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    Dollhouse and Miniatures show this weekend, Hamburg New York!

    "The WNY Miniature Enthusiasts presents the 36th Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale, located in the Grange Building on the Fairgrounds. Find dealers selling and displaying miniatures including furniture, accessories and everything you need to build a beautiful dollhouse. This show will also include free workshops for children and door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of WNY."

    Here's a link to more info; http://www.the-fairgrounds.com/event/newdollhouse-miniatures-show-and-sale/

    I'm not a club member, but I am a vendor, so I'll definitely be there. :)

  2. Hello everyone, long time no see. :)

    Between a big move to my art studio last Summer and more Dollhouse/Art shows being added to my schedule, my miniatures and I have been zig-zagging across western/central New York. It's been an interesting experience and come September (Sept. 25th - WNYME Dollhouse Show in Hamburg, NY), all of my tiny creations will start traveling again, but for now most of my inventory plans on spending the Summer online.

    So if you missed me at a show, or you would like to browse my artist offerings, you can find my work available at my Etsy shop; https://www.etsy.com/shop/KyleLefort

    And a large portion of my inventory is also posted at my eBay store; http://stores.ebay.com/kylelefort

    I have been posting a few new items each week on eBay and once I'm out of store listings there I will start adding more to Etsy, so feel free to check back later.

    ~ By request, I also have plans to focus more on 1:48 scale items this year. Since 1:48 is a scale I only began working in because I was asked to a few years ago, I'm open to suggestions for new items. If there's anything in my shops that you'd like to see made in 1:48 or there is something that you have a tough time finding for your collections fell free to shout it out here. I'm not planning on accepting any commissions, but I would like to make sure that the super tiny things I create are actually things that other people would enjoy. I have a big magnifying glass now (such a good idea) and am more willing than ever to attempt to do cool stuff in that tiny scale.

  3. I kind of like the stairs. It makes it look like a cut away view of a house, like in those "How It Works" books. They're definitely a design challenge, but I think I kind of like that too.

    Definitely painting them though. I don't really like the white. I know all the trim is white, and I think that goes well with the house, but I just feel like bright white paint isn't how most people handle the stairways in their homes. Needs to be a brown or just something that goes better with the hardwood flooring on the 1st floor.

  4. I meant to post this earlier, but got so busy...better the week before than never. Right?

    The Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts are having their dollhouse show and sale on September 27th.


    I'm not a member of the club, but I will be selling some of my miniature work there. :)

  5. Hello Everyone,

    I recently bought this pretty red dollhouse at a rummage sale. Probably the nicest old dollhouse I've ever had the chance to rehab. All I have to do for this rehab is clean the house, fix some of the porch railings, and replace the yellowed/torn/sticker covered window "glass". 

    Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what house this is. Definitely a kit. Slot and tab construction. There's an extra room added onto the kitchen, but I'm pretty sure that is part of the kit.

    The last house I brought home was an old Greenleaf Van Buren, and the windows are similar to that. So my guess is that it's another Greenleaf, but I'm not sure.





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  6. Yeah, having a brother who is really into entomology has really brought some of the weird stuff from Harry Potter home. (Which is odd, since he never got into the books or the movies).

    In the Goblet of Fire movie, that scene where the kids are taught about the Unforgivable curses, I thought those weird spider things were made up CGI creatures - Nope, those creepy things are real. We had a couple walking around here once. Tail-less whip scorpions, perfectly harmless to humans, but they sure don't look it. XD

  7. Thanks guys. :)

    Holly, all the insects/arachnids start off as photographs of the real things, but yes I made every part of these.

    My brother is the source of these bugs, he has a whole Facebook page of entomology work if you'd like to see some of it; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nathan-Lefort/667222623368680

    The Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula in the set I posted is actually a tiny replica of one of his "late" pets. That giant spider will never be forgotten. XD

  8. Hi everyone! :)

    I got back into making tiny riker mounts for an upcoming non-miniatures show. Basically I agreed to take over a table at a reptile expo for someone who found out they can't make it, and part of the deal is that I can bring some of my "relevant" miniatures with me. This should be a nice adventure. :)

    Anyway, the show isn't for a few months, so the first batch or two of my new riker mounts are being posted for sale online. While I do plan on posting individual and small sets of these tiny riker mounts - Here is one large set including all of the insects I currently have available in miniature. Up for auction on eBay; http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dollhouse-Miniature-Riker-Mount-Butterfly-Displays-Large-Artist-Made-Set-/281574544402

    What do you think?

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  9. Well that's a neat idea. :)

    ...You can store seeds for years with no problem, I wouldn't worry about it. Seeds usually need to be somewhere dark and damp to sprout. People craft with them all the time without them sprouting.

    I did accidentally leave some acorns in a raincoat pocket over winter one year, they sprouted and the dried out - didn't hurt the coat any. Actually the tiny roots and shoots would've looked cool on a fairy house. Too bad I wasn't working in miniature that year....

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  10. Ok, I just had to comment here. I am one of the *hopefully* regular sellers at this show Mary Sue went to. Second year being there, I'm torn on whether or not I like the new location. I liked that no one was really shoved in a corner anywhere (I'm one of the newer vendors, so I expect that to be my table), but the lighting was not so great in places and the mirrors in the display room were distracting - Good show overall though. My table was nearby Chautauqua Miniatures' table. I've only been to their store once, but I loved it there. Nice owners too. Actually, I have yet to meet a store owner/seller in the area that wasn't nice. I think it's just the hobby.

    Mary Sue if you are reading this - I am so glad you introduced yourself at the show, meeting someone I crossed paths with on this forum really made my day. :)

    First day really back online since I posted about the show a few weeks ago, so sorry that I missed this - I had the answers. ><

    For future reference: Generally speaking about the Western NY area, shows tend to have decent prices. The shops in the area are usually at the shows so I think the prices stay about the same there, but artisan vendors like me do have show specials and some sale items + no one has to charge for shipping. So if you ever find out about a show in your area - I recommend checking it out at least once.

    I am really impressed by the range of things and price points available at this show. I'm used to art shows where it's ether super affordable stuff or it's all high end and nothing I could ever buy. This show has something for everyone, and they even have a craft table for kids.

    Wasn't even shopping last weekend and I still ended up with a few things, including a small dollhouse I will be rehabbing for my niece. (Only $15, and the sale went to Habitat for Humanity - How could I say no?) Good show. :)

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  11. >>> The Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts are having their 34th Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale on Sunday, September 28th! <<<

    More info on the club's site; http://www.wnyminis.com/

    And please note ~ New location this year; Marygold Manor, 770 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, NY


    Not sure if there's a place on this forum for shows, so I'm announcing it here - hope that's ok.

    I'm not a club member, but I will be one of the vendors at this show. Looking forward to it. :)

    And a big thank you to anyone that made a purchase from any of my shops this summer, you helped get me to the show!


    The main reason I'm posting in the Community Trading Post right now is to let everyone know that all of my eBay listings will be expiring this week (so I can bring everything to the show). The weekend of the show my Etsy shop will be closed and my eBay shop will probably be completely empty. When the shops are back open again (It may take a couple days), some things may no longer be available and I may be making changes to sets/lots/etc. depending on show sales. So if you are one of my auction watchers or were thinking about making a purchase this month, keep in mind that changes are on the way and the listings are disappearing soon - fair warning. :)

    My online shops;



    Thank you. :)

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