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!

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt. 7

So, as you may, or may not, know, I’m stitching a painting that was charted and put out for free as images. It’s a painting by John Collier done in 1899 called The Land Baby. It’s a lovely piece of a mermaid and her land bound daughter. I’d like to think she was waiting to give her little one her first swimming lessons since she’s waiting by the water’s edge with her tail in the shallows while her daughter, on two legs, is coming towards her.

Anyway, I’m working this piece on 18 count white Aida, and here is what it looked like last time I posted:

Here’s where I’m at now with only 1 1/2 blocks left of the column I’m currently working on:

It appears Mr. Collier even gave his mermaid a scar on her bum. Not sure how else to explain the light stitching that’s in a crescent shape on her right buttock. I even double checked the chart to make sure the color was correct, and it was so….

This piece is in two parts divided down the middle into left and right sides. I’m halfway done with the left side.

I’ve already decided I’m going to frame this piece, and I’ve begun searching for the right frame.

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

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt. 6

I didn’t get as much done on this as I wanted to, but here is where I was last time I showed you my progress:

I was almost done with the second row here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Below is where I am, lost in a sea of color changes.

In that little 20×20 block is over 25 color changes! I’m about halfway through them all, but it’s well worth the trouble for how wonderful it looks once it’s done!

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

Free Pattern Friday: Fantail Afghan Halfway Done!

Back in March, I talked about making an afghan called Fantail Fantasy in Bright Yellow yarn by Red Heart. The pattern I have is written down, and I couldn’t find it online anywhere. I think it was a free pattern by Red Heart many many years ago, but I can’t really remember.

Here’s what it looked like originally, and I didn’t like it that way so I reworked it recently. I’d had other projects pull my attention away as well as running out of yarn so I had to wait to get some more in.

Here is where it’s at now. It’s about halfway done according to the size my coworker wants it to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

It has a border that will go on after the body is done so maybe, if I have enough yarn, I’ll have it done by next Friday. We’ll just have to see.

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

YouTube Tuesday: Mad Morti and a FFO!!!

First my FFO(Fully Finished Object) which is my small cross stitch cat project. I promise, there’s a link between it and Flosstuber Mad Morti. First, here’s how the project is supposed to look like:

The cat is cute, but the words are meh. So, I changed things a wee bit. *WARNING* If you’re easily offended even by innuendos, don’t scroll down any further.

For some reason, his expression fits the words lol!

Now, I chose the word “Duck” as a homage to Mad Morti, her husband David and their field of ducks. Below is the video that began a very funny running joke that I plan to keep laughing at and sharing as often as I can:

These two have a great time together, and they’re a definite relationship goal! I am ever so grateful for the recommendation to watch this couple. Below is the video that brought the stitching journery to an end for the field of ducks, but the joke will live on.

I didn’t know this was going to happen, but I do strongly encourage you to view video #17 in the playlist to see how the Field of Ducks looks as well as find out how the original designer reacted to what Mad Morti has done to hers!! I know you’ll get a laugh out of it.

I really enjoy watching this pair, and I want my own Field of Ducks now so it’s going on the Want list. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you enjoy this wonderful couple as much as I do, please Like or Subscribe or Both and do leave a comment of some sort too. I know Morti reads them all, or as many as she can. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Stitching Saturday: MSAL May

This Mystery Stitch A Long(MSAL) is being hosted by Fox and Rabbit, a pair of Australian designers, fabric/thread dyers and fellow stitchers. It’s called Changing Seasons and each month, a new design is released on the first of the month, Australian time. Since they’re a day ahead of those of us in the U.S., we get it a day early. ๐Ÿ˜€

May’s design filled one of the small blocks in the center area of the design and was quite simple. I used two of the three colors I’d chosen for Spring to complete it. I also did the third part of the frame that surrounds this center area.

Looking at it laid out this way, I’m wondering if there’s going to be something in the area between the outside frame – mine is silver – and the inside frame – the variegated green. If there’s not, I might look for something because I think leaving it empty wouldn’t look right. That’s just me though. We’ll just have to see what the designers have in mind when the time comes.

So far, I’m not regretting starting this big piece. I might be once I get going on the metallic silver frame. That’s going to take me the rest of the year to complete I’m sure of it.

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

Dollhouse Project: First Floor

Just thought I’d show you what we’ve done on the dollhouse thus far. Last time, it looked like this:

Ground Floor

and today, it looks like:

First Floor

I assure you, the floors aren’t crooked, the angle of the photo is. I am not a good photographer, but I’m better than I was this time last year.

So, we have the Ground Floor and the First Floor, just two more floors to go before we get to the Attic.

The First Floor rooms from left to right are: Study, Library, Music Room, Grand Staircase, Sitting Room, and Ballroom.

This project’s framework is being made out of 1/4 Luann and wood glue. I am not using nails or screws anywhere – yet.

The front of the house will be attached with magnets and small screws(or nails depending on what I can find. The roof of the house is going to be a mansard roof.

At present, the production of interior walls has come to a standstill as my son and I look for a better way to cut the wood. The tools and blades that were suggested to me are hard to use. I don’t own any power tools and can’t afford to buy any so everything is being done by hand. If anyone has any suggestions on what to use to cut the wood without splintering it, please leave a comment below.

