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Fitbit and Sundries

Monday, March 18, 2013

I think my Fitbit did finally decide to quit entirely. At least it is not registering when I check into the Fitbit site. So, there you go, Fifi! You will be WAY ahead of me in the rankings. emoticon

The new one is in the mail. I am not certain how long it will take to get here. For now, I will just have to take my walkies without an techno~gratification.

Now that I have the dollhouse for the scholarship fundraiser completed and out of the house, I have had some fun getting back into my original build, the Faerie House, which has been on the back burner for over a year. I posted a couple of pics of my progress with putting moss on the roof on my last blog. Yesterday and today I did some interior work. I made a couple extra ceiling beams to hang herbs from ( I only have this one installed), built a spit for the fireplace to hang the dying vat, and made some cheesecloth curtains for the bedroom.

Work has been super busy. I am on the hiring committee for the new teacher, getting my class ready for the spring musical, getting things ready for the Scholarship Fundraiser this weekend.

Oh, and I had a bad dream about it. Only about 13 people came, and they showed a different dollhouse first. There was no interest in mine. I guess my anxiety is showing... emoticon

At the very least, I can say that life is definitely not boring!

And my dog....

... is a total goofball!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/24/2013 12:17AM

    Oh!..........................Stella !!!!!!!!!!!!! What a sweet, beautiful diva of a goofball!!! Just makes her more loveable!!!

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:10PM

    Stella! Cheer up Momma. You'll have another successful auction, regardless of the dream. -- Lou

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MERRYMARY42 3/19/2013 6:38PM

    love the house, you are so talented, and yes, your dog is a total goof ball.

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MCGS62 3/19/2013 10:12AM

    LOL !!! your dog is a total Goofball !!!

Love the houses you made !!

and I added my first 1.8 miles today --not the first I have done just the first I have entered in the tracker for a wow year or so..

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BARBARAJ73 3/19/2013 9:51AM

    Thanks for sharing Stella with us... she brought a big emoticon to my morning!

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    I love Stella!
You too!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/19/2013 3:40AM

    That Stella is a lot of laughs!
Mustn't hang round sparking, I need to get the FitBit ticking over Bwhahahahhahaha!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/18/2013 10:04PM

    sorry about your fitbit! Glad you have another one coming. I find mine to be totally motivating; I've been known to prance around the house before bed to get some extra steps in!

LOVE your dollhouse and know it will be a huge hit!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/18/2013 9:55PM

    A total goofball! :)

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St. Patty's Day ~ A Good Day for Wee Folk to Do Some Roofing

Sunday, March 17, 2013

With all of the other projects I have been working on, the Faerie House has been sadly neglected. Must be because it's St. Patrick's Day; the faeries decided to take matters into their own hands and fix the roof of their house.

Armed with the tools of the trade, they tackle the roof.

They noticed the chimney needed some alignment and repair and took care of that problem.

And all I had to do was watch! After a hard day's work they are ready to join me for a pint o' Guinness.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:09PM

    So cute. The greenery on the house is especially impressive. emoticon! -- Lou

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SCOOTER4263 3/18/2013 7:51PM

    How wonderful!!! Thank you for that!! emoticon

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MCGS62 3/18/2013 9:25AM

    That's cute !!!
Hope you had a good st patty's day

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DOR2BFIT 3/17/2013 9:55PM

    Very cute! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/17/2013 5:44PM

    Must be fun being able to fly, very handy for roof work and arboriculture.

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DONDAIN 3/17/2013 4:58PM

    Cute emoticon

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Response From Fitbit Support

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I had heard that Fitbit had great customer support and I am happy to report that I have had the same experience with them. They are great! I sent them the photo and my receipt. The Fitbit Ultra is apparently no longer available, but they will be sending me a new Fitbit One as a replacement. From what I have read about it, it tracks the same things, so no problem.

