ClothesCaptioned.com

So, I finally took the plunge and created a crowdfunding site to try to make a go of a home based business. I have been thinking about this for some time and it just seemed like it has to be now or I will never do this.

It all started a few years ago with me and The Kid watching television, or rather, streaming and bingeing on Netflix and Prime, and all the other premium channels. We started watching lots of European series and we always had a tough time trying to understand those accents… and the further north you go in the UK the tougher the accents. So, we turned on Closed Captioning.

The first time we saw [SCOFFS], we both laughed. I am not sure to this day that The Kid knew that sound even had a name, let alone what it was. So, it became a familiar lexicon in our vocabularies and we both were quick to point it out whenever it came on screen.

Then it branched out. It was an interesting experiment to see which Closed Captioning writers were actually including in the CC, and often times, very funny! I made some off-hand comment about putting them on t-shirts.

I tried to make t-shirts from iron-on fabric, but it didn’t work well. I thought embroidering would be classier and longer lasting and I did make an effort to try to do this with my home embroidery machine, but it became an exercise in frustration. About that time, I had a tee made for a friend that had embroidered words, but it cost a fortune. (A different startup idea.) I remained in touch with the gentlemen who did the embroidery and he has been gracious enough to share with me some trade secrets. If the funding is successful, I will be purchasing the machine that he recommends. (Hi Steve!)

So, a few minutes ago, the IndieGoGo campaign went live. I hope it looks polished enough… after being in the computing business and looking at hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, I hope that it stands up to the test.

I am naming the company: ClothesCaptioned.com. We did get the domain registered. We had to base the name on what was still available. But I like it. Our icon is simple and will appear on the right sleeve edge.

ClothesCaptioned OriginalWe’re starting out with ten captions:

If these are successful, we hope to branch out and include additional captions. We’ve been collecting them ever since the idea to do this as a business was born. I think I have something like 250 or more of them in a Db, but some I think will be too long or will not appeal to many (any?) customers. Every single caption we do present, however, is required to actually come from a real Closed Caption session.

So, if you’re curious or would like to donate, go here: https://igg.me/at/cctees

I will keep everyone posted on progress here as well as the IGG campaign page.

Thank you for supporting my dream!

julie

Dollhouse Reveal: The Bathroom & Laundry (#3) and Attic Space (#4) and The Upper Hallway (#7)

Okay, just a few left and I’ve opted to smoosh them altogether into the dollhouse reveal. As bathroom goes, this one too was pretty fun. The room is large enough to accommodate a laundry area in addition to bathroom. Its the kind of space I’d envision when an attic makeover is done.

DSCN4983So, on the left wall is the bathroom. It comes with an awesome claw-foot tub, toilet and a pedestal sink complete with a medicine cabinet.DSCN4982Some great little accessories in this bath too… toothbrushes in a cup, an extra roll of toilet paper and soap in a holder in the tub. Oh and a plunger.DSCN4981It was tough trying to get everything on a shelf or something, but then thought I’d just set some of the bottles on the floor. Like what real people might do.DSCN4984So the right wall is the laundry area – complete with washer and dryer. A basket sits on the floor next to it with laundry and above are hangers for keeping the permanent press wrinkle free.DSCN4980There is a shelving unit with laundry supplies and extra bathroom supplies (cool large pack of TP, huh?). On this wall I used another laminate sample just to give the room a little pizazz. DSCN4979And as part of the laundry room, in the foreground is an ironing board with the iron and spray starch. The flooring is also the miniature tile… I wanted to just do one color green and white, but didn’t have enough of any of three shades of green, so to reflect the colors in the wall (laminate) I used ALL of the shades of green plus white. As I mentioned before, the mini-tile is a challenge to use and keep lined up, but regardless, I like the way it turned out.DSCN4978There are some fun little touches that I’ve done in some of the rooms that are just plain fun, and one of them is that the iron has a cord and is plugged into a tiny wall receptacle. Over time, I hope that I come back and add more of these little details.

Okay, the next room is just the extra space that is really an attic. In its truest sense.DSCN4986I just placed a few objects that one might actually find in the attic, but I think I want to pay just a little more attention and make some changes. This was the only room I didn’t glue down the objects for just such a reason.DSCN4987An old sewing machine towards the back, an unmatched dining room chair, and a trunk. You can’t see it but behind the trunk is the attic ladder mechanism that allows access from the room below.

The next reveal isn’t a room per sé, but the hallway and intersection of the staircases. The dollhouse originally didn’t have stairs to the attic, which logically didn’t make sense that you couldn’t. So, I added stairs and cut a hole in the floor above, which ended up being the home office and the railings just took up so much the room.

dscn4967.jpgThis is more of the Popsickle wood floor which turned out nicely in the end. There is a long wall which I want to cover with family photos and am actively collecting miniature photo frames (much like my real house).

