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  1. I love the look of old subway tiles and when it came to miniature options.....There weren't many. SO, I decided to look into my box of art supplies and see what I can come up with. I had a lot of leftover veneer laying around from my living room walls, so I decided to use this as my base. Im not sure what the results would be but I also thought about using card-stock as the base. The only reason I ultimately went with the veneer was because I decided to use my 4 Inch table saw to uniformly cut it into strips to later cut into individual tiles. Materials I used: • 8"x 5" Wood-Backe
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  2. I think it would be nice if new members mentioned the state they live in. Who knows? a new member could be a neighbor you haven't met! I was lucky enough to make a new friend through the forum because she knew I lived in Durango CO - and she was less than an hour away! If we hadn't mentioned where we lived, we never would have discovered each other out there. Welcome to all the new members!!
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  3. OK, I called GL and asked if there would be a Spring Fling this year and was told yes, it is in the works.
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  4. I don't know about the rest of you, but I really missed the forum this week! I just wanted to thank Greenleaf for giving us a place to talk about what we are working on and for sharing our ideas. I had a lot of extra time to work on Daisy's Time Machine while they were off line, but it wasn't nearly as much fun. Thank You Greenleaf!
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  5. I have no idea what any of you are talking about. *pushes back hard against closet door while looking innocent*
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  6. I finally finished it. Not at all perfect but I like it. It is simply made of foam board main frame, cardboard drawers, and air dry clay wheels.
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  7. Well, the story of my life is often summed up with "a day late and a dollar short," so today was an anomaly: I have had a bag of clothes to bring to Good Will for 2 months. Today, I decided to finish cleaning out stuff and ended up with even more bags & boxes to bring over. When I arrived, a man with a pick-up was unloading a lot of things - and - (drum roll) - as I stopped the car behind him HE HAD A MAGNOLIA KIT!!!!! :tongue4: Long story short, he GAVE me the kit. The box had some water damage and there is a slight stain on the corner of one board, but other than that, it
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  8. Yes, honey, it's called Greenleaf Forum. Only it operates on the premise of enabling one another. We start with: Hi, my name is Selkie and I'm addicted to miniatures. Then everyone cheers and offers great ideas for more, more, more !!!
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  9. I live in a state of confusion...sometimes chaos. Oh! You mean, what STATE do I live in... Wisconsin! I think a lot of us do include that information over there on the left side. I've discovered several other folks from Wisconsin here, and am even thinking about forming a mini-mini-group....if that makes sense...
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  10. I just ran across a quote from Albert Einstein -- "Creativity is intelligence having fun." Doesn't that just describe us beautifully?
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  11. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    The dormer window had plenty of space (as well as underneath to house the wiring)
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  12. Here I am. I'm sorry that you guys were worried. I haven't been feeling very well and my hands are waaaaaaaaaaay overdue for more cortisone so I've been spending most of my time either sitting on the patio watching birds or lying in bed watching the walls. We went to Casa Grande last weekend and I got overheated wandering around the greenhouse at Lowes for almost two hours (it was 110 that day) and it took a couple of days to get out of bed after that. I haven't made that dr appointment yet but I did finally find a doctor here who has potential so I'll call on Monday and make the appointm
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  13. :1st: And the award for Most Assertive Miniaturist goes to STACEY!!!!!
