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  1. That's a good price! I used to see Brinca Dada houses on Craigslist when they were still available at retail, but haven't for a long time.
  2. Interesting experiment! I just bought two alcohol markers for a mini kit that recommended using them, but it was to color paper, not wood. Some spots came out darker than others, which gave the paper a leathery look. This was appropriate since I was making suitcases. (Blog post with more details is here.) I was thinking these would also work well for flower kits. I'll try the green one on a scrap of wood and see how it looks. The brown would probably look similar to a stain pen. The markers I got are Artist Loft brand, $3.99 at Michaels. They have a fat chisel tip on one end and a skinnier tip on the other end.
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    It's in the Fillmore District right on the edge of Pacific Heights, but there are a lot of houses like it in the Noe/Castro area also. My sister used to live in Noe Valley right off Castro and her house was similar. The Vollmer house just sold in July for $4.85M. There are still pictures up on Redfin if you want to see the interior, but it's been very updated, doesn't look much like a Victorian anymore. https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/1737-Webster-St-94115/home/28939012
  4. I've always wanted this one. I knew it existed but this might be the first time I've seen the half scale version on eBay. It seems more rare than the Rowhouse. I thought about contacting the seller to see if she'd be willing to ship it, but I'm not sure I would want to pay that price plus the shipping price on top of it, so I thought maybe I should wait and see if it gets any bids first. The exterior's nice but the inside needs a total redo.
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    The Haas-Lilienthal House is gorgeous. I took the in-person tour a few years ago. (Back when we were allowed to do things in person...)
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    Yep, in Santa Rosa! So interesting that yours came from the Bay Area too. This was the same summer that I bought my Little Belle from Peg (which is a Jim Marcus dollhouse), and that came from the stock of a store named Studio 7 that had closed down many years before and had only recently been taken out of storage. The store was in San Anselmo. I think the Jim Marcus knockoff came from the same place. So maybe Studio 7 was selling for a local artisan, and that's where your house's original owners got it.
  7. Here's a half scale American Craft Victorian, for local pick-up in Illinois: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255136005707?hash=item3b674a7e4b:g:zYQAAOSwsJJhQU4B
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    Siding Complete

    Great to see you working on this! I love this house.
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    It's funny you say that, because I saw a house several years ago that this one reminds me of, and it's also very similar to that Ned Kellogg house. I just threw the pics into a gallery: This one was also attributed to Jim Marcus but I sent him the pictures and he said it wasn't his. I then reached out to Ned Kellogg's widow to ask if it might be his, and she said no. I wonder if this house and your Vollmer house could have the same builder? Or maybe the fact that they're both based on SF Victorians gives the illusion that they have more in common than they do. This one was raw wood, not shellacked like yours. I think your house is nicer!
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    Mystery Victorian

    This 1:12 dollhouse was for sale at Peg's Dollhouses in the summer of 2014. She thought it was built by Jim Marcus, but I sent him the photos and he said it's not one of his. One telltale sign is that the carving was done with routers, not by hand. I never found out who built the house, but I held on to the pictures.
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    This house is so nice. I wish we knew who really made it! Have you considered removing the warped door and installing plexiglass over the opening, or just leaving it open? I'd be worried about enlarging the opening for the door, too. Looks like it would be a tight squeeze anyway. Have you looked at the single doors from Majestic Mansions (which are also made by Bespaq)? They have some nice ones that would fit the style of the house.
  12. Not a big fan of the color scheme on that one, but I like the fancy shingles on the gables and the tower roof.
  13. Oops, fixed it, thanks! You're right that the other one looks like the Morningside Mansion! I see it now. A few differences though, like how the windows are set into the bays, and obviously the missing tower. (The one at Shellie's was actually her personal Nob Hill, which the Morningside was based on. More details here if you haven't seen this thread before.) I bet it's not a coincidence that the Nob Hill was something Shellie designed and sold from her shop, and this dollhouse is for sale just a few towns over.
  14. Anyone know what this is? I feel like I've seen this design before but I can't place it. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/4693304270688128/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post Here's a Seaside Villa shell in Sausalito CA, with Lawbre windows: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/227827405977198/ (When you consider the cost of those windows, the shell is practically free!)
  15. Thank you! It's Greenleaf's wall-hanging Victorianna, which is a half scale version of the McKinley, but I bashed two of them together to make one big house. If you're curious, the porch railings are 1:12 spandrels -- I cheated with those so I wouldn't have to glue in the individual spindles.
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