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Website makeover

I’ve been fiddling with my website the past few weeks, so apologies if you tried to visit during that time and things were messed up. Everything should be working now. If you notice something wonky, please let me know!

Quick rundown of the changes:

  • I moved to a new theme named Hemingway. My favorite thing about it is the rotating header image. Keep hitting refresh, it’s fun!
  • Previously, only my blog was hosted by WordPress and the rest of the pages were sad relics of my hand-coded website from the early 2000s. The whole site is now on WordPress and the old URLs should redirect to the new ones.
  • There’s a pretty dollhouse landing page with links to blog posts and galleries. Only some of them have galleries so far, and most those are linking off site to my galleries on the Greenleaf forum. My plan is to put together galleries for most of the houses and have them live here. That’ll take a little time to complete, but I’ve started with the Gull Bay Cottage.
  • Pre-2009 dollhouse projects are now part of the blog, including the McKinley, the Orchid, the early Fairfield entries, and the Tomy Smaller Homes dollhouse. This content already existed on my website but it’s hopefully easier to navigate now.
  • My blogs for two 2005 Greenleaf community projects, the Arthur and the Westville, are now on my site as well. This content was previously only posted on the Greenleaf forum.

A tale of two showers

I completed not one, but two half scale shower surrounds today — one for the Victorianna and one for the long-dormant Queen Anne Rowhouse. (Besides shingles, the bathroom is the last big thing I need to finish in the Rowhouse…)

For reference, here’s what I started with in the Victorianna:

And in the Rowhouse:

I bought plexiglass for the two showers from Tap Plastics, where they cut it down to size for me. I got one squarish piece for the Victorianna, which will have a fake door, and two tall skinny ones for the Rowhouse, which will have a working sliding door. The minimum price for a cut piece of plexiglass is $1 and the pieces I bought were small enough to fall under that threshold, so I ended up paying just $1 a piece, and after he finished cutting the guy let me have the leftover scraps for free.

This is one of those scraps. Geoff used the drill press to drill holes for the handles, and he practiced on this to make sure the plexiglass wouldn’t crack. I then used it to make sure I could glue in aluminum wire without making a big mess. Success on both counts!

Here are the two doors with handles. I glued in the handles by dabbing the ends in Super Glue before sticking them through the hole — it holds well and I managed to do it without smearing it all over the place. I chose to do horizontal handles on both of these so they can double as towel bars.

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Victorianna bathroom progress

Once the laundry closet was glued in, finishing the Victorianna’s bathroom wasn’t something I needed to do before gluing on the back wall, but once I got started on it I didn’t want to stop. I tend to save bathrooms for last — in fact, the Rowhouse’s has been sitting unfinished for two years, and is one of the last things keeping that house from being “done” — so I figured I should keep going on this one while I was still in the mood!

The third floor is now glued on, providing a nice flat surface so I could flip over the house and add ceiling paper.

Next I added beige wallpaper to the walls with the closet and door, and tile flooring. The tile is from ELF Miniatures, and it appears to be color printed onto sticky paper. I could have done that myself, but I was placing an order anyway and it wasn’t expensive…

I was concerned that peeling off the backing and sticking it down would result in lumps and wrinkles, so I left the backing on and glued it down instead.

On this side of the linen closet, which will be impossible to see, I did peel off the backing and stick it on. It went on fine but can’t be repositioned like with glue.

I glued the tile for the two other surround walls, and added trim around the laundry closet door.

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