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I forgot… *hem*

Um. This happened.

This is dollhouse #2, which I've mentioned before. I think. Greenleaf "The Orchid."

This is dollhouse #2, which I’ve mentioned before. I think. Greenleaf Orchid.

SO! I mention to my mother that I’m building a dollhouse.

“I have two. You can have them.”

My daughter built this with her grandmother many, many years ago.

My daughter built this with her grandmother many, many years ago. 

It’s in horrible, shape. Just BAD.

It's in horrible, shape. Just BAD.

It’s a Dura-Craft Lafayette.

This is not AS bad, but it's still bad.

This is not AS bad, but it’s still bad.

It's an older version of the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. by Real Good Toys.

It’s an older version of the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. by Real Good Toys.

They were both covered in so much dust and flat dirt that I had to take them to my husband’s shop and blow them off with the air compressor before I could bring them in the house, and then hope to gods nothing flew off.

So.

When I say making floors is relaxing and I can’t wait to do it again, I guess I better mean it.

#projectrehab

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Tape wiring is some scary shit. Not because it’s difficult, but because once you commit, you commit.  You only have so many slots allotted to your power supply, so you gotta figure that out. And you plot, and you plan, and you waste foot after foot of painter’s tape laying out your path in the smartest, most economical way.

That took four hours. Seriously.

That took four hours. Seriously.

It has to be one long continuous run, so I'd pull off a run of tape and replace it with tape wire.

It has to be one long continuous run, so I’d pull off a run of tape and replace it with tape wire as I went.

Like so.

Like so.

Power supply all hooked up, I give the first run a test.

Power supply all hooked up, I give the first run a test. I think this is where I stopped for a Valium.

And the Dollhouse Gods said,

And the Dollhouse Gods said, “Let there be power.” And it was good.

Tiny little things called eyelets.

Tiny little things called eyelets.

You use them when you have to splice the tape run.

You use them when you have to splice the tape run–purple to purple, pink to pink–like up a wall for sconces.

And this is where I stopped because fifteen feet of tape wire might sound like a lot, but it is SO NOT.

And this is where I stopped because fifteen feet of tape wire might sound like a lot, but it is SO NOT. There’s still painter’s tape in the attic to mark what needs to be finished.

The only store in town that carries tape wire is closed on Sunday, so there we are. Laying out where I wanted the lights was the hardest thing of all, which is hilarious since I was terrified to start wiring.

So, I found this online while I was doing anything and everything to avoid starting to wire.

I totally put sticky notes on my computer screen and then moved them, one by one, to the house as I marked their path with painter's tape.

I totally put sticky notes on my computer screen and then moved them, one by one, to the house as I marked their path with painter’s tape.

Don’t judge.

It works.

It’s just not finished.

Blame Hobby Lobby.

DOLLHOUSE TOTAL WORK HOURS: 203

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Since it’s been a month-plus, obviously a lot.

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More dollhouse pictures here. I added another 67 hours.

Then I tore all that out because I have to tape wire electricity now that I know where the majority of things will go.

And I took a sanity break because things got a little crazy. Then these showed up on the porch.

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damn-damn-damn

Things are still crazy. Not in a terrible way, but in that I don’t have time to blog. Forty-five hours a week at a day job, four dogs, seven cats, and a family of humans, is plenty to keep one occupied. The dollhouse? I’ve said before, it doesn’t require a query letter or anyone’s approval. There is no market saturation with a dollhouse.

There’s lots of things I would like to be doing lately, but as my friend Lily said, I’m not going to kill myself to do them.

I am, however, going to update my Pinterest board and go see about the coffee sticks boiling on the stove because I have a three day weekend of my own making and I’m going to damned well enjoy it.

DOLLHOUSE TOTAL WORK HOURS: 192

As of right this second, anyway. There are many hours left before sleep.

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