Monday, October 3, 2016

Window Panes....




Painstaking Progress....

Windows were the big topic in my Worlds both Large and small, Dear Readers, as I faced the truth of Autumn's arrival in this part of the World. The day had come that I must bring my houseplants back indoors for the Winter, thus requiring me to rearrange all my Dollhouses to allow the plants to live in the sunny Windows! Alas, this means that the Conservatory has been shifted onto a chair in the corner of my Sitting room....


 And the Cloud Palace has Drifted up into the higher elevations 
of my tiny upstairs Studio!


 So that the plants can live in the sunny... (or dark) Windows!
It always makes me keenly aware of the Seasonal change...
 the oncoming Dark and cold.....

The closing of the windows.
The closing in of the year.
And with all that shuffling and rearranging.... 
the even more difficult truth that several of my projects 
were Larger than they were this time last year!
This is the natural result of trying to complete the foundations and bases....
which makes them a little bit larger 
and much harder to move and fit into corners.... 
here in my (too) small house....!
So while I was lamenting the necessity of moving the 
dollhouses away from the sunny windows,
 and struggling with where they should sit....
I was also slowly adding muntins to the windows of the Glass House....
One piece at a time.


Here you can see the beginnings.

I started with the cross pieces and then added the vertical muntins.

And on the door too.
Slowly measuring, cutting, sanding to fit, then gluing in place.
One piece at a time.
 
And you might have noticed, Dear Readers, that 
The Gypsy Caravan also got a set of front doors.....
Which needed to have windows cut into the upper half of each door.

These kits don't come with the doors, 
so I have cut them from plywood.....
Stained them the dark walnut color...
And attached them with hinges.....
(Can you believe how many hinges it uses????)
 
I really do Love these hinges! 
They are a bit large... 
but they are sturdy and will put up with a lot of use!
They will eventually look better..... 
aged and partly concealed by paint and trim.

(And the ends of the screws where they stick through 
the wood will be covered with more trim.)

But I do love my doors to open and close!
And the front doors really did need to have windows!
Now I only need to decide if I am making them with real glass...

So you can see, Dear Readers, 
my Painstaking Progress...
Making little Window panes!


29 comments:

  1. Hi Betsy! Here autumn sneaked in at once! Last week it was sunny and warm and than suddenly summer packed her bags and was gone. Autumn has definatly arrived now! So, I know what you mean with making enough space for your plants to come inside, where they will stay over in winter. The only difference with you is: I have no dollshouse on my windowsills ;)!
    Regarding your dollshouse window panes, they all look fantastic, even with these bit large hinges! Because, like you said, I know that afterwards we won't see them anymore.
    Warm hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hi Ilona! I am always thinking I have more room than I really have! It is a challenge... because I am not giving up the Dollhouses! Progress on the Caravan is slow... but the hinges are important! I am glad you like them too! :)

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    1. Thank you Claude! I am glad you like it!

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  3. Hi Betsy,
    I've taken to putting my projects on a table with wheels so that I can chase after the sunlight. I love how you manage, even with the low Autmnal sun, to get atmospheric photos of your buildings. I love the glass house. Thanks for reminding me too - I need to bring in my Fuchsia. It got down to 6 degrees last night =0(

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    1. Hi Pepper! We had such a warm summer and it went on longer than usual... now we suddenly are deeper into Autumn that we realized! I am glad you like my lighting.... I do love to catch the sun "playing" with the minis! But often, I am just "making do" with the minimal light I have!
      And I'm glad you got your fuchsia in before Frost! :)

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  4. Hello Betsy,
    I know about projects getting bigger every time you blink, however your projects just keep getting better and better. I'm sure you will change things around and in the end each one will be in the perfect spot. The glass house looks terrific. The muntins are the perfect touch. the doors on the caravan are gorgeous! well done. It is great that you found those sturdy hinges that will be able to take a lot of punishment. the caravan is looking wonderful. Keep up the super work!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! Yes, I know you understand about the ever expanding projects! LOL! There is No-one who has more guts that you do when re-vamping a house! :) I am glad you like the progress I have made, however small it is! I just have to resign myself to things taking longer than I wish... but it really just means I get to have more fun building!! Thank you for your wonderful and supportive comments!

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  5. Wow! Love how your windows are looking on the glass house. Such detail! And I love your gypsy caravan. Those doors are great!

    Ah the seasonal rearranging of projects. I need to do some bulb planting now that it's cooling down. Which means minis will wait until Sunday this weekend.

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    1. Hi Sheila! Yes, I should plant my bulbs too... but I forgot 'til it started to rain....! Next weekend....!
      I am glad you like the way the windows look... sometimes I am not sure until I test the pieces... which might be why it takes me so long...! I am still deciding about the upper windows! LOL!

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  6. The windows of your glass house looks wonderful. I love your caravan the doors are fantastic.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Hi Maria! I am glad you like the windows and the Caravan too! I am still trying to decide what to do with the upper windows. And the trim on the inside of the Glass House windows.... to do or not to do....! So many decisions! Thank you for commenting!

