You can see the construction of the 1" scale Beach House from start to finish on the 1:12 Scale Beach House Page.
Today I can show you a working roll up reed shade for the beach house. I still have to make another one for the back window.
Here's a closeup of the front of the shade.
You want it to be a little longer, because the bottom few reeds will work loose and come off immediately. I then glued the loose strings together and to the back of the bottom of the blind, snipping off any loose thread after the glue had dried.
Here's a picture of the back.
Next I had to hang it.
I cut a strip of basswood the width of the blind, and also several smaller pieces. I glued the small pieces to the strip as shown. I did this so that the pull string could move easily, and also because the original knotted threads of the placemat would have wound up glued to the wood strip instead of the top 2 reeds. This way the shade is more likely to stay put.
Today I also worked on making the roof. I discovered that the house turned out to be slightly off square. It's 1/8" wider at one end than the other. How this happened I have no idea. Anyway, it's causing me problems with my roof panels. I had to keep making little shifts and adjustments to get it to all come out evenly. I glued on one side of the roof, and am hoping to finish the other side tomorrow.
Instead of shingles, I think I might prefer a board roof. On the other hand, if I don't have enough wood to make the roof boards, I may fall back on wooden shingles. I do have a bag of those.