Sunday, December 2, 2018

Vacation Time

Kinsey and Kitty were quite tired after the big move.

They arrived at the caravan park, which will be Kinsey's temporary home until her real house is finished. Kinsey and Kitty met Hayley, the caravan park owner, at the office door.

Kinsey introduced her sister Kitty to Hayley.

"The Winnebago is over there," said Hayley.

Hayley offered to drive the van closer so they wouldn't have to carry their luggage very far. The two weary sisters thought that it was a lovely gesture.

Hayley expertly maneuvered the recreational vehicle closer to them.

"This is the last move of the day," Kinsey declared.
"Thank goodness," Kitty said. "My arms are about to drop off."

With a quick wave goodbye, the two sisters were off on an adventure.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Foam and Dr Zoe's House - Part Four

Hi everyone,
Thumbkin is fine. Thanks for your comments. I must be a glutton for punishment as I have been carving more foam (but doing it very carefully).

I was going to use paper mache for the stove surround, but there is something very satisfying about carving builder's foam. I have some cool dental tools which are fun to use. I sketch out roughly what I want with a pen and then carve in the details. I have been making fireplaces for both Dr Zoe and Fairy Hazel.

The foam actually takes paint quite well. I have used this method before to make a base for my Greenleaf Tennyson (even though a Newberg dollhouse is currently sitting on top of it).

The only problem is that it chips very easily and then you can see the blue foam.

This is not a good method for a dollhouse base, whereas the paper mache rocks on the exterior of the Westville are set like concrete and are extremely difficult to damage.

Dr Zoe and I decided to just go with the foam rocks over and around the stove. (As Dr Zoe pointed out, she will not be bumping them like the clumsy human does!)

It seems quite obvious that she has also consulted with Harley (the Tree Ent) as her house is beginning to have tree branches/roots taking over. I guess that she also wants a tree-house home.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

When Thumbkin Met Stanley

Let's just say that these two were never meant to meet!

Thumbkin got to experience Stanley's point.

Fortunately it was only a minor fight. No major damage.
A bit of antiseptic, a bandaid and all is well.
Thumbkin now has a very healthy respect for Stanley.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dr Zoe's House - Part Three

Hi everyone,
While Kinsey and Kitty are busy with moving and preparing for a vacation, Dr Zoe reminded me that she wanted some stone work around her cast iron stove.

I made a quick mock up from foam to check for size. Dr Zoe said it was just right.

I did some quick carving into the foam to resemble stonework.

I liked the idea and thought that maybe I could just cover the foam with spackle.

Feeling rather pleased with myself, I left it for a whole week to dry.
But to my dismay, it was still slightly wet and gooey underneath. Not so good.
Looks like I will have to resort to my trusty ol' paper mache tricks to make rocks.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Moving Day

Kinsey and Kitty were now totally packed and ready for the movers to arrive.
As she waited by her piano, however, Kinsey had the most horrendous thought.

She had met with the moving man earlier in the week and she had told him that she had a piano to be moved. The man had assured her that it would be no problem, but now Kinsey imagined the worst.

Kitty, who was upstairs keeping an eye out for the moving van, suddenly exclaimed, "They are here!" breaking Kinsey out of her morbid thought.

Both girls went outside to meet them.

As the movers expertly backed the truck up to the house, Kinsey let out a gasp. For sitting on the back of the flatbed was none other than one of the guys who had helped move the piano into the house!
"I am so happy to see you!" exclaimed Kinsey to the muscly man.

"Ready for the big move?" asked the man in overalls. "Ready as I will ever be," replied Kinsey.

Kitty asked what the B&B stood for. The giant man standing behind them chuckled. "That is easy," he said. "It stands for 'Brains and Brawn'."

 "They are the brains and I am the brawn," said the man flexing his powerful arms. Kinsey went weak in the knees. (Muscular, handsome men seem to have that affect on her.)

"It actually stands for Bill and Bob. We are twin brothers," said the man in the blue shirt.

"And I'm Bruce, bold and brave!" said the tall man. Everyone laughed.

The guys then got to work and began emptying the house. Much to Kinsey's delight, the piano went on the truck first. Bruce was able to pick up the heavy objects very easily.

Once the truck was loaded and secured, Kinsey paid them for their hard work. She also handed them a gift basket. "Thanks for all of your hard work," said Kinsey gratefully.

The boys said that they were really going to enjoy the gift.
Time to get the truck rolling.