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Fenders and Company!I

I took the fender out of the clamps, actually clothespins, and most of the ripples had settled down. I was glad about that as I really didn't want to have to make another fender. I put on two coats of matte finish and let it dry. I did have more trouble with the rippling so had to put it back in the clamps for awhile. Note to self, use wax paper next time as the pieces of wood I used to clamp with stuck to the finish and I had to do part of it over! But, it was finished at last and glued in pla
 

Fender Bender?

I wanted to create a fender for those front wheels on the Summerhouse. I spent some time looking at fenders online and while my DH and I were out riding around on the weekend, I noticed some fenders on utitlity trailers that I liked. Didn't get a chance until today to try out my plan. First I fiddled around with a paper pattern until I got a shape I thought would work. I had purchased some 1/16 basswood the other day just for this so got out my utility knife and cut the shape out very care
 

Siding done, and cracking open the San Fran box.

Figuring out what the staircase looks like, and installing a (matboard) door, pin-hinged: I found on sale some of that acrylic gel stuff that one mixes with paint to make it look like stain, and have been trying it out on the stair treads and railing newel posts; so far it looks OK, though I mixed it with a dark paint to get this (what I consider to be) medium color. Siding done! :thumbup: And side trim (matboard strips) affixed. I have to get some paint now! Also you can s

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Windows and doors

When I look at this pic it doesn't seem like I've done that much, but these are the fussy bits of architecture that take time to paint. Painting over that dark green meant about five coats of ivory over all the porch pieces and of course, my OCD went into overdrive when I painted the green on the porch trim so that took some time to get perfectly straight. But all things considered, I think I'm making good progress.     I'm very twitterpated with this screen door. I've used them on Greenle

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Who's idea was it to cut new windows???????????

Seriously?? Was I really that stupid??? I have realised today that I only ever share my successes! Now while this is a very human thing to do, I also recognise that it doesn't clearly show the blood, sweat and tears I have - thus far - put into my Pierce. No does it explain that while I may attempt to be a perfectionist - I very rarely create things as perfectly as I would like! So I had the fantastic idea of putting in skylights and creating more space in the attic. When I had the

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Trim, Bricks and a Fashion Show....

Had another day of randomness! LOL! When I was looking at the pictures of the Neverwas Haul, I noticed that it has copper trim along the roof ridge. At first I was going to order something similar online but then the thrify Yankee in me kicked in and I decided to see what I had kicking around the shop. I've had some plastic wrought iron fencing for years and pulled it out. It looked like one edge would do the trick so I got out my wire cutters to trim away the parts I didn't need. I tried
 

Telescope, Part Two

I was really proud of myself after building the telescope yesterday and was excited to show it to my DH when he got home from work. He was duly impressed but when I touched it, it fell over and the telescope broke off the mount and then the mount broke off too! Argh! So figured I needed to cut the legs at more of an angle to make it more stable. Woke up early with a few ideas and started hunting through my stash of wooden parts and metal filagree to add a little pizazz! I used a wooden bowl f
 

The Joys of Paint

One of the things I really love to do is paint. It's a Zen thing and always puts me in the Zone. I've been painting porch railings for a few days.....mainly because I had started out with a dark green choice four years ago and it has to be repainted ivory now. It's taking about four coats to cover the dark green, but I love the way it looks. I did some tweaking of the light green paint I bought for the body of the house. It ended up being entirely too minty so I added some grey and brown un

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Trim and Telescopes

The back of the tower has been sitting there bare for awhile now so I decided to add that little piece of brick paper to make it complete. That way I can also glue on the remaining corner trim for the tower. With a bit of work, I transformed the white cardboard trim pieces that came with the kit to something fit for a steampunk house! I was standing there admiring my work while the Captain was looking at pictures of the Neverwas Haul online. His first words were, "Heyyy, there's an observa
 

Attic tower complete....

So my little attic room is pretty much done. I'm finishing off the ceiling for the bay - I'm not worrying too much about what it looks like on the outside as of course I'll put a copper top on it - plus all the cladding once the house is completely built. I have decided to do all the attic ceilings with wood white-washed. Because we seem to have lost our scroll saw, the cutting out of windows has been very difficult! However I'm getting there - I'm now keeping band-aids in my craft room!  

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Porch and Calamity!

I have been cautiously glueing on bits and pieces that I have made for the Summerhouse. I try to think through whether it will be in the way of something else or there's a chance of it getting knocked off. The bathroom exhaust fan seemed to be okay to glue on, so here it is: I know I can't glue the balcony on yet, but I can glue on the sticks with rivets: I glued the porch posts in place and borrowed one of my husband's clamps to hold them in place. I also was able to finish paint
 

Porch Roof and Motorcycle Madness!

