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  1. May 27, at 6 45 pm, the Parkland Ladies Choir will make its debut at a local assisted living senior residence Our song list is : Dark Brown is the River, Fields of Gold, Aura Lee, The Rose, Lift Me Up (not the Josh Groban song), Try to Remember and....Abba's Dancing Queen! The latter we are working very hard NOT to sound like a choir, lol
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  2. From the album: Misc. Minis Made/Bought Including Harry Potter House

    A cute little bed I just finished today.
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  3. From the album: Primrose Bash

    This bed was the inspiration piece for the build. I originally had pinks in mind but kept wrestling with it. I decided to look through my furniture and when I saw the bed I immediately felt the connection. Anybody else know what I'm talking about:-))?
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  4. From the album: Primrose Bash

    The back view of our mini-retreat named "The Blue Door".
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  5. It will come faster than you can blink.
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  6. Had a realtor come look at our house and when he got to my craft room, he turned to me and said, "You know, this is not a house seller...." I'm at the age where I just smile and nod and think totally different things....
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  7. Just to quickly update you regarding Heidi. She is still going through lots of appointments and tests. They are not easy to go through and she is still feeling quite under the weather. She has an especially important appointment on Wednesday, so if you have a chance, please send some special thoughts her way that day. Thanks.
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  8. From the album: Misc. Minis Made/Bought Including Harry Potter House

    A little bed I made yesterday... It has a hand made crochet bed spread
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  9. From the album: Misc minis

    I've got spring fever!!! I miss greenery and soft breezes, so I've made some new potted plants in two sizes for my etsy shop.
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  10. From the album: Studio Remodel

    This shows the paneling more. I took this picture soon after move in. Shut the door and didn't venture back in this room for several months. Now the weather is getting warmer and more pressing chores have been done, Im ready to face the space that Ive been avoiding for so long. Ive cleared the clutter, got down to the essentials, and am using the (unfinished) sauna room as a closet for supplies.
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  11. Would you agree that this is a good beginner's house? It was my first one, too. Now you can tackle your dream house. Congratulations, it looks great.
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  12. Exactly! I'm gifted minis on occasion and I find that many people think that anything "small" must be to scale! I was given a tiny piano that is probably some inbetween scale, but I've decided it would probably look cute in a child's room as a play piano I think the realtors are leaving a considerable amount of people out if they don't think that a craft room is just as essential as a man cave (which is David's requirement)!
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  13. Love this as a saying. I think I'm going to make it into a plaque for the studio!!
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  14. From the album: Primrose Bash

    Roof installed. Some gaps need to be caulked on the upper level due to the exterior kraft sticks being just slightly too long which prohibited the front roof from sitting down snugly. I also see that the paint on the lower level is looking too yellowish so I need to repaint that. I used a light spackle, then while wet I applied wadded saran wrap to give it a different texture. I like the finish, just not the paint color.
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  15. I couldn't live without a craft room or studio for any length of time. I'd be insane without some outlet. Some things could be packed up but I'd still need an artistic corner. IMO, most reasonably intelligent people should be able to look beyond a current "use" of a room and envision their own use, at least I would think. Good grief, a craft room, a spare bedroom, a kid room, a TV room, it's all in what your furnishings look like.
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  16. LOL yes it will! I think my main problem is that I was too quick to just grab a new piece and cut off the end. But now since I have been doing rehabs and collecting even more "discarded ends" I am realizing that I need to learn to grab for my stash drawer FIRST and re-use those shorted pieces! Yup! That is what I use in the large crate on the floor that holds my "new" pieces. I also have a couple of those plastic tubes that Casey referred to for the really thin pieces.
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  17. The Realtors who came to be interviewed here last week all thought the dollhouses lent a charming touch. Go figure. Lloyd's going to be taking most of them down to NOLA in mid-May, so it will be a moot point. But it just goes to show that an opinion is just an opinion, and even the professionals don't agree on details.
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  18. Kathie, I agree! Lawanda, I love your build in progress! Looking forward to seeing more. Holly, good advice, I appreciate any and all tips as I am still a novice builder for sure!
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  19. two Bobbi's into a ranch. I did keep the second floor but it could be just one
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  20. From the album: My Orchid build - 1st doll house

    This is paneling I created for the bathroom. It's skinny sticks alternating with round toothpicks, then painted white. It will have the horizontal trim on top and bottom as pictured. The top part of the walls will be a very light green color.
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  21. Jessie, It's great when they try to help isn't it? My SIL wanted to give me a telephone but it was 3 inches tall. I politely explained the 1:12 scale and thanked her for her kindness. It kind of puts you in an awkward position when they are trying to help but don't fully grasp scale.
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  22. I'm convinced that in mini-land, if you can think it, you can build it.
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  23. From the album: Misc minis