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  14. When I was out this weekend with my daughter, she is visiting, we went antiquing/junking. The same thing that always happens happened. As I am paying, another customer, or a worker, will reach out and touch what I am buying and say something like, tiny furniture, it's for a dollhouse, or ask, what are you going to do with it, put it in a dollhouse? Well, yes. And before you read on, be aware, I had a bit of a cold, and had been working too many hours, not enough sleep, and we were trying to fit in weeks worth of stuff into a few days while my daughter was visiting. And - I am not tou
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  15. I don't mean to frighten away the newcomers...Ive just been thinking about this lately. Can you add to it? If you brush your dog and save the combed out fur in a Ziploc baggie because you might be able to use it for something...you might have a dollhouse/mini obsession. If you need a table to display your dollhouse so you take the dining room table and tell everyone to "just eat with the plate on your lap"...you might have a dollhouse/mini obsession. If you need a new dress for a party and you have $75 to spend, you go to the goodwill to find a dress, thereby justifying that
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  16. This weekend I have finally completed my first dollhouse build! I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, some newbie mistakes along the way, a lot of hesitation and slow pace work but it was done. Took me around 9-10 months with a few long breaks in between, I had bought most of the building materials and the electrical components before starting. After a quick progress on the shell and interior I was a bit optimistic thinking I could maybe finish it before the end of 2016, but the exterior took a lot longer than I expected. I've learned a lot in the process, and hopefully this exp
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  17. I wasn't sure where to put this. Being this is a Greenleaf forum, I didn't want to drop a Dura-Craft article into the mini chat, but I also rationalized copying it here because of this: with over 4000 members I feel this forum is now a voice for all miniaturists and all dollhouses. We don't want to lose our past in miniatures and I can only hope the moderators agree with me. Anyway, I can't remember where I picked this up. It's actually a very small (4 pages not including covers) magazine which I think was distributed to wood stores. It's done by Roseburg Woodsman and was sent to Ridge
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  18. 2,823 downloads

    Dollhouse instructions for the Orchid Dollhouse by Corona Concepts. This is a fully illustrated enhanced version which includes the schematic diagrams. This is an electronic version offered in Adobe Acrobat format and requires Adobe Reader (version 5 or better) which is available as a free download. This is offered for personal use and may not be redistributed without written authorization from Greenleaf Dollhouses. A special thanks out to Ben Anderson for all his hard work on converting these instructions and adding all the wonderful diagrams. His technical drawing skills are nothing sho
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  20. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    I made a place for that refrigerator!... and a wine cellar and root cellar... and maybe laundry, and an electrical "area" and now I can build that stone stair encased courtyard out front!! I can't get enough!
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  21. August is always a rough month for me. I have the first week off, but as soon as I get back, BAM! I am into Kindergarten evaluations. All my little people who are going off to their next adventure have to be re-assessed and reports written. All these little people who have found little places in my heart to curl up in. As I score test after test, and write report after report, I console myself knowing that I got to play a wee part in their journey. It's in the handmade card handed to me. It's in the hug and the "I wuv you Bahb" (never did get that /l/ and /r/ fixed). It's in the tears st
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  22. Thanks for the support! I should have known better than to believe everything Chicken Little said. After close inspection, there are some loose floorboards and some loose wallpaper that needs to be re-glued. The spiral staircase is, indeed, in three parts, but not a difficult repair job. The hospital staff is on the lookout for an appropriate display cart. And I think making Plexiglas panels to enclose the rooms will be better than having a huge Plexiglas hood made for it. We went through the boxes of furniture and accessories and found only a couple damaged pieces. All in all, I'd say
    13 points
  23. I could hardly contain my excitement today and just wanted to share my news with the GL community! I just got published in the latest issue of Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine. It is their Issue 39 for May/June 2014 and my article is on pages 81 and 82. I found out that they accepted my tutorial on dollhouse door making and pin hinging on 3/18/14 so I have been anxiously awaiting getting this issue. When I opened my mailbox today.....there it was so I could hardly wait to look at it. I wondered if they were going to include the photo of me with 2 of my dogs and they did! They did reverse it and e
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  24. If your family sees you staring off in to space deep in thought and doesn't even need to ask what it is that youre thinking so hard about...you might have a dollhouse/mini obsession. If youre watching a movie and ask your husband to " HURRY AND PAUSE IT" so you can make a quick pencil sketch of Elronds library...you might have a dollhouse/mini obsession.
