A brief History of my Willowcrest
I think that it was during the mid to late 1990's in which I purchased my
Greenleaf WILLOWCREST DOLLHOUSE KIT
For me it was "love at first sight"
However, not long after I'd bought it, a variety of major events occurred in my Real Life which resulted me taking an extended leave of absence from miniatures, and my WILLOWCREST made a long, dark sojourn inside my somewhat dank garage. And that's where it's stayed for more than 14 years, until last summer, when I'd decided that after my "Arthur" was finished that I would at last begin putting this house together.
Yet, little did I know that God, in HIS infinite wisdom,
had a different plan...
I'd decided that
I REALLY NEEDED TO BUILD THIS HOUSE!
and so I opened the kit box (which was now waiting patiently behind my Studio door),
took out the sheets of wood, and the sheets of directions and began to slowly read them over,
and guess what?
I couldn't figure them out!?!
|(this cut out was now way too big)|
|I had the idea to make a usable front patio, which was an idea that I had toyed with back in February, but I'd abandoned it because I couldn't get a good picture of it in my mind, |
it all became perfectly clear!
| I had to fill in the portion around the window which I had already removed. It looks awful now, |
however it won't look like this forever.
But back outside to the patio....
|this is the proposed size of the future bathroom|
|so by re-positioning the staircase to the outside wall, I will have 2 larger second floor rooms.|
|The proposed placement of the bed, although this is |
Not THE BED which I will be using.
I'm also not sure if I will be using this french-style vanity in this room either, as I may wish to install instead, a wardrobe or dresser.
I always find it interesting that
as soon as you begin to add in the furniture, a room suddenly appears to feel bigger!
|Okay, so the following day the putty was dry and I gave it a light sanding. |
What you see is still raw but it is solid! I will paint it to seal it but today, I had to play with it a bit to get a feel for the next step. I've already added a bullnose to the edge of the steps, after I'd looked at these photos.
|And then after assessing the wall, I felt that it needed something more. Although, it is still unfinished, I think I'll make it terraced, just to break up the bland flatness of it, which will then make it more interesting. By stepping it down and out from the inside wall, I will be able to have a planter box which can be filled with hedge material. That will visually soften the stone and provide a surface for the front steps to later tie into.|
But I can't build it out yet, because I still haven't decided on my front door.
|but now I'm Getting ideas!|
|And so, |
after a long winter of wet, dreary months-
it's Spring again!
my very favorite Season.
I have FINALLY begun "serious" work on my WILLOWCREST and I've even
ordered the windows using the complimentary HBS gift certificate from last year's build along
(thank you HBS!) :D
but I won't do anything more until the windows get here
Thenhmmm? I wonder which one I'll chose?
I'll decide on the front door.
at this present time-
I have no idea what this house will be.
I have no story-line
no working title,
no real direction and no "map" to guide me.
Perhaps it's located somewhere here on the West coast?...
perhaps in California?
So should I try some French/Spanish fusion or maybe a little Shabby chic?
I just don't know...
hopefully some new ideas will come to me along the way
All through the winter, and now into spring
I'll await to see what the morrow may bring
my new adventure begins