Piecing Together the Puzzle

After spending a good chunk of time on my thesis this morning (yay me!), my cognitive abilities were pretty much shot – so I happily took a nice break and measured out the walls for my Undersized Urbanite scratch build.  I picked up the necessary lumber and foam core at Michaels on Friday, but our weekend was spent visiting friends so I wasn’t able to get to a whole lot (though I did end up making a lot of changes to the staircase – that will almost definitely get an entire post to itself).


(please excuse the terrible photos, it’s nighttime and I don’t have the best light)

The Undersized Urbanite rules dictate that any decorating done prior to the start of the contest on September 30 will be disqualified, which rules out any painting, staining, or woodwork I plan on doing since that will all be part of the decor.  However, because the contest does allow any dollhouse – pre-built, kit construction, or scratch-build – I did decide to go ahead and cut out the pieces I had drawn up on foam core.  When I start putting it all together at the start of the contest (since I will have to be decorating as I go) it will go together more like a kit build.

IMAG0736Briefly pieced together with scotch tape!

This may have been a really bad thing because now I just can’t wait to get started.  Hopefully I can divert this energy back into my thesis until the contest opens…ideally, I’ll have a finished draft of my proposal at that point and be just about ready to defend it!

Also, stay tuned: Coming soon, I’ll be showing off my absolutely favorite, must-have tools for miniatures work and building.  I always pick up so much when others share their most useful items for crafting, so I thought I would put together a post on it.



4 thoughts on “Piecing Together the Puzzle

  1. ebmagpie says:

    Hi there,
    I was looking up dollhouse posts here on WordPress and stumbled across your blog. I am also going to try and enter the Undersized Urbanite contest to get me motivated to make my first dollhouse. (I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the ideas in my head to be realized in miniature, but having a deadline and making blog posts help.) Best wishes to you, and I can’t wait to see how yours unfolds. Also, my husband is about to defend his dissertation, and so I know preparing a thesis can be a very stressful time. Kudos to you!

  2. Abbe PB says:

    I’m so glad you found me! I hope your build goes well. I highly recommend the blog links in my sidebar for great inspiration (especially the minis blogs). They help a lot with ideas, tips and tricks 🙂 Pinterest can also be a really awesome resource for such things, and there are some incredible artists on Etsy for things to either spark your interest or fulfill design needs you can’t meet yourself.

    Good luck to your husband with his dissertation! I’m rather glad I didn’t go straight into a doctoral program out of undergrad, I need a good break before I tackle the dissertation experience 😀

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hello fellow participant!

    I followed your blog from the Undersized Urbanite webpage..nice to meet you!! 🙂

    I LOVE what you have so far! Especially that it is closed in. So different than the typical open back houses.

    Will you have hinges or something to open it? Can’t wait to see more updates!

    Rebecca 🙂

    • Abbe PB says:

      Rebecca, thank you for the compliments! I am currently planning to make the “back” entirely removable – it’s such a long and skinny build compared to most hinge-back homes that I think hinges would just make this look odd. I’ll be using trim on each of the corners in a way that the back side should be easy to place in and stay there on its own, but can also just slide right out. Hopefully it works; if not, I’ll be back to the drawing board 🙂

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