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  1. JULY 7, 2007 Just before Jimmy's death, I was working on the wallpaper in this house, I had done most of the kitchen, all of the livingroom, and was working on the bathroom and the bedroom. Here's where I was at that time. JANUARY 20, 2009 It took a long time to be able to touch this house again, but I started working on it again in January 2009. I had to finish paperclaying the chimney, and begin the brick around the bottom of the house. For those of you who met "Gigi" (the kitten that was roughly one week old when I got her), she has taken a liking to helping me with dollhouses.... JANUARY 22, 2009 Continuing to work on the color scheme for this house, I chose to go with pinks and greens. Finished painting the bricks the "main" color on the chimney. Boy was that tough! I've also FINALLY finished my wallpapering in the house, and I'm pretty pleased with it. That gap in the upper pink (bed)room was done by Jimmy (he never could build straight), so I left it alone and didn't try to fix it, since it was his "mark". I've also started installing window casings. JANUARY 29, 2009 I need to go ahead and finish installing the windows--and by the way--I did it wrong the first time. I keep forgetting that when you are working with double hung windows that you MUST put the window pane in BEFORE you attach the window casing to the house. Well, I forgot. Again. Oops. Had to take them back off, LOL! I've also started adding the trim, which is being done in darker shades of pink and green. FEBRUARY 22, 2009 Time to work on getting the staircase installed. I know some people go ahead put that in much earlier than me, but I didn't want it in the way when I was wallpapering, so I've waited until now. I also put the trim around the fireplace and the mantle in. MARCH 06, 2009 I need to go ahead and get that brickwork on the bottom of the house done. I tried to start it earlier, but discovered I wasn't quite ready to do that yet. Because I need to run the brick up to the bottom trim, I've gone ahead and installed it--with Gigi's help of course! And for those of you who think "oh she's so cute!", lemme tell ya, that lil girl is a monster! She is forever taking off with my brushes, my paperclay tools--whatever she can get her lil paws on. She takes things out of my pocketbook, and she puts things in my pocketbook.... MARCH 25, 2009 I've got my bricks done on the bottom of the house. I've tried to stay with the pattern on the chimney. I'm really thrilled with how well it went together.... Now I've got to paint it all.... JULY 09, 2009 I've got my bricks along the bottom painted, and if you'll look closely, you'll see that, since the house is pink and green, there are also pink and green bricks, LOL! Not many, just a few. I'm also working on installing the porch railing, since I need to have the porch railing on to start the roof. Hey, y'all see my truck on the other side of the street? That's what I had to end up doing to keep the kittens out of it... LOL! JULY 13, 2009 Time to start paperclaying the roof. Got my lines drawn, and doing the "roofing thing". I want to make this look like a slate roof, and I decided to do a pattern in it. So, I'm doing four straight, and four curved. I just cut the tips off the sides to make it curved. AUGUST 02, 2009 Still working on the roof, but I've almost got it done. AUGUST 04, 2009 Yippeeee!!!! DONE paperclaying the roof, including the ridgecap! Now I've got to give it a few days to get good and dry.... AUGUST 09, 2009 Been painting on the roof. It has several different colors. I started with a dirty wash, then did a darker wash of dark burnt umber. Then, using a "criss-cross" or "slashing" motion, I'm adding a dark brown, dark gray, light brown, and light gray into it. AUGUST 11, 2009 If you will remember, this house already had a recipient, and I've just discovered that her last day is Friday (she's getting married and moving to Maryland), so I MUST have this house completed by then, but I'm almost finished! I've clear-coated the brickwork on the chimney, bottom and roof. I've started doing touchups. I'm not real happy with that trim along the bays, so I'm going to have to change that. Then I can get my balcony railing and the doors in. AUGUST 14, 2009 Hey everybody! Guess what! I'm finally FINISHED! Except, last night I realized I had started doing the touchups on the white trim in the wrong shade of white so I was up this morn at 4:30a repainting it, LOL! Here's the finished product! Hey, remember I told you this house had a recipient? Well, after having the house on display all day in the office, around 3p I finally handed her the keys and told her it was her house. She looked at the keys... and upon discovering it was hers, immediately wrapped her arms around it, LOL! Then she decided to go and make a sign for it....
