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 Hi everyone, I was inspired this past week by a picture I found of a store front that looks like it was just a room box.  I personally don't like room boxes since usually the 3 sides are plain and only the front is completed.  I also have been wanting to scale down my house sizes and try to create a room box of my own version but I want all 4 sides completed.  I fell all the sides should look nice. This is my smallest base yet which is only 10 inches wide by 10 inches deep.   I am trying to learn to create smaller versions of my work for people who don't have a lot of room in their houses.  So this Is my version of the store front I create from the inspiration picture. But I also decided why build 1 when I can build 2 of them.  They are sort of the mirror opposite of each other with just a few slight differences so they don't exactly match.  I hope you all enjoy and are inspired to create.  I just wanted to get these last 3 houses I create over the past 2 weeks posted before I head on vacation to Idaho.  Have a wonderful month everyone.  Stan



































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 Hi everyone, its been a busy couple of weeks and I keep forgetting to post pictures of the new houses that I keep getting inspired to create.  This one I guess I am calling the tall brick house.  It has a very small foot print in only about 9 1/2 inches my 9 1/2 inches so it can fit almost anywhere in a house.  I just wanted to hurry and post these pictures before I forget.  Have a wonderful day.
























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Hi Everyone, I hope you have all been having a wonderful month.  I just finished my latest project which was inspired  by a picture of a fantasy type painted house on a mountain side.  I was inspired to try to create my own version of the house.  I guess that I am calling it the Fantasy Mountain House.  Its made with heavy duty cardboard for the siding and some trim and interior wall trim and shingles, then my concoction of paper pulp clay mixture I used to create the rocky mountain sides.

 I had it all completed last week with the final coat of yellow and white paint which took about 3coats to cover the cardboard even though I pre sprayed everything with a poly spray the cardboard sucked up the paint.  Funny but sad thing was that I wanted to add some moss all over the house right when the house was done being painted and almost perfect.  So I am up late at night thinking ill just hurry and add the glue and moss all over the house.  
When I am done the moss and glue had moved and ran all over the house, which caused me to be very upset with my mistake and to try to add some green paint to cover the areas it didn't look right where the glue and moss ran.  CAUSING  A HUGE UGLE GREEN MOSSY  HOUSE up close it was horrible and I was mad at myself for trying to add the moss and age it.  I kept thinking I will not add moss to a house again and I wanted to throw the house away- (see pictures below).  I then stared at it for a day and then decided to spend 1 hours scraping off the thick glue/moss with knifes and a Dremel brush and repainting more coats of paint.  
Then the house was so ruined since you could see every blemish under the new 10th layer of paint that I decided I might as well AGE THE HOUSE AND SCRAPE THE NEW PAINT OFF and make it look like it was the way I wanted the house to look originally, with the aged look and peeling paint.  LOL. omg I will remember not to work when I am tired late at night and to remember not to add to much glue and moss.  I think the final process turned out pretty good.  I did really enjoy making the side of the mountains with a thick layer of my paper pulp clay mixture and I think my painting technique on the rock wall looks pretty good.  I admit I am not a good painter and I forget my techniques I do to create a certain look.  I have more hours in this house than I do in 2 to 3 of my houses, which is why I usually don't work to much on trying to make a house from a picture and it is much quicker from my imagination.  But I never know what inspires me to create a house and when inspiration hits even in a picture and I have to create it I have got to try.  I hope all of you have a truly wonderful month.  































This is right when I just finished the 3rd layer of yellow and white paint and the house was almost perfect, before I decided to add the moss and technically thought I had ruined it. 



Me trying to create windows from old wood and old windows from and old doll house with some wood decorations on top from Hobby Lobby and 4 coats of paint since the wood kept sucking in all the paint. I even pre sprayed the wood with sealer.  MMMMMM. 

This is the point when I almost wanted to cry when I realized that I added to much moss and the glue had ran and moss went everywhere and I tried to add green paint to fill in the areas where the moss didn't look right where it ran.  


