Friday, 20 September 2013

Je t' a Door



Pardon my french!   ( hee hee) I chose to deliberately misspell the title to this posting.  A little play on words, if you will.  I can't truthfully say that I 'ADORE' this door, but  I sure Do Like it a Lot!  



I found that I had A door in my " Tickle Trunk" of wood scraps that is parked outside in my garage.   Unfortunately, it was a door without the door frame and without the jamb so I would have to make that part myself.
( uh oh )
I'm not good with wood.
The door was a standard size and once installed, it used up all the available wall space!   I squeezed out the frame to the door( only just barely) and had to reenforce the wall in the upper corner to keep it stable.  As you can see, the door is hung and will even swing.  Yay.
(whew! )
In this photo you can see just how close to the top edge of the wall, the door is.  You can also see how close it is to the fireplace.  I decided to in-fill the narrow strip of wall  between the door trim and the fireplace panel,with some additional wood trim.  Visually, it now looks like a wall of wood panelling.  The fireplace blends into the door surround, so it all evens out to appear as a single unit.    In the previous post of 'Hal Yay You Yah', the final picture is of what I had expected the size and shape of the door would be.  It now looks very different from what I had originally planned.  I stained and aged the surface of the door so that the wood looks old rather than new and I also added a metal plate ( an English feature) just above the latch handle, which I have painted a flat black.
 and as usual, Everything was a big struggle to install.
As a carpenter;
I SUCK!
( Thankfully, I didn't quit my day job! )

hah
Here is how it all appears with the door to the bathroom now in place.
To the left is the narrow stairwell with the light installed.
Looking to the left, I decided that the walls needed  switch plates.
I placed one just above the foot of the bed and then another on the exterior  window wall. 
The exterior window wall 

I decided that I didn't like the placement  of the switch plate and moved it to here instead.  I have it Blue Tacked on for now 'just to see'.  This makes more sense to me to have the switch plate at the top of the staircase under the light, wouldn't you agree?  The switch for the bedroom lights is on the opposite side of this wall.  
So here is what it looks like now
I just HAD to include this photo again.   It is soooo pretty!


Another overview of the entire bedroom.
I have also aged the linoleum with some gel wood stain which has toned down the bold pattern.

An overview of the entire house on Green Dolphin Street.
(  By special request, from Janine. )
  The Parlor and the bedroom are "Finished", ( I keep saying that and then do something else to them, perhaps I should say then, " maybe finished"? )
and the bathroom and the kitchen with the missing staircase, are still, yet to be done.


Je t' adore!


elizabeth


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  1. I too, ADORE this very beautiful room chamber! The atmosphere and the light are magnificent, every detail is on its place and realized in the perfection!
    This house is really a work of silversmith, Elizabeth!!!

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    1. Hello Nono! What a treat to hear from you! I Thank You for your compliment on the atmosphere as it is Always my primary focus! It is like your storybook 3 Bears cottage, in that it is all about creating character and making the house look lived in. The lighting, well placed, adds so much to the finished work. I am Delighted that you have enjoyed it, Nono. I have a big smile on my face! :D

      elizabeth

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  2. дорогая Элизабет! ваш дом великолепный! Когда вы показываете фотографии комнат, не верится что это миниатюра!!!!! Когда показали весь дом, невольно думаешь что это розыгрыш )))) Ха ха... Люблю вашу работу))) Дверь фантастическая!!!!!!!! А хозяйка дома или хозяин появится на горизонте?

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    1. Hello Xan! Thank you for the Lovely compliment about my house! It is a great moment when I hear that it looks Real to the viewer. This door was a big headache and I am very surprised that it turned out as well as it has, since it fought me all the way! Now that it is installed, I am happy and I am so pleased that you cannot see all the faults that it has. Thank you Xan, for All of your encouraging words!

