Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous and safe weekend as well as lots of fun, love and joy over the Holiday season!!

I just got back from spending the weekend with my special gentleman friend, and it was absolutely the ULT! Ringing in the new year in the country with a clear sky, lots of stars and each other was the most romantic new year celebration I’ve had ever in my life!

I don’t do resolutions because they’re like pie crust promises – easily made and easily broken. Yes, that was a Mary Poppins reference, and I was finally able to use it! Go me!

I do hope everyone has a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 2023 as well as love, luck and lots of money!!!

I am so glad you were with me in 2022, and I hope you will stay with me throughout 2023 come what may. I have lots of new ideas and plans that I will be sharing, and I welcome all the feedback you wish to share with me. I’ve loved all the comments and likes I’ve gotten thus far.

The only way from here is UP!

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

Happy Mail!

I received a lovely surprise in the mail from the mother of all people. ๐Ÿ™‚ I opened the package, but after a quick peek, I decided to share this happy mail with you!

It’s a lovely little mini kit! It’s supposed to be half scale which is awesome!

It has an instruction booklet that’s like an IKEA manual – mostly pictures! There’s also a baggie full of tiny stuff!

Check it out!! So tiny!! I think this is smaller than half scale but not by much.

The bookshelf is roughly 1 1/4 inches which translate to about 2 1/2 feet or so. That’s 3.175cm(approx.) translating to .762 meters. I don’t know about you, but a chair is about 2 1/2 feet or so tall so, the bookshelf should be taller. It shows in the picture, the bookshelf is much higher than the chair which I’ve linked to since the photo is copyrighted:

Dollhouse Kit

Still, this looks like a fun little build once I have some time for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve not done something like this before, but I have been talking to Mom about doing something on a larger scale.

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

Wildlife Feeding Stations

Just a quick post before I go off to work.

Because of the harsh winters we’ve had the last couple of years, I’ve begun feeding the birds and squirrels in the yard during the winter. I’ve put them out recently, and the animals are quite pleased. I may leave them up year round just to help them out. I don’t have pictures of the animals and birds using the feeders, and you’ll see why. I plan to video tape these feeders when I get a proper camera.

This bowl holds food for the big birds and the squirrels. Yes, there’s a rock in the water dish. It’s made of very thin plastic and with the winds we’ve been having, it needed help staying in place.

This is a hanging feeder for small birds, and they love it. I have a suet cage for our young woodpecker, but I don’t have a place to hang it yet. The tree it was in was killed during last year’s freeze, and the branches aren’t sturdy enough to hold the weight of the bird. There’s a cheek blue jay who shares the suet too.

Beautiful Mimi out for her morning walk is checking things out before she gets off the porch. The neighbor was mowing their lawn, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to be out in the noise.

She’s a 20 pound cat, to give you an idea of how big she is. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for today. I’ll try to get a proper video of the animals when I can.

I also have a opossum and an armadillo sharing the underside of the house with us – it’s a pier and beam house so there’s space beneath it. I won’t be able to get footage of either since they mostly are nocturnal, but I’ll figure something out.

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

Vacation 2022: Day 3 and 4

Day 3

As soon as we got home from Huntsville the night of Day 2, Joe wanted to go to the store. The car wouldn’t start. The battery was stone dead! I had to wait until I got paid last night then when the car parts place opened to get another battery.

This means we had to stay home on Day 3. It sucked, but it couldn’t be helped. Luckily, I didn’t book the room for the Excelsior so I wasn’t out any money. Something told me not to book the room when we got back from Huntsville, and I’m glad I didn’t.

Day 4

Just got home from visiting my granddaughter in Fort Worth. We were supposed to go see her on Saturday, but baby momma decided to go on a date Saturday so, it was see her today or wait for a while to see her again. It’s already been 3 months since my son saw his daughter already. It’s a long story and not mine to tell.

Needless to say, we drove about 3 hours to Fort Worth, and we had to wait for her to get out of school so we checked out an antique store in downtown Fort Worth. I abhor driving in Fort Worth’s downtown! It’s worse than Houston! I swear the people there are absolutely nuts!! The antique store was next to the Botanical /Japanese Gardens, and there’s a lovely gem of a cafe inside! It’s called the Secret Garden Restaurant and features lovely English style tea service complete with bread pudding and scones with clotted cream!

