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Another pink Tennyson

Where have I been? Quilting. Had a request from a family member to make another pink Tennyson; found this old Whitney Tennyson kit on eBay-- I guess it was back in April-- figured today was a good day to break er open and see what we have here. Got the big structural pieces sanded and together for a dry fit. Those 1st floor right front walls' top tabs will need a bit of sanding down so that the 2nd floor right front walls wi

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Stump Fairy House, doors and windows

I haven’t posted in a while because this is a really busy time on the farm getting ready for winter, plus I am still doing a lot of sanding on the inside to make the wood smooth, and sanding is a boring topic for a blog.  Sanding makes a mess and has to be done in the shop, and it is very cold out there right now.  I have been wavering on making windows then cutting holes or making holes then the windows, I can see pluses and minuses to both ways.  Windows are going to be tricky because o

Goldenrodfarm

Goldenrodfarm

 

Stump fairy house

I was excited to get my led lights from Evans Designs the other day, I am waiting for some crystals to work on the light that will go in the peak of the roof.  I need to get it in place before I do more work on the roof so the wires can run between the layers.  I think I may gave to get some chain to hang it, I was originally going to fix it in the peak, but hanging a little would be better.  I have been doing a ton of sanding, and still have lots to do, the curves of the stump and the ha

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Stump Fairy house, base

I took a break from the roof line, mostly because I am not quite sure how I want it finished on the inside.  One of the 200+yo sugar maples lost a limb last summer and the biggest part of the stump is still sitting up there.  It is partly sawed up but I had the bright idea of using a slab to set my fairy house on.  The slab would give me ample room to landscape if I decide to, or the natural wood would be nice looking as a base.  The limb was about 1/3 of the tree and as big as a lot of 5

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Still working on the roof

I got the outline of what I wanted to do on the roof, but should have thought about what I wanted the inside to look like, probably before I joined the upper and lower parts.  I have been muddling over this the past few days.  I thought to cut a hexagon piece of wood to place on the bottom of the peaked part, which will be the ceiling of the second floor.  Realizing that the top of the hexagon would need some treatment along with the v's that make up the peak, I thought about several appr

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Roofline on stump fairy house

Today I joined the hexagon with the peak, I like the sizing.  The next step is to add cross pieces to attach secondary beams, then I will trim up all the beams.  The secondary beams will also end up all being at different angles.  I haven't figured out what to cover it with, but the shingles will be pine cone pieces.  A very good friend of mine promised to send me some large pine cones, I wasn't in a hurry, but she would mention it occasionally when we chatted.  She was a long time cancer

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Roof of stump fairy house

I decided on a roof line I liked for the stump and got started trying to cobble something together.  It has been hit or miss all week.  For some reason I ended up doing the peaked part first, bad move.  I made a bunch of tiny roof support pieces of wood on the table saw 1/2" x 1/4" and about 18" long, I figured I could cut all the pieces I wanted from them, however I may have to make more.  The first attempt was just a tryout to figure out the size, it was a real disaster, I don't know wh

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Stump fairy house, sanding the inside

While drilling and chiseling the inside I did break the back door off in half accidentally, but I think it will be a good thing because I wouldn't have been able to clean it out much less sand if smooth. I used the dremel carving tool to get it mostly cleaned out and the next step will be sanding using both dremel sanding drums and the 2" sanding circles that also attach to the dremel.  The inside of the main trunk was a trial and error process.  I started using a burr rasp that attaches

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Stump fairy house progress

I spent several weeks attacking the inside alternately with a drill with a 5/8" spade bit and a chisel and hammer, I ended up with a giant planting pot full of chips and a a very rough interior. I got the bottom leveled up, the final leveling will have to be done after all the center is cleaned out.  I went down back to find a shelf fungus to use as a balcony, with the dremel I did some fitting.    

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Stump fairy house progress

After doing some leveling I started by using the hole saw to cut the back door, then drills and chiseled to clear as much as I could.  There was still a lot of wood in the center as you can see by the second photo.  The third photo is looking in the side hole, that will need a lot of cleaning out too.  

