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  1. That sounds AMAZING! Who knows, maybe PBS can be convinced to pick it up. Some of us would find it more interesting than more cooking and baking shows…runs away to avoid an anticipated onslaught of rolling pins and baking sheets…😉
  2. Kells, that’s a great addition, especially as “edited” with the separate kitchen door. Someone whose blog I follow is renovating a REAL Queen Anne, and he commented that it wasn’t easy to get from the front of the house to the kitchen, but to remain true to the period, he didn’t want to do many alterations to fix that. When the house was built, the lady of the house likely never set foot in the kitchen! Any staff she needed to speak to came to HER. So naturally, someone delivering ice or groceries would have used another entrance. (Shades of “Upstairs, Downstairs,” eh?) In a lot of English houses, the kitchen, scullery, pantry, and servants’ quarters would have been located on a basement level. I believe this was also the case in the brownstones of Manhattan, based on ones I have visited.
  3. That makes complete sense, Emily—thanks! The $64,000 question is, CAN i pop the windows out? Perhaps a hair dryer would soften the glue enough to do it without damage. By now, most brownstone owners have replaced their original windows, for energy conservation reasons. It makes me wonder what the originals looked like, in terms of how many panes and in what arrangement they were in. They were constructed over a long period of time, covering several historical eras, so thr answer may be anyone’s guess.
  4. “Necroposting?” Good one! “Zombie thread” is what I’ve heard in other communities, followed by a post of “Braaaaaains…”🤣
  5. Hello all, I just acquired a mostly-built RGT 1/2” scale East Side Townhouse. The seller included a bag of trim, which I haven’t looked at yet, but the house is all put together, window frames in, shingles applied, and exterior painted/finished. The main thing I want to do with the outside is to re-surface all the exterior walls with paperclay. At present there is paint on about half, and a stone paper applied to the rest. I have actually spent some time in New York brownstones (on the East Side, even!), and this isn’t what they look like. So, I have several questions to put out—I think I know what I want to do, but want to hear others’ opinions about methods and so on. I have found an excellent paperclay tutorial linked within posts on this forum. The natural color of brownstone varies—it is actually a type of sandstone—but would it be better to pre-color the paperclay medium before rolling it out, to a sort of baseline dark reddish-brown color, and then do color washes to achieve the variations? Or should the paperclay go on, get texturized, and dry, before any paint is applied? (And is ordinary acrylic paint the right thing to use?) As I said above, most trim has already gone on. With a thickness of 1/8” to the paperclay, will the trim (especially window frames) look too recessed? I have to look at some more photos to refresh my memory, but my recollection is that windows are set right into the blocks of stone in the NY brownstones. So this may be a moot point. I will now attempt to include a photo, but since I didn’t review the procedure before starting this post, bear with me!
  6. Thanks for the feedback. I recommended it based on what people on Ravelry posted, but it’s great to know first hand from somebody that it worked😁
  7. Well…on the subject of vaccine responses, the only rule seems to be that there is no rule. In my family, living in 3 different households, my son had no complaints (J&J), my daughter had 24 hours of feeling kind of lousy with both doses(Moderna), and my husband and I had some headache the night of getting our first doses (Pfizer) but felt fine the next day, and really had no unpleasant symptoms after the second. After having had whopper reactions the previous year from Shingrix #1 and 2, AND the 2020 flu shot, I was convinced I’d be laid out in lilies from the COVID-19 vaccine. It was definitely a pleasant surprise to be wrong.
  8. Holly, thanks for thinking of us up here in the Not So Frozen North—Henri actually weakened just before landfall to a Tropical Storm. Depending upon where one was, it was more rain or more wind. Up here we had steady rain all day, but not especially high winds. Trees always fall somewhere during these things, but there weren’t widespread power outages. My pal in CT, the one selling me the Queen Anne kit, said they got lots of wind but not so much rain, and no power losses. I drove down there today to collect it—squee! Very nice people, too. I went to college and lived for a number of years in that part of CT as a kid, so it was fun to get back. I hope you escape the worst of Ida’s wrath, though lots of rain is probably inevitable. Stay safe!
  9. Okay, I’m back with The Map😆. Go to RGT’s home page. Scroll to the bottom. On the left, there is a menu with links. Click on “Tips and Techniques.” On that page, there is a paragraph explaining how to get more help. It includes an embedded link to “HELP PAGE.” Click on “HELP PAGE.” That brings you to dollhouseworkshop.net. You might need to scroll down a bit to see a list of links to specific RGT houses, on the right hand side. Click on “HS6600 the Queen Anne,” which will bring you to the page I linked above. The links to the instructions are on the left hand side. See what I meant? You almost need GPS to get there. Good luck, and tell Mr. Bunny (nicely) to lay off your papers from now on. (And I thought puppies were bad)
  10. Amanda, I’m posting the link to a page where you can access the instructions for box #1 and box #2 of the Queen Anne kit—look on the left side of the page. https://www.dollhouseworkshop.net/RGT/6600/StairDetails/StairDetails.php I’ll explain how I got there, in case you need to find it again yourself, but I have to retrace my steps—it’s a little tricky!
  11. I probably will go with that. I am researching various brands and reading reviews.
  12. Sandhill cranes, eh? Maybe they get territorial around their nesting season. Some suburbs around here have wild turkeys who get very pushy when anyone walks down “their” street. Not our town, fortunately. In a previous jaunt to Florida, we stayed in Jacksonville a couple of days, then drove to Orlando to do Disney World, so I know the two are not adjacent to one another😀. But thanks for the info about the parking lot snd the sandhill cranes.
  13. Holly, I couldn’t find anything on the Dremel website. Then I clicked on your link…and it brought me to a press release from 2010.😪 I am still mulling over whether to get a “reconditioned” Trio, or just a compact saber saw.
  14. Oops, apologies for repeating the quotation in my post.
  15. A question about a musty smell reminded me I have a stinky lot of various fabric goods up on a shelf out in the garage. I bought a big lot from a local estate auction of beautiful needlepoint rugs, some stitched quilts, and a few rugs printed on felt (I think it's felt). Unfortunately, the previous owners were smokers. THEY REEK!!! 18 months later, the smell has not lessened. In one of my other lives, I belong to a large fiber arts online community—Ravelry—and the question of deodorizing stinky yarn comes up quite often! The commonest remedy suggested, that doesn’t involve actual washing, is to seal the malodorous fibers in an airtight container with activated charcoal. The more surface of charcoal is exposed to air, the better. Offensive smells included mustiness, tobacco smoke, and animal urine. If your needlepoint rugs were stitched with silk or wool thread, they should be okay to soak/wash in cool water. Silk is actually very strong, though when wet it is more susceptible to stretching. And with wool, the two things to avoid are heat and movement, which will felt wool. If you can locate some of the products specifically designed to wash wool, like Eucalan or Eco-Wash, those are very gentle. If you have a local yarn store, they might carry one or the other. About the printed felt rugs, the charcoal treatment might de-stink them, too. You’re right to be cautious about washing them.I assume that they are produced by running them through an inkjet printer, and you know what happens to those inks when you get the paper wet!
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