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Days 2-5 (?)

I dry fit the Laurel, then the primrose. I am adding rooms to the Laurel so it will have 6 rooms. I double decked/bashed two Primroses. I think I should have approached it differently, but I want the the floors to line up. I experimented with raw wood paint, sealer. I like it better because it has no odor. The Laurel is glued except for the roof. I'm adding dormers to the attic space. I am leaving out the room dividers for now, and I am going to reconfigure the st

Mid-life madness

Mid-life madness

 

Bits and pieces.

Well here I am, another month gone by; little bits of progress here and there. Made a bed frame out of Al tubing and matboard; stuffed wire into each tube to try to keep it from buckling when I bent it around a form (made of brads, sort of like how Kris did her kitchen chairs) with mixed results. (Well, my brads weren't nailed into the board firmly enough, for one thing.) I need to get a mini tube bender if I'm going to try this again. Anyway, used Kris' mattress tutorial with some modif

rbytsdy

rbytsdy

 

The Glencroft: Day 4-5

TGIF! Im am so happy with the progress of my Glencroft!  I started yesterday by gluing some of the remaining facade pieces. The upstairs gables were glued in and I was able to finally make my sub-walls out of foam board for the upstairs! (See pictures below).  Once I finally had the front walls all tacked, I was able to start planning the Stone Portico/Porch that I will be adding to the front.  I plan on making this out of 3/4 plywood to g

chrisatoledo

chrisatoledo

 

The Glencroft: Day 2-3

Happy Thursday! Yesterday ended up being a much more productive day than I had previously anticipated. I picked up a couple sheets of foam board and traced and cut out all my sub-walls!  Since I thought this would take much longer, I ended up having time to finally start gluing the house together!   I ended up gluing almost the entire front facade. The fireplace wall and staircase will be glued in later after I pre-finish the staircase pie

chrisatoledo

chrisatoledo

 

The Glencroft: Day Two, Pt. 1

Good Morning!  So Im very excited that all my kit-bashed pieces that I set overnight came out great! The new front facade fits perfect together. You can see in the picture below that the bottom window no longer overhangs but goes down to the ground now. I did this because I will eventually be covering that part of the facade in stone and thought it would look better, plus, it gave me more room to make the window slighly taller from the top and bottom. The livingro

chrisatoledo

chrisatoledo

 

First Days

So I finally received my kit and couldnt have been more excited. A few hours,  and about 2000 splinters later... I had all my pieces out and labeled. I also received the fireplace mantle that I was going to jimmy into the livingroom wall.  The first thing I wanted to focus on was the initial kit-bashing.  Since I had all the pieced loose and easy to work with, I marked off all my lines and made all the cuts and I can already envision all the finishes!  The major K

chrisatoledo

chrisatoledo

 

A little fabric-works.

If you want to see some very nice miniature EPP (English Paper Piecing), check out this blog-- beautiful work. Here is my latest, intended for the country house: These hexagons were about 1/4" to a side. Used some of my favorite scraps. Wanted to make a little wing chair, like the ones I made for the country house- forgot the details, so had to work them out again. This is for a l

rbytsdy

rbytsdy

 

Curtains.

Well it has been almost two months since I posted anything; I have been busy with work, travel, and this little guy: Not-so-little, actually, but only about a year old, so a big baby. A baby who bounces off the walls, likes to chew anything, and harasses my older dog to distraction. Despite Eddie's best efforts to "help", I did finish an idea I've had for a few years now for a Mother's day card, with embroidery "doodles" (lo

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rbytsdy

 

Willowcrest with an addition

I like how this looks from the outside. THe siding needs a little help, but I like the windows - this was apparently a bash of two houses - not sure which one was used as the addition. Love the windows on the attic addition.    

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

Furniture for the San Fran.

I've been pretty quiet lately because I've been working on furniture for the San Fran, from Kris' tuts, of course; parson's chairs (time-consuming, but I really like how the red piping pops on this fabric): Upholstered chairs for the parlor: The toile is a thicker fabric that I found the other year whilst fabric-shop-hopping with my mother; the thickness presented some challenges, but I think it pull

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rbytsdy

 

San Fran porch railing.

