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Kells last won the day on September 5 2020

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  1. I don't know why I'm asking this other than it's been bugging me as one of those "I really should fix that" sort of things. When my mother passed, I inherited (along with 30 other houses!!) three of Franklin Mint's dollhouses: the Hummingbird and Rose cottages, and the Norman Rockwell Christmas Brownstone. The Hummingbird Cottage has a trellis on the front but the one on Mom's is broken. The sides are intact but the arched top is completely smashed beyond all repair. I'll put pictures below but they're off the Internet, not of the actual house or broken trellis. I'm loathe to take it out
  2. Lee and Holly both mentioned foam board so I'll add my experience with that. I've used it a number of times to block window openings and stairwell openings. I had one house with the stairs right in front of the front door. I moved the stairs to the side, which required cutting a new stairwell opening and filling in the old one. 3/16" foam board is cheap, readily available at craft stores, and is easy to cut. Gluing two 3/16" thick pieces cut to size makes it 3/8" thick, the same as many dollhouse walls and floors. By the time you cover filled-in window/door openings with siding outside an
  3. I WANT THAT! Alas, I am nowhere near the bay area. *cries*
  4. You may also want to look for Tudor style furniture. Much of it is dark wood and heavily carved, and can easily pass for Spanish style antique furniture, which is so popular in Santa Fe-style decor. I used these Goebel chairs around a Reminiscence dining table (both pictured below) in a Spanish roombox with stucco walls and quarry tile floors. I thought it looked quite good, IMHO. The barley twist carving on the table legs seemed very Spanish to me (more Portuguese, actually, but who's quibbling?). You can find loads of Tudor style dollhouse furniture on Ebay. Just be careful of some of t
  5. No price given but lots of pictures. https://tucson.craigslist.org/gms/d/tucson-custom-bay-mansion-dollhouse/7207553422.html
  6. Well, here's a spot of good news. My left hand hasn't improved but I saw a specialist about it. He thinks it's just a pinched nerve in my neck and not permanent damage!! He sees it often after people have been in the hospital. I can believe it. I was trussed up to so many tubes and wires that I could barely move. It was quite uncomfortable, as you can imagine. He wanted to send me to a physical therapist. That may still happen if things don't improve, but in the meantime I opted to just try some exercises and stretches he recommended to try to work things out. Honestly, I am just relieved to h
  7. I prefer mine to be realistic and historically accurate but I very much enjoy the creativity others put into whimsical houses. I could never come up with some of the things they do! Speaking of whimsical, my grandmother had a tree trunk dollhouse from the 1950s. I wish I knew what happened to it; it vanished ages ago. It was a multi-story mouse house in about 1:24 scale with that colorful old German painted dollhouse furniture I'm sure most of you have seen. She'd made curtains and bedspreads out of small print fabrics, tea sets out of beads, plates out of antique buttons. My family's lov
  8. You got off lucky. I saw a Greenleaf Garfield on Ebay some years back listed at $3,000 (!!!!) stating that it was an antique built by the seller's great-grandfather in the 1920s or 30s. I was super tactful and kind in informing the seller what the house actually was. Oh boy, did I ever get a nasty reply! The seller did remove the listing shortly thereafter, however. You should have seen that house though. It was completely unfinished, not even a drop of paint, and looked like it had been slapped together in a hurry using a hot glue gun. Truly a mess.
  9. Not a question about the Beacon Hill but this seems as good a place as any to put this. Scrolling around pretty decorating ideas on the Internet, I perused a multi-million-dollar apartment in Paris. Thought you all might like to see what these millionaires had prominently displayed in their foyer!!!
  10. Thank you all for the kind wishes. I feel great, not sick at all! The left hand is still a concern, though. I can't so much as pick up a spoon. Good thing I'm not left-handed! It is very weird. I can stretch my fingers out and wriggle them, but if I try to pick anything up my hand just says, "I think not." My husband tested positive for antibodies, which means he had it and never even knew. Pretty sure I got it from him. His job requires public contact, and although he's been careful, that's where it most likely came from. He feels so bad. I reassured him I could just as easily got it fro
  11. I don't know what forum to put this in. Moderator(s) feel free to move it to wherever you feel it belongs. Just giving an update. I'm recovering from the dreaded Covid-19! I was so careful too, doing everything I was supposed to do: social distancing, wearing a mask, obsessively washing my hands... Fat lot of good it did! I didn't get any respiratory symptoms but it attacked my heart. Thought I was having a heart attack. Agony. Trip to the hospital, out in a few days, and then a few days after returning home my husband heard a crash in the kitchen. I was overcome by waves of dizzines
  12. Welcome! I grew up in Fort Collins, on the eastern end of Lindenmeier Lake. Such a lovely town, how I do miss it.
  13. I check local Craigslist whenever we're on vacation. Las Vegas and San Diego have been particularly fruitful in the past; loads of Bespaq for 10-cents on the dollar, and a couple signed Clell Boyce houses for $125 apiece. I just had a look and don't see anything that excites me, but we all go for different things so your mileage may vary.
  14. I can't decide if I love this or hate this, lol. https://denver.craigslist.org/atq/d/franktown-vintage-large-hand-crafted/7054126323.html
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