Fifi and Jim ~ sorry to bust your bubbles. emoticon

My Fitbit fell apart and can no longer stay together, but that puppy keeps on ticking. I have it taped together and stick it in my pocket. I can no longer read my progress on it, but it still records and connects wirelessly I discovered today when I went to read about the Fitbit 1. Great little instrument!!!


Today I gave a tutorial about how to make paper clay rocks and bricks like the ones I make for my dollhouses, for my students who were interested. They did great work! Maybe some new miniaturists coming up? Some are planning to use the technique in diaramas to go with their research reports. Fun!

The sun is out. emoticon
The birds are singing love songs. emoticon

And even the poodle is grinning!


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NEEDBU66 3/16/2013 6:22PM

    Glad to hear about the good service with fitbit. That's always good news.

The doggie is a cutie!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 3:03PM

    My fitbit ultra cracked and chipped (but didn't break like yours) and they STILL replaced it. Gotta love that company!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/16/2013 2:52PM

    Great news!
I discovered the same thing when I was awaiting a replacement. Even though I could not read it it still kept my steps information.
Your dog is magnificent, she is always smiling on cue!


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    Stella has a great smile!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/14/2013 8:47PM

    I used to have a dog that would smile on command, she was a cutie .
Good news about the fitbit. Not for me though, dang!

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HIP-MOM 3/14/2013 7:16PM

    too cute! I just sent fitbit my photo of the broken Ultra (already sent them my receipt last night) hopefully I'll get a new One! Your dog is so cute!

I love the fitbit, been using them since jan 2012

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USMAWIFE 3/14/2013 6:31PM

    I got my first fitbit last year on March 17 since then my ultra has been replaced twice, once with another ultra and now with a One

Great company

Folks have even had theirs replaced when they lost them or washed them

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0309COOKIE 3/14/2013 5:01PM

    What a great picture of Stella!

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My Fitbit Broke!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I'm not certain what happened. While I was teaching today, my fitbit just 'exploded.' I was standing, talking to the children, and the front part of my fitbit just popped off and landed on the floor. It was a sad surprise for me, and a great opportunity for the children to take a look at waht it looks like inside. They are always fascinated with my fitbit.

I've sent a note about this problem to the support people at fitbit. I'll keep you posted with what they respond with. I have heard from others that they are very helpful.

We have been making maple syrup at school. It has been a good year for tapping the maple trees.

After boiling the sap down we are getting lovely amber maple syrup. We made pancakes with maple syrup for snacks yesterday.

I put the final touches on the dollhouse this morning by planting the window boxes. I never think it is going to be hard to part with one of these, and each time I make one as a donation, it is a little bit hard to let it go.

Okay, off to a board meeting. But before I leave, just a little taste of spring. Oh my, how I need it!

Gotta love those snowdrops!

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JAHINTZY 3/14/2013 9:35PM

    you just reminded me that I forgot I wanted to try tapping the sweet birches for syrup this year... drat.

good luck with the fitbit and maple syrup, and yay snowdrops! my crocuses are coming up now :)

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CBLENS 3/14/2013 8:28PM

    sorry about the fit bits.. syrup looks great and so do the flowers.

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    I gotta get one! Seems like all you spark gals have em' ... All but me, that is. emoticon

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QUEENMOXIE 3/14/2013 11:27AM

    Sorry about your fitbit....I would be lost without mine. I hope that you can get one soon!

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MCGS62 3/14/2013 8:48AM

    Woo HOO !!!
now you can't exercise without your electrons
and I have a chance to make the leader board on my own team again.

Yes I am ready for spring too !! new shoes and all

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/14/2013 4:29AM

    Noooo! Not the FitBit!! It looks rather well used. I wonder whether the flex is available yet? I must say I would quite like one of those, it would mean an end to the fear of putting the one in the washing machine.
This is very motivating for me of course because I CAN STEAL A MARCH ON YOU, hahahaha!

The dolls house is absolutely darling, some little girl is going to be very happy, Chris.

