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  2. I don't think you need to apologize for a perfectly simple brain fart; we're all human, it's what humans do.
  3. DUH, my apologies, yes, of course it was the Garfield. Sigh, so much work lost. But a lesson learned. I hope whoever has it now is getting some pleasure out of it.
  4. Mani, the McKinley fit through the rather small doorways of our last house, where I built it. Perhaps you meant the Garfield, which is the biggest dollhouse Greenleaf makes? I have a Garfield kit in my workshop, which has double doors in front so I can carry it out when built, and into our garage, where most of my dollhouses live.
  5. Not me personally, but a dear friend and her husband selected their first dollhouse mindful of the size of their doorways. What a hard lesson for you to learn. Some members here have built their Garfields in two take-apart sections to make it easier to move.
  6. Today
  7. I don't know if this has happened to anyone else, but when I built my first dollhouse, 27 years ago, it was a form of stress relief when I was going through a difficult time. So, I needed a project as a distraction. I saw the Greenleaf McKinley in a toy store window and fell in love and promptly brought it home and started to work on it for months. A year later, when it was finished, I was moving houses, and found that I couldn't get the monster mansion out of the doorway, no matter which way I tried. I ended up leaving it behind as a donation to the new homeowner. Now, I always measure the dollhouse footprint BEFORE buying. Don't know if anyone else has had this happen to them.
  8. Found I made a stitching mistake last night, but was able to correct it because it was near where I stopped for the night. Made a little more progress afterwards. I also was able to take a rug pattern and adjust the colorway for the new design I'm working on. What's nice about it is that the pattern has these flowers that sort of echo the shape of the flowers on the scrapbook paper I got. To me, they look a little like peonies. I'm shooting for a peachy palette, with some gray, pale yellow, and gray green accents, and 4 tones of peach from pale to dark. Saving up for the fancy connecting bath fixtures which are a little hard to find. Dinner was delicious, not sure what I'll have tomorrow, though.
  9. A good quality cardstock would cut easily with a craft or utility knife into fairly fiddly detail.
  10. Yesterday
  11. Definitely need to try it the first one I looked at they cut the frame for the shade from cardboard and painted it to look like iron - this was in 1910
  12. My parents built this dollhouse for my niece several Christmases ago. You can see pictures here: I think their kit had siding milled into the walls. In that case you don't have to worry about the siding since it's been done for you. If your kit has smooth walls, then I suggest you build the shell (but not the porch), add siding, add windows, and then finish the porch. You can do the shingles at any point once the roof is installed but I usually save them until near the end of the build.
  13. Lol. I find it simpler to not even go there! I've been in same house for 12 years. No rearranging, repainting, etc. Good news is I can find my way in the dark no problem!
  14. I'm not sure how much light from a gow bulb to shed light through anything thicker than a silly-thin bit of mica. With the parchment subbing for vellum you can cut the sides of the shade from a really thin wood veneer and get some lovely detail.
  15. They can PM you for your email address.
  16. PM me your email and I will send you a copy.
  17. I recommend a 12-pound sledge hammer
  18. mmmmm…….all this talk of apple crisp is making me hungry! Well, my dining room and small sitting room have been painted and my new furniture arrived this week! *Happy dance!* However, before I can get my rooms into a magazine-worthy state, there needs to be a process of moving some previous furniture pieces to their new locations. You know how it is: we decided to move the shelf out of the newly painted sitting room and into the office, but the space in the office is occupied by an old TV cabinet (now for storage), which will be moved to my lower level work room, but that space is occupied with a storage rack full of dollhouse stuff. So last night I cleared off the dollhouse stuff and disassembled the storage rack. Step 1 of Operation Re-Decorate My House is done! LOL Now the interesting part will be how on earth to get that TV cabinet into the lower level work room! Should be interesting!
  19. I just got the Pierce kit at a yard sale. Of course, no instructions. Would someone please send me an email copy if that is acceptable?
  20. if anyone is interested I found pdf versions of the books not sure if I can post them but I can email them drop me a PM The parchment paper sounds interesting I also know there are really thin mica sheets available
  21. Yup, that’s where I’m going. I’ll probably stop at Karen’s Dollhouse Shop in Basking Ridge too, it’s on the way home. I was on Fingertip Fantasy website last night. I used to love going to the shows, it’s unbelievable what people make! Thanks Jackie Duane
  22. The parchment paper you can buy in rolls at the grocery store work nicely for scale vellum, fyi.
  23. If you have a work bench, a bench vise is a handy thing to have. Being 78+ I have an assortment of things that hurt or don't work right any longer, so I use aids and shortcuts whenever needed, and I don't get upset at having to do things over time.
  24. I ordered a hard copy but will probably buy the ebook as well https://books.google.com/books?id=URHEAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb#v=onepage&q&f=false
  25. I didn't used to be good at that, but I've gotten better at it. I find with me, a little of something I want will satisfy the craving better than a lot of it. Soda stops tasting as good before I get to the end of the can, potato chips are better for me in small doses, etc. One thing that has helped is an MCT oil supplement I take daily. They take the good stuff from coconut oil, and I wind up feeling satisfied with less of the fatty bad stuff when I eat it. Also helps shrink the appetite, with me at least. I also now drink a daily coffee in the afternoon before dinner with creamer made from coconut/palm oil, so it has a little of the same effect as the supplement. And I'm eating more fruit in place of candy, so that helps too. Any way the apple crisp is so good, butter, cinnamon, flour, oats, a little brown sugar, and a dash of salt for the topping on the apples. Definitely making some this weekend!
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