Well, the foam walls are going up (temporarily, at least) and I've cut some chimney pieces :) I've sketched in the roof over the kitchen wing, and the whole thing is looking more and more like a house!
I decided to make the kitchen roof from cardboard since it's not going to open and close. I did make a mistake in measuring (as you can see from the back edge of the roof!) but I'll cover that up and make good when I put the tiles on, at least that's my plan :)
I'm going to experiment with my surface finishes on this wall. I've primed it the grey of the brick grout, but I think I'll paint it again, in a lighter grey. This one seems a bit dark. My plan is to make my own brick facing (from artists board or sandpaper) and make quoins from egg cartons for the corners.
I'm not going to finish the back wall to any degree -- just give a coat of whatever grey I use for the grout colour. This is NOT going to be a perfect house from every angle!
I went down to David's workshop this morning and cut two chimney breasts and one hearth. Here's the little fireplace and the wooden hearth (which I'll faux finish as stone) in what will be the bedroom. I've decided not to have a window in this room, because I'll need all the back wall for the large bed :) This room will be half panelled and then papered above in Itsy Bitsy Mini's Distressed Damask in burgundy, and I have a gorgeous, very fine burgundy stretch velvet that reads as scale better than most 1:1 velvets. I'll use that for the bed.
Here's the stunning fireplace surround for the Blue and White room. It comes with its own hearth, so I had to make a shallow chimney breast -- shallow enough that both breast and surround can fit on the hearth. The breast is actually twice as thick as shown here, but I couldn't get it to balance while I was taking the picture :)
The floors will all be removeable -- because of the ceiling wiring on the lower floor, I need to be able to remove these floors in case something goes wrong with the light fixtures (as something is sure to :) I splashed out on premade oak floors which I'll stain Mission Oak to match the ground floors.
This blog chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians building a 1:12 scale medieval or Tudor dolls' house or dolls' castle. We're also working on a William and Mary era dollhouse circa 1700, featuring Jacobean, Carolean and Queen Anne furniture. Dollhouse aficionados, those who enjoy making or sharing doll house miniatures, and people who enjoy sharing crafts with children may enjoy the adventures of this group.
I built the background image of this site using some of the fabulous work from Vintage Retro Grunge. The "Green Man" reproduction medieval tile on the bottom right is by Kate Tiler. The other two, the griffon and the happy little creature (possibly a lion with a bagel?), are both by Pataki Tiles.