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  1. This tutorial deals with converting a House of Miniatures drawer using thinner basswood for the front, sides, and bottom, and
    dovetailing all four corners, to make a "false front" drawer. A false front drawer is one that has the drawer built as a open box
    with all four sides and then the front piece is installed. This was done for two reasons:
    1. Some woods, especially burls, are not strong on their own and need the reinforcement
    2. Veneers allow the use of very thin layers of expensive and highly figured woords that are too scarce and expensive to make a
    solid drawer from
    Please refer to my tutorial "Dovetails for Drawers" for details and notes on creating the dovetails
    I am demonstrating using the House of Miniatures Three Drawer Chest (Kit 40011) drawer using the kit parts as the drawer front and
    as measuring patterns so you can convert any kit drawer for any House of Miniatures using these instructions
    In the first part we are going to cut out the new parts using 1/16" basswood for the drawer sides and back and 1/32" basswood for
    the drawer bottom
    Step 1: Lay out and measure the kit parts. Here you can see the front, bottom, sides, and back. The kit uses a non prototypical
    construction method where the bottom and back are the full width of the drawer and the sides rest on top of the bottom and do not
    extend all the way to the back. This is something else we are going to correct
    Photo 1 shows the parts and their sizes
    Photo's 2 & 3 shows how the sides, back, and bottom are assembled (they are just sort of propped up here)
    Step 2: Cut out the new sides from 1/16" stock. 
    The sides are the full height of the old sides (9/16) plus the thickness of the bottom (1/8 or 2/16) or 9/16 + 2/16 = 11/16 high
    The length is the full depth of the bottom (1 21/32) plus 1/8 (4/32) for the front plate, 1/32 for the front dovetail overhang,
    and 1/32 for the rear dovetail overhang or 1 21/32 + 4/32 + 1/32 + 1/32 = 1 27/32 long
    So the new sides are 1 27/32 x 11/16 x 1/16
    Step 3: Cut out the new front and back from 1/16" stock. 
    The back is the full height of the old sides (9/16) plus the thickness of the bottom (1/8 or 2/16) or 9/16 + 2/16 = 11/16 high
    The length is 3 3/8 (3 6/16) plus 1/32 per side overhang (1/16 total ) or 3 6/16 + 1/16 = 3 7/16 long
    So the new back is 3 7/16 x 11/16 x 1/16
    Step 4: The parts are marked for the dovetails (the four matching jions are lightly numbered 1 to 4 in pencil)
    Step 4: Cut out the dovetails. As these are a little wider than 1/16" I found that an easy way to clean them up and "cut" the
    dovetails for the front plate is to tightly wrap sandpaper around the edge of a scrap of 1/16" basswood
    Step 5: Glue the parts together. I sand off the pencil marks just prior to gluing each side join. Sand off the projecting parts of the dovetails (see my dovetail tutorial)
    Step 6: Cut the bottom from 1/32 sheet and glue in. I found the easiest way is to put the completed drawer on the sheet and run a
    pencil around the inside to mark the size to cut. I also use two scraps of 1/32 sheet to space the drawer bottom slightly up from
    the base
    Step 7: Cut the false front from 1/42 veneer and sand flat. I found the easiest way is to put the completed drawer on the sheet
    and run a pencil around the front plate to mark the size to cut
    Step 8: Glue the false front to the front of the drawer. I use wax paper and a scrap of 1/16 basswood as a backing for the clamps.
    Notice how the veneer slightly overhangs the drawer edge on all four sides
    Step 9: I cut the plate slightly oversive and sand to fit after gluing
    And here it is mocked up in the cabinet. I will cover the polyurethane finish and installing drawer pulls in another tutorial

  2. Making mini curtains is such fussy work.  It's time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail, but in the end the results are SO worth the time and effort.  I've spent a couple weeks working on curtains for the Tennyson and I think I tossed more in the trash than I ended up using, but I'm finally content with these.

