Dollhouse Project: Second Floor

I know some of the walls are not quite straight, but I didn’t notice it until after everything had dried. Short of tearing it up, the walls will remain a bit crooked. I also know they don’t all line up with each other, but I did this on purpose. Not all rooms in a multi-story house line up with the rooms above and below so why should mine?

This house’s outer walls and roof are being created using new 1/4 Luann while the walls are being cut out of the old walls and roof of the original house. I’m reusing the original base.

I say “we” because my son, J, is helping me with this build. We are using a hand saw because I can’t afford power tools right now. I was gifted with a Dremel 3000, but it’s not going to be used for cutting out walls.

We were using 32 TPI(teeth per inch) metal blades, and they were so hard to get through the wood! At one point, one of them began to bend. I switched us to 24 TPI metal blades, and it’s much easier to cut wood. I was worried the coarser teeth would splinter the wood, but it really hasn’t. What has splintered can be easily sanded, and it’s just the edges, not the main part of the walls.

Right after I took this picture, I added three walls to the third floor. I’m using wood glue to attach everything and nothing else right now. Eventually, I’ll be adding tiny magnets to hold the front wall to the body of the house.

There will be a third floor and an attic with a mansard roof. I am planning on four fireplaces and around four gabled windows.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to shingle the mansard roof where the front meets the sides, I’m all ears.

That’s it for now. I’m working on getting more walls cut for the third floor and for the attic space. After that, I’ll be adding the left side and putting on the roof. The roof is going to be a challenge because I have yet to find a video on how this roof is built in miniature. I’ll be winging it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Dollhouse Project: Ground Floor

My dollhouse I’m building from scratch has four floors to it, the ground floor is the first. The story for this house is it’s a French Chateau renovated into a modern home, but this is subject to change. Most houses I’ve seen are either some variation of Victorian or Modern. There’s not much else. I welcome all suggestions.

The house will have a ground floor, three floors above and an attic space. I just added the ground floor interior walls and the floor/ceiling.

The rooms are, from left to right: cellar, wine cellar, mudroom/trade entrance, pantry, kitchen and washroom. The angle for the washroom is a bad one, and I do apologize. The ceilings are 4inches tall in 1:24 scale and 8 feet tall in normal scale. 1 inch equals 2 feet. The depth of the walls is 6 inches or 12 feet.

I’m waiting on the next floor to dry else I’d have the rest of the room measurements for you. I’ll give them to you next time.

None of the rooms will perfectly line up with the walls below. Normal houses don’t do that, so my dollhouse rooms won’t either.

I noticed, belatedly, the house is not properly centered on the base, and I left no room on the back for chimneys so they will have to go on the sides of the house. I’d rather not have them hanging off the back of the base.

This is definitely a learning experience for me, and I’m looking forward to doing more to this piece. I am going to be making as much as I can by hand from inexpensive materials. Considering the size, I don’t think it needs more expensive stuff.

Once the frame of the house is done, the front of the house will be held on by magnets. They are really small ones that I will be embedding in the wood and covering up so they’re not pulled out. I had originally thought of hinges, but the correct size ones are too weak to hold much weight. Once the front has all its windows, doors and staircase added, it will a great deal heavier than it it now. Plus, the magnets won’t be seen.

Next week, I should have more floors in. I won’t be putting up the left wall until all the floors are in. The mansard roof will be going on last.

Feel free to leave comments and/or suggestions below. I’d love to hear from you, especially those who have some experience with this sort of thing.

Dungeons and Dragons Inspired Twitch Streaming Prop – Health Potion

I took a Hartley Peach Brandy bottle – emptied by myself and my special gentleman friend – and I turned it into a Health Potion ala Dungeons and Dragons. My son asked me to make him a prop for his Twitch stream : Grim Commando 95, and we both chose the potion bottle.

I watched Darkest Raven Designs make her potion bottles, and I copied it only on a large scale. I also didn’t age or label the bottle because my son wanted something simple and basic. For the potion itself, I used:

Glycerin

Red Mica Powder

Water

For the bottle, I used

Push Button light

Foam

Cardboard

Mod Podge

Glue

Acrylic Paint in Brown and Black

Tissue Paper

The end results:

I know these aren’t the greatest pictures, and I really wish I had a decent way to make a video of it because the potion swirls inside and looks really cool with the light shining on it from below.

