So for the few of you that stop by from time to time and haven’t noticed our little LEGO city – Godwin’s Hollow – it exists. Much to the chagrin of Anita it actually takes up a sizable chunk of upstairs. Anyways, Sydney and I enjoy adding to it as often as we can and most folks who stick their heads in when they stop by the house are generally impressed. It’s by no means the largest or most detailed LEGO city layout out there but I’d put money on it holding that title in Kuwait.
Back to the point of the post. Over the last few years we’ve been posting pics of Godwin’s Hollow on our Flickr page, our MOC Pages page, and a few other places online. Believe it or not our little Flickr page rakes in about 1200 hits a day – not too shabby for something with only LEGO pics that’s not really advertised anywhere. Back in September we posted up a few new additions to the city (a strip mall, travel agency, re-vamped farm, etc) and our Flickr page went nuts – we wrangled in nearly 12,000 hits in one day back then:
Beyond that, we even got picked up for the front page of TLG’s own fan creation site – Rebrick.com:
Obviously Sydney and I were really impressed with ourselves at that point. The fact that that many people just wanted to take a look is really cool. The LEGO community is a very mutually supportive group and we’ve received lots of great comments from other fans and were even asked for instructions for one of models once!
And yesterday we had another milestone of sorts. We had the first hit to our Flickr page from this site! Sydney kinda just gave me the 40,000ft stare when I told her but I thought it was pretty cool – so whoever clicked on over – thanks!
When we had to move to the new place we obviously had to pack up Godwin’s Hollow and move it along with us. This was no easy feat but we managed to get everything over with very few major breakups and the move gave us a much needed chance to get the city washed up. The city’s new home is a bit different sized but overall we’ve been able to shuffle the tables around and it’s given us a little more room in total – which is yes, awesome!
We had to cut the tale tops a bit to get everything to fit right but once the table tops were in places and secured together the real fun started – planning the new layout. Sydney and I talked about a few different layouts before settling on the one we’ve chosen (lots of straight roads, intersections, even a semi-zoned sort of layout) and while the girls have been gone I’ve been setting things up. Started by unpacking the biggest buildings and running everything that I could under the shower as everything in the city had accumulated several years of dust – yeah things were pretty nasty. Once everything had a bath I started laying things out according to plan. Some of the buildings needed some minor changes to their foot prints or needed an update to their facade and I started knocking those out as the buildings were placed in the city.
After everything was basically where it needed to be I started tweaking some of the existing buildings (the strip mall, the Red Brick Pizza Oven) and even added a couple new spots (ABS Travel & Tours and Fancy That Costume Shop). Godwin’s Hollow has a great new layout and is making some great progress in getting back to normal. We have a few spots online that are dedicated to the city so feel free to stop by either for more pictures and details on the individual buildings – MOC Pages and Flikr. Otherwise there are pics below.
Our LEGO City, Godwin’s Hollow, continues to grow. Over the weekend we worked on Central Park and got everything wrapped up yesterday. Our little city keeps getting attention online – when we posted Central Park pics to Flickr yesterday it drove us within a eight clicks of 1500 visitors in one day – not bad if you ask us.
Anyways, Central Park is on the back side of City Hall right on Main Street. There’s a fountain, a war memorial, a lemonade vendor, benches, flowers, even a handful of pigeons. There are some pics below but if you’d like feel free to drop by our two main LEGO sites if you’d like to help drive our numbers up – our Flickr stream and home over on MOCPages.
Not much going on at the moment. The girls have been packing up for the last few days and are getting ready to head back into the hot. Things are pretty squared away over here so I’ve been out in Legoland taking some pics of the whole layout. Even broke out the ladder so I could get all the way up to the ceiling. Even at about twelve feet up I couldn’t find a spot to capture the whole city in one shot. Anyways, here are some of the better ones below. As always, feel free to check out MOCPages and Flickr stream for more.
