My husband and son were given the task today of moving my collection of houses down to the workshop today. Luckily, although it has been very chilly the sun was shining.
The first to be moved were the Diagon Alley projects.
These are on the shortest work shop run. From left to right: The Leaky Cauldron, Potage's Cauldron Shop, Flourish and Blotts, Slug and Jiggers and The Magical Menagerie.
Above my display unit are three, yet to be started projects. The DHE gate house (?) I bought from another hobbyist and will be completely stripped back. I love the shape of this house but have yet to decide what it will become. The middle Sid Cooke shop will be part of my Hogsmeade shops and will eventually house all my magical plants. The third unit is an old DHE kit, I think it was a summer cottage and has a porch. I am not sure yet but the shape of this screams gingerbread house to me.
This corner is reserved for Madame Malkins, part of my Hogsmeade group. This is a big house that needs two people and my trusty helpers decided it was time to take a break and watch the football. Honeydukes is waiting for me to re-start the building process.
Another gap!! This will eventually be filled by a Sid Cooke Highgate House but the gap will allow me some room to manoeuvre while I sort out the lights and things. All the plugs will have timer switches so those house with lights will come on every evening and hopefully be seen from the main house. I also bought some very cheap light bases that will sit behind the houses and also add a little light.
Left to right this end group are my florist and gift shop, my Tudor toyshop, another Sid Cooke Ebay renovation project yet to be decided and a very early project a tea shop and bakery.
The display shelves are sorted and my dolls are out of their tissue and getting to know each other.
This shelf is home to a few pieces I wanted to have out to remind me that I have them and for inspiration. Three of them were bought by my children while on their travels and I may never use them in my projects but I was touched that they thought of me.
Meanwhile my two best friends are making themselves at home.
They have each decided upon their favourite spot and seem to be quite happy to join me in the workshop, as long as a doggie biscuit in involved!!
Tomorrow I am going to sort out the lighting and the cabling for the printer and TV, move down the final pieces from the house and then sit on my snuggler and think happy thoughts about how lucky I am.
Oh, and I have to come clean three houses are staying in the big house. One is just too big to move and the other two can live where they are in the spare room as they are finished, more or less.
Have a great Monday everyone.