Friday, 30 December 2011

Timelessness vs hypertime

My office is closed between Christmas and New Year's, so we have been drifting along this week in a kind of timeless indolence, punctuated with meals of leftover turkey and bolstered by far too many sweets and chocolates, and staying up late and sleeping in the next morning.  We have arrived at that happy state where we can't actually remember what day it is, until I realised that it is once again Friday.  That means that it is one calendar week since I last blogged, even though in my mind it feels like it was only a few days ago that I blogged.  That makes it feel like hypertime, like the days have just flown by and in all too short a while I will be back at work.  Boooo.   Although I suppose I should be / am grateful to have a job to go back to.

I hope you all had a good Christmas without too many annoying relatives and with a sufficient amount of 'me time' to relax in.  We had a very relaxing Christmas Day with just the three of us, very quiet and even productive as DH and I went out for a walk in the afternoon to scout out possible locations for photographing quilts around the neighbourhood.  We carried along one of the TV quilts and tried it out in various positions over fences, gates, playground railings etc., while DH tried to pretend that we were behaving perfectly normally.  I was behaving perfectly normally for me so I wasn't that bothered what people thought  :)

The reason I was looking for photo locations is that I have finally accepted that I do not have room to store all the quilts and other things that I am making, so I am going to try to sell some of them online.  I don't know whether to hook up my store to my blog or not.  I have tended to be fairly honest on my blog about construction issues, problems, shortcuts, design decisions etc. which is probably not the best way to sell things to potential buyers.  Also a buyer who is unaware of the quilting process may be put off by the fact that I started something about eight years ago and it has taken me all that time to actually finish it.  Pricing is another issue for debate, here in the UK it is just not realistic to expect to sell a quilt for even the cost of materials, unless you are either a) incredibly famous, or b) somehow got all your materials ridiculously cheaply.  Because most of our quilting materials are imported, the quilting hobby is a lot more expensive here than in the States. Which is why I tend to load up when I visit the States. So everything is underpriced compared to what it cost me to make it, but I suppose I've had the enjoyment and at least it will get things out of the house and buy me some more stash.

So that has taken up several hours this week, doing some preliminary photography, measuring quilts, writing descriptions etc.  I don't know if I will actually sell anything, the UK-based site I am using has a lot of other quilters on it and most of them don't seem to be selling much.  Etsy isn't really an option as a quilt would be so expensive to post to an overseas buyer that there would be no reason for an American to buy a quilt from a UK maker (unless they absolutely loved it so much that they were desperate to have it).

What else have I been up to this week?  It's hard to remember.  I did spend most of a day working on my Willowcrest dollshouse, because I need to finish that before I can start my McKinley dollshouse kit - which arrived in the post on 23 December, my Christmas present from me to me.

I finished my Tilly Thomas knitted bag kit that I bought in Cape Cod on our holiday.  It has a pure silk drawstring top, and you knit right into the grommets to knit the bag sides, choose your own designs for the sides, then gather the bottom to close off the bag.  I'm pleased with how it's come out but one design flaw is that the knitted outside wants to be a round cylinder, whereas the inner silk liner is just a flat square.  Therefore when you put knitting in the bag, it looks a bit squashed flat.  I think it would look better if the interior was a cylinder as well.  It looks vaguely like a Regency reticule. I'm not sure what I will use it for, the silk looks delicate so not good for squashing into my rucksack on my commute.  Perhaps I will keep it for showing off at knitting group.

I also finished re-knitting my Thorpe Hat.  By ripping back to the increases and using smaller needles to knit the sides, it fits a lot better now.  As well as short-rowing the front to make it longer, I also reduced the depth of the back part, and made the flaps a different shape.  This time I did the crochet edge in self-yarn rather than a contrast colour.  It's fairly warm to wear, still not the most flattering hat in the world but it's good for keeping my ears warm.  The KnitPicks Sierra yarn, which is discontinued, is soft but robust at the same time. I've still got several skeins left, so it might be good for something like a cowl. 

Christmas means lots of television specials and films to watch.  I was going great guns on my Cabled Yoke Cardigan the other night as I watched 'Little Women', reaching what I hoped was my last chart repeat.  Then I realised that in some alcohol-induced carelessness, I had mis-crossed a couple of cables three inches earlier.  "No problem", thought I (remember the alcohol) and I ripped back all the affected stitches so that I could just knit those ones back up while leaving all the 'good' stitches alone.  Uh huh.  Now I have a nice three-inch section of tangled mess in the middle of my yoke.  Luckily I had the sense to Put Down The Needles until another more sober moment when I can work out how to fix it.

