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  1. Yes, I think that sounds good too, Holly. I'll have to make a note of that. I got a big surprise today, I'd ordered a couple bags of White Lily self rising flour from Walmart, because a couple recipes I wanted to try specified the stuff. This morning I saw my shipment was at Fed Ex's Connecticut location, so I figured they wouldn't come today after all, but lo and behold! They wound up on my porch shortly after noon! An end table I ordered from Wayfair also arrived several days early by the same Fed Ex truck. What shall I try my hand at tomorrow? Biscuits? I haven't much cared for most biscuits I've eaten, but now and then I've tasted a really nice one. I'd like to achieve a lovely biscuit and have collected several different kinds of recipes. BTW, since I can't get fresh cranberries now I bought a bag of those dried Craisins. I remember using them in muffins a couple times. I need to try another muffin batter too.
  2. I haven't felt like doing any miniature work lately. I started taking pictures and measuring some miniatures to list on ebay, but with the mail delivery so screwed up, I think maybe I better wait a while before I try to sell anything. I've read that a lot of ebay sellers' packages arrive really late or not at all. In the last couple months we've had 2 bills, a letter and a check that never arrived. DH finally asked our son about online bill pay though our bank. Since my just under 2 year old laptop crashed & died suddenly in December, I've been updating my recipe files - again. I was working on that on and off on my old laptop during the summer. I'd deleted or added or changed lots of recipes, now I'm doing it all over again. Because of this I've been bitten by the baking bug. This past week I tried out a recipe for an easy coconut cake. The cake was so-so, but I loved the frosting made with a box of instant coconut cream pudding. I tried it yesterday with added drained, crushed pineapple on a pineapple cake made with a mix. Loved the frosting more than the cake, though the cake was fine. I also tried a Jordan Marsh muffin recipe. I substituted cranberries and pecans for the blueberries. They were ok, but not quite what I was hoping for. I'd like to try one of my coffee cake recipes and add cranberries & pecans, but cranberries are not available right now. I wish I'd bought a couple more bags.
  3. When I was 5 we moved into a new house, where I found an old childrens' book from the 40's with all sorts of stories and illustrations. My favorite picture was of a chicken coop house. When the book had fallen into tatters from age, I salvaged that picture and framed it. A few weeks ago I got the idea of making a display to put in my empty fireplace based on the chicken coop. I changed the chicken coop into a house, and it's about 1:24 scale, but it's not a dollhouse. The first picture shows it in my fireplace surrounded by painted pinecones and posterboard evergreens. I took the second picture when I had to take the house back up to my workroom because somehow I had bent the rooster weathervane trying to set up the display. More pictures are on My One Inch World, including the inspirational 1940's illustrations.
  4. Most of the online dollhouse forums I've belonged to over the years have gone for various reasons, but I've noticed that a lot of new people have gotten into the hobby since they've had to stay at home. I think the reason that posts on this site have slowed down so much is because earlier in the year they closed down to update the site to make it run better. It took longer than they planned because of glitches they ran into, I guess, plus the whole covid thing probably impacted it too. Anyway, it was offline for at least a couple of months, and when we regulars started drifting back, many others just never returned, and when postings slow down, new people don't see any point in joining either. There's a lot of good info here, but now you have to do searches for it. Hmmm....I don't feel like starting a new miniature project right now, and I did just get a new laptop (my other one died without warning about a week before Xmas)
  5. We've always had just a small dinner for 3, but this year DH went kind of nutty because of covid. A couple of months ago he started splurging on steaks bought online. Then he started buying other frozen foods online. Then he decided we needed a new upright freezer because finding things in the small chest freezer was a pain in the neck. As a result of his frozen food buying binging I have to do very little cooking this Thanksgiving whoopie! We're having turkey en croute, baked stuffed potatoes, cheese chive rolls (actually biscuits), and I ordered an Italian rum cake from a local bakery (we can have pumpkin pie any time). I bought a can of cranberry sauce for myself, and I have to make a couple vegetable sides and that's it, just heat the rest in the oven!
  6. Traditional roofing in that part of England was Horsham stone, but in the painting I liked the roof looked more like large oak shingles. I read that by the mid 1800's there were very few oak shingled houses left, but I didn't like the look of Horsham stone in the photos I'd seen. Recently, however, I found a few pictures of Horsham slate, so maybe I'll go with that. I may change my mind a few times before I actually start putting on the roofing.
  7. I'm going to take a break from my half inch scale cottage row. Maybe I'll work on something else for a while. Anyway, here are pictures as it stands now. I glued the last roof panel into place this morning, but I still need to experiment with whatever I'm going to use for shingling. More work to be done, like adding architectural details to the front and enhancing timbers and bricks, etc., but I just don't feel like doing it right now. If you want to read and see pictures from inspiration photo to now just check My One Inch World.
