YAAAY! It’s Done — Well, the outside that is…

The last time I mentioned about my building the Tamarack kit was on October 8th. Fast forward to close to two later…and the exterior is finally complete.

Despite the lack of pictures in the directions, the build was straight forward. So long as items were carefully measured, and installed using a T-Square as a guide, the walls and roof were quickly assembled. The only part I really did not enjoy was applying the shingles on the roof. JC asked me how that went, and I told her it took 1500 pieces to complete the roof. Of that amount, about 150 pieces I had to custom cut with a blade to make it fit at the weird angles.  Sure it looks great in the end, but….shoot, my fingers and wrists are still aching!

BK was impressed when he saw the dollhouse. Though I might ask his dad (who’s a professional carpenter/contractor) for feedback. There’s gotta be a better way to make a roof look seamless (and a better method of installing them). I want to build another kit, but not sure if I’m up for another round of shingles you know?

Finally posted the pics up: what do you think?

Tamarack Dollhouse

I haven’t touched the interior yet — one of the room partitions on the second floor needs another sanding and a coat of paint before I permanently do an installation of sorts.so will see how that goes. Besides, I haven’t decided on the wall colors yet….

 

Seriously Debating About This….

Still working on the Tamarack for Alicia and Marcus, but guess it’s safe to say that I’m close to 75% complete. The main shell is up and the remaining parts need a final sand and coat of paint before I assemble/attach the roof. From there, it should be smooth sailing in terms of decorating the interior. If I can get the Campbells moved in, that’d be awesome – the first family in their new home in my new home. Good lord, that’s confusing.

The last entry I mentioned about upping my search for Trent and George’s new house. I really meant that statement, except that…well, I got distracted with the following:

  • Been checking Craigslist for anyone selling/giving away their old dollhouses. But in a listing from someone close to Baltimore, he was selling an assembled Federal dollhouse from Real Good Toys. A three hour drive, a gas station trip, and $65 less = I came home victorious. There’s about 9 rooms in the house, so figured this will suit the Eocháins quite well. 
  • Still mourning that the Mini Modern blog will no longer have new posts (*sigh* where am I going to get more inspiration??), I found the Greenleaf online community and joined. There are a lot of dedicated, experienced enthusiasts here when it comes to construction. Ah, this apprentice must learn!

 

 

 

Will have to focus on the second point above because as I explored the forums, a couple of the entries mentioned a dollhouse from Greenleaf/Corona called the Gloucester. So when I did a search…

[insert choirs of angels singing hymns of praise]

Granted, I don’t know much about this kit (or the company that manufactures it), but it’s super cute! And it opens in the front! And…and it’s under $150 (with free shipping)!!

I’m seeing this at work right now, and I’m gonna admit, I’m salivating. I really really like it. Much to the point that I want it. True, each floor only has two rooms. But it’s very European in flavor, and I can easily see Isolde and Avery feeling at home to this arrangement. Plus, the Greenleaf Community site has some neat photos of how it looks when assembled. (See Gallery I and Gallery II for ideas).

 

 

But Crazy Dollhouse Girl, you ask, what about your dollhouses at home? Do you honestly want to incur the wrath of BK of yet another kit taking up space? He’s already upset that you two can’t use the dining room thanks to a half built Tamarack on the table, remember?

Dammit, hate it when Rational Dollhouse girl does that. “Cuz she’s freakin’ right.

Guess I’ll have to wait until I finish the other dollhouses. But unless I find something else, I think this might be “the one” for the Tremaines.

Or mooch my family to have this as a Christmas gift. Maybe.

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Trent and George Head to Washington

 

Group + Sign

 

 

 

 

My friend JC told me about the National Equality March in Washington DC that was taking place on October 10th. Naturally BK and I agreed to attend to show our support, considering this is an issue we both hold dear. For me, since my two best friends are of the LGBT community, I want to show my support and frankly, my puzzlement of why some groups are fussing about this issue.

Of course, it didn’t occur to me that Trent and George might have wanted to join in the march. After all, they’ve been together for so long, and despite their long history (and raising two kids to boot), they do find it distressing that they can’t make their partnership legal in most parts of the country. So imagine my surprise when I caught them inspecting my sign the night before the march (then again, the entire doll cast came out to show their support). And the following morning, finding them comfortably settled into my jacket pocket, ready for the trip to Washington DC.

Luckily, BK, JC (and her girlfriend AG) and MC were not only delighted to see Trent and George join in the march, but apparently other marchers as well. From the minute we got to the starting point to the march up to Capitol Hill (about 2-maybe 2.5 miles), about 20 people stopped me to take pics of Trent and George. The duo even managed to snag a sticker to put in their pocket/balcony to prove their point.

As for the march, I think it went well – plenty of supporters on the streets, a few folks expressed distaste (which was expected), but overall, I hope it generated the needed response.

So George and Trent – thanks you two for coming along. In exchange for your participation, I’ll up my search for a new house for you and the kids ok?

 

The New Neighborhood….

Given that my last post reported the status of the homes, I knew I had to start getting everyone’s homes set up. At least before the year ended. Besides, you have no idea how guilty I feel each night knowing that my dolls are spending another miserable night in their travel rubbermaid container.

So today, I pulled out the kit I won on eBay — the Tamarack Dollhouse by Real Good Toys. They released this model in 1995 and sad to say, RGT no longer produces this model. Which is too bad, since the design is very cute — reminds me of the Craftsman style houses I see in neighborhoods not far from where BK and I now live.

After reading the instructions (yes folks, I do read the manual before I start doing anything), I began constructing the first level. Thank god it was straightforward — the only time consuming part was just painting the exterior parts. Am so happy that now, Home Depot and Lowes sell the sample size of their paints — so now I can buy the colors I want for around $3.00 per 8 oz sample canister. Way cheaper than the paints sold at the miniature shops, and in more colors as well.

 

 

Once the paint dried, sanded, and repainted the parts, I started gluing the walls together before gluing it to the base. I deviated from the manual about assembling the base and decided to glue the constructed walls onto a slab of MDF board I had lying around. It was stable, and sturdy, and best of all, the surfaces were completely smooth — perfect when it’s time to install hardwood flooring (yes folks, the house will have hardwood flooring throughout).

The instructions advised that once the walls were installed to the base, I should go ahead and attach the second floor and begin assembly of the second floor walls/roof. But I might again deviated from that path, and go ahead and start wallpapering the first floor before I install the walls — just to make it easier on myself.

 

 

BK saw the progress and asked the million dollar question: who’s going to be living in the new house once it’s done? Oddly enough, I’m not sure yet. I might make it the Campbells’ new residence, but then again, I can see Avery and Isolde living here with Selene. Then again, there’s a chance that Selene might get a new sibling soon. So maybe it should go to my resident newly weds for the time being…