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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Case of the Missing House!!!

OK. The date on this one should be May 27, 2011. Starting over after the entry disappeared!

I will try to recreate what I did the first time. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper right now.

This is a house that I designed, years ago, from a book of house plans that is about 110 years old. It is a little Italian Style house by Gervase Wheeler.

As you can see, beside Tessie, it is about dollhouse size for a dollhouse. I didn't really plan it to be any particular scale. That's just how it turned out. It was just for fun.

The only tools you need are sharp scissors and some white glue...Oh and either colored pencils, pens or watercolors. I used plain old Crayola pencils on this one. It is printed on card stock.

After you color it, the next step is to cut it out. I do this carefully, because the directions on how to fold and where to cut are right on the sheet. If you don't mess it up, you can lay it back in place and see how the folds should be.

If you do origami, the "fold out" is a mountain fold and the "fold in" is a valley.

Make sure that all of your folds are sharp.

I start at the top and glue flaps under as I go. There is one piece at the long end of the roof that looks like another wall. It is simply a support and it gets folded inside the wing, where it turns. That is so that the wing will stay straight and not bow or collapse inward.

Just be patient and hold each flap in place before going on to the next one.

The last step is the bottom. I find it easiest to do this with the aid of tweezers or an Exacto knift to slide the flaps inside.

The two smaller pieces are the chimneys. This time I cut off the flaps on those and just ran a thin line of glue around the bottom edge and sat them on the roof top, where the marks are. They seem to fit better without the tabs.

I did succeed in taking out the color in the background. Now it won't eat all of your ink just for a cream background.

Print it out on an 8 1/2" by 11" piece of cardstock and you should get the size that you see in the photo. You can resize it in one of your programs if you want it smaller.

Now....I do hope that this one doesn't disappear.

Have fun folding.

See you tomorrow....Well not really. I have already seen you tomorrow, because this was the supposed to be on the 27th. Are you now thoroughly confused? I know I am.

See you later today....29th for the regular post.


Karin F. said...

Casey, I read the original post yesterday in my google reader! Not sure when you noticed it missing. Maybe these missing posts ...andyou haven't been the only one complaining, are only seemingly missing when viewed from the originating blogsite.
hugs K

Judith said...

This is beautiful Casey, and I love the thought that the design is so old too! Thankyou again for sharing.
Judith x

Elga said...

I did read the original post too, I checked and it isn't there now when I go to your blog.

Matxalen said...

Creía que había desaparecido la casa y he pensado seguro que ha sido el gato, pero ya veo que ha desaparecido el post, yo también lo leí. Están pasando cosas raras en blogger ultimamente, así es que esto será algo parecido.

Caseymini said...

It wasn't missing until I tried to change it and put in the new version of the house. When I pushed publish, it vanished! Jolande was kind enough to point out that it was in reader. So I do have the original now.

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing this little House with us Casey.