Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Grand Town Hall

I bought the Grand Hotel on the 25th of September 2015 on an auction of eBay. While I prefer the colours of the Regency Hotel, I think that the Grand Hotel suits Lingondale better, and it was very, very cheap. Since I got it, I haven't known what to do with it.

It's a gorgeous building, three stories high, and I love the details, such as it being possible to slide up the windows. The balcony is also gorgeous.

But I was so unprepared for the size of it. It is massive. Absolutely massive! I can fit the main part and one "wing" into my bookcase, but when it's folded together, it's huge!

It's really gorgeous though, and the size make it look really impressive when folded out. (as you can see, I'm missing one flowerbed! D:)

There is also this issue, a hole! I don't think it's too noticeable, and I'll probably get around it by simply not taking any photos from this angle! XD I have no clue how to fix it, and it was broken before I got it.

The inside is as well huge. On one hand, that mean you can fit a lot of furniture and critters into it, but on the other the depth of it mean that the light can't fully reach into it.

Look at it, there are so many shadows and I don't know how to light things up that well! Haha! I'll find a way though, and maybe learn how to properly light all my pictures as well.

There are some paint scuffs here and there, and I don't know if I want to try my hand at repainting or just ignore the issue?

Two doors are broken. I don't mind it too much as they still fit as they should and as I collect and take photos rather than playing, it's not going to annoy me.

So what are my plans? I have always wanted the Grand Hotel to be an official building in Lingondale, the home of the mayor and his family. I see it as the main building at the end of the square of the town.
I've seen some people making the hotels into apartment blocks, and I think that's a wonderful idea! I decided to make my Hotel a building with the residential area on the 2nd and 3rd floor, and on the first floor there will be a post office and the mayors office, as well as two undecided areas. I am thinking of a reception, perhaps? Maybe an archive or library? I'm not sure, but I want to get crafty with these areas.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Time for breakfast

The weather is lovely this time of year. I think it's the perfect time to cuddle up and eat lots of yummy, warm things, that aren't as bleak as the weather is!

Here are two pictures from an upcoming story! I've decided to stop using the buildings with more than one floor for any photos other than exterior as they are impossible to light correctly!


Today is a rather big day, as her son is leaving for a travel across the world, so Mrs. Osborne decides to make pancakas.

She uses her new, shiny mixer to mix the batter together. It's a very handy tool, she muses as she wonder why anyone would ever want to hinder technology. Except for the Lingondale Historic Buildings Conservations Society of course.

"I have to leave for the shop," Mr. Osborne informs his wife as he comes downstairs. "I forgot that I have a shipment coming in today, and the postman is going to be mad at me if I don't see him." He promised that he would be back to drive them to the airport.

The pancakes were turning out wonderful, golden brown and fluffy, even the first one, which was seldom the case.

Aidan was already up when she went to wake him and his sister. "Oh, have you been awake for a long time?" she asked.
"Not for long, but I wanted to pack one more thing," Aidan said, but his mother could hear that he was more nervous than he was letting on.

In fact Aidan was a bit worried about where he was going, even though he was looking forward to the trip. This was the longest he would have been away from his family, both in time and distance. But he was sure that it would go well.

The kitchen smelled wonderful from the pancakes, all of them absolutely perfect.

Aidan got the tea as Mrs. Osborne placed Jason in his high chair. "I know how much all of you like pancakes," she said.

Mr. Osborne arrived as his family members had finished breakfast. He had grabbed a sandwich at the grocery store, just across his store as he had met Mr. Reynard, the owner, who was just opening up.

Mr. Osborne was just was worried as his wife about his son's travel, but he 

And once everyone was in the car, they drove to the airport to see Aidan off.
"I hope he remembers to send a few postcards!" Ava said.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Osborne Bear Family

Arthur Osborne always knew that he would own a toy shop, and when he found the one in Lingondale for sale he decided to move his family, quit his job as a school teacher and settled down in the quiet town. His family loved the new place, as they were all quite adventurous, and Carol quickly started the first book club in Lingondale!
        Father Arthur
        Mother Carol        
        Brother Aidan        
        Sister Ava        
        Baby Brother Jason

I got the Osborne Bear family from my grandmother for my 22nd birthday. I have wanted to replace the Porridge bears with this Bear family as I find them a lot cuter.