    I apologize in advance to your wallets. I recently discovered a new kit supplier Arjen Spinhoven Miniaturen and all I can say is, "Wow!" Even if you resist spending the cash, you will be spending plenty of time admiring the beautiful offerings.
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  24. From the album: Primrose Bash

    The sofa cushion and pillows are made from a placemat (only thing I could find that coordinated with the bed linens that I was pleased with). The rug is the reverse side of the placemat. Little chair cushions is burlap pieces sealed with hairspray which keeps it from unravelling. I may try distressing the unfinished chest at the end of the bed. Its from HL with 40% off $1.60. All the other furniture and accessories are previously owned and purchased over this past year from different ebay listings. It's so much fun to mix and match.
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  25. Messy, yes, but what fun! When talking about this hobby i usually refer to dollhouses as "miniature houses" and people nod and say ohhhhhh. Some then ask, "dollhouses?"' and i say yep! if they laugh or give me a funny look i just shrug it off. people who know me aren't surprised by much i do or say. They know my philosophy is "you're never too old to play".
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  26. OK, so I ransacked my closet and found a tiered brochure holder (from my wedding cake days) and then painted some bath tissue rolls and cut them in half: insert wood and viola! It'll work for now! LOL I also got cheesy with some drawer storage: haphazardly cut strips of foamcore board and taped them in as dividers. We'll see how long either of these lasts! LOL I also found a couple of drawer organizers from IKEA and might use that for all the itsy bitsy pieces of moldings that I can't part with.
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  27. From the album: Primrose Bash

    I just used the little blue garden windmill because I found it in my granddaughters' Sylvanian families boxes and it was the same shade as the blue door. Didn't even know we had it until I went on the hunt for potential landscaping items around my RL house after the mini-house was built. The flower pots, and tree was also in their box. I think I had gotten those last year at HL in the fairy section.
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  28. This is a reassuring picture. All your wonderful work is all in tact and ready and waiting for your magical fingers to swoop down and create.
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  29. Do I mind? Whoa, no !! I've been anxiously awaiting these pictures!!!!!! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your new studio. Lots of folks share their studio spaces, however tiny or huge. It helps us all to see how each other organizes things and set up work stations. I'm so excited for you that you are finally to "your" room in the new house. The lighter color paint will certainly cheer things up a great deal.
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  30. From the album: Misc minis

    I apologize in advance to your wallets. I recently discovered a new kit supplier Arjen Spinhoven Miniaturen and all I can say is, "Wow!" Even if you resist spending the cash, you will be spending plenty of time admiring the beautiful offerings.
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  31. Thank you to all members who've given suggestions for a first-time shingler. Although it was a challenge I am loving the end result. Pat
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  32. I know this is an old topic but I thought it was a fitting story. I did feel quite weird when I first told the ladies at work about my hobby. I got strange looks. One of the ladies at work is a possible mini-holic. She keeps bringing me things and asking will this work in your doll house. Well the other day her mini eye was working great. She found that some of our component parts are packaged with small white rectangles of thin cardboard. I was so excited my mind was racing. I started rambling about how these would be perfect for bathroom subway type tiles. I could paint them different colors... on and on Anyway just wanted to share.
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  33. I may have to steal this one. Love beadboard.
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  34. I concur...and I love the using of the toothpicks between....inspired!
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  35. Welcome to the forum, Joanne. Just in case you didn't know - we love pictures.... so anything you want to share here with us will be welcome.....
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  36. Heidi, if you're checking in, you're in my prayers.
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  37. Normally I keep the switch and wires out of sight but I pulled them out so you can see my application. Hopefully you can see how small the switch is. The fireplace fire lights keep flickering so you can't really see them in the picture. A few posts ago a found out that it's easy to add longer wires so in a future build I might use more of them.
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  38. From the album: Misc minis

    Quite awhile ago, April sent me a beautiful sock monkey made by the talented Cheryl Brown on eBay. I always felt she could use a companion, and I finally found her a monkey friend! Miles and Mara have the softest flocked fur. Super cute!
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  39. Wood filler could work too.
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  40. Ha! I felt just this way today! It's hard to tell sometimes if someone (especially an adult) is only patronizing my enthusiasm to be kind or if they really care at all! I collect dessicants from the stock bottles at work - I have a few thousand! After all they are the perfect size for mini 1:12 scale canisters and lot of other things that I have been dreaming up to use them for (I painted one silver and added handles to make a stockpot and I bent jewelry wire to turn one into a working step trashcan). At least everyone at work seems nice enough to indulge me on occasion and they ooh and aah over how tiny my work is. I get alot of "Well at least we know what we're saving all of these for now!" Which I think is just a way for them to feel less silly about not chucking the things into the trash like normal! I blush and feel silly for being an adult who builds dollhouses, but I love it just the same
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  41. From the album: Misc minis

