Monday, September 30, 2013

Procrastination - It's Fun!

So here we are - September 30th. Meaning I literally have 32 days to finish the Fling. Now you probably assume that I've been working diligently on it behind the scenes and that it's nearing completion, right?

Hah! Unfortunately, I am a procrastinator by nature. I've always been that way. I just finished my Masters degree last year and I could not bring myself to write my major papers earlier than a few days before they were due. There's something about procrastination that helps me to feel more focused and work more efficiently. (probably because I'm staring down the barrel of a deadline, but that's neither here nor there.) And I've tried to change, but if I can make it through my Masters program and graduate with honors, then my system must work, right?

So it's crunch time on the Fling. But I'm ready. Oh, I know how many things I need to build. And maybe I won't get them all done by the deadline. But I'd like to think I will.

Yesterday, my dear loving husband decided to clean the house and suggested I go work on the Fling to stay out of his way. Seriously. And because I'm a giver, I did exactly as he requested. (as an aside, he loves cleaning and does most of it around the house. And if we're being honest, he cleans much more thoroughly than I do. And yes, I realize I am a VERY lucky girl).

And it was such productive time. After weeks of peeking into the workroom and doing a few minutes of work on odds and ends and then giving up, I was in The Zone yesterday and saw a clear plan to finish this thing.

I built and/or dry fit all of the doors and windows and they are lovely. Here's a sneak peek of a window that I just absolutely fell in love with at my local dollhouse store before I ever knew what I was doing with my Fling.

And once that was done, I was able to draw a template for the floor and started laying the boards down. It took some time to get it all done (and quite frankly, I'm a little sick of Skinny Sticks) but I love it. Here it is, in all of its glory, ready for sanding and painting.

Tonight my husband is off doing yardwork for both of our parents, so I have another night to crank out some more work and I can't wait. I'm thinking the exterior will get finished tonight.

So cross your fingers with me that I'll get this all done, because I'd love to finish it by the deadline.
Oh, and have you seen Keli's sneak peak or Brae's reveal? Holy Amazing Work! These are two of my inspiration sources and their level of detail is incredible.

See you later!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

My next build - thanks Craigslist!

Thankfully I was able to spend a lot of time on the Fling this past weekend, and got it all wired for lighting (and it actually works) and primed/painted. I also finalized and trialed the floor and exterior work, so I'm moving right along.

Right now, I just need to build the windows and door frame so that I can dry fit those and then begin doing the exterior paint and finish.

And thanks to Craigslist, I already have my next build in mind. I can't believe the deal I got on this. $30 and it's the brand new never opened Glencroft, a Cir-Kit lighting kit, a wooden kitchen set, and a light. That's a steal. And although I would have never pictured myself doing a Tudor, I've been researching and pinning and have found some GORGEOUS contemporary Tudor homes and I can't wait to start this one.

Just as soon as the Fling is done.

I'll be back with pictures hopefully after the weekend.