Monday, February 22, 2016

Birds, Blossoms, Walls and Wires....!

Hardwick Hall Progress... And More!

Believe it or Not, Dear Readers, I added a few more birds to the murals on the Bedroom Wall in Hardwick Hall! And whether or not they can all co-exist in Harmony in the Real World, here on my Mini Paradise Walls, I wanted to include as many of my favorites as I could! So I added a pair of Tufted Tit-Mice, which you can see on the branches to the left, and I also added a pair of Common Yellow-throat Warblers to the tree on the right. Because I was home on vacation, I spent a snowy/icy/ windy/freezing day flitting from bird to bird in my own little Springtime! And because I had so much Time to pursue all those little Details on my List, I also began to run all the wires from the Bedroom and the Parlor through the kitchen and into the basement.

These are the wires for the two bedroom sconces, the bedroom fire, the front porch light, the downstairs hall light, the two parlor sconces and the parlor fire. They all needed to be lengthened in order to reach the plug unit which will be at the back of the house along the foundation. I carefully spliced longer wires, using shrink tubing at the joins. (I neglected to take pictures, of course!)

I used ordinary masking tape to "flatten" them against the wall, and to keep them separated from one another so they would not rub and cause short circuits. Because they will be covered by the Hearth wall, I am not concerned about the tape failing to hold over time. They will be held in place by the wall itself. (At least this is the theory!)

And here is the view of the underside of the house, 
where the wires come through the floor 
and pass out from the foundation at the back
(which is at the top in this picture!).
I tested every light before and during and after 
the procedure of splicing...
 just to be sure they still worked!

Parlor sconces and hearth fire and downstairs hallway.... check!

Front porch.... check!

Bedroom sconces and hearth fire.... check!
So far we are good to go!
And of course, there were still a few more Birds that got added.... 

There are a pair of Downy Woodpeckers, one on each tree (the female has no red spot on her head) and also a pair of Rufous Sided Towhees, scratching in the flowers on the ground. The female is more brown and is on the left, the male is black backed and is way at the right in the corner formed by the back wall extensions. I also added another flowering Quince shrub to that corner (still not finished in this picture!) My goal was to get this wall finished so it could be glued in place!

Then I remembered that there were two more lights 
that would need to be run down the kitchen wall...
One was the kitchen light itself.....
Here you can see that I have added a chain 
to support the light so the light is not hanging by the wire alone. 
I have snaked the wires through the links 
and added a jewelry finding as a ceiling plate.

The other light which will need to run down this wall is the upstairs hall ceiling fixture... which is attached to the underside of the third floor... so I have to get that floor glued in place before I can run the wires down... and before I can glue the third floor, I have to glue the outer side walls!
And the front hall upstairs will be forever viewed only through the adjacent doorways...

Here is the view looking down from the top before the third floor is attached....
The Moon Maidens are marching up the stairs from the front hall to the attic,
 each one representing a different phase of the moon.
There are thirteen of them in all.

And since I was finally done adding birds.... 
well, I could go on adding, but enough was enough!...
I had Finally reached that important step, Dear Readers, 
the one where I take my courage in my hands 
and GLUE the wall in place!!!

It was a tricky manoeuvre, Dear Readers, because the walls were a bit warped, and I still was not supposed to glue the top front sides together because the third floor needed to be tabbed into slots on all three sides before gluing could be done! Of course, I didn't take any pictures because it was late and dark.... but the next morning the light could shine into the bedroom with all the walls in place! (Although you can see from the gaps in this picture that I had not yet glued the third floor in place!)
I wanted to attach an outlet into the baseboard that runs along the outside wall before I put the ceiling on! The wire would run through the groove in the baseboard and out the back corner where it could run down the outside to the plug strip. This would be covered eventually by the corner trim boards.

Here the kitchen light is glued to the ceiling, 
but it's wires have not yet been spliced.

And then, because nothing else could be done 
until the third floor was attached....

You can see my inventive method of "clamping" the walls together while the glue dries...
Because I have no clamps big enough... and ALL the walls were quite warped and unwilling to just sit nicely in place until the glue dried! I used a toothpick to insert some glue into the cracks of the upper half of the front corners, added tape and braced the stick against a nearby doorjamb!
Then I went to bed! (It was late!)

And in the morning I went to see if all was well.....
So far so good!!!

But I still needed to attach the wires to the lights from the hall and kitchen....
and run them down through the basement....

Kitchen light.... check!

