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Monday, March 19, 2012

Rainy Sunday, Hail-y Monday....

Yesterday rain and this morning, as you can see from the photo of our neighbor's yard, there was hail on the ground for a while. Two days of this kind of weather is not the usual AZ climate.

That's what all of the white dandruff on the ground in the first photo is. BB shot sized hail. Ick!

This morning I cleaned and did some laundry and then I did a bit of mini-ing.

It took me almost all of 45 minutes!

Every year, Greenleaf Dollhouses puts out a kit that is especially designed for their "Spring Fling" contest.

I have belonged to their dollhouse forum for a number of years. It is open to anybody that is interested in dollhouses of all kinds. Everybody is waiting impatiently to find out what the kit is going to be this year. It usually shows up around the first day of spring.

The way it is supposed to work is, you buy the kit and build whatever you want with it. Then you can try to win a number of prizes with it. I think that the deadline is around Labor Day.

I usually buy the kits and stash them for future use. One of them is the Russian Cottage. That one was from about 3 or 4 years ago.

I had the one from last year under the bed. Whenever I don't want to build from scratch and want a quick project that is still a complete building, I usually turn to them. I am always afraid that, if I don't start the one from last year, they might not let me have the one from this year.....And besides, if I didn't do it that way, I would have a huge stack of kits....Oh wait...I do have a stack of kits under the bed already. Pretty soon I will be like the "Princess and the Pea" Only I am not a princess and it will be a lot more lumpy.

Last year's kit was great. You could purchase the main building. Then if you wanted it to be bigger, they had a right and left wing and an outside staircase kit. Those three could be purchased separately.

I got the main building, the left wing and the staircase. The excitement was, all were laser cut. Having never tried their laser cut kits before, I decided to give it a try.

This morning, about 11:45, I pulled the kit from under the bed. It took me about 10 minutes to get the parts out of the package. That was the hardest part.

After less than 45 minutes, this is what I had. The main structure is all glued together and ready to decorate.

I don't think that I ever want to do another die cut kit after this.

I still have the side wing and the staircase to assemble, but I have to decide how I want to do it and what it is going to be.

Zar and Tessie are arguing about that, naturally...

If they don't watch it, I am going to find a new friend that is more co-operative and they can go party somewhere else.

Incidentally, the window mullions are laser cut right into the sides of the house and all of the trim is just waiting to be installed....Absolutely NO SANDING!!!

I might just call this a case of love at first sight! Now all I have to do is figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.

P. S.!!!!! I just left the forum. The kit won't be out until next week. Dean(the Greenleaf Man) announced that the kit is going to be under 20 dollars this year, so that people can watch their pennies! It will have add ons, for extra money, if you want to make it bigger.

See you tomorrow.


Teresa said...

I think we got our two climates mixed up! We were in the 70's today...dropped to 64 now. This is Wisconsin. We usually have some snow yet, but almost 80% of the perrennials are up. So wierd. Feels like we could get out and start buying and planting more plants. It was thundering in the north this morning and looks a lot like rain, ut haven't seen anything yet. Remember out temps are usually in the 30's at thsi time of year, with possible blizzards! I was so tempted to buy the contest kit from last year. But was short of money then. I do love the kit. I wonder what this years kit will be. Really shouldn't even think of doing it though. But then again...

Caseymini said...

Teresa, I just left the forum. The kit won't be out until next week. Dean(the Greenleaf Man) announced that the kit is going to be under 20 dollars this year! It will have add ons if you want to make it bigger for extra money.

Nicole said...

I think it's exiting to take part at a competition. I always wanted to take part, but I sadly never done it untill now. Hey, what's up with Tessie and Zar, they don't want to watch the house... they are not very thankful, after all you have done for them... lol. Anyway, I would be nice to see how your new started house will develope, Casey :)
Sorry for the bad weather in Tucson!

Mary said...

I think that we got part of your weather also, it was 80 here in Massachusetts today, normal is about 50. I really like the look of last years Spring Fling kit but I waited too long and missed the sale price. If I like this years I'll order one as soon as I see it.

maria l. said...

Muy original, como todo lo que haces