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  1. Today we are heading out after a while for a jazz brunch our friend is performing at, to celebrate my making it to 73.
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  2. From the album: My First Dollhouse. From 1974

    I am having just too much fun playing. I am thinking of going with a mid-century modern look.
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  3. Exactly! I have been building model kits since I was barely 7 years old. There isn't much difference. Of course, I don't build "dollhouses". I'm a "miniature real estate developer".
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  4. Oh wow Selkie! I'd forgotten about this one! Alice Bell did an amazing job of making me sound interesting. If I remember right, it was right after I'd made the cover of American Miniaturist and Marlene wanted to use the rest of the interview and pictures on CDHM. Both reference the June Cleaver/Morticia Aadams quote which always makes me laugh because the person who first said it was a guy I dated.........and I don't think he was trying to be complimentary, but I always thought it was hilariously accurate. This brings back so many happy memories of working with Marlene and how wonderful
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  5. I just came across this lovely article written about our own beloved Deb. It was written quite a while ago but describes her so well that I thought those that don't know her as well, might enjoy getting to know her better. Hope you don't mind Deb since it's already on a public site. Feel free to take it off if you don't want it up here.
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  6. From the album: My attempt at the Magnolia

    View of house from the front with roof in place
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  7. Happy Birthday, Holly. Brunch and jazz -- an unbeatable combination. CJ, my theory regarding parties and house cleaning is to polish the faucets in the bathroom ('cause folks will notice) and leave the rest of the cleaning until after the party ('cause unless the dust bunnies are big enough to bite an ankle, they won't notice). Why clean twice? Seriously, an open house kind of party seems just right for a 92-year-old. Twenty people all at the same time can be overwhelming.
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  8. This is a great idea since I have the hardest time finding dollhouses in the gallery. It seems like a lot of them just do not show up in the search results, even though they are named and tagged properly. It's really strange. I even have a hard time finding my own! Hope this thread gets pinned to the top. It will make searching photos so much easier. I always use the photos of other members as inspiration and for different ideas. The Beacon Hill http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&album=7059 The Arthur http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?ap
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  9. Was putting together a lamp for the living room and found this cool cardboard shape under the shade. Thought this would make a fun ride for the skellies....
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  10. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season so far! I decided to take the day and work on some ideas. I succeeded, somewhat LOL, in making a half inch scale couch (using fabric I printed from my design) that I kind of like. Could be better but I am happy! Here is a pic of it, and then a pic in one of the advent rooms. Needs a rug, maybe wallpaper, and I think either a mirror or nice painting above the couch. I was also thinking a teddy bear with Christmas ribbon around neck to sit on couch. Any links to make mini teddy bears? I am not having much luck looking online, as though people want
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  11. Hi all, My parents have had this dollhouse in the family for years. It's been under a tarp in my mom's basement for about 30 years. Last known records have the creator of the house dying about 1916, so we figure it was built in the late 1800's. It's believed to be modeled after my dad's grandmother's house in Vermont. Very cool! I've taken on the project of restoring it (I'm not sure I'm up for refurbishing). First question ... what's the best way to clean years of paint? It looks to be that an owner along the way gooped the paint on. I have no idea what kind of paint it is .
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  12. Happy Birthday Holly!!! <wrapping my arms around you in a huge hug> I hope that you have the most wonderful of days today! It's freezing here too Roxy. We got down to 26 last night which is totally unheard of for my part of Arizona. I've lost quite a few of my plants even tho I covered them up. It'll be a wonder if the Palo Verde trees make it. So I'm gradually hauling in my most precious plants like my black rose and stashing them in the sewing room until this bitter cold ends. I have over 80 planters in the yard so there's no way I can save them all, but there are some succ
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  13. Please enjoy. Dang near froze my tootsies and forschnookie off getting these shots, lol http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&album=7115
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  14. Happy Birthday Holly! My finger is more or less back to normal, which is remarkable when I look at how deep the cut was. Church this morning, then my DH's aunt is coming over for a visit. We haven't seen her for a few years so looking forward to catching up
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  15. I do love Scrabble and I'm totally addicted to the Hangman game on my phone! I also like hidden-word puzzles, especially the ones put out by DAVID Q. OUELLET, called Wonderwords. He uses all the squares, and the result answers a question he posts at the top. Those are a lot of fun, and I keep some in my purse at work, for when it slows down and starts to get boring with no customers.
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  16. From the album: My First Dollhouse. From 1974

    This too is from a previous repair I started a while back
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  17. Someone posted a tutorial for making a really lovely mini telescope. For a boudoir I'd gather a strip of lace into a circle to cover the window and have fun dressing a bed a la Williamson Walton-Marble or June Clinkscale, I once saw a tutorial for making bistro chair from a wire champagne cage that can be painted brass and trimmed with a tiny print and lace. Ornate buckles and jewelry findings can be incorporated with heavy card to make a froufrou vanity and mylar works well for mini mirrors.
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  18. Thanks for the welcome Selkie. Really looking forward to becoming involved. I love shabby chic and French provincial although I am Australian so I like Federation style as well. I thought the Observation tower would be good although I am having trouble finding a large telescope that I can afford so I will have a go at making one myself. Cheers Deborah
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  19. The kit in question is over twenty years old and I was surprised to find it in pretty good condition considering it had been transported from England to Crete during its boxed lifetime. The ply was rather brittle so after looking on some of the forums I decided it would be better to sand all the sheets on both sides with a palm sander and then size them all with a watered down PVQ glue. Whilst this left me with a reasonable surface for painting and wallpapering it meant that I could not stain and varnish any of the floors as I had in the Buttercup. Still I assembled a dry run and left it up
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  20. The way the guys at Hobbytown USA explained it to me is that I build scale model houses...
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  21. Paint is cheap and the hilarious fun of being the home designer at age 4 1/2 yrs, especially since she has this basic model first, far outweighs the realism factor that an adult designer would put upon something, imo. Save the adult realism for the later Garfield version while she just lives out her fantasy in this one. This is really the ideal situation - two levels of building and two levels of fun. In my gallery, you'll see many grandkids builds. You can tell the ages and abilities by the paint jobs, in a lot of cases. They change as the children aged. Twinkle progressed to ente
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  22. From the album: My attempt at the Magnolia

