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LeeB last won the day on July 9 2020

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    Drawing & painting, Theatre - directing, acting, set & costume design, Travel, Antiques, Gardening, Vintage houses, Reading, History

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  1. I'd like to echo what the posts above have said - and add my own ideas: on one house, when I was considering adding a bay window, I made one out of cardboard and taped it in place, before ordering a professionally made wooden one, to see if I liked the effect. I didn't try building the real one myself because the angles were so different and I didn't have the tools to handle that. And I sometimes draw a full-size floorplan of a house or certain rooms, with doors, windows, fireplace, stairs and other architectural details in place so that I can plot out where to place furnishings. When I have the actual pieces, I can place them on the plan and move them around to see if they fit. If I don't yet have them, I can cut approximate sized pieces out of paper so that I can envision the arrangement. That way, if I have not bought or made the furniture, I can avoid getting things that will not work. I have prevented some mistakes in construction and in spending that way. Actually, I spend a LOT of time doing research online relating to the architectural style and period decor and furnishings before making decisions. I enjoy that and it often inspires custom details that I would not have thought of otherwise.
  2. I think the biggest challenge you would have with a mat cutter is trying to hold the strip of wood in place so it would not move while you are cutting and guide the cutter so it will go straight. If you can figure out some sort of jig to hold the wood in place and keep the cutter on track, it will be more likely to work. Your success may also depend upon what kind of wood you use. Balsa would be easily cut but a hardwood would be more difficult. Good luck if you try it - and let us know how it goes!
  3. I second Holly. The clean, straight lines of Craftsman houses are not only very attractive and fit much better with the basic shell of that house, but are also easy to create because of the clean, straight lines. I also love the colors and think they go well with the style. The door and transom combo is a good fit with Craftsman. But the gingerbread, as you suggested, needs to go! Of course, it is your call, but that is my tuppence worth.
  4. Saw this in a ReStore in Kent, Ohio. Beautifully painted in lavender with accents of purple and teal. Inside is a blank page. Price: $125.
  5. One or two words of caution - when wetting the plaster to soften it for scraping, be careful that you don't over-wet it and cause warping of the wood underneath. Also, you will probably need to do some sanding to get the last vestiges of plaster removed or at least to make it smooth enough to prime. Be sure to wear a mask and goggles so that the very fine dust doesn't get into your eyes and nose. I had to sand a textured wall in a life sized house and it was a terrible mess. A small vacuum is also handy to use often. I am working on a house now in which I decided to make the whole 2nd floor removable - not because of the dimensions of the footprint, but because of the weight. I really like the convenience of it. So much easier to decorate and arrange things in the deeper recesses.
  6. I use scrapbook papers for much of my wallpaper. It is relatively inexpensive and 2-3 sheets are usually enough for a room. It is also heavy enough to be easy to handle. There is a lot of it out there that is the right scale and has cute and fun kids' themes. One I used for my grand-daughter has unicorns and rainbows. Just what a 5-yr-old wanted! You can also spray it with a couple of coats of sealer to make it more dirt resistant.
  7. I once spoiled a piece of wallpaper by spraying it too heavily with matte sealer. It gave the colors a very faded or muted appearance. You could try that.
  8. I have one finished, one half-finished, and one waiting to be started while I do research and planning. I don't think I will stop there.
  9. In my first miniature house, I used one attic room for a child's bedroom and play room. I figured that the lower sloped ceilings would not bother a smaller person the way they would an adult. Another space became the attic storage - a place to put all kinds of interesting things that I had left over from furnishing the other rooms and had no room for: an antique style treadle sewing machine, discarded or outgrown toys, a trunk, a birdcage, etc - just a hodge-podge of random stuff. I left the ceiling and walls unfinished, with some rafters visible and the floorboards raw wood as well. Another idea, if you are into whimsey, is an animal's home - smaller scale, rustic furnishings for a woodland creature such as a rabbit or squirrel, who has found a place out of the cold!
  10. Thanks for the suggestions, Holly & Lisa.
  11. I want to make the floor in one room look like inlaid marble with black and white pieces in a pattern. I have faux marble in both printed paper and vinyl laminate samples and am considering cutting the pieces and gluing them down in the design I like. Has anyone ever tried these approaches? How did they work? Did the laminate separate at the edges? (I know I would need to seal and varnish the paper.) Did you seal the laminate with anything? Is there a another different material that would work better? Thanks for any ideas!
  12. Welcome, Katherine! That sounds absolutely wonderful. I hope you will share pictures - maybe some before & after and as you go along? You can start posting photos after your 5th post, I believe.
  13. I collect Mudlen End houses. They are pottery pieces that were made in England in the 1960s-90s. We have 26 different ones and a few duplicates. The average height of the 2-story ones is about 3", including the chimney. We get them out when we decorate for Christmas and display them on the mantle. Here is a photo or two to give an idea.
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