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When a Room Lights Up

I've installed more lighting and what a feeling it is when the room lights up. Forgive the quality of pictures, I have this mental block when there isn't a flash on the camera, I can't take a picture! So here are a couple of pictures of the livingroom and upstairs hallway lit. Today (Jan.20,07) I installed lights in the baby's room and the master bedroom. Well, I've been putting it off but I think it's time to put a railin

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Some Updated Pictures

I really wasn't sure how I wanted to do the curtains in the baby's room so I just used some lace and I may do blinds under them another time. And here are a couple of other pictures as well. I still have to do the chandeliers yet. Just waiting on some supplies to arrive and I'm still waiting on the bedroom suite for the blue bedroom. Still!! Ohh, and I'm just about finished a rug for the livingroom. Hope to be done tonight or tomorrow.

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Next Came the Bedroom Drapes

Here's a couple of pictures of the bedroom drapes finished. They are still a bit damp, but I wanted to have them hang to dry. The furniture was ordered on Nov 27, so I expect it should be here sometime soon. I received word yesterday (Jan 17.07) that the bedroom suite I had ordered would soon be on its way. In the meantime, I received this bedroom set which wasn't intended for this room but I thought I would try it out and I just may keep it in here.

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Livingroom Drapes Done

It's raining and miserable outside but a perfect day for working on the house. I decided on the fabric for the drapes but I had no idea how it would look. The wallpaper is such a weird color and pattern that I was afraid I wouldn't have any materials that would look alright. But it's done and now all that is left for this room is the lighting. I would like to have all the drapes/curtains made for the rest of the rooms before I start on the lighting. Besides, I have to purchase some hanging fixtu

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Staircase Runner

I chose a wallpaper border pattern that I liked and thought would look ok on this staircase and made it 2 1/4" in width. It also had to be scaled down to fit in a 1/12 scale house. I lengthened it to 11" and I needed to copy it once more. From this, I printed it out onto fabric which comes in sheets with paper backing and is used for inkjet printers. I wasn't exactly sure how the pattern would look on the stairs but once it was glued on, I felt good about my choice. This is the final resul

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The Postman Came

What an exciting day! I wish you could have seen me unwrapping all the little goodies I received from dollhouses and more today. Two different bathroom sets (I'll use them one day), my new bathroom mirror; it's black with gold trim and goes so well in the bathroom of this house. Also two infants rooms, one set in white, the other in mahogany which I decided best suited this house. Two children's rooms as well and highchairs in both colors too and two new chairs for the chess table. I found

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More Pictures

I've been working all weekend (Dec 2 & 3) on this bedroom set and now it's finally finished. I'm waiting on the baby's room and the master bedroom furniture to arrive and making the drapes. Ohhh, I'm sure there are some other odds and ends to do. Carpeting on the second staircase and such. For some reason, I keep forgetting about putting in lights, I sure hate the thought of doing that but I've got to bite the bullet on that one, don't I? It will get done, hopefully, one day! He

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Color Choice for the Attic

I finally came to a decision on the color for the attic rooms. I mixed light terra cotta with blue and rose and added some sand and this is what I came up with. I wonder if I should leave it or go darker?

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Becoming Quite Attached to this House

There comes a point while building a dollhouse where you begin to feel a closeness, almost like it's a part of you. Or that a part of you belongs to it. I've reached that point. It's coming together so nicely for me now and I'm really starting to appreciate it's true spirit. Now it may have something to do with the new Stylus Dremel I received from DH the other day that I was able to put in the French doors properly and fit the bathroom door but I'm hoping that the house and I are now in sync. &

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Bthrm-Closet, Closet-Bthrm, I Just Don't Know!

I've been so busy these last few days making punchneedle rugs for others that I've been neglecting my Van Buren. Since the opportunity arose, I thought I would take some time for it. I can't decide about the room in the attic which I had originally thought of being a closet. I still like the idea but I really would like to use the smaller room on the second floor as a nursery. I don't have a nursery in any of my houses. Not one!! But if I do that then I will have to make the attic room the bathr

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A Porch Was Called For

For some reason, I knew there had to be pillars. It just seemed to be yelling at me! This is what I've decided to do but unfortunately I had to cut them to fit. It's not quite finished, the porch needs painting and the pillars aren't in position to stay yet.

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Colors Can Change Your Whole Outlook

I wasn't happy at all with how this house was looking. I tore off the little porch thingy I had made, wasn't happy with that. I'm not pleased with the paperclay around the bottom, started taking that off. I'm not sure what I will do with that. Recently purchased some pillars for the front, I'm going to need more time to think about what to do there. But I wasn't liking the shingles either. I wanted something dark, so this is what I did. Painted the shingles with watered down black acrylic paint.

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Shingles, Shingles & More Shingles

There's been so much going on here in the last few days that I haven't been able to find much time for working on my house but I managed today to finally finish putting on the shingles. They are on but still have to be painted and I'm thinking maybe a grey color. Hopefully I will have time tomorrow to work on that.

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Siding is Done, Front Door is In

Since I haven't spent as much time as I would have liked on my house, today was the perfect day! Thanksgiving dinner is over and it's time to relax and do some mini-ing. Here are two pictures showing the siding done on both sides. I paperclayed around the foundation of the house. I'm not sure how it's going to be once it dries and is painted. That's for another day. Anyway, it's done and I've also made a front step. As you know, this house didn't

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Best Part of Dollhouse Building - Siding

As I mentioned last weekend I had painted most of the trim and all the siding I thought I would need. A few days ago I made the base for the bottom of the house but I'm not sure how I will finish that off. Since I had a free afternoon today, I decided to put the siding on. I used tacky glue and each piece goes on separately. The paint is an acrylic latex and cleans up with water. For me, this is definitely the most relaxing thing to do when it comes to building. This is the

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It's Coming Along Nicely

Most of the weekend I spent painting my siding pieces. I also painted the outside trim for the windows, doors and down the edges since I'm going to be siding it. Also, I am going to add 1 1/2" to the bottom indented about 1/4 of an inch as a foundation. I never liked the idea of the house sitting flat on the table. I haven't gotten to the French doors yet nor the front doors but I've put the balcony on. The two trim pieces at the top peaks are not glued in yet. You are probably wondering why I w

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Did Alot This Afternoon

Today I worked alot on the house and feel that some things are finally completed. I've pretty much finished the livingroom, putting up the wallpaper, and all the trim. Of course, I totally forgot about the fireplace and put the baseboard on. Now I have to go back and cut some out. I took out some items to furnish it with to see how it will look. The lamp is not staying, speaking of which, I haven't put any lighting in yet. I must do that soon. All the knicknack things are missing as of ye

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A Project for the Day

I've decided tiling was the answer to my attic situation. Since I had put that middle room in I wasn't sure how I was going to get behind it to lay any kind of flooring so I asked DH to cut me 1 inch pieces of three tiles I had purchased at Home Depot which he did. So I installed each piece and ohhhh, what a job! Anyway I managed to get them all laid down and then I had to do the grouting. At least the attic floor is now done. Sure wish I were more organized. I could have had that done long befo

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The Van Buren's Beginning

When my Van Buren arrived and I opened the box, it didn't take long to realize that it was missing the instructions. I panicked! The only other person I knew of who had done this house was Linda. I quickly wrote her and although she didn't have the instructions at the time she was willing to put up her photos so I was able to have some idea where to begin. Btw, thanks so much, Linda. I had no idea what I wanted to do with this house, still don't but I'm plodding along

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