Rescued Houses – Part One

In August 2016, the storage unit where I kept my belonging flooded.  In those belonging was all my Christmas Village Plastercraft Houses.  Many of the houses, painted and unpainted, was either wet or underwater for about a week.  I was going to abandon them because I had no means of drying or cleaning them.  My sister, who showed up to help me salvage what belonging I could, insisted that I could not abandon my houses.

She took all the wet houses to her flooded house, unwrapped, cleaned, and let the houses dry out while her house was drying out.  After everything was dried, she carefully packed the house.  In June, I was able to retrieve the unpainted houses from her.  She did an amazing job.  All three of these houses have minor damage, but no house is perfect.  Of course, the inserts with suggested painting is gone, so I choose the colors myself.

These are the first three houses that she recovered that I have painted.

Don’s Donuts:  I decided I would paint it the colors of the best donut shop, Krispy Kreme.  The car had to be blue.

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Bowling Alley:  I thought this building needed to be bright and metallic.

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Toy Maker:  Deciding the colors were a little difficult.  What colors would Santa have on his shop?

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There will be more houses to come.  I usually paint three at a time.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who is the founded Arbor Day. The home features furniture and art work that is original to the home. It also has an original Tiffany Window that take 15 men to open it.

J. Sterling Morton is the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Salt Company.
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Bye, Bye House!

I been neglecting my blog lately because at the beginning of April I made the last effort to sell my house. The house had been for sale since February 2015. We had two offers on the house, which both fell through. I had over 100 people come through the house. According to the realtor, the house needed updating. The wallpaper needed to go. I had the wallpaper removed from the bathrooms in March 2015.

I came to realize that most people were looking for the finished house they saw on HGTV or the DYI network. Currently, I am boycotting all home improvement shows because I refuse to do the cheaper stuff they show on TV. I also figured out why most home improvement shows like “open floor plans”. They say it is to be near the family. But, it is cheaper not to rebuild a wall. No wall, electrical is needed in the wall. Why to do think men wants a “man cave”? It is to get away from the family.

For 6 weeks, I: trimmed bushes, pick up limbs, wash windows and walls, touch up paint, called the handyman to replace rotted boards, painted the new boards and side of the house, repaired the steps, striped a post and refinished it, repaired the garage door (yes, the spring broke), painted over the wallpaper in the foyer, took the blinds off of the foyer door and painted, put window film on the foyer door windows, took the wallpaper board down in the bathroom and painted, and had three windows replaced because the seal was leaking.

Finally, another offer on the house. Thank God, I do not have to trim the holly bushes. But, I still needed to finish packing, get the furniture moved, and have the AC serviced.

Here are some of the final pictures of the house after I moved everything out.

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I do not believe that anything I did over the past few months made any difference in selling my house.  I believe that the right time to sell finally had arrived.  I hope the new owner are happy with the house.

Now I can do other things, like write in my blog about my new adventures.

 

3D Print – Two Story House

My 3D printed house. It was fun to design and a challenge to print. Instead of printing it in six sections, the next time I believe I will be printing it in four sections and if I want it in multiple colors, I will paint it.. The six sections were; foundation, 1st floor, balcony, 2nd floor, roof, and roof siding.

The roof siding fit into it designed location without much effort.

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The next house I will print on normal print vs. fast print.  Even if the sections take 11 hours each or more to print.  With the details in the house, I believe it is needed.

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I do not know why the corner next to the steps appears to be melted.  Maybe some oils from my fingers were on the build plate that prevented proper adhesion.

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The roof came out great. And, the railing printed nicely.  Whoops, it looks like I didn’t remove some of railing structure before taking the pictures.

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The house was designed using Tinkercad.com; link Two Story House.

Object Size (W, D, H): 161.19, 133.06, 112.14 mm  (approximately)

 

Tinkercad – the free, online 3D CAD app

Rosedown Plantation

Rosedown Plantation is in my top 3 list of the most beautiful plantation gardens in Louisiana. However, the garden’s has the most distinguish history. Daniel and Martha Tumbull build Rosedown in 1834. The gardens were overseen by Martha who keep record of every plant that was planted in the garden and where it was planted. Her journal of the garden is keep in the LSU Archives and a copy is used to maintain the gardens.

Rosedown Plantation

Rosedown Plantation

Rosedown Plantation - Back view

Rosedown Plantation – Back view

Rosedown Plantation - Gardens

Rosedown Plantation – Gardens

Rosedown Plantation - Gardens from Balcony

Rosedown Plantation – Gardens from Balcony

Christmas Village – Part 1

This obsession started in 1990, I was walking through a store (which I will not name) and notice the unpainted houses.  I thought, I bet my sister would like those and purchase three and gave them to her as a gift for Christmas.  My husband response was “That looks nice!”  So, the obsession began.

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5and10

Antique Shop

Antique Shop

Apartments

Apartments

Bakery

Bakery

Barn House

Barn House

Barn

Barn

Beacon Hill House

Beacon Hill House

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

Big Church

Big Church

Book Store

Book Store