Throwing This Out to the Peanut Gallery…

Despite what WordPress has reported on my dashboard on the number of views my posts have had, and the number of followers to my blog….it’s probably safe to say that I’ll forever be mystified as to who reads my stream of consciousness rantings postings.

Okay, time to get off the soap box and proceed with the post.

On the weekends, I have this awful habit of getting up early at 6:00 am.  It doesn’t matter what time I went to bed – at 6:00 am, my eyelids fly open, I give out a HUGE yawn, and I need to roll out of bed. Staying in bed doesn’t make me fall asleep — if anything I probably drive poor BK crazy with my constant shifting around.

Anyways, once I’m up, I typically make my way downstairs to the dining room-turned-craft station and continue to work on making more stones and bricks. Also quickly becoming known as my 4th Circle in Hell (what can I say, I LOVE Dante’s Inferno). This morning, however, BK decided to come downstairs shortly after to make our morning coffee — and have the following conversation with me.

BK: Are you using those doors and windows on the house? (points at the CC)

Me: (measuring and cutting strips) I think so. Why?

BK: It doesn’t look right….I mean, wouldn’t they look weird once you put the stonework?

BK is referring to these windows and doors. I had originally bought these from the Real Good Toys website when I bought the CC.

Queen Anne style windows and doors. Purchased from Real Good Toys.

Queen Anne style windows and doors. Purchased from Real Good Toys.

When applied to the CC, they look like this. It doesn’t look bad right?

This is how the Queen Anne style look...

This is how the Queen Anne style looks like…

Conversation went back and forth for awhile. While BK didn’t exactly say that I’m being ridiculous (he knows if he pisses me off, he won’t be eating for a week. Because he knows who is the cook of our household), he thinks if the upper windows are more rectangular in shape, then so should the bottom windows and doors. It was kinda funny, now that I think about it — I mean, I have to give him credit for wanting to argue with someone who’s wielding a sharp X-Acto knife. And she ain’t afraid to cause some damage with it. 😛

So to appease him (and I really didn’t want to commit homicide before my morning coffee. Again, because I can be such a lazy-ass), we trooped back upstairs to my “storage of shame” and after fishing around my bins, I pulled out this combination.

The Victorian set. I don't what they're called, but we're calling it this because I'm too lazy.

The Victorian set. I don’t know what they’re really called, but we’re calling it this because I’m too lazy.

I don’t remember who manufactured this (Alessio? Any ideas miniature fans?) — all I remembered is that I bought it from one of two miniature shops that’s within driving distance of my home. So we trooped back downstairs and I set it up against the CC.

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There BK. Happy now? Now gimme my %$@& cup of coffee…

The odd part? This is nice too. It’s more traditional looking, and it would be more classic against the masonry. As soon I get through the hell that is cutting and prepping the pieces and actually installing them.

What do you guys think? Which do you prefer? Be curious to hear what you think. I figured I’ll need to sit on it for awhile before I make decision. Also known as flipping a quarter and praying for the best.

 

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More Goodies for the ARC

While most of Saturday was spent on cutting up egg carton stones and bricks…thought I’d try to break things up by reporting on some new arrivals for the ARC dollhouse.

For the kitchen, I found the following find on Ruby Lane…and at a fantastic sale of $12 (thanks Time in a Bottle)!

New Kitchen Set

New Kitchen Set

It’s a vintage kitchen set made by Tomy toys. I haven’t delved into the historical background so I’m not quite sure on the official details. All I know was that Tomy created a line of miniature dollhouse furniture back in the 1970s (or early 1980s) called the Smaller Home and Garden series. According to the website I found labeled A History of Dollhouses & Furnishings from 1890 to 1990, the items were originally manufactured in Japan, and were built to simulate materials like wood despite being made of plastic.  The series sold the furniture in sets and at the time, were deemed quite modern and realistic.

In the case of the kitchen set, it definitely reminded me of my old home back in the 1980s. Granted, my parents’ kitchen didn’t have the lemon veneer cabinet doors, but I remember the black dishwasher and the butcher block countertops. Funny how that’s been back in vogue….