Its been a big month for Godwin’s Hollow. The Grand Emporium purchased the empty lot behind the store and went through a major renovation. City Hall has finally been completed and the Godwin’s Hollow Police Department headquarters popped up over on Stewart Avenue. If you want more details feel free to head over to MOCPages to check out each building’s page. The Grand Emporium, City Hall, and GHPD all have their own. Or you can check out the city’s Flickr stream. Otherwise there are plenty of pics below.
Godwin’s Hollow is still growing. Just east of Main Street is a new shopping district and construction has been booming over in that part of town. We’ve added the L Art Gallery & Studio and Stewart’s Hardware store to the east side of the East End Shopping District. The East End Book Store & Coffee Shop (B&C) has also popped up next to Round Again Records. Most are actually at 90% complete as I still have to pull together some signs and small interior details. Once all that is done we’ll post up some pics of the insides. A few pictures are below but more can be found at MOCPages and our Flickr stream.
For Easter I worked up a couple new buildings for our LEGO city – Godwin’s Hollow. First the Main Street Cinema and then the Anita G Dance Studios. A movie theater and dance studio were two buildings that Sydney said we needed in town and so here they are. The movie theater obviously owes a great deal of it’s aesthetic to the LEGO Town Plan (10184) set as the marquee signs and posters are from that set directly. The rest of the building is a true MOC but it draw inspiration from the original set. The dance studio is a Godwin’s Hollow original. The name is play on the Abby Lee (Miller) studios from yet another horrible Bravo show – ‘Dance Moms”. Of course Anita & Sydney are big fans so now we have the Anita G Dance Studios.
For more of the story behind the buildings you can check out their pages on MOCPages. Just follow the links to get to the Main Street Cinema and the Anita G Dance Studios. You can also check out Godwin’s Hollow’s Flickr feed here.
Tonight is the Guiding Sleepover in celebration of British Girlguides in Foreign Countries being 100 years old. Anita has been organizing it for the last couple of weeks in her capacity with FOG – not for nothing but catering dinner, snack, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and cake for 100+ girls is not exactly a cake walk. She’s done a terrific job and I’m sure the event will be a huge hit with the guides. Several of the other parents have also chipped in preparing traditional dishes from the founding countries the BGIFC started in and a few brave souls have even volunteered to stay overnight!
Any ways – what does any of this have to do with the title of the post? Well, Amy is in Sydney’s Brownie unit and she came over after school before we all head over to the sleepover. Sydney got her bag packed, the girls had some chicken nuggets and noddles (Sydney’s go to dinner plan) and then they hit Godwins Hollow – our Lego City. They’ve been out there legoing for over an hour so it must’ve been a hit. They put up with me trying to take a few pictures and Amy made a sigfig so she’ll have a permanent spot in Godwins Hollow too! Alright, gotta add some pictures and get outta here – sleepover stuff to set up.
So if you haven’t seen it Microsoft has a little hunk of free software that they’ve been playing with for several months now that it pretty cool. Its an excellent piece of stitching software – for making panoramic pictures but you can also do the opposite and take pictures of an object from multiple angles, sides, whatever and it will pull them together into a faux 3D object of sorts. If that’s your thing you can check it out here – it’s called Photosynth.
I hadn’t really messed with it much since last summer but I somehow found myself at the site and downloaded the latest version. So with software in hand I needed something to synth and of course that meant that I had to make the short trip out to Godwins Hollow. Wanting to play with both versions I took some shots of the city as a whole and then pulled in tight on a new addition – the law offices of Pearcy, Luney, & Stewart – Attorney’s at Law. Feel free to check both of them out below.
There was some significant construction going on in Godwins Hollow this Christmas. Besides that ginormous new GHFD Fire House there was an addition to Main Street West next to the Lovey Cakes Bakery and the start of a new shopping district on Main Street East. Even the Octan Service Station got a bit of a remodel inside. Check out all the updates and additions below:
Raising the average height by at least two inches…