Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dec 2011 We Need More Help!

It's almost Christmas here and it is snowing outside.
The windows have been complete for several weeks but I don't have the proper glue to attach them.
Here's an update on the Hitty size roombox.

Have I mentioned that this is a walkout lower level room in a house? 
That's why the windows are going to be high.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Winter at Cherry Wood Log Cabin

                         What else needs to be said?    See you next Spring.

Monday, October 31, 2011

What's This?

It's almost November. 
The Cherry Wood Log Cabin
will be closed up tight
for the Winter on the outside.
I need to distance myself from the chimney  and think about a solution. 
I can work on the inside and
finish the back roof.
These are the 2 windows for a room box,
not 1:12 in size but a little bigger to accommodate a group of Hitty dolls and their friends.

Hittys are about 6.5" tall but built with a bigger bone structure than regular doll house dolls.  That's Hitty Anne and she has a little friend. 

My son made the roombox for me and I've been decorating the inside - so far - paint, paper, wainscoting, flooring and now the windows. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


We moved into this home 8 years ago
and the log cabin was damaged in the move.

It was never finished or repaired.

The Cherry Log Cabin bedspread is removed. 

The log cabin's been sitting right here
in the bedroom covered with a bedspread
for 8 years.

The log cabin  moved to the living room.

Damage assessments were made.

Everything that was damaged was removed so the log cabin project could move forward again.

Sliding glass door is working  again so that's a step forward.

The large porch and steps are repaired. 

Front Porch is almost complete.

And a roof!

And here we are with a completed front and roof.  Yes, I have made progress.  This is good.   I've hit a snag with the chimney but I'll think on it and come up with something.   It took me a long time to decide how to proceed with the roof and I'm happy with the result.

It's time for the guys to winterize the cabin. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Indian Summer

It's been almost a week.  We are having a beautiful Indian Summer (Is that PC?).   Progress has been made but perhaps there should be a law that says we shouldn't work on our dollhouses when we are sick?   The side porch is finished or is it?   I feel like I should take a hammer to it and start over but I'm not sure the porch isn't salvageable.

First I miscalculated and then in an effort to fix the error I poured a  concrete pad right next to wood - not a good thing at all.   The guy was right I was short a board.   I was short 3 boards for the treads and a step above that.

The right thing to do?  Do nothing more on that porch until I'm well again.   Fall colds are the pits.

So I'll move inside and work on some furniture.  The guys want to work on the door but I'm too fuzzy brained to figure that out and do it right.  Haven't found the window glass either.  Then I say - "Lay some stone"  and they say  "Maybe tomorrow".  I'm really getting anxious to work on the RGT house and board this one up for the Winter.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oct Rush

We really want to get the cabin near to finished or finished would be better before the snow flies.  The chimney can be used without all the rock.   Maybe we should have just stopped with the modern stove lining and the concrete block but the homeowner dreamed of the rock.   The stove is in place so the small space can be heated. 

After the snow piles up we won't be able to get to the cabin so it will need to be closed up for the winter.   I do have a deadline - to be working on the Real Good Toy Greenacres by the  Christmas season. 

So we're feeling a little pressure to get to a good stopping point.  Absolutely finished would be nice.
I can't find the glass for the door window and I know it is here - just hiding - it isn't very big.  Perhaps I can construct the door without the glass with a temporary wood panel in place?  It appears both houses,  the 1946 Rich and this Cherry Log Cabin,  have a few missing pieces after the move.  Maybe everything will show up when I start working on the RGT house.

How can one porch take so many pieces?   What - that guy says I'm still missing a piece.  What size?  I am not missing a piece.   Let's start putting this thing together. 

And then on to that door or we'll have to put the winter shutter back up for this year.

Do you want to see the inside?   The homeowner (wannabe) in the doorway is thinking about the inside too.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Back to Work

We're back to work here.  The leaves outside are changing and winter will come.  The front roof  is finished and the chimney fits in the roof slot.  There are just a couple of things yet to be completed on the front of the house.

