Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Miniature Making Candied Yams by CuteinMiniature

I'm getting an early start on Thanksgiving this year with this mini set. This is from the same store I purchased the corn bread set. I just love her work. On another note, this is one of my top 3 miniature books but I really could not enjoy it fully but as a picture book because it is written in French. It is being released in English now in the US through Amazon on January 6, I have preordered my copy. I can't wait to see what I was missing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finishing the Passage Way Brick on the Front of the Dollhouse

View opposite the courtyard gate
The floor is slate roof paper
 cool shot from inside with the front in place
 (mortar is damp)
I need to add door knobs 
Right after I took these the lights stopped working on the front of the dollhouse ?????? I really thought I was at the end of the tunnel with this house. $#** I am not sure what happened but I peeled the brick back off and nothing, the whole lead run is dead!!!!!! It was fun while it lasted, I'm going to see if the silicone adhesive got on something which was the only new thing I used to glue on the bricks????? I did notice a strange singed wire which I disconnected but the lights are still out. Any suggestions before I try to rewire; very frustrated.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Wrought Iron Gate for the Passageway

I really wish this gate was available when I designed the front on the townhouse. I felt the passageway needed something to dress it up. I have been thinking about using the gate from miniatures.com site for a while and I decided to take a chance. The gate needed some more height to retro fit it into the opening. The gate is enclosed in plywood, which lead me to use the laser cut wood frame I had originally intended for the ceiling of the townhouse. I bought it at Michaels. I began by rounding the corners of the gate's plywood with my scroll saw, then I used a utility knife to fit the frame to the gate. I spray painted the new gate with a base of flat black. I still need to do some aging and permanently install it after I install the floor of the passageway.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MARIE LAVEAU The Voodoo Queen Doll by Soraya Merino

When I saw her I just felt that she wanted to come to my dollhouse. This doll is a likeness of a real person, Marie Laveau who was born a free woman of color in 1794 and died in 1881. She became the most famous and powerful Voodoo Queen in New Orleans. Marie was a devout Catholic and attended Mass daily. Voodoo in New Orleans was a blend of West African religion and Catholicism. Marie began as a hairdresser and later became a nurse during the Yellow Fever epidemics. She was an astute business woman and was the first commercial Voodoo Queen. She specialized in romance and finance. She was skilled in the practice of medicine and knew the healing qualities of indigenous herbs.  She would sit with the condemned in their last moments, sometimes serving them their last meal. But I just thought this was a beautiful doll and she resembles the maid doll I have already, so maybe it's her daughter who took over for her when she died.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Exterior Almost Finished

I recently discovered that I had not taken a full front view with the attached 4th floor and roof front, so I decided to make a post. This was a difficult shot because I had to take it sitting down, I've been having issues with my right foot since the summer, (Morton's Neuroma) which makes it painful for standing or walking. I needed to turn the whole table to back up far enough to get the front and the house and court yard are very heavy together. I have to finish my ferns, repair my rear balcony, glue handles I ordered for the french doors when they come in and glass inserts. The chimneys have been painted the same as the house but are unattached until I decide which roof treatment I am going with. I have narrowed it down to two.