Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unveiling Mt. Ollopa Lodge: Creatin' Contest Entry 2012

The kind folks at Hobby Builders Supply finally gave me the go ahead to share this with you!  Feast your eyes upon Mt Ollopa Lodge, my entry for the Creatin' Contest, 2012.
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I love this build, and I hope that you do, too.  I was searching Lodges one night on the internet, for no real reason... and I came across The Eagles Loft, which is in Pennsylvania.  Seriously, it was love at first sight.  And can you blame me?

The Eagle's Loft Lodge.  My inspiration.
I wanted to do an exact replica, I loved it so much.  But then I would have needed to do it in half scale!  The grounds surrounding the house are just as beautiful and the views are breathtaking.  I had started to compile ideas for it late last year.  (I have another folder that has ideas for Rosehill Cottage!)  When they released the kit for the Creatin Contest this year, I immediately saw the main structure of this house, and I RAN with it!

I will post breakdown posts and talk about each part of the build, but this is just for you to see the overall end result.  :)  I need to thank Brae, Keli and April for talking to me throughout the build and helping me keep my sanity.  It really helps to have a crowd not only cheering you on, but pointing out glaring mistakes when your eyes have started to cross.

I learned a lot on this new build, mostly about landscaping, but also about LED battery powered lights and making them your own.  I also played paper clay and new materials like resin and water putty.  :) It has been a trip! 
Picture 3 for Creatin' Contest 2012

Picture 1 for Creatin' Contest 2012 

Picture 2 for Creatin' Contest 2012
Picture 4 for Creatin' Contest 2012

Now for some close ups!
I really wanted to have a water feature, so I squeezed this little pond on.  

The original design was supposed to have a much larger deck, featuring an outdoor bar, adirondak chairs, a grill and a telescope.  But sometimes, you have to keep it small (er than you want).

One of my favorite parts was adding washes to the paper clay to get this stone look.

Paper clay, builders foam and reindeer moss.  Seriously, the landscaping on this was such a blast. And even more so when I found a link to the caladium leaves on Greenleaf!

A complete view of the back of the Lodge.

The front entry was one of the first things I did.  And then I had to compromise on the landscaping here. Originally, I wanted to have rolling grass like The Eagle's Loft has, and I wanted a Jeep Wrangler parked up front.  *sigh*  Expect a similar build in the future!

Love this little plant!  And how about my scratch built faucet?! I sort of love it to tiny little pieces!

This was a test run picture taken inside.  I am really glad that I got to take them outside! Although, this corner of my house probably my favorite part to look at.  :D

Some of the best shots, were me shoving my little PaS camera into the window and seeing what came out. This one features one of my paintings in the background.

This one has my normal, very leafy and brown, yard.

I love this shot simply for the shadows cast on the wall.  :)

The study corner, for the writer that lives here, was so quick and fun to build. The railing on the other hand.... well, that involved a lot of.... a lot of things. ;)

Brae made me so happy when she said that I really nailed all the little details in here. What do you think? Look hard! I really got into it!

This is taken right of the left edge of the open wall.

I made my first pitcher of juice!!!!

I adore everything that I chose for this room.  From the paper to the color of the furniture , to the fabric of the curtains.

This came together much better than I anticipated!  And doesn't my blanket from Brae look so good here?!

Yes, we let the dog stay in the bed. :)

I made the fish in the bowl!  The silver thing is reused from another build. The decoy is from seller restless61a on ebay. And I made the birdhouse.

The painting is by me, the pillow on the chair is by Brae. the pictures are actually of me and James at our wedding and on our honeymoon.  The curtain fabric is a maimed tube top!

This is one of my favorite shots.  Another plan that was scrapped, was that the open area back there was supposed to be a wall of windows.

The mantel is perfectly cluttered.  Decoy and jug are from ebay seller restless61a. I made the birdhouse, books, painting, Harvest blocks, candles and plant.  The candlesticks holders are the ones I redid at Brae's in October and the vase is from the ebay seller.  The picture is of my cat, Apollo.  He was my very best friend for nearly 18 years and this build is named after him.
The bathroom was one of the hardest areas to shoot, but one of the most fun to build. It is ENTIRELY scratch built... well, minus the toilet.  :)

Even has soap and a loofah!  Wish you could see the shower head. 

And here is where so many baskets ended up and where the hall tree went!