The moss in areas was about 1/4 to 1/8 inches thick and took so much time to cut and scrape and grind off with the Dremel.  Live and learn.  



The process when I keep looking at the picture of the house I printed out to see how close it matches what I am building.  

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I Just wanted to share my latest project I call The Tree House.  It took me about two weeks to complete the house.  The tree took me as long to create as it usually does to create a house.  Since I work primarily with paper mache, it can be very tricky to work with and trying to sculp tree limbs with wet sticky thick paper mache that mooshes when you don't want it to moosh, and the drying which can take a week. So I had to create each branch separate and bake them in the oven to speed up drying time, then attach them to the metal wood center pole I created to support the house.  Then adding a ton more paper mache to the tree to combine all the branches I created.  I just wanted to share some of my latest work I have been creating.  Have a wonderful month everyone.  Stan




























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 1 of 3 houses created. The Brick City House
Hi Everyone, I was recently inspired to start creating houses this past month and using the windows I created out of plaster.  I ended up working on 3 different houses at the same time since I kept getting inspired to start another one before one was finished.  Which worked out very well it kept me busy and while one was drying I could work on another on.  I was able to finish all 3 in 20 days which I think is a new record for my speed.  I used a ton of paper mache in creating all the buildings and I hope you all enjoy.  


















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 1 of 3 houses created. The Red Brick Building
Hi Everyone, I was recently inspired to start creating houses this past month and using the windows I created out of plaster.  I ended up working on 3 different houses at the same time since I kept getting inspired to start another one before one was finished.  Which worked out very well it kept me busy and while one was drying I could work on another on.  I was able to finish all 3 in 20 days which I think is a new record for my speed.  I used a ton of paper mache in creating all the buildings and I hope you all enjoy.  






















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 3 of 3 houses created. The Castle
Hi Everyone, I was recently inspired to start creating houses this past month and using the windows I created out of plaster.  I ended up working on 3 different houses at the same time since I kept getting inspired to start another one before one was finished.  Which worked out very well it kept me busy and while one was drying I could work on another on.  I was able to finish all 3 in 20 days which I think is a new record for my speed.  I used a ton of paper mache in creating all the buildings and I hope you all enjoy.

































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 Hi Everyone, I still haven't started to build a new miniature house yet but I am trying to inspire myself with trying to create my own unique miniature windows that I can re produce quickly and so my houses are more unique with the creation of a one of a kind window.  I admit they are not perfect but I do not believe in perfection..  I like having defects and working with what I have on hand.  I am still teaching myself how to mold items and then casting them to make the windows.  I used items I found in my craft room such as pieces of cardboard, wood, plaster pieces and metal decorations and clay to create the windows and a door frame, Then I built a box around them and poured a mold mixture to create the mold for them.  The current ones in the first picture I feel they look more Castle or Fantasy look.  It is my goal that my houses are more unique by creating my own windows.  I hope I inspire others and hope to get inspired to start creating more houses.  Have a wonderful month everyone.
























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 Hi Everyone, I have been on a vacation from building miniature houses for over 4 months, in between the fall miniature show and our annual cruise vacation and Christmas decorating I haven't had a lot of time to work on creating houses. Plus I lost my inspiration to create. So I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas at our house, which is my favorite time of the year.  I love to decorate for Christmas, which I have downsized the decorations over the years.  I used to have a total of 9 trees throughout the house and 1 in every bedroom.  But the older I get the less I am putting up.  I get pretty tired hauling it all up from the basement crawl space.  But I can usually get it all done in about 10 hours. First day I spent an hour bringing every box upstairs, then rest and then spend a couple of days putting things up for 3 or 4 hours a day till its all done. I have it down to a system to where I can take it all down and put it away and clean the house in about 3 1/2 hours.  One day I do want to do a miniature version of my house at Christmas Time.





























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