Porker family

Progress on Porker Residence

Many around the village have been curious about the large construction project in the midst of the town center. Well, wonder no more as we bring you a sneak peek of the newest addition to the downtown skyline.

Porker House WIP Exterior Front

Village grocer Paul Porker has been working closely with Blanche and Bertram Beaver on planning and building a new home for his family.

“It was time that we moved closer to the grocery, and what is closer than right up the stairs?” said Mr. Porker.

Mr. Porker was able to take some time out of his busy day to give us a quick tour of the premises.

We started one flight up from the grocery in the main room:

Porker House WIp Kitchen

“This is a nice big room, which is important for my big family. This over here is where the kitchen area will be.”

We then headed up the stairs to the master bedroom.

Porker House WIP Master

“My wife and I feel it’s important to be able to have some restful time to ourselves. With five children, the opportunities to do so often feel few and far between. But a private master bedroom should give us a bit more of a chance.”

The next door down is the boys’ bedroom:

Porker House WIP Boys Room

“We let our older son Patrick pick out the wallpaper for the room he’ll share with his little brother. Orange stripe isn’t necessarily what I would choose, but as long as the boys are happy with it, it’s fine with me.”

Up another flight of stairs we came to the attic which doubles as the girls’ room:

Porker House WIP Girls Room

“With our three girls sharing a room, we decided they needed a bit more space, so they get the entire attic. Although the sloping roof reduces the amount of usable floor-space, I think they will enjoy spending time up here.”

When asked what his planned next steps for the house are, Mr. Porker sighed. “There is still so much to be done. I think I need to first focus on getting the kitchen up and running. I thought that once the structure was built, furnishing and decorating would be short work, but to be honest, the amount of work still to come is a bit on the daunting side. If only I could just buy a box that had everything I needed for each room!


I have been working for the past two weeks on building the Porker residence. I always underestimate how long these things actually take to build – not even counting the furnishing and decorating! So I thought I should at least blog a bit about the process in slightly smaller chunks rather than one big reveal to at least have something new to share!

Porker House WIP Exterior Angle

This structure is my first with a usable attic space – I’ve made an angled roof before on Mr. Beaver’s workshop, but in that case it was primarily for style reasons and not usable. But I knew I needed a third floor, due to the large family. Yet I also wanted it to fit in with the overall village look. So my inspiration for this building is more or less Nyhavn, Copenhagen

As per all my building projects, the house is constructed out of foam core board. Since my last project, I bought a ruler with a finger guard, which has made a huge difference in my cutting confidence/ability.

This time, almost all the additional materials were paper. In the past I have used real wood for the floors and window sills and frames. But I’ve found that using paper keeps the costs and labor down (oh my goodness – multiple coats of paint on each tiny piece – arg!) and looks good enough to me. Yes, it is a bit flatter-looking and a bit more cartoonish, but I don’t dislike it.

I apply all of the surface papers (exterior walls, wallpapers, and floors) before I glue the structure together. It’s much easier to do when the walls are flat on my work table! I use Elmer’s x-treme glue stick to adhere the paper to the foam board, and for added adhesion I like to run a rubber brayer over the top. I have had no issues with the papers lifting.

Porker House WIP Floor 1

Porker House WIP Floor 2

For the first time, I’ve made my “hardwood floors” out of paper. I used a stamp from Stampin’ Up called Hardwood. It is the perfect scale! I wanted to give the floors a bit of texture, so I cut the stamped image into strips, trimmed each strip into 3.5″ lengths, then applied them in a staggered fashion so they looked more realistic. For the white floor, I simply adhered the strips directly to the foam board; for the brown, I didn’t want any white to show through the gaps in the floor, so I adhered a piece of matching brown paper onto the foam board first, then added the “floor boards” on top.

