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  1. I'm so thrilled with this light! My inspiration is a photo from Pinterest. I've never built a light before, but I've been watching videos. I haven't attached the roof yet and I won't until the kitchen is done. So that light is a bit off center, I'll fix that when it's all ready to go into place. I painted it to look like antique bronze. Built with wood, jewelry findings, styrene and dowels. The room addition is finally complete. The benches are actually built in and the cushions and pillows are following a tutorial from Julie Warren. Kim
    7 points
  2. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, but this story was too fun to not share. YouTubers troll Airbnb by listing dollhouse, making $3K in bookings https://nypost.com/2021/04/21/youtubers-troll-airbnb-by-listing-dollhouse-making-3k-in-bookings/
    6 points
  3. Haha, very funny. But also, who saw those pictures and thought it was a real house?! Sometimes you can't tell, but those rooms look mini to me. Also, I just noticed the bedroom has the same carpet I'm stitching right now! But with different colors.
    5 points
  4. Did a little photo shoot with a chair I made a while back but compliments the table perfectly.
    3 points
  5. I have sent an e mail to SDK to see if they can do me a plain green rubber plant,but had a chance to look at all her plants and I could not believe my eyes when I saw she had 1/24 scale snowdrops.They played such a big part in my childhood, she also had the lilacs I needed, so a million thanks to you for this wondrous link.My memory house thanks you too!! My Mum will be up there tearing up about now I think.
    3 points
  6. I now have 45 days worth of these capsules in a container, so I'll be doing some experiments soon!
    3 points
  7. This is a hobby that's supposed to be fun and to relax the hobbyist and allow us to unshackle our imaginations and creativity. There;s always the initial "OMG, what have I gotten myself into?" but that'll go away with a stiff adult beverage and/ or a hefty dose of really dark chocolate. Make friends with the kit and encourage it to tell you what it wants.
    3 points
  8. My mini work has slowed down to a grinding halt. Not sure why. Combination of interest in genealogy research taking over much of my free time, taking care of a hubby recovering from another surgery (hip replacement this time), and weekends seeing the grands. Speaking of which - my 3 1/2 yr old granddaughter loves to come downstairs into my work room and play with the houses in rehab. At some point the subject of her wanting to help Gigi paint comes up, and I give some sort of excuse as to why it's not a good idea today.....maybe when it's warmer outside. Well, last week during one of ou
    3 points
  9. Answer came back this am and yes she can make me the plant
    2 points
  10. Well today things are looking up.The eye Dr pulled out all the stops for me.I have cataract surgery booked for the first week in June,, seeing the surgeion for a chat next week, iron by infusion starts tmorrow so maybe things will be on a better keel shortly...meanwhile I got the ground floor of my house finished.
    2 points
  11. This is an aside to the dollhouse topic, but this works amazingly well for pet stains on wood floors. I used this to get rid of cat urine stains when I discovered my cat was secretly urinating on the rug under my bed due to a health issue. After two rounds of spraying the hardwood floor with hydrogen peroxide and covering with a hydrogen peroxide soaked towel, both the odor and most of the stain were gone.
    2 points
  12. I also doubt it's mold. I'd guess there are pits in the wood that are causing the stain to settle there, or something to do with the steel wool like Diane said. Staining this wood doesn't always work out because it has a big grain that's not to scale. It's also common for different pieces to take stain differently, so you end up with an inconsistent finish. I like the plywood houses because they're easy to bash, but I always cover up as much of the plywood as possible. If you really want the stairs to be stained, you could buy some micro veneer and apply it over the surface: https://www.e
    2 points
  13. I doubt it's mold, but have no idea what caused the spots. Here's something you can try: Soak a cloth in some hydrogen peroxide and dab onto all of the dark spots. Let dry overnight and be amazed! Repeat as needed. For larger, darker stains, you can leave a hydrogen peroxide soaked towel over the area for a few hours and then remove and let dry.
    2 points
  14. The owners will be the Smalls: Mr Samuel Small, PhD is a Professor of Oriental Studies at Howard University; his hobbies include playing Scott Joplin rags on the family piano and travel (think African American Indiana Jones) to collect Oriental objets d'art. His wife, Susannah, teaches Sumi-e painting to select students and joins her spouse on most of his adventures. Sam, Jr, Sally and Baby Sara are precocious, of course.
    2 points
  15. He truly was talented and generous. I was so so lucky to do his workshop in 2014 just before his accident and I have been so grateful I took that opportunity, not only because I learnt so much and got to spend time with him, but also because he was a big influence on me ditching my day job and taking up miniatures full time. We had dinner one night - Rik, Shellie (from Shellie’s Minis in San Carlos) and myself and my husband - and both Rik and Shellie gave so much encouragement and advice that I have never forgotten. They were so kind. And also fun. So many people out there will be so sad that
    2 points
  16. Having had to abandon a partly decorated house in dry fit without notes, I definitely recommend make some notes, you can always edit them later. For me the 'building a dollhouse' is this bit, the dry fit, trying things out, figuring other things out, flooring, walls, windows, curtains.... Then when it's all about done, I assemble it and glue it, ready to be filled with furniture and accessories, and to be played with. So for me the most exciting bit is the dry fit decorating. And because it's not glued together yet, I can always easily change things if I change my mind. So take your time
    2 points
  17. isn't it nuts? Im not sure I could justify even if the kit was $10 that cost of shipping. I mean I get that it's heavy but wow. Id rather fly overseas, visit, and pack the kit and bring it home. At least I'd feel like I got more out of it lol.
