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The Mad Dash Toward the Finish Line

I’ve spent all weekend dollhousing. My father-in-law has been instrumental, further cementing himself as perhaps Eleanor’s favorite person. While I painted and wallpapered walls, he built the foundation. Then he picked up the pieces to build the frame (my mother-in-law assisted in the building process too), while I moved on to painting windows and furniture, and making bedding.

* My site was down all day yesterday, so the first half of this post was originally set to go up Monday morning.

I’ve made a lot of progress in just one day, thanks to my in-laws (for assembling), and Brandon (for watching the kids so I could work)! It will not be completely finished by the deadline of December 15, but it’s getting closer.

Here’s a little peek at what the dollhouse is looking like now.

Still to do:

  • build and attach the dormers
  • paint the exterior
  • add shingles to the roof
  • build the front porch
  • paint/stain the stairs and railings
  • glue the ribbon runner to the stairs
  • flooring for all rooms
  • trim out the windows and doors
  • add baseboards and crown molding
  • sew curtains
  • finish sewing all of the bedding
  • make/find a dining table
  • make/find a desk (if including an office)
  • determine which room is which (I made some last minute switches)
  • make/find end tables and nightstands
  • lighting for all rooms (battery powered or just decorative)
  • make art for all rooms
  • build counters and countertops for kitchen
  • assemble the farmhouse kitchen sink
  • sew a sink skirt
  • add a fireplace
  • arrange and decorate all the rooms
  • paint the exposed edges
  • touch ups

No, there’s no way to do all of that by tomorrow (so that I can photograph it to show you on Thursday). I’m not just working on this for the challenge though; This is going to be Eleanor’s dollhouse. She’s only two, a bit young for the dollhouse, so there’s still plenty of time to finish it for her.

Star Wars Guys in Bathtub

Eleanor has created an art installation. She has titled it: Star Wars Guys in Bathtub. They’re taking a bubble bath, just so you know. I’m so proud of my little conceptual artist!

OK, for real though… The dollhouse? It’s slow-going. E is enjoying playing with all of the furniture, and I’m enjoying the idea of the dollhouse, but construction has yet to begin. The dollhouse kit (sanded and primed, thanks to my mother-in-law) is currently living on my dining room table.

Have you all been following along with the “I’m a Giant!” Challenge? Some of the people playing along on twitter are rocking it, but I’ve noticed a lack of activity from everyone else lately. Perhaps I’m not the only one preparing to make a mad dash toward the finish line.

My Colortopia

One of my favorite things to do is to choose paint colors. One of my other favorite things to do is to talk about do so. Clearly it’s a good fit that I’m now writing over at the new blog, My Colortopia.

I’m happy to be in such good company too! There are some great bloggers contributing. I’ll be adding a new article every month, and my first is already up: Tips for Choosing Paint Colors. Take a look if you’ve ever wondered about the nuances of picking the perfect shade.

I have partnered with Glidden/ Akzo Nobel Paints to participate in the My Colortopia program but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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