Turning a corner

Rosehill Cottage has gotten some updates! You can tell by the first photo that it's been a while - I had to evict the poor spider. But doesn't she look like the perfect scale for the cottage?

I finished the floor, but will probably continue to tweak the color. In good lighting it looks correct, but really gets dark when the lights are dim. Most of it will be covered up with area rugs as well, so I'm not stressing over it.

This photo shows the base I've put together for the kitchen fireplace. The back wall will have a small window on the right next to the fireplace, and a short section of wall, then a door on the left which goes into the book room in back.

Back of kitchen with fireplace.

Yes, I am going to make the library! I'm not sure yet if it will match what you see in the film or the way the exterior was built (the door leading outside is on the opposite wall from one to the other). Probably I will go with what made it into the film, but I prefer the way it looks from the outside on the exterior set. In any case I am going to have to fudge the measurements since movie sets and exteriors don't match.

Exterior of cottage - no door on this side of library addition.
Same side of library on set, as seen in film.

Here is a view of the other side, with the exterior door on the opposite side.

I am getting excited about the possibility of finishing this project! Amazing what spending some quality time in the studio does to my psyche.


Vintage dress from denisebrain

You may have noticed that I've added a little badge on my sidebar from MyFitnessPal. I have needed/wanted to lose some weight for a while, and keeping a food diary is helping me to stay on track. The site is free, and makes it really easy to figure out where you stand in terms of nutrition, exercise, etc...

Now I have a more pressing need to lose extra inches. I am going to be in my brother's wedding in August, and everyone is wearing vintage. Ever try to find cool vintage clothes when you are a large? Really difficult, let me tell you. I am sure there were "stout" girls back in the day, but they must have worn their clothes to death because finding larger sizes in vintage is darn near impossible!

Anyway, I happened upon an AWESOME Etsy store that carries many larger sizes and I want to give the owner a shout-out. The store is called denisebrain and is run by the lovely and personable Maggie. She allowed me to put this beautiful pink dress on layaway, and was incredibly swift and friendly in her communications. I plan on many more shopping excursions at Maggie's store, and hope that you give it a look.

So, the dress JUST fits me, but unless I manage to lose a bit more weight I may have to resort to some sort of corset-y undergarment, which the original owner probably wore anyway. It's very Mad Men, and I have to remind myself that Joan Holloway Harris gets away with being a big girl, so why not me? I suppose it just doesn't mesh with the image I have of myself on the inside, which I need to get over.