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3 hours ago, rodentraiser said:

...Hey, can't a wine room also be used as a cheese room for the cheeses to age? *thinking, thinking*

A wine room can also be used as a pantry. My maternal grandmother had a basement room she used for the things she canned.

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2 hours ago, Mid-life madness said:

What do you use for grout? I need to do my chimney.

I looked at your pictures what is it you do not like? Is it too white?

Yep too much white.  I went back over the "stones" this morning with stipple paint.  I usually use the powdered mix from hobby lobby (in the craft tile area).  Hobby lobby was closed yesterday, so went to Michael's.  Didn't notice until I opened 20.00 jar that it was paste.  (Only brand they had).  I sealed the stones with mogepod,  but it still stuck to the stone.    I'm thinking next time, I'll cover with the remaining grout (cost too much to toss),  then but the brick/stone into the grout, then paint the stone when it's all dry.  I still have to do my chimneys on this one ( if I don't cut them off. Lol)

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The kitchen sink and stove, lamp for the bedroom, and the bed came in today.

Of course, me being me, tonight the bed doesn't exactly look like how it when looked when it arrived this morning (well, heck, neither do I).

My bedroom in the shadowbox is only about 8 1/2 x 5. I finally found that nightstand which was only about 1 1/2", but try to find a bed that is less than 3"! I looked and looked and finally found this bed and snapped it up. The bed is 5 3/4" to 6" long x 2 3/4" wide. So width wise, it works great. Lengthwise, not so much.

I have that wardrobe that goes against the wall across from the bed. I needed to have at least an inch between them so I could leave a door open - I wanted to hang a housecoat or something on the door. But the bed came right up against the wardrobe. So, commence Operation Shorten the Bed.

I figured I'd just yank off the end of the bed and cut the sides down. Naturally, this bed is well made. The foot isn't attached to the sides with just glue, oh no. I'm sure someone somewhere knew I was going to get my hands on this bed and said, "Let's make this more difficult for Kelly than it has to be." There are PEGS holding the foot board to the sides.

So for those of you who want a sturdy piece of furniture, here ya go.

But once I figured that out, I was able to get the foot board off and the sides sawn and everything glued back together in about ten minutes. The glue is drying as I type. The bed is now only 5 1/4" long and I have a little more than an inch between the bed and the wardrobe and if I open the door on the wardrobe, it completely clears the bed. YAY!

The next thing I have to do tonight (well, I might do it tonight) is cut the mattress down. All I'm going to do with that is unwrap the bottom, cut the card on the bottom of the foam, then cut the foam, and rewrap the mattress. I would like to put about 1/2" more foam on the bottom of the bed anyway to raise the mattress higher. So now the bed fits in the room and because it's so narrow, I doubt anyone will notice it's a wee bit short.

Tomorrow: getting the plug installed so I can plug in the bedroom lamp. I'm going to use those very small plugs, which means switching out the big plug that's already on the lamp. I've seen that done just once 35 years ago and I hope I remember how it's done. Pray for me.

And if the shadowbox is still standing afterwards, you all get pictures.

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Yesterday I ran errands all day. For my dollhouse. I ran errands for my dollhouse all day. At the end of the day I thought....that's actually kind of weird. Who's the boss here anyway.....

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But, Karen--our dollhouses depend on us! They can't run their own errands...like doggies, newborn baby doll collections, koi pond dwellers, etc., etc., etc!

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5 hours ago, WyckedWood said:

Yesterday I ran errands all day. For my dollhouse. I ran errands for my dollhouse all day. At the end of the day I thought....that's actually kind of weird. Who's the boss here anyway.....

I'd mark this day in your diary for future generations. How many grandmothers can you name who can say they ran errands for their dollhouse? Beats the heck out of tales of canning peaches all hollow.

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I've been grouting the stone basement of the San Franciscan.. It's taken all day and I've only done two of the three walls with the largest one left... Can't say I love the look either.. it's a bit messy for me.. I guess my grouting technique is less than perfect.. It was the most frustrating day... I think it's safe to say, grouting is not my favourite dollhouse project. :D 

I guess the stone is going to have a more rustic feel than originally intended. :giggle:

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I find myself throughout the day thinking of what I will do to my dollhouse when I get home.   I really do look forward to when I get to work on it.   

