I could have saved myself so much time and trouble!
This morning I picked up a copy of Country Victorian at Walmart and started looking through it. I was curious because it is the "Winter 2011" issue. Seems to be a bit early??? Am I wrong or does 2011 start January 1st?
Anyway, I found an article that I just plain couldn't resist.
I brought it home and looked through the rest of the magazine. I am not much of a fan of Victorian decor. Too fancy for me. However, this issue had a lot of shabby chic in it, so it was OK.
I searched and found the article that I had bought it for and as I was flipping the pages, Tessie appeared and asked, "Whatcha' looking at?"
I tried to hide it. Didn't work. She insisted on looking over my shoulder. The house has a bed in a loft on one side. A whole library in the roof line on the other side. It is a studio space for the lady that owns it. She did most of the remodeling herself. There doesn't appear to be any place for cooking, but other than that, it is really beautifully done and I could see it in miniature.
Tessie started to purr. She has this way of humming under her breath when she sees something that she likes. That's just the start. It works up to a bad case of the "I want"s in just a short time.
Here is what I found. The house in question is exactly 10 feet by 9 feet. In Tessie's world, that translates to 10 inches by 9 inches!
She immediately started Oh-ing and Ah-ing over every photo. The "I want"s started and didn't stop for about 15 minutes.....Then they were silenced and the "Can you make"s took over.
I looked on and waited until she started with the "I need" section of her performance.
I glared at her and said, "No, Tessie. I have to finish the townhouse and the clockwork cottage."
Then the usual round of "No you don't." "Yes I do." "No you don't." "Yes I do." went on for a while.
She disappeared. I was relieved. It was short lived.
She came back and exclaimed, "You hid the book!"
This is the book in question. I didn't hide it. It is indeed a tiny book. I went all over the house looking for it. It is hiding in between or behind some larger books somewhere.
The reason that Tessie wants to find it is, there is a floor plan in it that almost duplicates the house in the article.
If you can find this book anywhere, it is wonderful. I have had it since 1993 when it first appeared on the scene. I have always wanted to make some of the tiny h0uses that are in it. I just looked and Alibris has it. http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invid=10400974558&keyword=The+Tiny+Book+of+Tiny+Houses&qwork=6709832&qsort=&page=1
These are real houses and each has floor plans and measurements. All of them would be great for people that have a limited area for displaying minis.
Tessie is pushing me for a summer cottage in the woods like the one in the magazine. So far, I am holding out.....
Please help me. I really don't need another project. Somebody distract Tessie, so that I can run away and hide now!
See you tomorrow.