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  1. I currently have one of the two raccoons up for sale on my ebay. The second one will be for sale after the first one ends so that they don't have to compete with each other. Here are some photos. The one for auction now is the one sitting upright. Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr coons by EEWinters, on Flickr Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr Raccoons by EEWinters, on Flickr
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  2. My SIL says everything is better with bacon and cheese! Very strong guy there. I say everything's better with bread!
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  3. On second thought, I think he looks less like a bandit or madman and more like . . . like someone who is about to bash a dollhouse!
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  4. From the album: Country House - Album 2

    Recently, in the forum post titled "What Made You Smile Today," I mentioned that my 91-year-old father was cutting a backyard shrub, and the handkerchief he wore over his mouth and nose made me smile, as I thought he looked like a mad mountain man with a chain saw. Since the sight of him made me laugh, I thought the picture was worth showing. Dad covers his nose and mouth to avoid breathing in allergens. It's a good idea, but I think it makes him look like a a bandit or a mad mountain man, or something to that effect. - P.S. -- Dad built my first dollhouse from a Model Homes, Country House kit.
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  5. From the album: Country House - Album 2

    Amy wanted to rearrange the furniture in her bedroom, and Grandma, who encourages the girls to be creative, helped her. They moved the pink armchair from the alcove, and placed most of the play things/collectibles in the extended space. The desk was in the corner where the chair was, and Mickey Mouse and family is resting by the pink hamper rather than on the green bench. Not all that much has changed, but a little change can do a lot of good. Amy is quite pleased with the results, and Heather said she can certainly live with it (meaning the change). It's a good thing because she shares the room with Amy.
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  6. From the album: Goodwill house

    The doors - not going to put in double doors
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  7. From the album: Goodwill house

    "Stained" windows
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  8. From the album: Country House - Album 2

