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  1. I keep hoping that I'll hit the lottery or a jackpot at the casino so I can move to place where I can have a whole room devoted just to my crafts. If that happens trust me - that room will be so "blinged out" with power tools the t.v. home improvement guys will be asking me to join their teams just so they can borrow my stuff .
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  2. Thanks everyone for all the encouragement. I still love my idea and I think the Fling wants to be it. My problem is my lack of experience with some of things I'm attempting. I've never done anything quite like this before. I knew it was way out of my comfort zone when I started but I really wanted to jump out of my same old rut. Of course, I can never leave well enough alone and thus bash things to the extent that I can't figure out what to do next. I have plenty of drawings but they aren't translating into real life applications. I have talked with my GL team and gotten a couple of new though
    2 points
  3. Lots of pros and cons, but ya know sometimes it is just fun to do a project TOGETHER, sharing ideas, sharing the work.....having fun in between. There is a need for both types of activities I think. IMO My son is 35 and we like to do projects together. Sometimes one of us ends up doing more of the work but that is usually like if it is cooking I do more but if it is building something or remodeling he has to do more but we just have fun working together. Beings her son is 24 this sounds like more of a shared activity rather than teaching someone ....and also remember 2 minds work bette
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  4. From the album: Black Cat Landing - A Witch House

    Karin's dragon took up residence on the rocking chair.... I love him here
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  5. From the album: The Haunted Heritage

    I added the Handley House electric and gas meters. These are well designed metal kits that take paint finishes readily. I used the gas meter as is, just painting it to look old and weathered. These meters aren't usually right against the wall, but the piece is hollow and it was too heavy to hold in place with glue points on the pipes alone. So, it is glued to the foundation and the pipes. I drilled into the foundation to insert the right side pipe. The electric meter didn't come with any conduit, and I've seen a number of real life examples of how these are done. Since I'm not going
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  6. From the album: Black Cat Landing - A Witch House

    purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/alavenderdilly
    1 point
  7. From the album: M and D's Pierce "Painted Daisy"

    Decided to try a lower pitched roof joining all all panels to a center point. I think it lowers the look of the turret quite a bit.
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  8. From the album: M and D's Pierce "Painted Daisy"

    This is only partially built to see the size and get a feel for how large it would appear. Detailed trim and gingerbread will be added to replicate the real house. (see photo of real gazebo)
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  9. From the album: Susan's Garfield Victorian Dollhouse

    This is a view with a quarter in it but shows how the room divider will interface with the staircase. This is the view from the living room looking into the dining room.
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  10. From the album: Black Cat Landing - A Witch House

    I made this silly guy tonight... he's a little elf that somehow got his head stuck in a pumpkin.... wonder how he's gonna get out of this embarrassing situation
    1 point
  11. I've forgotten where I read that spider webs in the South are referred to as Yankee lace.
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  12. Selkie, I'm sorry to be so late in giving a pep talk and I hope that by now you're feeling more friendly towards your SF -- at least it sounds like it! I've been really lucky in that mine talked to me when I first saw the kit on the Greenleaf page and, I guess because I followed instructions, it hasn't given me a problem -- yet, anyway. My basic build is done -- glued, painted, decorated, etc. Just have to double check before putting on the roofs (yes, plural), and then on to outside details which are, by no means, trivial! I have tried Windex and warm water. No luck there. I guess I'll
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  13. And be sure to check out thrift stores for blouses made of nice silk and other fabrics,that won't cost a lot and will go a long way!
    1 point
  14. From the album: M and D's Pierce "Painted Daisy"