I had originally thought of putting the set on the lower left side of the ARC, near the front door. But the fact the sink and stove sections were in such excellent condition…I had to use them both somehow. So imagine my surprise when I set them up on the opposite side of the ARC.

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Guess this will be its new home. So far so good!

The next package I received in the mail consisted of the set I bought for the bathroom. I purchased it via eBay, and while I knew it was going to be green…but man, this is definitely very Crayola green. I love it! This set was manufactured by Fisher Price in the late 1970s.

ARC-Goodies4It was a bit of a snug fit in the ARC…but I’m not complaining. I actually like it how it looks. Of course, now I might need to adjust my plans on how to decorate the bathroom (lolz).

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The last package…well, it was more of packages. I try to make it a point to snag as many Reac Designer Chairs as possible. And I managed to score a bunch of them from a seller on eBay. I meant to keep them stored for a future project, but I guess curiosity got the best of me. So I took out two of them (since I bought a pair of each) and tested them in the ARC to see how they’d look. Technically these guys are meant to be 1:12 scale, but….it seems to work well here right?

Well that's definitely a surprise.

Well that’s definitely a surprise.

The blue chair on the left (if memory serves me right) is based on a Charles Ray and Eames design back in the 1950s — a DAW I think. Not sure though — I get these guys mixed up like crazy.  The green chair on the right….I’m pretty sure that’s modeled after a Bofinger-Stuhl.

I kept going back and forth between the two of them I decided that I just need to grow a pair and make a decision. I did the old reliable standby of “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. And it looked like the green chair won.

The chairs in their new home.

The chairs in their new home.

And I guess the chairs worked out since they complimented my very sunny kitchen. Now I just have to wait on my furniture set from 3StarStudioArts and I’ll be all set with the furniture pieces….

Though in the meantime….anyone in need of a TOMY refrigerator? It came with the kitchen set, but alas, I don’t have room for it…..

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She’s (Sorta Not) A Brick House

Sorry, I couldn’t come up with a snazzy title for this post. Given that this is going to cover a rather tedious challenge I’m having while building the CC. But I had a nagging suspicion that I should write about this because

a) I’ve been asked by friends why I haven’t made “progress” on the CC
b) During my morning errands, I heard these two tracks play in my car tracklist: “Dazz” by Brick and my favorite Commodore’s track  “Brick House”

Okay, the last part was more of an excuse to share my growing fondness for classics. But the first part is definitely the main reason for this post.

As I’ve said in previous posts, the CC’s exterior will consist of two types of masonry. The bottom part will be more of a stone finish while the upper part will be encased in brick. I chose egg cartons as my medium of choice to replicate both finishes — the rough texture is perfect for replicating the brick or stone surface. The downside? It’s ALOT of work just prepping them. I decided to follow the steps Brae did on her Haunted Heritage (which she in turn based on tutorials provided by The China Doll and Victoria Miniland). Brae provided me some pointers as well, so I sorta knew this was going to be a big endeavor. Little did I know how much until I got started.

Don’t believe me? Hopefully these shots will provide a good visual (all you miniaturists who use this medium, I’m open to suggestions if there’s a better/efficient way to go about this).

Taking an egg carton (I saved the bottom part for a future project), I sliced it up into two parts: the flat bottom and the sides.

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Putting the side part away for a bit, I cut the flat bottom part into 1/4 inch wide strips using a quilting ruler and pencil. I decided for each egg carton lid, I’ll use the flat bottom part to create my bricks.

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Then proceed to cut the panel into strips with a sharp X-Acto knife. Definitely keep a steady supply of blades. You want the blade to be sharp so when you cut through the layers of paper that make up the carton, the edges has fewer chance of being fuzzy.

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Once the strips are done, this is where I sorta deviate from the tutorials. I knew for the upper part of the CC, I would need two types of bricks: ones that would be the “standard” size (at least in 1:12 scale), and the other would be slightly longer (so I can use them in the corners). To ensure that I produce enough of each, I alternated each strip to one of those types.

