room boxing

I’ve wanted to make a room box for ages, and K awesomely volunteered to help. He made the actual box for me out of sheet insulation, using magnets to hold the pieces together.

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

He’s had this done for me for AGES but I finally made time to find some flooring. I wanted something that was thin so that the magnets will still work through it – ideally I’d like it to overlap under the wall pieces slightly so that you can’t see any edges (though I suppose I am going to put some base molding on the walls, so this probably doesn’t matter).

As you can see here, if I don’t trim these pieces on the sides, they’ll overlap the wall pieces just a hair:

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

I will of course need to trim the second piece to fit the depth of the box. I couldn’t find any flooring that came in large enough sheets to cover without using more than one piece, but this flooring appears to be able to slide in together without any noticeable gap. This room box is bigger than most I’ve seen, and definitely bigger than most dollhouse rooms, but I’d like to have plenty of space for Blythe plus furniture for taking photos. Now I need to trim the second piece of flooring and finish all of it. I like the blond wood (veneer) so I think I’ll probably just do a seal coat without staining first. Opinions?

Because I think it’s super clever, here’s a close-up of how K installed the magnets:

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

The room box pieces just snap together so nicely! Now I need to figure out if I want a window(s) and what type of wall covering I want to use. I’m thinking of using fabric as wallpaper…

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cube dudes

Three paper cube dudes

K is awesome at finding and constructing these little cube papercrafts. Aren’t they adorbs? These three dudes are currently hanging out in the little shelving unit in our main floor washroom (the shelf came with the house – we don’t really use it for anything functional at this point, so it’s a perfect spot for these guys). Can you identify all three of these fellas? (It took me awhile to get the middle one.)

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perched

Sometimes when Coraline gets super crazy, K will pick her up and show her around the room Lion King-style. For some reason this works to calm her down a little.

Coraline and Karl

The other day he did this and then perched her on his shoulder like a parrot or Squirrelly.

Coraline and Karl

WHUT.

Coraline and Karl

Uh-oh, someone senses an opportunity…

Coraline and Karl

And she dives for the mouth. We had just eaten dinner and apparently K’s breath smelled delicious. She is a weird, adorable puppy.

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dining room day three

We are slowly but surely making progress on the dining room. We have almost finished painting, after spending some time on one of K’s recent days off cutting in and tackling the stairway.

dining room day three

Despite K’s impressive height, we needed to pull out the extendable handle in order to get the area above the stairwell. Thankfully it was pretty easily findable! I don’t think we’ve used it in this house yet, so hooray for putting it in a logical place when we moved in.

dining room day three

Of course having the handle extended makes it fun to put more paint on the roller since you have to do it from some distance. Luckily K is careful.

dining room day three

I left the room momentarily and when I returned, I found him standing in the next room, having extended the handle to its full length. This made me laugh my head off, which I think is pretty awesome – if you can have fun while doing somewhat tedious DIY projects, that is a sign of a good partnership.

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just the nuts and bolts

Karl has been anxious to make his old family recipe for Nuts and Bolts for awhile, and now that we have been cooking actual bacon, we had the necessary bacon grease on hand to do so.

Making nuts and bolts

Karl also had the realization that we could use the vintage roasting pan we were gifted a few years back. Our oven is fairly small, and this recipe makes a rather sizable quantity, so having a larger cooking vessel was necessary.

Making nuts and bolts

This recipe is slightly unusual (at least to me) in a few ways, one of which is that it measures the dry ingredients by weight, rather than cups. We don’t have a kitchen scale, but we do have a postal scale, so K relocated that to the kitchen temporarily.

Making nuts and bolts

He carefully weighed out all the cereal and pretzels, though he purposely doubled up on the cereal since he omitted the nuts (he doesn’t like them).

Making nuts and bolts

This looks like a LOT of snack mix to me! But I’m sure it will get eaten faster than I expect.
Making nuts and bolts

Here’s the bacon grease, lovingly saved in one of our recently acquired glass storage containers. It doesn’t look as gross as I would have guessed, as long as I don’t think about it too much.

Making nuts and bolts

Here he mixes that with the butter and spices, again making a slight change: no celery powder. Has anyone out there ever heard of celery powder? I could find celery salt, celery seed, and celery flakes, but no celery powder, even at the hoity market.

Making nuts and bolts

Set the roaster for 225. I just LOVE the look of this control panel. So simple, yet so elegant.

Making nuts and bolts

Mix it all together, and it’s ready to cook!
Making nuts and bolts

After a few hours, it was done. EXCEPT that we have to let it sit for a week or so before we can start in on it.

Making nuts and bolts

We have a few days left before Eating Day. Hopefully it turns out to be worth the anticipation!I used this along with my to get fit.

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rawk

Today was super busy, hence this super late semi-lame post. I did some gardening despite the extreme humidity, we did a bunch of laundry, and then had puppy kindergarten. After that we hightailed it up to Lansing for Skatey-Eight practice at Dan’s (survived a mega storm en route – actually had to pull over for awhile!) and then back home again tonight. Whew!

Since I hate to post without a photo, here’s one that K took while we were rocking out.

sk88 2011-05-29

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snuggly little package

Coraline is amazingly compact. She’s not fully grown yet, obviously, but she’s also nowhere near as muscle-bound as Brodie is. She likes to curl up into tiny shapes. Here she’s gathered herself into a funny little ball in Karl’s arms.

Coraline

She also appears to be attempting to eat her own foot. Silly puppy.

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