    Decided to try a lower pitched roof joining all all panels to a center point. I think it lowers the look of the turret quite a bit.
    1 point
  15. Yesterday was very productive! I've almost finished the structure, and if I'm lucky, will be done with it today. Then it's the final inside details and its photo time! Then I will have my work space back, BwaHaHa!
    1 point
  16. These aren't the droids you're looking for. For repainting after all the plastic surgeries (I don't even try to resist any more, at my age!) the metallic Rustoleum spray paints stick to just about everything.
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  17. I am almost positive that Karin used it on her Beacon Hill The Sea Hag. Like Holly mentioned above with someone else, she also combed the sides and piped on the trim to make really neat designs.
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  19. I have no input other than this is the website you were looking for. http://www.thistothat.com/
    1 point
  20. I don't know about joint compound, but dried spackle removes with a metal putty knife and a hammer and gentle whacking.
    1 point
  21. Another idea is Victorian Xmas Stockings.......shaped more like a victorian boot. I have a pattern for full size ones so one year I made a few in mini and sold them. They were quite cute. I can't remember if I glued them or sewed them. You probably already know this but when sewing really tiny things just have a huge selvage so you have something to work with then trim it before you turn it. The victorian ones look good made out of brocades, satins, lace, velvet etc just a thought
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  22. Thanks Judith! Sounds like I better re consider this ! I guess I wasn't sure the difference between joint compound and spackle ......There is so much to learn. I guess that is what is great about this forum, keeps us from learning the hard way when it's too late.
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  23. I use spackle for plaster all the time, especially throughout all the pub's interior walls and the exterior walls upstairs: None of it has cracked yet, but I don't spread it on thick, more like about 1/8" or so. As I've described elsewhere, I texture it whilst it's wet, popping the wet surface with the flat of a credit card (or putty knife, since that's what I use now) to get little peaks and then lightly dragging the edge of my spreader over then to slightly flatten them. If you already have joint compound, why not use it? And if you have a question about it, why not use a bit on a p
    1 point
  24. I love this forum, there's so much knowledge here, so much real world experience...I've learned so much about building, tools, electrifying, brickwork, design, kit bashing, working with polymer clay, even needlepoint and punch needle. Most of all I've learned that there's always more than one way to get it done. This is the only place I come if I have a question or a problem I can't solve. Folks are always willing to help and to share what they know. This forum is amazing.
    1 point
  25. From the album: Black Cat Landing - A Witch House

    I made this silly guy tonight... he's a little elf that somehow got his head stuck in a pumpkin.... wonder how he's gonna get out of this embarrassing situation
    1 point
  26. Great call on the hole saw Doc, you saved my budget and my aggrevation level , and thanks for the coupon
    1 point
  27. The house where I sealed will be 2 years old this Xmas and it's holding up well. if what remained in the jar (unsealed) is any gauge I'd say you don't have anything to worry about - it's as hard as concrete
    1 point
  28. I cast another vote for E6000. I glue beads together all the time to make lamps it works great!
    1 point
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  30. Cutting the center of the wall will be okay as you need a clearance of 16 inches and half of 24 is 12 inches so that will work as you have four inches to spare. . You need 16 inches from the edge of the circle to the upright part of the support arm. HF sells a hole saw kit that has interchangeable saws for under $10 when on sale. http://www.harborfreight.com/18-piece-carbon-steel-hole-saw-set-68115.html Might be a better option depending on how much you would use a scroll saw. It does include a 3 and 1/2 inch cutter.
    1 point
  31. Selkie, I want to toss the ________ at least once a day. And I totally have some glaring errors, but I'm leaving them. I have walked away for a few days at a time, and it's really helped me. Trust me, we all get angry and have self doubt and cut things wrong. I've decided no one will notice the ______ if I don't point it out. Just do some creative photography to hide the extra space. YOU CAN DO IT! KEEP GOING!! :)
    1 point
  32. I love E6000. I release a little out from the tube, place it on a piece of foil,cap the tube, and use a toothpick to apply to small parts. The fumes are strong, but its great glue.
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  33. Well, I just went back out to the workshop and stamped and stomped for a while. Then I decided (w/o having read your post Debora) to set it all up as if I was going to glue it together. After that I decided to take some pictures of it all set up. I figured maybe if I looked at pictures maybe something would jump out at me. I always seem to find glaring errors in the final photo shoots so I thought maybe it would work for this. Well, after I got it all set up, it didn't look as bad as I thought it would. BUT I still don't know how to resolve the issues I have to figure out. However, I did f
    1 point
  34. Model cement works on polystyrene because it melts and fuses the parts. It doesn't work on other plastics because it doesn't melt them; I learned this with the White Orchid kit, which is the plastic version of the Orchid kit a number of us went on a tear and built. I found that what worked for me with that kit was good ol' E6000; it was also the only thing that worked to stick the mylar to the plastic to make a mirrored ceiling over the bed.
    1 point
  35. Especially when you don't want them! ;)
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  36. I've seen some pretty nice glue gun webs.
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  37. I also use good quality real housepaint in a satin finish and have had no problems. I've used both Behr and Valspar. It does take three coats, but it looks great when it's finished.
    1 point
  38. That's a nice thought,Selkie! I hated to admit this earlier,but I let a spider keep 'her' spot on the ceiling above my kitchen sink in the old place. For years and years,there was always a spider up there and I never had those creepy little brown roaches everyone else did and I told myself it was because she kept them away!haha
    1 point
  39. Hmmm.. I never thought to just make the box with the paper...great idea...but now I need a box pattern...Im sure I have one around here somewhere. Ive never ordered from itsy bitsy so didn't think about how stiff the paper would be, thanks for the heads up. They've got some great Christmas fabric too, but, ouch...spendy. Ive seen the crochet stockings on ebay...so, so darling, cant even imagine having the skill to crochet so small. Kat, glad to help lol
    1 point
  40. Okay - I officially HATE my SF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are NOT on speaking terms right now. Stupid project - what was I thinking when I started this monstrosity? :thumbdown: Argh-h-h-h-h !!! It's about to be ditched off a highway overpass for trailer trucks to run over. I'm really frustrated. I can't figure out how to do my roof the way I want it. I can't figure out how to get the "glass" to fit in the channels the way I want it to. Nothing is working right..... Sorry to sound so harsh but it's exactly how it is. Slinking away now, sniffling and sighing, an
    1 point
  41. Such great hints! Right up my alley! I've gotten a lot of cut-outs for my Christmas roomboxes from my dollhouse mags and yes,the smaller prints are tiny,but look so good on small packages-but do try both to be sure-maybe use a mix of the 2 sizes? And I agree,Emily,stiff paper makes really great smaller boxes. Roxy,I love this pattern! I usually just glue felt to thin card and paint the back,or blanket stitch 2 basic stocking shaped pieces of felt-cheap and not very realistic. I will have to try one of these! Karin,thank you for admitting you will trace the pattern off the screen! That's what
    1 point
  42. From the album: Black Cat Landing - A Witch House