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I just today finally finished the exterior of my Dura Craft VM 800, after almost 40 years of construction! The last touch was a carport on the left side as you face it, for the family's pink mustang, with a greenhouse/potting shed on its roof.

Their other 2 cars are a 1931 silver phantom II Rolls Royce, and a silver mustang convertible with a little Schnauser in the front seat, just like mine!

The kitchen and porches are all finished and furnished, so now the living room, dining room and "music room" (1st floor tower room) are next! Yay!

I'd love to show photos, but I don't know how to attach them from my iPad--no "real" computer.

For those of you within driving distance  of Nashville, there will be a Three Blind Mice miniature show here Sept 8 and 9!

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1 hour ago, Tiaannabelle's Mom said:

I just today finally finished the exterior of my Dura Craft VM 800, after almost 40 years of construction! The last touch was a carport on the left side as you face it, for the family's pink mustang, with a greenhouse/potting shed on its roof.

Their other 2 cars are a 1931 silver phantom II Rolls Royce, and a silver mustang convertible with a little Schnauser in the front seat, just like mine!

The kitchen and porches are all finished and furnished, so now the living room, dining room and "music room" (1st floor tower room) are next! Yay!

I'd love to show photos, but I don't know how to attach them from my iPad--no "real" computer.

For those of you within driving distance  of Nashville, there will be a Three Blind Mice miniature show here Sept 8 and 9!

I'm going to the show. I have family in Nolensville and Brentwood. I can't wait.

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I picked up my Fairfield the upgrade kit and some oher stuff for it at the US border today before I went to see my husband so I guess I may be  opening those boxes tonight, lots of sanding I understand, can I use a dremel?

 

Oh and though I picked up nearly $300 worth of assorted stuff in the US parcel office the Canadian border man  just waved me on and said have a nice day after I told him I had bought a dollhouse for myself.  no duty, not taxes just have a nice day.

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You can use your Dremel sanding drum, but for most of those straight edges you might be just as happy using cheap emery boards from the Dollar store.

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I like to use a mouse sander for the long edges of the walls, and then sand paper or emery boards like Holly suggested.

Have fun!

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Mmm think I might just leave it in the box, it is not what I thought it would be and sadly I don't like it oh well what can I say.

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I've been trouble shooting my electrical situation and have come to the conclusion it was that STINKIN' junction splice thingy. UGH! I have been in such a funk. Not wanting to work on the house (But still shopping). I haven't even wanted to take pictures of the interior paper to share because I just felt so defeated.

In the meantime I have been making upholstered furniture. Some of it is fair, some is a little embarrassing! I'll have to dust off the camera and share my results.

Thanks for listening.

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 in perusing the webs tonight I came across this image ...has anyone seen this before?  We had talked sometime before about bash two San Franciscans together and this just popped up...it looks like the add on for the newport ...thoughts?

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 in perusing the webs tonight I came across this image ...has anyone seen this before?  We had talked sometime before about bash two San Franciscans together and this just popped up...it looks like the add on for the newport ...thoughts?

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11 minutes ago, Mid-life madness said:

I've been trouble shooting my electrical situation and have come to the conclusion it was that STINKIN' junction splice thingy. UGH! I have been in such a funk. Not wanting to work on the house (But still shopping). I haven't even wanted to take pictures of the interior paper to share because I just felt so defeated.

In the meantime I have been making upholstered furniture. Some of it is fair, some is a little embarrassing! I'll have to dust off the camera and share my results.

Thanks for listening.

I HATE those junction splice thingies!  They are the bane of my existence.  I got a power supply kit from CR2S (it takes the place of the junction splice), but so far I've been afraid to try it.  It looks so simple in the video, but I worry that I'll mess things up and then none of my lights will work.  And I know it's so frustrating when the wiring doesn't go well, and you think you can't move on until it's fixed, so you're stuck.  Please share photos of your furniture.  It's fun to see what other people make, and maybe you'll feel a little less stuck when you take the photos and realize how much you really have accomplished.  :)

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26 minutes ago, Mid-life madness said:

I've been trouble shooting my electrical situation and have come to the conclusion it was that STINKIN' junction splice thingy. UGH! I have been in such a funk. Not wanting to work on the house (But still shopping). I haven't even wanted to take pictures of the interior paper to share because I just felt so defeated.