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MERRYMARY42 3/13/2013 8:08PM

    so sorry about your fitbit, I still plan on getting one, sure hope you have good luck with the support group
love the doll house
love the maple syrup, and love the snow drops, Spring is right around the corner

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IUHRYTR 3/13/2013 7:08PM

    The flower boxes add so much to this newest of your creative endeavors, Chris. Maybe in a few months you'll change your mind and do another one. Until then, emoticon. -- Lou

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SCOOTER4263 3/13/2013 7:01PM

    Wow. Too bad about the FitBit. I've never broken one...probably put them through the washer before they get the chance. :|

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LMB-ESQ 3/13/2013 7:01PM

    Poor fitbit :-( Your syrup looks delicious! I know someone else here who makes syrup too! What a process!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2013 7:00PM

    Sounds delicious, Sunday would be a good day to have green pancakes emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2013 7:00PM

    Sounds delicious, Sunday would be a good day to have green pancakes emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2013 6:59PM

    Sounds delicious, Sunday would be a good day to have green pancakes emoticon

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KDAILEY70 3/13/2013 6:48PM

    Good luck with your fitbit

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CHANGING-TURTLE 3/13/2013 6:39PM

    emoticon flowers emoticon
sorry about your fitbit

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NUTRON3 3/13/2013 6:38PM

    Wow. Good luck

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Done! Woohooooo!!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

I have finally finished the dollhouse I have been making for the scholarship fundraiser! The only thing left to do is to put flowers in the window boxes, but I need to make a trip to JoAnn's to get tiny flowers to put in them.

I decided to make a 'slate' roof. I used paint to make the slate effect and then varnished it with a satin varnish. I think the effect came out pretty well.

This is a detail of the porch. The color is better in this photo. The whole house photo got a bit washed out. I made the stone masonry with paper clay.

The house from the back.

The kitchen. I made the wainscoting out of balsa wood that I scored to look like paneling. I don't think it shows up very well in the photo.

Living Room

Child's Room. I really like the wallpaper border.



Done, done, done! Along with another vow never to do this for a fundraiser again.

I love the house. I'm glad it's finished. And now to get on with other aspects of my life....

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/22/2013 9:18AM

    This is just gorgeous! It makes me want to have a doll's house again, I remember I really loved mine and it was nowhere near as beautiful as this one. I do hope it will sell well and bring lots of money for the Fundraising event.

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ZZTATIZZ 3/20/2013 2:46PM

    Whoa. Fantastic. :)

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MONTANA_ED 3/13/2013 2:02PM

    Fantastic job! You are really talented!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2013 1:43PM

    Chris that came out very nice and so generous of you to donate such a precious gift.

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MCGS62 3/12/2013 9:37AM

    It looks great !!
Shiny and new-- that should fetch a pretty penny and make someone's daughter happy
The roof has a nice broken reflection of the windows just like you would see in real life on a damp spring morning.
I am curious about how much it will receive at auction

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IUHRYTR 3/12/2013 6:35AM

    Waiting for you to get your contractor's building license. Another emoticon project. -- Lou

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/12/2013 4:14AM

    How darling, you are so clever.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/11/2013 11:19PM

    Simple beautifully detailed!

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DOR2BFIT 3/11/2013 10:08PM

    Beautiful! Love the cu emoticon emoticon te little Adirondack chair too!

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0309COOKIE 3/11/2013 9:20PM

    Oh, Chris, it's beautiful. You pay such attention to detail. I hope it fetches a bunch of money.

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    You did an awesome job. Love your pictures.
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ROCKYCPA 3/11/2013 8:22PM

    Boy that is a really beautiful doll house. I hope it brings in a lot money at the fundraiser.

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KAPELAKIN 3/11/2013 8:07PM

    Adorable! I love the stonework!

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2013 7:49PM

    What a beautiful job! You are a craftswoman! And so giving to your school. This is going to bring some lucky person a lot of pleasure: hope it raises a lot of money too!

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