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CheckMouse

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    Finished Front

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    All done!

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  2. From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    The basement is now installed! Finished the plaster part of the landscaping. A fountain will sit in that circle in the foreground. My husband helped me bolt the wooden Lazy Susan to the bottom of this, and as I was planning the lawn I realized the head of that bolt was going to mess up my smooth lawn! So I put a small plastic lid over it and incorporated it into the plaster.

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  3. From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Leaving the basement sparsely furnished as it is a rec room, or hangout place. I made the sofa set, including the cabinet at the back of the room. Also made the pool table. I printed the "balls" off my graphic program and just glued that on top. Poles are toothpicks. I turned the gentleman around in the bathroom - he's leaving rather than entering, as his wife is waiting for him to start their pool game. You will notice that he left the seat cover up!

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  4. Which caliber bullet does the best job for suicide? (just kidding - almost) While working on the dormer windows in my little B&B last night, I noticed there was still a larger window glass in the tray. Shouldn't have been there as all the other windows were installed. Checked it out - I HAD LEFT THE GLASS OUT of the side window! And, of course, I did an excellent job of gluing - couldn't even get an X-acto blade under the edge of the trim. My two options are (1) to leave it and hope it's never noticed (yeah, right, as it is judged at the State Fair!) or (2) glue the glass in the inside of the room, on top of the framing, then add a curtain. From the outside the glass would be visible, and the details would be less obvious on the inside. At least it wasn't one of the front windows! BTW - I have never made dormer windows before and this house has 3 of them! Still working on them!
  5. From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Got started on the basement last night, which will be a rec room and overflow area. Here's a larger bathroom than the ones upstairs, with a washer and dryer in the back of it also. Since this is an old Victorian house, which has been upgraded to a B&B, I liked the idea of an old fashioned toilet in the basement.

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  6. Jodi, hopefully you can see it in person at the Puyallup Fair, at the Hobby Hall. I've been making a lot of furniture to go inside.
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    The Base

    This is a plaster cloth, but it is made for miniatures. I suppose the two may be similar - hadn't thought about it. I got it from Woodland Scenics. They have tutorials and videos and lots of help on landscaping. I love their stuff.
  8. Slowly making progress on my B&B - quarter scale. According to my deadline calendar I have 10 days left to finish it. I am planning to submit it to our Hobby Hall at the State Fair. I bought 4 of these little umbrella tables which only required attaching the post to the table and the umbrella. Unfortunately, the pole is a flexible plastic and (a) the glue wouldn't hold it and (b) when I got it sort-of stuck together the pole bent. So I disassembled them, peeled off the glue, tossed the original poles, and replaced them with toothpicks. Then used hot glue to fuse it all together. Much better! These will go in the back yard. Got most of the windows installed last night. Still lack 4 little side windows for the 2 bay windows (not shown) and the 3 dormers.
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    Party time

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    I've got 4 of these little tables for the backyard. Had a terrible time putting them together - the supporting pole is flexible plastic and not strong! I used plastic glue, designed for plastic models, and had nothing but a soft mess! Took them apart again and replaced the flimsy pole with a toothpick, and used hot glue to connect everything. The hot glue on the underside of the table gives it some ballast also, so it stands better.

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  10. From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Installed most of the windows last night.

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    Siding 1

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    Glueing down the siding pieces

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    Siding 2

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    Installing the siding on the front of the house

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    Pre-Siding

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    The basics are now in place - just have to add the siding

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    Third Floor

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Attaching the interior walls and sloping roof of the third floor

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    Base 2

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    I attached a wooden Lazy Susan to the base, to make it easier to pick up without damaging the landscaping, and for ease it turning it to see all sides.

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    Prep Work 2

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Making a sign for the business.

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    Prep Work 1

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Painting a multitude of trim - inside moulding and baseboard, window trims inside and out, outside trim ...

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    The Base

    From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    While waiting for extra staircase to arrive, I started designing the daylight basement and the landscaping base.

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  19. From the album: Grapeview Bed & Breakfast

    Lots of little pieces to this kit!

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  20. Not all of the kits do, but I am encouraging her to add them to all the houses. So far, only the Victorian Store has them.
  21. I am in the process of building a 1:48 house, designed to be a Victorian Store; storefront on the ground floor and two stories above it as family quarters. It is made by Hart's Desire, and has interior and exterior staircases. I am bashing mine to be a Bed and Breakfast, am adding a daylight basement, and will be landscaping a rather large yard. I've never worked in this scale before - only 1:12 and 1:144 - and I am really enjoying it. I'll start an album later ...
  22. Actually this is a larger scale than I usually do - it's 1:48 and I lately have been working in 1:144! Feels roomier. I'm having a lot of fun with this one.
  23. Yes, they are. They like it a lot, too. They post some beautiful pictures of the area.
  24. Only 12 hours round trip? Enjoy the journey - and get that dollhouse!
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