Barbie Craft Room: Moving IN!

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Good weather finally hit in Chicagoland, so we were outside. I'm not fully moved into the basement craft room, but it is beginning to look like a real work/play room. This is just a preview, as with all new spaces you have to make 'friends' with it. Everything will eventually find it's 'space'.

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The huge table is the BEST for sorting items. I did get tired of walking around it for two days while I moved things around in circles, LOL.


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The sink still isn't hooked up, saving that for a rainy day. 

We added two IKEA corner tables for work stations. We opted for the tables for their work surfaces instead of cabinetry. The left one will be for painting, small assembly, and paper work. The right one will be for power tools, (dremel, sawing, jewelry, and hot gluing.) 
During this photo, I'm still sorting.

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The pegboard rings hold plastic pots on the wall for storing pens, pencils, brushes, etc. I do have some for sale in my Etsy shop. They take a 7 1/2"-8" pot. IKEA has some perfect white metal pots that fit, but they are $5.99 each, so I'm making do right now with Dollar Store pots, and a couple of my own ceramics. 

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I will eventually put up hooks for all my tapes, adhesives and small tools. A few pretties have been added. The bag was from a TJMax/Homegoods store. Just love the photo....great for a backdrop or I may frame one side.

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I really had a lot of stuff to sort through and organize. I couldn't believe I had stuff stashed everywhere.

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My Etsy Shop storage is below. Five of those bins are full of goodies I have to list.

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Here is my collection of baskets, I probably have 7 or so more of these. 
They will be used for storage and eventually specific projects. Labels are temporary until I decide of something more attractive. The baskets will slide under the tables for easy access. 
This little corner to the left will be slotted for a permanent Vickie's Vintage 
and the new second floor addition. 
I hope to install shelves above for standing doll display, if I ever find my doll stands.

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We've found that the doll houses aren't sitting level despite propping up here and there on the small tables. Everything is wonky and wobbly---as the floor is uneven, mostly higher at the walls. So, some rainy day the empty doors (raw wood you see), will be secured to the wall by sitting on an installed small ledge. Then the front will be on supported by adjustable legs so we can get the entire surface plumb and level.


The Grand (she's five now) Moved everything back into the houses. And she designed the back yard. 

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(Seems the old garage was taken down during the move...so now the yard is larger.)
We have yet to reinstall the decks. I will wait and do that when we redo the support doors. All the clothing and accessories have been sorted and labeled in bins below.

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Vickie's townhouse was enlarged by a second matching house I found for $4.99. This will be fun to rework, paint and really decorate. The garage will be enlarged when the new bases are finished.

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The pegboard above will be flexible for storage and/or display. Quick shelves can be put up for lighter items. 

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Here is the holding corner for projects. The lower shelf left is the stranded on the island set, above will be Joe's apartment. Parts of Vickie's Vintage shop, the bowling alley, the cabin in the woods, the bar setup from the Halloween setting, are all here along with extra dolls.

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This eight-foot long banquet table will be perfect for setting up temporary dioramas, having art/craft parties, and sorting through my antiques for the Etsy shop. Come on over and have a cup of coffee or some iced tea and have fun with me.

NEXT: Plumbing and Lighting


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Plans: Vickie's Vintage Addition Part I


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Hi, All. Some things going on with the dolls, slow but sure!

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Finally, the girls empty Vickie's Vintage for the construction of a second floor for a bridal/formal salon. Holds on construction have been due to typical Chicago building code snags and decisions.

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Back at Vickie's townhouse---
Richelle presents storyboards for choosing surfaces for the new construction.

Richelle: This board I call 'pearly'...with a bit of dull gold trim.
Vickie: I like the flooring, it looks to be the similar to the HFIM house. 


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Vickie: This pearlized paper would be pretty in the dressing rooms. 

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I love the flooring

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Ah, this will be a great blend with the existing silvered cement floors on the main level. This model really gives me an idea of what it might look like.

