Tuesday, October 16, 2018
You can create and improve on these rooms any way you wish (one of the reasons why I love this house, the smaller rooms in the new house you cannot do this with). I found the rock cubes in a thrift store, I still have no idea what they are, but they work so well in mini rooms. The black squares are felt coasters I spray painted black for a wrought iron effect, and the potted plants are 99 cent store. The patio furniture is late '80s Arco (not bad, I just wish I had the chaise lounges to match). 1971 Malibu Ken look on as he tends the BBQ.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
So, when one buys a house, they arrive filthy and battered, and you get to clean up this mess at the end of unpacking
Oh joy, now I get to vacuum...
Then, when selling it, after refurbishing it (week of work), the crazy bidder never paid or responded to emails. No Buyer of any of the 5 homes I redid ever bothered to leave positive feedback. =-/
FYI, the next buyer did pay but of course she is across the country so the USPS rate for 33.3 pounds in an oversize box ground is $179. FedEx is only $71. Use string tape to secure the flaps and corners, its going to need it. My net profit for my time and trouble of restoring this one: ZERO dollars. I paid $60 for it and sold it for $60 plus shipping.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
I have bought little lights from the dollar store before to set up in the house, but I didn't really love any of them. I now order these $2 LED string lights from China via Ebay, They are powered by one AA battery, lasts awhile of you don't leave in on too long. You can bend the wire into any shape you want, it could illuminate a fake lamp, or dangle from the ceiling in a cluster as I have done here while the battery box rests on the upper rafter.
This red lamp is exceptionally cool, they also sold blue, but I just opened mine and it works until you take your finger off the button. So, the red one stays. I wish I bought more from the dollar store when they had them.
Below is the light unit, it arrives from Asia with the long LED string bound, and when I opened the envelope, I thought, Oh this would make a cute doll house chandelier, and so it did! It sure beats trying to figure out how to wire this house the traditional way via plug ins and battery units. They come in all different colors and even a christmas version with all the different colors. You can paint or contact paper the battery pack box white to make it blend in better.
I bought a 70 cent clear christmas ball from Michael's and fed the LED string light into it for this look:
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The white set below as some of you might know is the 70s Sindy set, (from Australia or UK?), For it's time and that it was off brand (I have the hutch and dining room furniture), I am impressed with the quality, the setting is very high end with the candelabras, china and flatware. Gloria has been good as well about producing mansion quality kitchenware at bargain basement prices.
Below is my own personal Sindy dining room, set with Gloria crystal, china and flatware. The model is Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live and Let Die. She always goes well with my 70's dioramas. These rooms don't cost much to make, just some 99 cent store foam board, contact paper and hand made (mostly from magazine clippings) art and rug. The table cloth is a mens handkerchief from Walmart.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Save-A-Lot had their annual end of summer sale and clearanced these ice cube trays, they are identical to the 1977 side by side yellow fridge trays. So, for my $1.05 each I snagged a few sets to nostalgically stage my own fridge.
Here is a "Frankenstein" post cover made up from at least 3 different ones, nesting the curved corners really helps. Once painted, the thick tape will be nearly undetectable. You'll be pleased with the results and the satisfaction of saving another set of corner covers from the rubbish heap.
This is what your complete set of post covers should look like:
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This week, I had time to peruse all store aisles while looking for polymer clay. I found this interesting section of plastic panels/sheets. There are all kinds, corrugated, flat, clear and translucent. One could fabricate many things with these sheets. Perhaps wall panels to fill in the openings, translucent sky light panels, frosted panel when the closet is missing, walls with door cut outs to separate bedrooms, kitchen from living area? endless possibilities here.
For the clear clay, if you had the pasta clay roller machine, replacement windows could be made, fashioning the yellow trim from the auto tape I posted about earlier.
In the spirit of being crafty, I bought a couple of translucent blue storage bins at (you guessed it), to fabricate custom replacement doors for the 1978 blue Dream furniture China hutch. if yours are missing and you don't want to invest in originals, then this is a great in the meantime solution.
Not too shabby...
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Fans have asked, and here it is, the original scanned brochure pictures of the 1977 Dream Furniture line.
To enlarge, click on the photos to expand them and see greater detail. For better inventory taking purposes, viewing the original instructions as best, I have a few and will scan when time permits, but they are on google or ebay as well.
Different versions of the box show either the closet door mirrors facing out or in. That is a personal choice, I chose to have mine facing in, one it adds a nice little surprise when opening the doors, and two, thats how I did the mirror on the inside of my real closet door. Since the long pegs are supposed to be on top, if the stickers are already applied, the choice is made, but if you are adding new ones, then decide before applying.
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