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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Lights ON! Nobody Home at #43 ( the Parlor)







What a difference LIGHTS can make!  
Yesterday, to avoid having to work on the stairs, I thought I would tackle the lighting.  
I have had the wires installed for some time, I just hadn't hooked them up yet.  
As with EVERYTHING with this doll's house, it proved to be a frustrating and challenging endeavor.
Here is what happened....

It all began with wanting to get this little table lamp hooked up.
As with everything in a doll's house, in order to get one thing done, other things have to be accomplished first.
To get the lights going in the parlor, I had to have a power source and since I was going to hook it up for one light I may as well get it done for all!  As usual Murphy's Law was in full force and everything that could go wrong, 
DID
  I used the tape wire system and then to reenforce it I used the
TEENY TINY BRASS BRADS THAT WERE THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE!
If any of you have ever tried to use these miniscule nails and had them spring free from the needle nosed pliers just as you are about to pin them, then you know how difficult it is to remain cool, calm and collected, as you are trying to get what SHOULD BE a simple job, done.
I lost about HALF of those tiny brads to my camouflaging carpet.
When they went AIRBORNE, I didn't even bother turning my head to watch them fly.  I knew I would never find them again.  I just picked up another and tried again.
Everywhere you see a piece of blue tape is where I had to install TWO tiny pins.  I then used solder on the joins to MAKE SURE that those pins don't wiggle their way out and cause the power to cut out.

(I had that happen many years ago and trying to fix it was NOT FUN!)
I have a number of pretty fixtures that I would like to install but
I know that I will probably NOT use most of the available power but I wanted to err on the side of caution.  I am not entirely sure about the room arrangements for the bed and bath yet so I wanted power available for whatever room configuration I decide on later.
I plan on making a template and installing a floor on top of the existing floor.
Giac, just redid his 2 floors in his 

LATE VICTORIAN ENGISH MANOR DOLLHOUSE
check out his post 
"A Tale of Two Libraries"
 You will see how He did his floor with a template and then the most Marvelous wood parquet that you ever saw!  
Mine won't be Marvelous, it will be old and worn out looking
"Cause that's the way, unhuh unhuh, I like it "
(a 70's "K.C and the Sunshine Band" disco song)

I digress....
Okay, I got the tape installed and checked it all along the way and then as expected, NOTHING!!!
It took me all of Last Night to get it power up and running.
In the process, I blew a transformer because I hooked up a nine volt instead of a 12 volt and so
"pop"
no power.
I then spent another 30 minutes undoing everything I had done only to find that I was testing a power line that was not even connected.  No wonder there wasn't any juice.  Tearing my hair out all for nothing!  After reconnecting everything again, I found that I didn't give myself enough Lead Wire to allow the lamps to sit properly on the furniture. 
(Undo, everything all over again) 
I was at this until 3 a.m. this morning!  
Well, now it is done and the power works so I am going to give you the tour of the Parlor all over again. I am sure that you all have this room Memorized by now.  I just keep showing it over and over.... !   Trust me it looks different now with the lights on! 
So here it is (once again), for your viewing pleasure

The, ' Now Working' desk lamp on the writing table.
 I have added a chair by William Clinger that I have had for a long long time.  It looks right at home pushed up to the desk and fits well under the table top.  I think it has a nautical feel to it as well.

The fireplace wall sconces are hooked up to a separate  6 volt transformer.   The lights are dimmer and softer and don't compete with the table lamps which are a lot brighter.  I like the variations in the
quality of lights.  The fireplace lights are operating on 3 AA batteries and I am going to experiment and see if I can hook them up to a 3 or 6 volt transformer.  I have an extra set of this string of LED'S
so I will try them out before I try the ones in the fireplace.
I have replaced the batteries probably four times already and I am tired of getting new ones. But it just looks so cosy with the fire roaring in the fireplace.   I tend to have them on a Lot.  Wasted energy, equals more money, and batteries are not cheap and cheap batteries don't last.
I love this photo!
I took this shot by holding the camera in the kitchen and pointing it towards the fireplace and hoping for the best!  I couldn't really see what the picture was until I reviewed it. I like it because it looks like someone is actually standing in the house.
THE TABLE LAMP THAT WOULDN'T SIT ON THE TABLE

 Over the years, and due to my abusive  and careless way of handling fragile objects,  I had managed to waste at least an inch of one of the lead wire for this lamp.  This meant that after it was hooked up one side of the lamp was being pulled down and wouldn't sit flat on the dresser.  I had to undo the very careful connection and let out more length to accommodate.  Then do it all back up again, only to find that I still did not have enough wire AND the hole in the floor was visible!  I was grinding my teeth.  I had to Undo it All Again and plug the existing hole and drill another one more discreetly hidden and re-feed the wire through the hole reconnect and reseal and then .....

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, ... power at last!
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You know the lesson to be learned here (which I NEVER seem to learn), is to check it first.  I cause myself more grief just because I am so impatient to get it DONE and then look how many times I DO end up DOING it!?
It works!
Quick!, take the picture! take the picture!
Here is an overview of the Parlor with all the lights on
A shot from the window outside
Here the sun is streaming through the kitchen window!  Love this!


