Sunday, October 28, 2018

I'm Of Mixed Opinions...

…About this weekend.

We are not going live with the new accounting program Thursday morning so I didn't have to work on Saturday.

With everything that happened it might have been better if I worked.

It started out well enough. I was fooling around with the fabric for the bed curtains.  The pleats take away from the pattern as you saw in Saturday's post so I'll be using some aluminum foil and glue and other methods to give them some dimension.

I did figure out some trim to hide the curtain rods so at least I don't have to worry about making everything perfect.

I also added some trim to the bottom of the bed.  Here's a quick picture of it before.

It's not super noticeable but I like it.

I stained the other pieces but I won't add them until after the curtains are up.

Then I started to move the house around so I could mess with the wiring.  Catastrophe struck.  I'll spare you the play by play and just show you the result.  I'm sure you can imagine the cursing that went on during this.

The cats pretty much stayed away from me after that.  It wasn't their fault, wasn't even anything they did.  But I don't get mad like that often enough that they're blasé about it.

I spent the next portion of my day putting the tower back together.

Notice it is well away from the rest of the house so I can't tip it over again.  I just hope it isn't crooked.

Once I managed to fix what I broke I started to figure out the lighting/furniture placement for the bedroom.

I wasn't sure where to put the pile of books, but I decided on the spot next to the fireplace would make more sense.

The tapestries stayed up, so that was a bright spot.

I added a shelf and some jars to the kitchen chimney.

I figured out where I wanted to place the kitchen table so I could drill a hole in the floor for the wires.

Even if I want to slant it a bit I didn't glue it down so I can move it slightly.

And I tested my lights.  And they worked which is nice.

And a nice view of the ceiling.  

I put the house on it's side and extended the wires so they'd go out the back.  That's always fun.

I got my base built and decided that I'd put off gluing the house to it long enough.  And maybe it the tower was glued to something I wouldn't be able to topple it over and break it again.

Of course the minute I got the area cleared on the table and the house glued to the base someone had to look around.

Tali Zorah Vas'Normandy, aka The Building Inspector peaking around the corner of the house.

 Thankfully she didn't try to climb inside.  But this is the reason the dollhouse gets closed up each time I'm done with the work on it.

So the next step is to make the hallway between the stair tower and the rooms.  I got that mostly done for the first floor.

I used the brick paper from the inside of the tower and some plaster to give it the same look.  And I got started on the floor for the second floor hall.   I'll work on the rest of that next weekend.  Hopefully I'll have an update on the bed curtains then too.

The last thing I did was glue the front step in place.

Is it me or does the tower look crooked?

It's going to drive me crazy, I can tell.

But for now I'm done.

Hope everyone else's weekend went more smoothly!

A saltbox (Keli)
Clogs (Keli) 
A still (might be able to do this with Kris's 'paper pottery')
Sausages on a string (ordered)

Drill & Route out channels for lighting wires.
Finish shutters & interior trim for all windows on main cottage.
         First Floor          
         Second Floor
Build Fireplaces & chimneys
        First Floor
        Second Floor
Cut bricks and stone for outside of lower walls and tower.
(Test Magic Brik) - in progress
Add brick/stone to fireplaces.
        First Floor         
        Second Floor
Age fireplaces
        First Floor
        Second Floor
Build base for house
        Get the wiring for the bottom floor extended to go out the back (must be done before attaching            cottage to base.
Get cottage on base
Attach Tower to Main Cottage
        Doorway Finishes
        Hall Stone?-Brick
Bedroom mantle
Plaster upper walls and third floor of tower.
Add timber to upper walls and third floor of tower. (testing)
Paint stone.
Add grout to stone and brick.
Ceiling beams on first floor.
Ceiling beams and roof support for lofted ceiling on second floor.
          Dormer ceiling supports
          Add final supports to desk alcove
Second floor Ceiling finish?
Ceiling beams and roof support for the tower.
Stain purchased furniture
Build furniture:
          Make sink
          Make curved table for tower room
          Make loom
          Adjust tables for lab
          Make stool
          Make telescope 1/2 done
          Make orrey 1/4 done
          Make tapestry
          Make rush mats
          Make bedding
          Make books & scrolls
          Make paper pottery
Stillroom paraphernalia
          Potions? (some bottles made)
          Cage with spider (on the loose)
          Cage with mice
          Cauldron floating spoon? (testing)
          Wool cards (make)
          Drying rack ?
          Hanging died wool
          Carded wool in baskets
          Finished fabric on shelves (some folded maybe? rolled instead)
          Second spinning wheel w/straw to gold? Might look too crowded.
          Put food in baskets
          Add food & utensils to table
          Make lantern
          Hang sausages
Furniture in place finalize lights.
          Make sconce
          Make candelabras
                 Standing Candelabra
                 2 small Candelabras
                              Remove candles from extra and add to stillroom table.
Add flooring
Plaster inside walls
Create 'slate' roof
Bargeboards/trim for roof gables.
Create front garden
          Make tree?
          Make stream?
          Make lake/river to go alongside house
          Make stone wall to go around garden
          Iron front gate.