I had a few requests of some closeups, so here is one of the bed. You can see the fabric draped around it, coming from the ceiling. It's just a hint of whimsy and romance, and hides the window over the bed nicely. I liked having the bed tilted a little coming from the corner, but my daughter "hates it that way!!!" It's her house, I keep reminding myself.
By the way, when she saw the house this morning she was thrilled. "Mommy, it's beautiful!" she said. I have a lot of moments of satisfaction with this craft, but when it makes my daughter light up like that- those are the best moments.
I'm working on a knitted throw blanket for the end of the bed. Let's just say my miniature knitting skills are a bit rusty. I did figure out purling, which has been a huge block for knitting anything but a scarf. Go ahead and laugh, it's OK. I can hear you snickering from here (and I don't blame you). I only learned to knit a few years ago so I'm plodding along with it. But I'll leave the mini knitting mischief for another entry. My daughter also mentioned a hope chest would be cute at the end of the bed. I think I already have something that might fit the bill. . .
Here's another picture of the exterior without so much clutter behind it. As usual, I need to clean up my work table, but that will get taken care of eventually. I think the colors came together nicely on the exterior. The golden oak shingles compliment the red of the house. remember how my daughter wanted the shingles to be white? That was a long discussion to finally arrive at this beautiful result.
This picture shows the ceiling. I know it's still a bit rough. I have some cleaning up and trim work to do here. Part of my problem is that I am out of exacto blades and razor blades for my utility knife and I haven't had a chance to go get any. It makes it hard to cut the edges evenly. I'm feeling like crown molding would be a really good choice here to clean up all those edges, but it's hard to get excited about doing it again. I had such a rough time the first time cutting those angles and getting it installed before I ripped it out to lower the second floor. But I think it would really make the room. Can you hear me sighing in resignation? You should be able to hear it wherever you are, or at least feel it coming from your computer!
The ceiling is plastic "fabric" I picked up at JoAnns for almost nothing. Remnants are a miniaturist's best friend! I think it would be used for a tablecloth or place mats, but it looks nice as my ceiling. You can see a hint of white at the bottom of the floor on the back that needs to be finished. My daughter says that would look great as brick.
So just when I think I'm done with construction I may be setting myself up for crown molding and more paperclay bricking. We'll see how I feel about that when I have a few minutes to actually work on it. . .