    The girls have plenty of space (and seats) to sit around and talk.
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  9. Thanks guys. I do feel your positive vibes around me and the feeling of family. Thank you so much for that and always being here for me coz there are some things that I couldn't handle if I didn't have this support system. Kathie, isn't that smell just absolutely mouth watering? LIterally! I drool all day when I make it. I bet your substitutions work out great. The best thing about that recipe is that it can be tweaked and turned into something unique for each person who makes it. In about three hours Lloyd will be following you around asking if dinner is ready. Oh, I have a new lizard story for you guys this morning <chuckling> This is so funny. I was on the phone with my SIL when it was happening and we both got to giggling so hard we couldn't talk. Anyway, right now the backyard is full of teeny baby lizards from the early summer clutchings. Primarily I have whiptails and spiny tree lizards and both are so small when they hatch that they could curl up in my thumbnail. The spiny lizards are the smallest and most delicate. Apparently one clutch was born in a crevice of the patio concrete by the house foundation so I have two or three of these teeny little babies scooting around at the speed of light all over the patio and backyard. Their little feet are still tender so they literally fly across the top of the gravel going from one bit of shade to another while they're out hunting ants and gnats. My favorite part of the day is early in the morning at sunrise when the wee ones come out, stretch their legs, and dive off into the gravel to go hunting. They're in real danger of drowning when it rains so while the whiptail babies are out hiding under planters, the spiny babies are more inclined to come up on the porch. I'm super careful about where I put my feet right now coz these guys have a slight chameleon trait and can blend in with the tan stucco or the grey concrete. They're small enough that they look like a crack in the concrete until they move and then they move so fast that they're almost a blur. Anyway, last night when it was raining, I saw one of the babies come out and apparently he was hungry enough that he thought he'd brave the rain to go hunting.......until he realized that there was water in the crevices where the concrete pads join together and those crevices are just deep enough that a baby lizard would fall in if he tried to cross. So he approached it a few times from different angles and still couldn't figure out how to cross without getting wet. Finally, he scooted back a little ways and took a run at it. There was a little tan blur and then he hit the crevice...........and promptly fell in. That crevice is only half an inch deep which isn't that much to me, but to a baby lizard, that was quite a drop! He pulled himself out on the other side with all the righteous indignation of a cat and shook off the water. The look he gave that crevice was one of utter hatred. <cackle> But he finally made it over the "river" and turned around to head off into the gravel until he realized that it was raining and even wetter out there than in the gullies around his patio home. He did a little of the lizard posturing (push ups) to show that he wasn't scared of the rain for intruding on his territory, but it didn't work. He stood there for a couple of minutes before he realized that the rain wasn't going to be intimidated into stopping so he turned around, hesitated for just a second, then took a run and tumbled back thru the river to go hide under the welcome mat by the back door and cuss about all the indignities he'd suffered. <giggling> It was really funny to watch. The baby lizards are really adorable in a totally miniature kind of way just like puppies and kittens so these itty bitty things can be endearing as they learn the ways of the world, especially when it involves taking an unwanted bath.
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  10. Spoken like a true southerner! My closet has shelves for hats and I was surprised at how quickly they filled up when I unpacked. Who knew I had that many hats! LOL! I have normal hats like fedoras and fancy "out-hat Sunday burnch" hats. (If you know what "out hat" means, then you're a true southerner) Then there are things like my antique velvet riding hat from the early 1900s or the flapper hat with feathers and netting that I like to wear just for fun. I even own a fancy tea hat covered in mounds of satin roses that end with a long gauzy train in back. In the rougher side of things I have a full compliment of biker hats in leather and even a cowboy hat made from an old pair of blue jeans. Of course there's my huge floppy straw hat for gardening but shamefully I've never gotten around to hot gluing roses on it. <hanging head> This could mean that I'll be striped of my "crazy old southern lady" title. Yesterday was a long and busy day. I saw my new dr again and am still optimistic that she can help me. She's actually looking at the whole picture and trying to connect the dots. I'm not ready to say what that big picture is yet until we find out for sure but I should get the test results back sometime today or tomorrow. We're trying a new mega anti-inflammatory injection to see if it'll take some of the swelling out of my joints, then more blood work plus a trip to get xrays of my back, hands and feet. After that we dropped off prescriptions at walgreens, went to the bistro down the street for brunch while we waited, then back to walgreens and finally a stop for groceries and then home. I feel like I've been hit by a truck at the moment but laying on a hard steel table in the convoluted positions required for xrays always does that to me. They asked me to lay flat on my back. I told her if I could lay flat on my back I wouldn't need the xrays. <ba dum bump> The monsoon continues with another major storm last night. All our gullies are nicely washed now.........which isn't just an expression since the flash floods that rip thru them do an excellent job of clearing out debris. I stood out on the patio getting drenched but I couldn't go inside because I was watching my mesquite tree and encouraging it to hang in there. The property manager agreed to saving it so I'm just waiting for the landscapers to get out here and reshape her into balance again. I was SO happy when they agreed that it's worth saving but then again, this is the desert where any living and thriving plant is treasured so I should have given them more credit than I did. Anyway, the winds were whipping the top of the tree around in circles last night and I thought sure she was going to go over but she stayed upright and strong. Mesquite trees are a marvel of natural engineering the way the branches interlock with one another to provide support for the whole canopy. She twisted and swayed and for awhile her branches were touching the ground, but she made it without any further damage. <huge sigh of relief> It's one storm at a time until they get her reconstructed so hopefully they'll get out here today or tomorrow. So today I'm waiting for phone calls from tree doctors and human doctors and a window repairman because the big window in the living room sprung a leak and moisture has built up between the double panes. That's my most prized view of the mountains so it can't be obstructed! Silly ramblings. I'm whistling past the graveyard this morning; hoping that I might finally have an answer and sorta scared of what that answer means. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much because I've been disappointed so many times before but if Dr S is right, it puts all the puzzle pieces in order. Think positive thoughts for me dear friends. I could use a little of that today.
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  11. From the album: My first house - Westville construction

    Room will be finished after the baseboards are installed
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  12. From the album: Glencroft Build

