Monday, October 22, 2018

It's all in the details

 First, hubby helped me remove a wall on the upper story so that the house is fully open. I glued the roof down and it will eventually be shingled.
 Since my last post I have fixed the ceiling, added trim and finished up most of the lower level down to the details. I really like how cozy the downstairs is.
 I added a sturdier table beside the rocker and put a plant on the candlestick table.

The kitchen and dining areas are pretty much complete. There is a pot of stew on the stove and the pantry shelves are stocked with home canned goodies. A canning jar of mums adds a bit of color to the white table which is set for dinner. There are two loaves of bread rising on top of the icebox.

I will get started in earnest on the upper level the next chance I have to play. I am really enjoying this project.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A rainy day is a play day

 The old 3 door ice box was just too wide for the tiny kitchen so I reused 2 of the doors and made a tall 2 door version instead. I also added "pantry" shelves to the wall over the icebox and sink.
 I changed the chimneys on the wall sconces. I am still not completely satisfied.
Hubby took out the upstairs wall on the same side as the removed lower wall. Now I can work on and view the house much more easily.
The old icebox cabinet became a dresser for the bedroom. I didn't have a long stretch of time to play but I enjoyed the time I did have.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Shedding a little light on the subject

 My son came for dinner and I had to take care of bills this evening so there wasn't much time to play. I did spend a bit of time making oil lamps for the sitting room. I made 2 sconces and a table lamp. I am especially happy with the table lamp. It is time to restock my bead supply, though. I need clear beads in multiple sizes and shapes before I make any more lamps.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

All in a day's work

 John and Louise are relaxing in their sitting room this evening after a busy day on the farm. There is still much to do on this floor but it is beginning to look like a home.
 I hung the original curtains back up after washing them. Even though the fabric doesn't drape well, they suit the house. I like to keep as many original features as possible when rehabbing an older house.
 I am very pleased with the sofa. The rocking chair came from the boarding house and the other pieces were in the antique shop.
I am pleased with my day's work, too.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Clean and fresh

 I started by sealing the whole house inside and out since the original paint most likely had lead in it. The exterior walls and window frames then got fresh paint. The window frames will need touched up although I purposely didn't make the paint perfect. It is a rural house in the depression years so chips would be normal but I will likely hand paint some in as I don't want to sand down my sealer. I don't know what I am doing with the roof yet and I am still deciding whether to draw siding on the house or leave it as is.
 The lower level got a coat of pale turquoise paint which brightens up the area nicely.
 I left the oddly sized kitchen door in place on the exterior but sealed it shut and created a framed in area for the woodstove. That makes the kitchen a bit tighter since I can't slide the stove closer to the dining room but it makes sense for the stove to be there. I also took the green depression glass dishes from the boarding house to use here. Harriet uses her other plates most of the time anyway, lol.
 I darkened the finish on the bed to make it fit into the time frame better.
This is the kitchen door. I painted it the same as the walls to blend it in better.

I bought fabric and foam board today for the sitting room furniture. Hopefully, I can work on that tomorrow afternoon.

The upper story has been sealed and primed but I ran out of steam before painting it. That will be a project for another day.

It is coming along. I think it will look nice when I finish it but there's a lot to do to make this clunky house look finished.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Well, at least they can eat and sleep...

 I put the Chrysnbon kit together this evening. I chose not to use the drop leaves since the dining area is so small. The photo shows the set as much whiter than it actually is. The hutch was made by my friend Brenda.
 Louise has dessert ready but where is dinner?
 I'm pretty sure that is what John and Jack are wondering, too.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Meet John and Louise

 But first that weird spot upstairs. I'm sorry the photo is so blurry. I will try again tomorrow. I'm not sure if there were stairs at some point but they would end right in the kitchen so I won't be putting any in. I will just close in the gap and maybe put tile in that area or wood flooring more likely.
 The bed has been dressed in a quilt made from a square my Grandma Foote made. I chose to overlook the scale issue in order to have a bit of my history in the house.

