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The Curse of the WIP

27 Feb

I have promised myself (and my husband) that I will finish at least three works in progress this week before I start my next project. I got them all out to see what I should crack on with and oh my gosh, there is definitely more than I thought….

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I shall keep you updated on how I get on :s

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The Dolls House – Paint Stripping

25 Apr

Well I am now on day three of stripping the paint from the interior of the house…. I’ve had to take a break and thought I would spend this time telling you about it.  There were so many layers of old paint on both the interior and exterior I have decided to strip it all back to wood.  Initially I wanted to just go back to the original wallpaper but it had all been so ruined by the blue, yellow and bright red gloss that I’ve had to remove.  Apparently this is against dolls house law as its original Tri-ang paper (don’t worry I don’t know about this until I started researching this particular house).  You can buy replica wallpaper that I plan to replace it with so I’m not feeling too bad about destroying something that is near on 85 years old.  I apologise for these update photos if you are a dolls house fan as I think currently it is looking in a worse state then when I started.  I just keep saying to myself, it will all be worth it when it is looking beautiful and my daughter (when she is old enough) will just love playing with it (if I let her)

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Ps.  Hopefully I will be feeling inspired to make some other crafty stuff and my blog isn’t taken over with dolls house news, I give it one more day and the sewing machine will be back out.

The Dolls House – Before I Got My Hands On It

25 Apr

A Little Bit About the House…

I saw this house on eBay about a week ago and for some reason absolutely fell in love with it and had to have it.  I had to wait a painstaking week until the auction ended and thank goodness no one else bid on it so I got it for just £35 (i’m not sure if this is good or not but i’m very happy/obsessed)  Even better than the price, it was only up the road from me so all in all win win.  The house had been in the same family since it was brand new back in 1930 and the man the family i bought it from was very sad to see it go but they had had boys instead of girls and couldn’t warrant keeping it as it does take up quite a lot of space.  it had been painted i have since found out about four times and needs some proper love and attention and taking back (almost) to it original former glory.

Here are pictures of the rooms before I started attacking it with the paint stripper

The Master Bedroom and the Living Room…

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The Nursery and the Bathroom…

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The Kitchen and the Garage…

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Maternity Leave, Lack of Craftiness and the New Project

24 Apr

I haven’t been blogging or crafting for that matter over the last week or two.  I thought going on maternity leave would mean I could just crack on with all the wonderful projects I have planed before the imminent arrival (just two weeks left).  Instead maternity leave has been taken up with a lot of sleep, very slow moving anywhere which then results in needing to sleep, catching up with friends, the tiniest amount of gardening as the weather is finally here, oh and my boyfriend and I got married so we are now husband and wife…so far it’s been wonderful….this all however has had a massive effect on the progress of the promised felt mobile and any other crafty projects.  But now I’m back, and not just back to the mobile (that’s been pushed to the side for a while) I have a brand new project that has come in to my life……

Behold…The Dolls House…

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