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  3. Je suis d'accord avec vous, Elizabeth, cette porte est très belle ;)! You have done an excellent job, the door really looks like an old door on the attic, it is so well done!! The whole atmosphere in the whole house is balanced and lovely. Just as Noëlle says I like the lights in your house, it just gives that extra dimension to a cosy house! Mes compliments à vous :D!! I hope to see what you will do with the staircase and the bathroom ;)!
    Have a great weekend! Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hello Ilona! What a Great Pleasure to hear your words, Thank you! I am also happy with the way the door looks especially with the aging of it. I love to add years to nearly everything I can and this door was very obliging! Thank you for noticing the balance of the rooms in the house, Ilona. I made an effort to try and make the 2 larger rooms work well with the 2 smaller ones and that in itself proved to be a challenge. I know that my labor was not in vain when you make such a kind observation about it. I appreciate it very much!

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  4. Я так обрадовалась, когда увидела Ваш новый пост! Дорогая Элизабет, Вы меня подсадили !!! У меня появилась зависимость, как у наркомана. Жду, жду и наконец наслаждение!!!! Вау!!!! Что и сказать!! Все реально !Освещение играет очень большую роль! Создает мягкость линий, плавные переходы, тени! Вот слышен шорох, скрипнула дверь. Картинка замерла в ожидании, затаила дыхание! Вы великолепны! Я хочу еще,еще, еще!!!
    Замечательных выходных
    Татьяна

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    1. Dear Tatiana! Whenever I read your comments I am so touched and so pleased because you see and hear and see so much of what I am trying to achieve! You perceive what lies under the skin and you express it so well! The creaking door, holding your breath in the shadows of frozen anticipation...... Wow! What a story teller you are!!! I Thank you for these very expressive comments and the glorious compliment that comes with them! You must know that I am addicted to your work too! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. Мне очень нравится пробивающийся свет из-под двери! Наверное там кто-то есть.... Вам не страшно!!! Все так реально!
    Не могу уйти, Вы меня привязали :):):)
    Татьяна

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    1. Do you know that I deliberately tried to get the light to seep under the door?! I thought that it would look like someone in the bathroom! Thank you for noticing it!!! I am wearing a very Big smile!

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  6. WOW! Elizabeth I Adore the whole feeling and look of the room. The door looks amazing. The color pallet you use in the room really blends everything perfectly together. Can't wait to see more!!!
    Bug Hug AM

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    1. Hello AM! What a Pleasure to see you back again! I am so happy that you like the color pallet. Thank You AM! I wish that I could say that it was my plan from the beginning but I kind of just fell into it, as the house took on character. It has developed into shades of russet, terra cotta, blues and browns. A very warm pallet for a house that is subject to the vagaries of the weather!

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  7. Absolutely wonderful - you are so talented. It is just beautiful and positively sings to me. Love every little inch - as for the door - you chose the right word I am sure the (romantic) French believe in fate! it was meant to be.

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    1. Hi Em! I have enjoyed your comment very much! I love it that this episode of the house on Green Dolphin Street " sings to you"!!! When I was trying to decide what type of door to use, I had several options and not one of them was right. Remembering the trunk in the garage unearthed this one lone door and... Viola! I guess you could say that this door sung to me too. You could call it fate, I will call it a blessing but I do believe that it was definitely Meant to Be. Thanks very much Em! and I am looking forward to seeing more of your Adventures with your 'Chocolat' very soon!