As I turn to the business of finishing the west side of the house, a lot is left to do - man door, side porch,  steps,  and all those rocks.

Now, it appears, is time for some patience.   I wish I'd watched someone actually lay real rocks for a chimney.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Dream in Miniature

A picture here would be nice but I don't have one.  I'm looking.

This little one room log cabin is not meant to be an old log cabin but a modern cabin made with chain saws and anything that could be used in a wilderness area.  The logs have been sent to the lumber mill and they are back.  The owner chose square logs because they would be easier to use.

Of course the logs are not cherry in the real imaginary cabin but the builder had access to some wonderful cherry lumber scraps for the 1:12 version of this cabin.

If the miniature log cabin was a real cabin it sits,  in the home owner's mind,  on the southern edge of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan high up on the beach front just into the edge of the forest.   It looks out over this massive expanse of water except that there is an island visible and at night you can see a light house light to warn off ships in the area.

That is the Huron Island Lighthouse .  This is an abandoned light house but the light is still in service.  The solar powered light is comforting at night as seen from the cabin on the mainland where there is no light at all for miles.

We've been to this location only once - the roads are terrible - mostly no longer used logging roads - but campers were on the beach.  We probably will never return but what a wonderful place to have a log cabin retreat.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Goin Fishin

We, the 2 resin helpers and I, have  come a long way.   The cabin is pretty much repaired - needs some paint touch up.  Isn't that how it is in real life too?   The chimney is started.   Found the roof and that is in process.

But the guys want a break and I need to be elsewhere too.

So they will take some time for the canoe and maybe a little fishing and I'll get a few other things accomplished.   We'll be back soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Repair Progress

Repairs are progressing.   Only one piece seems to be missing and I remember that our Lab ate it.

The builder (me) is getting anxious to start the chimney.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Lakeside - Finally

And here we are looking at the damaged side.   I see he got some help for this.   Wish I had some help.   I don't know where to start.   The sliding glass door is unstuck so that's progress.

And now on to some real work on repairs.

Oops, No Door

No damage on this end.  The chimney goes where the guy is standing and he's planning.   Once the chimney is up - life can begin on the inside.

The winter shutter is on the doorway because there is a battle between the builder and the homeowner. The builder feels a need for a small stick built addition here for a tiny primitive kitchen.   The owner plans to eat only sandwiches.  

To enter the cabin - use the sliding glass door toward the lake until further notice.   Right now you  will need to use a ladder.

Away From Lake

I never know which is the front of a lake home.   This is the side away from the lake.

So far so good.

And a peek inside.  Remember the cabin is no bigger than a standard double car garage.

Start Where It's Easy

West side of the cabin.   This cabin is a dream of my husbands.   I build it and he dreams about a real one.   In his imagination it faces Lake Superior - so this is the west side of the cabin and all the pieces are here.  Yippee

  After the move and being stored, that guy with the cup of coffee is airing the place out.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cherrywood Log Cabin

The big people moved to a new house.   This totally from scratch log cabin wasn't completely finished and it was damaged during the move.

Take a peek inside. She looks like she has suffered severe storm damage. I hadn't realized the porch was separated from the roof.

Here we go with this adventure. Fix it and finish it.

Let's Talk Scale

The 1946 Rich Dollhouse is not 1":1' . This made shopping for it difficult but not impossible and it drove me to try making my own furniture which I enjoy. This house is closer to 3/4":1' and if there is a better way to put this please comment.

Rich Dollhouse has a 28"x12" base without the porch.

The Cherrywood Log Cabin is 1":1' but after I was almost finished I realized it is not really a dollhouse but an architectural model because it is the whole cabin and dollhouses are not as deep as a real house.

You must look in from the top or a window and not from the back or front.

All Settled In - The End

And here's a view of the refurbished and decorated house.

Thanks for visiting.

She Sews - She Doesn't Cook

Last room and it had to be a sewing room.
I kept the original floor and my father's gold paint from 1946 but again added wainscoting to calm it all down and make it look clean.

I made a rug that matches the wallpaper border above the wainscoting but I wanted everyone to see the original floor.

