trabajos

  12. I love your house and a garden around it...