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  1. From the album: Mini Paintings

    Hand for scale. I gave this one a larger May and frame than usual because my mother is not a miniaturist
    5 points
  2. This evening I was really tired and all I wanted to do was relax in bed and stream a movie, when the TV remote quit working, so I went back downstairs to get fresh batteries. When I popped the old ones out of the remote, one of the little swirly wires fell out and I couldn't get it to stay back in. The batteries can't work the remote without the little swirly wires. I discovered that TV doesn't even have a power button. What to do? Then it struck me. Lead tape! I went up to my workroom, snipped off a piece of lead golfer's tape, stuck it into the gap of my remote, slid in the fresh batteries
    4 points
  3. From the album: Needlework

    This is a Janet Granger design I modified by changing from a square rug to a rectangle. I did this by doubling the center design and extending the side borders into longer lattice designs. I also chose different colors; I used three reddish browns, two which are closer in tone than the third, cream, and green. I plan to use this in a Regency parlor roombox.
    4 points
  4. Final - I decided against painting the cushions although draping a good patterned southwestern blanket over them would go good
    3 points
  5. I like this shade a little better I used sheet copper for the supports
    3 points
  6. Talk about thinking outside of the box! My new washer started making a funny sound during the spin cycle. When I had DH listen to it, we decided it was possibly loose change that had gotten around the center piece of the washer. When he shone a light, sure enough, we could see silver and copper. He tried grinding a pair of needle nose plies down to fit in the space but that didn't work. He ended up using a pair of my bent end tweezers (looks like an L) and a small hand saw from my stash of tools. He was able to remove 27 cents. Bet he remembers to empty his pockets from now on.
    3 points
  7. From the album: Needlework

    This is a Janet Granger design, using three shades of pink, hers were more dusty corals, but I wanted a pop of pink for my mod loft project. I have two pink cushions to match for the bedroom, so since the two are on the same level, I thought I'd add pink to contrast the neutral colors I'm planning for the other rugs.
    3 points
  8. I hate painting trim with a passion! This doesn't work for the trim that comes with a Greenleaf house, but when I'm making own trim out of basswood or casing strips, I like to paint the big piece and then cut into smaller pieces after it's painted. It feels like less of a chore to paint one big piece than lots of small pieces.
    3 points
  9. From the album: Fairfield Build

    After a three year break I've returned to finish the Fairfield :-)
    3 points
  10. Around 35 years ago, "Santa Claus" brought my ~10 year old daughter a Hofco Southern Dynasty dollhouse. Of course, a box of parts for a 10 year old would probably not be as welcomed as a fabricated house -- if only partially. The house was constructed over several (!!) evenings after work at a neighbor's house, to be delivered in time for Christmas. The exterior was essentially completed except for the siding on the peak of the gable. Well, the siding was applied but it was UPSIDE down. There wasn't enough siding material to remove and replace, and at that time no Internet existed to sear
    3 points
  11. From the album: Santa and Mrs. Claus' House

    This is the 1sr Santa house I made - from about 6 or 7 years ago. Merry Christmas.
    3 points
  12. From the album: Scratch built dollhouse

    This is how I chose to fabricate the columns I will use for the center support structure in the great room. Done with wood, mat board, standard dollhouse trim and paint.
    2 points
  13. Better photo....you can see why I bought this particular metal candle holder
    2 points
  14. Hand found the metal candle holder over Christmas, found an earring that I could paint, the found tall narrow white candles I had to cut various lengths....
    2 points
  15. For some reason this was not easy. Perhaps the blue on white. So here is the name "ILLUSION" meaning it is the illusion of a boat.
    2 points
  16. Have you considered turning this over to a quilter to finish? I know just enough to be dangerous from watching my-sister-the-quilter to see a mix of information here that may not be as helpful as it sounds in the long run. You have invested many hours and your incredible talent into completing the quilt face. It's worth having a professional finish. Somehow using ties sounds a bit amateurish for this design. Artists often take work to frame shops -- think of this beautiful quilt as a work of art to be framed. At the very least, take it to a quilt shop and ask for guidance. They will be as fri
    2 points
  17. The same thing happened to me, but the change was able to get under that plate and caused the screw in the center to break. The center piece started coming loose during the spin cycle. Eventually a quarter migrated to the drain pump and got stuck....Thank goodness for Youtube, and a handy husband!
    2 points
  18. The completed sofa. I was going for a modern contemporary look but it’s got a bit of a retro vibe to it.
    2 points
  19. You can place them on painters tape laid sticky side up to hold them while you paint them. I also clean those Styrofoam meat containers, like for chicken, place the little pieces in that and paint them.
    2 points
  20. From the album: Glencroft

