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  1. I think people get excited when they see expensive dollhouses on Ebay ("I had no idea a house could sell for that much!"), but what they don't consider is that Asking is Not Getting. Those houses HAVEN'T sold for that much, that's why they're still for sale. Some of those houses have been listed for over a decade. Not an exaggeration, I remember talking about some of those houses with a friend who died in 2010. To be really, truly successful you'd have to do entirely bespoke work, which means not only a scratch-built house but also handmade finishes, and custom doors and windows with no pre-made components that everyone into dollhouses recognizes as store-bought Houseworks or Alessio or whatever. If you have the talent to compete with Mulvany and Rogers, you might be able to pull it off. Even then you'd likely need to get written up in dollhouse and miniatures magazines for name recognition. For that, you'd probably need to attend the larger and more famous shows such as in Chicago (or preferably England) to exhibit your work. You can imagine how expensive that would be. You might be able to find people in the Dallas area who will pay you to build kits they've purchased, but I can almost guarantee you'll largely be dealing with correcting a lot of mistakes after they've mostly finished them but given up. I like rehabbing dollhouses but I don't do it for anyone else. I've helped others with simple tasks like painting and wallpapering, for which I didn't charge anything, but completely fixing a terribly built house from the bottom up? No way! There are so many houses for sale cheap on Ebay or, to avoid high shipping charges, locally on Craigslist. Most sell for a small fraction of what the original kit or materials would have cost. I got a Lawbre Rosedawn for less than just what the six columns retail for, and it came with all the other expensive components (and the useless over-priced additions for both sides!). Many dollhouses for sale are even furnished. I've bought houses for $50-$75 just to get the hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of light fixtures and collectible furnishings inside, and then the houses themselves got gifted As-Is or simply put out onto the curb with a big FREE sign. I mention all of that because they are the sorts of things you'd be competing against. As Holly pointed out, you can read all the previous posts in this thread. I've probably repeated much of what others have said (sorry, I skimmed, didn't over-analyze it all!). I hate to discourage but if you can figure out how to make a living selling dollhouses, be sure to let us know the secret.
  2. Kells

    Kitchen or Cottage?

    Old 1980s kit from Williamsburg, VA. Was supposed to be an outside plantation kitchen for my James River house. That house is too big as is, it doesn't need any outbuildings! Maybe a lakeside cottage?
  3. If I had room for a 5-foot long dollhouse and $6,500 just lying around . . . But sigh, look at the work on that interior! 24 photos to enjoy. https://nh.craigslist.org/atq/d/exeter-dollhouse-miniature-doll-house/7356102108.html
  4. Nice! I know you're using that for a mold but as is, I bet it would be glorious on a pedestal lit from underneath, which wouldn't be too difficult to make. Something like this:
  5. That's yours so far?? WOW, what a great job, I love it!!
  6. Google for images of Architectural Shingles. They have a very different look than regular asphalt shingles. They still need to be staggered, but they also need asphalt beneath them or your roof would show through. That is why there is such a large width of asphalt at the top of each of your strips. On the bottom row, along the roof edge, you need to cut off all those little tabs/shingles so that you start your first row with a long strip of non-separated asphalt. After that, lay one strip so the shingles overlay that strip. The next strip up has the shingles overlaying the long piece of asphalt but NOT the individual shingles of the strip below it. I doubt my explanation makes sense so I did two mock-ups. The first I separated the strips and put a red background behind them so you can see the layout better. The second is joined, and how I believe those are supposed to look.
  7. @havanahollyI love road trips and have wanted to do the Natchez Trace for a long time. Hopefully one of these days. Natchez itself looks so beautiful! @KathieBI don't blame you. Covid is a scary thing. Been there, done that, as they say. Best to stay safe. Vaccination rates continue to go up so let's hope it becomes a thing of the past sooner rather than later.
  8. I haven't had a proper vacation in over two years! April 2019 was the last one. I'm getting cabin fever. October 2019 was supposed to be New Orleans. Hello, Hurricane Olga. April 2020 was to be Lisbon and Porto. Pandemic say NOPE. So I am beyond excited that we've extended our October vacation plans. It was originally to be one week each in Lisbon and Malta. Praying things work out this time. These little day trips into the mountains just ain't cutting it for me. Do any of you have plans? Please share! Here are our plans, and I'm embedding links to some pretty travel vids for each. It's cramming a lot in, I know, but I'm making up for lost time! I can't wait. We're doing six days in Lisbon Four days in Madeira Six days in Seville And finally, six days in Malta
  9. I'll add one thing that I've said before, but I'll say it again: Sign Your Work. Others on that thread added handy thoughts about saving paint colors, sharing memories of the house, who it was built for, what inspired it, the name of the manufacturer, etc. Sable suggested taping an envelope to the bottom of the house, which I think is a great idea. You could put the paint colors and even the original instructions into that. Oh, how many times I've wished I had those!
  10. The interior woodwork is just gorgeous!
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    The entire house is beautiful but I am especially enchanted by this bedroom. Completely charming!
  12. I use Titebond Wood Glue for practically everything. It's easy to use, easy to clean up, and it adheres basically forever. What you're gluing - asphalt shingles - may not be wood, but you're gluing them onto wood. For shingling I've used it for slate, asphalt, and wood, but also on egg carton stone, brick slips, and a host of other things. None of those things have budged a bit or loosened in years. Elmer's Carpenters Wood Glue also works well.
  13. I picked up some spackle for the interior based on your post. I just did not like how the drywall patch was turning out. It is very powdery and required three coats just to get the plywood not to show through. I am loving the spackle. It is smoothing things out nicely and creating a soft finish perfect for adobe. Easier to texture, too, to create trowel marks for that hand-plastered effect without being as rough as the stucco repair I'm using on the exterior walls.
  14. That is good to know, thank you! I have to point out something I found hilarious. We've all seen those mass-produced dollhouses sold as "An antique my great-grandfather built in the 1930s..." (he built tab-and-slot from scratch? They had hot glue guns in the 30s?) Apparently I fell for it myself. Well, not really, because that had no bearing on my decision to get this roombox, but I did just say how this was built by a young lady's grandfather... No, it was not, and KathieB is indirectly responsible for my finding that out! Holly mentioned on another thread that Kathie built a houseboat so I went looking in Kathie's galleries to see it. Lo and behold, there is an adobe nearly identical to mine in one of her albums! Mine has a few differences but it has to be by the same builder. I'm glad to have seen it. I really like that shepherd's bed above the fireplace. Hmmmm... I stupidly never looked at the bottom for a signature until now! It is by Little White Dove in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1985. Does anyone have more information about this person or company? The adobe in one of KathieB's albums: Mine. Note the fireplace, the trim on the front wall ends, the end bevels on the dowels, brick flooring, front dirt/clay 'landscape'... Photo of the underside stating it is by Little White Dove in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1985 Aannd the Denver Miniatures Museum had one of her roomboxes in their Fall 2020 show and sale. Too bad I didn't attend or I'd have known about mine a lot sooner! Image doesn't seem to want to embed so here's a link. https://www.dmmdt.org/fall-show-2020-exhibit-room/zkjh8demp2f52lm4rh8jka7fgbmk1t
  15. Signature on the bottom. Hard to read in the photo but it says, Little White Dove Albuquerque, New Mexico 1985
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