The bones for my first mini project is the manger for the nativity scene I grew up with. My dad made it in the early 80's, and a couple of years ago, it was falling apart and headed for the trash. Knowing that it was an unusually large and well-appointed manger, I scooped it up with the dreams of using it as my first mini project! My general plan is to make it a tiny but livable cottage with tape wiring by gently knocking out bits of walls here and there and adding back different ones with the general aim to make it bigger, airier, and less like a barn!
I've started with the kitchen, because I had the ambitious idea to add a dormer to the roof there, and wanted to try that out before I did anything more drastic. It went pretty well, and here are the results.
Re-build of partially constructed Pierce. First dollhouse since 1982! Dollhouse partially assembled with glue gun and wood putty. Porch floor was scored for floor board look and painted grey. Musty, dusty house that had been stored in a basement. At least it is dry!
This mystery structure came in pieces with no instructions. Turns out - not all the pieces fit together. Now - 4 years later I brought it out again and came up with this configuration. Furnishings are decided - now is time to add remaining walls and do all the surface decorations ( faux stone etc.).
UPDATE: This house is available "free to good home". It is a bit of a wrench for me to give it away as it is unique and charmingly quirky, but I want to focus on my dream projects, which were put on hold when this fell into my lap. Please PM me -- local (Southern California) delivery available or you can collect it.
My remodel of The Golden Lion Inn. The "story" is that the old inn has been remodeled into a family home -- it is ca.1950, and the family has many things inherited from previous generations.
I've called it "Hardy House" after the shop on the builder's plate, Hardy's Miniatures of Redlands, Ca., now alas long-gone.