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  • Gender Female
  • Location Allyn, Washington
  • Interests Reading, writing, and all things miniature.

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Five or more
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
  • Online Community Building Projects Yes
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  • Real Name C J
  • Country United States

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  1. What are you up to today? This week?

    I see that Kathie answered you, too.  Because I have the same houses and furniture in 2 scales, I have tried to keep them labeled. Please let me know if something is missing.  All the 1:144 houses are called "micro". I've been on the phone with my webmaster for about an hour this afternoon. I have around 200 more products to upload and am trying to figure out their "global upload" - as opposed to putting each one in individually!  Still working on that! Thanks for the hug, Holly. I keep thinking about you all - had to dash over to say hi. 
  2. What are you up to today? This week?

    Thought I'd better stop in and say hello. Yes, I'm still alive.    Been incredibly busy lately.  For some time now I have been trying to move my hobby into a business.  DH and I don't really have much of a retirement, and need some extra income. I want to quit working on the show circuit. It's been a great job, but 18 years is enough! This month I bought out another woman's mini business and will be running it from my home. So I'm busier than a one-armed paper-hanger right now getting all set up. I have cleaned out what used to be Mother's half of our office to make room for a truckload of stuff!  Literally!  I drove to Montana in a rented van and came back with it stuffed to the gills! DH put up lots of new shelves - and has been hauling bags of stuff out to the recycle bin!  Unpacking - cleaning - arranging - rearranging - dumping - organizing.  And trying to get all the new products up on the website!  Exhausting and exhilarating!  My dear mother is still with us (95) and is requiring more help. Unfortunately her memory is really slipping and we can't leave her alone for more than an hour or so.  With DH and I working together, it's manageable, but for one alone (as he is when I'm working) it is a heavy load. I am hoping to have the mini-business functioning to the point that I can quit working outside the home by next Spring. 
  3. CJN Miniatures&More Fire

    I'm sure she would appreciate that.  Especially if it's a donation, and not a consignment. 
  4. What scale for automobiles for the dollhouse.

    I have two 1:18 scale cars, and as mentioned above, if you're not trying to put people in them, they are okay. But I have another one, which is actually a sculpture made by an artist in Seattle. He is retired now, but he was at the Seattle Home Show for years. Gorgeous work. But he also made smaller things and I just HAD to have one of his cars!  After I got it home I discovered that my Caco Doll family will just fit inside!  The two kids are in the back, Dad's driving, and Mom's in the passenger seat!  
  5. CJN Miniatures&More Fire

    Connie has been totally devastated by all of this. Her last post said she can't stop crying. Shehas insurance to deal with, and consignees, and the clean up - it's all been overwhelming.  Fortunately, the fire was stopped before the building burned to the ground. Everything upstairs was pretty well ruined (some antique dolls melting into one big mess) but quite a bit downstairs can be cleaned up and salvaged. I had a crazy idea flit through my head - several people have made miniatures of disasters - one was a meth house, one was a house after a tornado - and I'm sure there were others. Someone might get inspired to do a mini fire disaster and use some of the fire-damaged mini furniture. 
  6. When I'm old, I'll build dollhouses...

    Welcome, Jonathan, from another Washingtonian.  So glad you are finally able to indulge in your love of dollhouses. This hobby can be very therapeutic, also.   
  7. Greetings and Salutations!

    Welcome, Bill.  You are starting off on a wonderful adventure!  And your sister will be delighted!
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    That is so pretty!
  9. So you want to build a staircase ...

    Such beautiful work!
  10. Polymer Clay on Greenleaf Trim

    I have used Paperclay on a wood house. I refurbished an antique dollhouse that had no finish at all on the back, just plain bare wood with paint runs and scratches. I used the Paperclay, which does not have to be baked, and put down a good base of glue first, then applied the clay, making a rough-stone finish.  After it is dry, it is easy to paint. 
  11. Chicken Thief!

    Glad you were able to catch the kids, Kelly! That's an interesting website you shared. Hadn't seen that before. 
  12. Chicken Thief!

    I am now using a cane, Holly, and the thought did occur to me - after the fact!  But I didn't really see it happen. I was in the express lane, with only a few items, so was busy doing the credit card thing - focusing on hitting the right buttons (and not accidently donating a whole bunch of money to the current charity!).  The clerk, being on the other side of the counter, saw what she did.  At least it was just food - which hopefully gave her some nourishment. Not cash, that could have been used for drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. 
  13. Chicken Thief!

    Had an interesting experience at the grocery store the other day...I was heading north for the working-weekend, and wanted some lunch to eat along the way. No time to stop - didn't want fast food, so I decided to get some baked chicken pieces from our in-store deli. At the checkout stand I waited for the woman ahead of me to finish her purchases and move to the end of the counter. As the clerk rang up mine, the chicken package was the first thing through. (Piping hot and smelling wonderful!) The woman stopped, picked up my chicken, and kept walking. The clerk hollered at her to stop, that was not her package - but she kept going. He couldn't leave his station, so he called to one of the men bagging at the next counter to catch her. But he didn't see which one to follow, and the woman disappeared out the door - with my lunch!   We were all just stunned! The clerk then went back to the deli with me and made sure I got the order replaced, free of charge, of course! Maybe the woman was desperate and needed the food, but I've never experienced anything quite like that!
  14. Still Alive

    Thanks for telling us about it, Jeremy. I will be praying for your speedy recovery!  So sorry this happened to you, but glad it wasn't an worse! Follow all the doctor's orders and get well quickly! 
  15. What's everyone working on?

    So little of it was left, that I didn't recognize the residue at first. Then I found a few dangling-drips of it and the light dawned!  I took off what I could, but to try to peel it off the strips of trim would have split the wood.  I thought of holding it for next year's show, but I think I would just like to move it out.  There is a Miniature Show in Portland, with the same Mini Acres, but I'm still traveling to these events in my little Buick so I don't have room for it. Now that I know I don't have to hurry for the show in 2 weeks, I might just take my time and beef it up a bit with more trim to stabilize the railings, and some wood putty to smooth out the tab/slot marks and the mismatched corners.  I went to HBS to see the contest entries, and now realize one stair railing is missing.  UPDATE:  I just went in and took the painter's tape off and it looks like the railings are pretty solid! That's encouraging! There was no way to weight anything to put pressure on the glue, and there was only one railing-top trim that I could clamp so I had my blue painter's tape all over the place!  Maybe there is hope for this little baby after all!