    So the original two additions I had planned have been scrapped. After measuring and measuring for over an hour, my dad and I decided that we just couldn't make the addition on the staircase side of the house look right with a doorway of proper size under the stairs or off the first landing. This was originally going to be a library addition but that idea had been scrapped a few days ago when I realized that I didn't have the budget necessary to buy that many miniature books. It was then going to be a conservatory but that will now take the place of what the kitchen addition was going to be. So the dry build has been taken apart and now the new wall on the kitchen side of the house is being cut to allow for the conservatory addition that will be built. This will have a large doorway with a pass through counter leading to the conservatory from the kitchen area. I like to think that this house in the end will be an old English Cottage that has been well maintained and slightly remodeled for the 21st century.
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  13. This was my first adventure into the miniature world. I have been learning so much, and employing techniques that I've found from a hoard of sources, including my own resources with a 3-d printer at my art college. I would love to get opinions/suggestions/general feedback. My next project will be rephotographing and deconstructing these room boxes to make them better with what I've learned, new kits I've found, and re-building things from old kit plans with a 3-d Printer I found difficulty with the toilet and tub, so I want to work on those. I was able to print the faucet for the tub from a 3-d printer, but was wondering if anyone knows of any existing realistic tub faucets. My other problem area was definitely the kitchen cabinets. I was dissatisfied with the Kitchen Collection kits - if anyone has any kitchen cabinet suggestions that would be appreciated. I made the dishwasher myself and 3-d printed the knobs for the stove and dishwasher, and repurposed stickers from the realife miniatures kitchen set. I want to redo the stove and fridge by printing them in plastic from the plans from this kit, and painting it to look more metal/fridge like. I built the bathroom vanity from scratch, using a countertop I found from a mini-maker on ebay. I would also like help on bathroom countertops - I wasnt able to figure out what material this mini-maker used. My favorite venture was the wallpaper, which I manipulated in photoshop and then printed onto 90 lb printmaking paper from a standard computer printer. Also, what mini-tools are best for working with metal? Such as creating realistic door hardware. such as Frances Glessner Lee made with her Nutshell Studies? And does anyone have suggestions for mini table saws or circle cutters for wood/stone? If the pictures are too small, let me know I can link to my website. I'm not sure how they will showup int he forum post Thanks guys!!
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  14. Maybe an old sewing machine, cardboard boxes of old curtains spilling out, abandoned toys.....
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  16. I am in Albuquerque until Saturday. We had an awful time getting here yesterday. By the time we started out around 3pm there were horrendous electrical storms like I have never seen here before and rain like a hurricane. It doesn't rain like that here in New Mexico often. We didn't get down the road before the windshield wiper on the drivers side ( of course) broke so we had to go into town the opposite direction and buy a new wiper. The storms got worse so we went back home and waited for it to calm down a bit. Setting out an hour later we made it to the state road and the road was blocked off by state troopers. Apparently down the road into the Rio Grande Canyon boulders had come down and crushed a state trooper's car and the road was blocked for who knows how long. There are only 2 roads in and out of the area we live in and the one we had to take is twice as long and very dangerous. 5 hours later, through bad roads and storms we made it to Albuquerque! What an adventure! Today I am pretty much marooned in the hotel so I am going to take out my trim and paint it. Its 100 degrees out so other than maybe a quick swim in the pool I won't be going out much. I didn't mean to write such a thesis here....
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  17. Holy cow woman you certainly have a stupendous collection! I'd forgotten about this beauty.
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  18. Love your website! Saw the close-up pics in the kitchen--one question--did she poison the birthday cake?!
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  19. Jeremy,I'm so glad you and your wife have worked things out! I know the yard work may be really difficult,but in the big picture,what a nice surprise to know you've got more land than you thought you bought! And I guess what I thought was a banana spider is something quite different-Wowzers!! Deb:I'm wishing you the best in finding an answer(s) to your health issues,and I am so tickled you are able to watch those sweet little lizards and have some much needed moments of joy-God bless your heart! ^_^ I really wanted to write something good about today,but I'm having a bad case of the blues lately. I'm trying hard to be positive in my own wait for the mammogram and ultrasound tests to be done. I feel like this thing is the size of a bowling ball at times,and that doesn't help my high blood pressure at all. Work hasn't been a bowl of jollies lately,either,with expectations way beyond what I am paid for,imo,so I'll most likely look for another position,as soon as this lump 'thing' is settled... I have my washer repairman coming tomorrow,for what sounds like a minor repair,so that is good. The central air isn't working AT ALL today,but my landlord has the a/c repairman coming out asap-hopefully tomorrow...I said last winter I wasn't going to complain about the heat this summer,so :zipped: ! lol I am making some (sloooow) progress on some windows for my D.C. Ashley this week!
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  20. Sorry I have been offline for a while. My DW had a change of heart last Tuesday, so I returned. Every time we move she gets upset about the number of boxes that my mini tools and supplies take up (around 6) and the space they take up. She doesn't realize that building houses is more than a few sticks and a bottle of glue. I figured she would appreciate that I found something to do around the house instead of spending all my time at the local watering hole every evening. I told her I was giving the houses away, but she didn't like that idea at all, so they are still here for now (sorry for getting anyone's hopes up). It took barely a week for the lawn to grow almost knee high, so we went out and bought a lawn mower and electric chainsaw yesterday. It took almost 2 hours to mow about 1/2 of the front yard before I lost the light yesterday evening. I was going to wait until after the afternoon downpour and the trees cast some shade on the yard, but this morning I looked out one of the windows and saw somebody mowing our backyard! It was Bill, the husband of the husband and wife realtor team that sold us the property. Their SIL was supposed to sell us a used riding lawn mower when we moved in, but was having problems with it. Bill knew our lawn was going to get out of control if we didn't have a mower, so he came over and just started mowing. I cranked up mine and we knocked it out in about an hour. Our timing was perfect as the afternoon storms started early- right as we were loading his mower back into his truck. At the closing, we discovered that the property was almost twice as large as we thought it was. The tree line in the back yard is actually the half way point. There are at least two gigantic oaks that make up some of the canopy, but there is a wall of under growth and vines that make the rest of the property inaccessible. That's what the chainsaw is for. There's only one (or more like a thousand) problem with trimming it all back- there are banana spiders and several other varieties that have created a shield of webs in front of the over growth. For anyone who doesn't know, banana spiders, which have a leg span greater than a dinner plate and the small but highly aggressive crab spiders are very ambitious web builders. Even worse, they are never alone. The webs that can be seen are draped from about 12 feet up all the way to the ground. Others are built at angles or horizontally above your head and field of view if you walk under the outer most limbs of the trees. As much as we need the insect control, I don't want to wait until winter to clean up the back yard and see what we have. It isn't wise to wait until after hurricane season to find out if there are any dead trees in there that have the potential to come crashing down on our home. I can see at least one dead fall that is leaning at a 45 degree angle on another tree. Luckily it is leaning parallel to the house, so it isn't a hazard. I'll have to find a way to get rid of the spiders before I can do any pruning.
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  21. From the album: Country House - Album 2

