Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Tiki Bar is now open

The Tiki bar along with its new decor arrived on my doorstep this week. These custom items are what Kathi of Beautiful Mini Blessings, made for me after winning her giveaway. These are so much fun and I am so glad she was inspired by where I live to make them. The detail is supurb. She even used some lei flowers to seal the little packages. She is so creative wouldn't you agree? If you do not yet follow her blog I think you will find it fun.
Mahalo Kathi, these made my week.

Sabs is having a giveaway

Just in case you do not yet follow Sabs Mini Interiors you might like to take a peek over there and see the great blog that she shares with all of us. To further entice you she is hosting a follower/comment giveaway
Have Fun!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


That was so stressful and I am a little out of sorts. Think I'll take a nap, have a drink or get out a little kit to work on. Maybe all three.
Thank you all for your well wishes.

Tabitha Corsica

Tabitha!  Thank you so much for your good wishes. Your blog was the first one I saw this morning and I was able to spring into action. Many had a early warning but they did not sound the tsunami warnings until 6 am.

My husband made it to the grocery store before the real craziness started.  We are very close to the coastline but not in the evacuation zone. For now we are staying home but are all packed up just in case. Thank you again Tabitha!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Welcome to A Miniature Place

I wanted to take a moment to welcome eveyone to my blog. Having 80 followers from all over the world is quite hard to believe. It really is wonderful to have you all coming and going and I am having so much fun following your blogs as well. To celebrate you, today I have chosen two of my favorite friendship quotes to display here.

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. ~Epicurus

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Today I saw three rainbows

On my way to work this morning I was fortunate to see three rainbows.  I live on the winward side of Oahu and it is so beautiful I decided to share a few photos with you. Hopefully they will take you away from the winter for a few moments.

Unfortunately the rainbow photo as not one I took but it is represenative.

My backyard~sort of

The town where we live

Dancers at a popular attraction

Valley of the Temples
If you watch Lost this is the location Sun and Jin were married.

These are of Hanauma Bay

Hibiscus in my backyard

Monday, February 15, 2010

I won! I cannot believe it!

I won a give away Kathi, who's blog is named Beautiful Miniature Blessings ran to celebrate her recent winnings. She is undoubtedly a very talented and generous person to have made the items she made for me. They are so personal it makes them all the more special. Please go and have a look through her blog and don't forget to visit the beach house she is renovating. I will post more photos when my gifts have arrived.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It was me that changed my settings to moderated so you would think I would check and do my job.
Thank you all for your patience, encouragement and suggestions to help me with those horrid blue walls. I tried acetone and it still did not budge. After several tens of dollars spent on this problem I am resigned to putting up some false walls and more than ready to move on. So far this rehab is not unlike working on a real house in that you learn to really love it layer by sometimes frustrating layer.

I am considering moving some of the walls around even though they are nailed in quite well. A few of these rooms are large so stock flooring is not an option for them. The room behind the bay window contained a stairway but I can live without the stairs in prefererence of another room. In this photo you can see this room with some of the original 'wood flooring'. Wouldn't you agree that with the stairway removed this is a great space for many types of rooms? Another thing you are able to see in this photo is a sampling of the condition of the siding. I've already started filling in the grooves and have always wanted to own a stone house so this baby will have a stone type finish. Old world of course.

Heavans,  I am so glad to be old enough to laugh at myself.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Change of comment settings

Hopefully by changing the settings comments are now working.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Day one and a dilemma, any suggestions?

Progress is being made. This is after a day's worth of scraping, peeling, sanding and cutting away at this house.
The roof had some type of sand mixed into the paint to resemble asphalt. It was fairly easy to scrape but did result in bleeding knuckles. The dormer trim has been removed. My husband removed the windows for me but rather than retrofitting holes that already exist I decided to rebuild the doors allowing for any new window choices. For now the bay window remains until I decide what changes will take place there. One side has been filled with wood putty to allow for a smooth surface.

As with many older homes there were a few layers on some of the walls. A couple of rooms were covered in fabric which I did consider keeping but this refurbish will include electricity so alas there is no room for keeping the old wall coverings.
Now for my dilemma, do you see those royal blue rooms? They are covered in a type of contact paper and it will not budge. I tried everything short of melting the surface with a chemical as I am sure this will make a huge mess not to mention the environmental drawbacks. The thing that gets me is that the small flakes that did come off seem to indicate dry rot but that is not working in my favor. Tried a citrus stripping product but nothing happened. A possibility could be to attach thin new wood to the walls but the humidity here scares me. Any suggestions?