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You either are or you aren’t a doll’s house person

“The real thing is a total fascination which does not go away.” http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/06/dolls-houses-little-windows-on-past-lauren-child “I can never remember a time I wasn’t fascinated by doll’s houses,” says Lauren Child, the author and illustrator. Her version of The Princess and the Pea, set in a doll’s house, is republished this month, and next year she will present a BBC documentary on the Museum of Childh

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

1:48 Miss Marple's Cottage

Sue Herber's finished kits look amazing. I am in love with Miss Marple's Cottage at the moment. It's retired - so there is no way we'll get it unless we buy it off a current owner. I don't I could build a 1:48 and do it justice, tho - the flowered paper is adorable and looks so english cottage! http://www.thing.com/sue/retired/miss_marples_cottage/

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

$3 Keystone rehab

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765584054/SPOTLIGHT-Freeport-woman-finds-vintage-doll-house.html I found this a very close-to-home story about finding an old dollhouse and bringing it back to life, as well as listening to the inner-self which, when dollhouses are involved, is sometimes called the inner child - but dollhouses are for all ages inner or outer: "It had been stored in a barn," Donohue said. "The windows were rusted, but I sa

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

InPayne's Haunted Pierce

I love this Haunted Pierce: http://www.inpayne.com/dollhouse/dollhouse06.html The living and diningrooms of her haunted Pierce - I love the opening/hidden door in the staircase!!   She has wonderful dollhouses:http://www.inpayne.com/dollhouse/dollhouses.html And Roomboxes: http://www.inpayne.com/dollhouse/roomboxe

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

Link to Fay Zerbolio's huge dollhouse

So I tend to come across fun links that are neither craigslist/ebay related, nor news/TV miniature related - but are more like archival links to interesting pictures of other people's stuff...OK, so maybe more like a Pinterest page, but I'd rather just share them straight with you instead of making people log in to Pinterest or dealing with that. Today's find: http://fayzerplace.homestead.com/Dollhouse.html You can

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

And now we start collecting links

I've been finding some great links out there...going to start listing them in this blog instead of cluttering up General Mini talk. I really just want to archive them so that someone might find them via the search feature...they might find something of interest - I know I did when I came across these things. Today I highlight a favorite childhood memory of the Smithsonian's Faith Bradford house. http://americanhistory.si.edu/dollhouse/intr

Elsbeth

Elsbeth

 

Coming 'round the bend.

I am rounding the bend with the country house (bash of a Laurel kit); now I am approaching the finishing-up stages. (So yes, there is a fair ways to go. ) Finishing install of the kitchen cabinetry: Do you like my little potholders? They're bits of cardstock covered with fabric and bordered with cord. One can barely make out in these pics that the "tile" floor was pieced together from two very slight

rbytsdy

rbytsdy

 

Kitchen cabinets

It has been a busy month; I have made progress with the San Fran, getting up to the attic pieces and doing some wallpapering: Installed the front doors, which is a pin-hinge system using brads: Dry-fitting attic pieces: Meanwhile, the country house got its porch roof installed, finally!

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rbytsdy

 

A bit of this, a bit of that.

I've been working on a few different things lately; the folks got an old family piano restored, so I used dadas dollhouse piano tutorial as a base to make my version of it. Here is the original: My version, staged in the parlor of the country house (Laurel bash): A comparison of the one built straight from the tutorial, and the bashed model. I used dowel and foamboard, with cardstock overlay, to make the inset end-pieces. It took me a couple weekends to make, all told. I didn't quite get the

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Furnishing!!!

Hi all!  I have spent quite a bit of time tidying stuff up and now I've begun to furnish the rooms!  Because the kids attic bedroom is so small - despite my adding on to it, I wanted to build 'built in' beds.  Well I am absolutely thrilled with how well they have turned out!  I have started to work on the rest of the attic also.  It's going to be Val's space for crafting and for apothecary stuff.  Beginning to really enjoy this process!

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San Fran starts to take shape.

Well it is a bit unwieldy having to upload pics to an album first (instead of directly into the blog post) but it is nice to be able to drag and drop photo files into the gallery now. Wish there were some way to miniaturize the photos, as they display full-sized on the screen... This makes the blog post a bit unwieldy to view! Here I am cutting the trim pieces and gluing certain ones together, with my Gorilla wood glue: Here I am setting up the main braces into which the wall components will sl

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rbytsdy

 

Curtains, curtains, and more curtains!

