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    Creating somewhat inexpensive miniatures often starting with thrift store finds. Prefer 1/2" = 1' scale. Starting to build 1/2"=1' scale Fairfield. First Greenleaf kit build was the Vintage Travel Trailer 1"=1' scale cut down about 2/3 in length. Have completed a few roomboxes, storefronts and houses since beginning to work with miniatures in 2011.

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  1. Carolyn, Here is a link to download the Instructions and Assembly Guide for the Magnolia Dollhouse. http://www.mysmallobsession.com/dollhouse-assembly-instructions.html From my reading this guide there are 16 window sashes. There are two Sheet #8s with eight on each sheet. They are labeled Single, Double Wide and Kitchen Window on the schematic. I hope this helps.
  2. Lee, so sorry about your wife having such an extensive break with complications. Glad that healing is taking place and that she has had you to help in her recovery. It has been a little over a year ago that I tripped on just a step up curb in airport parking lot and landed on cement floor suffering a displaced fracture of my right humerous. Fortunately, I am left handed and did not require any surgery. The doctors informed me at the very beginning that due to my age the recovery would be slow. Even after PT I never regained full range of motion, but fortunately regained strength with just
  3. I found this blog very helpful when putting together my dormer windows: https://jennsminis.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/beacon-hill-dormer-windows/ My Beacon Hill kit was an older kit and had the same pieces as shown in the blog. I understand some newer Beacon Hill kits have a more flexible paper for the dormer roof (and mansard roof). Not sure which you have. Hope this helps.
  4. My Beacon Hill second floor height measures about 9" and the top floor height measures about 8".
  5. Thanks for posting the link to your new and improved blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your talent and experience with us. I have it bookmarked as one of my go to blogs.
  6. Beautiful choice and placement of furniture and rug.
  7. Looking forward to see your vision for this house.
  8. The McKinley is one of my favorite builds. Love that it is a space saver. I do have it sitting on top of a bookshelf as I did not feel comfortable hanging it on wall, but I have seen others who do hang it on a wall. I do have pictures of it in an album in Members Gallery. My husband wired the house for me. We ran the wires to the outside back of the house. If you do a search on the McKinley here on the forum and even in Google you will see what I and others have done with the McKinley. That is how I got some ideas for mine: changing the roofline and also using darker colors on the
  9. Lee -- I am also moving miniatures around today. My son-in-law recently started his new job and on Friday they moved into their own house (which is only about 20 minute drive from our house). Today they came back over to help me move heavy stuff back into my "dollhouse" room. About last August I had moved everything dollhouse related out of that room to make a bedroom for my two grandsons. We won't need it as a guest room any longer as I now intend to send any overnight guests over to my daughters much bigger house. I still have lots of little stuff to bring up from the basement befor
  10. I don't even have the words to express how much I admire your back-to-back Victorianna bash. So beautiful and so well done. Thank you for sharing pics here on this forum as I don't always make the rounds to all the blogs on a regular basis.
  11. Glad to be able to access the forum again. A big thankyou to Dean and the Greenleaf people for making this forum possible. My update: Did not go to the Seattle Miniature Show in early March even though it was not canceled as I am of the age that recommended not being in crowd of people. Of course since then we are under stay at home suggestion (orders). Have been spending way too much time on FB miniature pages, reading wonderful blogs (thankyou for those of you who do have blogs, I just don't know how to post comments on any of them). I finished the rehab of the Greenleaf Laurel and sta
  12. Thank you for your comment. I am struggling with not making this house too dark and gloomy looking, but that is definitely the direction it keeps taking me while working on it. After taking time to cut the window opening and putting in a Houseworks window, I covered it with a heavy drape, which defeated the purpose of adding more light to the room with the window. This house is overall on the dark side with my choice of coloring on floors, walls, and even the furniture. I am determined to bring some life into that living room as it looks too sterile, almost, like a waiting room. Perhaps a
  13. Making progress on the rehab of the Laurel Dollhouse. This house has decided it will be decorated for autumn (and Halloween). I ran the electrical wiring, but husband did show our grandson how he does the connections. I still cannot solder a connection. My son-in-law is still looking for civilian employment (having recently retired from the Air Force). He is hoping to find employment in the local area to be close to family after so many years away. Our two grandsons are attending local community college and our daughter works from home (as she has done for years). It is working
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    Laurel Rehab Bash

    Rehabbing the Laurel which original builder put together with hot glue -- so it has been quite easy to take apart. Love the small footprint of the Laurel, but making a few modifications. Moving the stairs, front door, adding more floor space to the kitchen work area by bumping out the sidewall and making a small dining area by bumping out the front (under the porch) just to fit small table and chairs.
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