Life seems to have calmed down a bit, and I seem to have carved out a bit of time after the baby is asleep to work on the house again, now and then.
The house itself has been moved to the second floor office and I made a cloth cover for the box that surrounds it.
The sides can be lifted individually for easy access, while the thick cloth keeps the sunlight out so the colors in the house won’t fade.
I’ve also set up a worktable with all my supplies in front of the window. So now I’m ready to get back to work.
When I made the back portion of the house a year and a bit ago, I left out the foundations, which will house the electrical wiring. (Hence all those wires sticking out to the right.)
Would have been better to add the foundation earlier, but there’s no time like the present, so first I had to empty all the rooms of anything that was loose.
And tip the house over on its side in a rather undignified manner in order to add the foundation pieces. I also attached the lighting strip to the underside of the house. The hole in the foundation wall through which the wires pass will be covered by the outside cellar doors.
Then I tipped it back over right side up and replaced all the furniture and accessories.
When I get to working on the outside of the house, I will cover the foundation with bricks so it looks more realistic.
Next I will need to add a foundation to the second section of the house and start work on the sitting room:
And the drawing room:
I will also need to figure out how to make these photos better…since I’ll be working only at night, I won’t have the benefit of natural light. Plus having yellow walls in the office is making it difficult to adjust white balance.
In the meantime…so happy to be back at it!
I was missing your posts. Welcome back again! 😊
Thank you! It’s good to be back at it. So wonderful to hear from you, too! I was wondering how you were doing…I must go look at your blog when I get a free moment. xxx
elizabeth s said:
I recall the first time I saw a post of yours and how excited I was with what your were doing! At the time I was a “newbie” to blogging and I remember I lost you somehow, but eventually I found you again just prior to your having your baby. I am so glad to see you back at blogging as well as working on your doll’s house, and also very happy that you and your little one have gotten into a routine whereby you can now tend to both.
Welcome Back! 😀
Thank you so much for the warm re-welcome! Yes, I remember you pointed out the book that used the inside-out technique of building a dollhouse (at least I think that was you…I may be remembering wrong). I’m awfully happy to be back at it again…things did slow to a standstill there for quite a while. Babies will do that.
I tried to click on your name to get to your blog but it says it’s gone. Do you have a blog elsewhere? I’d love to see it if you do.
elizabeth s said:
Yes, that WAS me and the book which I was referring to was called “Building Miniature Houses and Furniture” by Dorie Krusz first printed in 1977 and later again in 1980. It was an innovative approach and it is funny because on another blog, one of the bloggers was using that book to build from but she didn’t get very far with it, which was rather disappointing. But your doll’s house is by far more interesting! 😀
I do indeed have a blog, for just over 21/2 years. It’s: studioeminiatures.blogspot.com
I am on my second house project, a beach cottage ( Land’s End), having finished a Victorian Stone cottage ( #43 Green Dolphin Street) earlier this year.
Thank you for asking! 😀
Doug S said:
Welcome back Jeanette! It’s so good to see you back online! Looking forward to following your progress as you continue working on your wonderful house!
I like your new craft/office room! :0) It will be interesting to see which function overtakes which! But it looks like it can handle both with ease.
Well, the office part of the room is where my husband does some of his work, so hopefully we’ll be able to coexist peacefully in the same room! 😉
–Juliette (not quite Jeanette, but very close…and an equally pretty name)
Doug S said:
oops! I am so sorry! But now you have someone to blame if you don’t coexist peacefully. Jeanette is a GREAT scapegoat. Again, so sorry!
Oh. Excellent! Yes, Jeanette is surely the one who leaves messes around and takes up more space than necessary… 🙂
So glad to see you back! I’ve been wondering about you, and here you are. I figured the baby was taking up a lot of your time–and rightly so! I must say, as a mother and grandmother, I thought of another good use served by your cloth cover in the office. Since your baby isn’t cruising and walking yet, you might not have thought of it yet, but you’ll see. 😉 Not that your baby would ever climb up on a chair and get into mischief, of course! 😀 I wish I had never started to electrify my dollhouse; that’s what’s slowing me down. They now have these great little battery-operated LED lights that are held to the ceiling by magnets. Expensive, but in my procrastinating case, it would be so worth it! I just can’t bear to waste the money I’ve spent on the wire tape and fixtures. Sigh! Anyway, I’m glad you’ve found some time for yourself, that’s so important to keep you up to your best as a parent.
Hi there! Yes, my boy is indeed cruising and almost walking now…but he hasn’t discovered the joys of the dollhouse yet. He’s too intrigued by the overhead fan to notice much else in the room. And the cloth cover is pretty securely snapped on, so tugging on it doesn’t bring it down. But yes, as he gets older, the cloth cover should help keep him out as well… 😉
Yeah, I’m using the wire tape and wires and fixtures still…the battery-operated lamps don’t seem to give as much light and I don’t like the quality of the light (white light instead of yellow, old-fashioned light). So I’m with you on this one.