I found this fixture when I was looking for something else.  I don't know how long I have had it , but I must have tried to use it before because there was only about 1 and 1/2 inches of wire left on it!  I had to carefully thread it through the kitchen ceiling and keep my fingers crossed, that I didn't break off any more.  The wires were very fragile. This is on a 6 volt transformer, the same as the fireplace lights but I am going to have to transfer it to a 12 volt before I finish all the lighting.  It will make the kitchen a little brighter and that will be important later on when the other fixtures and fittings are installed.  
Now you can see everything that is up and running
And let's not forget the exterior.  I love these two coach lamps!
Now that the lighting is told I shall show you some of the details that have taken place since your last visit. I am pretty sure that I saw the iron key in a door lock initially  in a cottage done by Caroline from "Cinderella Moments".  I also opted to add some iron keys in the door lock.  They were from a pair of earrings at Claire's that sell a lot of 'tweeny- age' accessories to young girls.  These were bright shiny metallic colors and now they are just plain black.  I am sure that the fashion savvy 12 year olds would be heart-broken if they knew!
Fatima's wonderful knitting bag that I bought from her at the club show this past June.  I  just love what she has done and this bag is made to stand upright due to the weights that she has placed inside.  I have this sitting next to the arm chair.  Fats has included some knitting in progress and some glasses and scissors etc.  She had a few different styles to chose from but this one seemed the best fit with the style of the Parlor. 

I decided to use my favorite tea cup and saucer  by Teresa Welch of  "The China Closet" shown here with the Ken Chellis silver service
This china when I purchased it was pricey 14 years ago.  I recently saw the duplicate 3 piece set that I would have  LOVED to have had.  It was featured through  "SWAN HOUSE MINIATURES" on-line store and my eyes bugged out at what it SOLD for.  All of Teresa Welch's china is eggshell thin and very delicate and hand-painted which is why it is so treasured and her tea pots are soooo very pretty.  I understand that she had retired from the business and that made me want to jump on her china even more, But I couldn't talk myself into being that frivolous and besides it was already sold.  Everything of hers was sold!  So I am very pleased to have This at least, and grateful that I haven't lost it or broken it in all the years that I have had it stored away.  
This is the matching plate
The tea table with the silver and the tea goodies, some that I have made and the Battenburg cakes and strawberries that were a gift from Fats are in the silver serving basket that was another purchase from the West Coast Miniature Show.
( I am discovering that I really like silver; UhOh....! ?)
Here is yet another Bill Clinger writing chair.  The arm rest that has the table top has a small drawer underneath it for storage and so does the seat.  I made a loose needlepoint seat cushion for the chair from an old change purse that was hanging around and then placed Pam Grant's petit point cushion on it. 
The other Bill Clinger chair that is now in the Parlor




Nate the Great, is still sitting by the fire with a paw on the slipper.  
I was so excited when I found the little glass seagull at the thrift store not long ago.  There were two sitting on a large piece of driftwood and a sea shell.   They both came off so easily.  I put one here in the parlor as an ornament.  He just fits!
I think that this is a good picture.  The warm glow from the lamp makes the contents atop the desk really shine and the effect is very welcoming.  Through the window you will see a house.  I changed the backdrop thanks to Marisa of Stienworks.  She had pointed out a Miss Marpole Mystery from a BBC production that had a stone cottage with a low stone wall, that was shown in part of the intro.  Marisa told me that she associated the music from the Miss Marple mystery, with this Parlor.  I liked the village street scene that was filmed and so I found a couple of pictures of village stone houses that I switch up to show that this cottage is in town.  When the owner wants to go on holidays, I shall simply change the backdrop and "Presto", they will be there!  How's that for cheap travel?
( Even Better than having a pair of Ruby Slippers! )
Another tiny framed photo on the wall behind the potted Marguerites. 
So that is it!  I have gotten you up to speed and there is nothing now that you haven't seen .  Susan, my dear, I hope that you are satisfied with the QUANTITY of pictures this time around?  I tried to give you more.

Wait!,
looks like someone is coming in,
 the LIGHTS ARE ON.....


Yes!
I'M HOME
elizabeth

66 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth,
    Oh my goodness, your work is phenomenal.....this is just so quaint and lovely, and you must have the patience of a saint to be able to handle all those lil things. I know you say you don't have patience, but to be able to do and redo all that, takes patience and tenacity my dear!! So.. sorry you had such a time with it, but am sure it made it all the sweeter when it came out so well. But am sure it must be more than aggravating to contend with at the time.

    Wanted to Thank you for coming by today and for all your lovely comments, and I so agree with you about the looking for the good and the positive, it makes every difference in life.
    I have to say doing this Thankful Thursday post
    every week for over 4 years has revolutionized
    my life........

    So nice to meet another sister in the Lord in blogland............look forward to my next visit.
    Blessings Abundant, Nellie

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    1. Hello Again Nelliie! Thank you for paying me a visit and also for the wonderfully kind comment! I Have Patience for most things very easily, but what frustrates me is my own impatience with what I know I have to do slowly and carefully and then I don't. When I rush then I pay the price. What is worse, is that I don't learn from my mistakes so I keep making them. There is a term for that kind of behavior, and it isn't flattering. On the plus side, there is the opportunity to dig my way out of my own disaster and that often leads to something good. ( or at least not as bad as it was) hahahah Sometimes I think that God makes things turn out right for me, in the end just cause He can see how deep a hole I am digging for myself and He feels sorry for me, after a while. This hobby is lots of fun but it is not always easy and I can use all the help I can get!
      So Thank you God!

      elizabeth

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  2. Dear Elizabeth,
    Ah làlà, electrical instalation ... when it's not a player kitten which just destroy everything, are microscopic nails that do as they head!
    As I sympathize!!! ^^

    The result is however wonderful, full of charm, mystery and authenticity. You did well to persevere. ;) (Yes, you always have to go after ideas in mind... ^^)
    Every picture tells a story, and the cup of tea makes me dream ... Hugs, Léa

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    1. Thank you Lea'! I was just reading about your Naughty Little Kitten on your latest post and I can imagine the deep dismay when that happened to your doll's house. What did you say now" for every problem there is a solution and if there is a solution then there is No Problem"? I shall try to remember these words the next time I am on the verge of loosing it! Every thing that I have attempted when doing this project has become a major issue and Nothing has been simple yet this is proving to be my best doll's house to date, and I am enjoying the process immensely despite the setbacks; or maybe because of them.

