Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
When we got to Molly, her letter was "H". Now since she can't spell, we help her with her animal. For "H" I thought "Horse".
Since she loves horses, and since she rode a horse named "Abby" this summer in Flagstaff, I thought that, that would be a great clue. Here's what she said:
Toby: You rode one this summer.
Toby: Remember, you rode the other Abby this summer.
Toby: Remember, it was named Abby?
Toby: What is Abby?
Molly: Ummm...A sandwich!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Molly: Daddy !! DADDY !!!! DADDDDDYYYY!! (yelling)
Toby: Molly what, what????
Molly: Every time that we're going to Christmas, I'm goin' like it.
Toby: Ok,.. I'm glad you like Christmas
I'm not sure what going to Christmas means, but I'm glad she likes it
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
This first picture is of the exterior of the dollhouse. I finally finished the half-timbered trim on this wall as well.
In the attic, we hung this abstract by Amy.
This is the picture above the fireplace in the "den" on the 3rd Floor. It's a family picture from the Grand Canyon this summer. The day was cold and drizzly, but everyone had a good time.
This reproduction of a famous artwork is in the 3rd floor bedroom/family room.
Abby drew this picture of her and Barbie playing together for a 2nd floor bedroom.
This abstract is also Abby's work. It went in the yellow bedroom since it had yellow and red in it (as well as a bunch of other colors).
Molly contributed this art work (except the flower, that was done by Amy)
Here's the kitchen with a Barbie kitchen set added in.
This dollhouse was one of the largest projects and certainly the most time consuming that I've ever done. Overall it was a lot of fun to do, and I hope that she'll treasure it. The feedback I've gotten from friends and family (except for Santos L Halper) was so positive, thanks to everyone who commented!
The living room, of course blue barbie is sitting around watching tv, maybe that is why she has such poor circulation.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Here are the shingles that Amy did on the roof. This side, with the chimney was pretty hard. The other side was a bit easier. Fortunately we didn't have to cut all the shingles ourselves. We bought them all pre-cut, and just had to lay them out and glue them down. We're going to leave the shingles their natural color and just cover them with a clear coat.
In the attic, the paper was too short. There was about 2 inches in the back that wasn't covered. So I built these (nonfunctional) boxes to cover the bare patch. The Molly had a lot of fun helping me paint these boxes.
We choose to go with a half-timbered (Fachwerk) look on the outside. We started painting the white parts. Once there's enough layers of white for it to look right, then I'll put the brown strips of wood over the unpainted parts. Molly wanted to help paint, and I was pleasantly suprised. She was able to paint inside the lines and smooth out her thick patchs of paint. Not bad for a 3 year old! Most of the rooms are carpeted in fabric. Here's one of the rooms with the fabric carpet, wood wainscotting and the papered walls. The ladder up from the lower level has been glued into place. The carpet has some sawdust on it, which I'll have to vacuum up later.
Another of the rooms with the wainscotting and edging around the doors in place. The girls really like the bird on this paper.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here Molly and Abby work together to paint what will be a piece of wainscoting.
And here I am supervising.
A few days later I started assembling the whole dollhouse.
This view is from the back of the dollhouse. I put the staircases in the back to try to protect them from little hands. So I'll leave the back off until I'm just about done with the whole dollhouse.
The Chimney goes from the attic (the fireplace will be added on the 3rd floor) through the roof. Cutting a vertical hole through a 45deg roof was pretty challenging.
The 2nd floor staircase. The stairs will be at the back of the house and have the railing against the wall. Hopefully that means they will survive kids playing with the house.
The white and black room will be the kitchen, with a doorway into the 1st floor Living or Dining Room
Here are the second floor rooms
The first floor rooms
The first and second floor staircases.
Friday, August 27, 2010
I got the interior of the roof painted, and covered the chimney with "brick". The Chimney will go through the hole cut in the top of the roof.
I also finished papering the back of the house. Here are the 2 side walls and the back wall standing up next to each other. For the attic, its been papered to look like bare wood. The footings for the roof are also visible on the top of the walls.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The house was built on a scale, that Abby's Barbies would fit. This made it a pretty big house. Here's the rough cut dollhouse. It'll be 3 floors and an attic tall and have 2 rooms on each of the 3 floors. The attic will be for the babies to play in (according to Abby, which makes me wonder where that came from).
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
When you walk through to the back of the restaurant this is what you see. It is beautiful. There are about 5 stories and most of the tables have a wonderful lake view.
After lunch with the Pullmans we got back on the road and drove until we couldn't drive anymore. We stayed that night in Sweetwater, TX in the middle of a windfarm. Pictures of the windfarm to come. All in all it was a pleasant first day.