What's everyone working on?

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1 hour ago, KathieB said:

...Holly, if you click on the photo to enlarge it, it pops up right side up. :D 

I learn something new every day.  Thank you for that!

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2 hours ago, havanaholly said:

I learn something new every day.  Thank you for that!

I swear technology is always a step ahead of us ... maybe two steps ahead of some of us :D 

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I finally managed to upload pics of one of my current builds -- and my apologies to all, as I and site were having a few issues. Right now all of my pics for the Half Scale A Frame album are in triplicate I believe, but I promise I have asked Emily to help me by deleting the duplicates! Anyways, that will show where I'm at/going with my first half scale build. I decided to tackle that right before I found my Queen Anne Row House. Have been using this little cabin as a learning experience both in trying out new to me finishes and aging techniques, as well as just making sure I'm getting dimensions and such right for this scale... it has definitely proven interesting every step of the way! lol

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42 minutes ago, minikelli said:

...-- and my apologies to all, as I and site were having a few issues...

What a nice way to put it - it took me 30 minutes trying to upload the picture and it still shows sideways......... sigh......... technology.......

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That's similar to what I was dealing with, but at least the pics did upload and finally showed that they did. lol

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I uploaded 3 pictures to my gallery. One got uploaded twice by mistake.

The house is modeled after one built in 1690 in eastern Pennsylvania, but I think the interior will be set as an elderly woman's home in the 1830's. She's a descendant of the original builder and wanted to live in the old family home. There's going to be a faux closet under the stairs. The fireplace needs a little more embellishment, but I think it does look like it's been used for 140 odd years. The bricks are Houseworks clay ones this time.

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The stairs look awfully pristine, compared to that excellently aged fireplace!

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22 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

The stairs look awfully pristine, compared to that excellently aged fireplace!

That's what I thought, but once the floor is in and the roof is on, no one will ever see more than a glimpse of either end, so why worry about it?

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On 8/5/2018, 7:01:09, havanaholly said:

I learn something new every day.  Thank you for that!

Holly, I was turning my Kindle to see it and the photo kept righting itself.

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On 8/1/2018, 7:29:46, havanaholly said:

I would go online (I just googled "geometric '40s linoleum" and found a shoal of sites & images) to find a design I liked,copy & paste one into Paint and resize it for scale and print it out on photo paper.  I would definitely prime the floor and give it a skim coat of spackle before gluing down the "linoleum".

I'm going to try using colored duct tape to make a design on a regular floor tile.

Thanks Holly!

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5 hours ago, Hooknink said:

I'm going to try using colored duct tape to make a design on a regular floor tile.

Thanks Holly!

I make tiles from paint chips.

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Moved the Beacon Hill from the workroom to the living room.  Put it on a low coffee table (from thrift store) as we want to be able to look at our most elegant chandelier hidden in the tower.  Posted pics of the Beacon Hill before and after rehab in my album.

Now to prepare the workroom for the start of building the McKinley Dollhouse.  I was getting so distracted thinking about the possibilities of the McKinley that it was hard to finish all the trim on the Beacon Hill.  While looking for the coffee table for the Beacon Hill, found furniture (lots of spider webs and dust but no scratches) that may go into the McKinley.

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Fairfield church started.  Got 9 windows adjusted(modified), to fit the gothic style windows.  Then I realized I ordered 10, there are actually 11 windows.   AARRGGHH!. So I'm in a quandary-  do I seal the windows in the tower,  or just put in one at the front, or spend 10+ $$$$ for one itty bity window?????

 

I do have a question for Fairfield builders.  Is that downstairs fireplace structural?  I want the "livingroom and dining" rooms to be one large open room.  The fireplace is in the way. 

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33 minutes ago, L Swearengin said:

I do have a question for Fairfield builders.  Is that downstairs fireplace structural?

I would say yes.  The fireplace structure goes from the first floor up to the chimney and helps support the second and third floors.  I am not an accomplished basher, so I don't know whether it would be possible to put in some other kind of support to take its place.  (I'm thinking of those giant beams they're always having to put in in "Fixer Upper."  I don't know whether there's a dollhouse equivalent.)

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Between dealing with "mistake billing" by one doctor's office and still making appointments with specialists... haven't gotten the chance to do much. Thankfully still have my little A Frame I've been working on finishing up and have set myself the goal of finishing at least one thing a day on it as well as straightening out my shop space. My pup(profile pic) LOVES being a "Shop Yote" as the family in general calls her. lol However, when realizing that due to the resin getting under my base of my cord wood floor, I thought I may be able to plane down the resin and get it level enough to still work with... that didn't go so well as there was someone whom considered himself more of an "expert" and decided he'd take the floor out of my hands and show me how I should just hold it up to the sanding belt. Want to guess how much of the base of that floor was taken off?!? I literally wanted to either cry or rage -- wasn't too certain which direction it was going to go...

Anyways, kept my cool and managed to leave the shop and person responsible for making me see a whole different level of work on that floor w/o any fixing of the initial problem. After lots of researching and YouTube video watching on how to polish resin and get the cloudiness to disappear I attempted what I could and still couldn't get it completely clear to just show the black paint I tried putting on the underside to cover the spots that had been sanded down that shouldn't have been. Turned out looking a very splotchy scratched up grey amongst the black of the rest of the floor, so unfortunately after several weeks of planning that floor out and working on it -- I'm having to make a completely new second level floor. To say the least, my relaxation of working on my minis hasn't been so relaxing of late!

However, definite bright side here -- I can look at it as practice and my pup has been thoroughly enjoying her increased time out in the shop. Hope everyone elses' mini making has been more relaxing and not so stressful as mine the last few days!  :)

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Started the dryfit of the McKinley this morning.  The wood of this older kit (original receipt shows bought in 1991) is in very good condition.  Dryfit is fitting together so perfectly (so far) that I have now decided to build the kit without too much modification.  

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Pretty much finished the dry fit of the McKinley.  Special thanks to Gina who is blogging her current build of the McKinley on her Facebook page, More Minis Dollhouses. By following her suggestions on taping together the tower roof panels, she saved me hours of work and frustration.

If you have seen the McKinley, it is not a deep dollhouse since it is designed to hang on a wall.  Well, the interior doors are super narrow and now I keep picturing Olive Oyl (cartoon character) walking through those doors.  

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