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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
    19 points
  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!!
    19 points
  3. 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...
    15 points
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    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
    13 points
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  6. 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!
    13 points
  7. 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
    12 points
  8. 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
    12 points
  9. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    The dormer window had plenty of space (as well as underneath to house the wiring)
    12 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
    12 points
  12. 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

    12 points
  13. 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
  14. My heart is bursting with joy. My daughter finished her semester exams and decided she wanted to do a Christmas scene. Of course her Mother has a stash of minis. I am so happy that there is a possibility we will share this hobby in the future. Best Christmas gift ever!
    11 points
  15. From the album: The Haunted Heritage

    The Haunted Heritage has not only been featured in the October 2014 edition of Miniature Collector, it made the cover!!! I was so excited when the writer contacted me about writing an article on the Heritage and even more excited when Miniature Collector accepted our work. I had no idea my beloved house would grace the cover. Here I am with the Heritage. The camera was giving me fits with the autofocus (I was taking the photo solo with a tripod), and I ended up with an "alright already" look on my face. Oops.
    11 points
  16. 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.
    11 points
  17. From the album: Walmer Old Town-The Stone House

    This floor concluded my experiment with real hand cut marble and slate. It was a great skill to learn, however, I doubt I'll ever devote another house to so much stone. Since I saw a RL stove like this at Williams Sonoma, I'm pretending the stove has modern gas. The fridge is in an unseen pantry. The sink will have to do for now. A member of my mini club made the plates, they are replicas of my RL Blue Willow's. I purchased the hutch while at the Kensington Dollshouse show last Nov.
    11 points
  18. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    My first piece of furniture! Its made completely out of wood (except for that shiny part on the top, I ordered it for $5 at miniatures.com) I must say I am a little proud! Other than a few fingerprints in the high gloss... it turned out pretty good! That'll just be proof that its hand made ;)
    11 points
  19. From the album: 1/2 Scale Nottingham

    The last time I was in Europe, we visited the Marienplatz in Munich. There was a sculpture of a dragon climbing up the side of the New Town Hall that I fell in love with.... so I decided my Nothingham dollhouse needed one too.... he will be cleaned up once the clay dries... but I am pretty happy with it.
    11 points
  20. From the album: Scratch-built Tudor

    Floor was getting it's final coat of clearcoat when I took this photo.
    11 points
  21. From the album: Spring Fling 2012- Ye Old Shoemaker Shoppe

    I am sure everyone has heard the story of the "Shoemaker and the Elves," well this is my take on the story...... My vision on the story is a little shop on the edge of a forest surrounded by trees and wildlife... but .... still close enough to the village so he gets patrons. The Shoemaker's shop doubles as his home. Of course as the story goes, he is a poor Shoemaker, and struggles to make a living.... until the elves show up during the night spreading their magic and creating wonderful shoes for him to sell..... Thankfully, those same little elves must have come and visited me as
    11 points
  22. I thought I would try making my own furnishings for my dollhouse. So far this is what I have. I still have to add hardware to the cabinets and other little things. Next I'm going to try a table and chairs and light fixture to go above my island. I never thought I would be making my own furnishings. LOL
    10 points
  23. From the album: San Franciscan Interior

    her kitchen has many of her favorite things, her espresso maker for her Cuban coffee in the morning, my Mom loved Milanos, and while they probably weren't around in 1922 in real life, since this isn't I decided she could have Milanos. Cuban Coffee is on the top shelf, along with her Mortar and Pestle. My Mom would grind all of her spices daily in that thing...she should've been a pharmacist! She loved Bananas with her breakfast and a little scoop of Papaya didn't hurt ether. Cuban seasonings and spices sit atop the stove .... waiting for the magic to begin.
    10 points
  24. That's it! My job here is done! My McQueenie Gypsy Vardo is completely FINISHED!!!!! Given how bad I am with soft furnishings and clothing, I even think I did a reasonable job of those!! Maybe....just maybe....I'm actually learning and getting BETTER at minis???!!!!! I am soooo stoked with this....I absolutely love it! Now to load up pics to the McQueenie website. Thanks all for your support and encouragement during this project. It was well worth the time and effort I put in. Major thanks to Karin for my gorgeous Gypsy - Hester! Plus major thanks to Holly for the clothing pattern a
    10 points
  25. And I am now the proud owner of Rosedawn. Couldn't be happier or more excited!
    10 points
  26. About 27 years ago, I bought a Real Good Toys dollhouse kit and intended to build it for my young daughters. Well, this working mom at the time never got around to it, but this now retired grandma of 2 granddaughters finally found herself with plenty of time on her hands. I started to build the dollhouse in January of 2015 and finally finished it last week. For those of you feeling discouraged, don't give up. There's a good chance it will all turn out in the end.
    10 points
  27. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    Made a bed from scratch, it's a little gaudy, I know...hopefully I can make it work in the room. I used jewelry findings for the "carvings" on the headboard and footboard... The neutral linens tone it down a little, I think, I hope, lol. (I used fabric stiffener to stiffen the draped fabric) The little tufted bench was a booger!!
    10 points
  28. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    I did it...finally, the bathroom is done! I made the bath fixtures, a shower head, a shower curtain, a laundry basket, towels, working CANDLES, a topiary & a watering can with flowers!! Oh, and that "fancy" rug lol. I can tell you this, I will NEVER paint another bathtub again... (i probably will, but the next time I will use Testers spray paint FIRST, not last!) Maybe tonight I can sleep haha!
    10 points
  29. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    lol I threw in a few props on this one, I made the chandelier & the topiary! The floor was made with two tones of marble images printed on card stock and sprayed with high gloss enamel.
    10 points
  30. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    Made the living room fireplace today from a small picture frame! Just extended the depth, added the hearth & the mantle, painted it all to match.
    10 points
  31. From the album: Eveline's Dollhouse

