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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 4- Porch & Replacement Staircase

If I knew how to do time lapse animation, I would use it to show the progression of the porch. Unfortunately I don't, so I will use my less dramatic slideshow instead. The porch assembly went quite smoothly, and the house is really starting to take shape. I also found a new staircase to replace the one that I destroyed. The new staircase is slightly bigger than the old one, so it doesn't exactly fit in the intended spot. I think I will have it coming out towards the front instead like so:

It will look better after I fully attach the posts and the railing.

Up next: the roof!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 3 - Wallpaper, Floors, & Ceiling

The wallpaper, flooring and ceiling finally arrived. We decided on this wallpaper for the upstairs dining room, and white tin ceilings for both rooms. We originally wanted loden green and white checked flooring for the first floor bakery, but we received this message from the supplier:

Dear Deborah

We are having an industry wide shortage on flooring so I don’t have the exact ones you selected. I was wondering if these 2 patterns would be ok

Please advise

So black and white flooring it is.

I really love the added details of the floor and the ceiling. The only problem is that the vinyl sheets added thickness to the ceiling, so the staircase no longer fits in the pre-cut slot. I could probably fix this by sanding down the slot a bit, but really don't feel like doing this, so I've decided to junk the staircase and replace it either with a cake display stand or a different staircase. We have plenty of time to decide.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 2 - Staircase

I was going to install the wallpaper and flooring this week, but the wallpaper didn't arrive yet so I moved on to the staircase. The staircase has no less than thirty eight (38) parts (see slideshow). The instructions were not very detailed, but the assembly went much smoother after I googled "staircase stringer."

The staircase has several tabs which are supposed to be inserted into the wall and floors to anchor it to the house. Ours came out a bit crooked, so the tabs didn't fit where they were supposed to. I considered junking the staircase altogether and replacing it with another cake display stand, but the girls wanted to keep the stairs. Bob figured out that we could simply cut off the tabs and rest the staircase against the walls, and few would know the difference. I will glue it in place after I install the flooring.

Up next (really!): wallpaper and flooring!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Brimble's Mercantile Week 1

Our Brimble's kit arrived, and the assembly is going well so far. We decided to paint the downstairs room the same green as our bedroom. We also assembled the furniture, which I will eventually fill with miniature cakes.

I am looking for miniature cake molds so we can make our own cakes. However, I also found some amazing creations by Lola Originals. I especially love the fruit cake tin , fruit slices, and marzipan tin. I also found this clown ice cream cone which I will give Devon on her birthday - it looks very similar to the real clown cone that we got her from Baskin-Robbins last year.

Up next: wallpaper and flooring!

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