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Monday, November 29, 2010

Dancing Dragon Inn - Week Twelve

There's not a lot to say about this week. In fact the photo says about all of it. I've made a start at tiling the roof, but have only managed to add half a dozen rows of tile on two sections of roof. There are a number of reasons why I've not made a great amount of progress this week and here they are:

Firstly, to make the tile involved marking out tile shapes on a piece of cardboard and then cutting them out. The marking out was fairly easy (aside from when there was a cat sitting in the middle of the cardboard trying to catch the ruler) but the cutting was a different matter. After a while not only does the sound of all the bones in the back of my hand popping as they move about indepentantly (shouldnt they have all fused together by the time a person gets to be 28?) really start to get annoying but it also starts to get sore and worse I get a semi permenent scissor handle shaped depression in the flesh of my thumb. So I can only cut so many tiles at a time before I have to stop and do something else for a while - such as read a chapter of a book. The problem here is that I was reading one of Terry Pratchett's discworld novels and they don't have chapters so I tend to just keep on and on reading rather than just reading a chapter and going back to something vaugley useful.

The next reason why the Inn hasn't progressed that much this week is that Christmas is coming - only 29 days more! That always means a lot of work. Cupbaords need to be cleaned out so that there will be room to pack them full of Christmas goodies, there are boxes to be decorated so that presents can be put inside them, my Grandma's silver teapot needs it's annual polish, etc, etc. My mother pulled up the carpet in the front room and has set my father to laying a laminate floor and of course someone ended up helping to clear out the room first. I'm sure everyone reading this is familiar with the bustle that is December. So in short, there isn't a lot of time left over for working on dollshouses. And it's only going to get worse between now and Christmas.

I will try to keep up work on the Inn, but frankly, I doubt I will even get the roof finished before Christmas. I will (try) to keep the blog up to date and add some seasonal posts such as pictures of the Gingerbread house I want to try to make (if it turns out to be presentable). If however I get behind, I appologise in advance.


  1. Wow, the tiles look worth any amount of suffering! I love the rustic effect you have created.

    I read this tip online and tried it a year ago very successfully - after polishing your teapot, spray it with WD40 and it stops tarnishing. You might be safer trying it out on something that isn't a family heirloom first. :D

  2. A heavy duty paper cutter should work on cardboard. That would be easier on the hands than scissors. Not one of the new rotary kind but the old fashioned guillotine type with the sharp blade in the handle. Ask around one of your friends might have one in their storeroom.

  3. Thanks Christine. I was going to add some "cracked" or "broken" tiles, but I can't get a natural broken effect with the cardboard - it looks too clean cut.

    The WD40 tip is very interesting - I suppose it creates a barrier between the silver and the air, thus preventing tarnish. I have a feeling that WD40 on an exposed surface would end up going sticky and in my case attracting cat hair!

    Anonymous . . . Thanks for the suggestion, but I can't access a guillotine tough enough to go through the cardboard.