I've done a lot of sewing this week as I listened to various podcasts on my Ipad.  I've machined binding onto all the finished quilts from the frame quilting session this summer, so now I have a whole pile of handsewing to do, to stitch all that binding down.  Two quilts needed further off-frame work.  I managed to complete the quilting on the Garden Block of the Month quilt day before yesterday, and gave it a wash.  I'm really pleased at how it all looks homogenous now, and all the various blocks have come together.  Today I have been working on a real oldie, my Piece o' Cake Applique Vines quilt, which has been kicking around for about five years now in various stages of quilting.  I did a lot of the vertical quilting on the frame this summer, but now I am doing the blocks on the edges which weren't possible to do in my short-arm throat space.  It's going well and I'm about halfway through.  Hard to believe this quilt might actually be finished soon.

My Fan Stitch Half-Circle shawl knitting project enabled me to sail gracefully and productively through the Boxing Day visit to the in-laws, apart from at dinner when I didn't think I could get away with knitting under the table.  I also took it as commuter knitting when DH and I went up to London to see a play on Wednesday.  We went to a production of The Canterbury Tales at a small playhouse in Southwark, which had the conceit that you were sitting in a medieval tavern watching some troubadours recount the tales.  They were even selling ale and mulled wine in tankards.  There was a lot of raucous singing, some bawdyness and a fair bit of running around and shouting.  I enjoyed the atmosphere even though I couldn't understand some of the dialogue (it was in modern English but too much shouting) but DH felt it was all a bit too much.  Something different for the holidays.

And that's about it - not a lot for a whole week.  There was a bit of a dabble in the Boxing Day sales, which seemed disappointing this year although I did pick up some little cross-stitch christmas kits quite cheaply.

And that reminds me, I can show you the cross-stitch ornament I made before Christmas, because the recipient has got it now (Hi Anita!).  Like me, she is into dollshouses so I thought she would appreciate this little house ornament.

Just before Christmas, I made this cross-stitch gift tag from a kit in a magazine.

I also made a pillowcase for DH's gift, from London Tube map fabric that I saw on the Creative Quilting website. He really liked it and started using it right away, although he did point out that the map is not geographically correct because the fabric repeat makes it look like the western lines run directly into the eastern lines.

So that's my week - hope yours has been good, and best wishes for a very happy new year.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Bit of sad news, and a Christmas gift for readers

One of our two cats hasn't been very well for a long time, and we had to say goodbye to him this morning (Friday 23 December).  We stayed with him and I petted him as he went to sleep.  All very sad even though it was for the best, as he was suffering. I came home and saw the cushion portrait I made of our two cats last year, I don't know whether to hide it away or hug it. He was the black cat, and was only around 14 years old but very unlucky with his health, poor thing.  I don't think our other cat, Lucy, realises that Colin is gone yet.

Today I am on leave, which was planned and I was looking forward to doing lots of sewing, but haven't done very much today except to sew binding on the log cabin quilt that I quilted on the frame a few months ago.

Earlier in the week, I have been working on:
  • a cross-stitch gift tag, using a kit from Cross Stitcher magazine, which I need to finish by the time we go to see the in-laws on Boxing Day.
  • my pink Thorpe hat.  I cut off the brim and ripped it back to the end of the increases on the top, and am re-knitting the sides on smaller needles to tighten it up.
  • an old machine knitted chunky jumper.  It came out well but I've rarely worn it because the high turtleneck itched my throat.  I unpicked the ribbing to about half-way, and cast off so now it has a fairly open crew neck and is much more wearable.
  • I've started a vanilla sock using Harry Potter variegated sock yarn.
  • I've started another sock from the Sock Innovation book by Cookie A, this one is called Glynis, and I am using Cherry Tree Hill semi-solid sock yarn that I recycled from the second pair of socks I ever knit, Widdershins, which had come out far too tight.
  • Last Sunday was our local knitting group, and it was only me and one other person (Hi Daisy!) so I managed to finish my first Debbie Bliss wrist warmer. I haven't darned the ends in yet, and I'm not proud of the fair isle tension, but it's done.  As well as changing this to being knitted in the round, I added ribbing at the top instead of a rolled edge, as both Daisy and I thought that a rolled edge would just be annoying.

