Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's been too long!

Welcome new followers! I haven't been all that inspired lately, and a busy summer and no dolls house stuff done. *sigh*
I was lucky enough today to visit The Cut; Costumes and Cinema exhibit @ my local museum I took loads of pictures, here are some of my favourites, hopefully they will help inspire me. The detail on these dresses was astounding! Considering the purple dress from The Duchess was only seen briefly in the film!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Installation complete!

Hurrah! Floors are all installed, wood filler added, stain goes on today and tomorrow, VARNISH! Woo hoo! It took forever, partly because I was uninspired near the end and was sick of looking at wood sticks!

Attic Nursery

Next will be selecting wallpaper and paint, my mini family is getting excited that the renovation is drawing to a close!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today was a GREAT day!

I am exhausted due to very little sleep the night before (Darn Mom and her planting good books to read in my "visit" room)
Today, I was so fortunate to see a childhood friend inducted on to the Wall of Fame at our elementary/junior high school. Caprice and I have been friends since we were five years old, she has always been one of the most positive and inspiring influences in my life. Even though we lost touch for a few years, she is still the same lovely and amazing lady she always was. She was added to the wall of fame for her AMAZING ART and it was so wonderful to see her and her mom, Elizabeth, that I was very close to tears.
I was also fortunate to meet up with two of my old teachers, Mrs Lawlor and Mrs Sheen.
Mrs Lawlor, my grade 3 & 7 teacher, is still the splendidly tough, "Find a chair and park it!" that she always was (she had said this to me in the past and again today!) It was surreal to actually be taller than her!
Mrs Sheen, my grade 2 teacher, always read to us in the afternoons "The Baby Whale, Sharp Ears" and, one of the contributing factors to my Miniature Obsession "The Littles" She has also become an Artist after being a teacher!
From left to right: Angie Lawlor, Caprice Hogg and Janet Sheen
Caprice and me, She is just a wonderful Artist and an even more amazing person!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New little bits!

This internet shopping thing is great, if not slightly dangerous ;o)
I purchased these two lovely items from two fantastic artisans, the elegant Oriental rug from Dales Dreams and the adorable Kitty from Bridget McCarty.
Dales Dreams Oriental rug carpet, beautiful, elegant for the dressing room.

Bridget McCarty, Adorable little kitten, such mischief, she will run circles around the basset hound I am sure.
It really helps to inspire and makes me want to finish the large house faster so these beautiful items have a place to live!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sticks and Stones and Glue

Finally, over 3 months later, I am working on the very last room for the hard wood! (Yippee!) It's quite pathetic, now when I go to Starbucks, I don't want to add anything to my coffee that I have to mix in, as I get stir stick envy....why are theirs so much straighter, flatter....etc. Oh! The "stones" reference in the title, that is what the tin can is full of, it helps weigh down the wonky-doolally sticks when I glue them in.
I ended up taking off the flip up roof to finish the floors as no lock hinge would work and it kept banging me on the noodle. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flooring ....will it never end LOL!

As I used wooden stir sticks for the floor (easy to cut with scissors) they are not always straight or even, there were a lot of gaps in the floor that needed wood filler to make it look "real". First I applied 3 coats of natural stain as I wanted the variations of colour to really show. Then I filled with wood filler and put on a heavy coat of stain. Now it's ready for one final sanding and varnish!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Floor installed! Woo Hoo!

I still need to complete the attic area, but that can wait. Actually it has to wait as I need a lock hinge to keep it propped open and avoid being concussed! I still need to power sand, stain and varnish, but the tedious part is over!

After floors are done, I will need to paint the rooms and add baseboards and window frames. I can't wait to get the furnishings etc. in, right now it reminds me of a collage apartment!

On my Birthday I partied like a Four Year old.

My Dad built me this doll house for my 4th birthday and my Mom made the soft furnishings and decorated it for my Sunshine Family dolls. I think they had fun doing it and I still have it! On my 38th birthday, I played with my other dollhouse, putting in wood flooring.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Progress on Flooring

Welcome to my New Followers!
Well, three rooms finished, five rooms to go with the hardwood installation. Then sanding, oh so much sanding, staining and varnish. The other two rooms (kitchen and bath) will be tile floors and I am still trying to find just the right medium to use for those rooms. I put the kibosh on the stairs, not enough square footage (or is that "inchage") so there will be imaginary stairs in this house.
There will be paper crate tile in the bay window nook as the lady of the house will have her plants there and we don't want water damaging the hardwood.
The flooring team.

Hard working and dapper dresser!

A not so enthusiastic assistant, but he can fetch and carry, my new addition to my collection Edgar Basil (that's BAH-zil not BAY-sil) Winchester, the Basset.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Warm Welcome!

Holy Smokes, I slack off for a month and I now have 75 wonderful followers. Thank you so much and welcome!
I will post more progress soon, I promise!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck...

Bag fulls! I am getting ready to install the hardwood floors in the "Stone" 3 story I have been working on. I have loads of regular popsicle sticks, but they just don't seem to be the right width and thickness. So off to the Dollar Giant I went and came home with 16 bags of coffee stir sticks to be on the safe side. I will be starting on the ground floor and working my way up.....but before I move to the second floor and attic, I have "THE STAIRS" (dramatic dun-dun-dun!)

I do have to figure out HOW oh HOW to put in the darn two staircases. That will be a tricky feat, as the stairs I have from main floor to 2nd are not tall enough and the existing opening to the second floor is too small. There is NO opening from 2nd to attic level and I haven't got a clue how to position them...they are also too short.

But.... I shall worry about the stairs later. Floors first.

1/8th of Room 1 is Done.....9 more rooms to go!