Now to meet Louise and John - Louise was made by me and used to be in my Zibbet shop before I closed it recently. I redressed her in an outfit better suited to her new role as a farmer's wife. Hopefully she will be happy because she used to be a wealthy, contemporary widow.

John was an assembled but not dressed doll I bought with the dollhouse. He is just happy to be dressed, lol.

Louise is looking through her trunk of quilts for another layer on the bed. The "quilts" are just fabric with quilt prints but they look great in the trunk. I have a Chrysnbon kit for the dining table and chairs but the sitting room furniture will need to be made from scratch. I also need to decide just what I am doing inside and out of the house. I may have to wallpaper inside just to hide some of the awkward construction.

I have to move everything out of the dining room tomorrow because our Bible study is meeting here for dinner and study. I may not get back to creating until the weekend but I will post updates as I have them. Have a wonderful, blessing filled week!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Finally a new project!

 These are the spoils of a day of thrifting and antiquing with Hubby. Notice that big handmade dollhouse.
 After a bit of thought and research it is going to be a rural farmhouse without electricity or full indoor plumbing, circa 1930. The kitchen area is quite small so I had to improvise on the wood cook stove. I started with the smaller size Dollar Tree dresser. I am very pleased with the result of it and the enamel work table made from another Dollar Tree piece. I already had the the sink with hand pump and the ice box.

 I really like all of the original flooring so I hope to keep it all. The upper story has a weird cutout that I will show you next time. I am so excited to have a new mini project. It was way past time.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Just relaxing

Tasha and her dog George (because he looks a bit like my childhood pet of the same name) are relaxing after their first public appearance at my church talent night. I love the look of wonder on children's faces when they see a dollhouse. Especially if it has lights. I always also get a few adults who don't understand why I play with toys but that's ok. It is hard to explain just how special this hobby is to someone. I am thankful for all of you who do "get it!"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Everybody needs a friend

Especially when you are a dog and don't have opposable thumbs. I decided today, after searching eBay yet again for the appropriate resident of the cottage, that the only reasons I didn't care for the Fisher Price doll were that her clothing was plastic and you could see the joints in her knees. So I made her a pair of khakis and a hoodie and pulled her hair back.

She looks much better and the dog has someone to feed it.

Now I just need to figure out their names...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Getting near the end

Remember I told you that the fireplace was still bugging me? Well, today I ripped it out and gave it a makeover. I painted everything but the granite and mantle black and trimmed the fire screen with antique gold. The top of the chimney breast got a bit of gold trim as well.
In the bathroom I added a little stool/table and filled it with toiletries - bath salts, shampoo, body wash, hairspray, nail polish, and lipstick.
The tray on the toilet holds earrings and bracelets.

i have talent night coming up at my church next month. I am planning to take my cottage farmhouse and the chicken coop. It is always fun to see the reactions as people find all the little details.

Have a wonderful week, my friends!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Still plugging away

My first project of the day was to work a bit more on that last stone wall. I divided some of the larger stones to make the wall more consistent with the others. Next up was a range hood. The base is the thin plastic container that my gift from AM came in. Then I just cut and glued balsa wood sticks to the plastic to get the size and shape I wanted. The trim at the bottom is narrow studded leather ribbon.

 In the living room I did a little work on the fireplace. I am still not completely satisfied with it. 

I made a little recipe box from the packaging my gum came in. 

And here is the entire interior as it looks tonight. I am still in search of the perfect doll for this house.

I have no idea where this little house's spot will be. I still have a few larger pieces that are homeless.

Stay tuned. Hopefully there will be more progress to share soon!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tiny changes

 My renewal gift from American Miniaturist came yesterday. I put the books and glasses in the bedroom.

I added the little tray to the bathroom along with the soap dispenser from a previous renewal.

They also sent vintage recipe cards and a cookbook. I think they will be perfect in the kitchen.
And I finally got the stonework finished on the last wall. I am very pleased with the finished exterior. Now I can move on to the tiny details!