Sort of a tutorial - Quilted Notepad Covers

The other thing I did last weekend was to make three quilted notepad covers, two of which are Christmas gifts for in-laws.  This isn't exactly a tutorial, as measurements will be down to what size pad you are slipcovering, but here are some general guidelines as my Christmas present to you.  Would love to hear if anyone else tries this.  I was inspired by an article on Quilted Journal covers by Jessie Croker which appeared in Quilter's Home Magazine in the May/June 2008 issue, but pretty much did my own thing otherwise.

I picked up three ruled notepads from the bargain store for .69p each. I looked for pads with a coil binding along the top edge, and particularly for ones that had a good stiff cover (this give stability once the gift is assembled).

The cover is basically a quilted rectangle edged in binding. A ribbon or tie is stitched on the outside to hold it closed, and a pocket is stitched on the inside right hand side, to hold the flap of the notepad.

Estimate measurements by placing your pad on a ruler. My pad was just under four inches wide, was about a half inch thick, and about 5 3/4 high. So I wanted my finished cover to be 9" x 6.5", to allow seam allowances for binding all the way around, and so that the coil binding was well inside the cover.

Add an inch to the cover measurements to give you some working room and cut out two pieces of fabric: one for the front cover and one for the inside cover. You can also piece the front cover, as I have done with the black & grey notepad cover. Sandwich the fabric around some polyester batting and quilt as desired. I meandered on the sewing theme cover, and used my walking foot to stitch straight lines on the other two, with a bit of a zig-zag pattern on the grey/black cover. When your quilting is finished, press the cover lightly then trim to your finished measurement.

Now add the ribbon tie. I sewed mine midway down the cover, starting from the centre of the front of the cover, and ending about a half-inch from the edge of the back cover. This will give you a tie that ties at the centre of the front. If you would rather have the tie at the edge, then sew to within a half inch of the front cover also.

Now add the pocket. I cut my pocket 4.5" wide and about 12" long, folded it in half lengthwise right sides together, and stitched down one long side. Trim the corner and turn right side out, press.

Tuck the pocket flap up behind the ruled pages of your notepad with the seam to the left, and place the notepad in the desired spot on your cover (with the inside cover facing towards you. Once you've got it where you want it, pin the pocket in place and remove the notepad. The pocket will be sticking out at the right and bottom of your cover, flip it over and trim off the excess pocket. Stitch down the two long sides of the pocket very near the edge,, stitching through your ribbon tie on the seamed pocket edge, but leaving the ribbon tie free when you stitch down the right hand side of the pocket. Make reinforcing stitches at the top edge of the pocket where it will have to be strong. The bottom of the pocket stays open for now as you will catch it when you sew on your binding.

Test your notepad flap into your pocket to make sure it fits, it should be a tight fit so the pad stays put, and the coil binding should be within the cover area, not sticking out.

The final step is to cut binding strips 1.25" wide, and sew them around the edge of the cover to hide the raw edge, making mitred corners in the usual way for continuous binding. I started the binding with a folded edge, so that when I came back around with the end of the strip, I could just stitch it down and the folded edge covers the raw edge once you turn the binding to the other side.  Fold the binding over to hide the raw edge, and catch it down with hand stitching.

Give the cover a final press and tuck your notepad in and tie a nice bow on the front!

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year

Saturday, 17 December 2011

I'm too old for this

It's Saturday morning, and I have survived my week of Christmas dissipation, just.  I have never been a big socialiser, but I can remember at university going to bed after having drunk a fair bit, then bounding out the next morning to tackle another day.  Bounding has not been on the agenda this week, and this morning I feel more like something was bounding all over me in the night while I was sleeping.

So not much crafting this week, and not much of anything else either which means I only started serious Christmas decorating last night.  Tuesday night we attended the excellent carol service that DS's school runs every year at their local church (DS being a teenager opted not to come this year).  Wednesday night I was invited to a black tie event at the medieval Guildhall in London, very glamorous but why are dressing-up clothes so dam uncomfortable?  Didn't get to bed until midnight then the next day was our office team Christmas lunch - until 4pm when I left and staggered back to the office to collect my things so that I could move on to the I-Knit London Christmas party.  By the time I had walked over to I-Knit, I had more or less sobered up to enjoy a pleasant couple of hours of knitting, chatting, loads of food, and the Secret Santa. 