    Now I'm ready to move on to the windows!
    2 points
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  22. Hello. I too am starting on my house. One thing that helped me finally decide on what direction to take it was to figure out the "story". So I have a young American couple (sorry, I'm American so that's where my mind goes) transferred to France. They bought an old country house in serious need of work. The wife is an interior designer. She has spent the better part of 4 or 5 years slowly fixing the inside now they are moving to fix up the outside. Then I headed over to Pinterest and created a board for this house and found furniture, room ideas, outside looks, kitchens... everything that
    2 points
  23. Nothing is too hard for a beginner if it is what the beginner wants to do. As we expand our adventures in miniature, every one of us, no matter how long we've been doing this, slips into "beginner" mode when trying a new technique. My theory is: if you can imagine it, you can do it. If you are not sure how, ask. Odds are that someone has been there, done that. As to which window design to use -- why not wait until you have the house, take a few days to study it, and let the house tell you what it wants?
    2 points
  24. In my first miniature house, I used one attic room for a child's bedroom and play room. I figured that the lower sloped ceilings would not bother a smaller person the way they would an adult. Another space became the attic storage - a place to put all kinds of interesting things that I had left over from furnishing the other rooms and had no room for: an antique style treadle sewing machine, discarded or outgrown toys, a trunk, a birdcage, etc - just a hodge-podge of random stuff. I left the ceiling and walls unfinished, with some rafters visible and the floorboards raw wood as well. Another i
    2 points
  25. Felt I had to jump in and add my two cents about dividing space in a dollhouse. The imaginary element is such a huge part of the appeal of a dollhouse, and yet I am one of those people that likes the rooms and layouts of my dollhouses to seem real. I am kind of a have your cake and eat it too dollhouse owner. It has taken me a long time to discover and embrace the idea of hidden or partially hidden space. You can add interior walls. making the dollhouse 2 rooms deep in spots. the space can be divided up in an accurate manner if there is room, but if there isn't enough room -If you are clever,
    2 points
  26. Hi Scott! It's so nice to see a returning member come back. I like your work and the colour composition of the picture is very en-pointe. Good Luck in 2021.
    2 points
  27. I went with a stretchy fabric as I thought it would be helpful in the curvy areas. A solid color was a must as a pattern would get distorted.
    2 points
  28. I want to wish all my little family a very happy and blessed and SAFE new year. May life throw nothing but flowers and love at us.
    2 points
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  30. OMG! This is gorgeous! I'll have to go back and read through all the posts! Do you have tutorials for anything? I assume you built the fridge and most everything in here? Beautiful job!
    2 points
  31. When I was 5 we moved into a new house, where I found an old childrens' book from the 40's with all sorts of stories and illustrations. My favorite picture was of a chicken coop house. When the book had fallen into tatters from age, I salvaged that picture and framed it. A few weeks ago I got the idea of making a display to put in my empty fireplace based on the chicken coop. I changed the chicken coop into a house, and it's about 1:24 scale, but it's not a dollhouse. The first picture shows it in my fireplace surrounded by painted pinecones and posterboard evergreens. I took the second pict
    2 points
  32. Yeah, I managed to get the wall paper done upstairs yesterday and it took foreeeever. Then I painted those little dormer triangles and got paint on the wallpaper... another lesson that should have been obvious! Haha The stucco actually turned out better than I thought; I had some plaster powder sitting around from a kids’ project, so I mixed it with my paint and spread it on with a mini trowel I made out of a popsicle stick.
    2 points
  33. Thank you for sharing! I spent an hour + chasing those little suckers around the shed until I read this. Worked on my ryobi!!!
    2 points
  34. Hi Graham, Sandpaper, exacto knives, wood putty, and joint compound have become my friend when wideningnor closing those gaps. I see it as part of the crafting. I hope if doesnt scare you off! Also, thank you for all you do as a nurse. I know it's a tough job on its best days.
    2 points
  35. No snow here, but cold and raw. About to put a pot of baked beans into the oven. The beehive cookie mold arrived! Gonna make some of these when the beans come out of the oven. Sugar cookie base, ground walnut dough for the tree, and rum custard for the filling. Instrumental Christmas music playing. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas -- or what Christmas used to be, anyway.
    2 points
  36. From the album: Needlework

    This was a quick one. Mostly because once I get in the zone with the background, it goes fast. Still tiny, with silk mesh, I'm not sure where I'll use this one.
    2 points
  37. From the album: Scratch built dollhouse

    These are the columns I showed a while back. I still need to add trim to the opening of coursebut I can’t until I finish the electrical. I don’t like doing mini electrical work.
    2 points
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