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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Gone Rogue

The most difficult/pain in the ass part of trying to keep up with a blog is posting.
Resizing photos, centering the text, fighting the cat that wants to sit on the keyboard... 😒
The emoji's make it all worth it

I am done trying to make the blog page pretty and centered.
We are going rogue

Stalking eBay for half scale minis, these DIY half scale kits are all over my feed.
One of my mini FB friends shared pictures of her finished kit. After asking some questions, she liked the kit, but did point out that it is larger than half scale, but smaller than full.

I bought and finished my first kit (yes, I anticipate many more)
Just in case you can't read Chinese/Japanese symbols, I started with the art studio. This is Robotime kit.


Pieces are a little too bulky to incorporate into a half scale scene

Box suggestion:

My version:

When I think of a art studio in my mini head, an old warehouse brick building pops in
Instead of using the art work that came with this kit, I used my husbands art that he painted.

I am happy without how it turned out - and so is the cat

All said and done - and checking out the other DIY kits, the Rylai brand really gets my attention.

This kit will be arriving soon.

Jumping to the half scale Victorianna -
I resorted to my stash of kitchen pieces from a friend years ago. 

Again going rogue, I am going to break the dollhouse rules.
It's  not like this is a Bespaq kitchen and I am hiding the beauty.
The kitchen will be displayed from the back side.

Balsa can hide the back.
After looking at these dry fit pics, I just now decided to not use all the uppers.

The cabinets turned out OK. My fancy new dremel hubby bought me for Christmas cut the bumps on the upper cabinets smoothly.
I spray painted the cabinets a satin off white. Using the sharpies my daughter bought me for Christmas, I added the drawer pulls. The upper cabinets handles came out a little heavy. Not a big deal, as I am not using them.

After finishing a room box that reminds me of my dear old dad, I knew I had to do something representing my mom.
I tease my mom mostly for her 'lawn garbage.' It is not like she lives like Sanford and Sons by any means, but just a lot more - um - 'treasures' than what my sense (or lack) of style prefers.

I bought a planter that was on clearance at Lowe's.
This was in my pre-dremel ownership (I had one before but it was lost in one of our moves) 
I used a drill to create many holes to cut the planter down.

I am working on a mini version of her front yard and front of her  house.

This has been a slow start, but once I started, the ideas starting start flowing

I'll actually let my mom keep this at her house.
It is hard for me to part with my birch tree and some of the other minis that have been sitting in a tote for a couple years now. This will sound awful, but I am awful - I will get it back some day.

On to the full scale kitchen - Our real kitchen.
These are the photos from when the house was listed.
Kitchen is OK, but DH likes to cook, and this just was not working for him.

DH wanted to flip flop the dining room and kitchen. That meant gutting the entire space and switching the sliding glass door and kitchen window.

It took DH 6 weeks to do this renovation. Actually only 5. One weekend was wasted replacing a 30 year old water heater to a tank-less one.
The flooring is ceramic.

I can't believe how grown up my little girl has gotten.

A couple of her senior pictures

Started out typing with a 3 pound cat on my lap
Ended with a 33 pound dog

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Just one more thing...

It seems to be a hassle to update my blog. I start, then decide to just finish this one little project - which leads to another week.

Bashed Victorianna:

Mostly finished the porch. I broke a lot of spindles while working on this. Just missing a couple.
Adding half scale spindles to the shopping list.

Received the holiday rug for the living room.

Picked up some Blue Buffalo dog food for mini Macy May.

Un-bashed Victorianna:

This is how she appeared when I bought her off craigslist a couple years back.
I would still love to get my paws on another.

After some exterior work:

I plan on keeping most of the (some what hideous) decorating as it is, but this railing and the visible steps had to go.

Once I pulled the railing off, I decided to tweak things a bit.
I removed some of the carpet to add a hearth

Using some extra stone I had (textured paper), the hearth was complete.
That is when I noticed the stairs had been glued upside down.

I was actually able to pull the stairs out without ruining any of the wall paper.
I am going to keep the alcove to store fire wood.
Another painting my husband did is on the mantle with some freshly printed brick for inside the fireplace.

Once I get some spindles, I will be able to finish this room.

I don't want to put a lot of money into this house, but it really needs a kitchen. We all know how expensive kitchens are, even in mini.

Years back, my friend gave me an old kitchen design kit that are perfect for half scale. I used some pieces in my Rosedale kit, but still have a lot left over.

To be different, or to go against doll-housery rules, I am going to put the kitchen in backwards.
(Insert gasp here)

I am undecided if I will hang the upper cabinets or not.
(middle cabinet is holding the top cabinets up)

I don't think it will be all that bad.
The kit only came with one sink base, which is in the Rosedale.
Somehow I will add a sink to one of the cabinets

Leon's Mansion:

In my many 'adventures' over the years, the railings for Leon's  home went MIA, or I threw them away. After a quick email to the shop owner, I had new railings within a week.

Another beautiful rug from GreenGypsies to make the dining room complete.

On to the Rosedale:

My plan is to continue to finish this house in various shades of gray.
Not 50 shades of gray - more like 43. 

This is the kitchen that I used the other pieces from the kit.

The attic floor has been finished off.
This will be a sewing room.

The resident of this house just received her exercise bike that she most likely will never use.
It is a ACME magnet from ebay.

Polly Pocket shoes and coat.

Fan and accessories in the bedroom.
I suppose I could have the 50 Shades series  tucked somewhere in this room.

While cleaning up the med closet at work, I came across this container that held some medication samples.

How much did our medication prices go up so doctor's offices could get fancy sample containers?
Anyway -
This will somehow house my broken Bespaq tea cart with a tea set.

Crossing enemy territories (the dog), Lilo managed to make it to  my lap just like the old days.