Love this entry way!

Kitchen.  :)  Funny how I didn't notice until now that the cereal there is upside down.

Simple cooked food (since there is no stove here) and some junk snacks, too.
I hope that you enjoyed this quick stroll through Mt. Ollopa Lodge.  I know that I have enjoyed it, immensely.  The following posts will be a breakdown of the things that I remembered to document as well as a closer look at each room.  :)  Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck!  I would LOVE to win!

27 comments:

  1. So full of life and a absolutely beautiful job!!

    Good luck, you certainly have built a wonderful lodge.

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  2. Wonderful. It reminds me of spring break in the Smokies!

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  3. If it reminds you of anything mountain-esque, then I think I got it done right!! Yea!!!

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  4. Lyssa, yours is certainly a talent to be reckoned with! You are a star, Lyssa! You had a vision, followed it, and created something you can forever be proud of. It's exactly the sort of place I would love to vacation in. The inside looks so cozy and inviting. There are so many little details. You thought of everything. And, the outside is so realistic. All in all, a beautiful little property!

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    1. Thank you, Lucille. :) Your compliments are much appreciated! I'm really glad that everyone is liking it so much!

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  5. Oh how lovely Lyssa! It is just full of delights and surprises...I agree with Brae about the little things making it just so! Well done and if you are in the Undersized Urbanite, some tough competition ahead! Hugs xxx

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    1. Thanks, Jazzi! I'm really glad I got to finish it before MJ got here. :) Should be a nice vacation home for her. And, you know, Brae is currently trying to talk me into the UU. There really will be tough competition!

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    2. A wonderful vacation home for MJ...lucky little girl!

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  6. WOW! That is so life like. I love the reindeer moss covered hill! That really caught my eye. Actually I love it all. Great luck in the contest! You have a winner.

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! The landscaping was one of the best parts. And it took nearly 5 bags of moss to get that look!

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  7. I'm so glad the world can finally see this beautiful build! You have put so much of yourself into it, and it is simply outstanding work, my friend! Bravo!!!!

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    1. Thanks for being my rock during the build, Pea!

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  8. Omg I LOVE it! Great idea adding the addition. I hardly recognize the original kit.

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    1. Thanks! I loved the inspiration house and I really didn't want to go with the obvious "loft" idea. :)

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  9. Lyssa, I'm not sure I would have fallen for the 'original' Eagles Loft as you did, but...

    OMG, I absolutely LOVE your creation!!! It's so natural, realistic, cozy, warm, perfect!!!! I would love to LIVE in there!!

    Hats off, lady! You are already a winner, you totally nailed it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelyne! :D I don't think anyone would have fallen for the original like I did. :) I think it was the fact that I was homesick and it just speaks to everything that I found comforting in my adolescence.

      And I guess I MUST have done well, because everything you are describing is what I was hoping to achieve. Thanks, again!

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  10. Wow its beautiful I can see I have a lot to learn but I hoop one day i'll be as good as you

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  11. Mandy, thank you so much for your compliment. And if it makes you feel better, go back to the beginning of this blog! I have come a long way and a lot of it I owe to other bloggers and miniaturists. :)

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  12. Wow!! Congratulations! I love what you did with the kit, the architecture is great. You added so many cool little details and that garden!?!? It's just beautiful. Good luck, I hope you win. I absolutely adore your floors on the first floor. Stunning all around.

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    1. Thank you! I am head over heels with this build. :) I hope I win, too. Certainly be some good strokes for my ego... Haha!

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  13. Where are the pictures of you guys hauling this beast outside? lol. It's beautiful and I can't wait to see the contest results. Ernie's team is going to be drooling!

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    1. April, you would have died laughing. When I first moved it off the work table for test shots, I did that myself. And I thought I was going to explode. My stubborn gene causes a lot of grief sometimes. :/ Then when we moved it outside the next day, I was all, "Watch it! Watch it!! WATCH IT!!" and my voice got shriller and shriller every time. HAha. Threats were made! And then we lowered it onto the creeper, so I could move it around on my own. That was seriously the best thing ever. Made it easy to spin around and manipulate the way the light was hitting it. :D

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  14. Fantastic details! Love the landscaping! Great job!

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  15. Congrats on your win! Just saw it on HBS' email.

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  16. This is fabulous! I could look at these pictures all day! Great work!

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