We then met Granddaughter and baby mama at the park by their place, and we had a lovely visit. The drive back was fine as well.

I’m glad I got to see her, but I’m a bit down I didn’t get to do any ghost hunting.

Tomorrow, Joe is going to be with Em when she goes to her eye doctor’s appointment. They’ll be dilating her eyes to look at her retinas. She’s been having some serious headaches, and the doctors want to make sure there’s no swelling or anything since the headaches coincide with her eyes bothering her.

This means possibly, no checking out “haunted” places again. We’ll see how it goes.

Still, my vacation so far has been fun!. I have 3 more days before I go back to work.

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

Vacation 2022: Haunted Texas Roadtrip Day 1

We decided not to go to El Paso this year, going northward instead. That was the plan – then I started doing some research. Several of the places that were on the list for the Haunted Texas Roadtrip weren’t available. This meant looking for other places to visit.

Our first place is Bragg Road/The Scenic Ghost Road/Ghost Road right outside Saratoga Texas. This place is about 1.5 hours southeast of us so, my son and I decided to check it out. It’s supposed to be the most haunted road in Texas.

I took some photos and some video. We got there close to sunset:

Please, remember I’m not a professional photographer or videographer. I just point and shoot, taking the best photos I can. I did try my hand at making a video and once I’m able to buy the program, I’ll reload the video without the watermark. For now, here is the video:

Yes, the video has a watermark on it. I’m trying out the program and when/if I buy it, I’ll upload the video without the watermark. As it is, I hope it doesn’t detract too much from the video. I also know the audio isn’t that great – I’m new to this whole thing remember. I’m learning a lot from just what I did today, and I hope to do better with the next video.

Personally, I was a bit disappointed by the whole thing. It was interesting to see what I’m guessing to be the so called “Saratoga Lights” or “Bragg Road Lights”, but I was never scared. I was a little creeped out, but that was about it. It could’ve been the time of day and/or the time of the month as being the reason we didn’t see any activity other than the lights – who knows right?

I think I still got some decent photos while there was still light. The light on my phone leaves much to be desired. I don’t think I’ll be making videos professionally any time soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Saturday Stitching: Land Baby Pt. 10

Here is what she looked like the last time I talked about her:

Land Baby

As you can see, I still had a lot to go to finish the left side of the overall piece. It’s being done on 18 ct white Aida by the way. I’m using all the called for DMC floss as well.

Here is what she looks like now:

Not much left now. I’m pretty sure I’ll be done with her by this time next week. I hope so anyway. It’s taken me almost a year just to do this half of the overall piece. In my defense, I am no longer a monogamous stitcher so, I’ve spent time working on other projects besides her.

This said, I’m focusing solely on her until this part is finished. I’m just too close not to.

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Vacation 2022 Countdown: Texas Haunted Roadtrip

My son and I are taking most of my vacation this year together with Em, his lovely girlfriend, joining us for the last couple of days.

I like sharing my trips with people, makes it more fun that way, and Joe, my son, wanted something new for his stream on Twitch. We also both wanted to do a Texas Haunted Road Trip. It made sense to turn my vacation time into a road trip he’ll be streaming live, and I’ll take pictures and post some videos for you all to enjoy as well.

There are several different maps posted over the years pointing out haunted places in Texas to visit, We both agree to begin in El Paso since it’s the farthest point out from where we live. This is the map I’m looking at:

We’re planning on heading along the lower portion of the map so we end up back in Lufkin in time to pick up Em before heading up to Dallas. We’ll be stopping at different places along the way. If you live anywhere along the route or within like 50 miles of it, and you know some places said to be haunted, let me know in the comments below. We’ll make time to hit them up and give you credit for sending us that way whatever happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am excited to try this. I enjoy new places and driving so it’s a win win with me. Cherry on top is doing this with my son and his GF. My vacation starts on 3 October, a Monday and goes for an entire week – plenty of time for rest breaks during the day and ghost hunting at night!