    I'd intended on using some color for the windows but the house had completely different plans and thwarted ever attempt at using colors or prints.  It insisted on white silk and lace for every room and steadfastly refused everything except clean, crisp lines with touches of lace.  Miss Tennyson is dedicated to remaining as light and airy as a house can be!   I have to agree with her that it's a softly elegant country look that's in keeping with my vision so I'm glad she's being so insistent.  Unlike some houses, she's not demanding or diva-ish about it.  She's more like a gracious, kindly aunt whispering, "No dear, that's just not the way it's done.  It's not proper to be so bold.  Remain quietly dignified."   And since I never argue with a house (well, not much anyway), I've followed her direction and came up with the following.

    This is the attic dormer window.  I don't have this one attached to the frame yet since it's a close fit and I don't want to take a chance on getting wood glue on the fabric when I assemble the house.  But it's all one unit so once the house is assembled I can simply glue it in place and put a few drops of glue on the side to hold them down straight.  I chose a cascading ruffle for this window because it'll have a rocking chair and small table holding needlework and a sewing basket sitting in the dormer alcove.  This allows light to come thru and would be the perfect place to sit and embroider.  



    On the second floor left side bedroom (the room with the screen door leading out to the balcony), I made a simple straight curtain to show off the fabulous lace valance.  That lace will be used on the bedskirt which is why I kept the design simple so it won't fight with the bed for dominance in the room.  I made some drapery pulls with tassels from white embroidery thread that I'll add later.  The valance draws the eye towards the tin hearts on the wallpaper border to create a very soft, demurely romantic look.  



    In the other bedroom, the bay window presented itself for what I thought would be some fancy curtains with overlays of lilac silk.  <shaking head>  Nope.  Miss Tennyson nixed that idea immediately and said that the room needed a little more light and a minimum of fussy fabric.  I've always liked cafe curtains so I tried it and luckily Miss Tennyson agreed.  I may add some silk ribbon bows or cascades to them later but for now, the clean lines and slight billows as if they're moving in the breeze works just right.



    The downstairs bay windows in the family parlor came together nicely.  I was a little afraid that when I put them together they might be overpowering for the space, but they don't crowd each other at all.  They're a little fancier than the bedrooms, but since it's a common area where the family might entertain, that's okay.  They still look light and airy.



    I wasn't sure about going so monochromatic with the white silk and lace in every window, but with the house back in dry fit, I was pleasantly surprised at how it pulls the rooms together in a subtle way.  I'm also surprised at how frilly and romantic this house is becoming when that wasn't really my intention.  But since all the lacy curtains, frills and curly ques in the furniture are monochromatic, it keeps it from being overwhelming.  


    I must admit that I'm tired of playing with fabric for now and can't wait to start building again.  This morning I put all the furniture back in its box and double checked my pencil marks for wiring and the placement of outlets.  I'm going to add a couple of extra outlets just in case I want to add some more lamps to it later.  I need to make paper templates of the floors and then it'll be time to take it out of dry fit and start work again.  I'm going thru a few days of inhibited body movement so it may be a couple of days before my joints are cooperative but as soon as they loosen up, I'll be cranking up that dremel and getting my hands dirty again!

  3. I was looking through Pinterest the other night looking for ideas and this one picture jumped out at me - my stomach flipped and I knew exactly who my new Chantilly is for!!!



  4. Thursday 5/21/15


    I've completed the main gable over the front of the Orchid. I had a bit of an issue figuring out the alignment of the gable because I tend to invert things and of course I don't follow direction very well but I did get it to work out.


    I'm thinking of papering one attic room with newspapers, I found a free printie site with 1:12 scale newspapers and now I just need to find paper that will work as newsprint and print them out. I'm thinking of aging the paper with a weak tea solution.


    I'm not progressing fast, but I'm not in a huge hurry either. Just letting the house speak to me and tell me it's tale.

  5. Shareb
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    Hi all!  I have spent quite a bit of time tidying stuff up and now I've begun to furnish the rooms!  Because the kids attic bedroom is so small - despite my adding on to it, I wanted to build 'built in' beds.  Well I am absolutely thrilled with how well they have turned out!  I have started to work on the rest of the attic also.  It's going to be Val's space for crafting and for apothecary stuff.  Beginning to really enjoy this process!

