Welcome to my life . . . .

This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Friday, September 5, 2014

Work Coming Out of the Woodwork!

As soon as I took out my own personal project to seriously work on it (Leaky Cauldron/Diagon Alley), a slew of customers dropped off their projects they want/need done in the next 2 or 3 months!  There's five different customer projects I'm working on at the moment . . . .

First up: A pink dollhouse that was in a garage for a decade or two and is being renovated for a daughter!  Mostly this is a clean-up, painting and shingling job.

This pink house will get a white house body, black shutters, and gray shingles!
Plus it will get a new stunning Majestic Mansion's front door!
The rooftop is loose (as are some of the interior walls) and they needed to be glued back in place.

Rooftop is popped up in the front and not laying flat.

The interior had never been finished off before, unless spider webs and dirt are your idea of a snazzy decor.  The raw wood has some water stain/mildew damage that we have to clean and seal.  And somewhere along the way a mouse decided that this was a perfect home for him/her and made every room a bathroom!

Overall view of interior.  Bottom level will get wood floors.
Stairs are to be two-toned: stained treads and handrails, white painted risers and spindles.
The rest of the interior will be primed and sealed.

Spider webs hang from the ceilings . . .

Mouse must have been French Revolutionary time era:
s/he used the corners for bathrooms.

Water damage is in various places throughout the right side of the house.
My dentist would probably freak if he knew what I do with those free sample toothbrushes he gives me after a dental cleaning . . .

Cleaning the stairs: bottom six steps are cleaned.

The shingles are stained and drying (it's a five day process to dry them so it takes a while) and primer is in most of the house now.

In the evenings, after work, I am assembling a contemporary ranch dollhouse kit for a customer.  It's a straightforward job so no photos of that, unless something wildly funny happens while I'm assembling it (like if I nail it to the table again or glue some part of myself or my clothing to it).

Another two weeks or so and I'll be on to the next house (a colonial style house getting an alteration) . . . .

1 comment:

  1. Hello Lori,
    You certainly have your work cut out for you. I am happy that lovely house will be refreshed and passed on to another generation. It is a lovely building.
    big hug,