    2 points
  18. I used the ruler/utility knife method to score 'planks" in one of my dollhouses. Then I used a pencil to darken the lines and also to put in "nails." It actually looks more realistic than you might think.
    2 points
  19. My dog just started an elimination diet due to IBD, so no peanut butter for her! Luckily she's fine eating the probiotic if I sprinkle it on her food. She's also taking another medication that comes in a capsule (also for the IBD) but it has a bitter flavor so the vet doesn't recommend sprinkling it. For that one I got creative -- I ground up her prescription kibble, added water, and then rolled the "dough" into little meatballs and baked them so they're a little crispy on the outside but still soft inside. So far I've been able to hide the capsule in one of those and she eats it without notic
    2 points
  20. Well it seems tiny, but it is doable and not taking as infinitely long as I feared! Making it up as I go along rather than following a pattern, but I'm sure the mistakes will be tiny enough not to be seen! lol
    1 point
  21. Sorry I missed this.Thank you fr the info re painting the sofa,.It has arrived and is a nice color so I may just dedorate it,.Still not certain though about geting the Hanna mini set so waiting to decide.. My electrical kit finally arrived yesterday, the tape one I bought by mistake,I read the booklet cover t cover but I know I can't do it.My husband was an electrical engineer so I never had to do anything even remotely electrical and the idea of pounding anything sdares me. I think I will have to buy more and stick to the round wire which seems more like regulatr electricity. Mayb
    1 point
  22. Here I am and it is indeed something from the Lundby series (usually 4,5V) not sure from when though but I can check with a friend of mine who is a treasure trove when it co se to Lundby "stuff"
    1 point
  23. I made some blinds for the sitting room. I think they're cute! The rods need some beads on the ends and in the middle, and I will probably make the blinds a bit shorter before I glue them in. I had hoped to continue with the curtains tonight, but can't find my longer skewers anywhere! Grumble grumble. So I'll have to shop tomorrow before I can continue. I am debating some gingham blinds for the kitchen. I think ribbon would be good to make them, and it is the smallest check pattern I can find so far, just need to order some. The checks work out about 6.5mm (~2.5 inches) square
    1 point
  24. Kathie is spot on.
    1 point
  25. We had a discussion several years ago about stencils and Bromley, I believe someone wanted to use it for brickwork. Anyway, one member made quite serviceable brick stencils from a middling large grid of plastic needlepoint scrim, cutting out alternate bars to get the brick gridI wonder if using something like the plastic mesh from a bag of fresh produce and a spray adhesive would work for your stencil; you can use spackle, joint compound or drywall "mud".
    1 point
  26. This is such a beautiful, quaint house to fix up, Muriel! and I know all too well abt 8 year old projects outstanding. My daughter will be 8 soon. We do crafts together quite often, but she is still learning what’s cute AND doable. So I have some things on the back burner still.
    1 point
  27. Actually 1/8 the size, since it's half as tall, half as wide and half as deep.
    1 point
  28. Wow, thank you all for the helpful suggestions! I am so relieved that the black spots are most likely from the steel wool and not mold. I feel as though I have a path forward now. Also, thank you for a warm welcome to the community.
    1 point
  29. I simulate braided rugs by drawing my shape on a piece of felt. Beginning in the middle with a 6-strand floss in my needle I chain-stitch around (or back & forth for a squared rug); just before the last row I cut out the rug from the rest of the felt and finish it off, running the needle under a few threads on the underside before cutting the floss (I don't use knots when I embroider). I find it a lot easier to post pictures, when I have any, to illustrate what I'm trying to say.
    1 point
  30. What a great idea to build a practice house! Over the top and perfect! With those gross water stains, perhaps some flaking plaster bits on that lovely floor?
    1 point
  31. With all that brick I was thinking exposed beams to hang things from.
    1 point
  32. The people who overlooked the water bottle and credit card in the photos. The people who ooh and aah over our dollhouses. If they can look past real life items where they're not supposed to be, you can bet they aren't going to spot the little oopsies that annoy us. Proof that the oopsies are only seen by us!
    1 point
  33. I'm sure it isn't puppy-proof, but a great "recipe" for 12th scale dirt/soil is a mixture of Woodland Scenics dark brown ballast (fine) https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/BAL-DB mixed with an equal part of soil turf (fine) https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/FT-S. It's quite effective and realistic looking.
