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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 . . . .

Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of the Year, 2017 Preview

2016 is almost over.  I tweaked a bunch of personal projects this year (I won't say "finished" or "completed" them because, let's face it, a miniaturist is never "finished" with any project -- I still add things to my House That Jack Built English tea house and my Artply Rutherford dollhouse which have been on display in my house, pretending to be completed, for over 15 and 20 years now.)

So, I don't want to look back -- 2016 was a rough year for a lot of people -- so I decided to look forward and preview some of what I'll be doing in 2017!

Besides the customer houses (have 2 in right now that I'm working on the electrical), I will be wrapping up my bread box by creating a bread rack...
Chalking up my breads

So happy with my loaves

And with my croissants

And Opie (my BJD Pukipuki doll I got from my friend, Wendy) is getting her house this year!  Well, the outer shell of it anyway -- I have such plans for this house that it will probably take me over a year to get it to be at a point where it can be on display.
Dad cut the base wood for Opie's House!

I will be tackling the Mansion (always working on the Mansion)!  Rumor has it that Dad has the addition base almost ready which means huge steps will be taken this winter on finishing the exterior of the house!

I hope to finish my 1795 Kitchen and to get my 1895 kitchen underway.  My in-laws gave me some cash for Christmas which I used to purchase this slightly moldy and neglected roombox which needs a back wall but will be perfect for a little Early Victorian Kitchen to complete my Kitchen Series roomboxes (1929 kitchen1964 kitchenBrief Touch on 2010 Kitchen, 1795 Kitchen and Start of 1795 Kitchen).
This will make a cute kitchen!

And I really hope to complete the Shark Tank (Birithmas Gifts to Finish Up) in time for the next Green Spring Gardens Holiday Open House in December 2017.

My Hunting Cabin is very close to being "Display-able".  I mostly want to put it on a board and put landscaping around it...
Haven't touched this one since 2014!  It needs a bit of attention for it's debut!

Interior is mostly finished: just needs some final touches and accessories.

So, here's to 2017!  May it be a wonderful, lovable, productive, healthy year!


  1. Hi, Lori - I love those beautiful breads and croissants! You're doing a fantastic job on your baking. I'm so impressed with all your projects - all being worked on simultaneously. I'm not at all sure how that's accomplished; I'm definitely a one-thing-at-a-time person. And sometimes even that one thing boggles and muddles my mind! Your Kitchen Series is interesting and well done - I'm looking forward to the 1795 and 1895 kitchens. Have a Wonderful New Year.

    1. I like multi-tasking and having many things going on at once so that if I'm not in the mood to sand or prime, I can chalk or glue; if I don't want to assemble, I can work on the other project that needs electrical; etc. The problem with multi-tasking is I feel like very little progress is ever made cuz I only complete small steps on various projects each month, whereas if I focused on just one thing, I'd probably get it done and have a better sense of accomplishment.