Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 18 -- Substantial Pride Intermingled with Complete Panic

Too impatient to wait for help, I set the house on the foundation and glued it on. It's not perfectly centered, but I suspect, were it not for confessing it here, no one would ever know.
Glued on the porch floor.
Weighed everything down and waited for the glue to dry.
Taped trim stock on the outside of the house for the balcony roof to balance on (I'm not sure, but I suspect that trim was only meant for this temporary use and there was no need to paint it).
Using the glued together porch railing as a guide, marked where the posts go and glued them. Then re-glued the entire porch railing which fell apart when I moved it. grrr.
Glued on the porch roof (tape, tape, tape) and the porch railing (after marking where the top was to get glued to the porch posts).
Tape, tape, tape.
Moved those trim guides to the balcony so the balcony roof could rest on it while the glue dried.
On goes the porch roof.
With the house on its back, glued the facia on the balcony. More tape. More waiting for the glue to dry. In fact, most of today was spent waiting for glue to dry.
And now for the panic. Glued the small bits onto the front roof. The bits which I had painted white, although they will be covered with shingles. (Panic in a minute.)

Curious as to why it was necessary for any reason but convenient packaging for these little pieces not to be cut with the roof when it was created. Which would have saved me some heartache.

Glued the back eaves onto the back roof.
Now for the panic. The roof is supposed to fit snug onto the top floor, with those little pieces hugging the sides of the house, not sitting on top.

Intended to sent a panicked email to my mentor at the dollhouse store asking for advice.

Carefully marked shingle lines on the front and back roofs. I was then supposed to set the roofs onto the house, mark where they over hanged the house and paint to the marking. Realized that I had marked the shingles on the wrong side of the back roof. Decided to just paint the whole blessed thing and will remark the other side when the paint dries.
At this point I realized that those little front eaves weren't squares, but rectangles, so I pried them apart, the glue having not yet dried, painted them on the underside to match the blue on the underside of the front (which will be the ceiling on the upper floor) and, when that paint dries, will re-glue. Of course, that means I need to re-draw all the shingle lines.

Figured I needed something positive to end the day, so I carefully set the front roof on just to see what it looked like.

I'm pleased.

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