With only 20 days left until Christmas Eve, I'm starting to panic a bit. I've gotten a lot of work done on Little's Rosedale, but I still have so much to do. In the above photo, you can see where I painted the roof parts that were sticking out of the house. The blue tape failed me, so now there are little blobs of white on the red that I need to cover. Sigh. If I had been smart about this, I would have painted those parts BEFORE I put on the siding. Lesson learned for next time.
Then I found a piece of carpet in my Beacon Hill stash for the lower room. It doesn't quite match, but I did it anyway because I'm out of hardwood flooring, and I don't have time to order more. It was either this or a really ugly blue and white tile pattern that would have clashed horribly with the room. Now that the carpet has been in for a while, it's starting to grow on me. From across the living room in the darkness of Farmhouse Villa, this all looks like it matches perfectly. This room is the most annoying room in the Rosedale because I'm going to have to cover up all of those white spaces with white trim -- which will need to be painstakingly painted. It also needs baseboards and crown molding. I keep reminding myself that seeing Little playing with this dollhouse will be SO WORTH IT:
Speaking of baseboards and crown molding, every single room needs it. I also need to finish the staircase. That's a lot of painting and waiting for paint to dry, people. Tick, tick, tick....
I successfully completed the shingling job in one day. It went very quickly because I was smart enough to buy speed shingles from Greenleaf to go with this house:
The roof got a base coat of the final color just in case any cracks showed through. I started by putting one row on upside down:
Then I did each row individually. I used Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue, which is what I use for siding as well:
I was very pleased with the final results:
I had to go buy new paint for the roof. This is Folk Art Wrought Iron, which I now LOVE. The color has a bit of green in it somehow. You can't really tell in this lighting, but the color looks fantastic:
Here is the second coat in the light. I'm super annoyed by that ONE overlapping shingle sheet on the very bottom front and center, but oh well:
The light was on the left when I painted this roof both times, so when I put it in the light from the right, I finally noticed that there are some naked bits. GRR. I will touch those up. The blue tape also covered part of the shingles while I was painting, so now the roof needs top and bottom trim to cover up THOSE naked bits:
Speaking of trim... This is like a third of the trim I need to paint. The front door will be the same color as the roof, but everything else is white. About three coats of white. On both sides. Oh, where does the time go?
Meanwhile, I was able to finish my quarter scale Happy Holiday Market Stall to match the snowman one. The Santa inside and the tree outside were from my stash, but everything else came with the kit:
I keep both of these on my nightstand now, and I look and them and smile each night before I go to the Dreamland:
It's the little details that make us happy, people. It really is.
Despite all my moaning and groaning and stressing and freaking about the Rosedale, I've really enjoyed working on the house. The structure itself is so beautiful that I can't help but forgive it for all of its sins. My biggest concern is not that it look perfect but that it gets finished on time for my sweet, little niece. I can do it. I will MAKE IT HAPPEN.
When in doubt, call in the Courage Wolf: