Why theinfill dolls’ house blog
There used to be an expression that everyone had one book in them, though I think opinion has now moved a little on that. I didn’t want to write the jumble of what was in me; I wanted something expressing a fresh and new creation of the mind, of warmth and a lot more than a little love.
I enjoy history, crafts, making things. My abilities being more in the ideas department and sideways thinking than in the execution.
A friend did dolls’ house things and I quite liked the idea of miniaturisation or the detailed scaling of the world. Existence in a more controllable format? No idea, but it seemed an interesting direction to follow.
And here is my ‘book’
More of a fantasy story than an historical reflection, full of warmth and love and not a little bit of sweat and swearing – a reflection of life, perhaps.
The ongoing saga
Part II – a review of story so far
Whilst up to my shirt cuffs in tiles and glue I’ve been wondering how I got into this mess in the first place. The first blog entry I can find is dated 26/7/2011, though I may have deleted earlier items in one of my spring cleans. I remember how I got into that particular bit, but why did I continue?
I do remember writing an entry about working under the burden of clutz-dom – I’m very heavy-handed and will stand in the paint tray if it’s available. Being short, I can knock over the nearest glue jar on the work surface, catching it with the ever flying elbow. At least once a week. So I looked up that blog entry, It’ll never be svelte and clean of line to see if the points I tried to make then are still valid. I’m afraid they are. I’m still a clutz, I still overwork the materials, making them dingy and bruised, and I’m still sticky up to my shirt cuffs. Though I’m no clearer why I’m still doing this, I guess it’s a case of “I’ve started so I’ll finish”. And what else is a person to do with all the ideas that crop up?
Part III – a rapidly developing view
In the last five months I’ve become very much attached to this project, seeing it less as a time filler and personal development in retirement task and more as something that has an existence in its own right. And I have made a couple of other items based on totally different themes (see Ms Lear and a steampunk themed book box).
Still messy with my work but I have developed some repeatable skills and have branched out into trying to create figures for the street scene and porch areas, made a cardboard tiled floor, lots of faux plasterwork and brickwork whilst throwing in the odd bit of furniture for here and there and made an owl.
Specifically at this moment I can almost see the end of over-sized construction work. The attic is underway and will take at least another couple of months or so I should think, plus the time it will take to do the roof tiling, and then I can move on to the kitchen and all its other nooks and crannies such as buttery, root and meat storage areas etc.
What then? Well, all being well, quite a number of projects have been elbowing me in the ribs trying to get my attention including the possibilities of a 1950s railway waiting room or a Georgian kiosk in Ranelagh or Vauxhall pleasure gardens. I think we’ll just have to see which idea pushes in first.