Monday, November 7, 2016

Just a Tiny Project....




Falling Behind.....

Well, Dear Readers, We turned our clocks back on this side of the Pond, Falling Back they call it, but somehow I just feel like I am falling Behind! We are now into the Dark Season, when all thoughts turn to the Holidays, and what better way to get in the mood than by starting a little Holiday Project? Every year I plan to try to make something "Seasonal" and never seem to get very far before I am overtaken by the looming deadlines for my major yearly project, and here I refer to my Annual Christmas Card, which I have drawn every year now for more than thirty years, so I dare not skip a single year! (And so far this year, I have no idea what my drawing will be!) So to make myself feel as though I am making Some sort of progress on Something.... I have started a New Project! (Don't Laugh!) It is just a Little project.... it is a kit for making a 1/144th scale Dollhouse which is all decorated for Christmas! It is called the "Secret Christmas House" and is a kit made by Robin Betterley who makes marvelous tiny things! I bought the kit last Spring at the Sturbridge Fair and have been itching to get started ever since! Of course, I forgot to take pictures until the project was well under way...

All the pieces are laser cut from very fine wood. 
They go together with very little adjusting needed.
The central framework for the house holds two slide out sections.
Here you can see the main house frame and the left hand section partly done.

Here they are a little closer....

Here the wing sections are tucked inside the framework.....

Here they are pulled out.

And there is a table too....

And here they are together....
But I will not attach the house until it is finished.

And just so you could see how Huge this house is.....
Salome came by to have a look at it!

I am sure she will be telling her sister Lady Evelyn de Paradise 
that it is yet another unfinished property!
Certainly Not ready for Habitation!
Well, I don't know about you, Dear Readers, 
but I Love to start new projects!
And whether I am Falling Back or 
Falling Behind remains to be seen!

35 comments:

  1. Very pretty!

    Why don't you draw one of your dollhouse scenes done up at Christmas?

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    1. Hi Sheila! I often include scenes from my dollhouses in the Christmas card... (for examples you can look up 'Christmas Card' in my side bar, you might have to scroll to the end of a post to see the picture)It always becomes a very elaborate drawing with many little scenes of the year and has become a bit of a tradition! I will think of something and will share it here when it is done. :) Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Betsy, I see that you are off and running on yet another tiny property! What about the Baby House in the attic of your Lovely Old Dollhouse??????
    Now you will have to make even MORE tiny occupants so that the two teensy households can visit each other back and forth for their Christmas celebrations.
    I think though that you are up for that challenge! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! I am glad you think I am up for the challenge! It just might possibly take a year or two! LOL! I have no idea where I am going with this.... just that I have Always wanted to work in this tiny scale! For more on the other tiny dollhouses... stay tuned! :)

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  3. Es un proyecto precioso, lo que se ve ya es muy bonito y con su mesa está muy completo.
    Deseando verlo acabado seguro que me va a encantar.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Thank you Maite! I am going to have fun with this! I am glad you like it!

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    1. Thank you Farrah Lily! I am glad you like it!

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  5. A beautiful little house in the making. I am very interested to see more as you work with it. I bet it will be simply lovely! I am knitting santas for all my family and friends. They are quite a lot of work and I have to make 15 of them! Pluss one in 1:16 scale. Good Christmas is still a few weeks ahead 😊. Pam in Norway

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    1. Thank you Pam! You do have a lot of knitting to do! I always feel like I am in Santa's workshop at this time of year! Good luck getting them all done!

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    1. Hi Marisa! I fell in love with this kit at the Fair! It is tiny... I can't wait to be working on the interiors!

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  7. Hi, Betsy - Your tiny Christmas house looks like so much fun! (Although when I see the word "kit" my brain slams up against a brick wall; someday I'm going to have to try making something from a kit just to conquer that fear or whatever it is.) But I'm looking forward to seeing more of your little house - I do have the utmost confidence in YOUR abilities! I also love that little table for the house - what a dear thing! I hope your 2016 Christmas Card project goes smoothly.
    Marjorie

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    1. Hi Marjorie! I have a fond spot for kits... it takes some of the decisions out of my hands! LOL! But I never manage to make them exactly as specified... I always change a few things!
      The Christmas Card will happen... just not sure how smooth it will be! And I will be sure to share it here when it is done!