The dowels provided in the kit for the 1st-floor porch fretwork were too big to string beads on, so I hunted around and found some thick wire and beads that would fit on it, and braced up the back of the porch decoration piece with square rod; drilled holes in the rod to support the wire, and braced the wires on the top with matboard. Painted the beads and wire; everything needs a couple coats of semi-gloss now to seal.

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rbytsdy

 

Even more color for the San Fran.

I went ahead and installed the 3rd floor partition and the little attic floor; I didn't want that long narrow space at the very top, but I didn't want to close it off entirely, so I made a little triangular wall out of foamboard, cut a hole in it, mounted one of the lights behind it, and framed it with a jewelry finding (with a bit of "glazed" translucent scrapbook paper that lets the light out but prevents seeing the nuts and bolts behind it). I also installed the two remaining lights be

rbytsdy

rbytsdy

 

False Front Drawer

This tutorial deals with converting a House of Miniatures drawer using thinner basswood for the front, sides, and bottom, and dovetailing all four corners, to make a "false front" drawer. A false front drawer is one that has the drawer built as a open box with all four sides and then the front piece is installed. This was done for two reasons:   1. Some woods, especially burls, are not strong on their own and need the reinforcement   2. Veneers al

jaxenro

jaxenro

 

Dovetails for Drawers

This tutorial deals with making dovetails for the front, sides, and back of House of Miniatures drawer kits using thinner basswood than provided in the kits. Before anyone gets picky I know these are technically box joints and not dovetails but at this scale I think they are good enough (a box joint is a form of square dovetail with more glue area than a butt joint but without the mechanical joining aspects of a true dovetail) I will be posting a full tutorial on

jaxenro

jaxenro

 

Lighting up the San Fran.

I am so tickled with how my little Tiffany lampshades from Dejoux are turning out that I just had to post some pics. I laid out the ceiling paper (embossed scrapbook papers) on cardstock so that there would be something to support the lighting fixture, with a bit of overhang for that center connector board, then strung the light through the template assembly and through a "medallion" (actually one end of one of those little plastic Christmas drums) and then through a hole in the top of th

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rbytsdy

 

More color for the San Fran.

Well I had to go get more paper to finish the attic-- three sheets of Recollections "Blue Wallpaper" wasn't enough! Finished gluing the attic subassembly, and went to glue it onto the main house structure. Well the tabs in front help align to the front, but there is nothing to help align those long sides that glue onto the angled trim on the 3rd floor. I suppose if I were clever, I would've glued a bracing piece onto the roof to interface to the angled trim. I had to clamp as best I could

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rbytsdy

 

A working radio that doesn't break the bank - electronics are getting cheaper for the dollhouse!

Electronics are getting smaller and amazing things for the dollhouse are becoming more affordable (I love the battery lights for those of us who can't do wiring), and now I am interested in adding...SOUND to my house. Lundby is selling a modern console that will play music from your bluetooth device.  http://lundby.com.au/image/cache/catalog/P_60208200_1%20OL-640x640.jpg I like it, but of course, I'd rather pipe 40s

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

Wallpaper templates - Lundby does it, Greenleaf should think about it

https://lundby.com/en/diy/byt-tapet/#fbox If that doesn't work, try https://lundby.com/en/ and select the Wallpaper link. It lets you choose a house, then a room and it will create a PDF template for the walls of that room...I LOVE IT.  I wish Greenleaf would consider this level of investment as they make their laser houses. I know since each build can vary, the templates might not be perfect (Lundby is so pre-manufactured I know it is eas

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

Still coming 'round the bend.

Well there for a bit I thought I might just get the country house finished to send for Christmas, but a combination of time getting away from me, and not good timing to send it, got the better of me so no mad furious mini-ing this holiday!  Got the porch handrails installed (door wreath from Ernie's), and a chimney topper made of basswood, square wooden rod, matboard, and screen (inspired by Brae's (otterine): Got all the windows dressed. Some

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rbytsdy

 

The Doll People house kit by Deb Young

Deb Young no longer sells this amazing limited edition kit - and it doesn't appear on her site (http://youngatheartminiatures.com/shop/)  anymore probably because she was inundated with fans wanting a kit that is no longer available. But I saw photos and it was amazing. I am posting some below. The 2nd floor hallway with tall ceiling and tall book cases is such a great idea for a hallway. I'm going to try that in a 1:12 house.  I also like how the small rooms have such tall ceilings...it

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

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