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I've been busy, but not with minis...with work, and holiday preparations....and I finished Downton Abbey.  Boy, there was a rush to pair everyone off in the last season, wasn't there?

The 1:144 scale Queen Anne mansion is not progressing well.  I painted all the window pieces before I cut them free of the sheet, because I thought it would be easier.  What I should have done was at least free and dry fit one pair (but I know what I'm doing, right?).  I didn't assume their placement correctly, so the interior are painted exterior colors and vice versa.  What I really wanted to do was chuck the whole mess in a trash can, but I piled it up in a corner of my work table instead.  I'll get back to it, and repaint, when I'm done being irritated with myself.

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Instead, because I wanted to test my theory of coloring with markers and stain instead of paint, I dug out a 1:144 scale barn.  I was right, it's a lot easier.  BUT...I think I broke and repaired almost every piece except the walls.  Construction was horrible; I cursed a lot.  I'd pick something up carefully and SNAP.  I have decided that 1:144 scale is just too delicate for me.  I won't be building anything else in this scale.

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Marker didn't work well on the base, I need to paint it, it looks horrible.  I need to glue the roof on too (obviously).

I got the barn on a whim, thinking it would go in Susan's mansion, in the boy's room, as a toy.  It's a bit big for that though, I think, unless the boy's room is huge.  I think I'll cut the base down and reduce the fenced in area.  Susan, it's your call....but I imagine you'll have to get furnishings in the room first, to see how much room is left.

Let's see...what else...

The furniture repair hasn't been finished yet.  My studio is a mess.  I haven't put together a photo album for the Mobile Studio.  I'm crabby.

Oh!

A spot of wonderfulness that made me smile....Sheila sent me a surprise.

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A ton of fabric, contact paper, a fan, odd and end minis, a handmade table, and two cool screen things that will be fantastic to keep crud off when I spray paint pieces outside.

Thank you!  You couldn't have known it, but it arrived at the end of a horrible, horrible day and lifted my spirits immensely.  I'd hug you if you weren't across the country.  Big virtual hugs for you!

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brae

Virtual hugs all around! That's a great care package. :D Sorry you're having issues with small scale. :\

Sheila

Sorry about your 1:144 kits... they look very fiddly. Now I'm scared to touch mine.

Glad I could help your day end on a good note. Minis make everything better. And those screens kept me from killing my cats once or twice.

Virtual hugs back!

Nancy Enge

1:144 scale is the devil.

Jodi Hippler

Well crap! If you are having this much trouble with the 144's, I don't hold out much hope for my two "someday" kits. And I was hoping for a dollhouse in my dollhouse!

Sheila - that was very sweet of you! I hope both of you finish off the year with nothing but amazingly great days!

elizabeth s

I think of these kinds of boxes from friends as CARE PACKAGES, and yours came at the right time seeing as how you were struggling to get the 144th scale constructed- nevertheless you Did it and it looks good!
The markers as paint and stain is a good tip too.

Susan

That Queen Anne is teeny tiny! Yikes! And poo on everything breaking - it's difficult enough to be patient without all that going on.
I like the barn, though, and I'm almost ready to start working on the house again, so I'll check to see what all goes in the boys room and the baby's room, and whether I will have an extra room for a dedicated play room.
It will be fun to get everything back out and play with it all again.

Yay on the care package, and that it lifted your spirits! Yay Sheila!!
That fan is the kind I cut down to use for my spiral staircase. Will have to send pics when I get it back out to finish.

I'm getting ready to head back down south very early Sunday to spend Christmas with my newest treasure.
I'll also send pictures from there!

Sheila

Susan that's why I sent the fan! I found a tutorial on Pinterest about making a metal spiral staircase out of that type of fan. It's also what I made my octagonal table and the balcony table with. Very pretty designs and I knew Keli would be able to make something great with it.

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