Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rad Pad Completed

It was a mad dash against time and daylight but I got my Rad Pad completed and photographed before tomorrow's deadline for the "I'm A Giant" Challenge. My son is very under the weather with a stomach bug, so my Rad Pad plans today had to take a back seat to ensuring he was comfortable and hydrated.

This was a particularly challenging experiment for me. I struggled with what to do for quite some time and found inspiration where I least expected it: Staples! In reviewing all I have been working on over the past few weeks in light of the end result, I am left feeling the following things:

1. Satisfied that I made the deadline
2. Happy to have found something new to repurpose
3. Mixed about the pressure of a deadline
4. Disappointed not to have realized the stairs and catwalk
5. Excited that this challenge has exposed more people to the hobby
6. Relieved that it's over

While I am happy with the end product, there's always more ideas and refining but I had to resist those impulses over the past few days. I did add a large "table" to the entryway (it's actually a votive holder from Crate & Barrel), which functions as a hearth of sorts. Fitting in the living area was a challenge, and I decided to abandon it, save for a white couch and rug. The stairs were a big disappointment...I did not have time to order from TAP Plastics and was concerned that I could not DIY-it satisfactorily. My kids' Jenga blocks didn't work out either. So, I went without -- you will have to use your imagination in this airy house...













I cannot wait to see what others have come up with, and hopefully Emily Henderson will post an update of her own tomorrow along with the others bloggers she recruited!

UPDATE, 12/16/11: Emily posted yesterday that she was extending the challenge until February 1, 2012, so that gives me and others time to refine and complete their homes!

Credits: I focused on the bath in my last post, so you can see all the credits there. Office: Wallpaper and flooring are papers from Michaels and the Paper Source; desk by ELF Miniatures; plant is Playmobil; shelving unit by Re-ment; chair is an ornament from Crate & Barrel; magazine holder is AG Minis; light fixture is by minimodernistas; accessories by Re-ment, AG Minis, handmade by The Shopping Sherpa, eBay finds, and Lilu Shop on Etsy. Kitchen: Wallpaper and flooring are papers from Michaels and Kate's Paperie; sink unit and stools are brinca dada; table and light fixture is vintage German; accessories are Reutter, Re-ment, and eBay finds. Bedroom: Wallpaper and flooring are from Michaels, the Paper Source and a dollhouse store; bed is vintage German; chair is Reac; bench is by Logan at OneFortyThree; accessories are Re-ment, ELF Miniatures, minimodernistas, and handmade by The Shopping Sherpa. Entryway: Flooring is made of two Crate & Barrel place mats; table is a votive holder from Crate & Barrel on a table base by Bozart; the couch is also Bozart; rug is by FranMadeMinis; moss bowl is by Gigi 'N Studio; planters at the doors are napkin holders with diorama trees from Michaels.

The time it took me: forever.

22 comments:

  1. I love the view out through the big glass doors, it makes it feel so life sized and real! The wooden flooring is a triumph, and it's all so beautifully laid out and uncluttered-well done you x

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  2. Fran (FranMadeMinis)December 15, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    It's fabulous! I'm thrilled and honored to be included; thank you so much. You definitely met the challenge in my book!

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  3. Bonjour! Looks good! Love the front doors! CHappy Holidays CM

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  4. Great work. Very, very nice and with lots of imagination.

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  5. It came out great! Mine is no where near completion.

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  6. Congratulations, man! I think you have done a fine job under such constraints. Never mind the stairs--there's totally an elevator and it is made out of the same material as Wonder Woman's plane. Yep, you and Wonder Woman...absolute peas in a pod.

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  7. Wow! fabulous job! how did you come up with the idea to use the magazine files? what an amazing house.

    Lydia
    http://fadeintobleu.blogspot.com/search/label/dollhouse

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  8. It was a radical idea to repurpose stationary items for the building, but it works. I'd love to see the stair/catwalk completed.
    Nice job! =0)

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  9. I love your last quote. It does take longer than you think, right? But, in the end it makes finishing all that much more rewarding. And in the end, yours wows. Even without the stairs. Because if you hadn't said so, I wouldn't have realized they were missing at all! So, relish your finished piece! Come visit our little home:

    http://www.wordplayhouse.com/2011/12/dollhouse.html

    -heather

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  10. Thanks, Max! I do like the doorway and it also meant I didn't have to construct an actual door -- just some perspex and deco tape! The place mats are pretty great for flooring ;)

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  11. Hiya, Fran! Thanks so much for the beautiful rug -- fast becoming one of my favorites!

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  12. Hey, CM! Glad it looks good to you, even in Paris!

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  13. Thanks, Minismodernas! Glad you like my take on a dollhouse!

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  14. Hi, Kristin! Well, now you have until February 1, 2012, since the challenge has been extended ;)

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  15. Yo, MC! I love me some Wonder Woman! By far, one of my fav TV programs growing up! Thanks for "seeing" my elevator! Now that the challenge has been extended, I guess I need to face up to the stairs, huh?

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  16. Thanks, Lydia! Loved looking at your blog! I was in Staples and saw the files there...I loved the transparency and openings and thought they might work on their sides ;)

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  17. Hey, Pepper! Now, if I had your skills, I'd have no apprehension whatsoever in doing the stairs! I guess I need to face it, though, right?

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  18. Hello, Heather! Thanks so much for sharing your house! Great repurposing!! If I can manage it, I will try to get the stairs and maybe even a catwalk incorporated. At least I have a little more time to strategize...

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  19. What a clever idea! I love it. We used cardboard boxes, but may go this route next time. :) Thanks for sharing. I love all the details.

    http://www.sillyeaglebooks.com/2011/12/cardboard-box-dollhouse-reveal-im-giant.html

    vanessa

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  20. Hey, Vanessa! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing cardboard creation! So clever! Looks really lovely.

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  21. Fantastic work! It's original.
    Bye Faby

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