    Cute Halloween plates I got from https://www.etsy.com/shop/alavenderdilly They look so cool on the witch's wall
    1 point
  43. From the album: The Haunted Heritage

    The Haunted Heritage has reached the 99.9% completion mark...the only realistic benchmark a miniature house can ever reach. The inspiration for the exterior came from my childhood home. I grew up in an old white farmhouse that probably looked pretty creepy to others, but I loved it. It was way too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer and had generally outdated décor and musty upstairs rooms. But, it was my first home and even though it no longer stands, I love it still. I bought a Dura-Craft Heritage kit when I found a good deal on a kit in near perfect condition (well, all t
    1 point
  44. Here's a tutorial for a charcoal grill. http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2013/04/tutorial-dollhouse-charcoal-grill/
    1 point
  45. Haven't added much in here in too long, but my Christmas Eve night was made when my friend picked up the dollhouse she commissioned me to make for her daughter... The Victoria's Farmhouse was completely refurbished, and after the first initial gasp at the size she grabbed me in a bear hug and told me quite plainly that if/when her daughter may feel she's outgrown it she(my friend) would be storing it in a safe place to keep for future generations! Loved seeing just how very excited she was to be able to give this to her daughter. Heartwarming in knowing the background she came up in down
    1 point
  46. Well I hit a little mini gold mine today. My building is undergoing renovations; paint, new carpet and the wall paper in the hallways has been striped off and is being replaced with tile. Well when I took the garbage out I ran into one of the tile guys and asked him if I could have the scraps they cut off from the tiles. He said yes, and just brought me a big bag of real tile, so now I'm going to go through it to see just how much of it I can use for floors, bathrooms, kitchens and countertops etc. Whoo Hoo...sometimes all ya gotta do is ask... now if I can just arrange to run into the car
    1 point
  47. I wallpapered the Tennyson this last weekend, but it didn't turn out right and I spent a lot of time yesterday ripping it back out. I may have to sand the walls to get the residual bits off. But on the bright side, now I know how to make it look like an old house with peeling paper! LOL.
    1 point
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