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  1. 1:48-scale Hawaiian house circa late 1940's on Oahu where my parents lived during the War while my father worked as a welder in the shipyard at Pearl Harbor. That's my father's photo wearing a grass skirt on top of the tall cabinet in the bedroom. The little Hawaiian girl down on the grass in front is made my Ethel Hicks. The little outrigger canoe was actually a keychain that a friend in Hawaii sent me months ago. This measures about 13" wide at the base, 9" deep and 12" tall
  2. People who love cats would live in it. Funny thing is I never even thought to include people with the house - just the cats. LOTS of cats. Still one of my favorite builds too.
  3. That's a very cute dollhouse Tillie. Sweet pastel colors. The style reminds me of the Nevada Cat House I did for the Humane Society's 'Silent Auction' a few years ago. I'd come across a sturdy dollhouse kit at a local thrift store and even though I didn't really want another big dollhouse, with a price of something like $50 for it I couldn't pass it up. It was a fun build and I got to make tons of special furniture pieces with cat themes for it. SO MUCH FUN. The trouble with dollhouses is you run out of ROOM!
  4. Well when our kids shove us into old folks homes we'll be content trying to make minis out of what others see as junk. I honestly do think that seeing treasures in the trash is a joy and most people don't take the time or have the interest in it. How lucky are we?!
  5. That's a grand idea. This way you can open the whole thing up to admire all the tiny details inside the store. Don't you find that part of the delight is remembering how fun it was to MAKE all of the tiny extras - the things that most people's eyes don't even catch? This morning I was trying to figure out how to make some Christmas-themed bakery boxes, first checking out eBay to maybe purchase them. Nah - they charge a LOT for just two tiny boxes. So I can't wait to experiment making my own today. And years from now looking at them will bring a smile.
  6. Oh my gosh - who'da thunk'a that!!! They're so perfect! Where do you display your houses and room boxes Tillie? I'm JUST starting on my Christmas Bake Shop and as big as the room box I have is, I wish I would have room for even more! I'm using one of those 'Street Of Shops' rooms boxes for the shop but I'm thinking I might need to cut an opening in the side and build another shop (the smaller of the three shops) right next to it for seating and MORE STUFF...
  7. Thanks for asking Holly. The little fruits in the fruit bowl (on the buffet in dining area) are made from Sculpey clay and what I hoped would look like the grapes are just micro beads glued to some thread. The 'sunflowers' in the planter on the side of the building are actually dried flowers from some 'volunteer' plants I was yanking out as I was cleaning the yard outside. I was going to toss them into the garbage can when I realized they looked sort of like little sunflowers! They were dried out and brown by this point but a little craft paint was all it took. What are supposed to look l
  8. Finished the little things to complete the Hippie House - doodahs and geegaws that I usually forget. The little bicycles on the porch are actually 'embellishments' by the Jesse James 'Dress it Up' line.
  9. Hee hee - Tillie I was actually just thinking about things that YOU might like. I don't own one bit of white/blue minis. I'm working on a Christmas Bake Shop right now...
  10. Well - those would look really nice.
  11. that's another great suggestion.
  12. Holly - I've been looking for a chair 'kit' that would make a chair like this with all that rich wood carving but I can't find one. Have you ever seen a 'kit' for one? I see the House Of Miniatures kit for a nice chair but it doesn't have that beautiful carving.
  13. That candle holder is so perfect. You could print out some fun fabric to cover a chair and maybe even footstool with. You're going to have so much fun collecting all the bits and pieces for this. The 'hunt' is part of the fun!
  14. The Great Wall of China - PERFECT! What joy this must bring you.
  15. I got to see the ceiling Dale Chihuly had made in a casino hotel in Las Vegas. It was just so unbelievable. So when I saw the tutorial here (6 or 7 years ago) I just HAD to try it. Thanks to all of you for appreciating the house.
  16. The memories of you gals is admirable. I'd completely forgotten any reference to magic mushrooms. Just think how edgy the story actually IS! And we took our CHILDREN to see this?
  17. How funny. Thanks for correcting me. Sadly my memory isn't going to IMPROVE with age.
  18. Hi Holly. You're probably correct about the hookah pipe. How silly of me not to know that. I thought it was just for tobacco. So the Cheshire cat might've been misbehaving?
  19. Hee hee - that isn't actually a 'bong' on the living room coffee table. I was trying to make a hookah pipe - like the Cheshire cat was smoking in Alice In Wonderland.
  20. I just completed (almost - a few tiny details are still missing) my colorful version of a Hippie House in 1:48 scale. You may notice my attempt at making a 'Chihuly Ceiling Light Fixture' in the master bedroom thanks to the little tutorial I watched here years ago.
  21. I was just thinking - if this is your first dollhouse kit that you're building you might want to pay attention to the suggestions the other 'pros' on Greenleaf can give you. When I was brand new, building my very first dollhouse from a kit about 4 years ago, I happened on the Greenleaf site when I got stumped with adding lighting. And a few different members had great suggestions for me. But one of the most important is NOT to use hot glue. I would've loved to be able to use it but I'm glad I listened to their warnings. From what I've heard the ONLY thing that hot glue works fine on is th
  22. By the way - have you checked out Elf Miniatures? They have some incredible 1:16-scale pieces. I copied their modern kitchen unit for my Brinca Dada 'Emerson' house. But I think most of Elf's things are for more modern houses...
  23. Hi and welcome to this mini insanity! You're going to have SO much fun! I built the furniture to go in this and it was 1:12 scale. But as you'll see the house doesn't have a lot of room in it and I think its a great idea to see if your 1:16-scale pieces would work. I don't have that house anymore but let me go shove a few pieces of my own 1:16-scale pieces into one of my 1:12 houses to see.. Well the windows would wind up being a little bit too high but you can camouflage that with draperies. BUT.. the doors! I'm thinking that they're so tall that it might look funny. But hey - if you
  24. Hi there Amylynn, So have you started on your big Duracraft FH500 yet? That kit is probably REALLY like 'starting from scratch'. Lots of Duracraft (if not ALL of them) have you even glue together the slats for walls. Its so nice to hear that you seem to be really enjoying getting into the hobby and so far the work you did on the smaller dollhouse looks wonderful. And I agree with Mid-life Madness - those built-in cabinets was a super idea. They turned out so nice! I have a Real Good Toys 'Bellingham' (two of them actually - I kinda fell in love with that model) that looks very similar t
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