People on the Greenleaf Forum were talking about the unfinished furniture that was back in stock at Dollar Tree. Of course I had to zip on over there and have me a look see. No luck at the one near me so I wandered around and picked up a few things. When I got to the checkout, there was a dirt bike in my basket! I know I didn't put it there so figured there was a minion that hitched a ride in my purse. I brought it home and the minions were all excited! I didn't know how they'd get on it, but af
 

The Awakening.....

It's been a long time since I dusted off the blog but as I begin a new journey with a Tennyson, it seemed like a good time to sweep out the cobwebs and record my progress as I go.   The inspiration for this house is the book, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. There are two houses that are featured in the book: one is a sea side resort set on Grand Isle, Louisiana where the main character spends her summers. The second is a house in New Orleans that Edna rents when she discovers she needs a p

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Laundry Day at the Summerhouse....and Front End Work

Rose announced that it was laundry day and you should have seen people disappear! LOL! She's been teaching the steampunk robot how to operate the Wringer Dinger Washer and he has really gotten the hang of it. But there was a fatal flaw to her plan; she decided to include minions on this venture. It all sounded so innocent at first. All they had to do was hold the laundry basket and catch the clothing that shot out of the wringer part of the washer.... Rose figured two minions could handle the j
 

Doors and Mischief.....

Was in the kitchen having breakfast when I noticed it was too quiet in the shop. If you have children, you know that too quiet is not a good thing! LOL! When I went in, I heard a lot of scurrying and found this on my bench. Rose was giggling and there was general hilarity on the skellies carnival ride. They took Selkie's comment about the alien faces and ran with it. I told them "Forget about it...!" Everyone just cracked up then and it was a good joke on me! Once things calmed down a bit, I gl
 

New attic tower and skylights coming along

So...unfortunately I've run out of wood. I've cut the three sides for the tower and I have enough to cut the roof once the sides are all on. I have marked out the windows on the wood. I'll have to figure out how to use the scroll saw in order to cut them out! Then I have cut the skylights in the middle roof and large roof in the cardboard. I have decided I love the middle roof ones, not sure about the large roof. I am going to make them a series of smaller windows as opposed to one l

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The Chantilly arrives at it's new home

It's taken some time and kindness of strangers, but finally I have the half-built Chantilly home. When going through the box I realised I had no windows, doors, dormers, filigree and a few other things. Thankfully another box has been found and will be sent to me - will be interesting to see what's in it!   I have to consider who will be living in this cottage before deciding how to lay it out. The only thing I'm sure about is that this is going to be a stone cottage.

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Plans for attic - what do you think of this??

Okay - completely scrap the idea of a mansard roof. Far too difficult for me!! This is about the best I could come up with. I'll add in windows to mirror those on the first and second floors and make a copper roof similar to the one on the main tower. What do you think?? I really appreciate your opinions - what can you see will be difficult? Do you think this would work? Any thing you'd change?  

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Doors and Wood Paneling

Got out my Easy Cutter today and decided to start putting on the wood strips to the left of the door. I again used the E6000 cement to apply them and I think the wood strips were just what was needed! Of course now you know what that means....I need to make more sticks with rivets! LOL! But that's okay, I do kind of enjoy teasing the Captain with all the bling.....The front will also have a porch roof which will require a couple of porch posts. I was originally going to paint them up lik
 

Progress with siding and staircase.

Well I finally figured out what the porch light fixtures look like: bits of matboard and some odd eyelets. I need to find the right diameter clear plastic tubing to fit over the light bulbs though. The lights being installed, siding is progressing slowly but surely; I've learned my lesson about applying siding layers too hastily, as it leads to buckling. I've been working on the staircase; the Laurel kit staircase just has two sides and the treads, so I used those as a base

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Plans for children's attic room.....what do you think of these?

Please have a look at these....do you think this is relatively do-able for the Pierce? I'm thinking I could either do a bay or dormer above the kitchen. It's going to be a children's room - but I'd like to fit two children's beds.   [houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/19627319/Cedar-Creek-transitional-bedroom-other-metro]   [houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/13374972/London-traditional-kids-other-metro]   [houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/353117/Crisp-Architects-traditional-

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So Much Randomness....

After posting the current picture of the progress on the Steampunk Summerhouse, something was off. I couldn't put my finger on it at first; but as I looked at it, I realized it needs to have the wood paneling continued onto the wall to the left of the front door. Good thing I didn't install real brick there! I checked in my junk box and I have just enough stained planks to do it too. That might have to wait as I need to make a WalMart run today. I might even have to run wood under the large bay
 

Building the Tower!!!

Well I have to give it to my brilliant Engineer husband (don’t tell him I called him that!). He gave me a fantastic idea of how to build the tower on my Pierce! The wood glue I use is brilliant but it does take time to dry. Last night I tried to glue a couple of sides of the tower to the top and the bottom. I tried using masking tape and even tried hot melt glue. It was a complete failure – all I managed to do was burn my finger! So I took it out to hubby and asked for his advice. So hubby sugge

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