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  8. I love your pun...(and just made a new Pinterest board titled Pardon My French, so that was also a bit of a hudgy wink from above!) Regarding your project: the door looks wonderfully in place in the room...I never would have guessed the struggle you had to install it. I'm not very good with wood either, so can relate to your anxiety about this part of miniature making. There's something very satisfying about attempting a type of project that isn't our strong suit though, when it does work out well it really adds a sense of confidence for the next time. This miniature room has so much personality...you've captured that aged ambience and rich sense of history so well. It reminds me of the interior of period movies that I have admired...when the designer really understands the soul of the place they are portraying, when it doesn't look staged, but organic...as if it just evolved over time. You've done that here. After admiring your room I think that I really need to find a copy of Green Dolphin Street. Speaking of Elizabeth Goudge, you would so enjoy her book The Scent of Water (yes, I know I have mentioned this before!) One of the themes of the book is a beloved collection of miniatures, "the little things" as the original owner callsthem, who are inherited my a niece and play a part in the transformation of a neglected neighbor child. Thank you Elizabeth, for sharing your lovely creation, your struggles(very inspiring to know that a miniaturist I admire doesn't just pop out her work without effort! Kind of like laboring to have a baby it is, sometimes for me...with a similar joy when the project has been birthed!) I also really appreciate your tips and how-tos, as you've probably figured out by looking at my Pinterest tutorial boards! Hugs from California from Kate♥

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    1. Hello Kate! Thank you for sharing this with me! I shall have to pay a visit to your " Pardon My French" Pinterest board, I love Pinterest and you always have such wonderful images to pin from. I like your word 'hudgy'; You just may have something there! :D Your observation of the space looking organic is a good one. I really try to make the various rooms look like they have developed over the course of time, because I really enjoy the "aged ambience" environments as well as a rooms packed full of history. "The Scent of Water" you had recommended once before, so now the hunt is on to find one at the thrift store! I am such a great admirer of Elizabeth Goudge, and it is delightful that you too, are also a fan.
      I believe that God blesses us with Creativity, of all kinds. When I say that I am not good with wood, I am serious! Others are really gifted in this area, but I am not one of them :( but I can do other things instead. I feel those " Hudgy's " when I work on developing the good gifts that God has given me and can share and encourage others with theirs. That to me, is what it is all about!

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  9. P.S...that was "nudgy wink", although hudgy wink sounds like it had a hug included, so maybe the typo worked in my favor!..(I wanted to get across that I do feel the pleasure/presence of my Higher Power in my creative work...the wind in my wings, so to speak!) I am guessing that you do too.

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  10. What do you mean your carpentry skills are not quite up to par? I see a beautifully stained door in an amazing room! It seems to open and close, looks in proportion, and helps set the mood.
    Don't put yourself down, you are a fantastic artist, miniature carpenter and interior decorator! (Maybe I should hire you to come work in my office. I am sure my clients will need an incredible interior decorator!)
    Awesome room!
    Hugs,
    Isabelle

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    1. Hello Isabelle! I want to Thank You for your very generous compliment and your faith in my questionable carpentry skills, but you must believe me when I say that they are next to nothing. They say that you should "measure twice to cut once"..... I measure over and over and over and cut and cut and cut. I can never get it right! So I have learned to FUDGE. I Fudge quite well because I have to. This door was a perfect example of what 'Good Fudging' looks like! :D I'm serious. BUT, You are right about the proportions of the door and the mood that it has created. It looks just right for the room. However, don't look too closely at the jamb, because then you Will see Fudge! ( smiles)

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    2. Hi Elizabeth.
      Fudge is really delicious, so "fudging" just has to be good!
      Anyway, I noticed that you are not building a "brand new, must-be-perfect, no faults, cracks or flaws allowed" house, so any imperfections you perceive are really what you wanted to achieve!
      Hugs,
      Isabelle

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    3. Yes, you are Absolutely correct Isabelle! In this house, MOST mistakes are Welcomed! I find that they often add just the right amount of " Real Life" required for real, mini living! :D