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    2. Hi Elizabeth,

      "What did you say now "for every problem there is a solution and if there is a solution then there is No Problem"?"
      I wrote : "So ultimately, even if it seems impossible, there is always a solution, and mathematicians tell us that if there is no solution, there is no problem ..."
      The most important thing to remember this quote is that if there is no solution, it means that there is no problem. Your interpretation is also very good ""for every problem there is a solution and if there is a solution then there is No Problem" and means the same.
      We must therefore conclude that every problem has a solution (if not it's not a problem). Wow ...

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    3. Lea'! My head is now spinning, No,problem! haha

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  3. Wow! Elizabeth, I LOVE your style!!! The room looks SO Gorgeous and Real and the rosy glow of the lights is just Perfect!!! I am sorry you had to struggle so hard to make them all work... but Obviously you make an Extraordinary setting when it is done!!! I have never used Tape wire... I always go for the regular wires, so I have no tips to offer. But I am sure You have more experience than I anyway, and you have the tenacity that is needed to get it done!!!
    As for all the other little touches... I am Breathless with admiration for you skill.... you know Just what is needed... keys in the door... a Teacup that is DIVINE... knitting bag that is Perfection... even a tiny framed picture BEHIND a vase.... where nobody would see it unless the vase was gone! Beautiful! Just Beautiful!!
    As for the kitchen light... how serendipitous to have the right light in your stash.... doesn't it make you wonder sometimes about the "destiny" involved in these creations?
    And the view nobody can see.... but the camera can capture for us... I too LOVE those glimpses... as though we Have walked into the mini world...!
    I am going to be poring over this post over and over! And even changing the view out the Window...!!! Wow!!!

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    1. Hello my dear Betsy! Your comments are always such pleasure to read. I have never been very good with electrics but I have come to terms with the idea that it has to be done and so I do it. When I first began to electrify my work I was so careful and scared stiff that I was going to elecricute myself or blow up the project and have a mini house fire! Like in the movie "Ghostbuster" I was afraid that I was going to accidentally "cross the streams". Now I am too cavalier ( read careless) and I am not paying as much heed to it as I should. Hence the foul ups! But now that the lights are operating and everything is looking like it is suppose to, I can truly say it was not so bad after all. I love the way the light plays upon the various objects in the room and highlights the accessories. Thank you for commenting on the keys in the door ( I like them a lot ) and the picture behind the vase. That little feature is a tribute to you! You do so many little touches that only YOU know are there, and that is what makes your work so incredible to see. The spiral staircase that will be entirely enclosed; The lights that are hidden and yet cast a diffused glow throughout the peacock room.....
      I love those kinds of hidden treasures, and you do them so well.Betsy!
      I was so pleased to have unearthed that light fixture hanging in the kitchen. I found some others that I had also forgotten about and I hope to be able to use them upstairs when I get that far. I had a lovely little copper farmhouse light, that was completely ruined by being in the garage and exposed to salt and water, it rusted out and turned into the most beautiful verdigris! I was thinking that I could salvage it somehow, it when I chanced upon the Victorian style light fixture that I decided to use instead.
      As you say Betsy, it was meant to be.... It was Destiny.

      elizabeth

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  4. I feel your pain when it comes to wiring! I still can't believe my dollhouse hasn't burst into flames. I ended up running all my wires out the back of my house and plugging them into socket strips: Simple, but effective. I am loving the shots of your house --you truly have an artist's eye.

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    1. Hello John! Thank you for that compliment; very much appreciated. I was thinking about the plug strip as I was hooking the various lead wires together under the house foundation and it would have been the BETTER solution. I have used both the tape and the hard wire and both gave me trouble. Of course the biggest drawback with the tape wire system is mainly the BRADS. The tape wire itself, is as easy as laying scotch tape. It is those teeny tiny nails that are the killer! They shoot out everywhere, in every direction! Help, call in Michael Moore! haha
      Anyway John, from one artist to ANOTHER, I thank you. Your Merriman Park is one of the most Beautiful Doll's houses that I have ever seen, and now that you have completed it, whatever will you do next? I think that I would just want to sit and look at it all day and sigh with pleasure and contentment. Sweeeeeeeet

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  5. Elizabeth, I wish I can see your little room up close and personal! I want to know exactly how you did what and where. Lighting has been the bane of my mini making but I will never want to make anything without eventually having lights in or shine on it.

    All mini houses should, actually MUST have lights because the transformation is amazing. No matter how good the project is already.

    This room never looks the same as far as I am concerned. It will take someone with a super eidetic memory to remember each and every detail! But your details are magnificent and I have no problem recalling such fine touches like the birdcage over the desk, keys at the door (forgetful like me :) ), the knitting bag and the petite point cushions. With every visit, the room just keeps getting better.

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    1. ( Sans, my reply got bumped below Indy-Poppy's )

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  6. Arn't lights great! They make a house come to life. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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    1. Hello Indy-Poppy! Yes, the lights seem to make a world of difference to the finished product. I know that you are currently working on a Victorian Period house as well so that you will be using more authentic Victorian lighting. The Victorian era has such wonderful glass shades and there is so much variety to choose from. Because this is a more contemporary home it gives me the opportunity to use both classic Victorian as well a modern light fixtures which is good because I have such eclectic taste anyway. Regardless, once they are turned on as you say, the room takes on a new life and a other worldly character. I love sunlight as the best kind of light there is but there is also the glow of lamplight in the window that never fails to draw me closer just so that I can peek inside.