And that folks, is the end of the official reveal. I hope to, in the future, show how some of the projects and how the were made and/or bought. If you have questions, PLEASE ask, I am hoping to help keep the next dollhouse enthusiast from making some of the mistakes I made or some of the inspiration that helped me get to this point.

The Kid and I are already knee deep in the next project finish and today I actually did some work on the humongous cross stitch project I started about a hundred years ago. I actually see a light at the end of that tunnel!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Master Bedroom (#5) and Master Bathroom (#6)

So, I thought I’d couple these two together since they really do go together! 🙂

This room ended up with an odd shape – which is also difficult to paint, decorate and photograph. There really wasn’t a plan for a master bath as bathrooms per sé in the original time frame that the house was built, but in remodeling it became necessary to add such a room.

Once past the bed, the room extends off to the right. At the end of this space is the main door to enter the bedroom. There is room for a nice little dressing table/vanity with the cutest little perfume bottles and hair brush and comb and a cute little lamp and vanity stool.

DSCN4950This room is one more of the rooms that has carpeting and I love the way it looks here too.DSCN4951This room is probably one of the more detailed rooms. The night stand has fresh cut flowers and a box of kleenex that sit on a cute little doily. There is a satiny duvet covering the black satin sheets as well as the dust ruffle.DSCN4952THe dresser back in the corner has a homemade lamp – which I am working on a tutorial for you to make – and a rose in a vase.DSCN4974On the dresser we have a cut little cactus, a bible and assorted fun stuff. The picture frame has a photo of “The Kid”.

The window treatment is similar to the others, with a valance covered with fabric the matches the duvet, with black curtains over an off-white sheers.

Accompanying the bedroom is the master bath. Doing this room was challenging, primarily using the real miniature tile. I ended up having to cut heavy card stock into the dimensions needed and then glued it. I then maneuvered the piece into place in the bathroom and adhered to the walls with mastic. DSCN4962I actually laid the floor tile into mastic, attempting to keep them lined up. Would you believe that they don’t make miniature tile spacers?!  Then it was time to grout.DSCN4966DSCN4965Like I said, this was challenging. But from a little ways off, it looks great. Ha!DSCN4964Lots of fun little details in the bathroom too! I’ve included a little stool so that the kids can reach the sink and brush their teeth; until they need to use it, there is a box of kleenex and a hair dryer. A cup on the sink  holds tiny toothbrushes and on the other side of the sink is a convenient waste basket. DSCN4963The shower curtain is a silky fabric that drapes so nicely and has shower rod with rings. Inside the shower, we have the knob and hand sprayer, soap on the soap dish, and a long handled shower brush. Right outside the shower, we have a shelf with all the hair and shower bottles.dscn4962.jpgOh, the shower basin is actually a soap dish with the base removed, so its all ceramic. Things are finished off with a nice little rug on the floor, a plunger and scale.

Okay, we’re closing in on the remaining rooms which should go quickly. I hope you keeping up with the reveal!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Dining Room (#11)

Another of my favorite rooms. I personally could not have a room with so much black, but I really love the way it turned out.

DSCN4943The inspiration for this room was the fabric that become the large octagonal rug in the center of the room.DSCN4944Right after that, I ran across the black and cream dining room chairs, and I knew the color direction that was going to dominate this room. I ended up having to buy two sets and one of the tables went into the sewing room as the cutting table. I used the other in the middle with a large round. Lots of seating for family and friends!DSCN4945Would you believe that chandelier is actually a car air freshener?  I had to actually shorten it, as when I initially placed it, it almost touched the floor.DSCN4946The table cloth fabric was another ‘stumbled upon’ fabric. I had initially just planned to use a crisp white table cloth, but when I saw this fabric I knew I had to use it. (Chocolate cake ready for desert for guests!)DSCN4947The china cabinets are something I picked up a long time ago seriously cheap and I ended buying about a half dozen of them. They all varied ever so slightly from one another, but the two I used were very similar. Painted black and filled with various china pieces and silver and copper work, they make a nice compliment.DSCN4948I tried using a different wall treatment in this room. For the most part, it turned out okay. The wainscotting is really siding for the outside of the house, but I like it used this way. I also used this gorgeous scrapbooking paper for the upper portion of the wall, rather than paint.DSCN4949The floor was the originally purchased real-wood floor that had been added to the collection somewhere along the line. I could actually cut it with scissors it was so thin, but took a nice oak stain.

The window treatments are the houndstooth black and creme fabric with off-white sheers. This is another set of curtains that don’t quite hang right and there is a part of me that wants to replace. If I used the same fabric as the table cloth, would it be too much? The valance has fabric that was leftover from the rug and I was able to snip out a section that doesn’t give it away too much.

