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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Etsy issued me a full refund on the shadowcliff dollhouse today. So I have my money back. Thank you everyone for your emotional support. It was appreciated. I will be more careful in future about checking seller feedback and length of time the shop has been open. But all is well that ends well...
    8 points
  4. Around 35 years ago, "Santa Claus" brought my ~10 year old daughter a Hofco Southern Dynasty dollhouse. Of course, a box of parts for a 10 year old would probably not be as welcomed as a fabricated house -- if only partially. The house was constructed over several (!!) evenings after work at a neighbor's house, to be delivered in time for Christmas. The exterior was essentially completed except for the siding on the peak of the gable. Well, the siding was applied but it was UPSIDE down. There wasn't enough siding material to remove and replace, and at that time no Internet existed to sear
    8 points
  5. From the album: Glencroft

    The upper left room is going to be a study, and I'm working on furniture for it.
    8 points
  6. I ended up going with paper egg cartons for the bricks, wall joint compound for the mortar, a wash of stain (wood stain) to add some age and take the edge off of the bright white mortar, and acrylic craft paint to shade things. I sealed it all with matte Modge Podge. This is my final result - the fireplace for the Aster cottage I’m building.
    7 points
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  9. From the album: Mini Paintings

    My latest mini painting .. this one is going to live at @Qubanqtee’s house.

    © @Samusa

    6 points
  10. I’ve been building miniature scenes and rearranging my minis so I can find things better. This week, I’m making flowers for my next dollhouse. I built this one in March. I’m sure y’all can tell which Greenleaf Kit this one is from
    6 points
  11. Congratulations to Brae Oktober (Otterine) for an Honorable Mention in the HBS 2020 Creatin' Contest.
    5 points
  12. Hi Melissa, Wainscoting is a general term for any type of paneling that covers a lower portion of a wall. Beadboard, board & batten and scribe sheathing are all types of paneling for interiors and used for wainscoting. Board & batten and scribe sheathing are also used for exterior house finishes as well. - Board and batten is thin pieces of wood spaced vertically. Sometimes additional pieces are placed horizontally to create a grid effect. - Beadboard is when two thin grooves are cut into wood to create a decorative beading. - Scribe sheathing is very similar to
    5 points
  13. I have 3 finished in the house, 2 in the workroom, 3 purchased half built to rehab in closets, and I have no idea how many are under the beds in the spare room, but I have noticed they are peeking out from under the bed skirt trying to escape due to overcrowding....LOL
    5 points
  14. My family seems to think they KNOW how many kits I have.......Buwahahah. But do they really know?
    5 points
  15. I was having a wonderful time using the wood filler to fill in all the cracks (or in my case GAPS). It's so much like finger painting. Then came SANDING. If I had known how much I hate sanding I'd have taken up fly fishing instead of dollhouses. I think there is a conspiracy regarding brads and nails. I'm convinced the makers deliberately put in crooked ones in every package just so they can laugh at me trying to nail them in. Water based and water soluble only mean if one teeny drop of moisture touches what you're working on, it will dissolve, disintegrate, curl up and die. Wat
    5 points
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  17. From the album: Mini Paintings

    Hand for scale. I gave this one a larger May and frame than usual because my mother is not a miniaturist
    5 points
  18. Home & Family on Hallmark channel had a craft segment today where they created miniature vignettes in lanterns. More exposure for the hobby!
    5 points
  19. From the album: Mini Food Creations over the years

