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  1. You could try a hair dryer. The heat loosens up most glue. Start at the edge and as it softens, pull up a little bit at a time or use a putty knife and try to slide it under the carpet as the heat softens the glue.
  2. I just discovered on Amazon that they are selling Buttercups for next to nothing. I thought that I would pass it along. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033JB3UG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Your organization system from your last cleanup attempt has become completely disorganized.
  4. I posted a link in your other thread that you might find interesting. It is too a blog of a gentleman who has built an amazing house from scratch.
  5. I've been following this gentleman's blog for years. He built from scratch rather than room boxes, but his work is amazing. He also shows how he creates each room. http://englishmanordollhouse.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-07-03T07:58:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=13&by-date=false
  6. I would apply a very thin coat if you use drywall compound. I tried drywall joint compound on builder's foam, and the compound cracked when it dried. I'm think that the moisture in the compound caused the foam to expand when it was wet and then contract as it dried leading to the crack. My favorite for stucco and grout is paint mixed with craft sand. It is a lot less messy. I learned that from someone on this site, although I must apologize because I forget who originally suggested it so I can't give them credit.
  7. I actually faced a similar dilemma in my real house. When the previous owners removed the carpeting from the upstairs, they left a huge drop off between the bathroom and the hallway. I used the quarter round shoe molding to make the step down less obvious. I wonder if something similar could be done in a dollhouse.
  8. I've used battery-powered chandeliers. I used small velcro circles to attach them so that I can easily access them to change the batteries.
  9. I would turn my entire basement into a dollhouse world showcased with sets of themed houses together from different eras. Of course, not only is money and size an issue, but my cats would not be happy if they lost their family room/playroom.
  10. I have used this kitchen set in smaller kitchens (minus the table). It's not as nice as some of the bigger sets, but it is smaller and the separate pieces make it easier to arrange. I also added a cupboard or small set of shelves. It reminds me of the kitchen in my mother's house which has almost no counter space so she does all of her baking/prep on the dining room table. https://www.miniatures.com/6-Pc-Traditional-Kitchen-Set-P18095.aspx
  11. I'm sorry. I can certainly empathize. I have a cat whose purpose in life seems to be to destroy things, including, my dollhouses (with help from his brother). Laughing is the only way to deal with it because it's better than crying. Good luck with your repairs. I agree with Holly that if you can anyway cut a replacement, it's probably best.
  12. Khadi


    I love the woodwork on your ceiling and stairs.
  13. Khadi

    Overall progress shot 2

    I love watching the progress of your house. I am definitely living vicariously through you. It is amazing!
  14. I love the idea of the cellar doors. What a great, simple way to add character to the outside of a house.
  15. I've used velcro for battery-powered chandeliers. I did have some trouble with the velcro's sticky back not sticking after awhile, but that may have been the product of cheap velcro and a kitten sneaking into the house and batting at them.
  16. Welcome! The Arthur is the first dollhouse Santa gave me to build when I was child. It was the beginning of my love of building dollhouses.
  17. I'm not sure if this link would be of interest to you. It is to the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh (my alma mater). There are a wide variety of cultures, styles, and time periods represented. I have used them for inspiration. http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/
  18. You can measure and cut wallpaper, etc. before you glue the house (but wait to install until glued) because measuring can be tricky once the house is together. It also makes it easier to cut out windows. Leave the paper a little longer on the side walls where you are going to attach them to the back wall. That way you won't have seams visible in the corners. If you do wait to measure and cut wallpaper until after you have glued, cut a template first with scratch paper so that if you make any mistakes measuring or cutting, you have not wasted a piece of wallpaper.
  19. Khadi

    Your dream house

    Windsor Castle or Hampton Court. I love the old British castles.
  20. I'm horrible at understanding directions so I treat each dollhouse as a puzzle. I do lots of dry-fitting and taping to make sure the pieces are correctly placed before I glue. I will say that I have built/bashed two Orchids, and I do find it to be more challenging than it appears. As Emily mentioned, make sure you know what you're doing with the windows before you install them. I had already stuccoed the outside with a paint-sand mix and had wallpapered the inside when I started the windows. It was not fun sanding/removing & painting over wallpaper to make the windows look correct when I installed them.
  21. This sounds like a cool idea. I can't wait to see it. I love that it won't be just a typical country church dollhouse, but that you are having Sunday School rooms and a kitchen like a real church.
  22. I don't think the one I listed comes with one, but you can buy one separately. I think that I had one from other cutting wheels that I had purchased. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WMK8FI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  23. It's not as clean a cut as a regular saw, but for basic cuts it's great. I find it especially helpful for cutting new doors, windows, etc. It's so much easier than trying to do it with a handsaw. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WMK8FI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  24. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think I will contact them after I give the credit card company some time to do their investigation.
  25. Thanks for the information. I used PayPal years ago before using credit cards online became so common, but I had no idea it was safer. I guess I'll have to start using it again.
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