    I've been busy with other things, but tonight I had a little time and the itch to make a mini. I went into my box of small kits and took out the griffin box from Lisa's Little Things bought at one of the local shows. The pieces are already separated and ready for assembly. I assembled the lower box and then brushed on Liquitex silver paint. The instructions recommend a sponge brush and lightly sweeping across the raised areas. I was so-so at it. I got a little silver on the inner portions. I added a red paint wash to the recessed areas to bump up the richness of color. After the painting, I glued the top in place. It's a great kit and super easy to put together. The results look very rich.
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  42. From the album: Misc minis

    On the short wall is the Round Bookcase from World Market, purchased during a very good sale! Right now it's holding a few things to keep Jasper off of it. He doesn't get into spaces or onto places that are occupied, but if something is empty, all bets are off.
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  43. From the album: Misc. Minis Made/Bought Including Harry Potter House

    Another large sneak peek... can't wait for reveal day tomorrow (I had to put the sneak peek in my Misc. album as the Creatin' Contest album is loaded and marked private until tomorrow... hee hee)
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  44. Tinkerbelle, first I want to say how awesome it is to find a fellow anxiety sufferer on this board! I have suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder since childhood and it practically ruined my life. Miniatures and dollhouse assembly has helped me so much that I could write a book on the topic, literally. It feels like through miniatures I have been able to build a piece of my life that I didn't even know existed since I was born with this disease and don't know what life is like without it. Having said that, I can relate to the feelings you had. This hobby is so important to us that it really hurts when others don't seem to even acknowledge it but there are plenty of others out there that become floored when they see what we can do. Don't a let a few sour grapes spoil the bunch! With me, people are interested when I tell them about it and others seem to minimize it. For some reason they keep associating children with what I do. I always have to emphasize its for ADULT collectors. I think they just don't really get it until they actually see it. A lot of people are familiar with the glue and nails variety of dollhouses so they just don't get why that would be a hobby. They figure its a nice weekend project for those that have to do it for a child but not a real hobby. They are unfamiliar with tab and slot dollhouses and I love to introduce them to it. The other day a locksmith came to the house to change out our front door handle and lock set and when he saw my dollhouses he said that his children would tear them up. I had to remind him that it wasn't for children. (You would think that would be obvious.) Then he tried to compare model car making and dioramas to building a wooden tab and slot dollhouse. He was going on and on about how difficult it is to make realistic models and how tiny they are. He wasn't sharing just to share but more along the lines of putting down what I do or making it seem like his hobby is so much more technical and difficult that it couldn't be compared to "dollhouse" assembly. He even had to nerve to say he would love to try out assembling a dollhouse since it should be easy to do considering how incredible his model making abilities are. Well, it just so happened that I had my BH kit open and ready to go in the garage. I take him to the garage and lifted the box lid. When he saw what was inside his eyes kind of widened and he asked me again if this was how the dollhouses he saw inside my house started and I told him yes. That's when he quietly said, barely audible, "Oh, no, I don't think I want to take on a project like this." LOL All I said to myself was "chicken".
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  45. Al, building is not exactly a 'girlie" thing. Maybe you should ask your guy friends how quickly they can assemble a kit or build something from scratch. Better yet, you might want to ask them what type of legacy in memories they tend to leave for their grandchildren. Selkie, I've always came up with good comebacks after the fact as well. I believe Twinkle is around 12 or 13? It may be a good thing to remind her critics of all the negative things girls her age could be doing instead of creating something. I also agree that some people spend money drinking every weekend, yet no one really questions that. Some people may disapprove of it, but not many really question that or find it strange. Yet creating miniatures, dollhouses, and scenes develops brain function, while drinking destroys brain cells and has no long-term benefits.
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  46. Too old to give a rat's butt about what anybody else thinks. I enjoy them, my granddaughters definitely enjoy them and I have given several away but never sold one. I have gotten some funny looks when I've told some people what I do as they don't think a six foot plus, two hundred pound plus, plus, grown man should be doing girlie stuff. Confident enough in my masculinity that if they get too cutsie I will whip their butt! Enjoy what you do and thank God that you are still able to do what you enjoy!
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