I’ve already begun making plans for the decorating of the ground floor. Three of the rooms: both cellars and the mudroom, will have stone floors. I might put stone on the washroom floor as well. I’m not sure if the kitchen will have the stone floor as well or get a wooden one.

This is a French Chateau that is being renovated into Modern – for now – but the Ground Floor is keeping it’s original stone floor for the most part. Let me know what you think : stone or wood in the Kitchen??

I realized, belatedly, I forgot to cut a hole for the door into the mudroom – the Tradesman’s entrance as it were. I may just put up a fake one in the room itself if it ends up being too hard to cut one out.

While I hope to have another floor done by next week, we shall just have to see. The tool and blade is hard to work with but not impossible to use.

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

Stitching Satuurday: Cat Project Update

How It Should Look

This is how the project I’m doing is supposed to look if you follow the pattern. I’ll be changing the wording to something a bit snarky and adult.

How It Looked #1

This is what I’d done when I first showed you this project some time ago. It’s a small project I do when I don’t feel like working on my two big projects.

Current Look

This is where I’m at now. I’ll need to move the hoop into the correct position before I do the wording, but that’s going to be some time coming I think. I’m not sure since I’ve been gifted another small project.

I don’t count stitches so don’t ask me how many I’ve done. It has one set of blended stitches which help with the texturing, and I like the shading which brings out details. I’ll still have to do some backstitching, but I don’t mind that overly much.

I just thought I’d share this bit with you.

In other news, I’ve begun work on the May design for Fox and Rabbit’s Changing Seasons Mystery Stitch-A-Long, and I will have it ready for you next week. I plan to do more of the frame around the section I’m working in too. I’m not looking forward to restarting work on the silver frame which I regret doing in metallic thread, but I’m not frogging it because I’ve done too much work on it. I’ll just power through it when the time comes.

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

Personal Update: April 29, 2022

This month has really flown by! Let’s get to it then.


Not much has changed on this front. I have asked to be considered for a full time position, and I’m looking at surrounding cities that have a Lowe’s in them. I am not adverse to moving or commuting. I’d like to get out of the department I’m in so I can learn something new – I’ve been in my present position for nearly a year,


Changes have been made in this area as far as my projects go.


I am no longer making socks because I can’t make a heel to save my life. I frogged that section so many times I gave up aggravated almost to the point of tears. I may try again at a later date, especially if I have someone who can show me, in person, how to do the heel.


This is a paid pattern so I won’t be sharing this project’s progress unless you want me to. It’s a lovely lacy duster by Briana K Designs I believe she’s calling Long Summer Crochet Duster. I was part of a blog hop last year and got the design for free then. I don’t have the link to the paid pattern and can’t in all good conscience share the free pattern here.

Fantail Afghan

I had stopped work on this to make the socks and now, I’m going back to it. I hope to get a great deal further on it by next week.


I’m going to be purchasing the full pattern of Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle this paycheck so I can move forward with the tablecloth. I won’t have anything to show for a couple of weeks so, you’ll have to bear with me on this.

Cross Stitching

Fox and Rabbit’s Mystery Stitch-A-Long Changing Seasons

May’s design will be dropping any day now. They’re in Australia so they’re a day ahead of me so I think I’ll have the design tomorrow evening, the 30th. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what gem Brendon has designed for my birth month!

Land Baby

I completed the second row and began work on the second column. I don’t want to show you it tomorrow though. I want to do some more work on the second column before I share my progress.

Cat Face – my Small Project

This poor project has been languishing by the wayside waiting for me to work on it. I did a great deal of work on it today – it’s a simple little chart. I’ll show you my progress on it tomorrow, and I might just finish it this week.

Other Projects


I’ve got two floors up so far. Joe is cutting the interior walls for me, and he says using the saw and blades I got is very hard. He even demonstrated for me so I could see what he meant. These tools were recommended to me. If anyone else has better advice for cutting 1/4 inch Luann, please leave a comment below.

Since it is hard for him, and me, production of interior walls has slowed considerably. I’m hoping he’ll cut me enough to put another floor on this weekend, but we’ll see. There will be a ground floor with the basement, three regular floors and an attic inside a mansard roof. Cutting out doors and windows is going to be interesting so again, if you have any suggestions for how this can be done, please leave a comment below.

Dungeon Tiles

This is another project that has been languishing waiting for me to make time for it. I’m just making up squares of cardboard to look like stone for Joe’s Dungeons and Dragons games. He doesn’t want fancy or professional, he just wants usable and halfway realistic. I think I’m giving him both – he certainly hasn’t complained.

I’ve just got the painting left to do, but there are about two dozen tiles so, it’s going to take a while to get them painted on all sides. I’m doing a base layer of black followed by medium gray, light gray and then white.

Other Stuff

My weight loss goal is coming along slowly. I am still losing weight, and that’s the main thing. My doctor tells me losing slowly is healthier than losing fast so, I’m not worried. I’m feeling better, and in another month, I’ll be needing new pants again because the ones I have now are getting too big. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mimi Queen of Fluff is doing well. She’s putting on a bit of weight due to bad weather keeping her inside too much. She’s also going to be 6 this year, and she’s getting sedentary. I’m told Maine Coons can get this way. I’m working on ways to get her active without tiring her out too fast. She’s not a jumper except to get on the bed with me. She doesn’t play with toys or catnip though she will play with string…..

There’s not much else to tell so, I’ll end this for this month.

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.