  6. I started painting and staining the floor today. I gave up on the idea of stucco since Fairies probably don't want to be bothered with it either. I painted the outside and the ceiling of the first floor. Starting to get ideas already. :)

  7. pats
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    My progress is so slow I'm wondering if I should even bother to post an entry. But it's keeping me working on the build, so I'll just add a picture when I get a little more done.

  8. Last night while working on the windows, my son refilled my tea sippy (a cup with a screw on lid and a straw) but didn't secure the lid.. I didn't notice, and went to pick up the cup to take a sip. The cup slipped out of my hands and spilled tea all over my doll house wall. :( He grabbed a towel to help mop up the mess. The majority of it wound up in this silver tray that was sitting on top of the doll house part, that held tools (tweezers of all sorts, a mirror on a telescopic stick, swabs, and face masks) needless to say it took me a bit to clean up the mess and dry off the part of the doll house. This morning I began applying primer to the doll house walls and noticed one wall developed a crack. The crack doesn't go all the way through the board, fortunately. I don't know if I need to try to repair it, or if it will be ok, my concern is that this will weaken the construction of that wall. I suppose I could try to staple it back together on that side of the wall to strengthen it. Any other ideas?


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    I finished the Columbian a few days ago. This is a picture of the front of the house... egg carton stone front. I really like how the egg cartons turned out, and it was a fun project. !

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    The Hobbit House Blog:

    This will be the start of my blog for the Hobbit House build. This house is a last minute request for a Christmas present, and I’ve had to put both my Bronte build and the rehab on my Fairfield on the back burner to get this done in time for the holidays. I’m starting out with these supplies, I’m sure there will be more as I go along but here’s what I had to buy to get started:

    1. 6 - pieces of 3MM Birch Plywood x12x24
    2. 1 - quart of Dap Dry Dex Spackling
    3. 1 - quart of Minwax English Chestnut 233 wood stain
    4. 1 - 18 pc. Carbon hole saw set
    5. 2- 1 inch round windows and 2 ½ inch round windows
    6. 1 – Piece of x12x24 inch Plexiglas

    At this point everything else that I need for the moment is in my stash. I started out by taking two of the boards and cutting them in half to make my two outside walls and two inside partition walls. I measured and cut a third piece for my front wall cutting out a 4½ inch round front door and the four round windows (Two 3½ inch large windows and two 1 inch round windows.). I then cut two 1 inch round holes in the outside wall pieces for my side windows and two 4½ inch openings in my partition walls for the doorways.


  9. shamrockgirl18
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    I haven't been on here in a while- not because I haven't been doing any mini work, but mostly b/c I haven't even had time to breathe, let alone type a nice leisurely blog entry.

    I've been incredibly busy because I now have 3 jobs: a day job (school librarian), a night job (writing instructor at local community college) and also a weekend job (local history museum).

    I was working this past Sunday at the museum (which is really a small historical village) when they had the Fairy House tour. Here's the link from the event, direct from author Tracy Kane's website: http://www.fairyhous...smouth-nh-2013/

    Towards the end of the day, I happened to meet the lady who arranged these Fairy House events. She told me that every year, there are a few houses that never get claimed, and they end up in the dumpster. I thought that was apalling! Not just the idea of the wasted materials, but also the idea that these beautiful little houses don't get a chance to be seen again!

    I told her that I am a dollhouse/fairy house builder myself, and that I also work in a school library. Our school has a little courtyard that the library windows look down into, and I told her I'd be happy to take any unclaimed fairy houses to display in the school's courtyard. She told me to come back on Monday (yesterday) and just take any houses that were left b/c Sunday night was the deadline to pick them up. So I went yesterday, and ended up taking 3 fairy houses back with me! banana.gif

    Not to mention- they also inspired me to make some more of my own! I made 2 little ones last night from these little wooden, decorative birdcages that I picked up at a thrift store last year. And now I am working on a 3rd one in a larger, metal decorative birdcage that was also bought at Goodwill.