    I just love how the “cream cheese frosting” came out.
    5 points
  20. I've been admiring the Greenleaf dollhouses online for years, but had never been able to justify the expense, until this spring, when the world got cancelled. I live in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, and for the first couple months of lockdown, you literally couldn't go outside without your face freezing within a minute or two, so I decided I needed a project, and bought the Magnolia. Now I'm hooked! I'll admit I rushed out of excitement and I'm not thrilled with the colour, and I'm just not happy with how it turned out, so I'm giving it to my daughter to play with. I've ordered the Buttercup
    5 points
  21. Not a question about the Beacon Hill but this seems as good a place as any to put this. Scrolling around pretty decorating ideas on the Internet, I perused a multi-million-dollar apartment in Paris. Thought you all might like to see what these millionaires had prominently displayed in their foyer!!!
    5 points
  22. Next time someone questions you for making dollhouses, refer them to this story.....I love this lady! I agree with her about having people in her houses. https://news.wttw.com/2019/07/31/lifelong-dollhouse-maker-dreams-creating-museum
    5 points
  23. Some of us are builders, some of us are decorators, some of us are collectors, and some of us carry bits of all of those genes on our miniature DNA helix.
    5 points
  24. Welcome back everyone! I also started a check-in thread in the Chat forum... maybe redundant with this one, but I'm just so glad to be back. I've been doing a final push on my Victorianna, which has been *this close* to being finished for a number of years. Last week I finished the egg carton brick foundation and this week I finished the shingles. Now I just have a few trim pieces to do (need to order some stuff online...)
    5 points
  25. But she is tiny. My newest granddaughter born 3-3-2020. Vivian Skye, 6 pounds 13 ounces
    5 points
  26. I can’t believe I found this fab dolls house on TradeMe (NZ type of EBay) for $45! It has lighting already wired and that’s a manual lift/elevator at the back. Good bones to renovate and six rooms plus 3 ‘landings.’ Oh the fun I’ll have with this project I think the wooden floors will stay but that thick cork flooring might have to go. I’d love to hear your ideas for a collection of rooms - part of one house or six (plus 3) stand alone rooms? And what do you think about either the absence of or adding internal doors?
    5 points
  27. It's going to be alright now, Sarah, pat-pat . yummy food prepared in Sarah's new kitchen Sarah bashing the Spam because it's easier to prepare with an unfinished kitchen - yay no more Spam Sarah's construction zone going away! Happy Sarah! chef Sarah talking about Sarah's lovely new kitchen
    5 points
  28. This list has 2 new items from yesterday...Please add yours ... 1. You are a miniaturist if your mini metal tree is magnetically pulled to your reading glasses. From my hubbby: 2. You are a spouse of a miniaturist if you found a mini leaf inside your sock.
    4 points
  29. From the album: The Newport 2019

    So I almost finished the laundry/mudroom today. The client wanted this fun polka dot wallpaper and it was clear that the aged brick floor just made the room too busy. I opted for this peel and stick tile instead. Now to install some lights and see if I can make some cabinets and a bench.
    4 points
  30. The kitchen is the only thing worth showing so far
    4 points
  31. 17 ....there are 17 ...so? lol
    4 points
  32. From the album: Needlework

    This is a Janet Granger design I modified by changing from a square rug to a rectangle. I did this by doubling the center design and extending the side borders into longer lattice designs. I also chose different colors; I used three reddish browns, two which are closer in tone than the third, cream, and green. I plan to use this in a Regency parlor roombox.
    4 points
  33. https://www.hgtv.com/shows/find-good-cheer-in-abundance-in-hgtv-2020-holiday-lineup Somehow I suspect that HGTV's idea of "the country's most talented miniaturists" will be different than ours, but this should be interesting to watch.
    4 points
  34. From the album: Porcelain bisque dolls and miniatures in 1/12 scale

    Parquet floor I added to my Green Room. I had bought the flooring years ago- it doesn’t look like they sell it anymore. Thank Goodness I had enough of it to complete the room. It went on tiny piece by piece but was really fun to do. It’s made from real walnut and cherry wood veneers.
    4 points
  35. In a Mardi Gras room box, I added a window to the French quarter. It was really quite effective, if I do say so myself! The battery light was from Walmart, on of those that operate by touch. Easy enough to lift the top of the box, touch the light, and voila!
    4 points
  36. From the album: Porcelain bisque dolls and miniatures in 1/12 scale

    Ok I spent an entire day stripping this cart down and re staining it to get rid of the mahogany finish.

    © Blue Moon Doll Studio

    4 points
  37. An Easy Cutter!! https://www.amazon.com/Muzata-Multi-Angle-adjustable-Concealer-LC01/dp/B07JD5BJMG/ref=asc_df_B07JD5BJMG/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309735728871&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14826910734580167872&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9030810&hvtargid=pla-637211225505&psc=1 You can miter moldings, and they are great when you need a quick cut.
    4 points
  38. I am giddy over the miniature iris I just finished making from a kit. (Now to make the other 5!) So fun and satisfying when something turns out better than you expect! I've said it before, and I'll say it again - miniatures = the best hobby!!!
    4 points
  39. My wife has never had a dollhouse and asked me to build her one. I agreed and she bought a kit. It was much more complicated than I expected, but I have been enjoying the work and the amount of detail required. I have also learned a lot in the process and made several mistakes. I have been working on it here and there for over a year and finally decided to get it done. I made a final push to complete the project and have gotten very close. Unfortunately, the front door of the house did not have a doorknob or any kind of latch and for some reason it would not stay in the closed position on its
    4 points
  40. 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.
    4 points
  41. These are some furniture pieces I made probably 20+ years ago from one of the McCall's patterns. They are floppy because they are missing the cardboard inserts that hold them up.
    4 points
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