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  7. Lots of lovely progress, Betsy, well done. You are becoming the Window Queen! It's dark before 7pm now and that's before the clocks go back! Winter is on it's way...
    Stay warm
    Hugs

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    1. Hi Simon! Yes the dark is coming on fast... and I don't feel ready! But I do enjoy the seasons when all you can do is sit inside and make minis! :)

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  8. Hello, Betsy
    I can sympathize with your "where can I fit in the houses" dilemma. Having to make a choice between space for plants and space for miniature houses is especially painful! And speaking of pain, I'm so impressed by the painstaking work that you've put into the glass house muntins; they look wonderful and perfectly complete the windows. I must tell you that your Gypsy Caravan thrills my heart! I am so eager to see the results as your work on it progresses - that's a project that should brighten those long, dark days of winter.
    Marjorie

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    1. Hi Marjorie! I am glad you like the windows in the Glass House! I still have some decisions to make about the trims and the top windows.... It sometimes takes me a while to figure out what I want to do! LOL!
      And the Caravan will take a while too.... details details! I guess it is a good thing the Gypsies are not making me rush to have it ready for Winter! LOL!

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  9. It's always good to see you "going into hinges" - because I know this much is true: Betsy + hinges = happiness... ;O)Once more your attention to every detail (and I mean it... EVERY detail) leaves me in awe - and you've made once more great progress when considering how much time all of this takes... and that there were a few houses waiting to go to their winter quarters. We need to face the ugly truth... winter is coming, Christmas is near (Aaaaahhhhhrrrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!!) and fall came all of a sudden to my place in the world. After an extraordinary heatwave followed by very nice autumn weather we're finding ourselves now facing cold and wind... but okay, that's the way it goes - let's lit a candle, get a cup of tea, coffee or (for the sake of the bearies) warm honey milk and work on miniatures... ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Dear Birgit, it is wonderful to know there is someone out there who Understands this bit about the Hinges! LOL! And I do love Details! The more the better! But the problem is with how fast Time is running....!!! I know you have this same feeling! I keep trying to tell myself there is "plenty" of Time! Ha Ha! In the end the list will just have things with "postponed 'til next year" written beside them.... But that means we also have next year to look forward to!! See how far ahead I run with Time? And meanwhile it is almost TIME for.... but I will not spoil the surprise...!!! :):)

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  10. I know what you mean about the seasons changing, here we are having the elections and our choice is more of the same or a whole new route. personally Im going for a whole new route but our Media seems to lie to the masses more than I remember. I think that if you cant report the news impartially then you need to be fired. I love your doors and the caravan is especially interesting to me *I watched a lot of werewolf movies and I love the whole gypsie curse thing* you have lots of project to keep you busy this winter.


    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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    1. Hi Marisa! The change of the seasons does bring a lot to adjust to! I am glad you like the Caravan.... I hope my Gypsies don't travel with Werewolves... because they scare me! LOL! I always have plenty of projects to keep me busy... it's deciding which one to work on that is hard!

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  11. Hola Betsy, un trabajo esplendido.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Thank you Maite! I am glad you like it! Thank you for commenting!

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  12. Hola Betsy, un trabajo esplendido.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  13. Hi Betsy,
    Autumn has arrived here too. I have harvested my first sweet potatoes which I am very proud of even though they are crooked and small ;-) and I stopped swimming outside. The water is dangerously cold now.
    I love your windows and the attention to detail. You teach me a lot Betsy!
    I am also following your gypsy wagon project closely as I would like to make one some day but I don't see myself making doors yet.
    Enjoy autumn, it's a time for candles, afghans and apple pie.
    Big hugs,
    Veronique

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    1. Hi Veronique! Your sweet potatoes sound wonderful! Sometimes those first meals of the Harvest taste like no other! I am glad you like the windows! I recently saw a tip from another blogger about using picture frame glass which is sometimes thinner than standard glass... I am going to have to try that!
      As for the Caravan project, it does seem as though there are quite a few parts that have to be made for it. But I think that is partly because I seem to want to make things differently than the plan calls for!
      I am enjoying the afghans and the apple pies!!! :)

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  14. Hi Betsy! I Always find the transitions of the seasons from summer to autumn for me to be the most traumatic, however, seeing the house shuffling that you have to also go through to bring your houseplants indoors, turns my own minor aggravations into mush! I had ONE LIVE house plant last year and when my daughter asked for it I gave it to her in relief that I no longer had to worry about it anymore. My daughter has taken to indoor gardening since she has moved into her own apartment, and I have adopted the plastic plant syndrome which my mother was infamous for. No Muss- and No Fuss!

    elizabeth :D

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    1. p.s. I nearly forgot to mention how EXCITED I am to see the progress on the gypsy caravan. It is just the wagon for now but I wonder what additions will be added onto it by this time NEXT YEAR!? ;P

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    2. Hi Elizabeth! I feel the same... Autumn is Beautiful and Wonderful... but the Dark is so dark! LOL! And the threat of the coming cold and snow..... It can be endured... and we wrap up and enjoy being inside instead... but yes, I feel that change very much! But the Trauma of the having of too little space for too many Houses.... that is another thing altogether! LOL! I have to question my sanity... and that is never a good thing! But the dollhouses are staying and I find a way to make it all fit in the end.... just don;t expect to find a chair for sitting in! LOL! I am glad you are enjoying the Caravan.... and one always has to wonder what I will have added next year! Myself included! LOL!

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