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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile - Vintage Cakes & Clock!

Some of you already know that I like antiques. So to give our bakery some soul, I found some antique cakes dating from 1900 - 1950, and a Strombecker grandfather clock from 1931. The old cakes will mix beautifully with the cakes that Megan and Devon made.
While searching for the cakes, I came across an 1890s German dollhouse pastry shop fully restored by Tracy. Check it out - it is truly amazing.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ferris Wheel!

I am happy to report that Megan has finished building her Erector Set Ferris wheel. Bob installed the motor - click here to watch it turn! (The installation of the motor was a bit tricky - I did not record that process on video. Ahem.)

Congratulations, Megan!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 10 - Completed Exterior!

Week 9 of our Brimble's Mercantile project was spent camping in Phoenicia, NY, so I will skip to Week 10. We have completed the exterior of the house, and the girls made some fabulous billboards. The first is a "Save the Animals" sign, which is a symptom of their current ostrich obsession. The second is the "Count Olaf Unwanted" poster from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Up next: the small but important final details!

Real Cupcakes!

This week we made some real cupcakes to honor Devon's birthday. Happy Birthday, Devon!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 8 - Shingles, Flower Boxes, & Cakes

I shingled three sides of the roof, and added window boxes to the front and back windows. I bought the window boxes to hide the excess superglue that I dripped on the windows and could not remove. I think they work swimmingly.

Devon made the "Groppe Bakery" sign using Word and Excel, and both girls made some fantastic cakes out of Crayola Model Magic clay. Almost finished!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 7 - Roof

I will not describe the horror that was constructing the Brimble's Mercantile roof. I will only say that it is over now, and the roof is assembled.

We made curtains out of lace trim, and put up the Alice's Adventures under Ground pictures that I made before. We also made some pies using bottle caps, glue, and tissue paper. I found the instructions for the pies here. Thanks, Dollhouse Decorating!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back in Print!

I will briefly interrupt our Brimble's Mercantile construction saga to report that my Abstract Nouns alphabet is now in print! Poster size = 24" x 36", printed on 100# paper. Click here to order!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 6 - Doors & Trim

We added the doors, trim, and windows this week, and I patched the holes in the wallpaper (ahem). Megan also made some signs for the front store windows. She created them in Word, and I used our copier to shrink them down to 30% size. It's starting to look like a bakery!

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