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  11. Bonjour Elisabeth,
    Je t'adore aussi! ;) For a lady who claims to have no carpentry talent, the door and frame sure came out beautiful. You did a terrific job, yet again! I think the new location for the switch is great. Bravo for not being afraid to revisit and fix something you were not happy with! One thing you do which I love but have always feared is your aging techniques. Every room has so much character and really comes to life! You are the ultimate atmosphere queen!
    J'adaore tout!!!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello my friend! I hate to disillusion people that have so much faith in my limited capabilities when it comes to carpentry. Giac, YOU know how to control the timber, but I regrettably do not! I am at it's mercy. Why do you think that I am postponing the work on the staircase??? ( The thought of which has me shaking in my boots!) I really have to build up the courage whenever I have to tackle a wood working project. It helps to have a large tub of SPAKLE, as my new Best Friend. I can cover a whole lot of questionable cuts with the Spackle at my side. However having said all that, I really appreciate that you like the final results. The adjusting of the light switch was made after I reviewed the photos and saw that it made more sense to have it situated where the light was. Now that I have the right spot, I shall glue it permanently to the wall. I have installed them in the kitchen, the living room and also in the bathroom. I like these kinds of little details and it is lovely to have you notice them, too! Thank you for the title the 'Atmosphere Queen', Giac! I am walking on Cloud Nine!

      elizabeth

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    2. Hey Giac! I nearly forgot to give you a BIG HUG BACK! :D

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    3. Just a note. I have done the light switch in my largest house so far.

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    4. Yahoooo, !!! Grandmommy, you have not wasted any time,..... Good on ya! I bet it makes a difference too, doesn't it? I look forward to seeing it when its ready. Details make the doll's house, A HOME (Big Smiles! )

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  12. I can't believe the mood this room puts me whenever I see it. It feels old, dramatic and full of secrets. The door is the exact vintage and look to match with the room. The detail is more than I could ever imagine. I love this house!

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    1. Hello Grandmommy! Your compliment means so much! Thank you! I am always satisfied when the projects evoke a personal response and deep feelings in the viewer! I like the way that you've expressed it with " old, dramatic and full of secrets"! the old is obvious, but the dramatic made me pause and consider.... the drama is the "action", the story unfolding, and the secrets are all the little details in the room that reveal more and more about the occupant as you discover them! It is like the movie "Rebecca" hidden secrets about the past that affect the present and again, the future. I Love it!

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    2. Yes, yes, Elizabeth!
      It is as if you can see the ghosts or presence of the occupants if you look closely with snippets of their lives here and there. :-D

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  13. Oh, Elizabeth, when I saw the title I found it so clever! I ADORE it! ♥
    Of course, I also love your pics (not only this wonderful title that we can do only in English. In French it would be « Je ta porte » what sounds « Je t'apporte » and what means "I bring to you" ... This is not exactly so subtle). :D Hugs, Léa

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    1. Hello Lea'! You are so wonderful! Thank you! I would not have known that this explanation otherwise! "I bring to you " ( .... a door! ) Perhaps not so subtle but still appropriate. Yes, some things are definitely Meant to be, and as Em has said, how Romantic!

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  14. You're such a clever lady, not only with carpentry but also with words. I too love yourbedroom and house with all these pretty details. I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the kitchen and the bathroom.
    Geneviève

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    1. Hello Genevieve! Thank you for your compliment! I'm Not so good with carpentry, otherwise I would be much happier with it, but Thank you for enjoying the writing and the details of the bedroom and how the house is looking! I am probably going to continue work on the bathroom next and save the staircase for later. The bathroom is 3/4's done anyway but it will be a little while longer before I can show it. Meanwhile, I have something else waiting in the wings, so Stay tuned.

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  15. I love to look at your decor. Your color choices and interior gives a very special warm atmosphere. The door's perfect, you have a timber hidden in you.
    Do you make your fabric, yourself and if so, how? or on what fabric?
    I'll take a look again and lose myself completely, in your photo.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hello Wyrna! Thank you my dear lady for your lovely compliments! I love to mix the decor with both the old the odd and the singular. I love the eclectic look. I didn't make the fabrics other than print out the carpet onto some cotton print paper. I dyed the toile fabric in strong tea to tone it down. I actually cooked it in the microwave so that it would boil the stain into the fabric. The toile cushion on the chair was too bright so I painted it with gel wood stain thinned with some water and then blotted it well and let it dry. That is pretty much it. I like things to be easy and with the fabrics, I glue first and sew only if I have to!:D