    Carrie especially likes this area of her sisters' bedroom because she can grab a doll or stuffed animal, listen to music, rock in a rocking chair, and admire a very nice dollhouse all at the same time.
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  22. Kathie, yes it does appaer there is some kind of protective coat on it, thats explains why nothing is working. After 40-50 years even that needs to come off and be re-done. Ah, the joys of buying vintage items! :teary:
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  23. Good grief! Check your sources! There's a limit, even in Lloyd's World. No self-respecting NOLA cook would put pineapple or any other kind of fruit in bread pudding. (Never mind that several full-of-themselves NOLA chefs have been desecrating the name of bread pudding with all manner of appalling variations in the past year. We've crossed several restaurants off of our list because the chef tinkered with the recipe waaaaaay too much. And that's not even counting the numskull who puts fruit cocktail in bread pudding. Aaack! We do hope this fad fades quickly.)
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  24. Can you post a picture of them so we can be of more help? It's hard to give you a good idea without seeing them
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  26. you can do it! it is my first house, too. you'll have lots of fun.
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  27. I baked boneless pork ribs in a foil-covered pan for about 3 hours while the sauce mellowed, then took off the cover, drained the fat & juices, poured some of the sauce over them and put them back into the oven (325) for a half hour for the sauce to thicken up a bit. Excellent! Fork tender ribs and wonderful flavor. Served some mac & cheese as a side. Good old comfort food. Lloyd suggested adding some pineapple, which might not be a bad idea, but then he thinks everything would taste better with pineapple.
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  28. From the album: Goodwill house

    "Brick" floors in the kitchen
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  29. I like the newspaper effect. The attic looks cozy.
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  30. we dont see many lizards these days...or birds or bunnys....manos the kitty and Bebe make sure no such unwanted critters dare enter their kingdom. I made them take down the humming bird feeder as it just seemed so cruel to invite them in for a nice drink and KAPOW cat food! but I do laugh at the ones who brave our fence walls today it was 100 by 11am so I am in the ac and doing as little as possible stay cool and hydrated my friends!
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  31. Well I wouldn't want a village where all the houses looked old and rundown, either.
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  32. It's ironic that he makes these comments (not the first time), yet builds BBQ grills, tractors, has a mini garage full of period cars all for a young lady? Clearly, I'm not understanding something here.
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  33. Ive done three Canterburys, that is to say Ive done one of them twice and one once...so far And I have another in the box. Love this little house although the ceiling height in the upper storey makes it difficult to decorate. This is my haunted/witchy Canterbury http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&album=5314 And a few shots of the interior of one that I changed from a faery to a mouse cottage, although its not complete yet. This was to be a little tea room, but its waited in the wings for a few years for me to finish up with the exterior brick work. You can see more if you would like in my album titled Canterbury remodel.
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  34. Thank you. Yes, I did make it.
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  37. From the album: Susan's Garfield Victorian Dollhouse

    This is the front door with the faux stained glass. I used permanent colored markers rather than paint and it really looks like real stained glass and is transparent. It looks very pretty when the light shines through from either side.
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  38. From the album: Susan's Garfield Victorian Dollhouse

    A closer view of the larger window in the front door. The colors are actually a bit more pink than this reflects.
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  39. From the album: Susan's Garfield Victorian Dollhouse

    This is a view of the upper window in the front door with my faux stained glass.
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  40. From the album: Whitebrush Manor - DC VM800

    My husband cut some reinforcing pieces that I glued to the bottom of the base to add to the stability. I wasn't sure how secure the particle board would be just glued to itself, and it had gotten a little wonky/crooked over the years. Better safe than sorry!
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  42. nice smoke effect! I also love their clothing they are very nice figures
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