    1 point
  34. I've entered into a real life kitchen reno -- widening doorway between kitchen and dining room to let more light into the kitchen, replaced fridge with a counter-depth model that already makes kitchen feel larger. Have a new stove in the garage, new quartz countertop waiting for a high eat-in counter to be lowered, 10 feet of new storage cabinets going in where the high-rise counter is now, new backsplash tiles. New fridge, stove, and microwave are stainless steel; got a magnetic stainless steel sheet for front of the black dishwasher that won't be replaced. Maple cabinets will not change colo
    1 point
  35. Very cute. Needs some work to make it a bit less 3d printed like, but a very good base to start from. Chivs paints many models for one of his hobbies, so might get him to paint the washing machine and tumble dryer. Now need to decide what I want to do with the cabinet doors. Do I leave them white? Do I add handles? Do I frame the doors?
    1 point
  36. @Dina M On this site you can post it in the Community trading post thread....just no prices allowed. Someone can PM you if interested. Where are you located? A Visalian Dollhouse shouldn't have any problems selling as long as it isn't overpriced. Also, Facebook Market place, Offer up and Craigslist are where many members find great deals.
    1 point
  37. I split your question into its own thread. A lot of people sell on Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace. Keep in mind that you might not get its full value and that it will be expensive to ship. We also have a Community Trading Post forum here where you can post it. Include your location and maybe someone near you will be interested. Please don't post your asking price or give your email or physical address. If anyone is interested they can send you a private message through the forum and can discuss pricing and logistics there.
    1 point
  38. @fov, I have been eying those 1:24 Houseworks kits with no instructions on eBay for the past week, trying to decide if I wanted to try figuring one out! (Also, how large a stash do I plan to accumulate?!) So if I do, I might take you up on your offer to scan your copy of the instructions.
    1 point
  39. I love a good roombox: https://www.ebay.com/itm/174735984583
    1 point
  40. When my brother was about 2 or 3 and wanted to help Mom paint the piece of furniture she was refinishing, she would give him a can of "magic paint" (water) and a brush and let him have at it. The water slightly changed the shade of whatever he was "painting", and his attention span wasn't long enough to keep him around until the magic paint dried. Potential disaster avoided!
    1 point
  41. You can make several copies of the picture Kathie's friend reduces for you and practice using a wash or other aging techniques to make it look like yours.
    1 point
  42. Mary, please edit your post to delete your email. This forum is open to all, including those nasty bots that trawl for email addresses to add to umpty-bajilion mailing lists. The PM (personal message) feature lets you send a private message to a member. Hover the cursor over the member's name and click on the envelope icon to access.
    1 point
  43. The steel ruler and upside down utility knife are my weapons of choice for scribing floors and the method I used in my 1:12 pub: and my 1:24 Bar Harbor summer cottage:
    1 point
  44. You can use a cork-backed metal ruler as a guide to scribe lines with the back of a utility knife. Or use a micro-tip marker to draw the lines. Either method is effective. And once there are rugs and furniture in the room, it will look just fine.
    1 point
  45. Lego blocks work just as well, but my son wouldn't let loose of any of his, and those little magnets have ruined me!
    1 point
  46. The house is finally starting to come together!! The real MVP of this process is books - I have been using them to hold everything in place LOL Living room Kitchen Bedroom wall and staircase opening Bathroom wall (don't mind the mess) I am so excited, and a little amazed how quickly the inside pulled together as I glued it together. Next steps is finishing up the inside of the roof/gables. After that is wrappedd up I will be working on the outside. I saw an idea to use cereal boxes/food boxes cut in strips for exterior siding .... an
    1 point
  47. I put together a Realife Victorian parlor kit that I used in my Dura-Craft Cambridge. I have since acquired two other Realife sets I plan to build for future houses. The miniature furniture kits are fairly easy to assemble, especially if you have a magnetic gluing jig: From my personal experience let me suggest that if you plan to stain your furniture pieces, do so prior to assembly and let the stain dry thoroughly. Stain does not cover glue. I use pointed toothpicks to apply minute amounts of glue and a damp tissue to remove any unsightly drips.
    1 point
  48. Denise (Sable) has used real slate. You might send her a PM to ask her experience. I believe she orders the slate from the UK.
    1 point
  49. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I paint my shingles first. I wanted a slate look using the speed shingle strips and I wanted varying colors like a real slate roof, so I used gel medium and several shades of grey and grey green. I paint the roof surface first as KathieB described, and use E6000 to apply the shingle strips and avoid avoid warping. I usually use a box top or flat box to hold the shingle strips. I use masking tape reversed in long strips with parchment paper underneath so that the shingles don’t stick. The tape helps hold them while I slather paint on them. They warp while pa
    1 point
  50. I thought I would share my carving process, although it’s more grinding and sanding rather than carving. First I find a suitable sized chunk of wood, tight grain works better for tiny figurines. Next I sketch the basic shape on the block and use scroll saw to cut out. Next it’s dremel time and grind away to get the basic features to come out. Once it get close I switch to files and sandpaper....LOTS of sanding.
    1 point
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