    I cannot wait to set them up in the courtyard, and then casually tell teachers/students to go out because "I think some fairies have taken up residence in our courtyard!" biggrin2.gif

  10. September 10, 2013

    Spent 4 hours today removing more paint, paper, varnish, and glue. After the last few days of disassembly and cleanup I have to say I have a renewed respect for sanding the product before assembly. As I said before, this was my first house and I knew next to nothing about finishes. Although I gave the pieces a light sanding to remove splinters and jagged edges before I put it together, I see now the benefits of doing a complete and thorough sanding.

    As I took the house apart I saw close up how rough some of the glued edges were and in future I will be sure to take this step more seriously. Close examination has shown me how much better the finished product can be with careful attention to this preliminary step. I’m still deciding whether I will change the color of the house, so there may be a few more hours of sanding in my future, but at least now it has been made easy with the Multi Max.

  11. August 12, 2013

    I’ve been trying to get my hands to cooperate with me so I can cut the hay bales on the mini saw and finish off the coop. Unfortunately carpel tunnel is relentless and my hands are just too weak and shaky to confidently power up that saw. The CP is bad enough, cutting off a finger – not in the game plan, so I’ve set that aside for now and moved on to something more manageable – building a needlepoint stand and creating a mini needlepoint piece for the Bronte House. I was so excited when I got the little kit in the mail that I couldn’t wait to put it together and in my haste I forgot to take pictures of the unassembled kit. So, Yankee ingenuity in tow I scanned photos from the instruction sheet to give you an idea of what it looked like before. So here are pictures of the notched bottom, the decorative stand, and the frame. Simple pieces that were quickly done.


    And here are the pictures of the completed assembly.


    This is the pattern for the needlepoint piece.


  12. Sunday, June 23, 2013

    I do wish RL would stay out of my way! I had a little time yesterday to work on minis, but spent much of it packing up the little room box I had made for my sister. I've learned a few things from the big companies that mail miniatures to me - pack them with LOTS of padding! I now have a cigar box cushioned in the center of a 17" square box. And my own copy of the same room box isn't quite finished, so I worked on that for awhile, too. Then, when that was clamped and the glue was drying, I got out my micro house. The paint was all dry, of course, so I did another dry-fit, putting more of it together this time. Sorry I forgot to put a penny or a Hershey's kiss in the picture, but it's setting on a cutting mat with one-inch grids.


    I think this will work just fine to take out the one wall so I can have a larger Parlor, or Entertainment Room, as they were called.

    Then I took the micro LED lights out of their packages, dismantled the house again, and did some experimenting with light placement. I think maybe the hallways will be left without lights - the maid forgot to turn them on! That will reduce the lights from nine to only six. So if I can fasten the lights to the ceilings first, then cover the ceiling with paper, then try to hide the wires down the sides of the chimneys …

    I worked for hours on Sunday afternoon and evening, but don't feel like I made much progress! The wires are on two of the floor/ceilings, but not on the top floor yet.


    I think I should paint the top side of it first but not sure if it will be seen or not. I made a paper pattern of the second floor, which is the first-level ceiling, carefully tracing around the stairwell and the slots for the lower walls to fit into. Since I am leaving out a wall on the second floor, I didn't cut slots for it, just covered them over. Not needed, right? WRONG! Half of each slot is for the notches on top of the lower wall. Two walls fit into one notch. I used a pale yellow scrapbooking paper for the ceiling, which I cut out using my scratch-paper pattern. Carefully measured and cut holes for the light bulbs to poke through, and glued it all down. Then I did another dry-fit, placing the first-level walls and the second flooring together. That's when I realized my mistake in covering the slots!

    Why does glue grab quickly when you don't want it to??? I was barely able to get the paper off again! I fleetingly considered trying to cut the paper through the slots, since it was already glued, but the slots are so tiny I wasn't sure I could do it without cutting the wood also. So now I'm back to Square One with the ceiling papers. Well, maybe Square Two, since I still have the pattern.

