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Pink & Shabby Custom Dollhouse Day #2

The Little girl inside of me must really want out because this project is actually flowing totally according to my plans. Last night I went to bed very late (or early depending on what you call 1 am). I had my music pumping and I was going with the flow. Sometimes, when I am thinking too hard about other things (real life things), my creative juices goes into overload. First, right before I went to bed last night, I started on this bed for the upstairs room. The rooms in this kit are very sm

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Pink & Shabby Custom Dollhouse Day #1

Today,I realized that I have not blogged since November. One of my goals is to keep up with blogging at least weekly. Today, I'll not only blog to let you know "I'm sill here" but, I'll give you a little tutorial that I hope you will enjoy, use and share your "Eye Candy" with me when you use it for your own project. As a child I had the typical pink bedroom that most girls my age had. When I grew up, I decided to keep my walls a neutral color in my bedroom because I LOVE to change the curtain

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Working on the Brimbles

I know, I have been quite here on my blog. It's because I have started back working on a fabulous house. I am doing the Brimbles Mercantile kit by Greenleaf Dollhouses for a customer of mine. It's not much to look at right now but, here are some shots so you all can see it. I love the wallpaper colors. I love just about every shade of blue!!! The shade in the wallpapers the customer gave me just looks wonderful. I'll upload more shots later. These are down stairs shots: This is the u

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Gated Garden Fountain Scene

This scene has everything you need to make your miniature scene complete! This scene has a hand made pink climbing rose that is climbing up the side. There are hand sculpted & painted stone that has moss growing in the cracks to add that extra level of character. The "iron" gate has a verdigris aged finish. This scene also has a little blue bird taking in the beauty. There is also a purple flower tree growing along the other side of this scene. The Lion Head Fountain scene has water pouring

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Our Trip to The Museum

My Family & I (Minus David) met with Teresa (Minimadwoman) her husband and her little sister and Beachpeach (Sharon) for a fun filled day! We were on a mission to see Coleen Moore's fairy castle at the Museum of Science and Industry. I have been to the museum so many times but I could not remember actually "Seeing & Appreciating" the Casstle (I must have seen it while I was NOT into miniatures). First we ate a Lunch and were on our way to view the Castle! We thought were were not gon

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Porch added

The porch has been added and so have the tower brackets. I used some upgraded brackets for the tower roof.
 

Burnt Umber wash

I added a Burnt Umber wash over EVERYTHING (Shingles & Stone) and wanted you to see what it looks like with that added. This blends all of the colors together:
 

Adding More Colors

I started adding the Gray paint to the stones, bricks and roof: I took this picture before I painted the tower roof here. I just wanted you to be able to see and notice the differance it makes by adding another color to the roof: I also added brown on the stones & bricks

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1st Brick Color

I started the Brick painting. I watered down "brown Iron Oxide" on my paint brush to start the first coat. Now this brick will have a "fallen Plaster" look (except on the tower). I paint all of the bricks because sometimes the "plaster" peeks through so I'll need all of the bricks painted correctly so that they will look accurate and realistic. The brick work will give a bit more charecter to this house. I could stay up all night a paint!! This is my favorite part!!

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The roof 1st coat of Paint

I added the first coat of paint on the roof. It's watered down Burnt Umber. I use a very wet brush when I add the burnt umber to the house. This took 1.5 hours. Yeap I will NOT paperclay the Garfield (that's what I say now right <_< ) It's really Starting to take shape!! :whistle:

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Dirty Wash

Well today I added the Dirty Wash. I used a HUGE cup from Mcdonalds and filled it with water because I was afraid I would run out of dirty wash and I wanted the entire house to be a consistant color. I added 15 drops of black, 15 drops of Hippo Gray, 15 drop of Dolphin Gray and 15 drops of Burnt Umber. I mixed it all together in the water and that is my recipe for the "dirty Wash". It took two coatings of it and it took 1.5 hours to get all stones, brick and base. I love this part because NO

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Clay on Roofs Completed

I have used a total of nine 16oz packs of Paper Clay on this house!! The entire outside of this house has been clayed!! It took me a total of 15.5 hours just to roll, glue & sculpt the paperclay onto the roofs & walls. This is a pretty big house. Now the fun part (Painting) will begin!! I have to paint before I can add the porch. Here are the pictures of things so far:

