Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thurber Thursday #7 - Construction Cat

Oh sure, the Joseph Angel might be a construction site right now. But Thurber doesn't care. A sunbeam is a sunbeam, says Thurber the Cat. :)

- Wendy 

("Thurber Thursday" is something I've tried to start on my blog for a while. It never goes very far, but now that I'm back to sorta regular blogging *fingers crossed* maybe it'll happen! You never know! Wish me luck! And if you have any ideas for something Thurber could do on a Thursday, let me know! :)  ) 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Joseph Angel Dollhouse Follows Me Home

My local dollhouse shop, Norm's Dollhouse , where I have spent so much time and money, closed forever on 3/15/17.

Wightwick Manor, the house in the center of the whole thing, moved out on 3/20/17.

And that was that... or so I thought.

So, this is a Joseph Angel dollhouse finished in Purple (picture found on the internet).

And this is one finished for a Norm's Dollhouse customer ages ago. (Scanned from an old photo)
And here is the one in my HOUSE!!!

Midnight in the Dollhouse indeed!

David's dad, Norm Nielsen himself, finished the exterior of this house, and it sat in the shop window of Norm's Dollhouse for years. So it shouldn't mind sitting in MY window, I shouldn't think.

Hopefully, after not too much longer, it will have some lovely irises out front to keep it company.

David and I have talked about finishing the inside of this for YEARS and now... we can. It's empty, but full of potential.

I can't wait to get started. But step one is repairing the exterior. Sitting in a window, in full afternoon sun for years and years, has let the glue dry out and so some things need to be re-glued and that kind of thing.

And then, I can start thinking about the interior.

Of course, there's still the FAO Schwartz house. It's been here, neglected, for about a year and a half and it could use some love.

Since it's no longer in it's original state (it's been painted and re-wallpapered) I'm planning a lot of changes for it. I think it's going to be amazing. So much potential in one tiny little house.

There's another house here too. A different kind of project. But I'll have to show you that one a bit later.

For now, off to the "real" job that I love and that supports my dollhouse hobby.

Wish me luck with all these houses! So many tiny rooms... so little time. :)

- Wendy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Farewell to Wightwick Manor - And I Couldn't Be Happier

I know, that title must sound weird, since the last time I wrote about the Manor, it was that I was completely gutted that it was leaving.

But then I got to meet the new owner. :)

I didn't expect to have anything to do with moving Wightwick. I had said my goodbyes and I thought that was that.

But then, David got hurt while taking apart some of the old store fixtures.

When he called, I hadn't realized I would be helping remove Wightwick (I thought I was just whisking him off to urgent care) so these photos are just from my cell phone. Sorry for the quality.)

The Manor comes apart into 5 separate pieces, for ease of moving. All of Grandpa Nielsen's big houses do.

We loaded it into a trailer they had brought with them. David felt the easiest way to move the Manor was to take it apart, then reassemble it in the trailer. So that's what we did.

And then the Manor was gone.

I thought I would've cried my eyes out, but when I met the knew owner, I knew that I couldn't have hand picked a better home for the Manor. She's WONDERFUL! And she just sounds so smitten with the house, and getting it all fixed up. I know that Wightwick is in good hands, and that makes me feel so much better.

I hope it makes you, those who were worried about the Manor with me, feel a little better too.

To my surprise, though, a huge house DID follow me home from Norm's.

This is the Joseph Angel, and I'll have to tell you all about it in another entry. :)

Hope your weekend was amazing too! More blogging soon! 

- Wendy

(P.S.  Many thanks to Lori, the Manor adopter, for letting me take pictures while the Manor was disassembled and moved. And if you ARE reading this, just know that I really am so glad the Manor found a home with you. Have fun with Wightwick! And thank you for giving it a great home!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Books, Books, Books!!!

The "Little Show" went GREAT! A good time was had by all, and we learned a lot about how to present David & Wendy's Dollhouse at the NEXT show.

And that we might need more than 8' of table for the show coming up in September. Who knew?

But, lately my life has all been tiny books. Books! Books! Books! And another project that I will have to tell you about a little later...

The books are going GREAT! I am so excited to have gotten together a collection of W.W. Denslow's books. They are so cute and the illustrations are so fun.

Like this one, and illustration from Denslow's "Simple Simon".

I'm pretty sure he was unsuccessful in catching a whale, but I guess I'll have to read the book to know for sure. :)

I'm also about to have "The Little Prince" done. I used to do it as an accordion fold book, but the bulky, double pages of the accordion fold limit how many pages you can have. By a lot. So it was an abridged version. Still cute, but not the full book.

But now that I'm doing them double printed (thanks to some wrestling with my computer and printer and lots of swearing) I can do the full book! I am so excited.

Ever since I was a little Wendy, I have been hung up on "What would happen if I had to live in my dollhouse?" (I blame the amazing children's book "Among the Dolls, which apparently left quite an impression my 8 year old mind.)

So now I make REAL books.

And I guess if I ever DO have a sudden shrinking accident, like the little girl in "Among the Dolls", I'll have reading material, at least. :)

What's the most realistic thing YOU have in one of your houses? Something that, if YOU had a sudden shrinking accident, you would be glad was there for you? Let me know in the comments! 

- Wendy