For the last three years, from 2009 until the end of 2011, my father had been living in my home. In what we, my husband and I, lovingly called his "Grampy Suite". On January the second of 2012 my dear father passed away.
We, my husband and I, are presently wondering what on earth to do with this addition to our home. Seeing as we are not particularly interested in someone else living there on a regular basis as Dad did. Plus we will never be able to replace the company we had in my father.
My father was always a happy, easy to live with man. That kind of personality may or may not be easy to find. The issue is not that. But it is instead that my husband and I want our home free of anybody or anything now that may cause us to have to stay put. We like to travel some.
In other words we do have it the way that we want it and are free to come and go as we please. That kind of freedom right now would be hard to give up.
Yes various ideas are beginning to take shape. One of those are offering it out in some way on a temporary basis such as a Bed and Breakfast situation. Of the few ideas that have emerged that is the most appealing.
Of course that would only be open, too, if we were planning on being present, lol. Such is the bliss of freedom. And not being dependent on the suite's income.
Other ideas have been a work area for me, a place for other family members to stay temporarily, or other people also in need of temporary help etc. Like I said, the B & B idea is the most interesting.
Enough of the history lesson however. Why am I creating this page? Simply put I desire to make a project page for you. And I am going to use my "Grampy Suite" as a focal point.
Yes I am going to help you and I picture this area in miniature. Sort of like shrinking what I possess into a smaller scale. As I have nothing better to do with it at the present moment.
Though in order to truly do this project in mini you would have to incorporate the main house. But to keep it simple I am concentrating on only one area of my home. Yes I happen to love simple things.
Too many complications and you tend to spoil all your fun. In keeping with that emphasis, as well, all we will discuss today will be the picking out of objects you can place in this miniature scene. That's about all we will get to in this session. So simple it will to be...
Beginning our Project in Mini...
Step #1: The Story Begins
Our Project Secondary Suite
Okay getting down to brass tacks as it were... We begin our project secondary suite looking at my father. Who was he and what brought him to my home? Well in the beginning he lost my mom and sort of became a person who needed us. That is mildly put.
But to understand my father, you have to see that he did try other places. He sort of had a girlfriend and that ended but didn't when she threw him out. I say it didn't end because he was always on the phone to her. But they did have a major misunderstanding.
He was 87 when he passed. Yes yes he was quit the dude. The above scenario only introduces him in his later life. And probably doesn't really do him justice. However that was dad.
He was quite the handful to deal with although laughing and joking most of his entire life. I really never knew the extent of what my mom dealt with all the time.
In his life with us, my husband and myself, I helped him and even got him out of jams. Like the credit bureau after him for signing papers for a motorcycle that he never received.
They never should have sold it to him. He was after all a man who could hardly keep himself upright let alone drive a motorcycle at his age. My prayer was all the time, Lord if it isn't broke don't let dad break it. (I happen to mean bodily parts here.)
He was fun... and funny... humorous when I look back... there were more times to laugh than cry... He will definitely be missed.
Step #2: Developing your House
So the first thing to do is connect with items that would suit in creating this mini. So we will need a picture of my dad in real life. And then it's off to Amazon my fav place for minis.
My father at his girlfriend's house.
Dad with one of his great grandchildren.
Knowing who dad is, and a bit about him is important.
Now that we have a base to start with we can proceed from there. It will be necessary to choose one doll to capitalize on in this process. For now though we selected an assortment.
Step #3: The Lay of the Land
This step would include what the apartment or grampy suite or secondary looks like. So let's go get some pictures for you to study concerning our project secondary suite.
Putting our Photos to Use in Project Secondary Suite
There is enough in these pictures to give an understanding that he lived very simply. Of course featured in one of the photos above is a tiny bear. Mine. Dad was not into stuffed creatures. Nor frills.
Step #4: Choose appropriate Dollhouse Furniture
(Clicking on each picture below will take you to the item featured.)
A Good Ending to Project Secondary Suite
You will as you design any dollhouse miniature setting get into all facets of your rooms. This setting had three living arrangements: the bedroom, living room and kitchen combined, and the bath. You will of course need to study all rooms.
However never think you have to complete all areas at once. Make sure you take your time and purchase great items for each room. And don't forget to add plenty of the most tiny elements you need for character. Like food, nick-nacks, personal possessions, dishes etc...
You see you do have freedom with all designs. You can make it as big or small as you like. As well you can add or subtract items so as to make it more interesting.
Always look at how things look in real life. This process will help you truly develop even greater designs than you realize. So the sky literally is the limit as to how far you take your world in mini.