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  1. Hello, I am new to doll house miniatures but have always wanted to do one. I was given a basket case Little Cottage Shop Green Leaf Doll House Kit, I am so excited but do not know where to start. Do I build it first or do the exterior and wall paper first? Flooring would have to wait for electricals right.? What tools are a must have for doll house miniature building? Not going to lie I am itching to start.
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  2. Received the following via email. Even though most members are not in the Atlanta TV area, thought I'd share so you'd know that our passion hobby is getting some sunshine. I'll be visiting Miniature Designs in a couple of weeks when friend NJ is here. Good Day Mini Lovers, Here at Miniature Designs we are beyond Excited to Announce that we are going Hollywood Style!! This Monday September 17th, 2018 FOX TV will be here doing a LIVE segment that will air on Good Day Atlanta on FOX starting roughly at 8:20am through 9:40am. Paul Milliken, from FOX TV will be on sight at Miniature Designs and will be showcasing All of our Wonderful Miniatures that we have here and also we will be displaying Miniature Projects that fellow members of The Atlanta Miniature Society have worked on over the years. We are gearing up for the 39th Annual Atlanta Miniature Society Show and Sale that will be held the weekend of September 28th and 29th, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta at 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta, GA 30341. We have been blessed that word got out about what we all love to do as Artist and Hobbyist and that the television network is just as interested and giving the love of miniatures the spotlight.Make sure that you tune in to Good Day Atlanta on FOX TV this Monday morning at 8:20am to see what all is going on here at Miniature Designs and with the AMS show & sale, be sure to spread the word to all your friends & family and witness are five minutes of fame that we hope will last a lifetime in the wonderful world of Miniatures.Grab some Coffee & a Doughnut and Enjoy!The Miniature Designs Gang
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  3. From the album: Half Clocked - Creatin' Contest 2018

    I've been working on the removable wall. The outer portion is glued in place. The inner portion will remain removable with the door serving as the handle. Trim will disguise the insert. More to come...

    © brae oktober

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  5. Been playing around with some different shapes for dog Houses, this is almost Done, still need to add the trim around the door though
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  6. Agreed. I also think it fits more with the era.
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  7. I recently saw a YouTube video of someone making window grids for dollhouse windows using nail tape. It worked very well, and she had a site where you could download different patterns to use for the windows. All she did was taped the printed grids onto a table, laid the plastic over the top, taped that down, and used the nail tape to tape over the lines. I’ve tried doing lines with a paint pen...it didn’t work out very well. Here is the link to the video:https://youtu.be/x6vb0w43zRo. Good Luck!
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  8. Getting doors to fit that I had made from the doorway punchouts showed me just how much wood can swell; I swear I sand and shave at least 1/16" of material off of both the door and the opening to get it to where it will open & close properly!
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  9. From the album: Spring Fling 2012 - Creamcheese

    Added street numbers with an "A" to the sunroom. In my pretend world, this sunroom sits on the same property as the Garfield. When the Garfield is overflowing with houseguests then someone can stay in the sunroom. If they wish to get mail then the postman knows that if the address is 4933 or 4933A, the mail will be delivered to the correct place! What fun to pretend!
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  10. From the album: Spring Fling 2012 - Creamcheese

    I had leftover shingles from the Garfield so I redid the roof on the Victorian sunroom. It looks more realistic although the original lavender shingles were quite colorful and whimsical.
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  11. I like the wide. Looks more uniform.
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  12. From the album: Susan's Garfield Victorian Dollhouse

