Almost done

I’m hoping by the end of the weekend my little Hufflepuff Badger will be done. 


Only 3 more colors to finish up, then a quick press and into a frame. Today is day 15 since starting it. Some days I was able to work on it for hours on end. Others I had to grab a minute or 2 when I could. Only one of those days did I not touch it at all. Not too bad considering the majority of my projects sit untouched for months. It probably helps that I have to mail it this week.


I’ve seen people post pictures of their cats in their dollhouse builds. I have 2 cats (Skippy, who is pictured, and Penny) who couldn’t care less about my dollhouses. 


The closest my dog, Bolt, has gotten to the dollhouses is when he runs into their tables while playing with the kids, and I have a mini heart attack. So, I’ve always thought how lucky I was. 


Then I received this picture in a text from my husband this week. 

Um, no. 

A few months ago, before Bill was adopted, I had asked for help building plexiglass cases for them. I guess I’ll need to get more serious about following up on that request. 

The Craftsman Cabin

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My beautiful picture

I live in a small town on the East Coast of Florida, minutes away from NASA. The town was established in 1925. In the 1960’s the town had a 1000% population increase thanks to the space program.

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The majority of the town was built during the 1950’s and 60’s and pride in the space program was quite evident. Schools are named after space missions.

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Our local elementary school has a boilerplate from a Mercury mission proudly displayed in front of the school.

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Most of the homes and businesses in the area were built during this time. A time noted in history as mid century. My home was built in 1965 and is one of the youngest ones on the block.

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You might be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with the Craftsman Cabin kit for this years HBS Creatin Contest?”. Well, I’m glad you asked. Having been surrounded by mid century architect for years now, I have a really hard time seeing anything craftsman about this kit. Don’t get me wrong, Fran at miniatures.com did an amazing job on her build. It looks very craftsman. However, this just screams mid century to me. Let me give you some examples…

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…this is the house we almost bought when we first moved to the area…

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…this is the local fresh seafood market…

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…then 2 doors down from the seafood market…

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…and our neighbors house. These are the ones within just a 1 mile radius of my house. As you can see , I’m surrounded by buildings that rock the asymmetrical peaked roof/flat roof combo built in the mid 1950’s-60’s. That was a really long way to justify why I’ll be going with a more mid century design aesthetic than craftsman. I love mid century design, so it will be a real hardship for me.

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This is where I am so far in the design process. You can see exactly where I’m going, right? I can tell you it won’t be a house. For some reason I have a hard time doing traditional houses. Right now I’m oscillating between 2 ideas that are similar, but have 2 very different uses. When I nail it down I’ll share more. I’m trying to wait until my Hufflepuff embroidery is done. It helps that some of my supplies that I will need to use to get started haven’t arrived yet. They are scheduled to arrive this week though, so I need to get the badger done!

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This is where I left it last night. I learned yesterday that my satin stitch needs a lot of practice. I’m beyond thrilled with how the badger turned out. So, hopefully the person I send it to is too distracted by him to notice the messy satin stitch. Plus, I’ll be framing it,  so it will be harder to see the mistakes *insert evil laugh here*. Well, I’m off to do some more stitching. Have a great day!

 

Potpourri 

Hello! It’s been too long. Sorry. Life doesn’t seem to want to slow down. This will be a quick update about the past month or so. 


First, which some of you probably know, my little tent won 3rd place in the Creatin Contest! You guys, I about died. There is so much amazing talent represented in the entries. I would hate to be a judge. Congratulations to everyone who entered! So much time and love were poured into their projects and it shows.


The 2017 kit is still sitting and waiting for some love. I think I’ve finally hit on the idea that I want to go with, but that’s for another time. 

I’ve been keeping myself busy with little embroidery and sewing projects. 


I tried paper pieced quilting. I made the fox for my grandmother and Twilight Sparkle was for my sister. I prefer paper piecing to traditional quilting. It is finicky, but I don’t have the patience for the precision of traditional quilts. 


I’ve signed up for a Labyrinth “quilt-a-long”. Each week there is an option for a paper pieced quilt block or an embroidery one. I’ve been doing the embroidered choice. I’m not sure how many blocks have been released so far, but I know it’s more than the 2 that I’ve gotten done.


This is a cross stitch of the Anchorman cast I made for my husband. It’s done and framed now. It was my first counted cross stitch. I’m glad I started with something simple. It’s amazing how one miscount can throw off everything. 

I also signed up for a Valentine card exchange and a craft exchange. 


My Valentine card was distinctly geeky. I loved K-2SO from Rogue One. 


This is for the craft exchange. It’s a version of the Hufflepuff house crest from Harry Potter. Yes, I also like Harry Potter. I’m a bit of a geek. This has to be done and mailed before the 23rd. It’s coming along quickly, as long as I can devote hours to it. It will end up being framed. I figured if it’s behind glass it will be harder to see my mistakes (I’m just kind of making things up as I go along). 


My middle child turned 11. He didn’t know what theme he wanted for his cake. So, I got to choose. My two youngest love listening to crazy songs that get stuck in your head for years. One of those songs is called Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows. Being the awesome mom that I am, I knew that had to be the theme. He loved it!

So, as you can see I’ve just been doing what ever peaks my interest. It’s been my way of recovering from dollhouse burnout. However, I’m starting to get the mini-itch again. Now that my idea is taking root, I’m wanting to get started. 

Oh, also, we have a new family member.


His name is Bill Furry and is a ball of energy. The only way I can get a picture of him is if he is sleeping. 


He’s so very helpful in making sure my trash can in the art room is empty. And he’s decided to help relocate some of my supplies. Thankfully, he’s not very good at hiding them yet. Emptying trash cans is tiring work. 

I think that about sums up the past month or so. Now that mini-ideas are starting to percolate again, I’ll be posting more often. Until then, hope you are having a fantastic March.