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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Waiting and Refurbishing....

Our living room looks like a furniture storage place today.  We shoved all of the old furniture to one end, so that there would be a place to put the new sofa and chair.

A friend of Walter's is coming to pick up some of the old pieces tonight.  Then hopefully things will get back to normal and I can start decorating for big Christmas.

While I am waiting, I am refurbishing the Christmas cottage....OK.  To be honest, I never did the inside last year.

I simply decorated the outside and left it at that.  It is a cottage that I picked up at a thrift store for five dollars a couple of years ago.

I finished the exterior and must have had plans for the interior....
Or maybe Tessie had plans for it....It was painted in mauve and puce shades inside.  What was she thinking???

Anyway, I did have interior frames made for the upstairs windows and the front door... Just not installed.

I am thinking that the pink rug has to go, but I have to find something to replace it, before I get rash and rip it out.
I got the Terrible Two plus Spike to work on it for a couple hours, but now it looks like I am going to be working alone until the furniture people get here.

I painted the top floor walls, Christmas Red....I am not sure that I can stand that...Not my favorite color, but maybe with lots of white trim and furniture it won't be too bad.

I painted the bottom floor walls Forest Green. 

Then I put Tessie and Zar to work painting furniture.  The hutch on the main floor used to be one of those Michael's things.  I did a lot of work on it and stained it last year.  Never used it.  Now I quite like the way it looks. 

Zar re did the lowboy that used to sit in the bedroom of the townhouse.  It didn't live there long..It was black and depressing.  Now it is white and we painted the basket/drawers green. 

I figure that, if there are any elves around, they are going to need a low counter to build toys on...

Anyway, Tessie went on strike about ten minutes ago and is back to working on her "nice" Christmas list...Spike is still the only candidate...She isn't working very hard.  I am trying to make it onto that list, but so far, no luck.  I have to think of something to get on her good side....Wait....Does she have a good side???

See you tomorrow.


Jody B. Raines said...

I have missed Tessie! I have an unfinished Christmas cottage also (in addition to my daughter's partially finished dollhouse and my never-completed cabin). Sad.

Steinworks said...

if you use the forget powder on her you can write your name on the list and she'll forget that you weren't on it :)

Phyllisa said...

Hi Casey. I'm glad to see you working on the Christmas Cottage.
I decorated a white flocked tree
yesterday in the "easy" ornaments
in pink and silver.So pretty!There is always something to do in miniature and I consider that a plus.

Grandma C said...

I have been lurking and reading but I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog!!

Lucille said...

I think I lost my comment, darn it, because I came back to change something. Anyways, I was saying that I like the red and green you have chosen because it makes the little place look cheerful. I remember when you did the Michael hutch last year. It looks nice also in white. It's a good thing our Zar is cooperating. Spike looks like he's trying to convince Tessie to put you on her list. Good boy, Spike!

hopeful said...

Casey: Thanks for the source for lycopodium. I'm going to give it a try with your detailed instructions. We can always count on you for great ideas! My mind is reeling with possibilities. If I could find a good source for pictures of the Christmas windows that Eatons and Sears used to have back in the 50s and 60s I would love to try to replicate one in mini. They were absoutley beautiful with animation and everything. Anyone got any pcitures?? - Marilyn

Caseymini said...

The forgetfulness powder won't work. Tessie knows my handwriting and besides, I can't write that small!

Fabiola said...

I like this Christmas cottage. I'm curious to see more.
Bye Faby