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  1. Just took a picture of what I've been working on today. The color in the photo isn't quite right, too washed out, the lamplight made it too yellow, and the flash would have made it worse. Anyhow, this is how it's coming along. I used 1:24 scale brick paper by World Model, and will be adding it to the left of the window between the timbers. When I'm all finished with the ground floor front I'll probaby adjust the color of the timbers, not completely happy with them, some are ok, though. I plan on getting the ground floor front done, then turn it over and do the wood around the doors and windows. After that I need to recut the end walls, I cut them wrong the first time, didn't realize it till later, then glue the ground floor front, end walls and base together.
  2. I was searching online for an old tutorial when I stumbled across this set of pictures showing the way this fellow built a castle out of paper mache. I was impressed, and thought it looked great!
  3. Ordered 2 brick sheets Thursday on ebay, they arrived yesterday afternoon. They look good, heavy paper, and they have a bit of texture to them. Too bad we're supposed to be in the 90's up here for 3 days, the third floor workroom is way too hot to stay up there for very long when it's over 85, only bearable when sitting directly in front of the fan.
  4. Yes, I saw them on Etsy, but the delivery time was weeks and weeks, too long a wait for me.
  5. Thanks Shannon. I was fooling around with 2 kinds of sandpaper for bricks, wasn't happy with that, couldn't get the bricks all the same width or to line up very well. I tried embossing poster board, then painting the bricks, not happy with that either. The bricks cut from the foam paper plate actually wound up looking the best, but I was afraid they would still wind up too thick, so I took the plunge and ordered a couple sheets of World Model antique brick sheets. I hope I like them.
  6. Yeah, I could do that. I'd really prefer to avoid cutting out scads of 1/8" x 3/8" pieces and gluing them on. Especially gluing them on. They'll stick to my fingers before they stick where I want them to stick
  7. I just used a slip stich to sew mine together. I think it's called a slip stitch.
  8. I'm going to be showing a bit of brick on parts of my 1:24 cottage row and would really like to be able to use some kind of brick sheet that I can adapt to my needs. Egg carton bricks are too bulky, and I just tried making bricks out of a foam plate, but not too happy with them either. For one thing, the paint rubs off easily and I can't spray them because they'll melt. Any experience out there with plastic or pressed paper brick sheets?
  9. Happy day before your birthday. Cynthia!
  10. Microsoft did an update on my laptop last night that made it practically inoperable, it took 2 to 4 minutes to open any webpage. Eventually I decided to give up and try and restore it to the condition it was in a few days ago, it got stuck on initializing for an hour, but after another hour everything seems to be working ok again. I wish we could go back to being able to decide on whether we want the blasted updates or not.
  11. Yep, Holly, doing the whole house.
  12. Thank you so much Emily, this has been helpful. I've been refining my plan, my ground floor rooms are now 6 5/8" wide, with fireplaces and staircases that'll be 1" deep along the walls. The room depth will be 6 or 6.5 inches, depending on what works best for the design.
  13. Yep, that's the one. I know the dimensions are ok from books and articles I've read and from seeing pictures how those rooms look today, it's just that I've never seen a 1:24 kit dollhouse in person to be able to say to myself, yeah, the room sizes are fine, quit worrying about it.
  14. If a half inch scale room is 5.5 inches wide with a 4 inch high ceiling, would a depth of 7 inches be too deep? I'm wondering if that's too deep for getting your hand in there to place furnishings in the room. I'm still not used to building in 1:24.
  15. Although I have photos of the interior as it stands today, I'm winging it. Allingham altered a few things in her version, and I'll be leaning towards hers rather than the way the place looks today. The house was apparently originally a large merchant's home, then later it was divided into a row of 3 cottages, and at some point was a parsonage. Here's a picture of how it looks today.
  16. I've always liked this cottage painting by Helen Allingham done well over 100 years ago. As a matter of fact, she must have really liked the cottage too, as she painted it 3 times. I knew what village it was in and wondered if it still stood. It does! It's now a restaurant and bar in Worthing, West Sussex, and I found pictures online, plus several photos taken in the early 1900s. I also found out it is believed to have been built around 1480. I've started drawing plans to build it in 1:24 scale, but my poor brain is distraught. I'm not used to 1:24, have to keep checking and rechecking sizes, and since I've always had a problem with remembering numbers, it's a lot worse now that I'm 69. I seem to have developed more holes in my sieve of a brain. Like I didn't have enough holes as it was.....My cutaway drawing is 1/4" longer than my floorplan. I think I need to take a break and do something else for a while this afternoon.
  17. Kathie, I kind of think they expect it, and are just pleasantly pleased when people send their paperwork in early.
  18. Years ago when DH and I were putting up crown molding in our house I figured out how to do it. I'd tell DH how to put the molding into the saw and he'd look at it, shake his head, turn it around and cut it wrong. He'd do this a couple of times and then say "now how did you say to put it in?". Darn thing is, now I can't remember how to do it.
  19. I have one and use it quite a bit for cutting thin wood that's less than a half inch wide (like floorboards), however, if I need to cut an accurate angle cut it doesn't always come out right. I don't know if it's just me, the cutter, or my specific cutter.
  20. My real front porch, for settin' on! I cut up an old acrylic blanket to make the batting. The square blue footstool is filled with styrene beads from a similar footstool I never really liked. Since too many beads flew out all over the carpet, I used packing peanuts to fill up the gap. Waste not!!
  21. Hope y'all had a pleasant 4th of July. I finally finished sewing cushions for the backs of my rockers, the ready made ones were too bulky and expensive. I used some vintage fabric from my stash. It's odd to think that fabric I bought new is now vintage. I bought a remnant of this American flag fabric around 30 years ago, but never could think of the perfect use for it till now. BTW, I made the footstool out of my son's old bedroom curtains.
  22. This afternoon I thought that sitting out on the deck in my zero gravity chair might be good for my aching knee and swollen feet. Unfortunately when I opened the chair for the first time this year, I neglected to check that the mechanism was locked into open mode. I sat down, went to stretch out in the chair and it started closing up with me inside. The back of the chair was next to the steps that led to the upper part of the deck, so I wound up laying there, folded up, my head and shoulders leaning against the steps and my knees up in the air. I knew if I called for help it would take DH forever to respond, so I had to extricate myself by myself. Fortunately, I have strong stomach muscles, even though I haven't done a situp in a decade or two, and was able to get up and out. Just as well, he'd have just laughed at me for a while before he tried to help me out.
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