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  1. It looks like there's a case of 'great minds.' This looks like a very handy gadget! Thanks for the suggestion!
  2. This looks amazing! I think this will most definitely do the trick! I think this is similar to what Carrie was suggesting in the last post?
  3. Hi again everyone! I was wondering: do any of you have tips for cutting scale wood (or bamboo coffee stirrers, for that matter) in large quantity? I know that lots of folks use the EasyCutter or other miter cutter tools to get those lovely mitered corners, cut trim of various kinds, etc. Does this help with speeding things along too? I sometimes strap pieces together and throw them in my miter box, but cutting floor boards is getting very tedious! Every time I sit down to do some cutting, I think, 'There has to be a better way to do this!' I'm not looking to invest in anything too expensive, but I would consider the EasyCutter if I knew it would actually speed things up. I'd love to hear about your experiences/advice cutting in quantity! Hope you're all safe and well
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    wallpaper 3.JPG

    What an excellent in-progress photo! This is coming along nicely. I can't wait to see how this turns out!
  5. Thanks for all of your input everyone! I have decided I have the emotional fortitude to cannibalize this one, in the interest of space. I did, however, discover that the attic bedroom--though it doesn't go well with any other mini projects I am working on--would make for a wonderful room box! Weirdly enough, I've never built anything smaller than a house, so it will be an entirely new experience for me. Wish me lots of luck!
  6. Hi everyone! I hope you're all keeping safe and healthy I was wondering: how do you all feel about letting go of your first dollhouse? Do you find you are so attached to it that it's hard to see it go? Has anyone comfortably 'cannibalized' (or developed a better metaphor for this) the contents of their first house and moved on bravely? My first house (of which there are only a few photos uploaded on here because I am both bad with a camera and bad with the internet!) feels like it's 'done.' It's not full to the brim and it doesn't have that full 'lived in' look, but it feels like I don't have much more to put in on this one. It wasn't well-planned and it was definitely a 'learner house,' a safe project (the modestly sized Orchid) to make all my mistakes, learn to fix them, and learn when a certain task was worth it for me. I have since started a new project (a Laurel + Adams bash) and it is much more planned; I have even been writing a lot of the backstory and am taken the assembly much slower and doing things more deliberately this time. So...this also means I am running short on space! I may or may not also be moving next year and so the prospect of keeping two houses (even one as small as the Orchid), when the new build is large-is (for me, anyway) seems a bit unreasonable. I could easily repurpose lots of things from the first house and, moreover, find a home for my shabby first-try, where it could be appreciated by someone else who is in the mood to refurbish or remodel (not hot glue gun here, scout's honor!). I'd love to hear what y'all think!
  7. Hooray for new mini blogs! Thank you for sharing
  8. So very very glad we're up and running again! I'm looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to I'm teaching from home, online and that's left me with lots and lots of mini time. I started a new project, a Laurel + Adams bash (well, I started the egg carton brick for my exterior anyway!). Even though I am terribly at taking photos (as evidence by the lack of photos from my first build), I solemnly swear to get better at sharing photos for others to enjoy Again, so very excited to be reconnected with you all!
  9. I like Holly's foam idea (you're so very thrifty!) but I'd like to at least give wood a try. Does anyone have a preferred kind/brand of siding planks to recommend? Thanks for the advice everyone!
  10. This sounds like a good idea, Kathie! I think I might take your advice. I found that guide lines were indispensable for shingles so it makes sense they would help here too!
  11. I had imagined used the clipboard siding sheets, but now that I think about it invidual planks (though more time consuming) will probably be easier yo work with in this case! I'm not entirely confident that I can safely pry my casings up though. With the strips it may be easier to work around them.
  12. Hi everyone! I've had a long quiet period on here, but I've been steadily working away and going to shows/shops (I was at Good Sam in San Jose and was fortunate to visit Dollhouses, Trains, and More in Novato, CA for their closing sale). I will, finally, post a batch of haul and progress photos in the first week of November, when I get settled back into my home in Eugene. I really am terrible with a camera and it bugs everyone I know! In the meantime, I have a question: Has anyone ever tried adding siding after their build's exterior was complete? Still being a novice, when I finished my first build (the Orchid; the interior is still a work-in-progress) I stepped back and thought 'I think I should have done siding.' Especially with the shingles on, the level of detail on the exterior just varies too much; it's been irritating me for a couple of months now. I'm a bit of a stickler it seems (though I didn't know it at the time)! My window/door casings, dormers, gingerbread, and my custom porch/railings are all already in place. I realize it may be very difficult, but the question is: is it even possible? If so, do you have any tips on how to do this? Any and all possible mini wisdom is welcome! P.S. I have the opportunity to snag a very affordable Laurel kit secondhand so I'm trying to decide where I should just start the next building with siding and call it 'lesson learned' or go back and add to the Orchid (and stash the Laurel until after the New Year, space is a very important consideration here). P.S. P.S.: I'm not a Cher fan, but I took a page out of Elizabeth's book (Studio E miniatures) since I'm always charmed by her ability to make musical jokes in her posts/titles!
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    Coffin side view

    What an absolutely lovely little coffin! The aged look and the green work very well!
  14. These are incredible! I don't think my kit sofa looks 1/2 as good as these, but this is certainly very inspiring. Thanks very much for sharing these :)
  15. Probably not impossible, but the piece feels pretty 'overworked' and I think that (for the amount of work it would take) it may just be preferable to either build or buy some armchairs instead. The HoM couch takes up too much room in a house like the Orchid, in my opinion. I'd rather use the space to showcase my other skills (upholstery isn't really one of them, unfortunately!). Plus, I got this Queen Anne curio cabinet at the Miniature Museum of St. Louis (it was truly lovely, by the way!) and it's bulking up the living room now. Maybe the sofa just wasn't meant to be?
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