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  7. Thank YOU Sans! You know that one of the reasons that I have put those keys in the lock is because I DO forget them in my own Back door! It is my kids who remind me they are there. A Bad habit, but one that translates well into the miniature world. I am glad that you think the room keeps getting better. I wish that I had another room to show you though and if I can get my courage up to tackle the stairs then I might be able to get the kitchen closer to showing again. I feel like a one trick pony when I keep on showing this room. But I do like the lights and it really makes such a difference to the space that I thought I could get away with at least one more viewing. But What truely makes this house special to me is the input that I get from you and others that is so encouraging and uplifting and validating. It makes it all worthwhile, and it is Always much more fun when you share!

    elizabeth
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  8. I like your wonderful room with lights. Everything looks magical.
    Greetings, Faby

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    1. Hello Fabiola! Thank you so much! I really like the way the room looks with the lights on too! I makes me smile when I see how everything subtly changes because of them. And as you say, Just like magic!

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  9. It is all looking so wonderfully cosy.

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    1. Thank you Sharee! I think THAT is one of the very reasons why I enjoy this room so much. I am all about cosy! My very nature is to have spaces around me that are up close and personal. (Scorpio) I love seeing homes that have lots of real-estate but I gravitate towards the small and the confined. You should see my workroom. Honestly it could not get any tighter in here! hahaha Working on this doll's house is satisfying in that I have very limited space and so it will all naturally be cosy whether I like it or not! Fortunately, I Do Like It! Very much and I am glad that you do too, Sharee.

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  10. Hello Elizabeth,
    My dear friend, your posts are a true celebration of beauty. the rooms looks so amazing! the lighting really makes the room feel real and it is just right...every ray of light showcases or highlights the amazing accessories you have. It is gorgeous, and I KNOW your new floor will be absolutely fantastic in spite of what you say! I understand the lighting frustration. I did it on an old house, the wire method, and I swore I would never do it again. Large men with clumsy hands should never handle those brads. ..but you did a wonderful job...well worth all the time. The rooms is stunning and after the first few pictures I thought "this has a Miss Marple BBC feel to it (I LOVED that series). Everything, down to the last exquisite accessory, is just...is just...well...it's just Elizabeth! Gorgeous!
    Big hug my friend, and be proud of your INCREDIBLE work,
    Giac

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    1. Giac, My dear Thank you and Thank you again! You are so encouraging and I highly value your words. You know, I think that a Fortune could be made if someone would develop a Air Nail Gun Tool for those tiny brass brad, so that all one would need to do is point and shoot! I would be the first in line at the check out! Even "large men with clumsy hands " would find it helpful I'm sure! That is the 'fly in the ointment' for an otherwise quick and easy lighting system. As I told John, I have used the hard wire for the lower floor and the tapewire for the upper and both were a struggle but now that it is Done, no regrets. As long as I still have SOME HAIR LEFT ( and I do) then I am happy. You can thank Marisa for the Miss Marple reference. That girl has so much information at her fingertips and by her sharing that show with me I gleaned some first hand knowledge of the "English way" and "flavor" that helped round out what I already had in mind. As Lea' said " Every picture tells a story" and my objective is make this a story worth telling.
      A Big hug back Giac!

      elizabeth

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    2. Dear Elizabeth, do not use nails to the junctions, it is the more rapid (and easy) with eyelets (http://cir-kitconcepts.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=163). Very easy to install with this tool http://cir-kitconcepts.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19&products_id=244&zenid=12ac8d433d6f63bbe80f08bca7121d5e (more, there is no need to put 4 by crossing, only 2 are enough to carry the electric current.)

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    4. Hello again Lea'! I have checked out the link you gave and discovered a whole lot that I didn't know existed untill now. I never even thought to look at the company web page!? Now I see that you are right and that the eyelets would have made the job a whole lot faster and more efficient and I will keep this knowledge for future reference and do the tape wiring the easier way next time. You see Lea' for every problem there IS a solution...... I know Now that I misquoted your original statement, but I understand MY way of its interpretation, better! (smiles)
      Meri beaucoup, Lea'

      elizabeth

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    5. That is to say that "my" quote is that of Cartesian minds (especially mathematicians ^^). I also really like your interpretation.
      I'm glad I could help you for the next time, even if the battle with the nails was a delight to read ... You have a real talent for storytelling. ♥ Have a nice weekend, Hugs from Paris, Léa

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  11. Привет, Элизабет!
    Вы сделали большую работу! Для меня электричество это кошмар. Я всегда оттягиваю встречу с ним.!:):):)
    Ваша фотография вид из кухни. Как будто кто-то в доме есть и смотрит на камин!! Я тоже люблю так делать. Фотографируешь не зная что получится. А потом смотришь фотографии изнутри дома! Это так волнующе!!
    Мне нравится, как падает свет на комод и стенку. Оставляет отсвет на кресле! Красные отблески от камина! Картина в полумраке! Свет всегда создает атмосферу тепла и уюта Так бы сел в кресло, достал вязание из сказочной сумки. Рядом верный пес! Ух!!! Размечталась!!!!
    Я прекрасно провела время:):):) Спасибо!!!
    Объятья
    Татьяна

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    1. Hello Tatiana! My dear, Thank you! You have expressed yourself so well and I love the picture that you have painted! I had exactly THAT in mind when I organized this room. I wanted it to look like someone has just stepped out into the kitchen and when they return they will sit right back down in that comfy chair close to the light so that they can continue with their knitting, enjoying the fire as they sip their tea. And Nate, the "faithful dog" will chomp away contentedly at the confiscated slipper. If someone happens to stop by, why then they can pull up a chair too and enjoy some refreshments and the two can gossip away like old friends like to do. You have the story, Tatiana! It is so much fun to make up stories and to Dream. And all The lights seem to make those Dreams, appear to really come true.

