Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Buddy System...
It seems that Nellie was not without food, drink or for that matter a chamber pot, night before last. Tessie let her use the bathroom in the townhouse.
I fear that Tessie is creating a monster.
Now Nellie is talking larger structure with separate bath and kitchen...
To keep their minds off of larger houses, I showed them both where Tessie used to live and threatened to put both of them back in there permanently.
The first photo is Tessie's first home. She doesn't want it back....That's the one structure that she religiously avoids. At all costs.
"How do you display miniatures that are waiting to be put in a dollhouse or room box?"
Having been in minis for around 30 years, they accumulate. They are stuffed in drawers and boxes in the workroom, but when I get new furniture and other goodies, I sometimes like to be able to see what is new.
When Tessie vacated the Cortland Doan display case, she took all of her belongings with her. Including Friskie the Alligator. Actually, I was happy to see him leave. He gets testy and snaps at people when in a bad mood.
Someone spelled his name wrong on his food bowl...I got it at a garage sale and Tessie decided she wanted the bowl. So she changed the gator's name to match the misspelled name. He used to be Albert....I don't know which is worse.
Anyway, the display box became a great place to showcase a few pieces of furniture.
When it gets messy, I simply take off the back and change everything inside. I have permanent wallpaper and rug in it that are left from Tessie's time, but they are very neutral and go with just about anything.
I also have the lantern that is next to it. The rug and wallpaper are not quite as neutral. They are colors that I like a lot and I know that they will go with a lot of the things that I buy or have in the drawers. I just opened the door, took out the chair. Swept the floor and cleaned the windows and it was ready for a new chair, table and cat....Maybe the cat wasn't such a good idea. He may have mini fleas. He scratches his left ear a lot.
Tessie and Nellie volunteered to pose in her old home....On the condition that Tessie got to hold the screws that keep the back on. She's not taking any chances. She hated being confined in that pretty little case. To quote her, "There's not enough room to swing an alligator in there!"
Now I know why Friskie is in a bad mood most of the time...
Another piece that gets changed often is this three tiered shelf. I got it at a going out of business sale at a local craft store....Very cheap.
I simply put a panel of wallpaper in the back of each of the shelves. I made a template of poster board for each one. Now I can change the wallpaper in a flash.
All I have to do is cut another piece of poster board from the template, cut out a piece of wallpaper to match and wedge it in the back. They aren't even glued in.
I don't have to put down flooring, the wood of the shelf is very nice, with not a lot of grain running through it.
This one gets changed more often. It is open and easy to pull stuff in and out of. And besides, it does need dusting every once in a while...
Maybe I should go do that now. It hasn't been tended to for a while.
So now you know what to do with all of that leftover furniture. There are a lot of other ways to do it. Look around. Lots of empty containers and boxes, just waiting to be filled.
Back to work.
See you tomorrow.