For the first time in my life, I got to attend the Chicago Show! A friend and I went to both the 3 Blind Mice show and the Tom Bishop show (they happen the same weekend - gotta get our money's worth out of the plane ticket to get there so hit as many shows as we can! LOL).
|Overview of one of the rooms at the Tom Bishop Chicago Show.|
And although it was disheartening to see how many pretty things I can't afford, it did inspire me to make my mansion a priority. I always put customers' projects ahead of mine (I bring home parts to paint once the kids are in bed or I bring the entire house home to work on instead of working on my own projects). That's not gonna happen anymore. From now on, I get to work on my stuff too! My favorite miniatures I purchased for the mansion at the Chicago Show were:
|Most Favorite! Michael Reynold's marble top side table.|
|Servants' Bells, a la Downton Abbey style. LOL|
So that was the public miniature event I attended.
For Mother's Day, my kids (and husband) gave me a great gift: kids ran off for about three or four hours and played with their miniatures in the basement (with no fighting involved!). Husband took care of all food needs for the day (so no cooking or preparing food for me!). So I had a chunk of time to play, er, I mean, work on my mansion!
First up, arch way had been cut and needed to be tested to ensure it was cut correctly. Needed some sanding and some more minor cutting here and there, but ultimately it was perfect:
|Looking thru music room parlor into foyer.|
|Looking crookedly from foyer into music room.|
|How it was - with divider wall and then raw wood stairs to the left of it.|
|Arrow shows where wall was.|
So, I also don't like the raw wood stairs. Even if I stain them they aren't achieving the level of elegance I want for this house. But the only finished stairs that work in the space are the space-saving stairs by Majestic Mansion. Luckily (as with most Majestic Mansion products), I LOVE the stairs. But there are two issues with putting the Majestic Mansions stairs in the foyer:
First issue - all the stairs stick out over the doorways. On the upper levels I can cut the stair opening longer so the steps sit further back in the hallways thus clearing the doorways they currently overlap. But on the first floor in the foyer, there is a wall that prevents me from cutting the opening larger. So I will modify this doorway to have a narrow door - which will work just fine as this is the doorway to the Butler's Pantry so only servants would be going in there anyway. I'm even considering hiding the doorway under the stairs instead -- but that may alter my plans on the inside of that room so I am pulling a Scarlett O'Hara (I'll think about what to do tomorrow, or next week or even next month).
Also, since kids were behaving, I cut the doorway from the Lady's Sitting Room to her Bedroom. But in cutting the doorway I discovered a nail that needs to be removed and there is a mis-struck nail along the back wall of the Lady's Bedroom too. There are no ways to access the other end of these nails so I have to find or buy a metal cutting tool to remove them.
|Doorway nail to be removed.|
|Mis-struck nail that will have to be removed somehow.|
|Left is the new doorway and the back wall has the old doorway that is now filled in.|
And as long as I was taking out the Spackle, I filled in the double door opening from the second story library too:
|Double door opening is filled in with scrap wood.|
|View from other side of house of both excess doorways that are now filled (Lady's Bedroom and Library).|
|This wall needs to go.|
I am putting my birthday Bespaq set in this room along with my new Michael Reynold's piece.
The double window opening on the left will be enlarged to be the entrance to the spiral stair addition. The desk on the back wall is representative of a baby house that is packed up safe somewhere but it is about that size so it gave a good reference point. Now the Michael Reynold's table matches the fabric well enough,