Porker House WIp Window

For the windows, I used Stampin’ Up window sheets. The plastic is quite thin and easy to cut, but adds a bit of realism. In the past I have made the window mullions out of wood or paper, but once again I used a shortcut. This time I used a fine-tip white paint pen to draw the mullions on the window sheets. This process turned out to be a bit tricky, and I had to remake about half of the windows – my paint pen is slightly old and leaky, and I had some issues with smearing. But in the end, I am very happy with the look, although the pictures don’t show them well.

Once the walls and floors are fully papered and finished, I glue the structure together. I have had success using Aleene’s Fast-Grab Tacky Glue. It tacks together quite quickly, so I don’t have to sit there holding it for too long. And I’ve found it to be quite sturdy over the last couple of years. 

Porker House WIP Interior

Another part of the process is making sure all the foam board edges are finished. Sometimes my cuts aren’t very tidy – the foam part of the foam board tears rather than cuts cleanly. So I like to have all visible edges covered – including the window sills. The thickness of foam board I use is the most common – 3/16″ I believe. But with the stupid Imperial measurement system, it’s annoying to measure that width. Luckily, 5mm is really close to 3/16″. So cutting at that width works perfectly for me. Just a handy tip.

In general, I am very happy with what I have created so far. Of course, Mr. Beaver’s sentiments regarding furnishing and decorating closely mirror my own feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I really do love making things, but goodness, my to-do list is a bit daunting. Of course I could buy furnishings, but that can get really expensive, and I sometimes want a more taste-specific look. But we’ll see where I am at after a couple more weeks of crafting!


Family Introductions: The Porker Family

Porker Family

Father Paul owns Crabapple Crossings’ grocery store. He loves being able to provide fresh and tasty food for the entire town. The best part of his day is getting to chat with the many townsfolk who stop in to pick up the ingredients for their daily meals. He also is quite adept at negotiating with other vendors in the town so that he can sell their products in the grocery. When not stocking the store’s shelf or balancing the accounts, Paul enjoys taking restorative mudbaths, playing board games, and spending time playing with his children.

Mother Patty has a special knack with children. Not only does she have five of her own (including a trio of triplets) she also runs the Crabapple Crossings nursery school. She is very patient and kind with all of the town’s littlest citizens and always has time to kiss a boo-boo or lend an understanding ear. She spends most of her time caring for the children or coming up with educational and fun activities and lessons for the nursery school. In the little free time she has, she enjoys relaxing in the mudbaths and baking delicious pies.

Oldest son Patrick would spend all digging in the dirt if left to his own devices. Like his mother, he is a wonderful caretaker for the little ones, and is often found lending a hand at the nursery school. The tots love climbing all over Patrick and getting him to join them in the sandbox. His favorite subject in school is science and he enjoys finding new specimens for his butterfly collection in his free time.

Oldest daughter Poppy pretty much dances through life. She is obsessed with ballet. She is frequently seen practicing the different ballet positions. So of course dance class is the highlight of her day. When not helping her dad at the grocery store (while practicing her pliés) she can often be seen sketching dance costumes or at Fabric and Frocks making those sketches a reality.

Baby Petal is the oldest of the triplets. She thinks older brother Patrick is the most wonderful critter in the world. She is constantly following him around the house or the nursery school whenever he’s around. When Patrick is playing outside, Petal wants to play outside. When Patrick wants to go looking for butterflies, Petal wants to help, too. When not shadowing her older brother, she enjoys coloring and eating applesauce.

Baby Primrose is the middle triplet and the shyest of all the Porker children. She likes playing by herself with her toys, especially her stuffed animals. For the last few months, Primrose has been annoying everyone in the house by licking things – not just food, but also furniture, toys, and other family members. Everyone is sure that she will soon grow out of this silly phase.

Baby Percy is the youngest Porker child and is the goofball of the family. He loves making his triplet sisters laugh. He is a pro at making silly faces and doing silly dances. He is a very active tot and loves to climb things. “Get down from there!” is now a common refrain in the Porker household. His favorite food is carrots.