Lynette Smith

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About Lynette Smith

  • Birthday 12/10/65

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Interests Victorian, Tudor, bungalows, cottages, and themed projects.<br /><br />I do a lot of needlework, costuming, sewing, and so forth. I do make some of my own miniature items. I recently made a mini Christening gown.<br /><br />My interests cover the spectrum. What I don't know I'd like to learn. The never received but oft requested Christmas present is Power Tools! (I did buy myself a cordless drill for my birthday).<br /><br />I'd love to meet with other people into miniatures in my area, but the only group I found online is "closed" to new members!

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Four
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
  • Online Community Building Projects Yes
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  • Real Name Lynette
  • Country United States

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  1. Hello I saw a post from you awhile back stating you wanted to join a club but they were all closed in slc.  I am in a mini club called Utah minis.    I was actually looking for info on clell Boyce or Ron Clinton dollhouses.  We have several for sale. Anyway if you get this and are interested please contact me via email.  


  2. Dollhouse, Minis, and Fire, Any Suggestions?

    Jeanine, I had another small house fire 10 years ago when a log rolled out of the fireplace while I was getting something in another room. I had it 90% out before the police arrived, he put out the last bit with an extinguisher in his patrol car. There was nothing for the fire fighters to do when they arrived but open the windows and doors and place gigantic fans and blow out the smoke. That fire did about $100 damage. I guess I didn't do the experience of having a fire thoroughly enough for fate to cross it off my bucket list. I am thinking of removing a china hutch and storing it in my shed, rather than paying through the nose for the furniture restoration expert to do it, though it appears to be a lovely cabinet, it's actually particle board under the veneer and I paid about $130 for it years ago. I suspect I can find a much nicer one on the classifieds if I keep looking. I've brought several chairs to the apartment, they don't seem to smell noticeably of smoke, unlike my wicker laundry hamper. I might put that in a plastic bag with moth balls as an experiment. =)  I suppose it wouldn't hurt to bring the mining shack over and put it in a tub with mothballs after a little experimental cleaning, just to see how it fairs... Someone recommended those white sponges at the dollar store and test them against chem sponges (what the pros use) from home depot.
  3. Dollhouse, Minis, and Fire, Any Suggestions?

    I am looking forward to a newly remodeled kitchen and bath, flooring, and curtains. =0
  4. Dollhouse, Minis, and Fire, Any Suggestions?