So for the first strip, I marked it at 3/4″ intervals. Then with a sharp pair of scissors, cut the strips to form 1/4″ x 3/4″ rectangles…

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..which I then snipped at the corners to make them slightly rounded.

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Once that strip was completed, I go to the next strip and repeat the process. Except this time, I measure and cut them into 1/4″ x 1″ rounded rectangles.  Once I got started, I stored the bricks into some extra freezer bags I had — and added a label on them with the dimensions. More to help me identify what the bag contained, but also to help me figure out what sizes I’d need to make in case I ran out.

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Then I just kept repeating the above process until I’ve used up the strips.

As for the side part of the carton I saved…well, I used that to make my stones. I guess Yorkshire Stones to be more exact.

Yorkshire Building Stone. From the Calder Masonry website (http://www.caldermasonry.co.uk/products/building/)

M&M Yorkshire Stone. My inspiration for the CC. Photo from http://www.mmstone.co.uk/products/walling_yorkshire.htm

From the second image, you can see that the stones seem to consist of three sizes: a longer one, one that’s almost square in shape, and an even longer length to use to wrap at the corners. So with my X-Acto knife, I cut the side portion of the egg carton lid into flat panels, and cut them into 3/8 inch high strips.

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After cutting out the strips, I again alternated. The first strip was measured and cut into 3/8″ x 3/4″ blocks….

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Then the second strip into 3/8″ x 1/2″ blocks…

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And the third into 3/8″ x 1″ blocks.

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I kept repeating this until I’ve used up all the 3/8″ strips. Which were also stored into their designated baggies.

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And that’s what I do on one egg carton egg. Average time it takes me to do all the above? About 1.5 to 2 hrs. So long as I’m not distracted by an apparently needy senior dog. Or a husband who’s hungry and wondering what’s for dinner.

Crazy right? You know what’s even crazier? I ordered more egg cartons — another whopping 50 cartons on top of the 18 17 cartons I’m working on.

(starts to swear profusely)

Ah the things we do for our obsessions. 😀

Something for the ARC that’s made for a Princess

Despite the slight change of plans with the ARC in terms of furniture, decided to proceed forward with whatever I could do in the meantime. Which wasn’t much for today unfortunately. But that’s perfectly okay – I mean, the weekend’s coming up, so surely I can make it up on those two blissful days right?

(Meanwhile my brain decided to go to a corner and laugh hysterically at the above statement. Man is she a pain or what?)

While I managed to make some progress in making my egg carton stones and bricks for the CC (my order of egg cartons arrived today – yay!), the highlight came when my local USPS and UPS dudes arrived with a slew of packages. And yes, I stand by the word “slew” — think I counted about 12 packages in total. A couple of them involved some minis that I will write about later. The bulk had to do with the CC (yet another post), and the last two were specifically for the ARC. It really felt like Christmas morning opening the boxes — so much so that I did a little jig similar to the video below at 0:37.  Wasn’t as smooth or epic how this dude did it though.  😛

Yeap, you guys are next.

Yeap, you guys are next.

But before we get to those ARC-centric packages…onward to the house itself.

After much hemming and hawing, decide to also apply the LED lights to the ARC.  Given the amount of success I had applying the LEDs to the CC, I was basically planning to repeat that same process. Granted, it’s a small house and all. But something about its windows that’s screaming for some warm light to come illuminating out of it. Plus, I still have these remaining kits to use. No point of getting more if I have these around.

Due to the curved shape of the second floor/first floor ceilings, I ended up winging the measurement process.  So if anyone is thinking of following this….do it at your risk ok?

To start, I needed to figure out where to install the lights. So rather than dismantling the ARC (and I was just lazy), I took off the roof’s railings and basically flipped the house upside down. Like literally.

What in the world--???

What in the world–???

