Oh Those Details!
The Comings and Goings at my RL house are not all done, Dear Readers, and to add to the chaos in my RL World, I need to have extensive repairs made to my garage because last Winter was so brutal that it damaged the foundation! This requires that I clean out the garage so the repairs can be made.... and because they are starting next week.... I had to spend my weekend moving the accumulated detritus of several years.... yes, Nature abhors a vacuum.... so the space was not empty! And one of the items was a dresser that never should have stayed out there for so long after my move to this Much Smaller House.... I did not think there was anywhere inside that it would fit! But I measured it again.... and decided that it would Just fit into the space next to the Castle Dollhouse... if I shifted the Cupboard Dollhouse onto the worktable..... and you can imagine where we go from here...! Well, it is still a bit Unsettled in the work area, but the dresser Did fit Just Exactly into the spot I hoped it would. This means that the Cupboard Dollhouse is in the middle of the worktable.... and that means I Might get to addressing the structural issues that kept me from working on it for the last few years!
So, you can imagine that I did not accomplish much in the mini-making department last weekend, but I do have a few Tiny improvements to show you that have been accomplished over the last few weeks. The first is that I painted some birds on the walls of the Willowcrest bedroom murals... and you can see them up close in the picture above. I also added the lights which will go over the fireplace in that room....
There are still plenty of details I wish to add, so it is not yet done......
And I also decided that the windows for the Willowcrest
needed to have wooden dividers added to cover over the fake
painted ones on the plastic that came with the kit.....
As well as adding an additional crossbar at the top
which will allow me to add a "stained glass" portion to the top of each window.
I wanted to be sure we would be able to see through the
windows themselves, as so much of this house is invisible
except for glimpses through the windows.
Here I am testing the effect of the windows,
in this case it is the "French doors" from the parlor
onto the front porch of the Willowcrest.
You can also see I am testing the candelabra sconces
and the placement of a few pieces of furniture.
Here you can see I have also started the attic wall construction.
None of it is attached, but I wanted to get a feel for the space...
and I needed to decide where the lights would need to be so I could plan the wiring!
You can also see that this kit has rear wall "side panels" which I am not liking at all!
They obstruct the access to the rooms and make the small spaces feel even more cramped.
I can feel some kit bashing is in order here!
The kitchen windows here have the
added crossbars, but still no "stained glass".
(Sorry the picture is so dark)
And another Tiny Little Thing I was able to accomplish, Dear Readers,
was thanks to Brae of Otterine's Miniatures blog,
who recently posted a tutorial on how to make and print
tiny reductions of all sorts of images....
(I know this is common knowledge to so many of you,
but I had not managed to learn how to make these tiny minis!)
So I spent some time looking for things like old can labels,
and printed myself some tiny labels
and made a couple of tiny old cans for the conservatory....
to keep the paint brushes in, of course!
I know this is just the beginning of Many tiny items I will now be able to make!
So while the dust has not even begun to settle around here, Dear Readers,
I know that Some of you are probably wondering
just Where in my Mini Worlds have
Buttercup and Marmalade and the Little Dreamers gotten to now?
You might recall that we left them staring off into the distance....
And you might also remember
that they were watching a herd of horses go by....
But what you Might Not know is that
Buttercup is fluent in several languages.....
And she "Whispered" to the Horses as they passed by!
"Phantom" stopped to answer her.
And so they learned that these were the Castle Horses
and they were indeed heading back to the Castle stables for the night.
"The Castle!" said Buttercup.
"We are trying to find the Wizard who lives at the Castle!" she added.
"Do you think you could show us the way?" she asked politely.
Phantom whinnied to the other horses
and they all agreed that it would be simplest
for the Little Beings to climb upon their backs
as they were still some distance from the Castle
and it would soon be growing dark!
They did not have to suggest it twice!
In no time Everybeary and even the Little Dreamers
had climbed on the horse's backs....
and were happily riding across the meadows....
Led by "Ghost Rider" who carried Tiny Bear.....
And not One of them Noticed that they
had completely forgotten the picnic basket!
And in case you were wondering what
the other Fairy Bearys were up to, Dear Readers,
Brother Beorn is showing Sweet Pea
the cozy Library of the Cloud Palace....
Where he is Happy to tell her
there are several good herbal reference books....
And up on the top of the Lady's Tower,
Blue and Sir Orion are keeping a look out for the Travelers....
That is when they are not Distracted by cakes and tea....
and delightful conversation......!
And Because Hamish Harry takes his work seriously....
He has brought in some more Supplies for the Kitchen....
Orange juice and toast have been added to the menu!
Oh..... and where is Hamish Harry?
He's trying to entice Lady Lavender
into telling him what her Favorite food is!
So you can see Dear Readers,
In spite of the chaos around me in my RL,
I have accomplished A few Little Things...
And those little Details do make All the Difference!