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I spent the day working with my mom and dad on furniture kits and wallpaper for the House That Jack Built house that we're giving my niece for Christmas. We built some of the Corona Concepts furniture kits (the original die cut ones) since I already had them, and they're inexpensive so it's not a big deal if they break. After all the work sanding and filling the wood, I wonder if we shouldn't have just bought furniture! I had fun bashing the kitchen pieces, though, and might consider getting the half scale version (laser cut!) for a future half scale house. I donated a "stainless" oven from my stash so my dad sprayed the fridge with silver paint to match it, and modified the doors so it has two doors up top and a freezer drawer at the bottom, like their real fridge does. We did a marble finish on the countertops and turned the standalone counter into a little breakfast bar. Batteries are dead on the camera, unfortunately, but I'll post some pics on my blog eventually.

It was fun, but a long day - we were mini-ing for about eight hours straight! Tomorrow I fly home to California where I can get back to my own projects. :lol:

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Got the last of the trim cut, painted, and sanded. About to go glue some on. Then I think all that's left to do is build a front door, glue interior window trim, touch up paint, and spackle and paint the rest of the attic. Hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow. Then to start on the Harrison. I think she wants that done by about Christmas/early January.

Black Friday is coming up soon, so planning for that is taking a lot of my extra time. And, like I wasn't busy enough, I am a volunteer on my favorite BF site this year. So much to do! I'll be glad when that all slows down so I can get back to my mini stuff!

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I feel like I've been working my fingers to the bone on minis! For so long since I got my houses in the summer I've not done anything, but lately, on my! I've made furniture, including this bed and mattress from scratch that I'm SUPER proud of. I started doing the paneling work on the foyer of the Beacon Hill. I'm ordering trim hopefully this week and starting some flooring. We also recently got a finished but empty Christmas house that we've agreed will be Santa's Workshop, and our family is going to get one item a day for it as our advent calender. So I've been doing a few things and brainstorming sessions for that.

I've blogger pictures. I'm not sure how or if I can add them here. http://8612minis.blogspot.com/2012/11/its-coming-together.html

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Well after 3 months away due to computer problems, brief illness, overall real life intrusions, and just plain laziness I finally took some new photos and updated my blog. Funny how just that little bit of work can get you motivated to mini. So I think I'll do a little table top craft work and put together the dresser for Mr. Bronte's bedroom.

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I had a bit of a setback on the Newburg progress. :( Last night while I was spackling the rest of the attic, part of the roof (which wasn't attached very well anyway - the original builder shingled the main roof, then put on the gable, so it didn't ft snug...) came partially detached. I couldn't ever get it back on quite right. I did some glueing and clamping, and when I checked it tonight it was sturdy, but there's a bigger gap than there was before. I had spackled the small gap before it came off, but this gap is too large to spackle. I played around a bit with different trim, but haven't found the right solution yet. It would be easier if the whole gable part would come off, but the builder used nails.

I can't finish the attic until this is fixed. :(

I'll mess with it some more, and hopefully figure something out...

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I am slowly but surely electrifying the Queen Anne rowhouse. I got all my lights in the mail just before going out of town, and now that I'm home I'm struggling to get them painted -- initially I tried to paint them without any sort of pre-treatment, and the paint was flaking right off of the shiny brass fixtures, so I scraped it off and am trying again using gesso as a primer, to give the paint something to stick to. It's taking longer than I wanted but hopefully the end result will be worth it. (I'm painting them matte black, to look like cast iron.)

But in the meantime, I have the coach lights on the front of the house (those were black to begin with!), and ceiling paper on most of the rooms, and I partially wallpapered the entry hall (it will have a wall sconce so the wallpaper needed to go up first). I created this wallpaper using a sample image from Bradbury & Bradbury and a little Photoshop magic. I hope to make more progress on the lights this week.

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You can't remove the nails and cut new parts?

I have tried... If I could,I could just use the existing parts. The nails go into wood pieces that reinforce the inside, and aren't accessible. Believe me, I've tried... Some I have been able to cut off, and that has helped.