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  25. Gonna make a little girls Christmas this year. I gave her an Orchid that I had made several years ago that was mostly sitting around gathering dust. She wanted a dollhouse for Christmas and I just happened to have one. Threw in some furniture and a family and a hodge-podge of other stuff from my stash; a Christmas tree, Santa bear, etc. I like making them, even a little decorating, but don't play with them so what the hey! The space where it was sure seems empty but I am sure her heart will be full! I know mine is! Merry Christmas to all my mini friends and peace to you and yours!
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  26. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    I "draped" the curtain using Aileen's Stiffen Quick. I used a little box, holding the shower curtain up with skewers (to hight) draped it over the tub... sprayed and let dry. Just used O-rings as the curtain hooks. The rod is a piece of thick wire bent to shape glue into little holes drille in the ceiling.
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  27. <chuckling> I'm afraid I would have replied, "Why yes, as a matter of fact I did have a deprived childhood, but I'm feeling much better now. I haven't had any psychotic episodes or attacked strangers for over a month so they let me out on a weekend pass to see how I'd do". Then I'd start twitching one eyelid and sneer slightly. <wicked grin> But then again, I have a twisted sense of humor and like messin' with people who ask rude questions. Overall I get a very positive response when I tell people what I do. Oddly enough tho, I've discovered that women are less likely
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  28. I read several blogs from all around the world from time to time. However, I don't have Facebook, other social media accounts or fancy pie in the sky Boxes or Clouds or others of those types of accounts. This often puts me at a disadvantage. I can't receive notices about new posts and can't comment on most blogs. It is my choice to operate this way and I'm not complaining about that. That is not directly the point of this topic but a potential factor you'll see later on. I just have a simple list, saved in my favorites, that I check from time to time. I enjoy them when I have a ch
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  29. 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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  30. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    I walked by the craft room and saw a dark shadow, I have a 23 yr old kid sabotaging my house!! I love it, regardless!
    12 points
  31. In celebration of October being miniature month, swaps are back. I will be the hub. Here are the rules. It will be limited to 15 people. The scale will be 1/12. Your choice on what you want to make - unless a theme is requested by anyone interested in joining. If you post you want to join, you will have 4 weeks to finish and get the items to me. The official 'start' date will be October 4. Anyone who does not have their item done will be dropped. Extra items will be returned to the maker in the case of that. I have pets, but the room that will be used will be clean and pet free. If y
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  32. ...here's how an experienced dollhouse builder puts together a dollhouse. First of all, you open the box. Most people, excluding me, seem to be able to do this easily. I recently won a little Arthur dollhouse on eBay. The side of the box said "Carefully break glue seal along three sides". Carefully? I could have set this box on fire with a hydrogen bomb and it still wouldn't have opened. After breaking all my fingernails and some of them twice, I finally gave up and cut into the top with an exacto blade, making a sort of lid I could lift up. You then follow directions
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  33. From the album: Arsenic and Old Lace

    This is the way to Panama. For anyone who hasn't seen the film, the Panama canal was in the cellar and the crazy brother Teddy who thought he was Teddy Roosevelt, would go and dig the Panama canal and then the dotty old sisters would bury their victims' bodies in the holes he dug. I decided to make my "way to Panama" via a secret passage. I'm surprised how well this works. I made the bookcases and glued a half inch square peice of wood up the middle of the back of the moving one. I then inserted pin hinges - well bits of sturdy wire in the ends of the wood, the floor and the ceiling et voil
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  34. I'm SO proud of Brae!!!!!! How fun to open the mailbox and see her gorgeous Haunted Heritage right there on the cover of Miniature Collector (October, 2014 issue). Congrats, friend!!!!!! WHOOT!!!! :bounce8: If you don't subscribe, you can get the single issue here: http://scottpublications.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/1221
    12 points
  35. So last night I was looking through Google at picture of Second Empire houses and noticed that the shutters have ridges. I wanted to create the same thing for my BH so I planned on passing by the craft store this morning, before my neurologist appointment, and purchase some corrugated paper. Mini shopping always cheers me up before potential bad news. I happened to pass by the Panera before my appointment because we were hungry and noticed that they placed my sandwich on top of corrugated paper. It's stiff and the ridges are the perfect size for dollhouses! (You know how the mini mind wo
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  36. From the album: The House of Perfumes

    This is the new made-over facade to my Dickensian style shop. It is a fantasy build and not intended to be true to any particular architectural style, period or even country. It will stock perfumes and potions ..... eventually.