Upstairs Hall light.... (viewed through the bathroom door)... check!
And you can even see a few of the stars glowing!

Progress, Dear Readers, 
This is Progress!!!
But I promised you blossoms too, 
and so far they have been missing...
 Here you can see I found time to sew 
the backing on the needlepoint pillow 
and stuffed it with seed beads...

I am in love with these needlepoint kits!!!

I think it looks so comfortable on this settee!

And that is not all! 
Do any of you even Remember 
the embroidered curtains 
for the Thee House Pagoda Bed?

Well, I couldn't remember when I had last stitched on them,
 and couldn't find a good picture, 
and forgot to take one of the "before" 
when I started stitching again....
Only about half of the blossoms on the left hand curtain had been done.

They are each about two and a half inches long, 
the basting stitches outline the curtains edges.
They are getting very close to finished!
So There you can see, Dear Readers, 
between the birds and Blossoms and wires and walls,
I made Great Progress on Hardwick Hall!
And Beyond!


  1. I truly love the wall murals you paint!

  2. You are so clever! I so love the tiny worlds you create. They allow me to get away from RL while I read. Very interesting to see how you do the lights. I am always afraid of the electrics in the dollshouse, but what a difference the lights make. Pam in Norway

  3. Oh dear, after waiting for some time and inspiration, Betsy, you now go like a Speedy Gonz :D!! Wow, you've done alot of work during your vacation!
    Your murals are always so beautifully done, this time is no exception. The curtains and your cushion are wonderfully embroidered, wonderful progress with lots of things :)!
    Hugs, Ilona

  4. Hello Betsy,
    Firstly, I have to say, in all honesty, I think that is one of the most wonderful bedrooms I have ever seen in miniature! I just love it so much. The mural is so bright and welcoming. I am in absolute awe of your amazing talent Betsy. It is spectacular. The lighting is so perfectly done as well. Each room looks amazing when the light are on. It has so much attitude and atmosphere. Wow! And your needlework is just stunning. It is wonderful to see your work Betsy. You are a real master miniaturist.
    Big hug

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  6. You're certainly making excellent progress and I love the mural.

  7. Hi Betsy,
    Fabulous updates! I love, love, love the bedroom. It looks amazing. The mini needlework pillow is so cute! Your dollhouse is a work of art. Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. You have been busy :) I love all the progress you have made. I am totally in love with your gorgeous bedroom and envy the doll that gets to sleep here. Gorgeous work.
    Hugs Maria

  9. Now that is aprogress indeed! I love your rooms with lights on and somehow I love the light outside even more. That I also love your painting skills is something you know.:D And the birds are sweet! The stichings look fab to me and Ican't wait to see the curtains in place!

  10. Hello Betsy,
    I can hardly believe how much you've accomplished in a short time! Your bird mural makes the most beautiful wall that I've ever seen. How I wish that I could create my own Springtime! I do not envy you all that wiring work, but you seem to have done a great job of it - no easy task. Your needlepoint pillow and the embroidered curtains are very elegant; perfect finishing touches. Good work on all counts!

  11. Well, I went straight to the computer to look at your blog. Check check check and check! Wow. Lots accomplished. Everything looks lovely. I admire that kitchen light - wish I had one. I keep wishing I had some of the things in your dolls houses!
    Love & hugs,

  12. That's what I call progress... wow, you've been busy as a bird. And I can hardly find the words to express my admiration about your murals. Your paintings are always breathtaking but these trees in bloom with all those wonderful birds... what a happy, cheerful atmosphere these murals create. Nobody could stay grumpy when being in this room! The pictures with the lights shining through the window made me wish I could move in... *sigh* Congrats on all the wiring you've done - I truly admire your skills, I would never dare to even try this... But the results are worth the effort, the pictures with the lights on have so much atmosphere. Also chapeau for your stitching progress - it looks as if the cushion was especially designed for this sofa, wonderful work. And great to see you're also back to work on the tree house... ah, I just make it short now: Thank you for enchanting me once more with your outstanding work!


  13. Hello Birgit

    Oh my God that wall is awsome. I love the colors and everything. You have done amazing job!

  14. Hi Betsy, you've made a wonderful work with the wall paintings! I love the birds! <3
    Hugs, piikko

  15. The mural is so beautiful and I think you can never have too many birds!

  16. Just gorgeous, Betsy! The mural is stunning!
    Best to you,

  17. Wow, you did a lot of work! All that electrical stuff and those wonderful birds--just so beautiful.
    Judith /Iris March

  18. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !


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