I had ordered Christine Lea Frisoni's book Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniature and it arrived, it is AMAZING. So inspiring! I will be glued to BabelFish Translation and will have to dig up my highschool French to English Dictionary to understand the instructions as everything is in french. I looked at all the pictures last night and found so many ideas to try on my Shabby Chic Orchid. I was also pondering which lights I will be needing and the cost when a wonderful person on Greenleaf forum had a mini purge and I now have 2 hanging lamps and 2 sconces for a total of $11.00. I plan to change them from black to that white metal with lil' black spots as though the paint has chipped a bit. There was also a set of lamps that I wanted but was too slow and some lucky person got them. I now have an idea of what to look for though. To top it all off I also received the Primrose addition I ordered with the last HBS 30% off coupon. If it all works out I will have the Primrose added to the side of the Orchid for a kitchen. Then the two bottom room of the Orchid will be a small dining area and living/parlour room. I see lots of pastel colors and light. I am also searching through my many manuals and books for a tutorial on making mini Orchid plants. I will have to have at least one or two around the house as the house is named after them.
While compiling all my ideas and supplies for the Orchid I have also been working on my Lydia Pickett furniture kits and some of my Gloucester. I finished the trim in the nursery. All of the lights are installed. The ceiling paper looks bubbled in the photos but in person it looks fine. I'm not happy with the ceilings but they will do. I had so many problems with lighting this house I had to finally cut slits in the paper, groove the ceiling beneath the paper and run the wires in the groove then attempt to smoothly glue the paper back together as seamlessly as possible. Fortunatly when looking at a dollhouse most people don't turn themselves upside down to study the neatness of the ceilings...at least I hope they don't LOL. I also installed the wallpaper for the bathroom. No pictures of that yet as I'm planning on adding some panels or something similar along the bottom half of the room. Similar to the dining room but the boards will be bigger. Still have the back of the roof to shingle and chimneys to plaster but I get bored easily and I tend to wander from project to project. At least they eventually get finished, just takes a bit of time. As for the furniture kits, I am in love! These kits are so precisely made that putting them together is a dream. I never realized how massive my fingers are till I tried to put together 1:48 scale totes. Tweezers, toothpicks and tiny glue nozzles are a must as well as holding your breath. One wrong exhale and your parts go flying. The two pieces of furniture in the last photo still need to be painted and the decals applied. Sorry the post is so long, it's just been a long time since I actually had something to show. :)