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Tracy Topps Completed Lily!

This house is made for a customer of mine and she did not want too many flowers up front but you know me, I gotta have flowers and trees and some form of life to the house. Also, because this house was being shipped very far away, I could not add a huge base to it so, I took some foam core (1/2" thick) and glued it to the bottom of this house. I then covered it with "Sheet Moss". I then added trees, moss and flowers to the the base to give this house the appearance that the yard is kinda unkept

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Minis On The Edge

 

it is finished

it is finished and waiting for my Aunt to come pick up sometime in March. she wanted to do some of the finishing touches so I am doing nothing else decorating wise. the steps are built but not attached so she can transport it better. my thoughts ...The house when done is fantastic. the rooms are not bad size and the layout is different from other houses making it a unique addition to any dollhouse collection. Due to all the little extra trims this house does take

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

a diamond in the rough

here we have it as it looks tonight. all of the windows have their sills and are installed. I also managed to get the porch peices punched out and painted a couple of coats of white and installed all I have left are the dormers and the steps and the finishing touches. I called my aunt and she is very excited about coming to pick up her house...she told me she has a sofatable to set it and her other things on it...I said oh you have other things? she's like

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

trim trim trim

I gathered all of my punched out peices and those that were stained got installed all of the windows! ....NOT nooo I had all of them done but for the sills and the fancy stuff on top sooo I had me a staining session. and how I wish that this was all of it but Im afraid I missed some. but now I have all of the window trim and doorways and most of the stair rail...dont have it all installed but I did manage to finish the double windows and the doors so thats where I

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

still plucking along

after months of doing other projects and getting them out of the way I rolled miss Lily back into work room and started adding all the trim. it is the trim of this house which gives it its special look and there is ALOT of it. now once again I want to stress LABLE lable LABLE you think you will remember where you leave off but you wont. as I am so close to being finished my plan is to go floor by floor and completeing the windows and the trim. as I go. the fir

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

More Painting Outside

I have just added more colors to the outside of the house. It is really beginning to have it's own personality and I NEED my houses to talk back to me :whistle: Here are the pictures: The new colors add more warmth and life to the house. I dry fitted the porch parts onto the house: I will apint them and add them tomorrow

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Minis On The Edge

 

Painting the Lily

Well I have started painting the outside of the Lily and it's beginning to look like an old dreary home, which is the effect my customer wants. I have added the extra sculpted elements at the bottom of the house around the base. I will add the doors and then porch rails will be added. The pictures show only the first color added to the house. More pictures to come soon!! These pictures almost make the house looks like the stones are gray but they are actually a dark brown color. T

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Minis On The Edge

 

Front and Sides clay

I did not realize that I have not added more pictures of the rest of the clay work I have done to this house. It is a LARGE house to add clay too which means I am using a lot more clay than I thought I would. It is looking wonderful though. The outside is all done.When my husband comes home with my camera I will post more pictures: Roof finished pictures:

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Minis On The Edge

 

Adding the Clay

I finished painting and adding the dormers to the roof. After that, I decided to start painting the base coat on the trim thatI added to the house (It will get about 4 washes to make it look like stone). I then started ading the clay to the foundation. I also made little clay embellishments that I want to add to the porch to give the effect and mood that my customer wants for this house. After I finished that, I painted the porch a very dark brown. Then I started adding clay to bottom of th

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Minis On The Edge

 

Adding The Roof Trim & Dormers

At first I looked at the dormer sides and thought I must have been crazy cause I could not figure out how they went Well after looking at the INSTRUCTIONS which I had put aside cause I had decided I did not need them anymore ( :whistle: That's what I get Huuh, I still need them ) , I figured it out and Ohh How I love the dormers and trime and all. This house has a lot of charecter!! The Curved part sits right on the roof Then you add the front part I also added my own

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Minis On The Edge

 

Roof Added

This house has been sitting in my garage since my last post because We were trying to sell our home. Well, we took it off the Market for now because this is my busy season and I HAVE to finish this house BEFORE I move cause I promised the buyer that I would!! Well, I felt some of the trim is a bit plain so to add some detail I bought some wood strips from Hobby Lobby with a nice design on it. I then went through LOTS of it trying to miter the ends correctly :whistle: I also changed the tr

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Minis On The Edge

 

inside

I was reading through the post and photos and realised I do not have any of the inside photos included so I thought I would add them so you can see just how far I am and what I have left to do as you can see the construction workers are a messy crew who cant use a broom. I need to add baseboards and some crown molding and the window and stair trims. so not much to do but alot to do. and this last photo is of the small bedroom