LOL Snap!.. This is me too!.. I was almost in tears earlier today and ready to throw the whole basement addition in the bin when I couldn't get one of my coach lights to work... it's all installed with the wiring running under the stonework in the most meandering path possible! I thought I might have cut it accidentally when I was removing and re-gluing an uncooperative stone that just happened to be right over the wire run... I was having a small (ok big) hissy fit and getting ready to rip all my stone work off when my DH said, is the bulb tightened? :doh: 

I'm also finding the grouting process reeeeaaalllly tedious which would be ok if I was liking the results but....no.... I also had papering problems so I completely understand the defeated feeling Carrie. And I'm definitely not taking pictures of the mess that is the grouting!.. lol... how embarrassing! 

So I've been procrastinating about working on the house and consoling myself with much mini shopping and then feeling bad because I'm spending money I should be saving for our annual ski vacation.. first world problems much??:shy:  I need to get a grip!! :rofl:

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Hugs in solidarity for the frustrations, mini sisters (and brothers)! We've all been exactly where you are! Not only did I re-do the hearth and fireplace on the New Orleans twice, I have now done two sets of stairs and the first floor is still not over! Changes to the floor plan and an issue with sliding the chimney breast out behind the ceiling decorations is forcing me to have to re-do the ceiling, too. I wonder what hell I will create for myself when I start the kitchen install. Oh well, that's life in miniature, and that is why I am concurrently working on the Christmas Cottage. It's about going with the creative flow and not having to be so perfectionistic. (that's a word, right?) When I need a break from the challenging frou-frou, I can work on it. Good luck with the grout, Sam - give it a few days and the solution will come. And Carrie - do not be afraid to share! Everyone here has had a disappointing result in spite of time and money spent, so we are here to encourage, support, laugh or cry with you!

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Frustration over here, too! The newer rug I had started will be too small for where I was going to use it, so I had to go back to the pattern and tweak that to make it bigger. Then when I cut new canvas and started working, I got almost to the end of one long column of stitching when I realized I had stitched them facing the wrong direction! I was semi-distracted at the time, because I was at a party with relatives, and since I'm not a big talker or golf watcher, I was sitting with my latest. It was only as I looked at it more closely and finally realized WHY the stitching had felt awkward, that I realized what I'd done. Sigh. Will have to rip out the bad stitches and start again. And to make things even better, I just tweaked my back and it's hurting quite a bit. Luckily, it usually gets better in a few days, but until then, ugh.

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4 hours ago, Debsrand56 said:

I HATE those junction splice thingies!  They are the bane of my existence.  I got a power supply kit from CR2S (it takes the place of the junction splice), but so far I've been afraid to try it.  It looks so simple in the video, but I worry that I'll mess things up and then none of my lights will work.  And I know it's so frustrating when the wiring doesn't go well, and you think you can't move on until it's fixed, so you're stuck.  Please share photos of your furniture.  It's fun to see what other people make, and maybe you'll feel a little less stuck when you take the photos and realize how much you really have accomplished.  :)

Fear not going to CRS2! Way better than junction splice. Basically you are adding an adaptor using a direct wire. Once you have a black wire in one color of tape and red wire in the other, you insert the other ends into the adaptor, you're done!

 

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13 hours ago, Jeannine said:

Mmm think I might just leave it in the box, it is not what I thought it would be and sadly I don't like it oh well what can I say.

Are you talking about the Fairfield ?

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I finally have pictures of the doors for the casetta.

This is the front door as it originally looked. It's hinged on the right side (facing the door). My front door opening is between the bay window and the side wall, and the top trim on this door made it too large to fit in this space, even if I had cut the door opening the correct size!

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This is the front door (the front of it) after I got my grimy little hands on it. It now hinges on the left side. I still need a small piece of wood to cover the spot where the door panels meet. It obviously needs some trim put back on, too. On the bottom of the sill, you can see the hole for the rod that goes through both door panels. Originally, that was on the right side.When I flipped the sill over, I had to make a new hole for the rod.

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And I got this plank door for the back. This one fits a 3/8" offset, so I don't know if I'm going to take the trim off of this one.

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