Saturday, December 16, 2017

Finally Finished!

Picture taking is a bit hit or miss for me.  I haven't been well this week.  It turns out my illness was a kidney stone.

Yeah, I didn't know what it was until my doctor told me.  So that was a brand new type of pain I got to experience.

We won't go into the work situation, except to say we're shorthanded, the controller has been replaced but that left us doing our period close without one.  This has been an exhausting December.

But I have tons of pictures for you all to see.  In no particular order.

 A squirrel scrounging at the birdfeeder...

Providing Quinn the cat with some entertainment as she fantasizes about catching the twitchy tailed thing.

Isabella is more laid back. As long as she has her duckie toy and a soft place to lie down she's pretty happy.  Of course her sister has enough energy for both of them.

A view from a window

The front door opens and you can see where our homeowner has dropped her phone and keys on the island.

Birdseed is scrumptious!

The kitchen desk from the window.  The daffodils are blooming.

We can see Quinn in the window still eying that squirrel.

Another look through the front door.

The front porch.  I was really excited when the doorknocker finally arrived.


Another view from the front window.

Isabella really likes the warm fire.

Quinn is still watching that squirrel while we see the sliding door and into the bathroom.

Some of the kitchen.  Canisters and a breadbox.  We do not leave bread in the open with Quinn around.  Quinn likes bread. She'll tear through plastic to get at it.

A nice view of the fireplace wall

 The wine rack.

Someone is lucky the cats aren't interested in lipstick.

Isabella got the windowseat but her duckie is on the floor.  Quinn might start to play with it.

The bathroom, and I managed to rumple the rug again.  I'm going to stick it down.

A hat, mittens and scarf.  I made them out of some old gloves.

Wasn't sure if I'd shown you the bathroom window.

Quinn also loves the view from the loft.

When the murphy bed is up the clothes rack goes in front of it.

When birds peck at the sunflower seeds Quinn sits in the window and chirps through the glass trying to make them come to her.

The cats have their own windowseat.  It's soft and padded with foam.  Quinn likes to hog it and ignore us.

Isabella brought her duckie toy up to bed.  The cats are actually quite adept at using the ladder.

This ledge was originally intended for artwork or objects d'art.  That lasted five minutes with the cats.  And yes, there has been leaping from the ledge down to the windowseat on the main floor.

Isabella finally got her turn on the window seat.

 The plants from outside are all removable so my Building Inspector doesn't try to steal them. (She's been pulling vines off NOLA House since they were glued on.)  They'll live in the box in the living room.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

I'm going to go and take more antibiotics now.


  1. It's absolutely marvelous :)

    The cat's window seat is too adorable. The squirrel is cute. I love how the shots through the windows trick me into thinking it's a real house.

    The details are wonderful, especially the keys and phone tossed on the island. It looks comfortable and lived in.

    Love it!

  2. Bravo! This was a wonderful project with excellent execution. I love everything, most of all the cats. The house is a show piece! Both interior and exterior are awesome. It was interesting following your work.
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Thank you! I'm really excited that its done.

  3. Oh Sheila! A kidney stone?!? You poor thing! You have had a lot to contend with! When my husband was passing his kidney stone, the doctor told him it was the closest pain he'd ever feel to childbirth. No fun!
    I am so happy that you were able to finish this wonderful project in spite of all the last minute challenges. Following this third contest journey with you has been so much fun!
    I really love the effect you've created with all the lighting! Everywhere you look there's a warm glow that makes it feel like home.
    The Craftsman charm is everywhere - the door and porch posts are only the beginning to the marvelous features you've created inside. You've thought of every detail!
    I really enjoy the color scheme you've chosen both inside and out. The wood tones, paint and fabric combine so nicely creating a cohesive and happy place to live. The animals drive that point home and add so much charm to each scene. Some of the angles you've taken in the photos are lovely and make you feel as though you're right in the room!
    As in every mini project you've undertaken, you've put your whole heart and soul into this one, and the power of that passion really shows! All of the custom features like the sliding door, pull down ladder and wine rack display your determination to create challenging and quality work. They are such incredible features and add so much to the project!
    You should be really proud of each and every accomplishment you've achieved in this build! It's extraordinary!
    Good luck in the contest, and let yourself heal!

    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased with it, but also relieved.

  4. Hi Sheila, it looks great. And you should be pretty pleased with yourself for getting such a big detailed project done in a year! That is a LOT of work but it has paid off. I love those cats! And kidney stones - I share your pain! I have had them a few times, and the last time, when I was in my mid 20s is the only time in my life I have cried from pain, even having broken my arm 3 separate times as a kid. So I hope it all clears up quickly. I don’t know of it helps, but I regularly drink a sachet of stuff called Ural and touch wood haven’t had any problems since my mid 20s.

    1. Thank you! I'm just glad to be done and all of you like it.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! It is just beautiful! All of your hard work has really made a wonderful dollhouse!!! ;-) XXX

    1. Thank you! It's a relief, especially after this week.

  6. Bravo!!! It's a fantastic house! I love the "life" in it so much, with the cats and little details like the keys and phone on the island, very warm and realistic :-).
    I really hope you can enter!!! Have you any news on that?
    I also wish you a fast recovery. Kidney stones are so painful, you poor thing! Take good care of yourself!

    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

      Kristine over at Paper Doll Miniatures gave me a bit advice and I think I got entered.

      Yes, I can honestly attest to the fact that kidney stones are a whole new level of pain, and this from someone who gets migraines complete with aura and sensitivity.

  7. Sheila, you have done a marvellous job with this house! Your effort, thoughts, ideas and hours of work all summed up in this wonderful photos you share with us.
    Now I wish you a speedy recovery - and tons of luck with the contest!
    But above all: a great Festive Season with time to recover, rumage through your work area and get things back into order for your next project ;-)

    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased with it. I've got my submission photos and a couple of others that aren't on this post.

      Happy Holidays! Now I just have to wrap presents, mail them and maybe I'll have time for something little to work on.

  8. Sheila, this turned out so beautiful, so much detail and all the little ideas here and there that give it a story... Good luck with the contest!

    1. Thank you! I'm feeling pretty pleased with it. I'm crossing my fingers that it does well since I've seen a few others that look outstanding.

  9. It's absolutely wonderful! I love all the details and you really tell a story. I am so impressed with how you get it all done within a year - especially given all the little details you put in. Congratulations! (And I hope you feel better soon!)

  10. It is absolutely stunning! Love the details and the cats are so precious.

    1. Thank you! I actually need to do a more organized post and list where I got all of the pieces in the house. I did that last year and people seemed to appreciate it.

  11. WOW! Sheila, I LOVE all the details you have added! Wonderful wonderful work!!! The cats are adorable and so lively! The views through the windows are really fun to see. I love the view of the Fireplace wall! All the tiny additions have really made this place feel like a home! The squirrel and the bird feeder are perfect! The window "seat" for the cats is awesome!!! Bravo!
    I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate it. I have a window seat like that for my cats at home and I know how much they love it.