    I hadn't thought of activated charcoal, I'll have to try that.  
  5. Haven't been on much for ages, been helping a friend with 1"=1" scale real estate for a couple of years and spending much of the time out of state with no internet. While I was 3.5 hours from home, I got a call from my niece. "Your neighbors called and said your house is on fire".  "You're kidding, right?" Well no, she wasn't. Spontaneous combustion, starting in the bottom drawer in the kitchen where the tea towels, dish cloths, and other linens are kept. Fortunately my neighbor heard something explode (probably a can of food, I did find the top of a can bulged out), then saw smoke soon after and called 911, the fire department arrived quickly. Smoke was so thick they couldn't see anything and went in blind with respirators, with no clue where the fire was or what the layout of the house was. The fire was confined to the kitchen (though singed spots on the dining room curtains and linen cupboard in the hall shows the house was very close to being completely involved). I was having car troubles and didn't want to risk driving up and having the car die on me in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone at night. My friends said there was nothing I could do and to stay overnight, in my own room in my home away from home. I arrived back Sunday afternoon, found my cat Eowyn in the burned out house, surveyed the damage, and went to go to my friend's while I tried to figure out where to stay and what to do, only to discover that the car trouble wasn't remedied after all, and that my car, along with a lot of things in my house, were in need of replacement.  After 3 weeks in a Hilton Home2 1 bedroom suite and driving my friend's vintage pickup, I moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, 2 miles from my house. The initial estimate by the adjuster for renovations was 4-6 months, but that was before he decided that everything except the living room would be stripped down to the studs so the wall interiors could be sealed to prevent the smoke smell from coming back, so I am guessing it will be more like 6-8 months. The structural renovations are calculated at $63,000. The damage to contents was calculated at $44,000, though there is an awful lot of stuff that isn't on the list, including a lot of the furniture, all the fabric, sewing machines, dolls, dishes, pots and pans, the number of books was underestimated, and my collections not taken into account, so I expect that figure to rise. Already I have had over $5000 in textile cleaning, alone, and I've done quite a few loads on my own of things I figure were a lost cause.  The adjuster counted 4 dollhouses and said he'd put those as unsalvageable, though only one of them was heavily smoke damaged, the mining shack from the spring fling years ago. Not really happy with the value assigned to the dollhouses, though they are all higher than what I paid. I am inclined to send the mining shack off to be cleaned, though I fear it will cost far more than the theoretical replacement cost of $50. I've gotten pretty good at cleaning china, but a dollhouse, being made of wood, is quite a different proposition. I don't know how much of the soot on the surface I could remove, I suspect the professionals would be able to get more. The mining shack is supposed to be rather primitive and weathered, I'd just like it not to be quite so weathered, after all, it's supposed to be only a few years old, not 150+ like one in a ghost town. The pros will put it in an ozone chamber, which should remove all the smoke smell, too. But the kit collection under the bed (undiscovered by the adjuster) includes 2 Beacon Hills, a Willowcrest, Orchid, and Newberg, as well as a Linfield in another room, undoubtedly will have some smoke smell, though not as bad, since smoke rises. Does anyone have any experience with cleaning dollhouses after a fire or getting the smoke smell out? A brainiac friend suggested mothballs for killing the smoke smell in books, but not sure the larger houses would fit in a plastic tub for treatment.  
  6. Daily Exercise Journal

    My bicycle started acting up last night on the way to water aerobics. My friend with considerably more cycling experience says it's probably the ball bearings. I didn't even know it had ball bearings, but I wondered when the pedals seized up and wouldn't turn for several minutes. I'm a little nervous about riding it anywhere for fear it will do it again. Sigh. So much for having a form of transportation.
  7. Daily Exercise Journal

    Now that the weather is waming up, I've been having better luck at getting in more exercise. Yesterday I rode my bike to my preferred gym for the first time, taking 38 minutes and burning 254 calories. Once there, I spent a half hour working on the weight machines, then caught the bus to go back home. There is no more Saturday Boot Camp class until (and if) a new teacher is willing to take it on, so I'm a bit bummed about it. There is a new one on Monday nights, but the next bus after it ends comes at 9:50 at night, and I'm having a little bit of a battle in talking myself into getting home as late as that would entail. We'll see. I picked up some wool socks for hiking (and hope that I can get a car so I can get to the trailheads). I talked a friend into going on an easy hike on what turned out to be a very muddy access road to the radio towers overlooking the valley. I couldn't find my hiking boots, so I wore my trainers, since it was a fairly tame trail and I began to have visions of Boris Karloff in Frankenstein as the mud would build up on my shoes. It took me two hours to scrape off all the mud once it dried, and that after the bulk of it was removed when it was wet. I'm trying to figure out where I stowed my boots, which I want to have for the next hike.
  8. Official Spring Fling 2012 Update (merged topic)

    Is there any word on when the Fling is going to be unveiled? Time has gotten away from me and I realized it's about that time.
  9. Prayers needed for my daughter Sarah

    I'm prone to keloid scars and am supposed to tell anyone stiching me up because they can use an alternate meathod which is less likely to produce them. After I had my gall bladder out, I went in several times for injections in the incisions which were also to help reduce the likelyhood. In the end, scars have don't have much tissue underneath and look distinctly different. Still, it beat the keloids, which had stabbing pains and itching sensations for years. Glad to hear the good news! Now you can all start breathing again.
  10. Daily Exercise Journal

