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Khadi

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  1. I've found all kinds of clamps at Home Depot for clamping pieces together including corner clamps. They are in the small tool section by the saws. If there is an area that I can't clamp, I use painter's tape or masking tape. I've used quick dry or regular Aleen's tacky glue for all of my houses. My grandmother was an avid crafter, and she swore by it for all of her projects.
  2. I have done it both ways depending on the mood. One strategy that I have learned has to do with wallpaper. Cut the piece for the back wall a little long so that it wraps around the corners. Then cut your sides the full length of the walls so that it overlaps the wrapped part. This way you will not have visible seams. I would paint your ceilings before you put it together. Speaking as someone who always forgets to do that, it is a pain to paint the ceilings once you put the house together.
  3. Welcome! It's good to have another Northern Virginian on the site.
  4. Khadi

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    I love the little flowers.
  5. I always think about what the inhabitants of my dollhouses would think when my cats invade them. The cats would sure be gigantic to them!
  6. I don't know, but they are not for the fainthearted. I have done one. You have to make EVERYTHING, and the piece are very small.
  7. That looks very impressive!
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    Great house! It definitely has that "lived-in" look.
  9. I would be willing to mail kits.
  10. Hi, I decided it's time to downsize my collection and I have a few I am looking to sell. Kits: Two Buttercup Dollhouse kits available. One kit is open but pieces have not been removed. One is unopened. Shadybrook Dollhouse- Kit is open but all pieces are there. Houses in Progress: Lily (This was the beginning of a bash, and the top floor divider has been cut off. I still have the roof pieces and all pieces not yet attached. I also have MDF siding that I had begun attaching.) Shadybrook/Creekside Bash- Both pieces can be sold together or as separate. Both have upgraded windows and doors. The Shadybrook has one side cut out, but the Creekside is complete. I have any unused pieces. Buttercup (completed except for shingles- I have the shingles) Asahi Tea House- I divided into two rooms to make a tiny house. Furniture in houses not included. I'm looking for local pickup. I prefer not to mail. I am in the DC Metro/Northern VA area. PM me if you are interested in discussing pricing. Thanks!
  11. Hi, I decided it's time to downsize my collection and I have a few I am looking to sell. Kits: Two Buttercup Dollhouse kits available. One kit is open but pieces have not been removed. One is unopened. Shadybrook Dollhouse- Kit is open but all pieces are there. Houses in Progress: Lily (This was the beginning of a bash, and the top floor divider has been cut off. I still have the roof pieces and all pieces not yet attached. I also have MDF siding that I had begun attaching.) Shadybrook/Creekside Bash- Both pieces can be sold together or as separate. Both have upgraded windows and doors. The Shadybrook has one side cut out, but the Creekside is complete. I have any unused pieces. Buttercup (completed except for shingles- I have the shingles) Asahi Tea House- I divided into two rooms to make a tiny house. Furniture in houses not included. I'm looking for local pickup. I prefer not to mail. I am in the DC Metro/Northern VA area. PM me if you are interested to discuss pricing. Thanks!
  12. You can disassemble using a hair dryer to heat and soften the glue. Then follow Holly's directions.
  13. I would keep trying to call Greenleaf and leave a message if possible. I have found it a challenge to reach them, but I have always been successful in the end. In the meantime, I would search Fairfield directions on the Internet. There are lot of great websites and blogs out there people have created that take you step-by-step through building of specific dollhouses. I find it as much, if not more, helpful to see what the pieces look like together as I'm building. Also, do a lot of dry fitting before glueing. This will enable you to see if the pieces are together correctly. And, as others on this site will tell you- don't use hot glue. Use craft or wood glue because it will hold up longer.
  14. I got a six quart recently. It's a good size for those of us cooking for one. I've tried some of the recipes on the Instant Pot website, and they've turned out really tasty.
  15. Some thoughts- You could remove all of the old railing and replace it with different railing. You can find railing in most online dollhouse stores. You could remove the top trim altogether, or replace it with other purchased trim. You could also post a specific request on the site for what you need. There might be someone who did not use these parts and may have them available. Many of us do not use all of our pieces, such as trim, but save them for possible future uses. The trick to removing pieces is to use a hair dryer on the glue. Most glue melts fairly easily when heated. Others may be more particular, but for me I would pull off as much of the wallpaper as possible so that you have a smooth surface, and then wallpaper over them with another wallpaper. You can attempt to heat the wallpaper to loosen the glue or wet the paper to attempt to get more off, but I find that just makes more of a mess than just leaving it on. Once again, you can purchase a variety of wallpapers off of dollhouse sites. Some people choose to print their own on cardstock from designs you can find online. When I was a kid, we also used heavy duty wrapping paper. As for the shingles, they can also be purchased in a variety of styles and materials.
  16. I raid the craft sections at Walmart and Michaels looking for ideas. I also frequently check the dollhouse furniture selection on Ebay. I have found a lot of unique pieces for little money. Personally, I find building the dollhouses the best part. I take months, even years, to finish a project.
  17. I'm happy to say that I found the directions hidden among the sheets of wood at the bottom of the box.
  18. The box says Norcraft, but it was sold by Greenleaf at some time because it is on the Greenleaf store website. It's been marked "sold out" as long as I've been visiting their site though. I've found almost nothing on this site or the web related to it so it must have been out of circulation for awhile.
  19. I recently purchased a Cheltenham from Ebay. I'm am really excited to get this because I've been wanting an affordable front-opening dollhouse so that I can actually decorate one of my dollhouses without the kitties playing in it. There is only one problem. It is missing the directions and schematics. The box was full so I'm hoping all of the pieces are there. I was wondering if anyone had a copy that they would be willing to share. Thanks in advance.
  20. I can't help you with the RGT church. But, if you can't find one and you still want to make a church, the Vineyard Cottage makes a nice one. I just cut back the second floor and left the stairs out to make a smaller balcony for my organ (or you could leave that floor out all together. The windows have a nice "church look" to them, and I am hanging a bell from the eaves of the overhang in the front.
  21. Thanks. I had never heard of Arrow dollhouses before. I certainly don't have room for this one as it looks quite big, but I'm sure I'll find a place. :)
  22. I have been wanting to do a rehab for a long time. Thanks to a friend of mine who spotted one at her church bazaar, I am finally getting the chance. I was wondering if anyone knew what house this is. It looks like it is possibly MDF, but I haven't seen it in person yet. Thanks in advance.
  23. I've done a few of the laser cuts, and I love them. There is almost no sanding or splinters. As Holly mentioned, the edges are a bit sooty, but it's worth it to not have to do all of the sanding, trimming, etc. The wood also seems to be a bit sturdier. I've saved the scrap and used it for a lot of other things. The houses go together so easy that I put my Emerson Row together before I even thought about decorating the rooms.
  24. I have built the castle and am building the cake shop. I have never built 1:24 so I don't know if they are accurate or not. I was going to buy a 1:24 piece of furniture to see if it fit in the castle but after building all of the furniture that went with it, I decided to stick with them. They do look cute and the structures themselves are quite solid. They are a fun quick build activity, but I must admit building all of those tiny pieces is quite a challenge. More than once, I have been on my hands and knees on the floor looking for tiny pieces before my cats swallowed them. They definitely require patience and good fine motor skills.
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