Once it was flipped over, I took a ruler and pencil and started figuring out where to drill the holes for the LED bulbs. Because the ARC’s floor partitions are more curved, I ended doing measurements based on where the windows were located. I figured so long as the lights are no more than 2 inches away from them…that should work out.

Marking the marks.

Marking the marks.

I just then repeated this on the other floors. Since my remaining LED bulb kits combined meant I had a total of 10 bulbs (5 with a 3mm wide bulb, and the remaining five with 5 mm bulbs), I really had to be careful with how many bulbs  I wanted each room to have. It turned out the number worked out perfectly — the right side of the ARC (where the bedroom & living room are located) will each get 3 bulbs while the left side (the kitchen and bathroom) will get two. In terms of which room will get which bulbs — I’m not sure yet. From what I’ve read, both LED bulbs will give the same amount of light…

All set and ready for drilling. Just not right now though.

All set and ready for drilling. Just not right now though.

After the spots were marked….well, that was all I could do. It was too cold outside (damn pseudo winter-spring snow!) to take the pieces out and use the power drill. Plus, the floor partitions are of a certain width — I’d rather have BK do the drilling since he’s got more of a steady hand on this. Plus, I’m terrified I might break the partitions — and I’d end up contacting M. Zak and Mme. KP of 3StarStudioArts for replacements. I’d like to avoid that if possible thank you very much. 🙂

So with a heavy heart, I flipped the house back on its proper place — went back to making more stones for the CC.

A few hours later (cause I had to feed BK and our 4 legged children), I went back to the ARC but this time to try out the new goodies I got in the mail.

I mentioned the last entry that due to the height of the rooms, I had to resort to using more vintage 3/4, 1:18 scale miniatures. I scoped the miniature section on EBay and found a few things, but nothing jumped out to me. But at least it gave me some brands to look for  via Google– notably Petite Princess, Fisher Price, Tomy  and Strombecker.

Through Google, I found this vintage trading area called Ruby Lane — which is basically a virtual antique mall. It took some getting used to, but thanks to its search feature, I was able to find some vendors who had some pieces that I was looking for. And one of them arrived today.

Ain't she cute? And comfy looking too!

Ain’t she cute? And comfy looking too!

This occasional chair belonged to the Petite Princess line, which was manufactured by a company called Ideal (aka the Ideal Toy & Novelty Corporation) during the early 1960s. The idea for the line was to create a series of high end doll furniture — and apparently, Ideal’s concept of “high end” meant pieces that were hand painted, or used materials such as satins, porcelains, brass etc. I can definitely see the company wasn’t joking around with the quality. This chair is in excellent condition — the corduroy fabric is still brand new and plush to touch.

Sadly, the Petite Princess line didn’t last very long. Ideal kept the line from 1964 till about 1968. I’m not sure as to why — some sources I read said that sales for the Petite Princess line weren’t high compared to Ideal’s more popular (and affordable) Patti doll furniture (which was also on 3/4 scale).  Others said that it was meant to be limited time product. But whatever is the actual reason, Ideal only manufactured a certain amount of the Petite Princess furniture — and collectors are snapping them up left and right. So I felt ridiculously lucky that I found this chair and ottoman on Ruby Lane for about $24 — and another matching chair at Etsy for a little bit more. While I like this beige piece and all, a blue one would have been pretty awesome too. 🙂

The second piece of furniture I got for the ARC is something more of the current. But adorable nonetheless.

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Come to Momma.

I found this on eBay (hey, my last entry said I was going to need to shop for stuff for the ARC. I do not kid when it comes to mini shopping) and was surprised at how quickly it got to my house. It’s a Lundby set and from their more recent Smaland line. Was initially hesitant about opening this, given how I couldn’t fit my Brinca Dada set in the house…

…which turned out to be unfounded. Because the set looks perfect on the ARC’s rooftop patio. Success — one of the places in the ARC is complete furniture-wise!

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Looks pretty relaxing

 

Sheesh, even I want to sit here with a cold beverage and a book!

Sheesh, even I want to sit here with a cold beverage and a book!