    I made the room divider with some wooden shutters that I didn't use. I used tape, wallpaper and ribbon to make the sides somewhat flexible. Each side is decorated to match the room it is facing i.e., either the art studio or the sitting room.
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  13. LOL, “I beg you”. To make the sliding bannister fit, I had to sand the edge that fit against the ceiling, open the slot a little, and sand the side in the space that slides along the inside edge of the second floor stairwell opening. Even the lightest coat of paint on any of those surfaces will effect the fit. I looked carefully at the bannister piece for any kind of scuff mark to find the places to make adjustments. I hope this helps.
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  14. I think Ive decided Im going to crack open my Glenfcroft kit. I have been hemming and hawing for weeks about wanting to build again. I was going to build my little van Buren but, I dont know. I just wasnt feeling it. Im still working on my Paris shop but it’s getting to the end now. Then, I happened to see a photo of a finished Glencroft and realized I had forgotten how pretty it is. I also love the layout. It’s like it’s everything I wanted my Orchid to be but the size wasnt right. It also looks so European which will fit in well in my Danish house. The added bonus is I already have the supplies I need to make it look really nice so it saves me money there. The Van Buren will get made eventually! I may make it into a cute holiday house to out out at Christmas.
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  15. Well my gorgeous niece had an emergency c-section and my beautiful great-niece was born at 10.55pm on 14th September weighing 8 pounds 1 oz. Her name is Skyla Rose Joan James. And she is a really beautiful wee girl. So exciting! I get to meet her next month when the kids and I fly down to see them.
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  16. What I was thinking too! Thanks for sharing!
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  17. Thanks Mike! How do you treat the mat board after the unit is prepared, to make it look like wood on the wainscoting? Is it sealed and painted or stained or?
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  18. I basically got it jammed when cutting a doorway. It was my first time using it....started to smoke and then for some reason, i just kept going. Finally stopped when I felt extreme heat and saw orange.....lol. Keep in mind, I was cutting inside an already built house and was in an awkward position so I didn't have the best view. Smoke alarm went off too. I still laugh at it.
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  19. Had fun today making my first doll’s doll. I have a few Ethel Hicks dolls’s dolls in my collection, so happy to be able to add to that toy collection with some that I made myself. I would make a doll shop to display them, but it’s really hard on my eyes painting this small, don’t know how Ethel has done it all these years. Was fun to come up with her costume just playing around with scraps of ribbon and lace.
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  20. Hi Cyndi - That is so nice that you'll be rehabbing the house. I'm sorry to hear of your SIL's passing. It is the DuraCraft Columbian. I completed mine from an old kit last fall. Yours might be a little tougher, since you'll have to paint around window frames etc., but you could always go gingerbread like I did so the frosting will help!
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  21. I bought this house when Hobby Lobby discontinued carrying it. I LOVE it! You don't see many of them and it's gorgeous. Go for it! But offer about $65 and try to bargain, never hurts to try.
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  22. The Alexandria is one of the kits Dura-Craft issued new in MDF (not previously done in plywood), so be prepared for it to be HEAVY!
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  23. I have it...almost completed. It's huge! ...but it is nice so I wouldn't try to talk you out of it.
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  24. I have been spending alot of time on the window trim and sashes, as per usual; the die-cut edges are quite rough so I did my usual sand-paint-sand-spackle-sand-paint routine. I tried to shoot a couple in-progress pics to show what a difference it makes: I even applied this same treatment to the cutouts in the walls, since those become part of the window. For the trim, I added thin basswood strips around the border for a bit of depth and interest; I've been using this trick for a few years now to liven up the window trim pieces. For the Willow, which also has double-hung windows, I was not as careful with my preparation, and it shows...! (Well I went for stain and there's only so much you can do with that, for neat edges.) Also for the Willow, I assembled the walls first, then wallpapered, then applied the window trim and sashes. For the Magnolia, I decided to apply the wallpaper first, then the window trim and sashes on both sides (after doing a partial dry-fit to see how the papers worked with each other): That enabled me to weigh the pieces under books while the glue was drying. I'm now going back over the pieces and adding sills and handles. You can also see that I have added painted strips (of balsa) to cover the white mullion lines on the transparencies-- those printed lines, particularly in white, always seem to bother me! Here is what I have by now: I thought about putting a partition in the larger 2nd floor room and putting the bathroom there, but decided against it because the way I would have to break up the room seemed a bit awkward. The wallpaper for the bathroom is actually from a roll of RL paper that my mother and I found at a thrift store a couple years ago. Installing the exterior trim does set me up for gaps when I install the siding; kellyannmo talked about this problem here: http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30867&st=0&p=495743&#entry495743 She used trim to fix this, and so that's my plan! On another note, my "loft" kit for the 2012 Creatin' Contest (HBS) came in, so I will start to set that up and develop my concept for it. But no pics on that one 'til December! ;)
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