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  1. 4 hours ago, havanaholly said:

    Ooo.  If you could somehow access images of the original graphics and print them on a high-quality matte photo paper to glue to the primed walls would be wonderful.  

    I've been looking around for those exactly! Haven't found any yet though.   .  .

  2. On 10/25/2020 at 8:49 PM, havanaholly said:

    Erin, you can make new windows from 1/8" basswood, which cuts easily with a utility knife and cork-backed steel straight edge.  Hobby Lobby used to carry the miniature millwork for window frames, baseboards, etc; if they no longer have it I think Micro Mark still does.  I almost wish my mother had given mine away for some neighbor child to play with, instead of putting it in her leaky S FL garage for the cockroaches, mice and silverfish to destroy.

    Thanks for the tip! One of the windows is still in tact, so at least I'll have something to model them by.

    The extension interior had some kind of contact paper covering all the original graphics. It was old and peeling, so I was able to remove much of it, but it unfortunately took away the top layer of the cardboard walls, including the original graphics. I'm not sure how I am going to restore that, but I'd like to make it match the rest of the interior.

  3. On 10/24/2020 at 8:00 AM, Island-Shack said:

    THAT'S MY HOUSE!!!!! That's the house that started it all for me-my mini obsession. My mother's 1949 Keystone of Boston that she got for xmas new in 1949-from Sears catalog. I have a gallery album for mine on here. She played with it, me and my sister played with it in the 70's, and both our daughters played with it in the 90's. Mom wanted to throw it away - I brought it home and totally remodeled it. (I got negative comments on youtube for "ruining" a collectors item-but thats what my family wanted, and it will now go to my grandkids when I pass away and stay in our family forever).

    Fun fact - that particular model came in 3 versions. One with just the center, one with the fold in kitchen (most popular) and one with a fold in kitchen on one end and a fold in garage on the other.


    I looked at your photo album- your house looks great!

    I am going to keep my mine vintage because I was gifted some antique (Strombecker?) furniture, and it looks really nice together.

    But it is going to need some work. Do you have any tips for restoring it?

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  4. Yesterday I went onto Facebook Marketplace (which I rarely do).

    I decided to do a bit of 'window shopping/browsing' to see if anyone was selling used dollhouses - just to get some inspiration, I swear!

    And someone had listed a FREE dollhouse! I couldn't believe someone was giving one away, so I messaged her immediately. She was very glad that someone was interested, and said she was about to donate it to Goodwill.

    I made arrangements with my husband to pick it up.

    It's an old wood/cardboard one. It needs some repairs, but overall it's not too bad.

    Originally when I read the description of it being in rough shape, I figured "I'll just make it into a haunted/abandoned house" but then I saw all the graphics on it, and it's just too charming.


  5. On 10/20/2020 at 7:44 AM, shamrockgirl18 said:

    I will try to post one, soon. It's tricky to get too close, because all the light reflects off the glass. Maybe once I start filling the space a little, it will be easier to photograph.

    I've done a little work on it- here's a pic of her 'bed' with a stopwatch hanging down near it


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  6. 12 hours ago, Tinkerbelle said:

    I've been away helping a friend the last few days so sorry for not replying.  I can send you stuff tomorrow if that is okay?  When I planned to do it I found it hard to find images. 

    That's okay- I am looking forward to seeing it.

  7. 35 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

     Too bad there isn't a Julia Roberts Tinkerbell; there are scads of the Disney animated one.

    I know! I thought maybe I could find an action figure from when the movie was released, but it looks like they never made one.

    I've looked at a few fairy dolls on Ebay to see if I could find one that resembles her, but so far I haven't had much luck. I am looking on Etsy, too now.

  8. 12 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

    Erin, can you pause the movie on the scene with her apartment?

    I did, but the only things I could really see through her tiny door way were: a shell filled with feathers (her bed), her vanity (looks like a piece of a wood, with the top of tin can for a mirror), an old key, Peter Banning/Pan's driver license, his credit card and a box of certs.

    Since my clock has more space to fill, I am trying to think of what else I can put in there. I have an old wooden spool with thread on it, and I am trying to track down an old looking thimble (in the book, the 'thimble' is called a kiss). :)

  9. On 10/17/2020 at 8:08 PM, Tinkerbelle said:

    Such a cute idea :) I have been planning to this exact project for a few years but the time and space required always seems to not align. That clock is perfect for making a clock house. I have some photos I can share with you that might be able to help as finding photos and inspiration I discovered was not easy. 

    I watched that scene in the movie recently, but her little house doesn't get much screen time. I would love any photos you could share with me!

  10. On 10/17/2020 at 7:40 PM, fov said:

    That's really cute! Can you post a bigger picture? It's hard to see the space where the scene will go.

    I will try to post one, soon. It's tricky to get too close, because all the light reflects off the glass. Maybe once I start filling the space a little, it will be easier to photograph.

  11. Found this clock on the side of the road- I think it would be perfect to make Tink's little apartment from the movie Hook.

    The back panel opens up (rather than the face of the clock, like in the movie) but I think it would be a fun project.

    Love to hear your ideas how I can recreate that fun little space, in this clock that has a very tall, but narrow, compartment behind the glass.


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  12. The other day I had to go pick up a prescription at Rite Aid, so I decided to peruse the Halloween aisle.

    I saw these Disney Villain mini windsocks for 50% off, and there was one Ursula left! She only cost me $5!

    She's a decent size, and I think if I stuff the inside t make her look voluptuous, she will look great next to my Ariel Grotto.

    My 5 year old son said she looks too big for a dollhouse, but Ursula gets super big at the end of the movie anyways, so it doesn't bother me too much.

    It was a perfect find for a great price- don't you just live for those moments?!

    Here she is: 


  13. Hi everyone! My son and I are currently making a diorama of The Goonies. It's a cave, and I plan to make some water in it.

    I bought a large tupperware container from Dollar Tree, and I painted the bottom of it it, and I plan to make the water to fill it.

    I have used the floral water stuff before (from Walmart and Hobby Lobby). I like that it's affordable and easy, but it seems to collect dust and gunk easily.

    I am thinking of switching over to epoxy resin to make the water for this scene, because it seems easier to keep clean. Do you have any recommendations for products? Based on price, and easiness to use?

    OR, do you know how I can can clean the floral water stuff easier?

    I've done a couple small ponds (like for my Secret Garden scene) but this is going to be the biggest one I've done so far, and I'd like it to look nice.

  14. 5 hours ago, havanaholly said:

    Stain strips of cardboard/ chipboard with wood stain and attach vertically & age it by rubbing grated chalk pastels over it?

    I do have an excess of cardboard, which is why I keep making more and more houses (I also made a little vintage camper one day, just for a new challenge)


    I might be able to give this a whirl

  15. I've been very inspired lately, particularly by the art of twistedcopperforest on Instagram. I made this out of cardboard, covered it with gesso, then spackle, then paint, and am now attaching branches. I am trying to make it look like an old cottage abandoned in the woods, possibly a witch's house.

    The spackle made the house kind of heavy, so I don't want to do it on the inside.

    What would you suggest I do on the inside to make it look like an old cottage? I am trying to use materials I already have around the house, rather than buying more stuff (also, I am too impatient to wait a week or more for delivery right now).

    Please leave me some inspiration or suggestions.


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  16. Well, I know others who have gone one direction with a house, not liked it or kept it for some reason, and then re-do the house in a whole new way.  .  .I'd hate to get rid of it and then come up with a new idea for it.  .  .right now I don't have any other ideas for it b/c it's always been Snow White's house, but it just doesn't do anything for me anymore.  .  .



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