Monday, October 8, 2012

I made lots of progress this weekend.  I was so addicted to building stuff that I couldn't stop. But I finished my paper tree this weekend, and many more things on the Tudor House.  I finished the interior floors and base boards, adding the railing around the balcony's.  Please see below some of the pictures of me making the tree.  It ended up costing me about $32.00 for paper clay and $28.00 for the plastic greenery I found at Michael's Hobby Store, plus a couple dollars for glue sticks and moss to glue on the tree, so around $65.00 total to make the tree.  I forgot to download pictures of the finished tunnels, I will hopefully remember to post them soon.  I lost count of how many hours I have put into this house over the past two months, I think I am close to 200 hours at this time, and way over budget, but I am falling in love with this house and dont know if I can sell it without some heartache. 
I hope you like the pictures of the finished trees and flooring. Now the fun part is completing the interiors and making some furniture.  Have a Wonderful Week Everyone!  Thanks for all the Wonderful Comments you have posted.  They truly inspire me,  I get so busy I forget to say thanks to each of you for the wonderful comments, So Thank You Very Much!

I really love the look of the tree growing in between the houses, like it has been growing there 100 years. 

While building the tree I keep putting the tree in between the house to assure it would fit as I added paper around the wood.  At the Tip of the tree ends is where I hot glued on the plastic greenery, that I broke apart from a bundle of greenery.  I spent about an hour looking at different stores to try and find greenery that had the smallest leaves possible to try and stay true to scale.

I started with brushing on some deluted brown, paint which I didn't particularly like, Then I brushed on some deluted grey paint to make the tree look older and then wiped it off. 

Once I had glue ed all the plastic greenery on the tree, I went around to all the limbs and the areas the hot glued showed and painted on Elmer's Glue and then covered it with green moss sprinkles, this helped hide any ugly spots and hot glue.

Because the tree weighs 4 or 5 pounds I hot glued it to the base and also hot glued some leaves and branches that were touching the house so it was well supported. 

I am really starting to love my little stain glass windows.  Making a mistake and getting stain on the windows and me covering them up with my fake stain glass turned out to be a Good Thing!

The flooring drying in the kitchen.  I started out with making a card stock paper floor pattern and then cut out the wood flooring to match the pattern.  The large middle floor in the picture goes in the top left attic, it completely fell apart in this process, It was the only floor I had to glue to card stock and the darn stain ate through the glue again, but i ended up spending more time fixing this floor. 

I precut wood strips and stained them, these will become the base boards around the room once the flooring is laid. 

There were so many intricate cuts to make because of all the beams that ran down the wall to hide the electrical wires, it took me a couple hours to make the 7 room patterns to make the floors from.

I think the finished floors look pretty darn good for my first time also staining floors.  I really like the aged look on the plaster walls with the flooring.  In this picture I still have to age the inside of the fire place with soot.  This is the left side of the main living area.

This will become the main living area.

This is the attic spare bedroom.

This will be the master bedroom that has a closet to the left. 

This will be a sitting room or something by the first floor exit.

Sitting room.

This will become the kitchen on the first floor.


  1. Hello Stan,
    Now this is a masterpiece! It is just wonderful! So well executed and all the architectural details are wonderful.
    Great job!

  2. Hallo Stan,
    Ik vind het heel mooi wat je allemaal maakt.
    ik zoek voor een pop (die ik zelf maak) een straatorgel weet jij hoe ik daar aan kan komen???
    Groetjes Marja

  3. Hallo Stan,
    Je huis is prachtig, en je handdoek wat een goed idee.
    Groetjes Marja