Friday, February 2, 2018

The additional dollhouse furniture from Dollarama

The leg on the table on the right in the last picture was terribly askew so I had to open up that package to take it off, clean it up and reglue it. Then I looked at the packaging and it had such wonderful mini possibilities so I decided I should keep it.

With this incredibly cold weather, the paint needed to be kept separate - and I added some stain pens to the mix - so I packed them in a separate package that could be kept indoors.

I have some ideas where these pieces could go but this is Elizabeth's dollhouse and she'll need to decide all that on her own.

She's not quite 3 so I can't add all the wonderful little things that I would love to but I'm hoping that as she gets older, she'll show an interest and I can help her update it as she grows.

FINISHED!!! The dollhouse is done....



 I had picked up some pieces of furniture (many original to the house) at our Show and Sale and added a few from my stash but mostly left it unfurnished. Elizabeth will have the 7 Dollarama pieces I got for her to paint and add to it on her own. I'll repack all these pieces into a shoebox for her.


Living room

Marie and Rob return from Mexico tonight. Temperature here is -20C with windchill of -30C.
Going to be a rude awakening for them!

I'll see them tomorrow at Mom's then they plan on going home on Sunday.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A change of pace

Bev and I spent a couple hours at Barb's this afternoon working on projects.

The only project I had that was easily portable was Vern's Attic so I actually got some work done on it. I had back-burnered it as I wasn't sure just how I was going to handle the lighting for it. When I went looking for the round battery for the light I had originally planned on using, I came across a battery light that would make electrification much easier.

With that out of the way, I was able to start putting up the drywall (matboard). Then I realized that I had to frame around the gable opening so have to do that before I can drywall the ceiling.

But am pleased with what I did accomplish.

Back to the dollhouse as that has to be finished by Saturday but I'm looking forward to finishing this and filling it.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dollhouse roof

The roof has two coats of blackboard paint and it's looking good. But I think I'll add just one more coat.

The paint instructions call for one coat of paint to be applied in one direction and the second to be applied at right angles. Which I did. But I applied the first coat vertically and the second horizontally. I should have done it horizontally, then vertically. That's why I decided to do a third coat vertically. It just works better.

The trick to doing those three coats is:

a paint tray like this which is sealable during coats:

Don't know where I got it but it's about 4" x 3" x 1" and the bottom is marked PLACON CS04 (made with ECOSTAT Recycled PET).

 I used a 2" foam brush that I wrapped in saran wrap immediately after painting each coat.

Friday, January 26, 2018

For Elizabeth (not mini)

I took all the alphabet pieces from the box I bought yesterday and coloured them on one side with Sharpies (a gift from DD Leanne years ago).

(As usual, I didn't think to put rubber gloves on until after my fingers were stained red...but, oh, well...)

Letters are 1 1/8" tall. The original idea was to have all the vowels red but as I coloured them all, that didn't always hold true.

Took a long time to do and I'm hoping that it will be fun for her, Mom and Dad, to play with.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I hate shopping but....

today was a great day!

Joanne and my first stop was at St. Albert Michael's where Joanne looked for Snow Writer and I wanted chalkboard paint. Both were out of stock but the salesperson kindly phoned Michael's on 137 Avenue and confirmed they had both.

Next we stopped at Home Depot where I confirmed they had chalkboard paint (but way more than I needed) and Joanne got the sandpaper she needed. As we were headed to checkout, I spotted a bin of Contact Paper and saw a roll that I decided would work on the outside of my three room roombox.

This will allow me to get that project nearer completion.

Next stop was the nearby newest Dollarama. They didn't have what I was looking for but I did find a few things.

I'll pass on the letters to Elizabeth but I'll keep the box to use as an Advent Calendar for DGD Holly this coming Christmas.

Don't have a use for the adhesive mirror sheet (5 5/8" x 6") but I know I can use the 1/4" square (and very thin) mirrors somewhere. For $1.50 I can keep it in my stash. I'm out of the larger Ziploc bags so these will come in handy.

Off to Michael's on 137th Avenue where I got my chalkboard paint and Joanne got her Snow Writer.

I don't often shop at Michael's but I must admit that I find the staff much more knowledgeable and helpful than they were years ago. (In this case, the salesperson found, not only the product that was on the shelf, but dug in a bin under the shelves and found this for me - less than a dollar an ounce as opposed to $2.60 an ounce for the one on the shelf.)

We stopped at the Dollarama by Save-On in St. Albert on the way back from Michael's where I found these pieces for Elizabeth for her dollhouse. Each one has a piece of furniture (pretty much to scale), three small pots of paint and a paint brush. Thought they would give her a sense of ownership to paint them herself.

By the time we got to St. Albert Centre, it was 12:50 and we were just a bit early for an in-store fashion show at Tan Jay - Alia where I had purchased two pair of denim jeans on Tuesday. I had told Joanne about them so showed her where they were (short petite sizes) and she got a pair for herself.

Enjoyed the fashion show (just three customers modelling pieces from the store).

Headed to the Food Court where we had chinese food then headed home.

Incredibly successful day!

Winter has returned.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hit a small (but not insurmountable) snag

Spent today running errands, including a hair cut. One of my stops was at the paint shop at the bottom of the hill as I had the idea to paint the roof with chalkboard paint so Elizabeth could have fun with it on another level.

They had the wood filler I was looking for but not the chalkboard paint so stalled a bit. Paint for Joy should have the small bottles of it and Home Depot has them plus larger amounts so will have to try them later.

The roof is on but requires some wood filler along the peak then will await getting the paint.

It's coming along slowly but it's coming along....