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  12. Gorgeous work, Elizabeth! It's fun hearing your stories about all of the lighting problems. You gave me a giggle, because it's so true, everything you said. That's just how problems go when working on miniature scenes--too funny! The lighting really makes the scene--I love the sunlight pouring in the windows and your delicate lamps and perfect fireplace. It's fun to see your treasured miniatures too--wow! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hello Jennifer! Thank you so very much, and I am so happy that you like the Parlor, Jen! I too,love the shot where the sunlight is illuminating the kitchen! God is so good, sunlight is so healing and nothing is as effective and uplifting to the spirit.
      I take it that YOU TOO have had experiences with The Flying Nails!? You know, in hind sight, I am sure that there must be an easier way than the way that I did it, but I remember when I first bought this system of tapewire over 20 years ago, that I had EXACTLY the same kind of problems then too. One of the worst things that happens, when involved in miniatures, is when you are vacuuming and you hear something go rattling up the pipe and into the vacuum bag and you heart sinks because THEN you recall that Certain SOMETHING that you could not find after you had dropped it on the camouflage carpet! ( The carpet that you installed just so that it would hide All the dirt so debris wouldn't show! ) I vacuum up spiders and flies too and so what is Gone Stays Gone, and if it was important, I will just never know. Next time I do vacuum this Studio however, I will recall that it will be the sound of all those teeny tiny brass nails that flew helter skelter all over the floor. Bye bye little brass brads, it was nice know ya! Now, Rest in peace. heehee

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  13. Dear Elisabeth, your house is looking gorgeous, especially with the lights turned on! I think it was really worth all your trouble
    ( but I had to giggle a little reading about your adversities, for I experienced just the same when trying to install electricity in my own Miniature House; O dear, such an ordeal, but I am still happy I took the trouble!) Hugs, Liduina

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  14. Hello Ludina! Thank you so much sweet lady, for your kind and generous words. I remember just how clever YOU were in disguising the wires in your doll's house! I was so impressed by that particular post of yours. I meant to let the "POWELGIRLS 3" know about What and How you took care of the wires because it was Ingenious! Chris and her niece Hannah,(of PG3) are building "The Lily" by Greenleaf and are still in the early stages of assembly. They could use some of your great and creative solutions Liduina! Personally, I don't think that the wiring is ever easy unless you are a professional electrician. I know that this tapewire system was designed particularly to help ease women into the arena and it HAS made a lot of us "scaredy cats" a whole lot braver. They just need to work out the 'Bad BRAD Bugaboo'and I would be completely fine with it. In any case, like Labour Pains, once they are over, you forget how much it hurt, and you just thereafter, cherish and enjoy the blessings!

    elizabeth

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  15. Its amazing what lights can do to a house! And you have so many beautiful details! Like the key in the lock =) Everything looks so well and thoughtfully made! Hannah

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  16. Hello and a Big Thank you, Hannah! for your kind and thoughtful words! I Love the addition of the lights too! It changes the look of Everything and it tells another chapter in the story, now that the lights are on. For me there is always a good reason for every single thing being present and situated where it is. Sometimes I do change my mind about the furnishings or the accessories after it has been installed, but usually, if that happens, it is because it has been upgraded. So much of what is currently in this room has been in storage for many, many years. You know, I came across a bag of old receipts just recently and discovered what I had paid for a lot of the miniatures that are in this room. Back in the 80's, I was more of a "want-to-be collector" with a beer budget and champagne tastes! Not that much has changed over the years, except that now I do try to make as much as I can, for my projects and save the expensive bits for just here and there. I found that if you mix the Quality wisely with the more Affordable, you can make the 'less' look like a whole lot MORE. And THAT can be just as much, if not even More Fun!

    elizabeth

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  17. Amazing as always! A great dollhouse is always built with bloodied fingers and curses, flying one of a kind pieces and the last _____ you had in stock.

    Wait everyone goes through that right? ;P

    Your photos are amazing, you do build rooms where we need to sit and drink from your lovely tea cup and just gander at all the wonders in the corners!

    beautiful!

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  18. Hello My Lady Jane of the Forest Fairies! You are so right about the fingers, not bloodied however just caked with paint and glue! I am sooo glad that you have enjoyed the photos Jane, that makes me really happy!
    I have been looking at the photos again and have seen a few minor things that I shall need to make corrections on. It is so hard to sit still and just enjoy the room for the day instead of wanting to always mess about in it. IN any case, please DO stay and make yourself at home for as long as you like. Here, have some tea! Isn't that teacup Marvelous!!?? I wish that I had a few of them but only one is really needed for this room. Do, however, take a seat Jane and make yourself comfortable, and we'll "gander at the wonders in the corners" together!

    elizabeth

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  19. bonjour Elizabeth, que de "souffrances" ... Vos déboires ainsi racontés sont source de sourires chez ceux qui les lisent ! Et puis c'est aussi réconfortant pour la débutante que je suis et qui est confrontée à d'autres minis mésaventures.
    Le résultat est MAGNIFIQUE ! Que de petites merveilles, dans cette maison.
    Bon courage pour la suite, prenez soin de vos cheveux et de vos ongles, lol !
    Bon week-end ! rosethé