Oh man, weekend, please hurry up and get here. I really want to get back to working on the houses. Yes, that means continuing to cut more bricks and stones <sniff>.

So far, so good

So far, so good

Setting My Atomic Heart A-Fire

At the moment, I’m still cutting more bricks and stones for the CC. It’s definitely a tedious process, but hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have enough to start applying. At least that’s the theory. :-\

But for this entry…I wanted to share a special delivery I received in the mail this past Tuesday. I had to wait until that evening to open it up, play around with it, revel in its glory….before coming up with a coherent draft to post here.

I have to profusely thank 3StarStudiosArts for sending me my order of the ARC Dollhouse so quickly. I figured it was made to order and all. But seeing how I bought it on March 19th and it was at my door by March 24th? Talk about mind-blowing! 😀

This was close to the actual expression….

Actually, it was excellent timing that the ARC arrived that day — had a seriously rough day at the office, and the thought of cutting more stones and bricks for the CC…well, let’s say I was planning to fix a couple of strong beverages to go along with that. Yeah I know,  alcohol + a sharp X-Acto knife = not exactly brilliant by any standards.

After opening the package and pulling out the contents, I automatically went into dry-fitting mode.

The ARC in a dry fit status. Fastest assembly ever.

The ARC in a dry fit status. Fastest assembly ever.

I apologize for not taking pictures during the fitting process. But in all honestly, it was a breeze to assemble. Yes, the kit came with very easy to follow instructions – you can literally just glance at its graphical schematics and know exactly what piece goes where. A T-square is pretty handy to use to make sure the panels are square with with each. But then again, the notches fit perfectly with each other so it’s pretty hard to not make the panels be square with each other. Unless of course you were roaring drunk prior to assembling this.  😛

(No I have never been roaring drunk prior to an assembly. Because I’m a classy gal like that)

Once I did the dry fit for the main structure (I gave up using painter’s tape for any dry-fittings and resorted to plain ol’ masking tape), I slid the floors in place…and it was done. Time it took to put all of this together — about 15 minutes.

Interior view of the ARC from the right side.

Interior view of the ARC from the right side.

Interior view from the left side. Swoon!

Interior view from the left side. Swoon!

Once the ARC was set up, I did a test fitting using my Brinca Dada sets (scored these on eBay awhile back). The bathroom worked perfectly on the second floor (on the left side of the house).

But when I tried the kitchen set on the first floor….the ceiling clearance was short by about 1/8″. Bummer! If my Brinca Dada kitchen can’t fit…then there’s a chance some of my Lundby pieces (at least the ones made in the last 5 years like their Stockholm, Gotland and Smaland series)…won’t fit either.

Moment of truth...

Moment of truth…

I was debating about sanding the upper floor to accommodate the kitchen set, but was reluctant to do so. I didn’t want to do anything that might affect the ARC’s overall structure. Plus, the thought of ruining the baltic birch plywood that was used to build the kit made me cringe. I wasn’t going to offend its creators by doing something that I cannot repair in case something goes wrong.

Then it hit me. I noticed on the ARC’s page on Etsy that the shop posted a photo of it having some vintage miniatures displayed in its room – which actually worked out really well.  So if I can’t fit my more modern pieces in the ARC…maybe the vintage 3/4 and 1:18 scale miniatures might.

Actually my brain did the following sequence:

If modern Brinca Dada + Lundby = does not fit in ARC
but
vintage Lundby + Fisher Price + Ideali/Petite Princess + Strombecker = do fit in ARC,then
ARC = excuse for this crazy gal to go vintage toy shopping!
and
ARC = yet another reason for this gal to either get a Lundby or Brinca Dada house for the other minis!

Woohoo! Let the games begin!

But in the meantime…back to cutting more bricks and stones…. <sigh>

This is Going to Hurt…

Remember this?

Amazing how quickly the weekend flew by. Saturday was spent dealing with errands and other personal matters (and posting entries pretty late that evening). Sunday was a bit chilly, so BK and I opted to stay inside and work on our respective projects — writing a novel for him, me hunkering in the dining room/craft zone to work on the CC.