    She seems pretty happy with it
    10 points
  32. I started laying pavers in our front yard yesterday. My DW doesn't like walking in the grass from the car to the front steps, so we're getting about a dozen pavers that look like cobblestone, each payday until we have a respectable walk way, and possibly, a hand-laid driveway. I also started to put down pesticide around the ant mounds in the yard. It looks like most of them depopulated after I mowed the yard last week (possibly from all the rain we're getting every day), but I'm getting rid of all of them before my kids get into them. Today I unpacked boxes and organized everything.
    10 points
  33. From the album: South Shores

    I made a room divider to break up the space and to showcase the shell collection.
    10 points
  34. From the album: Steampunk

    This was a rubber diving mask from one of my kids toys. Since I used the hose on the teapot, was wondering what I could do with the rest of it. Some watch parts came yesterday that I ordered from Ebay and I had an Aha moment this afternoon! They make me laugh out loud!

    © Debra A. Morin

    10 points
  35. Score!! Sometimes I hate trolling around on craigslist before I go on a business trip. Other times I find some real winners. If you are a fan of BIG dollhouses, you will like this find. Today I was in Portland, OR -- 1900 miles away from home and picked up the following: RGT Sterling Estate - Milled Plywood with the wraparound porch and the addition - still in the UPS box 51"W x 27"D x 43"H - 15 Rooms - 64 pounds RGT Bostonian - Milled Plywood - still in the UPS box 48"W x 24"D x 41"H - 11 Rooms - 55 pounds DuraCraft Marquam Hill Mansion
    10 points
  36. From the album: The House of Perfumes

    I thought I'd made quite a few perfume bottles but I need to start all over again now that I've filled the display stand for the window - need lots more for inside the shop. Feeling I'll be making bottles for a while yet.
    10 points
  37. From the album: San Franciscan Interior

    I made a huge faux pas, I made the loo the largest of the room in the San Franciscan....before proceeding I decided to switch the master with the bathroom....it required re-flooring the bathroom, removing the tile walls and wallpapering. The drapes which I made and stitched every little ring to the drapes and then hung them on the rod I made....to say I way annoyed was an understatement. In the end it was worth every sore fingertip...the master bedroom is elegant and airy yet welcoming. The Bespaq settee sits in front of the windows so the mistress can put on her shoes or read a chapter or t
    9 points
  38. Oh no! Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well Jodi. Big hugs for you. And a zapped mini mojo is phooey! Poor love! I too have been on a bit of a mini spending spree of late. But the very last things I purchased are 3 artisan chandeliers. 2 options for the San Franciscan' s dining room and one for one of the bathrooms. Here is a pic of the one I hope works for the dining room. The light I currently have in there just isn't cutting it. Linda, I love your foo dogs too!
    9 points
  39. I am home with a shiny new pacer battery that is supposed to be better than the one I got 7+ years ago. I asked the doctor about a rechargeable battery and he sent the St Jude tech in to discuss batteries. Everybody at the hospital was super nice and all my nurses and I talked shop and cracked jokes. The best part was the recovery nurse brought me a sandwich and raw veggies and fruit yogurt to 'suage the hunger tantrums. In the car I told DH that since we had to fill scrips and then go home to get The Kid to take out to supper, late as it was let's pick up deli supper and get the scrips at
    9 points
  40. From the album: Bayberry Craftsman

    I saw a RL floor like this on-line and fell in love. I decided it would make a great little floor for the bump out/ reading nook.
    9 points
  41. Today's interview went well despite several more interruptions. For the 2nd time in two months, the gas cap on my bike wouldn't unlock. I was already low on gas, so I rode home, poured a few drops of oil on my key and with a bit of force, was able to unlock it. Then, I got stuck behind a driver smoking weed on a two lane road with no passing zones. He was driving almost 20 miles an hour below the speed limit and drove through two traffic lights. The amount of smoke pouring out of the guy's windows was like something out of an old Cheech and Chong movie. I am so relieved the state didn't
    9 points
  42. From the album: 1/4 Scales Houses

    I just finished painting this little set... I love it. The appliances are resin... the table and chairs are from those little plastic 1/4 sets... I am pretty proud of this set... I had to paint it with my magnifying glass... LOL.
    9 points
  43. From the album: 1/2 Scale Pela Căsuță - A Jasmine Gothic Cottage

    The structure is finished. I don't have a board or frame at the moment to mount it on for the landscaping, so that will be finished next weekend. Otherwise... it's done
    9 points
  44. From the album: WyckedWood Beacon Hill~The Sea Hag~

    I love this little tea box I bought from sues little things, a great seller on ebay. She always sends things so quickly,free ship and includes a little something extra. I think its worth mentioning when you find great service somewhere.http://stores.ebay.com/sueslittlethings
    9 points
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