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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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. A Houseworks Shop, set up for consignment and furniture repair... a good way to display all those bits and pieces I don't yet have a place for i my other houses!
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    Spring Fling 2009

    This is my husband's creation, entirely. The only contribution I made was allowing him access to my "stash" of accessories, to complement those that he didn't make himself. Chittamoo Jean's Trapper Lodge, circa 1805, is a post-in-sill log cabin, with a bark roof. The post-in-sill construction is parallel vertical log ends set in the gorund, and then horizontal log sides dropped into the space between them. The lodge has a bark roof, a jamb stove in the fireplace, and a chimney of river clay and stone. Log timbers support the upper floor and roof. There are Dutch doors in both the loft and the
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    The Brookwood

    This documents my building The Brookwood, the birch version.
  8. This house was bought sight unseen, when my sister-in-law discovered it in a thrift store. $85 and a 50 mile trip later, it's MINE! :) Needs rehabbing, to be sure.. but is structurally sound and a great little house. I love the porch, especially on the second floor! :)
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    Cat Weather Vane

    hand made, out of sheet brass. Turns "with the wind", has directionals on it which turn. Designed for The Lady Garfield, my "cat house".
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    Vacation Furniture

    The lounge chairs, stuffed chair, and suitcase I made on vacation
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    New Furniture and Lamps

    The large bookcase, desk, table and waste can are from a Realife Miniatures Easy-to-assemble Wood Furniture Kit, sold in the 60's, and which I bought off eBay, some time ago. The other furniture are Houseworks pieces that a friend's 3-year-old used as hammers until my friend "rescued" them and gave them to me to repair and refinish. The lamps are beads and jewelry findings...
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    The Purple Prose

    A Houseworks "shop". A bookstore run by a sweet naive kitten-of-a-cat who doesn't quite get the double entendre!
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    Grahams Grub 'N' Stuff

    Graham is the new guy in Catterville. He's setting up shop next door to Purrsyla Tabbykin's Purple Prose Bookstore, right next to The Greenhouse. He's waiting on a load of fresh vegetables to arrive before officially opening, but he does have some fresh bakery to offer...
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