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  16. bien jolie porte (on ne peut que l'adorer :-))
    l'ensemble est très harmonieux , splendide

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    1. Hello Claude! Thank you very much! I am so pleased that You are also pleased with the way that the door has turned out! I love harmony and the objective for me is that all elements work together without any one thing taking the lead. Just like with the quilts, all things; colors, fibers and fabrics and anything else that is used, have to build up the finished work to its one finale. This to me is always the most interesting and the most intriguing!

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  17. I love how the light speckles through parts of your amazing house. The door turned out wonderful, a little portal into more fantastic stories I think!

    I know my mini eye is strange but some of my favorite things in your shots are the cracks in the plaster by the window, the stain in the nooks of the stairwell on the celling, the little bumps and scuffs you have applied that make this look so vivid and lived in.

    Age spots....like the back of my hands..HAHAH!!.. I'm sad now ;P

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    1. Lady Jane! I am Delighted that you are a lover of the cracks in the plaster and the stains in the stairwell, bumps and all These are so much fun to add and they are special to me too! I find that some of the most beautiful people in the world are the ones that are unconventional looking and with irregular features. I find that you can remember them because they Are imperfect and have turned what could be a liability, into an asset. I apply this principal to the work that I do. I make many unintentional mistakes in my projects and often they become what I like the Very Best. Now, I deliberately batter and muck up the walls, stain the floors and chip the plaster. I find that celebrating these imperfections, like your age spots, to be Very therapeutic and relieves the stress of perfection!


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  18. Hello Elisabeth, you did a perfect job with the door; like it has always been there in that room, it just belongs there....and somehow your attic has such a cosy atmosphere; lovely, really!

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    1. Hello Liduina! It is always a Great Pleasure when I hear from you and I thank you so much for this most welcomed comment and compliment! After finding this lonesome door, I leaned it up against the wall and saw immediately that it was The One. Even when I was struggling to hang it correctly, and was about to give up, I had to remind myself that this door was Absolutely the right look. I made myself stay with it and I am so glad that I did. I does look like it Belongs and like it has always been there.... but I hope that I don't Ever have to do another! :)))

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  19. Your room is so cosy! I would like to fell asleep under the soft duvet,while the fire in crackling...

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    1. Hello Ersilia! Thank you for such a Warm compliment! ( smiles) I think that it is such an honor when someone puts themselves mentally into a scene! For myself, I know that because this is an old and only lightly renovated house, it is uninsulated and therefor a fluffy down-filled duvet is a real necessity. This is early summer and the chill of a wet spring is still in the evening air. But a crackling fire can not only heat the body but also satisfy the soul.

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  20. Hi Elizabeth! I had a French teacher who would stand in front of the female student closest to the door of the classroom and say "Je t'adore" and they almost always got up and closed the door!!! (So I have to laugh at your pun...!)
    As for your door I LOVE it!!! I think it is perfect all squeezed in there! In old buildings they always stuck things in somehow and made them fit! None of this up to code stuff! We had stairways in my old Farm house that were less than two feet wide... twisting up behind the walls... Just like your house!!! It makes me wish I had doors on the rooms in The Folly.... well... maybe not! I have enough projects to finish already without adding more doors!
    And I think your wall switches are Fabulous!!! I am amazed too... as just the other day at work I was looking at some brass grommets and thinking they could be cut down to make great wall switches... and then I wondered why we so seldom see them in mini houses!!! I was trying to think of how to make them work for my Lovely Old Dollhouse!!! As usual... you set the bar pretty high!!! I love the pictures showing the whole house... actually, I love them ALL.... real eye-candy here!!!!

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    1. Hi Betsy! Look NINE ICONS below, for my reply!