In fact I did extremely well on Secret Santa this year.  This is the practice of drawing someone else's name from the group, and anonymously giving them a present.  Typically it results in neutral gifts like wine or chocolates, and even at a knitting party a few years ago I got a big box of smellies that weren't to my taste.  But this year my office Secret Santa gave me Cath Kidston stationery after intelligently checking with a colleague as to what I liked, and my I-Knit Secret Santa gave me a splendid and thoughtfully chosen gift all wrapped up in a cute storage box. 

Look at this: gorgeous sock yarn which apparently was a limited edition for Knit Nation from The Knitting Goddess, a beautiful stitch gauge pendant, Knitters, hand lotion, and a package of Eucalan woollens wash.  I love it!  What a great gift.

And to add to the yarny goodness, my neighbour received two skeins of Drops Delight sock yarn in a colourway that I absolutely loved.  She was pleased with her present but didn't think she would use it, so was quite happy for money to exchange hands and the yarn came home with me.  Thanks Santa!

For my Secret Santa gift at I-Knit, I had finally finished the Felted Messenger Bag that I knit in the summer.  I stitched in a stiff bottom liner covered in a knitting-themed fabric, added a magnetic closure, and as an extra treat put in some of the knitting gifts that come on various magazines and wrapped the whole thing up in more knitting-related fabric.  I thought that a beginner or intermediate knitter might be quite pleased with the handmade bag as a project bag, and find the gadgets and fabric useful.  Well, out of 35 knitters at the party, my gift was allocated to one of the most advanced knitters in the room, someone who does test knitting for designers.  Talk about coals to Newcastle, but Greensideknits was very gracious about it and I hope she is able to make good use of it.

I wasn't as late getting home from I-Knit, home by about 9:15pm, so I was able to put some more stitches into this Christmas cross-stitch which is meant to be a card for my m-i-l.  I finally finished it last night but I don't know if it will get there or not in time now.  Perhaps I could send it special delivery...

I went a little off piste with the chart.  Not being able to count accurately is a bit of a handicap for knitting but kind of a deal breaker for counted cross stitch.  My theory always is that the recipient is not going to have the chart to compare to, so will take it at face value.

Then finally my liver and I attended the office building christmas party, which this year had a 1920s theme so I had to take a flapper-esque costume and lots of bead necklaces to work.  Pretty good spread of food, useful networking, and three more glasses of wine and I could totter home early.  Went straight to bed to try to catch up on sleep, only to be woken up twice by phone calls after just 20 minutes, groan.

So last night and today I am trying to put some order into the trail of debris left from too many late nights, clothes everywhere, desk covered in unopened cards and paperwork, yarn to catalogue on Ravelry, Christmas decs to put up, bills to pay etc. etc.  I need a secretary.  Or a Christmas elf.

Look what I found in with the Christmas decorations - remember this?

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Slowly gearing up for Christmas

It's finally turned colder in the London area so it is easier to feel a bit more like Christmas.  By 'cold' I mean about 7 degrees Celsius in the daytime, which is just cold enough to enjoy cosying up in my woollens.   Balmy days compared to when I used to live in Ottawa in Canada, when it went down to minus 40 and your skin would literally burn from the wind chill. So I feel very fortunate to be living in a milder climate even though lots of my colleagues are bemoaning how cold it is.

Well done to the people who contacted me to say they do read the words on my blog and don't just look at my pictures  :)  It made me smile, and reduced the temptation to slip in that I have been abducted by aliens who wanted me to knit a slipcover for their spaceship, but returned me to earth when they found out how much the yarn would cost.  Or something like that.

There are some office and knitting christmas parties to look forward to this week, and we went and got our tree today.  It's not as tall as the last few years, prices seem to have gone up, so I may have to edit out some of my copious collection of ornaments.

But we had a jolly evening at the pub with my local knitting group on Tuesday night.  Far too much food so my supper consisted largely of pastries and cookies, and for Secret Santa I received this great cowl and some beautiful stitch markers.  I wore the cowl today when we looking Christmas trees and it's really warm.  Thanks MizMiffy!

