Friday, December 9, 2011

Giveaway postponed until January - and another 'secret' project

I've decided to postpone my 500 Followers and Blog Anniversary giveaway until January, I think we've all got quite enough on with Christmas just around the corner and it'll be a bit of fun to look forward to after Christmas. 

I expect to have photos of the treestump house next week - it's all finished but I can't find my camera - no doubt it will turn up when I'm looking for something else. 

And now I'm frantically working on another 'secret' project - I'm not sure whether to call it  'Renovation Rescue' or 'Restoration Madness!'. 

A couple of weeks ago it was our local council annual cleanup where you get to put out all the big stuff that isn't allowed in the normal garbage collection.  Near my house I spotted a dollhouse amidst a pile of other stuff discarded at the roadside waiting for the compacting truck to come along (it's the kind of thing that you throw a big old wardrobe in and it crunches it into matchsticks).  It looked like it had been badly neglected for quite a long time but had the potential to be a nice play dollhouse for a couple of little girls in my neighbourhood - after a good scrub and a coat of paint - and I couldn't bear the thought of it getting crunched in the back of the garbage truck. 

After a good scrubbing and a bit of paint it did look better, but I decided not good enough.  That's when the madness set in!  It now has two new sides, a replaced ground floor partition, an additional partition upstairs to create a space for a bathroom, the sizing of the doorways has been heightened and narrowed ready for doors to be hung, it also needs a new base because the house had been sitting on the curbside grass during at least one overnight rainstorm.   There will also be a lot of basic furniture making in the next 2 weeks because I'm hoping to deliver it to the girls around Christmas.  Fortunately I also have some bits and pieces in my stash that I can use but it's still going to be a fairly tight schedule.  More on this project later.  Now back to the workshop ...
                                              


17 comments:

Jennifer Rydell@Plushpussycat said...

Sounds like a fun project, Norma! I'm looking forward to photos once you find the camera. :-) I'm sure your giveaway will be divine--can't wait for January! :-)

beachcomber said...

good on you giving the doll's house new life! i like to rescue things from council pick ups. have found a lot of great stuff over the years.
x

Pity said...

La espera valdrá la pena ;)

Besos

Lucille said...

Two little girls will be very happy at Christmas! I truly believe that the most beautiful gift little girls can get for Christmas is a doll house!

Rosa said...

Para mi a sido una suerte que alargaras el sorteo , asi me pude apuntar . Seguro que la casa te quedara fantastica y las niñas estaran muy contentas .
Besos

Norma said...

Rosa, gracias por visitar mi blog, pero hay un malentendido. La canasta no es mi regalo de blog - es un premio que gané en un sorteo en otro blog. Voy a anunciar mi regalo después de Navidad.

debbie's mini thoughts and creations said...

there is nothing better than finding something that some call junk and you taking it and making it a master piece, look forward to seeing what you do hugs debbie

cunha said...

Hola Norma, que surpresa sera maravilhosa por sopoesto.

Ascension said...

Valdra esperar la pena esperar hasta Enero, para intentar ganar tu sorteo y recibir tus fantasticos trabajos.
besitos ascension

Zuzu said...

You're busier than a room full of Christmas elves. Sounds like a fun project - can't wait to see more of the treestump house!
Have a happy one,
~ Zuzu

Mona said...

What a great project, the girls will be very happy. Looking forward to see the pictures.
Mona

Lataina said...

That sounds like an interesting project to take on. There will certainly be some thrilled little girls for Christmas! =)

Cinderella Moments said...

That's a big project to take on. I hope everything goes smoothly and that you can deliver your gift on time. Those little girls will be thrilled!
I can't wait to see the tree house. It already looked so interesting when it wasn't finished.
Hope you find that camera soon. I can't wait to see pictures.
big hugs,
Caroline

Bambi said...

Good on you Norma, a very sweet thought and a gift to treasure!x

maria said...

I hope you find your camera back.
So nice that you rescued the dollshouse and renovate it for the little girls, i am sure they will love it!
Can't wait to see the pictures. I am very curious to see your give=away also.
Hugs
Maria

rocinash said...

Hola Norma! Me gustaria saber en que entrada apuntarme a tu sorteo porque no la encuentro. Muchas gracias y Feliz Navidad!

rocinash said...

Ok Norma, gracias por la aclaracion. Estaré pendiente de cuando lo anuncies. Chao.