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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A Lull in the Madness

Do you ever find yourself in one of those places? Where nothing seems to energize you or interest you or gets your creative juices going? That is where I have been for the last week. Scattered and wandering around aimless.

I have a number of projects in the works; the benches being constructed from head and foot boards, which I hope to pair with a long table and a couple of ladder back chairs. Next up, two more dressers awaiting priming and painting. Along with those larger projects, I am still working my giant cross stitch.

I’ve been doing some purging in the meantime. I’ve listed a ton of my china collection on eBay. While trying to find a place for my latest collection (cut glass sugar bowls) I’ve realized that I am on the verge of becoming an honest-to-goodness hoarder. Only my hoard is for wonderful stuff (don’t they all say that?).

Over the last ten years I have collected dinnerware that both my grandmothers had, my mother’s china and of course, my own china (you know, the good stuff that never is used). I collected cookie jars, cookie cutters, cake pans (these were more for making The Kid birthday cakes, but once you have them how can you get rid of them?), buttons, beads, Lego mini-figs, PEZ dispensers (the count somewhere near a thousand), apples, old computers (with The Kid’s help), Monopoly tokens, Diet Coke stuff… heck, I could go on and on. Sometimes in this day and age of computers and eBay and Craigslist and other sites, collecting is so easy and what once starts as a harmless little collection soon becomes a huge pile. And then what do you do with it?

I don’t know if I mentioned that I have a dream of moving to Europe for a few years, but that is becoming closer to a reality every day. I look around at all the ‘stuff’ I have and try to figure out what I could do with it, and every once in a while I get sick of seeing all of it and list a bunch on eBay and start selling. Let’s just hope that there is someone out there would thinks my stuff is worth buying. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and I promise to have something good to share soon.

julie

A Day of Completions

So, I have tried to take the path of getting stuff done before I start anything more. I really don’t have it in me to not start stuff…but I am getting stuff done. Ha!

First, the Lego Mini-Figure shadowbox is done. Here are the little fellows sitting safely on their 2×2 blocks on the black foam core. You will note the large blank space at the bottom, this is for the pieces that will sit on the inside bottom shelf.photo 2

And here is the foam core sitting snugly inside the shadowbox frame. The glass is throwing some reflection, but you can see the pieces sitting on the bottom ledge.photo 1I have some more mini-figures that I want to add to another shadowbox, as well as a truck (Indiana Jones series) and a camper trucker as well as some small Star Wars pieces. Then I have to find wall space in the house.

The other thing that I worked on today was the preparing the remaining quilt tops for getting sent to get quilted. As you may recall, I had 51 tops (paired with their backings) that were awaiting quilting and binding, but as it would go, my quilter is hanging up her quilt hoops. So I am trying out someone new and sort of local, so I shipped her two of my quilts and see how she does. In the meantime, I am getting more ready for her. LOL

So, I did manage to get five more ready and I have four more. I don’t often piece backs, but since I have time and the fabric, I wanted to try some ideas that I had. I should be able to finish up the other four tomorrow. Then there are about four or five denim quilts that need backs and then I have at least four or five quilts that need to be finished. Of course, after that, I think that there are three, four or maybe five hundred quilts I want to make!

julie

My Little Lego Friends (They Need A Home)

I have always been a Lego freak. Way back when my brothers used to get them for Christmas, I was the one who played with them long after the decorations were put away. And always had them on my desk at work. In my apartments. Love those crazy little mini-figs the most.

When The Kid came along, we invested heavily in Legos. Not stock – as most of you may know, Lego is not a publicly traded company – but rather by buying a zillion dollars with of the bricks. He went through Thomas the Tank Engine phase and the Hot Wheel/Matchbox phase also, but the one standby was Lego.

In fact, for a while when we commuted, I would pick him up from half day kindergarten and he and I would have lunch and I would drop him at daycare and head back to work. He went to school and I worked nearly 60 miles from home. (Ah, life in Silicon Valley. A story for another time.) But we usually ate at a fast food place and I really did not want to have those horrible little toys that come in those meals all over the house. So, he could trade them unopened to me for a puzzle piece and when he had the right amount, he could trade them in for a small, medium or large Lego package.

Once he got interested in computers, he decided he wanted to sell his Legos for cash (we did it on eBay). He had 8 sixty pound boxes that he sold to a collector for a little over $3000. He did keep a bunch of completed pieces that he loved and special pieces that were gifts and a ton of mini-figs.

I, of course, also have my own small collection of mini-figs. Recently I stumbled onto the box while cleaning/organizing and decided that I wanted to do something a little more “grown up” and mount them in a shadow box.

photo 1Here are most of the ones that will go into this first box. I realized as I started laying them out, I had way more than I thought. Or I thought they were smaller. Or that the shadow box was bigger.

photo 3I wanted to include these two vehicles, but they are wider than the shadow box. So I guess I will have to do something different with these and a few others that I have. On the bottom inside, I am putting some mini-figs that are more than just the figures, ones on horses or a bike or whatnot. Not sure if that Ogre is going to fit once the back is on. We’ll see.

photo 5So, with the gap for the figures that will be standing on the inside of the bottom of the frame, I laid a rule and started gluing (used my wonderful E-6000 glue) on the 2×2 bricks that the mini-figs will stand on. And then it was just a matter of continuing up the black foam core board until I had four rows of bricks glued:

photo 4Once this had dried over a 24 hour period, I will simply place the mini-figs on the 2×2 bricks, put a dab of glue on the mini-fig plates at the bottom and assemble. Violå!

I think I have enough to do at least 2, maybe 3 more of these. Now, where to hang them? That is the one thing about being a crafting-type person, there is just never enough wall space to display the work you make!

Come back and see how this finishes up.

julie

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