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

slow goings

first I have to say that I am having problems with this kit....I am so visual that the lack of photos really has me frustrated to the point of wanting to skip stuff....DONT do that. this is such a gorgeous house! although I didnt get much done tonight...mostly my own doings :lol: I did realize that at this point I have to get the pices together to see what to paint what color and how it all goes together...I have had to repaint 3 different times. so now Im dry fitting and marking g

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

push

after another break from the house...real life yanno? I decided to buckle down and make a big push! lol I didnt get very far....when last I left the Lily wehad been painting verge....lots and lots of verge...but alas we did not get it all painted. so tonight I put on what I did have painted and it wasnt much. this is the verge Peice that closes the attic this is the verge trim on the roof and the 3rd floor.

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

Proof!

a word of advice to all dollhouse builders. make sure you mark all of your bits as they come out of the kit...never assume you will "remember" I have taken a long break from this house...first from surgery and recovery and when I got ready to restart the house my grandmother got ill and I had to go spend 8 days in hospital with her and bring her home with me. and here she still is. so after finishing up some other projects to move stuff out my way I have now restarted the

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

Adding Floors

Well I added some of the Hardwood floors. I used Corona Concepts Siding strips to do the floors in the attic. I then started adding the roof supports: I used the floor tiles for this room:

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Minis On The Edge

 

Hiding electrical wires

I promised to show a step by step on hiding my wires from my lights. First of all, I always look for a a good place to put them in the ceiling. I then start looking for a good corner to hide the wires in: I take some quick grip glue and glue your wires into place in the corner While the glue dry, I add tape to keep them in place. Before I add clay, I add electrical tape to the wires. The clay goes OVER the wall which will cover the tape and wires. If you add the wires in areas

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Minis On The Edge

 

Porch Assembly

Now this part got to obe a little tricky for me because I do not plan to use the lattice trim on my porch. My foundation will be all clay sculpted with stones in them. Be sure to follow the instructions and ;ay the house on it's back while you assemble the foundation part. It is VERY important to posistion porch foundation piece # 1 into foundation slot # in order as noted on the drawing or else it will NOT fit right (I bet you know how I know that one :lol: ) I also had issues fi

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Minis On The Edge

 

Right Wall & Bay Sides & Back foundation wall

This house is coming along WONDERFULLY!!! It has so many details that are missed from the 2 pictures shown on the box of this kit!! I am totally in LOVE with it's design. The bays went together easily and so did the back wall of this house. Here are pictures of where it goes and how:

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Minis On The Edge

 

Stair Placement & Partitions

Well now it's time to glue the staircases in. If you want your foyer to look neat and decorated nicly, NOW is the time to do it (Before you add the kitchen wall and glue in the stairs). It will be VERY hard to reach these areas later on. Originally, I thought a partition went in a different place which means I messed up my flooring! :o Please note WHERE these partitions go so you won't make the same mistakes :lol:

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Minis On The Edge

 

my roof

now Im not one to go round spread gossip! but my roof turned into a nightmare for me that my poor DH had to help me out of. I have put mansard roofs together before....Linda and Tracy both tell of how theirs just snapped into place. well not mine. I wet the roof peices and scored them a little deeper than they were...this helped for the Glencroft roofline. and than I snapped them into their place under the notch...easy enough.... but it wasnt curved

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

starting again

another break due to my gran getting sick! and than when I got home I realised I had not marked anything I had punched out. big mistake! another mistake is not highlighting thru each step when finished...this helps keep the build from getting to big and overwhelming....one step at a time. the last I had done was the porch. when I got the house down to where I could work on the roof I saw that my wall had a big gape...so I got a little creative with the clamps to get it t

nuttiwebgal

nuttiwebgal

 

It's Electric!

I decided to show a little bit how I electrify the houses. I find it hard to explaine in words but pictures talk in words that I may not express well so here you go. I am just adding the extra outlets that my customer wants in this house right now so that is what the pictures will show. I started out with an electrical outlet with a plug at the end pictured below. The end plug will fit into the electrical strip later on. Now, drill a hole in the floor where you would like to add the o

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Minis On The Edge

 

Windows Part 2

I added the casing bottoms which are pictured below: I then painted the wood above the windows because that part will show through when the Pediments are put into place: I then added the Pediments and you can see that the lighter green shows through the darker green color of the pediment: I then added the pediment caps to the windows which rests on top and centered on the pediment. I also added the corner blocks to the windows: I then added a dirty wash of Green umber

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Minis On The Edge

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