Table and chair new Christmas 1946.

 I made the ironing board and sewing basket.

 Cupboard purchased about 1996.

Home From school

I didn't find the missing items but I can change this picture later.

No little boy lives in this house and most of these toys will go into my Real Good Toys house when I get that far with it.   In the meantime this little boy comes home here.
This center entrance room has the paint my father used in 1946.   I tried to keep one of the wallpapers but it all fell off.   But too much green was too much green so I went into wainscoting production.   I like the end result - a little old and a little new.   The red bench was my first effort at furniture. Note the real marble topped table - from my grandmother's items.

What will I do with this room when the little boy leaves?   A music room/entrance?   I really think only a couple with their baby and a visiting grandparent is enough.   His butt sort of fits that rocker.

Let's Go Downstairs

The living room has a big mix of items from different eras and that window keeps falling apart.   Construction was huge in this room and fun.   Another very old chair sits by the stairway - that I left as is in hopes that I could identify the house.   Carpeting that stairway was not fun.  I love to make tiny baskets and here you see one holding books.   I added the bookcases and shelf so I had a place to put "things".   The stairway wall shows how the inside of the house looked before I started refurbishing - bumpy masonite.  I wallpapered the other side.

And now a break!   As I took pictures of the next room, I realized some pieces are missing.   So on a hunt I will go.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

No One Here?

The furniture is mostly from 1995 and the cupboard is my 2nd attempt at furniture construction from scratch.   My first attempt is downstairs.   I need to find the original master bedroom furniture.   The chair at the back and next to the stairway well was from my grandmother.   It's much older than 1946. My grandmother had things for a little girl but I was the first one and only one in a long time.   Chairs have been reapholstered with pretty yellow silk ribbon.   Did she do that?   She wasn't a sewer. Underneath the silk ribbon is something red but that ribbon is sewed down tight and I like it too much to disturb it.   The table next to the bed came from Grandma too but not as old?

I made the Amish bedspread.  The throw rug was printed off the internet.   Maybe I'll change it to a real one some time.

Grandpa Reads a Story but Baby is Asleep

A baby girl's room with its new, in 1946, pink furniture - a pink playpen is downstairs, J L Hudson Co in Detroit again.   That huge department store had a whole floor of toys.   A wonderful place for a child to visit.   The blue rocking chair is a Chrysnbon kit - the first one I made.   The little log cabin directions came out of a Miniature magazine and was my first venture into log buildings.
By this time I'm loving the wallpaper job.   And my first attempt at carpeting went well too.

You get a another view of the vintage bathroom set from here.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bathroom Madness

First room to be redone, about 1995, the learning curve was very high.

I cleaned and painted everything white and wallpapered.

Most of the furniture in the bathroom is from that Christmas in 1946 and from J L Hudsons, Detroit. The linen cupboard was new in 1995.

I made the blinds, valence, rug, and shower curtain.  Added lots of molding to make the house neat and clean. 

When this room was finished I breathed a sigh of relief.  Just maybe I can do this.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Refurbished, Move-in Ready

Here's the back of the house.   A lot of "lumber" has been added, wallpaper, paint, new carpeting, built-ins, waincoting, moldings, etc.

6 rooms: Living room, Entry hall, sewing room, (what? no kitchen?) on main floor. Master bedroom, baby girl's room and bathroom on the 2nd floor.

The Beginning

Christmas 1946, my first Christmas in our very own house after World War II.  There was this wonderful dollhouse under the tree.  My father and mother purchased it at J L Hudson's in Detroit and my father spent many hours putting it together in the basement.  I never saw it until Christmas morning.  He decorated it with real house wool carpeting and full size wallpaper.  The master bedroom had one wallpaper motif - a huge bird.  I tried to keep that bird when I refurbished my dollhouse but it fell off the wall so I knew the house was telling me that it was time for that bird to go.  The carpet was at least 1/2" thick but was installed with a lot of love.

August 2011, this childhood dollhouse was identified as a Rich Dollhouse made 1946 - 1947. No changes have been made to the outside.