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About Whereforart

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    Duluth MN
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    Travel, sewing, rug hooking, gardening, reading

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience
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  1. Hi, I've posted a few things already but just realized I did not stop here and introduce myself. I'm Mardee and live in Duluth MN. I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but retired two years ago and moved here to be close to my daughter and her family. I've been sewing for over 55 years (and can't wait to start sewing my first miniature quilt!) and have also tackled weaving and rug hooking, but this is my first dollhouse experience. I bought the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. kit and started on it a few days ago. I'm hoping to get it done in time for Christmas as I plan to give it to my 8-year-old granddaughter. So far I am loving this and I can fast see it becoming an obsession! I'm starting to look everywhere for miniature possibilities! At any rate, I love this site and am learning so much information from your incredible projects! Thanks, Mardee
  2. Good to know, thanks! Sarah, can I ask what you use for the shingles? I've seen a number of recommendations and I'm a little confused about that. I'm planning on dying them first (and will let them fully dry). Also, I just checked out your gallery and it is amazing! Just beautiful! So now I have a few more questions. Can I ask what you used for the bathroom floor? That was very nice. And I loved the baseboards, too - did you make those or order them from someplace? Lastly, I've inventoried everything and noticed that the floors are already lightly glossed with something and have grooves in them to look like boards. The instructions say to finish the floors with clear acyclic urethane but what if I want to use a different flooring (like you did). How does that work? Thanks so much! I really appreciate the help!
  3. Thank you! I guess i didn't think about there being a difference in glue if it's MDF.
  4. Thank you! I will go ahead and order it right away. And I have read the instructions about using Aleen's Tacky Glue (except for the shingles). I will definitely check out your gallery! Thanks for letting me know about it! And I totally get what you are saying about obsession - it's already becoming one with me and I haven't even started the house yet!
  5. Hi, I have been poring over all the posts on this forum and have found so much incredible information from all of you! However, I have a few questions that I can't seem to get my head around. I just bought the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. kit, and opened the box tonight. I have most of the tools, glue, etc., that I think I need, but I'm not sure about a few things. 1. I would like to have lights in the house but I'm not sure how to go about that. Is that something I need plan/buy now before I even start, or can I put the house together and then work on the electric as I work on the rooms? 2. I'm a little confused about what the extra are in the VF Jr and what is included. For example, many of the houses I've seen have a railing on the staircase and a landing, but I don't see that in the instruction photos. Are those extra? And what about interior doors? Sorry for this but I'm a little confused. Is there anything else that you would recommend to supplement the look? Thanks so much! Mardee
  6. Thank you! It's now over 5 years later and I found that Harbor Freight is still selling this for $9.99! I'm heading over there today to pick on up!
  7. Hi, all - thanks so much for all your suggestions! I wish I could wait for one of the laser-cut houses, but I really need to get started so I can give it to my granddaughter for her birthday, which is in early December (or possibly Christmas, if I don't get it done in time). I thought about the Orchid, but I was worried that it was so small, it would be harder for me, so ultimately I bought the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. kit and am getting ready to start on that. It's heavier, too, so I thought it might be a bit better for an 7, soon to be 8-year-old. The kit is unopened and I'm waiting till my granddaughter leaves for a camping trip tomorrow to start. In the meantime, I've been stalking this forum for all the tips you have written about glue, tools, and checking out all the gallery images (beautiful!!!) and plan to make a trip to the hardware and craft store tomorrow to get what I need. I'm very nervous but excited about starting this, and I can't wait till it's done so I can start decorating! I do have one quick question. I know I will want some lighting - is this something I need to plan before the build, or can I wait to decide until it's finished and ready for decorating? Thanks! Mardee
  8. Thank you, Emily! I admit, I was a little worried about all the prep work, so that sounds like it might be good for me. I will keep checking and hope they get some stock in soon.
  9. Thanks! I did look at the laser-cut houses on Greenleaf but it looks like many of them are sold out. Do they restock frequently? Also, what is "bashing"?
  10. Thanks! I will check out Hobby Lobby to see what they have.
  11. Thank you! She is 8 and loves dollhouses and small things like this and generally takes good care of her things. She has some dollhouses that are much sturdier but I think she has outgrown them and would be ready for something like this. But who knows? Maybe a smaller house?
  12. Hi, I am new to this forum - and to dollhouse making. I bought a kit decades ago for my daughter but never even started it (and have no idea where it is now), but now I want to make one for my granddaughter. I'm a bit overwhelmed by everything out there, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a first time project. I've been sewing for over 50 years and have done a number of other crafts, like rug hooking, weaving, etc., but haven't put together anything like this. Ideally, I'd like it to be a 3-story house, sort of Victorian in style, and sturdy. I don't mind paying for something new (and frankly, would probably prefer it, as I would want to make sure all the pieces are there). I'm assuming Greenleaf houses are good. Is there a difference between the laser-cut kits and others (aside from the look)? And what is the difference between a $50-75 kit and a $200+ kit? The quality of the building materials? Or the size? Or both? Thanks for any help you can give me! Mardee
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