Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"The Little Show" is Almost Here!!!!!

It's almost here. Just 3 days(ish)!!!

My dolly assistant, Kristin, seems to feel we're ready.

I hope she's right. I think everything that's going is pretty much ready to go.

I am shocked at how much more spiffy my books look in bags with headers. They look so... official!

I'm nervous, but excited. It's been a while since I sold at the Little Show, and this will be the first time ever we've sold as just US and not Norm's Dollhouse.

After the show, I guess it's all adding stuff to the website and making new things, which is my favorite part to be honest.

Especially with the help of a dolly assistant. I didn't think I would ever want another assistant, but Kris has definitely shown me otherwise.

And I'm not sure I'd be even close to ready for this show without her.

If you don't have a dolly assistant, I highly recommend it. :)

See you at the show!

- Wendy

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Getting Ready for the "Little Show"

I am so not ready for this miniatures show.

And it's coming.


There is so much to do!!! GAAAH!!!!

It's always a fun show to do. I only went as a visitor last year, I didn't even get a table.

So I have some making up to do.

My latest thing has been making reasonably priced cakes.

They're fun, and they're quick and they're going to be right around $7.50 each. :) I'm quite pleased with them, though I need to make a bunch more before this show...

... this show in 13 days.

So wish me luck. Not a lot of time for blogging, but I'll try anyway! Hope your weekend is amazing!

- Wendy

Friday, December 9, 2016

Losing Wightwick Manor

 Norm's Dollhouse, my local dollhouse shop and a huge part of my miniatures history, is closing March of next year.

This is heartbreaking all on its own, but honestly it's about time they got to retire and move on and do other things with their lives. It's been almost 40 years they've been doing this. I understand, and I'm happy for them.


... their closing also means that Wightwick Manor is leaving to a new home.

And no matter where it goes, it will be a new home away from me. It will be a new home where I will never be able to play in this house again.

This hurts my heart.

My Miranda was the first doll to EVER set foot in Wightwick Manor. Ever. And that is special to me.

My dolls had picnics there.

And Halloween parties.

One of my dolls even fell in love with the ghost who lived in Wightwick Manor.

 There was a Christmas party too.

There was a movie crew that used Wightwick for part of a film they were making, which was very exciting (even if they scared the ghost a whole lot).

I have loved that house, and now, it will be gone forever.

There is a possibility that it will end up in the local dollhouse museum, which doesn't sound like a bad fate for a dollhouse, I know.

They already have a dollhouse built by Norm Nielsen Sr - Kingscoate. And they have completely, and irreparably damaged it. I don't know what happened, I can't even imagine, but the last time I was there, the wiring was hanging out of it like spaghetti. It is so gutted, it would take tearing into the walls to fix the wires now. It broke my heart to see it, and I am absolutely terrified that they will do the same to Wightwick if it ends up with them.

But what can I do? They're asking $10,000 for it... which is a STEAL but far more than I have (that's more than my car cost!). And if I DID come up with the money, where on Earth would I KEEP it? Part of its charm is that it is HUGE and I have no room.

I am trying very hard to come to terms with the fact that I cannot save the Manor, but it isn't going well.

I have fantasies about doing a GoFundMe to put together the money to buy it. Maybe put it in a big storage unit where I could photograph it. Write a book in it so ultimately it paid for itself.

That would make it an investment, right? "It's not a play toy! It's a photography prop for this book I've been wanting to write forever!" That would make it okay, right? Right?

My loved ones would think I'd lost my mind.

Maybe I have. It is such a magnificent house, its beauty might have made me crazy.

But it is all fantasy. I can not save it.

 And it is breaking my heart.

If you have $10,000 laying around, please rescue Wightwick Manor and let me know that it's got a great new home.

If, like me, you do not have $10,000 for a dollhouse at the moment, if you're near Norm's Dollhouse between now and March, you should stop in and take one last look at the Manor. It is a breathtaking house and very inspirational for any dollhouse builder. Hand cut wood floors; handmade light fixtures; the building is all from scratch.

See it before it's gone - I promise you, there isn't another house in the world quite like it.

I am going to miss it so much. Farewell, Wightwick Manor. It has been amazing to know you. :) 
- Wendy 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Wylde Kingdom Forecast: Moldy with a Chance of Motorcycle!

My workbench is covered in molds.

I might have gone a little crazy in the mold department.

But I've been experimenting with hot glue and molds and it is SO MUCH FUN!!!

I can't seem to stop.

And now I have half a million cupcake decorations.

So I guess I'd better made some cupcakes.  :)


My baby dirt bike finally moved to my house. She needs a bath, but she's HERE!!!

I have the perfect place to ride her: private roads, 10 mph speed limit, very little traffic. And since it refuses to snow here, even though it IS November, I might as well get in some (badly needed) motorcycle practice.


Oh.... and I will have some gingerbread houses to show you very soon (I love THOSE molds too!)

I hope that if you've been busy it's with things as nifty as molds and motorcycles!

- Wendy

Friday, October 21, 2016

Oh Facebook.... GLUE Guns are For Crafting!!!

I guess I'd gone a week or two without actively hating Facebook. But today... I just can't stop shaking my head.

So I posted:

"Hey, crafty friends (and anyone who might know) - any thoughts on where to find inexpensive mini glue guns? (7mm stick size) They don't need to be super heavy duty or anything. But I need ... um... 17 of them... HELP! Thank you in advance! :) "

And I got this: 

So apparently Facebook doesn't know that glue guns are for making crafty things? I get that Facebook hates guns. I know this. But it's a HOT GLUE GUN.  WTF did they think I was going to do? Bond myself to a school?

I can't stop shaking my head. Utterly ridiculous.

But as a side note, I really DO need 17 mini hot glue guns. A friend suggested Michael's, so maybe I'll try there Monday or Tuesday (I work all weekend.)

I guess if I try to post a tutorial about what I'm doing with 17 glue guns, I'll need to bring in the NRA so FB doesn't delete it?

Hope your Friday is less stupid than mine. :)

- Wendy