    This is the view of the inside of the windows before the wall was papered
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  23. Kat, that is hilarious! Kathie, Renting a van will cost over $800, and flying one person will run a minimum of $400. When I was 10 or 11, my entire family of six made a 2 week long road trip to Indiana in a Crown Victoria, so I know we can make it happen in the rental car we have now. There is still hope that Kia will make this right. We know it's a long shot to get the bank to double the loan or give us the loan for a newer car, but we will find out on Monday when we talk to them. As long as we have options, I have hope.
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  24. Well, I guess I have a screw loose somewhere! But I'm glad Mother is having so much fun with it. Of course, she has asked for the scissors a couple of times, to make them fit better! She's kidding, of course. She has been so engrossed with it that she has not taken a nap since she started the puzzle. I suspected that she was sleeping so much mainly because she didn't have anything to do. It's been difficult to keep her busy, without taking my time also. Sure wish there was an adult day care in the area! But this puzzle is helping a lot! And now that DH is home, and not working, he play
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  25. We don't buy much at Christmas here, but I can say the best gift by far this year is the visit from my youngest son before he is deployed in the spring. I do however now want one of those little saws now too! LOL! I have Harbor Freight coupons and I know how to use them! :xmas_tree:
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  26. Oh,Holly,now that was a very good day! Thank you and your husband ! Deb,please thank your son for me,for his service to our country. Daddy was in the Air Force,stateside in the early 50s as a radar instructor,and one of my nephews served 2 turns in Iraq as a Marine,so I try to thank servicemen and servicewomen in person whenever I run across them. So glad you had him close by you this holiday!
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  27. From the album: Orchid, Shabby Chic?

    Removed the second floor window and cut the opening for the door to the balcony. Lots to do! Loving it!
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  28. Well thank you all! Stupidly I forgot that I started this thread and had started another! Just had a look and Yes, Jo is really clever!! I have the Sue Heaser book for making polymer clay dolls but I'm pretty sure my faces would be crap! Sue and Cheryl - I found this brilliant site that has bookmarks to a heap of different miniature doll sites. http://www.mysmallobsession.com/miniature-dolls.html I have found exactly what I am after - I have bought two kits at US$39.95 each - which I personally think is excellent value - from here.... http://www.colvindolls.com/ She also has some am
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  29. Try to catch "The Santa Clause" movies (both one and two) this season. The production line in Santa's workshop is filled with Greenleaf dollhouses. I love watching it and calling out the names of each one as they roll down the line but I'm funny that way. And yes, those houses were provided by Greenleaf after they were approached by the movie production company. If I remember correctly, there's even a Willowcrest in there.
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  30. I found these crazy fake eyelashes after halloween at The dollar store. A. I did not know they made such things! B. I wish I'd bought more than one set. It's one of the Michael's domes, rolled up card stock, glue and some "snow". I'm working on a christmas project for my dining room table
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  31. On her full website she has 37 houses. Under The Southern Mansion she mentions: "The exterior is done in textured paintable paper individually cut into block style shapes and individually applied". I suspect some of her ceiling medallions are textured paintable wallpaper, too. I just Googled Images of this product. It's amazing all the choices they have.
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  32. This one has white which looks nice This one has green This has dark brown Best examples I found =)
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  33. What style of house is it? That can make a difference... you're going to want a different color if you're going for Victorian with lots of gingerbread, vs. an understated Colonial or something like that. If historical accuracy is important to you (or just for inspiration) you could Google for pictures of the type of house and see what sorts of window colors turn up. Personally I hate painting windows so the idea of staining them is appealing. You can even get colored stain. However if you're using Houseworks windows, sometimes those have glue splotches on them that you don't notice until
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  34. From the album: The Haunted Heritage

    The final room in The Haunted Heritage is the third floor attic space. This was a lot of fun to put together, and I am sure to add a few more things to it over the years. In my world, grandma is able to navigate those pull down attic stairs easily, walk about the attic without hitting her head and sit comfortably for hours in a space that doesn't appear to have any airflow for the warmer months or heating for the colder ones. To that end, the attic is a collection of fine (or not so fine) antiques set into vignettes where grandma can get away from it all.
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  35. From the album: Modern Scene =)

    What I could find to pull together: The sofa is a giveaway win from Pepper at Mitchymoominiatures. The pillows and lamp were made by me. The sofa table is from Dollar tree but it's had Krylon spray paint on it. I actually really like it that way, so I am going to sand it smooth and finish it up. The large art is a print of my own real life work, and the mini art is my own handmade stuff, as are all the books on the shelves. The fireplace was my birthday gift from Brae. The pansies are Bonnie Lavish and the metal mini's are unkown-from my own collection.
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  36. I was sure I was going to cut my finger off while cutting out the pieces for this!
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  37. From the album: DH kit BLOG album, please see the blog

    Hexagonal house base is 18.5 inches, height of house is 26 inches. photo by eBayer funtobefaux, by permission.
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  38. From the album: DH kit BLOG album, please see the blog

    25 by 52 by 45 photo by permission of eBay seller
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  39. From the album: DH kit BLOG album, please see the blog

    quarter scale mini town photo frm closed sale
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