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    1. Bonjour Rosethe' Thank you for your lovely comment and for liking this room as much as you have said! It is so gratifying when others enjoy your work and the trials and tribulations that are attached to them! I write what happens to me as I endeavor to get the project completed because I know that other people have HAD to have experienced the same or very similar circumstances. When you are in the midst of them you can become sooooo Irritated and think that the "suffering" will never end or that YOU only are the Biggest Cuckoo on the planet and that nobody else is messing up like you are! I have often been on the verge of TEARS!? because what is in my Head is NOT coming out in my Hands. I did not feel like crying on this project but I Was getting angry at Myself. I hope that my experiences will give other that are relatively New to Miniatures comfort that it CAN work out all right in the end even WITH THE MISTAKES and sometimes even BETTER because you have made them. " FOR EVERY PROBLEM THERE IS A SOLUTION AND IF THERE IS A SOLUTION THEN THERE IS NO PROBLEM" ( I am quoting this just to " bug" Lea" (smiles )
      I am so happy to have some hair left after this Lighting experience and yet the nails cannot be salvaged. hahahahha Have a wonderful weekend Rosethe'

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  20. Hi Elizabeth! I have never loved a miniature room as I love this one. It is absolutely unique. What makes it so special is not just your collection of accessories but how you have disposed of them to make it look like someone is really living there. You have such a wonderful knack for doing that.

    I was so sorry to read of all the difficulties you encountered as you strove to install your wiring system. However, the outcome speaks for itself because the glow that emerges from these little lights creates such a magical aura that it makes an observer just want to look and look. I can just imagine the pedestrians taking an evening stroll and stealing a quick peak as they pass by. I know I would!

    You have such a marvelous collection of furniture and accessories. I love the new pieces you have introduced such as the magnificent china, the keys, and the writing chair which is a piece that I have never before seen in miniature. How genius of you to make a cushion out of a change purse. It's a cushion after my own heart.

    I love Fatima's knitting bag. She has such a special way of putting something together.

    Thank you for sharing your adventure. I look forward to seeing your kitchen. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Hello my Dear Lucille! Your words are sooo wonderful to hear and I thank you for them! I love the way you have read my mind about the strolling pedestrians wanting to get a peek in the window as they passed. When I am taking my puppies out for their evening stroll in the fall when the sun sets early and the lights are on inside, I am one of those passers by who steals a peek into the living rooms and wonder about the folks who are inside. Of course I do not go up and press my nose to the window! But I enjoy the speculation about the occupants and wonder about their stories. That was going through my mind when I installed the desk lamp that is right next to the "glass" in #43. I wonder why looking though the window is almost more fun than looking at the room wide open?
    The difficulties as aggravating as they were Lucille, were just a part of the process of development. I should be use to making the mistakes that I make because they are Always of my own carelessness and impatience. I can't seem to wrap my head around slowing down and taking more time to think about what I am doing before I do it. I have decided to become more AWARE from now on. I have written on the side wall of the exterior of the house, a BIG note about what I need to do with the electrical BEFORE I begin to cover the remaining side with the chimney and the stonework. ( A note is called for because the memory is short along with my attention span )
    I am glad that the chairs please you because they have been waiting in the wings now for quite some time. I had the armless one in the doll's house that the rats infested but the writing one I think was homeless since I bought it. I am delighted to have them available for this house as they both seem like a perfect fit. The seat cushion was an after- thought and I had just enough of the fabric to cover the card with. I thought that any guests that may stop buy would enjoy something softer on their bottoms than wood. It looks cottagy and doesn't match with anything but I like it and it works for me.
    Fats will be thrilled that you have given a special mention to her knitting bag! I love this bag and it looks like it has always been part of the room. I used to have a basket, then a lidded sewing basket but when I bought the bag, the other ones were passe and as if they never happened. All in all, I am very happy with the Parlor and I am glad that it has touched your heart in a special way too, Lucille. As I mentioned earlier this house has been one headache after the next but I am convinced that it is the best house I have ever done and I have done 3 prior to this one and yet this my Most
    Difficult Child is truly my FAvorite!

    elizabeth

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  22. Hi Elizabeth! Please let me say "Thank you!!!" for entertaining me with wonderful pictures and your words! Looking at your pictures I feel like looking at old oil paintings and there is also always something new to realize. My house has no lights...eh, and I guess I should better leave it that way for a while :-))))
    Hugs, Sandra

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  23. Hello Sandra! Thank you for not only enjoying the pictures but saying that my Parlor looks like an "old oil painting"! That remark gives me great pleasure! I am so pleased that you have enjoyed this post Sandra. You know choosing to light a doll's house or not is a completely individual choice and it IS a daunting one if you are trying to retrofit lights After all the work is already done so I entirely understand your choice to abstain! hahah Since I am building and making allowances as I go to accommodate the electrical I have opted to do it, but again it is easier said than done. Take pleasure in what ever choices you decide on! I show this process because even though I have been at this hobby for a very many years it is still challenging for me and I don't know it all and even when I think that I do..... well, you can see what happens! "If I don't do it, no one else will" has been my own self talk to get the job done. ( This is what I am telling myself right now about the stairs! ) I hope that my highs and lows will continue to entertain everyone. I have to laugh at my own ineptitude at time, kinda like Laurel and Hardy when I look back at all the silly things that I do over and over. But hey, that is MY life as it Really is! hahah If I can do it and get through it, hopefully those that are intimidated and hesitant about taking the plunge will see that survival rates are high and the results are well worth it in the end.