Making mini curtains is such fussy work.  It's time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail, but in the end the results are SO worth the time and effort.  I've spent a couple weeks working on curtains for the Tennyson and I think I tossed more in the trash than I ended up using, but I'm finally content with these. I'd intended on using some color for the windows but the house had completely different plans and thwarted ever attempt at using colors or prints.  It insisted on white sil

Deb

Deb

 

Paint, furniture, and San Fran progress.

Well it has been about a month since I posted last, because of the upgrade; I think I have figu(red out how to post photos (had to put them in an album first), so here goes: Some exterior paint, finally: Looking more and more house-y! Screen door and staircase railing: Meanwhile, assembling the walls of the San Fran; each wall piece has a little groove that the piece below it slides into. The whole wall assembly turns out to be a bit bendy and flimsy; hopefully it will end up being supported b

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Attic pretty much complete

So, I haven't added anything for a while, however I have been steadily working on my house.  I'm mainly doing tidy up bits. I have put in the electrics for the attic, I've finished the large roof skylight.  I'm putting scotia in - or at least I'm trying to.  For the life of me I can't figure how to do the corners - being a weekend tomorrow I can get hubby to show me!  Tomorrow we're also going to a Miniature Show!  I've not been to one before so really looking forward to it! Hmmm.....seems I can

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Fabric auditions (or "Playing with Textiles"

I've been happily painting interior woodwork for the past few days.  I ended up making some changes to the colors and had to repaint two rooms before I was happy with it but now with five different shades of green (one for each room), it's looking the way I want it to.  So, back into dry fit it went to get a total look of the rooms together and I still like it!  Yippeee!!   This means I'm on to the next step.....window curtains.  It may seem a bit odd to be thinking about window coverings before

Deb

Deb

 

Pretty colored wood

The past two days have been spent happily turning sheets of wood into pretty colored walls.  I love wallpapering!  The feel of the paper under my fingers.....the whisk, whisk sound of the scissors....the transformation from primed wood into miniature walls with teeny flowers and leaves.....it's a creative process that gives me a great deal of joy.     Since my building style is to decorate before assembling the house it looks rather random at the moment but it's a big step forward to have all th

Deb

Deb

 

Metal Roofing......

I was excited to try out the roof pieces on the Summerhouse,so propped them in place to have a look. While looking at the roof as a whole, I realized that there is no way to hide all the tab slots and have the "seams" line up.  I was puzzling about this when I decided to check out images online. So, on most of the roofs the seams lined up, but then there were some that didn't so I guess I am okay. I'm not sure how much the seams will show anyway after I do the verdigris work. Have to go finish
 

The Roof and Vikings!

I decided today was the day to try out the copper color on the roof. In my gallery is a how-to on doing a verdigris roof treatment. It's a good thing I wrote it all down as I would have forgotten it all! LOL! Before I did the whole roof, I wanted to try this out on the smaller roof section to see how it was going to look. I started by putting on a coat of Metallic Bronze by Craftsmart. I thought I did a major oopsie for a minute as I was going to glue strips on the roof before painting.
 

Auditions!

I've been working on priming both the interior and exterior of the Tennyson and putting it into its last dry fit. I think of this phase as "auditions" because it's when I make the final decision about so many things. There are always a few little changes to be made and I'd rather do it now than discover I don't like something later.   I used the exterior paint to prime the outer walls and make sure that the colors are in proportion with the scale once they're on the whole house. Color does

Deb

Deb

 

Roof is on!

My roof (apart from the dormers and the copper tops and the shingles) is finished! I am very, very happy with the way my addition and skylights have turned out. I will need to use silicon in a couple of places to hide imperfections - but this won't be noticed once cladding and shingles/copper have gone on. To celebrate I moved the house to the smaller table in my craft room and given the room a spring clean (apart from my messy daughter's stuff) ready to start the next phase of building!

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Roof is going on!! Skylights finished!!

YAY for my hubby who told me to go buy a new tool on the weekend! I now have a Dremel Moto Saw - like a mini scroll saw which is absolutely brilliant. So my first 'straight line' wasn't so straight - but it was easy!! Once I finished the ceiling how I wanted it (white washed timber) and put the trim on, the large roof's skylights look brilliant (if I do say so myself!). What a shame no one will see it once the whole roof is on! I'm gluing the large roof now and later I'll go put the m

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So many ideas....

I was looking through Pinterest the other night looking for ideas and this one picture jumped out at me - my stomach flipped and I knew exactly who my new Chantilly is for!!!  

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