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uppitycats
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   Posted 4/20/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
...which, these days, I have WAY too much of!!!...
 
you can go here:
 
If you click on any of the titles you'll get more pictures of the projects.  Play around...some fun shots of my cat helpers, too.
 
Just spent several hours finishing the brickwork on my newest house, The Brookwood. Actually, just on the chimney of the house, which goes 3 stories from the ground up through the roof.  I've got all the bricks laid; now have to put in the mortar.
 
(If I'm not making sense it's cuz you're not lookin' at the pictures!!)  tongue
 
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   Posted 4/20/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW Uppity!!!

U never cease to amaze me with u'r work! I don't have the patience for anything like this. This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/20/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I love your Garfield house.  That one is so cool.  I also like the single room ones like Graham and grub and Ric.  You are so addicted to this.  Your passion is so obvious.  Thanks for sharing.


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uppitycats
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   Posted 4/20/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   

I think my Brimble's Public House (pub) is my favorite.  It so reminds me of my hometown, and my current neighborhood...lower middle class (poor!), hard working blue-collar people, folks who stop in for a shot-and-a-beer after work. Nobody gets drunk...just a "little high", then go home, have dinner, crash in front of the TV, on the couch.  A place where "everybody knows your name"....

It's great fun. And hard work. And could be EXPENSIVE.  But something I can do from the waist up...and lots of fun.

I have a whole village going: Catterville, with The Lady Garfield (the large victorian) as the centerpiece, Maggie Goodkat, mistress of The Lady Garfield, and all the Goodkits....

And them Brimble's Public House (from which the word "pub" comes), owned by Brimble, a Cat with a somewhat shady background, his father a mouser in the slums of Catterville, but Brimble risen above that, a bit haughty...but always quick with a joke-and-a-smoke, and a goodhearted fellow...

in love with Purrsyla Tabbykins, a young woman cat, spayed before her time, so a bit innocent, naive..doesn't quite understand the double entendre of the name of her bookstore (The Purple Prose -- purple prose being "naughty language"...pornography..), neither of which occur in her store.. where she's made friends with Miss Daisy, a doll made out of a closepin...

and Ric the Archaeologist..who looks uncannily like a REAL archaelogist and mentor of my husband (who studied archaeology in college), who now lives in The Washington, and is examining a potential archaeology site, south of town... who also is enchanted by Purrsyla, but who realizes he is of a different species, and so probably not a suitable suitor, but looks out for her just the same...

and Graham, proprietor of Graham's Grub'N'Stuff, a grocery store, next to Purrsyla's bookstore, where Graham looks out for her, just in case the AlleyCats attack her again (she was rescued by Ric one night, and gently carried back to Maggie, who sat her down and made her drink catnip tea and put her to bed for awhile until she recovered, and then allowed her to board with her and care for the Goodkits when she's not busy in her store..)..

and soon there will be The Brookwood Meeting Place, suitable for group meetings of all sorts, including any religious organizations who wish to meet there (Unitarian-Univeralist, Christian, Jew, Islam, ancient Egyptian..whatever..), and general parties and other festivities...

and then 2 more houses yet to be built, one more room box (like the bookstore and grocery store), and a garden scene....

Yes, I know.  WAY too much time on my hands.  But great fantasy.. :)

 

 

 


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mystery reader
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   Posted 4/20/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Very cool --reminds me of the minature room at the Art Institute in Chicago
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/20/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Poor Purrsyla, spayed before her time........hahahahahah.  I love this!!!!  The purple prose.... I didn't know that.  That is great.  You DO have too much time on your hands lol.  The barstools are brilliant but look a bit painful if not sat upon carefully but if everbody knows your name, then well I guess it is all worth it. 

This is going to sound weird but I love Ric's bum.  It is so cute!  I can't believe you got this all done in three years.   


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uppitycats
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   Posted 4/21/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   

The woman who made Maggie Goodkat, Ric the Archaeologist, and Brimble is a master dollmaker.  The pictures don't do the dolls justice: yes, Ric's bum is delightful, as is his shaggy balding pate; Brimble has a tiny bad and pencil in his apron pocket, ready to take your order, and corduroy trousers; Maggie has lace pantaloons....all exquisitely done in miniature. These dolls are no more than 5-1/2 inches high, standing up....