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

Dollhouse Project: Update on Exterior

I finally got the back of the house mostly done. Since it’s the biggest part of the exterior, that’s what I’ve been working on since my last post regarding my fail. It wasn’t an epic fail, luckily, but it was still a fail. I went back and did the paper towel to faux stone technique correctly using cheap paper towels with no design on it and watered down school glue aka pva glue.

Once I got the back looking as close to proper stone in texture and scale, I took it outside and applied two coats of white spray paint. I didn’t want to use regular paint because I didn’t want brush strokes to show.

I still need to trim to excess off around the sides and paint the bottom white to blend in with the house. I’m also going to get some pigment powder to put a light coat of gray on it. I think it will make it a little bit more realistic. Then, it needs a coat of sealant to keep the pigment from being rubbed off.

While I’m waiting to get the powder, I’m going to work on the sides of the house now.

Personally, I think it looks very good for my second attempt at a faux stone look. I won’t be taking short cuts with this technique ever again.

Let me know what you think about how it looks as well as whether or not I should use the powder. Buildings in this era were made of stone and covered in a white lime wash so, I could leave the powder off….

Next week, I’ll show you some of the items I’ve acquired to decorate the inside of the house. I’ve begun getting items for it when I can, and I’ll be making quite a bit as well.

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

Dollhouse Project: Exterior – Fail

I used paper towels adapting a technique I saw on several YouTube videos only I was experimenting with the technique. It didn’t work all that well….

This was done with sheets of paper towel, mod podge and white acrylic paint. There was a lot of bubbling, and the seams weren’t really covered much at all.

I have learned several things with this attempt, a main one being not to forget to cover All of the paper towel with mod podge before painting. That’s why there’s bubbles I’m pretty sure.

It was a fail, but it wasn’t an epic one so, I’m okay with it. I’ll take it down and on my next day off, I’ll tear up paper towels into much much smaller pieces and make sure it’s ALL covered in mod podge before I paint.

If anyone has any other tips or tricks or suggestions, comments feel free to leave them below. I’ll happily consider all of it as long as it’s constructive and respectable.

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

Dollhouse Project: A Minor Fix and Exterior Work Pt. 1

I was finally able to find time to work on the dollhouse again, and I’ve gotten a little bit done. The last time you saw it, it looked like:

You can clearly see the gap between the walls on the left hand side. I used a technique I saw on one of Ara’s videos. Ara is the creative behind Bentley House MInis, and she is one of the two people who inspired me to try this project!

The technique involves using what she calls a paper “bandage” to cover up the gaps. You basically cut out strips of paper wide enough to cover the gap and attach to the walls on either side. Here’s what it looks like in place:

I used strips cut from the very thin box my cat’s wet food comes in. I measured them to fit, and I folded them in half before gluing them into place. They’ll be covered with wall paper and will never be seen again.

Update : Here is the link Ara kindly sent to me showing the paper “bandage” though she doesn’t actually use that term in this video. I think she does in one of the Fairfield videos :

Now, my attention is turned to the exterior of the house. I wanted to get it done before I put the roof on because of the overhang. I didn’t want to try texturing or painting in what’s going to be a very small space.

I used a technique I saw on Chantal’s channel for this. Chantal is the creative behind Darkest Raven’s Movie Minis(it used to be Darkest Raven’s Designs). This technique allows you to make wood look like stone using watered down glue and tissues or paper towels. I have only done one layer so far because I’m actually experimenting with the technique.

The above is the back of the house. It’s not fully covered and as you can see, there’s some transparency happening. I’ll be doing a second layer, and I will be painting. Second Empire French chateaus had white paint via a lime wash over the stone, and this is what I’m trying to recreate.

Since the house is half scale, the stone texture has to be very small and pretty subtle. I’m hoping this technique will work because ripping tissue into tiny tiny shreds is the only other option – not a fun one either.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this experiment as I can. My work schedule is still all over the place so planning time to do anything is nigh on impossible. Still, I’m trying.

I’ll be adding links to the videos showing both techniques as I learned them as soon as I find the videos again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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