Now that it's gotten colder, I thought it might be good to have an ear flap hat like the younger kids are wearing.  So I downloaded Thorpe from Ravelry and knit it up in some Knitpicks Sierra (50 wool/50 alpaca).  After I took this picture, I added a pompom. I've now worn it a few times and I think it is too big, I don't like how far it is coming down the back of my neck.  I'm also a bit worried that it looks like a big baby bonnet, although DH was very diplomatic when I asked for his opinion.  I think I might take off the brim and try knitting the lower part again.  I knit it fairly tightly to keep the wind out and it was pretty warm when I wore it outside.

I finished sewing the first blocks for the McCall's Quilting Mystery Quilt and I've sewn the rows for the Turning Twenty Around the Block Flamingo Quilt but haven't sewn all the rows together yet.  I'm not sure what I am going to use for the border as I don't have enough flamingo fabric left.

Last Sunday I had some free time and decided to try out this online tutorial for making dollshouse books, on A Lavender Dilly blog which I think I found a while ago when I was looking for printables for my Fairfield house.  I resized the book covers to be about 1 inch high for the 1/12th scale, and 1/2 inch high for 1/24th scale, and printed out a few sets, then glued them onto appropriately sized wood sticks.  I'm pleased with how they've come out, and will distribute them into various of my dollshouses.

It will be time to get out my miniature Christmas vignettes soon and put them on display.  I've also got my Gingerbread Houses christmas quilt hanging in the stairwell, my Christmas Star quilt on my bed, and yesterday I sorted out  my Christmas quilted wallhangings from the quilt cupboard, ready to put them on display.

Do you remember this ruffled scarf in Katia Ondas yarn? I said I would never make another because I really didn't enjoy how fiddly this 'yarn' is to knit with, having to unwind the lattice before every stitch.  Yet somehow I have agreed to knit one for a work colleague who admired it (she's paid for the yarn and given me a couple of pounds towards knitting it) and may even have to knit one for our other colleague.  Bleah.  Stupid stupid stupid.  DH is kindly helping by pre-stretching the lattice out before I knit it but it's still rubbish to knit with.

Here's hoping that you are looking forward to the festive season and if you are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a very happy Christmas with lots of crafty presents.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may recall that I am in the habit of buying my own Christmas presents (so that I get decent ones and not more Body  Shop smellies).  This year, Santa is bringing me a Greenleaf McKinley dollshouse in 1/12th scale, and a Diana dollshouse in 1/24th scale!  They had a 25% off sale and I couldn't resist.  The big question will be whether Customs decide to take an interest in what will be a relatively big and heavy parcel.  The 25% saving may have to pay the duty in that case.  Hopefully not.  Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Crafts are not optional

It's been a bit of a multi-crafting week.  Last Sunday I went up to London for my semi-regular visit to the V&A Museum. I had forgotten that the ‘Power of Making’ exhibition was still on, so had the pleasure of going around that. It had received a fair bit of attention in the craft magazines but the photos used (of a cubist knitted dress for example) hadn’t really attracted me. But the exhibition turned out to be really interesting, a wide-ranging look at made objects ranging from the functional (machine embroidered surgical implants used for attaching artificial tissue that looked like strange alien flowers; hand-cast replacement eyeballs; 3-D ‘printed’ aerodynamic plastic bicycles; bespoke leather shoes) through the unusual (a full scale crocheted bear fashioned realistically from mohair yarn; a gigantically upscaled Aran rug/wallhanging; a wooden marquetry ‘textile’ fabric) to the bizarre but fascinating (spray-on fabric used to create a dress of fantastical fibres; 3-D printed vase of strange labyrinthine tangled shapes; a shoe-guitar; ) and lots in between. There were also audio-visual installations showing artists and craftspeople at work – I watched a fascinating clip of a pin-hole camera box being installed in a park which apparently contained a pottery vase coated in photosensitive material, that was slowly rotating inside the camera box. When the artist ‘developed’ the pot in a darkroom, it was printed with strange ghostly silhouettes of trees and shrubs. All very inspiring.

While enjoying my cup of tea afterwards, I was looking at Twitter and realised the Bust Magazine Craftacular Christmas Fair happened to be on that same afternoon. Since I was in town already, I headed over to Bethnal Green and paid a very reasonable £2 admission charge to join the crowds thronging the stalls in York Hall. Lots of hand-made and one-off designs were on sale, there was a party atmosphere as the DJ on the stage provided entertainment, and craft workshops were underway at one side of the hall. I was very tempted by a pair of porcelain ‘button’ earrings that had a cross-stitch through them, but they only came in white which I didn’t think would suit me. I did pick up a little craft kit for a friend, and saw lots of neat ideas, screen printed custom fabric made into various bags and purses, and some hilarious anarchic cross-stitch mottos adorning various items. All a bit off the wall and a sense that you were taking part in something more than just a commercial event.

