Monday, August 4, 2014

The time has come...

The drawings have been drawn up, a builder has been found, funds are somewhat in place, and it is time for the Addams Family Mini Mansion Cabinet to be built!!!

This is a custom cabinet to be built for the specific purposes of my project!  It will hold the main house, side wing, and conservatory on top and house the basement (aka grandmamas kitchen) within the cabinet.  It will also have storage space for minis to be organized and kept safely when they are not being displayed in the mansion.   It will have wheels so I can take it places to be displayed easily (with the help of a u-haul or trailer).  I AM SO EXCITED!!!  There are so many parts of this project that will be hastened by having the proper base for the mansion.

I just spent 3 days putting my ancient architecture skills to the test and I drew up detailed drawings for my builder.  I told him I didn't have a time restriction because honestly this project has taken me a lot longer than it should lol so I don't feel I should rush anyone else.  Also his wife just had a baby so he needs to be there for her first and foremost.  So that being said... I don't know when it will be done.  But at least the wheels are in motion!

Did I say I was EXCITED!!!???

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wednesday and Pugsley's Beds

Hi All!  I am so sorry I haven't been reading or commenting on anyones blogs!  I barely have time to sit down at the computer let alone work on my much neglected projects.  But every now and then I let the dishes/laundry pile up, leave the toys strewn about the house and make PBJ's for dinner so I can do something, ANYTHING, in my mansion!

This week I received many wonderful new items for my future conservatory (which is still a kit in a box) and I sooooo wanted to get it out and start building it!  BUT I looked at the main house and all the unfinished projects I have there so I decided to hold off and continue on the main house.  A few months ago I worked pretty hard on the attic section so I decided to work on Wednesdays and Pugsleys room a bit which is right next door.

The big focal point of that room will be the two semi-matching beds so I knew I need to get them going before any other decoration got underway.  So here are the beds finished!

I had some black fabric that I embroidered with a spider web design for Wednesdays bed.  And then I made sure it was made very neatly as I imagine she would probably like it to be in order.  The foot of the bed has a rather angry looking octopus which is a detail seen in the Addams Family movies.  I am not very happy how the camera made the octopus look in this photo... the white is acutally very subtle... but here it looks bright and messy.

Puglseys bed has just a typical looking comforter but it is messy and unmade.  As I imagine he has better things to do than to make his bed (such as blowing a few things up with Uncle Fester).  His detail on the foot of the bed is a skull and crossbones.... again I do not like how the camera makes it look.  It looks much better in person.

And now its time to starting adding items!  Whoo hoo.  I love this part!  And as you can see below.... someone has already moved in under Wednesdays bed!  I think this may be his permanent home.

 Thanks for checking out my progress!  I hope to have more to show soon!  hugs, Ara

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The electric Chair

Well, baby boy has finally started taking a decent nap during the day so I am working again on my mansion... little by little!  I just wanted to share with you the finished electric chair!  I had created the structure of the chair last October but I hadn't added the "electric" part yet.  Plus I needed to make a switch panel with a big giant handle for someone to pull!  So without further ado... here is the chair in the attic where it will sit!  Now just to fill in with fun Addamsey knick knacks! (maybe an uncle knick knack! (movie reference))  Thanks, Ara

Friday, February 21, 2014

Quick Update: Bobby is here!

My baby boy has arrived and we are enjoying every minute!  Thank you all for your well wishes!  He and I are both doing great!  Here is a pic of my little man:

As soon as we get back on some kind of schedule (hahahaha) I will be getting back to my mini-mansion!  Hugs to all out in blog land! -Ara

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Pugsley: My attic update!

Hello All and Happy Halloween from the Addams Family Mini Mansion! 

My goal for October was to finish the space seen below to completion.  Well.... I didn't get everything done BUT I do have photos of what I did get done as promised!!!

Here was the room before this month:
Here is it after some aging, finishing the ceiling and adding a few elements:

As you can see I added a door to Wednesday and Pugsley's room and ANOtHER door leading out onto the roof.  This will be nessecary for Uncle Fester to get to his room.... when it gets built.... Also there is a firemans pole!!!  In the original tv show the characters could go up and down this pole as they please.  So as of right now there are no stairs to the third floor, just this pole!  Here is how it lines up below...
You may also see someone new hanging out in the picture above!  It's Pugsley!

He was a headache to make but I learned a lot you can read my last post to hear my woes with making this doll!!  But I learned a lot!  I also had to make a custom piece of furniture for him (which isn't completely finished!)

It's supposed to be an electric chair.  I got the wood parts finished but my work room is such in a mess that I cannot find all the metal pieces I need to finish the "electric" parts.  As you can see I custom fit Pugsley to this chair.  This where be will he sits most of the time.  I will possibly make him an antique tv to watch!!

And here is the final pic of what I got done with Morticia included.  Awww... loving Mother and son!  No wonder I felt lead to create Pugsley seeing as I found out we're having a boy! lol.

And that's it!!  Whenever I get some more knick knacks put around and the electric chair finished I will post another update picture.  I just wanted to show some progress and say Happy Halloween!! 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

A post with no pictures :( Update!

I HATE putting up a post without pictures but I have to wait til Halloween to show you what I have been up to!  This is going to be hard because I have been having so much fun creating!!

1.  I have finished the room (aging the walls, inserting doors, painting...etc)
2.  I have made one piece of essential furniture (not saying what it is!)
3.  AND I have finished my second doll I have ever made.

Here is what this doll-making trial has taught me:
- I am SO not good at smoothing clay.  I think its good until I bake it and then it looks like the surface of the moon!  Bumpy!
-Sewing small clothes are hard... esp when your sewing skills are such that it takes you 30 mins just to thread the machine.
-Human proportions are hard.
-If you force a piece of clothing over a doll head hard enough IT WILL BREAK OFF!

So this doll may not be a permanent part of my collection but I am proud of the end result all the same.  Especially for doll #2.  I know I will never be a professional doll maker but I would love to be able to make them for myself in a pinch!

So that's your mid-month update.  Not sure how much longer I can wait to post photos but I am taking several along the way!  Hope you are all having a wonderful fall!  hugs, Ara

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Halloween Goal

Well its the Addamses favorite time of year and I just can't stand by and let the mansion sit in the corner unworked on.  SO I am putting forth a goal I have.  I will be completely finishing this space in the mansion:
This is the empty attic space next to Wednesday and Pugsleys room on the 3rd floor.  I have several things I need to do in there and I want to even get as far as creating a NEW DOLL!  I won't say who but someone will be permanently hanging out in this room.  I have a long way before I am ready to sculpt however!

My goal is to get this space finished and ready to show off on Halloween night!!  Stayed tuned to a spooky space and another member of the family being born!  Whoo hoo!  (If you look closely through the door you can see Morticia has passed out from excitement... or she had a little too much arsenic in her last drink... who knows.)

Happy October! - Ara and the Addamses