Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hmmmmm.... Where Was I?

Letting the Dust Settle......

Well, Dear Readers, I have been Trying to recall just What I was doing when I got swept up in telling tiny Tales.... and I had to browse through Weeks and weeks of photos that I have taken of the goings on in my Mini Worlds..... only to come to the conclusion that I have not accomplished even One Little project since before the summer began! It is a humbling thought indeed! Of course, I have started on several parts of the many projects I seem to have underway... only to hit a snag and put them aside... or simply get distracted.... or run out of Time to complete them. You might recall that I had started to paint the tiny figures in the border of the ceiling in the Castle Great Hall. I made a good start on the first side, but couldn't decide on all the subjects for the opposite side, so it is still just where I left it.... far from finished! But one morning the sunlight shone into the Hall, allowing me to take a picture in the beautiful light, so I thought I would share it with you, unfinished as it is!

And I had made a start with adding the exterior muntins 
to the windows of the Willowcrest....

If you look closely in this picture you will see 
that I have added them to the top portion of the window, 
but not the bottom.
This is because it is bothering me that the muntin will abut directly onto the exterior window sill.... which is not at all how window frames are constructed! Let alone that there is no offset for the "double hung" windows to be opened by sliding past the upper portion of the window!
And if I add a "bottom" crosspiece to the window above the sill, I will also have to add one to the interior side of the window.... which already has the frame in place.
These windows were not designed properly!
So I have not continued with adding the exterior muntins to all these windows
 while I try to decide what should be done.

I started to build the fireplace for the Willowcrest bedroom, 
using various pieces of decorative trim wood from the Home Depot.

I even gave it the initial coats of paint to make it resemble stone.....

But it is still unfinished. The first coats of paint didn't look right......
And I need to decide whether there will be a "lit" fire in this fireplace....
So I can run the holes for the wiring before I attach the wall in place!
And there are still a few details I want to paint on the walls... 
which will be so much easier to do
before I glue them all in place!

And I can't really get more work done on the Attic room
 until I have glued the Floor....
And exterior walls (which still are not attached) in place!
(I think I need to make a list of all the things that are 
keeping me from gluing those walls in place...)
Yes, precious little has been done!

So now that Everybody has gone home from the Halloween Party
 and the Dust has had a chance to settle, Dear Readers,
 I can see that there is Plenty that needs to be done.....
If I can only figure out What I am doing!!!
(Wish me Luck.... I really should be starting on Christmas!)


  1. Hello Betsy, I am sure you will resolve the issues with your usual flair for problem solving. After all, you are an Architects Daughter =0D. I like that big stone fire place. Personally, I would put a fire in there but only because I love the look of a cosy room bathed in firelight. Good luck with whatever you decide - it will no doubt be spectacular in the end =0)

  2. Hi Betsy! I understand your doubts for making decisions, but I'm sure you'll tackle all of them, just like usual ;)! Everytime I see your tiny figures in the border of the ceiling in the Castle Great Hall I'm admiring your paintworks, because they are such fantastic artwork.
    Good luck with making decisions :)!
    Hugs, Ilona

  3. I have to say the window from the outside is fantastic. I do love the whole frame(s). :) And your fireplace is looking good! You know, I've been thinking of making fireplace for months, lol, and it is still in the stage of thinking! Can't wait to see more. And the saints are the best. :)

  4. Good to see a new post from you... and as always it's good to see all your wonderful projects again. The fireplace you've made looks fantastic...and I have no doubt that you will come up with impressive solutions and breathtaking results. ;O)


  5. Hello Betsy. Your painted saints are amazing; I love those vivid colors. The fireplace for the Willowcrest bedroom is beautiful, even unfinished. I'll look forward to seeing the finished work.

  6. Hi Betsy, haha I can imagine that with all the story telling you lost track of what you were doing! But it has been lovely story telling! That light is amazing, it always adds so much to a photo doesn't it? I'm afraid I can't help you with the window, I hope you'll be able to figure it out.. And maybe you can make a hole in the wall just in case you would like a lit fireplace? I guess it's not a lot of work? So then you can glue the wall and decide on the light later, is that an idea? Nice job on the fireplace, I hope you can figure out to make it more to your liking. Maybe add some ground sand to some paint and dabb it onto it, for a more stoney-effect? Good luck in any case, it will be surely wonderful, whatever you decide!

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  8. It's so beutiful. Amazing work!!!
    In fact, I looked back through some of your older blog posts, and I think all your work is beautiful - so very well done. I'm looking forward to seeing many more of the lovely pieces that you make. I am following you, it will be very kind and nice if you visit my blog and follow too.

  9. Decisions, Decisions! That may be the hardest part.
    I think the chapel ceiling is absolutely gorgeous.
    I think the window "muntons" are ok, but you do have a problem with the lower sill.
    As for the fireplace - it looks ok to me, but a practical concern if I were living in that house would be its closeness to the bedclothes. But it's only a dolls house!
    Carry on,

  10. Oh I am sure your final turn will make everything magical and in place for a wonderful story! I do love the curved fireplace pillars :) The window looks wonderful!