This is my first time ever doing something like this, and my son was pleased with the result so, I’m happy with how it came out. I’ll be doing more projects with bottles including making a Mana Potion prop for his stream. That will be a while because I want to get a few things to try out with it first.

More great projects are in the works, and I’ll be sharing them with you as I get them done just because I can!! LOL

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

A Fresh New Year!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season including ringing in the new year!! I was too busy with work and family to do any posting until today so I’m a bit late to bring in the new year with you. However, better a little late than never at all – right??

Let me begin by saying I am so very grateful for each and every one of you who read these posts of mine. I don’t mind if you don’t comment or anything, I’m still going to write regardless. Would I like more interaction? Of course, but I’m not going to push things. I will eventually write something you’ll want to respond to, and I’ll be happy to respond back. To those of you who do respond to certain posts, I thank you most warmly. I enjoy the feedback and the interaction with all of you.

So what’s in store for the new year? I think we all have lists of things we want to do, see, make, visit etc. I don’t have a travel list, but I do have a To Do and To Make list. In fact, I’ve already begun several, and I hope you’ll follow along on my journey through this year as I show off what I’m doing, discuss things I’m interested in and so much more.

Projects Begun:

  1. Mystery Sampler Stitch-A-Long called Changing Seasons by Fox and Rabbit(formerly Linen and Threads) – I had to order the Aida cloth because none of my local sources carry them that large. I have also joined the Facebook group for this project, and I’ll post the link when I discuss the project further with you on Saturday.
  2. The Land Baby by John Collier – I have seen this pattern for sale on Etsy and Ebay both. The Link I’m sharing is from a free site with the charts and thread list. I saved them as images and am going to use my Paint program to help me mark off what I’m doing.
  3. Crocheted Baby Blanket for a Co-worker – she’s due in March, and I offered to make her a blanket. I think every newborn should be gifted with a handmade blanket.
  4. Health Potion Twitch Stream Prop inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, the game – my son streams on Twitch, and I have an empty brandy bottle he wants me to turn into a “Health Potion” as a prop for his stream. It should be fun to make.
  5. Frederick the Literate puzzle – this is going to be a challenge, and it’s not exactly like the cross stitch project of the same name so that’s good. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a great deal more planned including the ongoing project called Golden Knave. I’ll keep you in the loop on all my projects, and I hope you will all share with me the projects you all have planned for this year as well.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Personal Update: 15 Nov., 2021

Mimi Queen of Fluff

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I sincerely apologize. I have to say, in my defense, it was due to circumstances beyond my control including my computer crashing due to a serious hardware malfunction. I finally got it fixed, but I’ve lost a lot of data since my last backup from the beginning of October. Teach me to back up more often.

Still, I have had my phone so I was able to complete some projects with it – something I don’t recommend when working with any kind of cross stitch pattern unless you have a way to magnify your screen – I don’t.

Let me show you some of the things I’ve been doing since my last post.

Halloween SAL

I have to admit to not remembering what all the blocks represent, but you can check out Anna’s finished piece where she has them all listed. She’s also framed hers in a lovely and unique frame. I’ll be waiting to get mine framed due to unforeseen bills. Still, the project was an interesting one. I am looking forward to trying one that is weekly next.

MSAL

October 2021

The above is last month’s block, and it turned out very pretty! Anna has also posted hers, and I love the colors she’s used! I have to admit to being intimidated by this block. I wanted to do a good job on it, and I’m not sure the color choices were quite right. Originally, the middle flower shape was going to be purple but then, I changed my mind. I haven’t done the block for November yet, but I’ll have it done by the end of this week.

Frederick the Literate

I finally finished this piece, and I am so happy with how it turned out!! The titles of the books are so cute! I can see why Fred is asleep with a smile on his face – no doubt dreaming about some of the books he’s read. I am going to be doing a full coverage piece in 2022, and it’s based on a painting called The Land Baby by John Collier(1899). I’ll be doing it on 16 count white Aida.

I’ll be framing Fred just as soon as I have the money and figure out how I want to do it. I’m taking suggestions.

Other Projects

In addition to my cross stitching, I am also making 9 baby octopi for a co worker who has commissioned them. I’ll post pictures of them on Friday when they should all be done. I’m also making two baby blankets for her, but those will be a while in the making. I’ve made a few other things, and I’ll post pictures of everything in my Friday post.