    elizabeth

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  24. Hi Elisabeth!! Well, everything is already said.......what can I tell you more ;)!?? Okay, I'll try in my bad English :D!
    Yes, lightings makes a lot of difference!! I haven't done any wiring yet, so that will be a struggle, I guess? Yours is done well after you struggled a lot with all the wiring and after that all: still no power! I am so sorry, E, but I had to laugh about what you wrote to us, I couldn't help myself, but I saw you in front of me. (Bad words ;)) and you in front of your dollshouse and to try, try again and it still didn't work!
    But now you can be very proud of yourself: it works and HOW!!!
    Like Sandra said, the room looks like an old painting, atmospheric and very lifelike, just like someone really lives in these rooms.
    I read the comments of Léa too and now I have learned something about wiring. But I think it will be delayed to the very last minute to wire my dollshouse at the end, because I still have to finish it after 12 years!!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hi Ilona! Thank You! and Nothing at all wrong with your English, dear lady! I can't speak a word of Dutch so it is a real blessing that your English is so very good! I am glad that you got a good chuckle of what all went wrong because in retrospect, it WAS really comical and a real comedy of errors. It had such a happy ending though, that it was well worth all the problems along the way. I say that now of course, because they are for the most part, all behind me. ( Let us hope! hahah) I am so happy that you like the way the lights look Ilona! It gives very great pleasure to stare at the room with all the lights aglow and in the evening when all of this side of the world is dark and still, the lights are just enough to make it really look as if someone IS home and just in another room. I love the terms "atmospheric and lifelike". If that is what you feel when you look at this space then I have not "suffered" through the wiring pains in vain.
      Have a wonderful week ahead!

      elizabeth
      p.s. 12 years is a long time to have your doll's house under construction but knowing you it has got to be SPECTACULAR! Everything I have seen you do, is ALWAYS of the highest quality and done with the most Incredible skill and eye for detail. When you get to the lighting, that will be a Sight to See and well worth waiting for!

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  25. Hi Elizabeth! Me again! :) I just wanted to say I LOVE your picture frames.... ALL of them.... and was wondering what your secret supply was? They are all so individual and elaborate and PERFECT for each picture.... just another one of those things you do SO Beautifully!!! They are not at all the usual type of frames... I would love to know where you find them! And as usual... just looking at the details of this cottage... it is all exactly the sort of place one Wishes one lived... glowing fireplace, birdcage at the window, Noble dog before the hearth, elegantly framed paintings.... cozy chairs... a table before the fire set for tea... Everywhere you look there is a charming detail... and the Lighting that gives so much Trouble to install... also gives So much pleasure to see it light up the room! Your work is just so Beautiful!!!

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    1. Hi again Betsy! This time you truly MUST stay for a 'cuppa'! I am glad that the picture frames have caught you eye and trust an Art Lover to spy them out! I am not certain which frames you are meaning, Betsy; the little ones on the mantle or the large ones so I will tell you about them all. The big one over the blue and white china, is a metal frame for a Real life picture that I purchase such a long time ago that I couldn't even begin to guess where it came from. But it is a heavy metal and I painted and aged the garish looking 'goldish' finish that it used to be. I removed the picture that also had real glass cut to fit and it also had a reproduction of an old master like the Blue Boy or Pinkie, or some such in it.
      The frame above the mantle is a resin frame that use to house a mirror that I THINK I bought at the Seattle show also from many years ago. I removed the mirror and inserted the portrait from a magazine and then installed. I actually had to trim off some of the bottom because it was a mite too long. That was a bit unnerving because the bottom portion is considerably narrower than the top.( Not much margin for errors. ) I then painted it to to match the fireplace. The little ones that grace the mantle are for the most, part doll clothes buckles , rhinestone brads and some small embossed buttons and jewelry findings that had the right shape and that looked like frames! I broke down a bell shaped jewelry finding that when once it was opened flat, had four sections that looked like the back stands of old-fashioned picture frames. I cut them apart and glued them to the backs of the frames. Only 2 of the bunch, are actually dollhouse picture frames, and as you know Betsy dear, anything claiming to be "Victorian", just HAS to have a plethora of knickknacks on the mantle with the majority being photos of their family members, young and old alike! Thank you for asking about them. I love to answer questions like this, so anything else that piques you interest just let me know and I will happily oblige and answer. big smiles and a big hug Betsy!

      elizabeth

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  26. OMG! I've been so busy and feel so bad I have not had a chance to check your blog! Dear dear Elizabeth! I'm always amazed by all your amazing work and this is no exception. I believe that this may be the next "Best In Show" 2015. A tough competition as I plan to have the "Garfield" ready for the show as well. You are giving me a lot to think about and I thank you for the challenge!
    Thank you for displaying my knitting bag, you have given it such life and thank you all for the lovely comments.

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  27. HELLOOOOO FATIMA! I have been wondering when you would surface again! I know that the plans for your daughters wedding have been the foremost thing on your mind and all the goodies that you have been making for it have put your minis on the back burner. But, I am DELIGHTED to see you here again, dear friend, and also I am VERY HAPPY that the long and oft neglected GARFIELD project, has returned, once again, to the Drawing Board . The last time I had an opportunity to pay you a visit, I was ogling the Fabulous Staircase that you had built for it. I am on the verge of building up the nerve to tackle mine, and when I recall yours, I am overcome with a case of STRINGER ENVY! I better make certain I do a better job than I have done with staircases in the past. I am so excited that you plan to have the Garfield ready for the show in 2 years Fats! The Garfield is ONE BIG HOUSE with many rooms to do whereas I, .......... only have FOUR! heeheehee!
    luv

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  28. Hi Elizabeth,

    You know I have been giggling to myself because I have just read what seems like my usual experience with Dollhouse maintenance. It is quite funny to see it written out in someone else's words. Don't worry my dear I feel your pain and frustration, but afterwards when you look at the results it all seems worth it. Thats why we do it.

    Your Parlour looks so warm and inviting, most definitely worth the effort!
    ML Fi xx

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  29. P.S I meant to say....those brads are pure EVIL!!!!!