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  8. Oh oh Betsy, you started again with the building of an other tiny dollshouse, but......I LOVE it, it looks wonderful already :D!! What a good idea to put one of your tiny dollies, for comparing scale, wow, this tiny house is a huge one indeed!!
    I also think it's good to listen to your inner voice, when it tells you to start another project....well, let it be ;)!
    I had the same idea: for a little while I have enough of making flowers, so I started with make overs of my old dolls for the miniature farm......whenever I will get it ready, you see it's the same 'problem' as you have (don't laugh!) ;)!
    Yes, Christmas isn't far away anymore, just within a few weeks.......so, you'll have your Christmas cards ready for your family ;O!!
    Warm hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hi Ilona! Yes, I see you share this "problem" with me! LOL! But that is what keeps it interesting! There is always a new thing to see and wonderful projects to follow! Eventually the big projects will get finished. And the Christmas card will get finished too! I will share it here when I am done! But I will probably also make a few other tiny things along the way! :)

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  9. Un proyecto precioso, la casa solo con ver la estructura ya promete mucho, el diseño muy original que de abra por los laterales. Pendiente de la continuación, besos:-)

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    1. Thank you Rosa! The kit is very interesting with the "hidden" rooms! It makes the inside a special surprise! I am glad you like it!

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  10. Oh I love your little people! I just read the post from last May where you were making them. The tiny dollhouse looks charming, just like that tiny Baby House.
    I hope there will not be any envy between the sisters about who will be living where.

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    1. Hi Josje! I am still trying to finish some of the Tiny dolls.... especially the "guys"! LOL! They are much more difficult to make! Maybe I will just have to make a house for each sister! LOL! But, seriously, this tiny scale has me caught... now I want to try everything in the tiny scale!

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  11. What a cool little kit! great photos too. Keep up the good work - Troy

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    1. Hi Troy! It is a really fun kit! I can't wait to get to the interiors! They are so Tiny!!!

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  12. How could I ever start to laugh when you're starting a new project??? I'm too busy with shouting "HOORAY!!!" *LOL* Did you ever notice I love every single one of your projects? And I still have room for more - especially if it's such a lovely one as this. Tiny houses are always fascinating and I admire Robin Betterley's range, her kits are stunning and so full of great ideas and possibilities. A Christmas House is such a darling idea and I look really forward to seeing it decorated and full of Betsy-touch. Speaking of this - I have no doubt that you will come up once more with a stunning Christmas card... which you will hopefully share with us again. I bet you will get the right inspiration for it soon... there is so much you accomplished this year! ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Dear Birgit, I am so glad you have Faith in me! I have my moments of doubt! LOL! Yes, the Christmas Card will happen... and I will be sure to share it here when it is finished. It just needs my undivided attention... which is hard to find! LOL! As you can see I am starting by being very distracted by this tiny house kit! But I am hoping it will help me get in the mood! As usual, your comments are wonderful to read! I am so glad that you are always happy to see a new project! Because I always have plenty of those! LOL!

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  13. What a sweet little kit. You know Betsy, I'm convinced of two things - that having lots of projects on the go keep the creative juices going and someone is actually speeding up time :0D It seems like only a week passes between singing Auld Lang Syne, Happy Birthday and Jingle Bells haha =0)

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    1. Hi Pepper! Yes this is a fun kit! I am really enjoying this scale! And I just can't stick to only one thing at a time! LOL! And as for the Time getting away from us.... It is shocking how fast it is going! LOL!

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  14. That is a sweet little hipped-roof house! What happens to the wings? Do they spread out? & if so, how does it all fit on the table? If they spread out to the side, the house reminds me of the "mansion" at Cotchpinicut (small mansion) I can't remember the name of the people who lived there.

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    1. Hi Mom! The wings hide inside until you want to have a look... then they spread out temporarily. But I have thought that maybe I would need a bigger table to display it so the wings could stand open... We'll see!

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  15. I love that huge little house! Kits like that solved the growing space problem ;-)
    I have faith in you, your Christmas card will be ready in time.
    Hugs,
    Véronique

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    1. Hi Veronique! Yes, this is the wave of the future! LOL! An entire village in one shoe box! LOL!
      And thank you for your Faith in me! The Christmas Card will get done... we'll see about the "in time" part! LOL!

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  16. I love that huge little house! Kits like that solved the growing space problem ;-)
    I have faith in you, your Christmas card will be ready in time.
    Hugs,
    Véronique

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