So, that concludes the tour of the dining room. Come back for more room reveals.

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Foyer and Living Room (#10)

Today’s reveal should be pretty quick… its pretty straight forward.

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Would you believe that originally I had a blue plaid sofa and chair and blue and yellow window treatments? I guess that was way back when I first came into possession of the house – like the 90’s or something. Instead I went for black leather for the seating. I love the red hue of the entertainment center which I tried to do with the other wood pieces, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get it to match.DSCN4960The dividing wall is not permanent, but can be easily removed. I really haven’t figured out if the space works with it or not. The space for the piano is a bit tight, but then, the piano doesn’t really fit with the living room stuff.DSCN4975I like the living room set up. These two leather (and yes, real leather!) set me back a bit. I believe this purchase was the most expensive of anything I bought. Note the television program is one of my favorites – VEEP – staring Julia Louis Dreyfus. DSCN4976The drapes weren’t my first choice and not really my favorite. They are a bit too thick and therefore don’t hang nicely. I am considering trying to fold them accordion style and throw a clip on them, see if a little time won’t help them hang better. I do love the unique black sheers under them though… found in a Halloween clearance bin (those are a spider web design)!DSCN4977I have a key keeper almost exactly like this in my real house! This was a fun project to do. All those handles on the room doors each came with a couple of keys, so it was a project just waiting to happen.

The flooring in this (these two?) rooms were the small rectangle samples I picked up in Home Depot. A quick cut on each to square it up and they look like a million bucks. I had intended to only use them on the entryway, but once down I liked the way they looked, so the decision was made!

I really feel like this room cries out for details. I think I will take some time from working on the dollhouse and then re-visit the idea of adding details.

Sometimes you can just spend too much time on a project! Come back tomorrow for more room reveals!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Boy’s Bedroom (#8)

Next up is the boys’ bedroom. Right next to the girl’s room, this was the room that lost floor space for a hallway. I plan to eventually place a clear “wall” that will reveal how the room would look if there was a wall there.

DSCN4918I place the age of the boys’ room as young boys, somewhere in the range of 4 through 6. And being a boys’ room, the toys have been left out after playing.DSCN4919The desk is piled high with books and toys and a coloring book and colored pencils.DSCN4920This room was the recipient of my first attempt at the mini-blinds… I initially made them to use in the home office but didn’t realize that the windows are shorter up there. So just using white spray paint, I changed the color and hung them. I also created much of the toys… the blocks were just the remainders of the balusters that had to be shortened.DSCN4921The bedspread matches the valance box and was much as was the real kid’s room.DSCN4922Behind the left cabinet is a space that has a short ladder, allowing access to the upper section. In the real bed, the space had a door in front of it – as well as the other side – to give the illusion that it was solid and thereby creating a “secret” access.DSCN4923The carpet is a thick upholstery fabric that when laid in the room really looks like carpet! This one of three rooms that have carpeting.

I have quite a few rooms left, I think I am going to bunch up a few of them and make this reveal go a little faster. Hope you come back for more!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Girl’s Bedroom & Nursery (#9)

Hello and welcome back to my dollhouse reveal. Today, I am showing off the little girl’s room and nursery. In case you don’t know, I only had one child – a boy (my pride and joy) – so I never got to do the whole “pink thing”. All the better that it translates into many of the craft things I do.DSCN4924The only downside to my dollhouse is that it is nearly impossible to get complete shots of the rooms. I did my darnedest to get the lighting all the way to the back, but I guess I need some tips and tricks for better lighting.DSCN4925I had so much fun with this room, all the little toys and details.  And as for all little princesses, a chandelier was installed.DSCN4926I made all the little books in the bookcase, many of my and The Kid’s favorites, including Dr. Seuss.DSCN4927The curtains don’t help with the lighting, and once I get the window treatments done, I really don’t like to mess with them. Many, in fact, are glued into place.

dscn4928.jpgI made the mobile over the crib and it was so exacting, but came out exactly as I planned. And I even made small diapers piled on the changing table and there is a box of kleenex right at hand.DSCN4929Cute little matching quilts for the bed and crib, complete with matching pillows. The same materials were used for the curtains and I found this wonderful little embroidered sheer material that looks like it was made for a little girl’s room.DSCN4930The lamp, sitting atop a white mid-century dresser with pink pulls has the cutest little lamp. This was made from purse sized bottle of perfume, I ran a small dowel down the center and the topped it off with a handmade shade. It sits on the dresser with the cutest little crocheted doily and has the cutest little ceramic puppy dog.

The floor is yet one more laminate sample. The pattern makes one think of linen and is just the most wonderful shade of pink that matches the entire room.

Thank you, once again, for taking a peek!

julie

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