    © Jo Medvenics 2014

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  37. When I was a little girl, my mom bought a dollhouse at a yardsale to build for me. I don't remember the name of the house, but I know it was a modern looking home from Greenleaf. For the longest time, the house got moved from place to place, unmade, because my mom had to work and raise us kids, so there was no time to build it. I don't remember when exactly my mom started to build it, but I do remember getting angry that it wasn't finished! My mom and I had a lot of ups and downs in my teen years, but one day I looked at the unfinished house and asked my mom if I could build the furniture.
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  38. One of my dolls is having an affair with the guy next door.
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  39. I just want to thank everyone for their out pouring of support over me and my families current situation. It has truly been overwhelming for us to see how much appreciation and concern has been shown in this community for me. I also want to announce that our very own board member Minsanity (Cynthia) has gifted me a Beacon Hill Dollhouse Kit! You can imagine how shocked and speechless I was when she let me know of this extremely generous gift. So, I want to thank her, thank all who wanted to help and a big hug to this entire community.
    12 points
  40. It's true. We are happily, unashamedly addicted to this hobby. For many of us it's therapy too! :wub:
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  41. If you buy your husband the power tools that you want for Fathers Day...you might have a dollhouse/ mini obsession. If someone asks you how many dollhouses you own and you draw a blank and start counting on your fingers... You might have a dollhouse/ mini obsession.
    12 points
  42. If you ask your husband to bring home new years supplies and the list goes like this: Croissants...uhhh... Woodglue Exaco Razors Cardstock Foam Board You might have a dollhouse/mini obsession
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  43. If you find yourself in the Emergency Room with a loved one and you sneak throwaways into your purse, you might have a mini obsession. If you find reasons to give mini's as gifts, you might have a mini obsession. If you wake up in the night and have to turn on a light and draw ideas, you might have a mini obsession. If you have your husband pick up take & bake, when he does the cooking, so he can help you with a dh project, you might have a mini obsession. If you are having a bad day and a new mini cheers you up, you might have a mini obsession. If you can't stop thinking of
    12 points
  44. At about 10 I built a town/city for my matchbox cars on an old ping pong table. The town had streets, sidewalks & toothpick telephone poles. I used black thread for the telephone wires. My dad was renovating our house at the time so there was plenty of scrap wood to make mini houses. I think I used green painted sawdust for the lawns & coffee grounds for soil. The city was made with a Kenner's girder & panel set. Had an electric train going around the perimeter. I guess I was influenced by the trains at out local Hobby Town Eventually I discovered real cars, girls &
    12 points
  45. When............ 1. When the kitchen drawer full of "this might come in useful one day" things turns into several boxes full. 2. You act like a hoarder when it comes to throwing out stuff - can I use this - will I ever be able to use this - I'm sure I could make something out of this. 3. The family have to ask if they can eat off the dining room table on Sundays. 4. A trip to the DIY store in a paint splattered T shirt and trousers with great globs of glue and plaster all over them is no longer a cause for concern. 5. You no longer get flowers and chocolates for your
    12 points
  46. I had a lot of people on Instagram ask me how I made the weathered siding for my house so I am posting a tutorial! Feel free to ask me questions on here or on my IG account (dollhousejournal)! This technique super simple and fun to do! Supplies: Cardboard (I used cereal boxes) Scissors Ruler Pencil White School Glue Acrylic Paint (I used brown and cream) Step 1. Measure and cut cereal box into strips. Step 2. Paint strips with base color and let dry completely. Step 3. Apply a thin layer of white school glue.
    11 points
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