Writing

I’m having to redo a lot of what I’d added to my story on the computer due to losing data not backed up so it’s setting me back on when the book will actually be done and published. Such is life, and I just have to move forward. Who knows, I may write something even better than I’d already done. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ending is still eluding me after all.

Health

I’m having a heck of a time losing weight! I’ve lost 4 inches across the hips but barely an inch in my waist! I’m developing a bit of muscle in legs and arms from work, but my core is still covered in fat. It’s a bit bewildering and depressing when I’m trying my best to get my middle flatter. Still, I’ll keep working at it. I know I feel a lot better eating healthier food that I have been in the past.

Work

Work is work. I am getting along with my coworkers, and I still enjoy my job so, what more can I ask for? Working part time suits me as it doesn’t put a huge strain on me physically, and it gives me time to do other things – like write.

That’s about it, in a nutshell. I am busier than ever trying to get my commissions done, write, work and relax – in turn. I will share more of my projects in the future, but I do have plans for the new year which include trying some new things. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone will continue to travel along with me on my journey from here to there and back again in the coming year!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

My Stuff Monday: More Projects

Yes, I said more projects. I finally got my crafting space sorted, and I’ve pulled out another long term project that has to be finished this year or, it never will be.

Diamond Painting

This is a project I tried for the first time, and it may be my last time. I have issues sitting for long periods of time, and this is the kind of project that needs that if you’re to progress at a decent rate. I’ve been working on this off and on for about two years, and I’m finally going to get it done!

Here is part of my crafting space:

Here is the project up close:

It’s a Diamond Painting of the Orion Nebula. It’s upside down because I’m working on that side, and I don’t want to put my hand on the part already done. I plan to put mod podge or some other clear sealer on this before I try to frame it. I may not ever do another, but I know I won’t do another in the foreseeable future.

I have started a Crochet project which I’ll tell you more about on Friday, but here’s the beginning:

This is from a free pattern so if you want to do this same project, you can! Check out my blog post on Friday to learn more!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Memories and More

My friend, Sandra, passed several years ago. She was a wonderful person even when she got sick with cancer. She still did charity work, still gave of her time, and she always had a smile. She loved her sons and her husband, and she was one of those moms who kept mementos of her children as they grew.

When she passed, most of the mementos were taken by the boys, and her husband(boys’ stepdad) took some she’d kept of their time together. They still had a lot of leftover things including a lot of Christmas decorations. Her hubby, a good friend of mine as well, packed these things away when she passed, and he never opened the boxes again.

He recently asked me if I wanted any of the decorations and other things he’d packed away because he was planning to give the whole lot to charity. I asked him to bring over what he had, and I’d take care of it for him. It was sad to go through the things. Many things dated back to 1970 while others were from the year prior to her passing.

I chose what I wanted, and I’m giving the rest away for free. I know she’d like for me to do so because it’s a way for her to continue her life of giving.

I’ve also finally reset up my crafting area in the room vacated by my son. He moved into the room we were using for storage because it offers him more privacy. I like the new area as I have more natural light to work by. I’ve set up a desk, and it has my diamond painting I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s halfway done, and I plan to do get it completely done this year. I’ll post pictures when I do my Update post for October. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

A Not So Manic Monday

I woke up early before work so I decided to write and schedule my post for today instead of waiting for after work.

Mondays at work can be really manic for most people, but since I go in at such an early hour, it’s not for me. Not until it’s almost time for me to go home, and I happily leave all that for my co-workers to enjoy.

Other than work, the only other thing I have to do today is work on the Halloween SAL I’m currently involved in. I have to wait until I get paid to order the rest of the thread I need to complete Fred as well as order Glow in the Dark thread for the first time ever to use on the Halloween SAL. I won’t be showing anyone how it looks until the SAL is almost over. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mimi is her sassy fluffy self. For a month or so, she was exclusively in my room and only left when she wanted to go outside. Now, she’s in the room I just finished sorting into our collective sitting room/storage room and my crafting space. There’s a bookcase in there, and she sleeps under it a lot. She does follow me around the house now, and she goes into my son’s room, but she only does this when I’m in there. If I’m not home, she’s under the bookcase. I guess she just wanted a change of scenery.