    I also painted the red "carpet" on the stairways, and painted the banisters and top landing in gold.


  13. kellee
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    I have started on the walls, the wallpaper just flakes off,except where the glue is. So I had to sand it off. I spackled the walls, let them sit overnight and gave them a good sanding the next day. I am starting to prime the walls now and they are sucking up the primer. !!! Even after a coat of spackle. I'm still working on the foundation, still have a few pieces to prime. Then to decide how I am finishing that. I am thinking of cement blocks, gotta go measure them on my real house before I start though. The porch will probably be painted gray. That is as far as I have planned so far. I have no ideas for the exterior color or finish.

  14. I'm baaaack!

    Shame on me for not pursuing this blog. But as it so happens, GL revamped their site, and I had trouble settling in, so I got frustrated and gave up. Now I'm back, and determined to learn our new format.

    I've gotten a lot done since I last posted here. Most of the rooms in Moggie Manor (RGT's EastSide Townhouse ) are wallpapered, and I've managed to come up with some very nice furnishings, although many of them are not permanent. Still it does my heart good to see the rooms with furniture in them.

    My latest furniture purchase is a Bespaq Chambre de la Luna vanity. I love Bespaq, and although I can't afford to buy many pieces, I'm going to try to eventually have one piece in each room.

    I've also gotten ahead of myself in another way..I've made a Christmas tree! Yup, I bought one of the simple, 'bottlebrush' trees, and using Lycopodium, fleshed the skeleton form out with lovely green branches. It now sits, waiting for ornamentation.

    Getting the tree actually made was an obsession of mine. I had great fears that I'd leave it to the last minute, be unhappy with the results, and give up on decorating Moggie Manor for this Christmas.

    Yep, in J.K.Rowling's world, Harry and his friends do celebrate Christmas. Those who love HP know that the witches and wizards in this world, aren't in league with the devil. Rather, they have been given extra gifts by the Divine..in the same manner that many other natural talents are given. And of course, it's how those talents are used, that makes them good or evil traits.

    I like to believe that wizarding skills and talent are just one more example of a Divine Plan concerning human evolution..an adaptation to the world at large, due to mutations within our DNA. Wouldn't it be fun if such mutations really came to pass, and magic was really real?

    OH well, I can dream, can't I? In any event, HP's Wizarding world is fun to play in.

    More later. Have a great day!

  15. Fitting for fireplace to set in the wall. And starting to glue down floor tile. This part of the tile is grouted now and ready for the next part to finish this floor area.

    Nothing new will be up untill next week,around march 5th. The castle is dismanteled right now. Putting in the beams on ceilings and cutting out for the staircases. And the outside walls are being painted,while waiting on the stone for the outside, and rest of the stone for the floors to be delivered.

  16. Well well well i finally did something on the half scale house ;)

    I stuck the roof on...put on the battons and did the first coat of paint.....yay me :D

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    Linda :blink:

  17. LifeUponTheWickedStage
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    Man have I had a hard time posting this. Computer issues I guess. But I'm back and feeling very guilty for dissapearing for a large chunk of the year. I blame being a first time mom to a one year old who fears NOTHING! Its not a normal day if the kid doesn't get hurt once. I'm considering investing in one of the sumo costumes so he's got some extra padding ;) .

    Anyways back to Sirius's house!

    I started playing around with FIMO clay. I've made some fruits and veggies, and continued into the HP world.


    The next photo is a Troll foot umbrella stand :D I'm thinking of going over it with some stain, and ploy and stipple it to make it look like skin. In the background you can see the floors, which I stained a darker color, and the wallpaper that I'm still working on.


    Next was probably my favorite thing I've done with clay. I made some shrunken elf heads. Its just scrap wood from a laser cut set, stained, and once I made the heads and baked them I glued them to the wood. I'm going to also eventually make little copper plaques with names of them.


