The Tropical Beach House is the Grand Prize Winner!

I got the news a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still stunned. :D  I haven't quit smiling!


If you've just arrived here, you can see all the posts about building the house, including links to the artisans who made accessories, by clicking on #HBSCreatinContest2015 in the categories list.  If you want to skip the small talk and go straight to the finished photos, click on the picture of the house further down in the sidebar to view the photo album.  

Congratulations to all 115 contestants for finishing the build, and congratulations to the other winners.  It's amazing to see all the creative interpretations of the same base kit.  Head over to to see all the entries.

You're invited to  stick around to watch me build the 2016 contest  kit :)  There are several ways to subscribe to my posts, or just bookmark  I post at least once a week...daily if I'm in the zone and making accomplishments.

Thank you to all you were here with me last year, cheering me on, it means more than I can say. ♥

my Christmas present

The gift Kate bought me for Christmas arrived today, after being hung up in customs.


He was made by Victoria Chernysheva, and traveled a long way from Russia to get here.  I named him Sergei.  He's destined for the 2016 contest house, but for now he's living dust-free in the 2015 build, though the dog isn't too thrilled, he's bigger than she is.

He reminds me, it's been a while since I've posted a gratuitous cat picture.


Creatin' Contest 2016 - first dry fit


It's a small space, but it's big enough to accommodate my vision.  This will be the first kit I don't make major changes to....all the doors and windows will stay in the same additions to add space....should go together fast and easy for a change :)

I just jinxed myself, didn't I?

The porch doesn't ring my bells, so I'll focus my changes there.  That, and I need a skylight and a back wall.  I also need access, so need to decide whether to make the back wall removable, or hinge the roof.


Let the fun begin!