I’m still writing and sending things to my Beta readers. I have a good friend who got a big chunk of Golden Knave because I know she is still recovering from chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiation. I don’t want to overwhelm her sending chapters several times a week so I figured one big chunk she could work on when she was feeling up to it. Then, she’ll get another big chunk when she’s done with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could also just share my Google Drive or set up a Drop Box for us all. Suggestions, comments?? I want to make things easier for all my Beta readers but especially for her.

That’s it for now, see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Change is Good for you

Change, is most cases, is good for you, and in this present case, it’s going to be very good for me. Almost a year ago, I moved in with my youngest son and his roommate because of Covid-19. This is a little house built in the 1960s, or so we think. It’s owned by the roommate’s family, and we pay the utilities while taking care of the house and yard.

The house has two bedrooms in it – one in the front part of the house and one in the back part of the house. It has a small bathroom with only a shower, a kitchen, a small living room and a large room at the back of the house that has doors opening onto the porch.

Roommate used the living room for his bedroom, and he used the first bedroom as his “office” – it’s where his computer was and not much else. My son used the big room in the back for his room, and the second bedroom was being used as a storeroom.

Fast forward to nearly a year later, and the boys have changed rooms while I am still in the second bedroom which they cleared out for my use.

Roommate is now using the first bedroom as a bedroom though he’s left his computer in the room as well – he doesn’t have to go far to go to bed after staying up late playing video games.

My son has taken over the living room to use for his bedroom and his computer as well.

The big room in the back is partially storeroom and partially a living area. I have all my things in one area and set up so I can actually use it for my crafts. The rest has boxes belonging to the boys. A futon separates the two areas so it’s not chaos.

This is the whole point to this rather boring post. The change is good for me because I can get out my diamond painting and get it finished this year as I finally have a place to put it. I can work on other projects that need space as well. It’s all good.

The boys seem happy with their new arrangement as well especially my son since he now has a great deal more privacy than he did before.

Change is good definitely good for us!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

New Discoveries – Food

Since I’ve begun eating healthier, I’ve begun trying new foods. I started with veggies, and I tried a Gold Beet. This thing is huge with a long tail more like a turnip than a beet, but it was the size of a soft ball – cricket ball for those of you outside the United States. I found a recipe for it that called for roasting it so I decided for my first taste, I’d do that.

Roasted Gold Beet and Breaded and Baked Zucchini

I was also trying a new recipe using Zucchini, but it didn’t come out as well as I’d have liked. I may not have let it cook long enough. It’s on the right side of the plate.

On the left side of the plate is the Gold Beet, and I cut it very small – maybe too small because it cooked a heck of a lot quicker than the recipe called for so some of it is a bit over done. It’s not burnt, but it is well done. It tasted okay – better than regular red beets, but I’m still not sure of it. I’ll try another recipe and then, if I’m still not all that thrilled with the taste, I won’t eat it any more.

After Veggies, I tried a new Fungus: Oyster Mushrooms.

I forgot to take a picture of them before I cooked them so, I’m going to include one from the internet:

Wild Oyster Mushroom

The thing looks pretty interesting, and I got some to try. I love mushrooms especially those I can eat raw as a snack. I pulled a piece apart from the group, and I popped it into my mouth. It was fleshier than I am used to, a bit rubbery, but it’s not too bad. It was the after taste that got me. I am not sure which part of it created the bitter taste as I’d put the whole thing in my mouth to eat, but the bitterness was off putting. I decided to cook it and went looking for a recipe. I found one that was for pan frying. I can pan fry mushrooms no problem – seasoning them is a different story. My first attempt, I put too much garlic salt seasoning on them – uck!! The second attempt was way better though I stopped short of adding the butter the recipe called for.

Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms

They don’t look like much, but they were very tasty! They’ll make a lovely addition to my eggs!

These were my new discoveries with food. I am ordering a box from Misfits Market now as it’s cheaper and easier than running to the grocery store when it’s convenient for my roommate. There’s only one car between us, and it belongs to him….. I am saving up to get my own, but I may continue with this box service if it proves cost effective and better yet, provides me with a variety of healthy food to eat.

oh yes!! One last new thing I tried!! I tried rice milk in my coffee. I don’t use sugar unless I don’t have milk, and rice milk is actually decent tasting. My son tried it too, and he said it’s like regular milk only watered down. I think it tastes like watered down powdered milk, but it’s still good so, I might get it again. We’ll see,

That’s it for this week! I’ll see you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!