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About uppitycats

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  • Birthday 02/07/1947

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    Central Wisconsin
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    dollhouses and miniatures, mostly 1:12 scale<br />cats<br />native prairie restoration and maintenance

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    Five or more
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  1. I've entered two new posts on my Glencroft blog. I've got plenty of tiny pebbles just in my back yard to use for the chimney, and for the fireplace. There's lots of gravel here, some just grey stone, some various "rock" colors. But I have to get away from my computer and work on my house, now!
  2. I've been having "issues" with loading pictures...trying to figure out how to adjust the resolution on my camera to make them the proper size to post here. So we'll see if this works: The house has had as many cracks as I can reach -- filled in with wood putty. Some of the rooms have been painted. I'll be painting the rest in the next day or so. The hardest area to paint is the area along the staircase. This should have been painted (or papered) before the house was built! I didn't attempt to take all that apart.. it was pretty well-built, only one major seam along the staircase
  3. I'm thinking that I might brick some of the outside walls of my Glencroft, too. I found a bunch of bricks left over from my Brookwood chimney, enough I think to brick at least the one side wall, and maybe along the bottom. Doing the stone chimney is a good idea too...I've got some small pebbles that will work... I'm a long way from that right now, though..working on painting the inside, and papering some walls... ,
  4. A lot has been done since I last posted. I've had problems loading pictures, so I'll try again with this post, but it may not work.. ... Anyway. I have gone over the entire house with a container of wood putty at hand. (I use elmers wood putty, in a square plastic container). I've filled in all acracks, then gone back over the house and filled in cracks I missed the first time. (And just this very day found yet another gap that needed filling..) Once the wood putty dried (I wait at least overnight), I sanded all the cracks, carving out excess putty where necessary. I've
  5. I am doing a rehab of a Glencroft. . For those of you who have built this house from scratch: 1) Did the exterior walls come white, with a stucco (rough) finish? The one I have has that....sort of. I don't know if I should apply stucco over it (or need to)? If I don't apply "fresh" stucco, then I'd need to paint it, as there are lots of "dings" and "nicks"... 2) The exterior trim: I'm assuming that the trim is on separate sheets, and is supposed to be applied over the stucco'ed walls. Yes? (No, I cant take the trim off..it's glued pretty tightly on, and I do
  6. Do you have that priced correctly?? $1,450?? She has a website with her dolls that range in price from $70 to $169....
  7. All the wallpaper is gone. I tore off as much as I could, then scraped off some more. When I got done with as much as I could that way, I moved to the sponge dipped in water, and a scraper in the other hand. I finally gone down to mostly bare wall. I finished removing all the loose pieces before, and got rid of the hot glue. I used the hot gun to heat a scraper and putty knife, and used those tools (with a glove on my hand) to remove as much hot glue as I could along seams. The problem with hot glue is that unless you're an expert, it's really hard to lay down a steady stream of
  8. Khadi, I'm sorry for your burns, but that really is a good idea! I found a couple more seams of hot glue I missed, and will be tackling them tomorrow. I'll try the hot spatula idea.
  9. So now that I've got my username, number of posts and past pictures all reconnected...and I've relearned how to resize pictures to fit what's necessary here....I've started a blog on my Glencroft rehab. While I didn't work on it today, I did on Wednesday, doing an inventory, pulling off loose pieces, and trying not to burn the place down with a heat gun and scraper, getting rid of the horrid hot glue. Only burnt one finger in the process! I don't know that I'll get to work on the house every day ... I've still got lots of health issues to deal with, and am pretty slow these day!...but
  10. The hot glue. Although I've rehabbed several houses now, this is the first one I've had that was totally put together with hot glue. I fully understand now why everyone says "Don't Use Hot Glue!". It cracks, leaving sharp splinters. When you try to pull away loose sections, it takes part of the wood with it, marring the pieces. It splinters, leaving shards all over the place. And as I said, pieces were already falling off. I think if you're a contractor who can lay down a perfectly even line of hot glue then maybe....maybe...it would work. But I'm not. I have had great success with Elm
  11. Well, I'm not TOTALLY back, yet!, but working on it. I am back as uppitycats.....still working on email and password changes, but so long as I stay logged in, I guess I'm good! I'm still working on picture reduction....
  12. so I'm just posting this to see if I'm logged in under my old name, uppitycats, and if I'm allowed to post pictures...like, of my new Glencroft rehab... ooops..I see I have to fgure out how to reduce the pictures.. I'll be back..
  13. Ok, good....I will square it off and store wood in there, I think. I just thought there was some tudor design element I was missing....:)
  14. I've been inspecting my Glencroft (bought for $25 off Craigslist). It basically is the frame. The second floor fireplace -- what is the space next to the fireplace? I see that the hearth extends into that space. Is that for wood storage? My husband thought it would make a good closet -- hang your clothes in there, and they'd dry with the heat! Anyone know what the purpose is for that?
  15. Windows: Yes, I have to find some close up pictures to see just what the Tudor windows looked like, but I've made windows before, so no big deal if I go that route. I'm a long way from windows though: have to tackle all the structural problems first....
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