    Road my bike to an appointment today. My eyes were watering from the cold, but was pretty comfortable otherwise. I picked up a cargo rack for my bike and my neighbor has offered to help install it tomorrow. Water aerobics will no longer take place on Mondays, but this time the manager said it was due to cutbacks, so we are investigating moving it to my other gym on Thursday nights. Meanwhile, a new Boot Camp will be starting in the same Monday night slot at my other gym, and presents more challenge to me. The only downside is that the bus doesn't come for 51 minutes after class will end. Guess I'll have a half hour after class for strength training.
  11. Prayers needed for my daughter Sarah

    Sounds good. I spent much of my senior year a basket case because I had a lump and doctors couldn't agree whether to do a biopsy or not. Apparently I just have nobby glands and I've had other medical people sending me off to a specialist for nothing. I'm glad that this stress will soon be over and your family can concentrate on healing from your recent tragedy.
  12. Daily Exercise Journal

    I think that I'm dealing with state and county roads. The road I have to take to get to either gym has two lanes either way, with no shoulder at all. About 1.5 blocks east of me it loses a lane and has bike lanes on either side, but no sidewalk, so sometimes pedestrians are in the bike lane. Today, the bike lane was filled up with plowed snow and slush. The snow didn't melt, so I may not ride for a few days if the roads look questionable. Too many people drive like idiots under the best conditions and I don't really trust them. The state did pass laws and has had a highly publicized campaign that automobiles must give bikes 3' clearance, and that the bike is entitled to have the entire lane. I noticed the campaign when I was a driver and walker, but then my brother and a friend both bike, so I may pay more attention than the average person. Obviously there are a number of drivers who have not. Here is a story about a local biker and his invention to make cyclists safer. My link
  13. Daily Exercise Journal

    Being knocked out means having a brain concussion, which is no small matter. I've already had 2 head injuries. Each subsequent brain injury is progressively more serious because there is less undamaged brain to take over for the damaged part. I'll admit further head injuries are one of my biggest fears. My fear used to be from falling, but since I've gotten on the exercise wagon, I haven't had a bad fall in nearly 20 months, so now the risk is from accidents, not losing my balance. The woman should be horrified, thinking she'd killed your son - she could easily have done so and I bet that woman is a lot more cautious now. She should have at least got out of the car and checked to see whether he was dead; if he had been seriously inured, a delay in getting treatment could result in death. As for motorists resenting cyclists sharing the road, if it is illegal for them to ride on the sidewalk, where else are they to go? I'd feel safer in traffic if I were faster. I suspect my speed is probably closer to 10 miles an hour and wouldn't blame people for being annoyed. I will ride on the sidewalk if I have to go any distance on one major road where the posted speed is 40 mph, but actual speeds are frequently above 50mph. I grew up on a dead end street off said street and I know people have gone in excess of 100 mph at times - there weren't sidewalks there then but are now, and I wouldn't want my kids riding in high speed traffic. If I should ever get caught by police on a sidewalk on that street, I'll plead self defense. It snowed last night and continued after I left for the gym today. At least it wasn't bad getting the bike to the bus stop. Riding on the sidewalk wouldn't really have been possible, being that people had yet to shovel their walks. I did do 20 feet on the sidewalk, going from the light to the bus stop, but I walked after hitting a patch of unshoveled snow.
  14. Daily Exercise Journal

    I was riding my bike, with both headlight and tailight on. I wondered about whether a florescent vest would make me more visible, since I usually have a backpack. I'm not sure that visibility is increased dramatically from in front, since one hunches over the handle bars and the headlight is between the vest and the oncoming traffic. My friend who has cycled much of his life says to get another blinking light and put it on the backpack, and I thought one on the front might attract more attention too, so maybe I'll pick up some more of those. He thinks he has some more reflectors he can add to the tires, so he'll probably put those on when he comes to install the carrier thing which I picked up today to go behind the seat (then I'll be able to haul bigger things than will fit in my pack, like milk). It certainly has been a revelation getting the bike kitted out and riding it as more than an occasional recreational past time.
  15. Another prayer request for our niece

    It's so tough when someone young dies for no apparent reason. I hope you get the answers you need to move on. My heartfelt sympathies to you and yours.