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Nina and Grunt

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About Nina and Grunt

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  • Birthday 05/24/1985

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Illinois
  • Interests
    Dollhouses of course! I'm an artist by trade; mostly acrylic paintings. However, I have always been a very creative person. I love redressing and refinishing miniature beds and cradles or any other furniture. I want to try making my own dolls and stained glass widows. If I can get my hands on it I want to make it! I also collect miniature pocelain figurines and I love horses and horse back riding even though I never get to do it!

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience
    One
  • Real Name
    Janine
  • Country
    United States

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  1. Hey everyone! I'm looking for some RL images of victorian interior spaces that include archways/doorway/entryways possibly with columns. Think early 1900-1915 victorian farm house. I know there have been other postings for victorian interior inspirations but I can't seem to find them now. If someone could please shoot me the links I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
  2. I'm sure this is a no no but for the floors I made a template and used super glue ( wood glue and others just takes too long) make sure the glue does not get on the surface of the floor and also make sure to sand the floors really well before you stain and varnish. Varnish will help to hold them together too. They have warped a little but once they are secured to the subflooring they will straighten out. Some one mentioned a tutorial for the brick somewhere, but I usually end up just winging it. PM me if you want more details.
  3. I remember watching Animaniacs as a kid but Nina is a nickname and Grunt is my dog!
  4. I got the kitchen set from hobby lobby they're the only place close to me were i can just pick things up and I ordered the fireplace from dejoux miniatures when it was on sale-it came unfinished. Thank you for your wonderful comments!
  5. Just started my first album finally of my first dollhouse. It is a custom made masonite DH... here's a little background info: I just purchased my first Greenleaf dollhouse... Its the Beacon Hill! I've always loved dollhouses. The first one I ever remember seeing was my Great Aunts when I was about five. It was magical! She even had electricity in it!(I wanted it sooo bad and I still do!)It was absolutely beautiful. I haven't seen it for probably 10 or more years but I won't forget it. Anyway when I was little she bought another dollhouse at a yard sale and was going to finish it but decid
  6. Hey everyone! I just got my first album started! Feel free to check it out. This is my first house so I'm very excited, don't mind the spelling errors in it though... I'm a little sleepy...zzzz Let me know what you think!
  7. Nina and Grunt

    Summer's Eve Estates

    This is my first DH. I am finally building it for my neice. I hope to bring out all of it's magic and charm.
  8. I just went to purchase a couple of Grab Bags and they must be gone or something. Were they a limited time offer? I saw them yesterday on their website but now I can't find them anywhere! ;) And believe me I searched everywhere!! Has anyone purchased a grab bag from dollhousecollectables.com before? I was just wondering if they're as good as Manor House, because everyone seems to get great stuff from them.
  9. The house I'm making is for my neice too! And from the sounds of it I think we're sharing brainwaves from what you described about cutting the windows and doors out after it dries and using a solid piece to do the whole room thats exactly what I've been thinking! I was just wondering won't wringing the fabric make it wrinkle or do you have a secret method? Do I need to purchase the starch or do I need a recipe to make it? :lol:
  10. Thank you. I've seen Mod Podge but never used it. How well does it hold? The fabric I have is a thin cotton in sage green and I do plan on triming it with crown and baseboard moulding, but I have a satin I was planning on using for a window treatment in the living room. When Mod Podge dries does it leave fabric looking wet? Does it stiffen the fabric to make it hold its shape? Just trying to brainstorm for future living room curtains. Oh and I already wallpapered the living room with scrap book paper it looks fantastic!(Still need to take pictures and start a gallery) I just couldn't find what
  11. You're awesome!!Thank you! You've pretty much convinced me that the starch should work.The fabric I'm using is a solid cotton in sage green but I just have a few more questions: Can I make the starch liquid on my own and if so how would I do that? Or should I buy it?(Can I get it from Hobby Lobby?) Does it make the fabric look wet even once it has dried? Do you think the starch would hold well enough to attach upper cabinets to the walls or do you think it would come down from the added weight? Ok so maybe it was a few more than a few, but I really appreciate the help! :lol:
  12. I hope I'm posting this in the right place but I know someone here can help me. I was talking to my mom about how I could wallpaper inexpensively and she mentioned that I could use fabric. She also said that back in like the 1920's or so they would use fabric in RL and apply it by using a starch mixture. Does anybody have experience with this or know of another method for applying fabric to DH walls? I was thinking maybe a good quality spray adhesive? I'm afraid that the starch mixture might take to long to dry or could make the fabric look funny once it dried. I want to use fabric in a cou
  13. Thank you I found exactly what I was looking for. I'm so unfamiliar with this site!
  14. I was wondering if anyone knew of a Miniature Show or Swap or anything in or around the Chicagoland area? If anyone knows of something and has the details like when and where I'd really appreciate it! Thanks.
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