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  1. Wow. This would fit right in on one of the "abandoned" youtube channels. Great job.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Back in the dark ages I lived in a trailer that looked a lot like this. Ours was two shades of a pinkish color.
  6. Another interesting find in the Seattle area - Only $50 https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bab/d/seattle-custom-built-wood-dollhouse/7298335835.html
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Seattle area. This seems nice. The price? Does anyone recognize it? https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/clt/d/seattle-amazing-handcrafted-story/7294320593.html
  12. 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. Wha
  13. I just looked and it is back in stock. If I could justify it, it would be on its way to me.
  14. 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.
  15. Also, when you dry fit you can lightly pencil where walls, etc. meet, for reference when decorating.
  16. 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.
  17. Hello, I don't have a dollhouse. Actually I have never had a dollhouse. I do have six of the CUTEBEE and ROLIFE kits to build. I am considering building a dollhouse. When Woman's Day published plans for a contemporary dollhouse back in 1976 I fell in love and ordered the plans. Somewhere in the many miles and moves my copy was lost. I was so excited when I ran across them on a blog and was able to get a copy. I also love the Art Deco dollhouse from 1937 Popular Mechanic magazine. If I had been aware of their existence I would have gotten a Brinca Dada Bennett house and maybe the others wh
  18. It is a low bid price. Of course shipping is $146.82
  19. Actually, if money and space are no object, I want the Noel Thomas Octagon House, a replica of the Armour-Stiner Octagon House in East Hampton NY. My hometown has one of the few remaining US Octagon Houses, the Silas Martin house and I want to build a dollhouse showing it as it was built with the balconies. I have researched Octagon houses and have downloaded the Architectural drawings from the Smithsonian for a couple of different octagon houses, along with the original 1850s book which sparked the building of octagon houses in the US. This is all in my head for now. Alessio Miniatu
  20. Thank you for the link to your blog. You are doing a great job. I have a lot of things to do before I can start this one. I look forward to following your progress. On a side note, my mother's ancestors are mostly from North Brabant. Her maternal grandfather emigrated to the US in 1866 and my grandfather emigrated in 1891.
  21. I have looked at the photos countless times. I check eBay, Craigslist and shopgoodwill every day. I have also looked for a modern style Triang with no success. I am going to try building the 1937 Art Deco from the Popular Mechanics magazine. I will probably start with a paper model, then a mat board mockup and go from there.
  22. I recently missed out on a Clell Boyce Elliott Bay that was on Craig's list for $250. It was listed for a fairly long time. I didn't know what it was and by the time I found out it was gone. I figured it just wasn't meant for me. I really want a modern/contemporary house anyway. My heart's desire is a Brinca Dada Bennett. I keep looking.
  23. Also, I did post a link to this page in the Dollhouse thread on a forum I belong to that has a very large community. We have relayed cats across the country just to make sure they get into a terrific home, so maybe someone will see it.
  24. If I were anywhere near you, I would drive there and pick it up. West Coast is too far. If you are willing to donate it, you could check for charity auctions in your area. SS Peter and Paul are having a charity auction on March 6th. Looks like it will be a virtual auction.
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