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Richelle: Well, this is the 'silver' board, all dulled surfaces, except this glittered paper.
Vickie: Oh, that is too much glitter, I like this softer one below though. I see you used the same flooring. I really the like the look of the silver palette.

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Richelle: Yes, this goes well with both palettes. And is durable and luxurious.

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Richelle: Here is my suggested layout for the upstairs with display closets and racks along the back wall, with seating banquettes at the railings. A center dais in front of a huge tri-fold mirror. Two massive chandeliers should light the entire balcony and will show through the exterior windows.

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Richelle: (Holding her breath) I hope you like it, so we can go forward. I actually have a source for the closets. We can decide on the details, as we go along. I have to check with BMR Ltd. and see what will be considered as building improvements and to get their okay.

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Vickie: Can we make the closets portable, or is that impractical? I've had three changes since the shop started. I've really learned to be modular. 

Richelle: The source closets I have in mind are pretty flexible. We could put them on wheels under the kick plate, but we will have to anchor them to the walls then for safety, maybe with a locking mechanism.

Vickie: So many decisions. What were you planning to use for railings?

Richelle: Clear acrylic to keep it nice and airy. I was hoping to find clear banquettes, also. 

Vickie: Hmmm, I really like that idea. Nothing to obstruct the view of the new level. Great, whatever is feasible and okay with the building codes. BMR has been super---Ms.Roberts wants to do renewal on this entire block. Richelle, you've done a fabulous presentation, I love it all. Let me know when I can see these closets. 

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Richelle: Well, I'm so thankful for the referral to work for you and BMR, it's a great start for my career.

Vickie: What about your wedding? I thought it was going to be next month?

Richelle: We are both so busy with work, we've bumped it to sometime in fall, maybe October. My Dad and Uncle are both really busy from now on until then. (Sigh)

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Vickie: If you haven't found a wedding dress, maybe you can be my first customer.

Richelle: I hope so---! LOL, if we get all our projects, done!
Vickie: Now, l love the board you made for the for the townhouse. I can't wait to start on at least the floors now, and cover the couch with that turquoise fabric you brought. It's perfect.


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Moving out of the HFIM house

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Hi, Everyone.

The gang is busy packing up the House for Impoverished Millennials house. While the move takes place, they will do some renovations. paint some trim, hang drapes, and redo the lighting. Seriously not much headroom downstairs with those lights. 



Nemo works on chair, Belle is folding up the linens, and Aidan is working on the mattresses.



Not too many more pieces to move. Who ever glues a lamp to a table? 


Ian: Hurry up with that, I need help with this couch!


Aidan and Belle work together to move the mattresses.



Down stairs, Nemo says, "Only these chairs and then the piano."


Phew,  that was a bunch of work.....!
Richelle says, "Especially that piano....anyone up for pizza? 

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Barbie Craft Room Part 4 - Finishing the bits.

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Hi! Last week and weekend were very busy. 


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We used an insulating foam layer on the floor. I can walk around barefoot in the basement, now. It's really warm, will be easy on the knees, too. 



I had to hang a picture, print on canvas....from thrift store.

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Click and lock, vinyl flooring. We will eventually have this in the whole house, one room upstairs to go. Love the clean up--and 18 months, and no issues anywhere.



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Cutting is done with an exact knife. So if you dont' have tools, this is the flooring for you!

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Gap at the end of the wall will be covered by trim and cabinetry.


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Last piece and the guys are done!

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This pattern almost looks seamless!


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Trying to figure out the shelving.


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Trim and electricity done.


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Next repainting the pegboard and all the trim.
And always clean up!

My next post will be moving in.  All cabinetry and shelving won't be up and the sink will be later
We finally have decent weather and need to work in the yard.
And, we have exceeded our budget at this time.
The rest can be done--here and there. 
Besides, I like using a space before determining exactly what I need. 


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