    My next clay project was a totally improv. The roof of the tower had a giant hole in it so I made a fun little steeple thingy. I just added clay to a broken paintbrush handle and set it in there with a bunch of woodglue. I'm thinking of making it look like metal. Not sure which one, cooper ( greening or not) , shiny black, or silvery.


    I'm going to try to make snakes a very pronounced but understated theme of the house ( Slytherin it up ). So my first snake it wrapping around the weird middle window that I hated. I'm going to do the same metal treatment as the turret. I also made some stainglass with a coloring book from Michaels. In greens of course.


    Next, I took a cheap Hobby Lobby pie cabinet, took of the metal fronts and added some of the HL little bottles full of various spices and colored waters. I also attempted some clay books. Its hard to see how they turned out but I'll definatly make some more. They turned out super darling.


    You can also see it that pic that I stained the floor in two different colors. Unfortunatley there was some bleeding but nothing intense.

    Finally is the outside's color. It seems a little blue in the pic put its grey. Whereever its still yellow is going to be paperclay brick. I'm still unsure of how I want the outside to look. I'm just playing it by ear. I'm thinking I was to distress the grey, but since I just did my base coat I have some time to think about it!


    Let me know what you think. I'm really curious to see if anyone reads this haha. Have an amazing day!

  18. I had just about given up hope that I would be able to stain the doors, windows, beams, and timber framing today, as I didn't think I would have enough time to finish all of the fussy sanding needed in preparation for the staining. As it turned out, I was able to finish the sanding yesterday so it was staining day! For the exterior timber framing, I mixed an earthy green, brown, and sienna oil paints and thinned them down with turpentine to make a mossy green. For the beams and mantle I made up a batch of walnut colored stain using my oils and turp. I wanted something that looked like stain but moving toward a purply mahogany for the interior window framing and was very pleased with the color I mixed using brown, red, blue, yellow, and white with the turp. I plan to make curtains using medical gauze that I dye with mulberries which should look good with the framing color.

    Now I just have to wait for the stain to dry and I can put the windows together. I can't wait!

  19. The Little girl inside of me must really want out because this project is actually flowing totally according to my plans. Last night I went to bed very late (or early depending on what you call 1 am). I had my music pumping and I was going with the flow. Sometimes, when I am thinking too hard about other things (real life things), my creative juices goes into overload.

    First, right before I went to bed last night, I started on this bed for the upstairs room. The rooms in this kit are very small so I wanted to utilize the space and give the impression that there is more space in here than it actually is.

    I have always considered my style of artistry to be more on the side of an Impressionist. The definition of Impressionist is * <b>a literary or artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.</b> Through my blogging of this cottage, I wish to share with you new inexpensive ways to achieve the look of some expensive things that we buy in miniature. You will be able to do this with card board scrap pieces of wood and dollhouse wallpaper or even scrapbook paper. My goal is to try and help YOU, learn how to achieve the look of realism by applying skills of an Impressionist.

    I already knew that today, I would do a tutorial. After I started making this bed last night, I wish I had been more awake so that I would have thought to take out the camera to take pictures of <b>How<i></i></b> I created it. Here is a shot of the Bed I started on last night and at the end, you'll see what it ended up looking like when I completed it.


    Today's tutorial will be on how to make a Cornice. You will need:

    cardboard, scissors, tacky glue, wallpaper (or scrapbook paper), balsa wood and lace trim. First, you need to take your cardboard and cut it a little bit wider than the width of your window. I will not use measurements because, every window has different sizes. You can also cut your wallpaper pattern. It should look like this when cut:


    Next, take your tacky glue and spread glue over the entire piece of cardboard. You can then glue the wallpaper to the cardboard. You can use a credit card to smooth the wallpaper down to be sure there are no bubbles. It should look like this:


    Next, you will take your lace trim and glue it to the bottom edge of your wallpaper


    It should look like this when that step is completed


    Next, you can take your wood and cut it a little bit shorter than your Cornice piece like this:


    Bend each end of your Cornice and glue the wood block in place to help keep the shape of the Cornice when glued in place. Turn your Cornice over because once the glue is dry, it is ready to be attached. It should look like this when completed:


    You can even add an extra step by adding some lace curtains. I just used some lace found at Hobby Lobby or Micheal's. You would do this by gluing the lace to the backside of the Cornice before you attach it to the wall.