At this point, I was able to remove the painter’s tape that helped secure the foam walls in place. The inner part of the panel still remained flush much to my relief — was worried I’m have to sand the cellfoam a bit. Once the tapes were removed, I screwed the front panel back on the CC so I can start figuring out the exterior.

If you remember from the last CC entry, the photo I found online gave me some ideas on how the decorate the kit. Now that the large windows were now applied — it was time to figure out the masonry. I liked how the photo showed the row house as having two types of stone to create an interesting contrast. Figured I should do the same for the CC – besides, if you take a closer look, you will notice that I’m using two different style of windows. I need to somehow make them look like they belong together.

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Figured the easiest would be to put some kind of molding — a dentil trim of sorts — under the second floor window. Almost like a boundary of sorts.

Dry-fitting the trim

I actually found this trim in the lumber section at my local Home Depot. Close up, it looks like the fancy trim you see outside of townhomes and row houses. And being about 11/16″ in height, it’s big enough to make a statement on its own. Plus, for $1.69 for a 4′ length of trim, that’s a steal. Though I think I might need a second one to use around the roof part of the CC.

A closer look of the dentil trim. Think I'll need to explore the trim section at Home Depot a bit more next time I'm there.

A closer look of the dentil trim. Think I’ll need to explore the trim section at Home Depot a bit more next time I’m there.

Another close up of the trim on the CC.

Another close up of the trim on the CC.

Satisfied with how this looks, I marked where the trim would be installed on the front panel — and again on the sides. To make sure that these areas won’t get covered in paint or something, I cut up strips of painters tape and applied them. Again, I want to make sure that when I get to the part where I’m to glue the trim…it’s getting attached directly to the panels.

Taped off the areas where the trim will later be installed.

Taped off the areas where the trim will later be installed. The areas marked in painter’s tape indicate where the dentil trim will be attached.

So the easy part is done. Now comes the second part. And for me, this is going to be an absolute doozy.

Because I want to apply some kind of stone/brick effect on the CC, that means either I buy some versi-brick ands tone slips and install them. Or opt to make the bricks and stone using egg cartons. The first option would be easier, but because we all know I can be such a cheap-ass bastard at the most inopportune times….I’m going to make it even more complicated by going for the egg carton route. And yes, for starters, I do have some egg cartons.

My implements of war on this stage of the project.

My implements of war on this stage of the project.

For the bricks and stones, I really only need the lid part of these cartons. So with a pair of scissors (and an ear bud plugged to my playlist), I separated the lids from the cartons (which I stored away for future use). That probably took 5-10 minutes. So far so good I guess.

Yeah, this part isn't difficult. But the painful part is coming 'round the corner...

Yeah, this part isn’t difficult. But the painful part is coming ’round the corner…

Now that I have about 18 lids, I utilized an entry on otterine.com where Brae explained how she created her brick slips using egg cartons. According to her instructions, she broke down each carton lid into several rectangular segments. And each segment in turn, she cut into 1/4″ high strips. And then each of those strips, she measured and cut rectangular strips that were 3/4″ in length.  She then repeated the above steps to create 1/4″ x 1″ long strips to use for corners.

That doesn’t sound bad right? It honestly doesn’t if you’re planning to only do this on…maybe up to 4 lids. But the fact I’m going to be making not just bricks, but stones (which I”ll need to figure out what size that should be compared to brick) is a bit daunting. And add on top of that….my 18 lids might not be enough at all. Especially if I’m planning to cover all three sides of the CC.

*sigh* Guess I’m going to have a couple of long nights for the next couple of days. And probably start looking online to see where I can get more egg cartons fast. D’oh!

Enter at Your Own Risk…Seriously

Funny how in the last few days, been churning out posts. Dammit – maybe I shouldn’t have said that. I might jinx myself yet again.

But I figured I should write this since I got a few questions via email about my mysterious “bins”. Also known as my supplies of minis. Or as I like to call them, my “bins o’ crap”. Especially since Brae has confirmed that I’m going through a massive reorganization/inventory project of just what the hell do I exactly have bought and stored away. And it is indeed a work in progress.