      ( I must have hit the wrong key and Down It Went! )

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  21. J'adore aussi, the rooms you have done are gorgeous, I could sneek up those stairs and make myself at home in that little bedroom full of character.

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    1. Hello Margaret! I am STOKED that you have enjoyed this Presentation of #43 Green Dolphin Street! Please feel free to come over at any time. No need however, to sneak up the stairs, You will ALWAYS be Welcomed, especially once there are some Actual stairs to climb! :D

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  22. The details are amazing! So beautiful work!
    I love the wonderful photos. ;)

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    1. Hello Eliana! "God is in the details" I love to include them and the more the merrier! Every bit of these little extras, are like the verbs and the adjectives in a story and puts you that much closer to understanding the story's characters and what the tale is that the dollhouse is trying to tell you. Good Fun! I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the photos, Eliana! I like taking them almost as much as when working on the house itself, so a Big Thank YOU for this most appreciated compliment!

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  23. I adore your door also Elizabeth! The atmosphere of this little house is so cosy and warm.

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    1. Ahhhh Susan, my dear! I Thank you so Very much! I am so happy that this particular bedroom resonates with you. I know that I have done my job, when you can emotionally place yourself within it and then feel like staying for awhile and Isn't it wonderful to be able to " get Lost" within the walls of a doll's house? Real Life is often out of our control, but with a doll's house you can escape To and Into a world of our imaginations. I ADORE IT.

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  24. Dear Elizabeth, All wonderful, as usual!!! The door cut into the beams is so appropriate for the era you have established - so many rough carpenters just making things fit!
    Thank you for the overall pic. I like it!
    See you soon.
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    1. Hi Janine! It is always a real Pleasure to see your smiling face in the comments once again! I am glad that you have noticed that the beam was cut into, and in truth, I was unable to do otherwise. I know that this would be frowned upon by any carpenter worth his salt but as Betsy has pointed out, many things are done, out of expediency that are not necessarily up to code, and like you've said, I had to just make it fit! You were so wise to suggest the overall pictures of the entire doll's house, in progress. It was good to see it myself and I am glad that you have enjoyed it! I kept thinking that I was viewing a stage set. The camera angles can completely control the eye of the viewer. Before Bruce's instructions on how to use this camera, I only cared about getting a clear photo, but now it is how to take the composition of the scene and make it look Alive! This takes it all to a whole new level for me, and is often more fun than composing the rooms of the doll's house. I really love it!
      I look forward to our get together this week! Bring your appetite! :D

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  25. c'est une histoire de porte qui se termine bien ! Elle est superbe et s'intègre tellement bien dans cette jolie chambre ! Les interrupteurs sont subtilement placés. Pour le jeu de mots comme le note Léa, après traduction, cela donne "je t'apporte" ... Peu importe ... J'ai aDOORé !
    Bon week-end ! Bisous. rosethé

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    1. Hello Rosethe! YOU were the muse for the construction of this door! I kept thinking of you making the door for your bookstore and it was your perseverance that kept me at it, so a Big THANK YOU, Rosethe! Like your follow-up comment after you had posted on your bookstore, I also would NOT want to Ever hang another. Not the most pleasant experience for me. But, now that it is all over, I can be happy with it. What a bonus to have Lea' share that translation with me. So this is what I bring you..... Big Smiles and Many kisses!

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    2. Merci Elizabeth ! J'ai du retravailler, une fois de plus, ma porte, elle ne voulait pas s'ouvrir correctement, une histoire de porte qui m'a donné des cauchemars ... lol !
      Une très belle et chaleureuse ambiance dans cette chambre !
      Bisous. A bientôt ! rosethé

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    3. Hello again Rosethe! I know that you had some trouble with your door and I am sorry that you had to redo it. I feel your pain. I was also very much afraid that I was going to have to re-make the wall because It was in danger of breaking off, while I was trying to install the door jamb! You see. we are kindred spirits! :) Now we can Both relax! :D

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  26. You have managed to slot that lovely door perfectly into place and it really suits the room. The house is coming along beautifully. I look forward to seeing which room you will decorate next. The house has a wonderful old cosy feel to it.