Anyway, it is a fun hobby. Sort of taken over our house.  I started with just one dollhouse, the Garfield....swearing it would be the "first/last/only"....and somehow it just expanded from there..  yeah


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   Posted 4/21/2008 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Uppity, this is incredible! I admire anyone with the patience for this fine detail work, it's just wonderful! Sort of takes on a life of it's own!

Thanks for sharing, great way to reinforce "life after MS" and definitely an inspiration!
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   Posted 4/21/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Your dollhouses are fantastic! My mother-in-law has a passion for dollhouses too. Last year she even said that she was going to make one for my two daughters but I told her she might want to wait a few years. My girls then were 3 and 1, not a good age for fragile dollhouse pieces, let me tell you! I think we will stick to the plastic ones for now...those others would be broken in probably two minutes! LOL I have one from my childhood that my dad made me, so maybe at some point we can get that out and spruce it up. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

P.S. I am looking forward to some spare time on my hands...would love to enjoy my love for reading, scrapbooking, photography....ahhhh....one day! HaHaHa

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   Posted 4/21/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   

You all should see what Rhonda's girls can make using cardboard boxes!! Her two youngest have quite a talent for making doll furniture from boxes that hold a case of coke.  Coke couches, beds and chairs!!!!  This is how it begins!!!


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rhondab
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   Posted 4/21/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hahahahaha....ahhhh yes! My girls are pretty creative when they need to be! We are raising our girls as good ole country girls and hoping they will come up in the ways we did...relying on their inginuity to 'play'. As children, we spent a lot of time outside making 'forts' and playing games from our imagination...and it was glorious!!! So, our girls are living much like that. The coke box doll house is a good example of that. They did a great job! I'm proud of their creativity and hope very much that it will continue on thru their lives. Thanks for that pat on their backs friend! I will tell them about this and watch as they beam with pride! ;)
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Very, very neat Uppity! Thanks for sharing your hobby. What a fun thread. Let’s see those coke box doll houses, Rhonda.


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   Posted 4/21/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   

My first dollhouse when I was a very small child was made of cut-up boxes, glued together. They were big though...big enough for my "Betsy-Wetsy" doll to live in!  :)  But I crayoned on windows and cut out doors and had real rooms and all that.

Then my father gave me a "real" dollhouse -- 1:12 scale (like the ones I build), with lights, even had running water in the kitchen and bathroom (a circulating pump).  I played with it for years, until I went off to college...  I came home one holiday and it was gone. My mother gave it away to a niece.  "Well," she said, "I didn't think you'd be playing with it anymore!!!"

I coulda killed her!!  Anyway..my Garfield was built as a "replacement".  The rest just ...well..just got here.. :)


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D'awesome
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   Posted 4/21/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Uppity, I like that part best... "The rest just ...well..just got here.. :)" It says it all... we make good choices for ourselves and you did for you and it's beautiful what you can do! What a neat hobby!

I've been nagging myself lately about all the "gonna do's" someday... this is inspirational to me to just start doing them so they'll just "get here!" :)
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   Posted 4/22/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing Uppity! That is truly amazing. What patience and persistence you have. I am in desperate need of a hobby myself and think it's so cool that you found a passion to help pass the time.

I can't believe your mother gave away your dollhouse, that is terrible. I get so attached to things which is why I have a ton of dolls and stuffed animals from my childhood still. Hmm, maybe my mom should have given some away!
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   Posted 4/22/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Uppity!
This is way cool. Thanks so much for sharing your special talent with us all. This is a real neat hobby, you should be proud of your work, they are beautiful!
Thanks a bunch for letting us in!
Lynn
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   Posted 5/17/2008 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
uppity, I stumbled across this while doing some post reading on MS and wow!! I'm amazed! Not that u did tem...lol that anyone could do such intricate yet solid looking building. Love the lib with the cat in the window!! Great job!!

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uppitycats
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   Posted 5/17/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   

I was surprised to see this back on top! :)  Thanks...

I'm deep in the middle of my next house...need to take some pictures, I guess...

 


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   Posted 5/17/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow, they are awesome uppity. I LOVE stuff like that. When I clicked on the first photo, it made my heart feel good :) When I was a little girl, I loved houses like that so it just took me back. What a great deal of work you put into it all. Thanks for sharing :)

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   Posted 5/18/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Amazing! They are all so beautiful,I really need to show my daughter...she is such a little artist and would be so amazed by this as well. Seeing this is an inspiration for us all
 
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