But I digress. Onward to the point of this rambling post.

Ever since we moved to our current home, there were some things that stayed the same. Like my using the dining room as my crafting station. Yup, it still looks like various crafts stores came by and vomited a warehouse’s worth of inventory. But at least it’s not doubling as my work station when I work remotely. I recently got a promotion at work (more responsibilities, but more dinero for my obsession! Oh, and for groceries too to feed my husband and pets), and my bosses now require my department to work more from home. So BK and I converted one of the bedrooms to have a work area I can use. Unfortunately, it’s the same room where we keep our pet rats — but they sleep during the day, so I’m able to work undisturbed.

So while the dining room is still my workshop, where in the world am I keeping my miniatures? Yes, I kept them in storage bins (hence my nicknames for them). But where I store them is either going to be a source of amusement — or embarrassment.

So with (reluctant) pomp, behold where my said inventory are kept. If you want to add another layer of amusement, read the captions in the same voice as that voice you hear in the movie trailers…..

In the master bedroom, behind a sealed door...lies her darkest secret.

In the master bedroom, behind a sealed door…lies her darkest secret.

(Yes, I have a lot of handbags. I got that from my mother and sister — shoes and bags are their kryptonite of choice. And yes, that long narrow bag thing? That has my pair of shinais – or better known as bamboo practice swords used in kendo. Hey, someone has to defend the house right?)

....a secret that shows how her obsession knows no bounds. Though it cracks up her husband's ass to no end.

….a secret that shows how her obsession knows no bounds.

Which it cracks my husband’s ass to no end. I’m not joking.

Behold -- how this crazy gal turned her master half bath into a storage room for her miniatures!

Behold — how this crazy gal turned her master half bath into a storage room for her miniatures!

I had to buy new bins from Home Depot to house the stuff during the move. I even kept one of BK’s old IKEA shelves from his apartment so I can use it to store my houses.  You can see the Sedona roombox and my wedding cardbox here!

Bins upon bins of this blogger's collection of minis...all of which she needs to sort through.

Bins upon bins of this blogger’s collection of minis…all of which she needs to sort through.

I am happy to report that I sorted out two of the bins. If I force myself to focus, I probably could finish these bins in an afternoon….

This poor soul will find every space conceivable to house her stuff...including new packages.

This poor soul will find every space conceivable to house her stuff…including new packages.

Yes, I ordered more stuff. But don’t blame me — it’s not my fault miniatures.com was offering some sales (definitely worth signing up to getting their emails. I think in April, they’ll be releasing a promo where you can take 40% off your highest priced item. Score!). They – and probably every store I frequent — know where to hit me where it counts! >_<

Hopefully when you got to this part of the entry, you’ve finished laughing at my expense. So some background info as to why our master half bath (yeap, it’s a half bath) has become my personal storage unit.

The house BK and I bought was originally built in the late 1960s. Despite being a three bedroom condo-turned-townhome (our neighborhood apparently was a rental community till the late 70s), the place only had one full bath and two half baths. One of those half baths was situated within the master bedroom.

Granted, that probably seemed weird nowadays. Since BK and I were used to having a single full bathroom from our previous residence, we mostly resorted to using the full bath upstairs and the half bath downstairs (which also doubles as our laundry room since the washer and dryer are in there as well). So that means the half bath in our master was pretty much unused. That is, until I decided to use it to store my bins. Hey, in a way it makes sense — it has a fan that I can use to draw out moisture if needed. Plus it’s tucked away enough so that no one else will go there. Except myself. And maybe a contortionist from Circle du Soleil (it it TIGHT in there).

Will this arrangement be permanent you might ask? Probably not. I know my father-in-law (who is a retired contractor) suggested maybe expanding it to a full bath. But for now, we’re pretty content with our current arrangement. Plus, I think this gives my husband ammo to tease me if I ever give him a hard time about something. 😦