Summer is quickly coming to an end. YAY! It has been a brutal one for me with EXTREME humidity. It meant almost 6 weeks in the chair, catching up on BAD TV and GOOD reading. Still a happy time, since I just celebrated one whole year of no hospital stays. I'm still very weak and tired, and get so frustrated, feeling as if I'll NEVER be better, but when I get off my pity pot, I can see that progress continues even if it is at a snail's pace.
I NEEDED to get away from curtains for a while, so I got all of my tents out of storage and found one that I was able to fit on a small display shelf that I have by my front door. The rest of the tents are too big, and will be "gifted" next year at our annual yard sale.
I've repaired my "petrified forest" tree and started the landscaping. I also started the skiff boat kit, but since I don't have an engineers degree, that kit will be MANY years in the making. My campers will have to "wade" for fish in the meantime.
Real/mini life progresses slowly too. I'm still sorting and weeding and trying to "fit" what I really want/need to keep. I'm pleased though. Going from 25 years of having unlimited space, to a tiny house has been challenging. But its working out surprisingly well.
This started out as an HOM kit for a dower chest. When I opened it up a "decade or two" after purchasing it on EBAY, I found that a number of parts were missing. I replaced what I could and thought it could work as a toy box for my boys room. Maybe they can learn to put away their sports equipment. (doubt it)
I know its been too long since I've posted. First the blizzard, then health issues and then
Saint Paddy's Day, Easter, Daughters Birthday,
Then of course I had to make cupcakes to fill my liners from True2Scale, assemble a couple of 1/144 kits for my Thornhill Dollhouse Dollhouse, AND whip up a wheel barrel kit.
I make some of the greeting cards too, so time gets away from me.
Between now and July 4th, I have my recovery anniversary, Mom's Day, my birthday, the girls wedding anniversary, my daughter in law's birthday, Dad's Day. Then I think I get to breathe (minis) until October.
While I envy you all your BEAUTIFUL families, I don't know HOW you do it all. There are only 4 of us, and I get overwhelmed from Halloween until July 4th.
This house will probably take much longer than my typical 12 years. All the doors and windows come in a million parts that have to be assembled. Then of course is all the sanding and several coats of paint.
I was not happy with the doors that came in the kit, so I purchased new ones (already assembled), and I added a porthole window. I also changed up the floor plans a bit by adding a 1/2 bath on the first floor, and a full bath on the third floor.
I drilled a hole in the ceiling under the tower, to enable more light to come in.
My challenges go beyond bad products, poor instructions, and incorrect order fills.
Making nice minis using "asthma friendly" products seems a contradiction in terms. Set backs (health and mini wise) get me down and tempt me to just give up. Just sit in the rocker and knit? NOT!
The "water based" varnish ruined my faux stain on the pews and pulpit. I had to sand and scrape and start over.
As it turns out, I like the final color much better > so that is a GOOD THING. I'll use a water based "minwax" poly for the final coat. This will have to wait for spring when I can mini outside.
In the meantime, I unpacked all of the items I already have and displayed them. After 2 years it was nice to see some of my favorite things. The beautiful bride is by Joann Roberts.
It's been another never ending saga in the pursuit of finishing anything in miniature. I installed all of my hanging fixtures, and grabbed my husband to help me unearth this VERY large, VERY heavy building, so that I could connect all my wiring under it. I proceeded to add the spot lights. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, the "spot lights" were nothing but bulbs. The store sent me the wrong items. (last October) Too late to do anything about it now. YES! I SHOULD have checked the order better. OK > So I finished with the fixtures I do have. I tried some battery operated lights that I have on hand, but they're not bright enough. The spot lights will have to wait until later. Then the building will then need to be turned over again. :-(
When I come up against bad products, or incorrect orders, I usually walk away and lose my mojo for months or years on end. But I pushed myself to proceed.
I mixed my homemade stain (safe for breathing) and set out to finish the pews I purchased a dozen years ago. OMG! There is so much glue on these pews, staining has made them look HORRIFIC. It will take weeks of scraping and sanding to get them any where near half decent. It would have saved a lot of time if I made them myself.
Now I need to step back for a while. Just for a few days. I'm still determined!