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Friday, 20 July 2018

A few Dioramas finished at last

OK, so not completely finished but almost
First up Cali's Cake and Coffee Shop 

Just need to add the door

Notice the toilets

Next Phlox's Florist

Again I need the door

The school is on five floors. The ground floor is the Nursery (Kindergarten) I'll show you more on this later as I have changed out a few things and need to 'tidy up'
So this first floor is for the pre-teen children

 The walls are still a little bare as I need to and pictures and school work. I think it looks a little like the last day at school before the summer holidays. With the children all out of uniform I will go with this idea

Now onto the young teens

Moving onward and upwards third floor there are two rooms on this floor and at the moment they are without dolls
The music room

The other room is an
 Art Room

On the top floor is a playground and hall...set up for lunch. Again no pictures as I'm still finalising things.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Just a simple little thing.....

I wanted to add lights to the school rooms and as I was dismantling the rooms to add extra strength to the floor/ceilings now would be a good time. 
When looking through e.bay and Amazon I came across these lights no batteries it uses a USB. That sounded good a nice light weight neat looking light I could just un-clip and charge. 

You need to have the cable PLUGGED IN for it to work
OK, so cable not to big or heavy I could cut a small slit in the ceiling and it would still work BUT I will some sort of USB plug for it to plug into.
I return to Amazon/e.bay and find a small portable charger not much bigger than a lipstick.
I order two just to see how it works (I need six)
They need a strange sized battery you can't buy in normal shops so it was back to Amazon as I did not want to wait for a delivery from China. 
I want to get this thing finished so decide to get Amazon PRIM after all I can cancel it in 30 days and no extra postage required. (so long as I remember to cancel it)
I order it Tuesday for next day delivery. Wednesday I get the out on delivery e.mail so I wait....and wait NOTHING!!!!
I check and it says delivered to neighbour????? What neighbour? Why no note through MY door why not deliver to ME? I was in all day?
So I need to find where it's gone. After searching through Amazon for what felt like forever I find a 'phone me' button. By now it was almost 10pm so they answered pretty fast.
Eventually, I find it's gone to the house opposite and was signed for by someone called Helen H..strange I don't recall anyone called Helen but maybe it was a family member who opened the door? I also get a 30 extension on Amazon Prim. Lovely!
So I wait around all day Thursday until they come home and pop across to enquire about my parcel.... NOPE! They don't have it! *sigh*
SOOOOOO I phone Amazon and give them what for, guy apologises but not a lot he can do other than give me a refund. It will take seven days????? Not good enough when I pay for it they get my money straight away so why 7 days to get it back...words were said!
Apparently Amazon refund straight away but bank HOLD IT for seven days.....Yeah, and I'm the Queen of England!
So I re order and pay again and it will be delivered Saturday.
On Friday my next door neighbour returns from holiday and hands me a Amazon box and this note
Seriously they left it UNDER THE CAR!!!!!!
If it had rained it would have been ruined or if someone used the car... crushed! Also, I still want to know why not delivered to ME?
So now I have my batteries (two) and charger
I charge the batteries and try to fit them into the housing of the charger....after a LOT of fiddling I managed to get one in but the other case way to small
So I'm now left wondering are the batteries fake, the USB fake or maybe both?

Oh and the one I did get into the case it DOES WORK!

So now I just need to fix it to the ceiling and fix in the ceiling....then it's onward and upwards.
Sounds easy but as it's over 110 in my garden I'm not able to do anything....back to the swimming pool!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dramas and Dioramas

Now the temperature has dropped back to normal for summer (in it's 70's not the 100's) I've been able to get back into the doll room. Why is it so hard to do just the one room at a time? This first picture is from the school. 
Here I'm reinforcing the ceiling/floors and 'tidying' things up!.... I need new lighting and so as it needs to be glued to the ceiling I've come to a stand still. There's a story to the lighting .....I found some slim lights charge with a USB, sounded like a good idea not having a battery box hanging around. So turns out they only work when PLUGGED IN!!!! So OK, I look for a USB charger. I find a small one. Turns out it needs SPECIAL BATTERIES!!!!! So I look for the batteries the have to be RECHARGEABLE batteries, so now I need to buy SPECIAL BATTERIES and A CHARGER!!!!! This is not going how I wanted AT ALL! 
So I thought i would work on something else...maybe my cafe? Then I realise that I need to make the diorama that's behind it too as the walls are back to along comes the flower shop. 
I want different chairs in the cafe so need to re visit the Asian restaurant... so i work on this and change/ repaint most of it! 
Lots going on but nothing getting done! 
Jordan does not want me to use my computer today!