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  1. I picked up the books today and I am thrilled. They are in excellent, brand new condition. I got The Art of Making Furniture in Miniature, Small-Scale Modelling, and Decorative Dolls' Houses - Original Interiors for Twenty Five Dolls' Houses. Thank you so much OP.
  2. Wood is only the tip of the iceberg. There are at least 50 cargo ships waiting to be unloaded at LA harbor. There is a huge electronic chip shortage. Some supermarket items are scarce.
  3. My books have been delivered to my PO Box. I am really looking forward to picking them up tomorrow!
  4. I just saw this and am debating about contacting the seller. I would have to rent a van/truck to pick it up. This is the first brinca dada I have seen for sale anywhere. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tag/d/seattle-modern-dollhouse-furniture-in/7380808796.html
  5. I sent you a message. There are a few I would definitely like.
  6. If I could tell people one thing to make their postings, whether on eBay, craigslist or wherever, it would be to learn to take better photo. Most garage sale photos are so terrible, I don't go because I cannot see anything clearly.
  7. This one is a bit too much for my budget: https://www.ebay.com/itm/184238530449?hash=item2ae578df91:g:1CAAAMXQnYJQ9TgN
  8. Has anyone looked at using smartphone or other gorilla glass for doll house applications? I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
  9. Wow. This would fit right in on one of the "abandoned" youtube channels. Great job.
  10. It is a Mattel toy similar to the thingmaker, except it was a mini vacuum former. They had molds like cars and boats that you could form the plastic around. The old commercial - only about 30 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCvgvWiZNe8
  11. I always wanted Mattel's Thingmaker/Creepy Crawlers and Vac u Form. By the time I got old enough to get one for myself, they were gone and we didn't have ebay, etc.
  12. There are two listings where the houses look very similar. Just out of curiousity, are they just different versions of the same kit? https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/atq/d/tacoma-vintage-victorian-style/7295993989.html https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tag/d/seattle-large-wood-victorian-style/7297149404.html Thanks for being patient with me and my inexperience.
  13. Back in the dark ages I lived in a trailer that looked a lot like this. Ours was two shades of a pinkish color.
  14. Another interesting find in the Seattle area - Only $50 https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bab/d/seattle-custom-built-wood-dollhouse/7298335835.html
  15. In this video, Chris Ramsey solves a puzzle that takes the form of a tiny village and a house. I thought you might enjoy it.
  16. This just showed up on my Craigslist search. I don't have the knowledge to know anything about it. If it is something someone wants it is a very good price. https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/for/d/renton-doll-house/7295740274.html
  17. A Brinca Dada Emerson. Watching to see how high it goes. It was less than half the price it is now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-Brinca-Dada-Emerson-toy-Dollhouse-4655/313460301399?hash=item48fbb09e57:g:BlwAAOSwappgU1bm
  18. Another house in Seattle area... I was intrigued by how deep the rooms are. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tag/d/seattle-large-wood-victorian-style/7293083577.html
  19. Seattle area. This seems nice. The price? Does anyone recognize it? https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/clt/d/seattle-amazing-handcrafted-story/7294320593.html
  20. A book that no one has mentioned yet is The Art of the Miniature by Jane Freeman. It is the book that kept my interest in miniatures alive when I wasn't seeing much of anything. Granted I was traveling on business 100%, so my attention was elsewhere. It isn't a how-to book as much as an inspiration book. She is an artist more than a miniaturist. She did a series of dioramas/vignettes after being inspired by the TV show Beauty and the Beast. I love the pictures in the book and while she does take you through her process, it is not intended for the reader to re-create one of her scenes. What I enjoy most is where she talks about how she used found objects and materials in the scenes. I also like her aesthetic. You can see the scenes at her website. I recently picked up the Needlework book and the furniture book by Venus Dodge. After having it out of my library, I gave in and bought a used copy of Pamela Warner's Miniature Embroidery for the Twentieth Century Dolls House. I love the arts and crafts items and the art deco rug from a British mansion.
  21. I just looked and it is back in stock. If I could justify it, it would be on its way to me.
  22. My experience with ModPodge is that it doesn't form a hard surface, it stays sticky. If you choose a polyurethane labeled "crystal clear", that will minimize yellowing. I prefer water based; you can also choose the sheen you want, gloss, etc. Avoid spar varnish. If you are seriously into a perfect finish, you can apply 3-4 light coats, then buff with a dremel or similar tool.
  23. Also, when you dry fit you can lightly pencil where walls, etc. meet, for reference when decorating.
  24. This kind of project is always daunting in the beginning. We all are beginners at first. The worst that can happen is "oops, that didn't work". Do look for others build photos and videos here and on youtube. Even if it isn't your exact model, there will likely be something that will help you.
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