    This is what the room looked like at the end of today:





    I did my workout this morning. I totally believe that having a healthy body & mind helps me be the Best person I can be for myself & my family and I can share my best and most creative work with my clients.

    Today my workout consisted of Shoulders & Arms & Ab RipperX (P90X) . I hurt all over but, it feels great because it's a "good" hurt. Thought Of The Day ~ "Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be" ~ Thomas à Kempis

    Many times, we look at others successes or accomplishments and think we can never reach our individual goals because we view the other person as someone not human. Each of us are just plain human beings. Set you Goals and work towards achieving them! Keep them in front of you! So many of my friends are working out to get healthy this year. It's so fun to share Minis & healthy living with them. Feel free to join us too. You are not alone!

    Thanks for stopping by to read my blog today!

  20. Anna
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    Having had some time at hands at home with no major renvotions going on, just sort of relaxing and enjoying that so to speak. That has given me the opportunity of mini-ing and since the Adams is the house I have that isn't emptied out and sits on the table (oh well along with the tray of the Buttercup but that is another story LOL)

    Christmas was great with lots of minis which allready have made their way into the Adams filling up space and giving it a home and lived in look. We have started talking about the accessories necessary as well ;) there is always something to hunt for right?!?

    Going to see what I can make myself, have a few ideas on a few tihngs, others I am going to be lazy and buy I suppose, maybe...

    OK, the bathroom, that really sn't a bathroom as it is short of the actaul tub, but...

    needs ships, boats and schooners to fill up a shelf along the long side in there, towels and toothbrush and those little things along with some laundry, soap bar, towel rod with towel, purr-haps a sponge as well, hmm think that is about it for now.

    Then there are still a few items to go into the kitchen, what is depending on the exterior sink-table I have in mind, will see what I can do there LOL

    In the living room area, there are still a few "bits and pieces" that I want to place on the shelf that goes along the gable overt the door that leads to the bathroom, I have my mind set on those lighthouse plates, those would be neat along with a lighthouse or two... Will see if I can hunt some of those down. It also needs some pet food packets, pet food dishes and some curtains as well as the fabric panels I want to use to enclose the little shelf next to the AGA, oh and there needs to be wood basket as well as a coal thingy and a mope or tall brush for the cleaning.

    For the upstairs, most of the things are there, have plans for making that short wave radio to go on top of the desk, as well as cutting and rolling those blueprints of lighthouses and ships etc. A wood basket and purr-haps a rug, not sure about the rug thoguh. I warm and cozy blanket in beige, green and brown shades is a must though. There is also this little crawl space up under the attic, I am thinking fishing nets, those netted floating whatever-they-are-called-in-English, cardboard boxes and wooden boxes, oars (I have coffe stirrers to use for that) a coat rack/hangers for the warm coat, a folded knitted sweater, would love one of those beige patterned ones, (one can dream about finding these things right???)

    I have a plan otherwise to make something to work otherwise, or for now.

    Then we definitley need fishing gears, a creel (is that what it is called?) and I have an idea about how to make that one with scraps of leather and some sort of evenweave fabric. THen I need to make a few fishing reels as well as fishing poles. Have one but it is sort of bulky for the fishing line holders. And it would be soooo neat to have one of those old kind of diving helmets as well... Purr-haps there is some sort of action figure I can steal that from :D

    Hmm, I am sure there will be more added to the "Must" list, but that is it for now.

  21. Charlene
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    Reception room is pretty much complete. Still have to do a desk chair -- but I have to locate one of those little pizza tables since I live rurally and definitely non-delivery :ohyeah:

    The workroom is still underway. The cabinetry is complete, the tattoo chair and the artist's desk. Also made a cool autoclave, power source and a tiny little tattoo needle. This room is still needing shelving, a roll-around stool for the artist, a movable armrest and rolling tray table. A lot of work still to complete.





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