Disorganized and Scattered.....
I could not seem to Focus on Anything over the weekend, Dear Readers, and so I Wasted a lot of Time just Dithering until I finally decided I might as well just Play with a few little things! With a Hurricane threatening the South Coast near where my sister lives (they are fine!) and nobody sure whether it would come North after visiting destruction on them, (it really didn't) I could not settle on any Plans at all! And with cold weather arriving full steam ahead, I have been pulling out the blankets, and thinking about how to be cozy even in the Mini worlds, and Especially if you are Gypsies and wander the roads in a Caravan! It is an old Old caravan, with lots of carved Dark wood and the doors to the bed alcove are rich with carved details. The blankets I grabbed are the brightest and most colorful I could find.... as I am sure these Gypsies have a weakness for bright colors and beautiful trims! And because these doors were still not quite finished.... I had to get to work and complete the trims that were only partly done....
The side which faces the living area when the bed alcove
doors are closed has the hinges in full display.
In order to build a frame around the doors,
the frame pieces would need to be carved away on the underside
where they cover the hinges,
so the wood could sit flat against the wall surface.
This I did with my exacto knife.
It is not necessary to be terribly precise,
just be sure to cover the area where the hinge will be!
The frame piece on the right side
is now able to sit over the hinges on that side.
And here the left hand side has also been notched to fit over the hinges.
All that was left was to cut and fit the trim for the top
so it would follow the curve of the arch.
Which you can see has been done .....
if a little unevenly!
But perhaps it is good enough for the inside of a dark old caravan?
(I will do a little careful sanding and touch-up with the stains.)
Now when the upper doors are open, the arch is nicely framed.
And while I was attending to cutting and gluing those small pieces,
I decided it was also Time to paint the outside of the Caravan.
I have chosen a lovely rich green!
And because I was Dithering, Dear Readers,
I also spent a few minutes in the attic
of The Lovely Old Dollhouse...
Where the remaining pair of rafters that supported the wall
in the previous location, still needed to be removed.
I removed them!
(You can see where they were by the dirt stains on the ceiling.)
They will be cut into shorter pieces and used as supports
along the floor on the back half of the wall,
to match the supports already in place along the front half of the wall.
But before I attach them in their new places,
I think I need to upgrade the wiring for the attic!
I only allowed for one light outlet in this area!
Pollyanna is really eager for me to get on with this work!
She has cleared out a lot of the junk and wants to get
a work table set up as soon as possible.
And she wants to find an old comfy chair to bring up here
so she can sit and daydream....
Meanwhile Arthur is visiting with Will over at The Folly.
They are having a "guys night"
and Will is making supper on the grill....
They don't care that it is getting dark so early and it is cold out there!
Will is trying to explain what went wrong in his relationship with Daphne
and why she won't be coming back....
without giving away her secret.
"She says I deserve somebody better.." he says.
"Whatever that means!" he adds.
(He is still feeling sorry for himself...)
Arthur doesn't say anything. He just nods.
But he is thinking he should maybe try to set Will up with
a few dates. Anything to help him move on.
Meanwhile, the paint has dried on the Caravan walls....
And the pieces have been assembled yet again.
You might notice that the front edge of the side walls
did not get painted.
This is because I plan to extend the walls forward
to make an enclosed and sheltering "porch"
at the front of the Caravan.
This will allow the driver to be protected in bad weather,
and also allow for extra storage of supplies.
You might also notice that the front doors
still have not had all the trim made for them!
There will be trim on both the inside and the outside.
And they will need the widows' glass panes fitted too.
But the interior is looking much more finished...
But still a long way from done!
Can you just imagine this sleeping alcove
all soft and cozy with blankets and pillows?
And maybe a shelf for the lantern.....
(And windows and the roof....
not to mention a cozy little stove in the main room....)
A perfect place for Dreaming.....!
Well, Dear Readers,
Even though I was Disorganized and scattered,
It appears that I got a Little something done after all!