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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Lawbre Federal in Pennsylvania, only $300. At $32.50 apiece, the 12 windows would cost more than that. Listing doesn't identify it as a Lawbre so someone could get a great bargain. Have fun redecorating, though. Cupcake wallpaper in the kitchen, eek. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Solid-Wood-Dollhouse-with-Dolls-Fully-Furnished-Working-Windows-Doors-EUC/202909658802
  4. And with my little lead rant over, haha, I use simulated liquid leading. I get mine from Michael's but a quick search shows it's available in lots of places. Only snip off the tiniest portion of the top so the opening is not too large. I cut mine too small then just widened it by working the tip of a metal kitchen skewer into it. It worked well to make nice Tudor style diamond-paned leaded windows, but it does take a steady hand. EDIT: Always a P.S. afterthought with me! I remembered that I didn't care for the perfect black look as the leading. I used silver leaf Rub 'n Buff and just swiped it onto the leading with the tip of my pinky finger. I was concerned that it would look too shiny, like actual silver. Thankfully it did not, and I found it to create the perfect finish.
  5. Glad you shared that advice. I ordered rolls of leading from a UK supplier to do a lead roof on a slanted roof addition (similar to Greenleaf's Baslow Ranch kit) for a farmhouse. The instructions that came with it had at the top in big bold capital letters a warning to wear gloves so you didn't get lead poisoning. Okay, good enough for installation, but then what? Do you have to never touch it again, or make sure no one else ever does?? No thank you. I just put on some stripwood for the battens and age-painted the whole thing in slightly varying shades of gray. Looked fine and I don't have to worry about lead poisoning, TYVM.
  6. I could see styrofoam working for brick, although I've never tried it. I definitely prefer egg cartons for stone, however. It's already perfectly textured, IMO, so that saves a lot of work. I wanted a cut-stone-block of mixed colored stones for a foundation on one of my houses. I'm happy with how it turned out. Here's a close-up picture that shows the texture of egg cartons. I painted, obviously, but did not do any extra texturing.
  7. As you said, some people re-do houses. You could try doing it up as a stone cottage. Another current thread talks about that method here. Be sure to watch the video in that thread. She is decorating the exact same house as yours. That might inspire you. In my experience, it's more difficult to re-do a house that's already built. You could try selling yours on Ebay with all the contents. It's cute and unique done up as Snow White's cottage. You could use the proceeds to get something that does excite you. I'm terrible at guessing what anything would sell for, but I think it reasonable to expect that you'd get enough to buy a new Greenleaf kit and start afresh.
  8. Just curious, did you try some tests to see what you like? What color is the roof going to be? If there's any gray up there (shingles/slate, chimney caps, trim, etc.) then grey keystones would tie in with that and the foundation (the rule of three is a truism). If no other grey besides the foundation, I would personally leave the keystones the same color as the window casings. I think that tiny touch of grey would be a visual distraction that would draw one's eye away from all your awesome detailed work. Just my two cents.
  9. I have an RGT lighthouse (thrift store find, cheap!) that sits perfectly on an Ethan Allen round side table I found at a yard sale for $15. I'd go with cutting down an end table or side table if possible. You can find very sturdy pieces for next to nothing at thrift and consignment stores, or on Craigslist. Unless you're a furniture maker, they are probably better built than anything novices like myself could create. Oh, and "brown furniture" (that's what the industry calls those old stained wood pieces) are very much out of style, so they go cheap. One word: PAINT, lol. Look for good manufacturers such as Ethan Allen, Drexel, Henredon, etc. Don't get IKEA, it doesn't hold up.
  10. That was my thought too. The series was a real disappointment, and the fawning descriptions just made it worse.
  11. Thank you! That's what it looked like to me but that porch was really throwing me off. There's a Little Orphan Annie House listed on Ebay right now. Below are comparisons. The first is the house in question (with the porch and bay window modifications). The second is the Little Orphan Annie house done without modifications.
  12. GAH! If I didn't already have a Barstow Belle, I'd be tempted to take a drive down to Santa Fe for this! A Lawbre Winchester for $650. https://santafe.craigslist.org/art/d/santa-fe-incredible-lawbre-winchester/7064907422.html They also have a nice looking RGT Norcross for only $300. https://santafe.craigslist.org/art/d/santa-fe-great-rgt-dollhouse-norcross/7064914591.html
  13. Does anyone know what house this is, by which manufacturer? Just curious, not that I'm buying it. It does have some nice features. The stained glass looks real, not printed on acetate. Those bay windows are Carlson, per one of their old catalogs. They are next to impossible to find. And the front door is Lawbre. I agree it's likely not going for a thousand bucks. I would think $500 a fair price for such a large house, but we all know dollhouses are a tough sell so who knows.
  14. Thank you for that! I didn't know about the previous videos since I watched the one embedded in that article, not on Youtube. For anyone interested, here is a link to the playlist on Youtube. It will start at the first one then automatically go to the next.
  15. Not sure if this has been posted already. House Beautiful magazine gave $500 apiece to eleven interior designers to decorate a dollhouse. This is the first one, decorated by Alyssa Kapito. The article says stay tuned for the next ten to come. https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a30499659/alyssa-kapito-dollhouse-beautiful/
  16. I add -Pinterest to nearly all of my Google searches. Removing the clutter of that site always proves helpful in finding what I need.
  17. Thompson's is a good old-fashioned hobby and craft shop that happens to carry miniatures. I don't know if you'll find anything unique there. I don't know what's available in Australia, though. They might have things you can't get at home. Both it and the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys are not far off Sixth Avenue - the route you would take to get to Rocky Mountain Miniatures in Georgetown - so both are worth a stop. The museum lost its beautiful location near City Park and is now in sort of a strip center. That's a real shame because the house where it had been located was as much worth seeing as anything in it. I'm not sure they're fully set up in their new location but surely will be by next year. They have some beautiful dollhouses. Some of the miniatures and dolls in their permanent collection were donated by my mother. I've considered donating some of my own but they aren't accepting donations (other than money, of course!), and sadly I doubt they're going to have space for any more large dollhouses in their new location. Rocky Mountain Miniatures is not huge but she (I think her name is Gale?) buys collections, so in addition to newly manufactured pieces available anywhere, she frequently has one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces. I've purchased a few rare Reminiscence pieces there (my favorite miniatures to collect) and some artisan-created pieces. Be warned her prices are all over the map. Some things are a bargain, others are, "Can you hold this while I apply for a second mortgage?" She'll haggle a bit if you're polite about it. Even if you don't find anything to buy at her shop, Georgetown is absolutely worth the trip. It is considered Colorado's best-preserved and most authentic mountain town. Only about an hour from Denver, it is a popular day trip. You may want to ride the Loop Railroad while there. Be sure to wander a lot and see the lovely Victorian homes all over town. Wear comfortable shoes. Once you get off the main street, many roads are dirt or gravel and the sidewalks - where they exist at all - are a horror. While not strictly dollhouse-related, the History Colorado Center has a newly restored diorama of Denver as it looked in 1860 that is worth seeing. It's about ten-feet by ten-feet (I'm guessing) and is incredibly detailed. I think it's 1/35th scale? They have amazing dioramas of Mesa Verde too, but I don't know if those are currently on display as I haven't seen them in ages. They may be undergoing restoration. You may want to ask a docent about them if you go. If you need any tips on non-miniature things to see and do in Denver, I would be happy to help you create a uniquely Coloradan experience without sending you traipsing all over the state, lol.
  18. Thank you, I do love it but it is a real thorn in my side. Open to the sides and to the rear, it almost requires a room of its own to view it unless I shove the facade up against a wall. :(
  19. Kells