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    1. Hi Sharee! Thank you for your most Welcomed comment and Your Treasured compliment! I can be thankful that this dreaded hanging of the door is now behind me, Hooray! I am making a bigger to do about the staircase than is probably warranted. I always make the unpleasant jobs Bigger in my head than they prove to be in the end. So just because I am nearer to finishing the bathroom, that will be Next. I shall then be forced to contend with the staircase. The kitchen will be last. So the saga continues.......

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  27. An ambitious project! The door is organically fit into the interior of the room and the entire house. I like the realism of all subjects. A light creates a sense of comfort and home heat. Making their way under the door of light draws the eye, there is someone at the door! Awesome!

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    1. What a beautiful way to express the incorporation of the door, by saying that it Organically fits into the interior! THANK YOU, Ludmila! I want the door to make its presence known but not to shout "Look at Me". It is better for it to be quiet and to just do it's job.:D The light peeking from under it makes you curious more about what lies beyond but not about the door itself. I love these little extras and I am delighted that you do too! Thank you for noticing them and for all of your encouraging words!

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  28. I DO like this! The bedroom looks so real and I agree with the others - there's absolutely nothing wrong with your carpentry skills. The door fits in there just fine. At least in the mini world we can "make" things fit!

    I also like your curtains in that room very much - also the little stairwell. It makes me want to explore!

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    1. Ho Ho Ho, Irene! My carpentry skills are such that I wouldn't dare hire ME, knowing just how little I know about good construction! Hah! It is just good Fudging, as I told Isabelle. Yes the door fits and it works but that is because you haven't been privy to the behind the scenes, Bloopers. But you are correct in saying that we can in the mini world "make things fit"! ( Prayers of thanks are going up to God, even as I write this) Thank you for noticing the curtains, Irene. I am rather pleased with the way that they turned out. I gave them a ruffle valance because I had the same style in the Parlor and I liked the effect. I had to use the Pretty Pleater to get the correct depth of the pleats but then I coxed some of them out so that the look was softer and not quite so formal. There is just the right amount of light that filters through them and that adds to the romance.
      Once the stairs are installed you ( and Margaret ) will be able to explore the entire house to your hearts content and I really hope that you DO!

      elizabeth

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  29. Hello Elizabeth, Wow! It was a tight fit but you did a perfect job! I love how you solved the space between the door and the fire surround. You are definitely a better carpenter than you give yourself credit for! Now remember the shut the door (get it hehe...)

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    1. THANK YOU Veronique! I am so Blessed with so many mini friends that can turn a blind eye to my many mini failings with regard to my regular struggles with wood-working! hahahah The installation of the door was 'tighter than tight' for sure but now that it is done I can be satisfied with the results too! By adding just a single strip of wood trim to close the ugly gap between the door frame and the fireplace panel it made it all look cohesive. Because of just that one piece of extra trim the door Benefits Greatly! You could call it CREATIVE CARPENTRY. And Now the occupant of the house can get in and then get out of the bathroom. So important for
      Pee-ce of mind. hehehe

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  30. Hello Betsy! What a great story and what a wonderful storyteller you are!!! I Love Your stories and your comments, Thank You! As to the door, I did have to squeeze it into the allotted space. It was soooo close to the edge that I was fearful of the wall breaking off and the door left to hang in Mid-Air. As to the stairwell, your confirmation of the Real Life narrowness of your old Farmhouse was very reassuring and helpful. I am so glad that you like the switches, Betsy! I think that the two of us are definitely in sync. I made mine out of pieces of skinny stick, with a tiny piece of metal filigree in the centre. I painted it all soft black and then the cut down a headpin and glued it to the centre for the push button switch. I like the way that they look on the walls. I have installed them in the Parlor, the kitchen, the stairwell, the bedroom and the bath. So much fun; All these little things, end up adding a LOT of visual Punch.... I Highly recommend that you do them too, Betsy, I know that you will be glad that you did! :D

    elizabeth

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  31. ¡Hola Elizabeth!