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Stump fairy house 2017

I am a collector, let's face it, but when you collect tree stumps for future use you need a big storage place lol.  This tree stump was collected many years ago, I was trying to place it, I have been here on the farm about 25 years.  You tend to place things in time by major events in your life, sadly one of mine is the death of my husband 14 years ago, that day still seems like yesterday to me, I will never forget every event in that jumbled day, but dislike it being one of my major even

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Goldenrodfarm

 

Some pictures of the house as it is, now...

I've been having "issues" with loading pictures...trying to figure out how to adjust the resolution on my camera to make them the proper size to post here.  So we'll see if this works: The house has had as many cracks as I can reach -- filled in with wood putty.  Some of the rooms have been painted.  I'll be painting the rest in the next day or so. The hardest area to paint is the area along the staircase.  This should have been painted (or papered) before the hou

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The work continues...

A lot has been done since I last posted.  I've had problems loading pictures, so I'll try again with this post, but it may not work.. ... Anyway. I have gone over the entire house with a container of wood putty at hand. (I use elmers wood putty, in a square plastic container).  I've filled in all acracks, then gone back over the house and filled in cracks I missed the first time.  (And just this very day found yet another gap that needed filling..)  Once the wood

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Moving right along

All the wallpaper is gone.  I tore off as much as I could, then scraped off some more.  When I got done with as much as I could that way, I moved to the sponge dipped in water, and a scraper in the other hand.  I finally gone down to mostly bare wall. I finished removing all the loose pieces before, and got rid of the hot glue.  I used the hot gun to heat a scraper and putty knife, and used those tools (with a glove on my hand) to remove as much hot glue as I coul

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uppitycats

 

First things first

The hot glue.  Although I've rehabbed several houses now, this is the first one I've had that was totally put together with hot glue.  I fully understand now why everyone says "Don't Use Hot Glue!".  It cracks, leaving sharp splinters.  When you try to pull away loose sections, it takes part of the wood with it, marring the pieces.  It splinters, leaving shards all over the place. And as I said, pieces were already falling off.  I think if you're a contractor who can lay down a perfectly

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uppitycats

 

Don't know what day it is!

I have been trying to rework the stairs to fit a powder room underneath....Well, there is not going to be a powder room. Every family needs two bathrooms for crying out loud!!!( I think I'll stash one in the attic) It has been slow going, but I have my room layouts complete, and somewhat achieved the open concept I was going for. I realize I shot myself in the foot by my choice of stair placement. The kitchen will be really undersized and the dishwasher may inacce

Mid-life madness

Mid-life madness

 

San Fran finished, finally!

Finally-- I buckled down this weekend and polished off the San Fran; I posted the pics in an album, but it wouldn't let me choose which pic to be the album title pic. It should've been this first one. This is, of course, made after the style of Robin Carey's San Fran, which photos I studied carefully to get the colors right, even down to the front gable shingles and the porch spindles. The base treatment is actually an embossed "stone"-look scrapbo

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10 days later?

Time is flying. I can't believe how little progress I've made in 10 days. I painted and added clapboard siding, and decided to do some fish scale trim on the gable ends using craft sticks. Somehow it seemed liked the fish scale would would go quickly....NOT!

Mid-life madness

Mid-life madness

 

Days 2-5 (?)

I dry fit the Laurel, then the primrose. I am adding rooms to the Laurel so it will have 6 rooms. I double decked/bashed two Primroses. I think I should have approached it differently, but I want the the floors to line up. I experimented with raw wood paint, sealer. I like it better because it has no odor. The Laurel is glued except for the roof. I'm adding dormers to the attic space. I am leaving out the room dividers for now, and I am going to reconfigure the st

Mid-life madness

Mid-life madness

 

Bits and pieces.

Well here I am, another month gone by; little bits of progress here and there. Made a bed frame out of Al tubing and matboard; stuffed wire into each tube to try to keep it from buckling when I bent it around a form (made of brads, sort of like how Kris did her kitchen chairs) with mixed results. (Well, my brads weren't nailed into the board firmly enough, for one thing.) I need to get a mini tube bender if I'm going to try this again. Anyway, used Kris' mattress tutorial with some modif

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