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Thanks! I love those papers too. On some of the samples, the patterns don't match up, but I was able to find a few that will work. I'm planning to paper three or four rooms in the house with these. I've also used some of the borders before, in my Rosedale.

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I did some glueing and clamping, and when I checked it tonight it was sturdy, but there's a bigger gap than there was before. I had spackled the small gap before it came off, but this gap is too large to spackle. I played around a bit with different trim, but haven't found the right solution yet.

:hmm: Can you post a picture of the area and the gap?

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:hmm: Can you post a picture of the area and the gap?

Thanks Brae! I'll try and remember to do that when I get home.

What happened is that the builder shingled the main part of the roof, all the way to the edge of the gable opening. So then when he went to put the front gable on, it hit against the shingles, not the bare roof. It wasn't terribly bad until I pulled it mostly off, now I can't get it situated back. They are those super thick DuraCraft shingles - I have already tried to see if I can just cut them back.

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I've decided to try a from-scratch micro mini - a 1:144 room box with a Thanksgiving dinner theme. This is the first time I'm making one without a kit - just a pattern. It's been a lot of fun. Here it is drying in the jig so it doesn't warp. I'm using 1/32 basswood, with heavy presentation paper for the wallpaper, and more for the brick outside wall, so it gives it a little more stability. (It's upside down.)

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I bought some microscopic furniture in kit form - hope I don't sneeze while building the furniture - I'd never find it again! :rofl:

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...I bought some microscopic furniture in kit form - hope I don't sneeze while building the furniture - I'd never find it again! :rofl:
Actually that's no joke; I had that experience with small parts making 1:24 furniture!
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I am working on finishing my Woodlawn Cottage. I SHOULD be working on the lights for the Alexandria or on the farmhouse rehab....

I am waiting for parts to arrive for the farmhouse, so I am using that as an excuse not to do any work on it at the moment. NOT good, since it needs to be done for Christmas!! EEK!

My idea is to get the Woodlawn Cottage done quickly and sell it for Christmas. I have another rehab lined up for January and I need to clear out my work room.

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I wallpapered the Tennyson a couple of weeks ago and my homemade papers ran! I didn't give them enough drying time. So I stripped off the wallpaper (I now know how to do that faded torn old wallpaper look LOL), but it will need sanding before I repaper. I've prepped the new paper and have given it lots of drying time. I also got a great deal on some siding for it that is on its way.

In the meantime, my seaside cottage (half scale Buttercup) was demanding attention so I've been bricking its exterior. It has that shabby chic look. Photos soon. Got another great deal on shingles so I tried the "Holly technique" to age them and they are drying.

Beside obsessively scanning eBay and Craigslist (still looking for a Golden Gate kit even though Greg sent me the plans which I keep reviewing), I keep posting the interesting finds I come across. It's been great to see that some of those posts were just what someone else here has been looking for!

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Actually that's no joke; I had that experience with small parts making 1:24 furniture!

Holly, when I saw how very tiny they are I don't dare take them out of the package until ready to use - and then I think I'd better work with them in a tray, or that jig, so if they blow they can't go far! I'm trying to get this finished in time for Thanksgiving.

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Finished the Tudor's last staircase and installed one of three final interior walls on the 2nd floor. The next couple of weeks will be spent making the rest of the wrought iron balusters. New photos coming soon.

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Holly, when I saw how very tiny they are I don't dare take them out of the package until ready to use - and then I think I'd better work with them in a tray, or that jig, so if they blow they can't go far! I'm trying to get this finished in time for Thanksgiving.

That's exactly what I did! When I was making my wee dining chairs I cut the pieces as I needed them and still lost odd bits!
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...don't yu hate it when yu lose a part only to find it later stuck to your sleeve or somewhere else... :blink:

LOL

My DW laughs at me 'cause I usually have masking tape stuck to me in the oddest places... :wacko:

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...don't yu hate it when yu lose a part only to find it later stuck to your sleeve or somewhere else... :blink:

LOL

My DW laughs at me 'cause I usually have masking tape stuck to me in the oddest places... :wacko:

I'm stitching a mini Aubusson rug and I'm finding lengths of embroidery flosses stuck to various body parts when I get up to play with the laundry or cook lunch.
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