    No conocía su blog y su maravilloso trabajo, es maravilloso!!! Voy a seguir viendo sus anteriores post, estoy seguro de que no me voy a poder despegar del ordenador en toda la mañana!!

    ¡Un abrazo enorme y enhorabuena por su maravilloso trabajo en miniatura!

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    1. Hello Pedrete! Welcome!!!! I am so happy that you have joined me here as I am a great admirer of yours! Thank you for your compliments and I will say how Wonderful I think your work is too!

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  32. Elizbeth!
    I think that door is great, it opens the correct way into the bathroom..that makes it seem all the more real .. the bed reminds me of a metal bed *same color* my great grandmother had when I was growing up (they used to put me down for naps on it when I was a child that was a long time ago but I remember it like it was yesterday , I once bumped my head on the footboard..dont ask me how I did that) so when I see your room it reminds me of hers ..thanks for those warm feelings and the wonderful memories your creations bring back to me.... I can't wait to see how the bathroom will turn out;)

    Hugs and kisses
    Marisa ;)

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    1. Hello Marisa! It is so Interesting that YOUR Great grandmother and MY Great grandmother, both had metal beds that we can relate this mini bed to! My grandmother's bed was brown metal with a rounded head and footboard, and I shared it with my cousins when I would go to visit for the summer holidays. It groaned and creaked with every movement but I loved it I am glad that this mini bed brings back happy memories for you too, Marisa! Warm fuzzies all around! :D

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  33. It's so charming and cozy! You are doing such an exquisite job. I looooove the feeling in this house. ♥
    hugs,
    Caroline

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  34. Hello Caroline! Thank you so much I always enjoy hearing from you! This is such a small house and like your cosy cottages this is very compact and I think that helps to make the space feel more homely and warm! You know that after I begin a project there
    always comes a time when the project begins to dictate what direction it wants to go in. This house has been calling the shots right from the time I started to hang the wallpaper on the Parlor walls. Every time I work on it I end up being surprised by the outcome. I am delighted that you are enjoying the feeling and the atmosphere that is in this house, Caroline; I am too! :D

    elizabeth

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  35. Gorgeous work, Elizabeth! I love the mood lighting, too. It reminds me of something out of an E. M. Forster novel. What a treat! xo Jennifer

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  36. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your comment and the compliment about the mood lighting! I am trying to work on the lighting these days. The more I make miniatures, the more interested the the photography I become. Who knew that the 2 would be so connected?
    I am waiting to hear about the Portland show that you attended. I hope that you had loads of fun! I look forward to viewing your show report soon! :D

    elizabeth

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  37. Dear Elizabeth, it is such a pleasure to be back here. There is a familiarity yet there's also always something new or something I haven't noticed before that'll pop up. It's like walking into a folk museum except your place is so alive and not forgotten or still.

    It is easy to forget that this is a dollhouse and not real rooms and I always imagine these rooms are part of a grand old mansion for the wonderful and lush details. It is a house with a bit of something for everyone. How can anyone not love it?

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  38. OH Sans! What a LOVELY thing to say!!! It is a Pleasure to have you back on the blog and I Always look forward to seeing yours and reading your generous comments on the blogs of others as our paths cross, this way and that! It makes my day when someone tells me that the house is "Alive" and looks "Real"! Your phrase calling the details "wonderful and lush" were especially welcomed and that it has a bit of "something for everyone" was the cherry on Top! So THANK YOU my very dear Sans for every kind and generous word. I, and SO MANY OTHERS, have missed you!
    kisses and hugs

    elizabeth

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