  8. Most of my reading is done on a kindle because I can adjust the brightness and font to be comfortable for my eyes. Here are some of my favorite authors, all in the mystery genre. Quite a few of their books are available through Kindle Unlimited, or for just a few dollars or as little as 99 cents of even free. I like to read, read over 60 books since the dreaded covid started. George Bellairs - started writing Inspector Littlejohn books in the 30's, starting with constable Littlejohn. Bill Crider - wrote the sheriff Dan Rhodes novels set in rural Texas, lots of warm humor. Moray Dalton - started writing in the 1920's Mary Roberts Rinehart - started writng in the 1910's Charlotte MacLeod aka Alisa Craig - started writing in the 1980's Stuart Palmer - 30's-40's He wrote the Hildegarde Withers series, of which several were made into movies Phoebe Atwood Taylor - wrote about the Cape Cod sleuth Asey Mayo starting in the 30's Dorothy Sayers - classic British crime fiction Patricia Wentworth - more classic British Margery Allingham - the Campion books Next are contemporay authors I enjoy Jana de Leon (very funny books) - Angie Fox (amusing books about a woman who deals with ghosts) - Bobbi Holmes (another series of books about a woman who married a ghost that came back to life) - Wilkie Martin (Inspector Hobbes, the Unhuman series a cozy mystery comedy crime fantasy series - Ann Purser's Ivy Beasley series were fun to read - Ben Aaranovitch, he switched to graphic novels which aren't my thing, but I did enjoy his other books which were also more fantasy crime novels
  9. Work on this house continuing slowly. I've more or less finished 2 of the cottages, except for adding roofs. Last night I made a fireplace for the 3rd cottage and today I'm working on the stairs. Here's a picture of the interior of the 2 cottages as they were yesterday afternoon. The chimney is just sitting there so I don't forget it has to go there. If you'd like to see the whole building process just visit My One Inch World.
  10. I scratch build, but since I've always been interested in how people lived through history, I tend to build houses or rooms in historic eras. I have files of information about historic periods that I'll probably never get around to using, but I find myself always collecting more. I'm working on a model of an actual historic building right now, but I'm putting my own spin on it.
  11. I thought I'd bring this up, since a lot of people are confused about building stairs. I'm no expert, but I've built a few, and I've just been working on another one for my 1:24 cottage row. Both of these staircases are the same height. Please excuse the irregularity of the one I cut from builders' foam. I was experimenting and planned on encasing it from the beginning, so cutting errors wouldn't be visible anyway. The second one was made from a piece of balsa stripwood. The foam staircase risers are based on a height of 5/16", but when I went to start the second staircase, I didn't happen to have the right sized wood, so I used 1/4" for the risers. As a result, although both staircases are the same height, one has 12 steps, the other has 17, and as a result is over 1" longer. The size you use for treads and risers makes a big difference. I always use the measurements of my stairs at home and proceed from there.
  12. Yesterday was our last hot summery day, this week they're calling for temps in the 70's, fall weather arriveth - and my desk chair started squealing like crazy with every turn. Yesterday it was fine. All summer it was fine. Now it screetches and they say you can hear it all over the house. Farewell sweet summer.
  13. That's part of the fun of working on an "old" building. If something's uneven or crooked it doesn't matter, it just adds to the charm. Apparently the interior wall warped a little after I cut it, because when it was time to glue it into place, it wouldn't quite meet the front wall the way it did when I cut it out and checked the fit. This left me with a slight gap between the wall and the post by the door. No problem, I just stained 2 slivers of wood and glued them into the gaps and it looks just fine, like it's supposed to look like that. A description of the building I modeled it on mentions that the house has hardly a straight line in it.
  14. Thanks, yes, that's one the enhancements I have to do on the ground floor. I may add more soot here and there, etc., not sure yet, still 2 more cottages to do in the row after this one. I'm not totally happy with the floor right now, but I'm pretty sure how I'll fix that, no hurry.
  15. The fireplace of the first cottage is finished, and I'm now working on the 2nd floor's floorboards. I added a couple more pictures and text on my blog.
  16. Every time I draw plans for a dollhouse, I always make sure it fits through doorways. My Bungalow fit through the door with just enough room for our fingers.
  17. Thanks, Jess. That's what I was hoping for, to make everything easier to follow. It's why I redid my old blog, things became hard to find, and I hated how you have to read the stories backwards on them.
  18. Here's the front as it looks right now, and one of the rooms. The staircase befind the wall was cut from builders foam, much easier than doing it in wood. Check my blog if you want to see more. I've been updating by adding new posts to the end on the section.
  19. I remember the Philly earthquake in 1973, I awoke in the middle of the night thinking I'd just heard an explosion. After a while, when there were no sirens or anything, I went back to sleep. In the morning we found out it had been an earthquake.
  20. I've been using a plastic face shield. When I wear a mask I find myself breathing heavily through my mouth, my mask gets soaked and I find it harder and harder to breathe and I get really stressed. . With the face shield I breathe normally, don't have to open my mouth the whole time I'm in the store, much more comfortable.
  21. The TV in the family room went black last night, so I went to Best Buy to pick up a new one. It has enough bells & whistles to suit DH. What we need is some good happy music
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