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    1. Hi FI! Yes, they are Definitely a challenge and I am so glad thatTHAT is all behind me now. Next time I shall try the eyelets that Lea' mentions and expect that the process will be smoother. Thank you for enjoying the Parlor Fi! I think the lights were worth it in the end too.

      elizabeth

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  30. What can I say....may I live in this house? With the lights and everything it looks so cozy:))))
    Hugs Sab

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    1. Hi Sab! Lovely to hear from you again and I hope that your Real Life home renovations are proceeding smoothly and on target. We can holiday house swap Sab and I will live in YOUR wonderfully charming house and you can stay here for the holidays in mine. That would be a Real Treat don't you think? (smiles)

      elizabeth

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  31. Oh god now that song is stuck in my head again, I was watching Georgie Girl, got distracted by her cooker (love Lynn Redgrave BTW) and found this..it's your cottage (or parts of it anyway) http://loveisspeed.blogspot.com/2013/04/dennis-severs-house-in-folgate-street.html This gentleman is wonderful..now we dont have to go back in time (I probbly would have passed from the pox or a designer plague..now I dont have to die I can just visit his blog..win/win) Id probably go crazy with no interwebs or tv,..Im glad you've lit the place up but dont forget the black out curtains or those nazzies will have our guts for garters (sorry, I've been watching downton abby..*spoiler alert* an evil gay footman? really?) Im glad you got the lighting sorted..onward and upward

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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    1. Marisa what a whirlwind of activity you are today! My head is exploding from everything in your comment! I have looked at the site that you mentioned and there are Some similarities and there certainly is a lot to look at. I like the fact that he didn't try to make everything in the house look new again but left so much of it in its broken and well-used state like he found it. Most interesting. No need for blackout curtains, however, as the back of the drapes are lined with tin foil so if they Were able to be drawn, they would serve.

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  32. I finally found the time to read your post. It is very interesting. But after all your adventures, I do not know if I will have the courage to face the electrical system...

    It is always a pleasure to read your blog!

    Ersilia

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  33. Hello Ersilia! Do not let my misadventures get in the way of your courage. Remember, I am the type of person who does things in a far less organized and impulsive fashion than You! Having caught up on the progress of your dollhouse facade and seeing just how methodical and logical you have been with the Outstanding finishes on the front exterior and also inside, I have No doubt that once you begin the lighting process, that it will be Successful, too. Your solutions for the baseboard trims were incredibly creative and I loved the opportunity to see just how easy you made them and how marvelous they turned out to be.

    elizabeth

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  34. I know that electric story all too well. Next time I'll try the soldering trick. Thanks for the mention! I'm so honored to have my name in your post. Your photos are so gorgeous. All the hard work is well worth it. You have a magazine worthy photo shoot there. Beautiful! It just makes the house come alive.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  35. Hello Caroline and what a really nice compliment to receive! I was inspired by the keys that you had in the lock of a door although I cannot recall the name of the cottage that it was. I remembered how much that detail resonated with me. Thank you for the inspiration and also thank you for commenting on the photos themselves. I am not always successful with them. Some want to be fuzzy even when I think they are clear. This batch was better than I had hoped for and Pictures Do speak a thousand words don't they?

    elizabeth

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  36. Elizabeth, your house look like real, it's amazing...

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  37. All the details are phenomenal Elizabeth! I love the look of working lights... Makes everything look lived in and just so cozy. :) I have never attempted lighting before and can't wait to rig something up in my mini home! The knitting bag is precious and looks like it has been well used and loved. My other favorite part is the red door with the antique knob and keys. Just wonderful!

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. Thank You Lindsey! I love the red door too! Do not be deterred from trying to add lights because as you can see it really does make a difference. If you have never attempted to wire a house before get a good starter kit and follow the directions but be warned about the tiny head pins, if you choose to use the tape system. Also have a look at the blog posting of Liduina who has left a comment up top. She did a posting on how to disguise the wires so that the finished work looks clean and controlled. It makes all the difference if you can hide the hard wires well, and keep it tidy.
      Have fun!

      elizabeth

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  38. Thank you Sognatrice for such a nice comment and compliment and I greatly appreciate it! I am always trying to make the projects look as real as I can, and when others think so too, then I feel as if I have done a good job!

    elizabeth

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  39. Elizabeth, thank you for signing up as a follower to my blog. I am happy that it meant that I have now found your lovely blog too! Your room is wonderful - I really admire you for sticking to the tape system, I much prefer the hard wire method for many of the reasons that you give here plus more. Your lighting effects are very effective with the different levels of brightness. And the knititng bag is a lovely touch. Sandie

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  40. Hi Sandra! I have just returned from paying you a visit and seeing how your Real Life Studio is progressing! It will not be too much longer I am sure that you will be able to move in and play to your hearts content! I have been trying to make some more progress on my dollhouse since this installment was posted and have had, like you, to do a lot of work that doesn't look like much at all. There is so much Prep work that goes into anything and yet when it is done it makes it all worthwhile. Stay tuned and I shall have a progress report to share very soon and I shall be back to see your RL studio and what is taking place behind YOUR NEW DOOR!

    elizabeth

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  41. The photos are magical. I love the varied intensity of lights. You're very skilled in installing electrical equipment. I admire your talent to arrange so many details in beautiful little displays and not having a mess. Everything goes perfectly with everything in your photos.Let me stare for a while...
    Gosia

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  42. Hello Gosia! Thank you for your lovely comment! I think that the installation of the lights was a Necessary Evil! I Needed them, therefore I was willing to take it on but it is NOT something that I enjoy. I Love the results though and now that this stage is over, I am very glad that I did it but there is a whole lot of resistance and reluctance from me before I dive in and do it. I Am happy that you like the ambience as that is always of first importance to me. Much Like your FABULOUS mini foods, everything has a reason for being where it is placed. All that is lacking is a Big Finger! (smiles)

    elizabeth

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