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Kitchen Tower roof

You may have noticed that the front tower roof is "Pointy" on my Pierce because I Altered it. To add to the uniformity, I altered the back tower roof to make it "pointy" also: I also started adding the paperclay to the roof:

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Porch Foundation & Base

I started adding clay to the foundation and then decided to add the base. I don't know why but I am avoiding the start of the shingle process . I guess it is because I want to do square Butt Wood Shingles But then again, I like the Clay ones. Doing the foundation and base gave me more time to think about it. I added and applique to each side of the stairs and then one above where the circular trim pice fit in. I am not sure if I am going to keep it that color though: I also

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Exterior Windows

Well, I was so excited to think that maybe, just maybe I would not have to put together the widows that came with the kit. I had decided to upgrade to the wonderful windows that Greenleaf sells for this kit. This was my plan ALL along . I got them in last week and Ohhhhh Noooooo! They are too modern!! I don't know why they did not look modern to me from the picture on the site (Sheesh, I even blew up the picture so I could see the details ). The timberbook windows are perfect if you are gonna

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Doors & New workers

Well Henry had a problem putting in doors and decided to get more help! These are the windows for the dinning room door. since I know Lena & her mom LOVES peacocks, I thought I would add a couple here. This is Chuck, he installed the porch light: Henry brought in some extra help. Chuck is the young construction worker and the guy with the construction hat on is Steve These soft sculptured dolls were made by ebay name mariaskid

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Porch Roof & stones

I added the porch roof to the outside of the house. It was simple to do. I used Quick Grip glue because of the Fast hold. Henry here, also started the masonry on the outside of the house and the main tower. I am thinking I should use the upgraded windows for this house and those will be installed after all the bricks and stones are finished. I also made the roof to the tower pointed. The clay is drying on this side while I do the other side.

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Attic Paint & Roof

I have painted the attic walls and installed the wall torches and fireplace glowing embers: Henry had his nephew over helping him with the attic space & attic tower I laid a strip of tape wire underneath the base floors. I attached all wires from the lights to this strip of tape wire by use of the solder iron and solder flux coil All lights are working (Even the porch light is installed) Now I can add the rest of the inside trim work and paperclay stones!!

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The Attic Room

The floors are added and Stained & Varnished. I have now added stone to the attic room. My customer wants the attic to have a Castle feel to it: This is the fireplace and tower room. Henry is in the process of cleaning up his mess. He has his tools everywhere

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More Walls 4 The Pierce

The Kitchen back wall is in. Henry just need to glue in the crown molding it the top. The Third floor is in This is the tower with one wall missing on each side. It's easier to furnish and see into it. but it's up to you to make the decision. I was thinking a wall torch should go in here. I am leaving this opened so that Lena, my customer, will be able to reach in here with her hands and see the full room This is the Pink flower vine wall paper and the iron glass globe hanging lig

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Bedroom 2nd floor

This is a better shot of Bedroom #1. Now, I see how the wall is wrapped around the stairs. The banister still peeks through the floor though at first, I could not tell from reading the instructions. This is the room with carpet and wallpaper installed This is the Main Tower. It went together very easily. I only had one stubborn tab :wub: but I cut it down some so it could fit into the slot This is the other side of the tower This is where one of the window seats wil

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Lights, Curtains, Action!

You can see how the dining room is tuning out. Henry, called in sick so his father is here helping me today. We added the 1st floor lights and the dinning room curtains Well, After Henry got the call from his father, he decided to come to work and Henry is up and working full force tonight! First, he fed the wire from the Kitchen light to the second floor. He drew a line where he would like to cut so that he could create a Channel for the wire to go. This is for the kitchen light. He made

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Second Floor added

The tape is holding everything together while the glue dries. I added ceiling paper so that this room would look upclass Now the next 2 walls need to be put on. The pipcture shows these walls added. Of course there will be trim but that always goes on last :wub: The kitchen is pretty much almost finished (missing the back wall but I can't do that until I start the 3rd floor). I used wood at the bottom of the walls because I think it makes the walls look even taller Laura pi

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The Pierce Floors & Walls

I finally got the first shipment of things ordered. This one had the floors. I installed, stained and then I made Henry Sand them. I stained them again because the fumes were too strong for Henry. After that, I put 2 light coats of Varnish on them. I also stained the staircase. For the dinning room entryway & living room I used 3 floor sheets from housework. That's right 3 sheets. The 3rd shet I used only a small part but it did take a lot of sheets. That's Right, Henry Picked out and out

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