  2. Hello! My name is Linda, and I am addicted to making bricks out of paperclay. Don't believe me? Just check it out then. First, I need to brick the inside of my fireplace chimney, right in here, so I need to roll out some paperclay. Then once I get the paperclay in that area (and I had to first put the chimney onto the house and insert the wooden floor thingy and draw me a line so I wouldn't paperclay over that portion), then I have to "stipple" it, which is just taking a small (1 inch maybe) paint brush which has had the ends cut to "blunt" it up and tapping that on the paperclay. Gives it a very nice texture. Then I begin cutting in my bricks. Then I start on the outside of the chimney, putting my paperclay on. I cut a half inch strip of paperclay and wrapped it over the paperclay on the top to make a "cap". Somehow on this side, I must have cut the clay too short when I was going around that edge and I've got a little gap there. So, I take a bit of paperclay and roll it, making sort of a string, and then I lay it on there and use that little purple tool to smooth it down into my crack. Crack is all filled up now. Now, this is probably one of the ONLY times that I actually go by and actually make a measurement! I'm creating a design on the lower chimney, and to do that I'm using my ruler (this one is metal with a cork back--I like it better than wooden ones), my little gray tool, and my little white tool. I'm coming roughly 3/4 inch off each side of the chimney, and I'm beginning a design. I make "cuts" in the clay certain stages up so that I will know where I need to be when cutting in the design. Then I'm going to go about 1/4 inch on the inside of what I have cut and do that again. At the top, I want a -- I can't remember the name of it -- but I'm putting in another design. I lay my gray tool on it and begin cutting around the gray tool. I have lines in the center of that once I am done, so I just use the end of my purple tool and smooth that back out. And now, what I REALLY use that ruler for--TO CUT BRICKS, LOL! My clay was starting to dry on me, so I had to cut fast. Here's the first step of the brick design. Now, on the inner part of the design that I made on the lower chimney, I'm going to create a new brick design. I start with two cuts--yes, using a ruler--and then I use that to complete my design on the bricks here. TA DA!!! I have finished cutting all my bricks and have cleaned all my mortar lines. Now, on to PAINTING BRICKS!!!! Compliments of LPCullen
  3. If you'll remember, we last left off at me having to finish the fireplace before I could begin to wallpaper. I got the bricks painted a nice brown. And then added a bit of color. I had just spray painted this with clear to seal the acrylic paints, so it's not a good picture. I'll take a better picture later. For the kitchen, I'm going with a red. I think it will look really pretty against the white trim. I'll have to wait for this to dry and then cut out the windows and do the other side. Now, for the upstairs rooms, and I think I'll start with the bedroom--having already built this house once, I know that regular dollhouse wallpaper will not work--it's not tall enough! So, I've raided my stash of real life wallpaper. I've picked a recipient for this house already, who is crazy about pink, but she doesn't know she's getting it. Actually, when I began building the house, it told me exactly what colors it wanted to be and exactly who it wanted to go to.... Anyhow, the bedroom will be this pink wallpaper. What?! Didn't you know it was easier to wallpaper difficult angles doing it upside down? I've also begun painting the bricks on the outside fireplace/chimney, which really shows that brick pattern. Compliments of LPCullen
  4. Well, since I couldn't ever get to Charlotte to work on the house, I brought the house to Maiden. Jimmy set me up a workspace on the far wall, until I finish polyeurethaning my real life mantel and get it out of the middle of the floor of the shop. I did have some helpers come in and chase bugs while I worked, Robbie, Ronnie and Darby. I decided since the outside of the fireplace had a design on it, I would create a design for the inside too. Uh oh. I guess you all know what it means when a dollhouse goes into the "upside down" position--TIME TO PRIME!!!! So, I got the interior of the house primed. And was about to start wallpapering the downstairs, and then I realized that I should probably finish the fireplace first and get it painted and sealed so that I don't hurt it with wallpaper paste. Believe it or not, I'm just doing a simple hearth on it. Have to let this dry, and then I have to paint it before I can go further. Compliments of LPCullen
  5. As usual, I've started off with staining my floors. Then I begin putting the shell together, and this house has some pieces which slide together over one another. This one has to be built in stages, because some of the stages are dependent upon the other, so I have to put walls in and floors in at the same time. Then I begin putting in some bays. This one piece wants to be difficult and not lay down, so I've glued it and used some "special" weights to hold it down, LOL! Continuing with putting the shell together. This house is actually quite easy to build, obviously, since I'm doing it! I've got the side bay in and now I'm putting in the front bay. All of this took about 24 hours. Jimmy's turn now, and he has to do some wood puttying on the bays. He neglected to put the macro setting on the camera, so it's kinda hard to see. He lets the wood putty dry at least overnight, and then he will sand it smooth. Then he started putting the roof on. He left some portions off so that I could wallpaper, but I need it all together because of the angles and needing caulking done for a smooth interior finish. Now I'm putting on the back support to the house. OK! Time to prime the exterior of the house! I use white semi gloss paint as a primer. I've gone ahead and put two coats of polyeurethane on the floors. And now I've got my base colors on the house! Before I can go any further, I need to go ahead and paperclay the interior of my chimney so that I can get it installed. I'm also still thinking about how I want to do the interior of the fireplace, meaning on the wall inside the house, because I'll need to do that before I begin wallpapering. Compliments of LPCullen
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