    Poppy Fields.jpeg

    Impressed by all of them but like Shareb, poppies are a personal favorite so I really love this one.
  20. The extra details do ease my mind. I guess I conjured up images of you living like a bag lady out in the woods where no one would find you for years if, god forbid, something should happen.
  21. All the suggestions for how to get this by my husband are good ones, and I've actually tried some in the past. "It's a bargain and I can sell it for a profit!" He knows I never will, lol. I would love to claim the high ground and say I could never be devious and deceive my husband but this is miniatures we're talking about. All's fair! If that house weren't open to the rear, the only post I'd have made would have been, "Look what I got!!" If a house can't sit flush against the wall, I can no longer consider it. Sucks, I know, but leaving walk-around space to view a house just isn't possible for me anymore. :(
  22. Can I ever identify. The expanses of roof on this one have stood un-shingled for a good eight years or more. I just can't bring myself to tackle it!
  23. I'll be kicking myself if I don't; my husband might kick me out of the house if I do. I can see it now. Me, wrapped in blankets, pushing a shopping cart down the street with a Lace House sticking out of it. A passerby kindly remarks, "What a cute Victorian dollhouse." I scream angrily in reply, "IT'S CARPENTER GOTHIC!!" as I continue shuffling away, muttering to myself. It's a tough call but I do like living indoors . . .
  24. WHY OH WHY DO I LOOK AT CRAIGSLIST?!? Only $200!! I've always wanted one. I hope someone buys it before I talk myself into it. https://denver.craigslist.org/tag/d/denver-large-hand-built-victorian-style/6969033251.html
  25. Kells

    Lid/roof on burrow

    D'oh, never mind, I see it on top in an earlier picture!
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