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  1. Cloudbound

    Bellingham becomes a hunting/fishing lodge.  I purchased a Bellingham that was already built but with no paint/wallpaper/electricity..  I had a hunting/fishing lodge in mind when I purchased it ($75 - craigslist).  Yes, the ceilings are low (8 inches) and so I removed a portion of the second story floor to open up some living area below.  Built some piers along the front (surrounding the bottom portion of the existing porch posts).  I removed the existing small fireplace and made a bigger one, moving it over to center it under the opened-up area.  I really wanted to keep it 'woodsy' but hiding all the electrical lines (copper tape) meant I had to paint or wallpaper.  I've still got a little of that left to do.  I wish the top floor didn't have the roof line dipping down in front and I see others found a way to lift that dipping portion up.  Wish I'd checked that before I just finished fixing all the broken and missing shingles. 
      I love the little red kitchen cabinet set because it is just like what was in our first home (metal cabinetry from Sears). 
      This is such a well-built house.  My first (and only other) dollhouse is the Arrow 'Royal Dream', which I built from the kit.  It isn't nearly as sturdy as this one. 
      There're still a few things like the upstairs wallpapering and trims.  But this has been so much fun to work on!









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  2. Cloudbound Updated

    Bellingham becomes a hunting/fishing lodge.

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  3. Retro Hawaiian grass roof house circa late 1940's Updated

    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









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  4. Dura Craft Columbian

    B uilding this lovely house from an old kit for my daughter-in-law.

















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  5. Cura Craft Columbian Updated

    Building a Dura Craft Columbian from an old kit.

















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  6. Cat House Updated

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  7. Steampunk Neverwas Haul adaptation

    This is a 1:48-scale adaptation of the REAL Neverwas Haul house on wheels.  This isn't quite finished - missing the huge pipes on the roof in front.  But those're in the works... 
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  8. Steampunk House on Wheels

    This is a 1:48-scale house on wheels, modeled after the real one, the Neverwas Haul.  I along with three other ladies decided to share ideas and parts to each make our own versions of the Neverwas Haul.  I was TRYING to have a little Jules Verne feel to mine by adding a few 'octopi' to mine.  This was such a fun project.  Still need to install the three big pipes that will go on the roof of the front 'wheelhouse' room (which is my kitchen).  
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  9. Cloudbound

    VF-800 ... finished - YEE HAW
       This is the Victorian Mansion (also might possibly be called Victorian Farmhouse) that I purchased from a craigslist ad a few months back.  It had been stored in a shed or garage for a very long time and was suffering from a moldy/mildew smell.  I removed all of the wallpaper (hoping to rid it of the stink) and swabbed down every exposed area with a dilute solution of bleach and water.  I'm happy to say that the smell is completely gone now.  I was surprised to find real wood walls under the wallpaper and since I wanted a 'Lodge' feel to this dollhouse I decided to leave as much wood for the walls as possible.  The moveable room dividers however were NOT wood so I had to wallpaper all of those.  The roof over the hexagonal rooms was broken when I got the dollhouse and since the pieces of it were all super-thick MDF (which weighed a TON) I chucked those and built a new flat-topped roof (which weighs next to nothing).  I spent a lot of time crafting a skylight with a stained glass picture in that roof, making it so I had a hidden area above the skylight that I planned to put some lights in so it would look like sun coming in the skylight. I went upstairs and downstairs, fitting and re-fitting I don't know how many times until I got the fit just right.  So I decide to leave the roof in place while I got down off the chair to check how it looked from inside....  You can't even SEE the skylight if you crane your neck.  Dang it.  So I stopped at that point and didn't even bother to add the hidden lights in the roof.  I wonder how much time I wasted on THAT?
      I learned (the hard way) that chandeliers should NOT hang down into the room too far.  I keep knocking the fixtures loose when I reach in to place furniture.  I've made a few replacement fixtures but I'm going to leave the ones that're there in place for now. 
      The burl wood tables (coffee, end and dining room) are all made from 'slices' of burl purchased from different sellers on Etsy.  The two driftwood floor lamps are made from one 50-cent piece of driftwood from my local thrift shop.  The deer antlers on two of the chandeliers are made using wire and Sculpey clay, as are the 'long horns' above the fireplace.  The rug in front of the fireplace is just cut from a $1 scrap of suede from the fabric store.  The couch and chairs are mostly made from 'House of Miniature' kits that I just used different fabrics for.  The bar stools in the top floor 'Man Cave' are made from slices of driftwood purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The deer head and long-horned sheep head 'mounts' are actually cake toppers purchased on eBay.  The moose head mount is from a small moose purchased at our Farm Supply store that I cut the head off. 
      This is one huge dollhouse.  It was fun to have the room to make lots of things and experiment.  Now where to PUT it? 


















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  10. Cloudbound Updated

    VF - 800 Victorians Mansion ( or Farmhouse?) - rehab completed.

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