There and back I was knitting furiously on my Cowl at the Moon garter stitch cowl. The pattern is easy to memorise and it grows fairly quickly due to the bigger yarn weight (I used two strands of DK held together). By dedicating my commuter knitting to this, I was able to finish it by Tuesday and wore it some of the rest of the week.  Not the most flattering object in the world, but it’s going to be ideal for keeping the cold winter winds from blowing down the back of my neck in my winter coat. The pattern says to knit until the top edge is 15” but I found that was too tight for me. I knit about an extra inch on the top edge and about an extra two inches on the bottom edge. It’s still more close fitting than the picture of the model, but I think this will be better draft-wise anyway.  I used some Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK from my stash, I really don't like this yarn because it pills and I've now discovered it also sheds like crazy all over my coat, but it is soft to the touch and it's good to use it up.

I also got a fair bit of sewing done over the last weekend on my Turning Twenty Around the Block flamingo quilt. Once cut out, this quilt is very fast to sew and could probably be done easily in a day if you had the opportunity to sew all day without interruptions. I am enjoying my colours and might even look at my fabric and see what else I have that could be used for this pattern.  I've done the 12 blocks and laid it out on my homemade design wall to see what it looks like.

In a burst of Startitis, I've decided to do the three-part mystery quilt in McCall's Quilting magazine.  I've got a butterfly/bird fabric I bought in America, and have matched it up with three stash fabrics including an old 30s backing remnant.  This is described as a quick and easy quilt. I've had mixed results with mystery quilts in the past, but hopefully this one is being error-checked before publishing due to the McCall's staff also making it along with the readers.

This is turning into a bit of a long post, sorry about that.  Although most of you probably don't read my ramblings anyway and are only looking at the pictures.  I should probably test that by inserting a really bizarre sentence in the middle of a paragraph and see if anyone comments on it  :)

Anyway, today (Saturday) I had planned to go up to London to the London Kensington Christmas Dollshouse Fair.  But I decided not to go, and to spend the day actually working on a dollshouse rather than shopping for things to go in them.  Kensington is a great show, but tends to be mostly the same vendors, in the same locations, selling the same things as last year.  Also not much 1:24th scale.

So instead I got out my Tower House to do some long-awaited repairs and finish up some long overdue elements.  This house started out as a Dolls House Emporium competition kit, and I decorated it to look like a Loire Chateau gatehouse tower,which I fantasise is our holiday home in France (never going to happen unless I win the lottery!).

The ground floor is open with archways on either side, like a gatehouse.  I had made a half-hearted attempt to indicate some outdoor living with a set of metal chairs and a table, but it was all a huge dust-catcher and very sad.  I found some plexi-glass in the attic, which was a bit scratched but not too badly.  I traced the archway shapes onto card and then cut them out in the plastic with the Unimat scroll saw.  They are a reasonably tight fit (although there are still some gaps) and should cut down on the dust getting into the ground floor.  To keep them in place, I made simple pivoting clips out of paperclip wire. The wire is fairly unobtrusive against the 'stone' work.

Ever since I finished this house several years ago, the opening front has been held on with a piece of string tied around the tower.  As it was high time to rectify that, I made a simple closure using a screw, more paperclip wire, and a screw eye.  Once painted to match the roof, they are unobtrusive.  No more string!

With the ground floor now protected from dust, I installed some of the items bought or made for it.  This two part cast plaster fountain was glued on the wall (doll was only used for scale, he doesn't live here) then touched up with paint to look like it has been in use for a while.

I glued some ivy pots on the wall that I made a few years ago, touched up the bench with acrylic stain, added the flowers my friend bought me at Kempton, discarded some dodgy poorly made croissants that I had acquired somewhere, dusted everything, touched up the cycles with some silver paint, and stuck it all in.

On the main living floor, I once again dusted everything, and stuck various things in or down.

In the attic bedroom, I dusted and made a bedside lamp from an old fitting and some origami paper trimmed with edging.

On the outside, I mended the long-broken railing and stuck the pot plant back in place that I made a few years ago.

And that dollshousing took practically all day, plus about five trips into the attic where I have to keep a lot of my dollshouse stash.  No wonder I don't get much done on my minis.

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