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  1. I almost forgot about the itty metric bolts and washers for making mini folding furniture!
  2. Sometimes hardware stores will give you their out-of-date wallpaper books for minimal or no cost. I find lock washers make excellent gas stove burners. Paint sample chips make excellent tiles and table/ counter tops.
  3. Bill, you can always add the doors and windows to the house when your little one is older, and remove and wand off the stickers/ magic marker and re-prime and repaint or paper the walls. I think for a very young child I would also paint the roof and add shingles when she is older. Also, before you paint/ paper you might take some spackle or joint compound on a finger and gently rub it over the raw edges of the plywood to smooth them.
  4. Welcome to the little family, Bill. The Arthur was the first kit the Building Team built & blogged. How old is your granddaughter? Very young children like to reach through windows and doors to play, so you might want to leave those off until later. My middle son's wife asked for mine for her niece, and the second time we visiter after I took it to her I had to repiar the gingerbread trim on the roof that the nephew had broken off.
  5. Some of the copper plumbing fittings make nice mini-size cookware. Iron-on wood veneer can be split and cut into mini "boards" and laid as flooring. I buy flat white interior latex paint (soap & water clean up) a quart at a time to use as primer as well as to mix with acrylic paints from the tubes to get custom paint colors. I get my Titebond wood glue at the hardware store. Sandpaper, small diameter round and square wood dowels and the occasional sheet of 1/8" plywood for any major kit bashing I need to so. Of course, the occasional tub of spackle or joint compound; these are pretty much my usual purchases at the hardware store, although I have also run across useful hand tools like my mini hand drill/ pin vise, bench vise with magnetic padded grips, and 1" paintbrushes.
  6. Mardee, if you click on the "shop" button at the top of the page it will take you to the Greenleaf store where you and your granddaughter can look at photos of the dollhouse kits and let her choose the one that calls her name. Letting your cursor hover on the picture of a house shows the interior. I have built one laser cut kit, the Lighthouse, and the only issues I had were dealing with the soot on the edges and the kit went together so fast that it was built before I wasableto do the bashing I had planned for it.
  7. Because you're a typical miniaturist and you cannot resist tiny things.
  8. Welcome to the little family, Ariel and daughter. If she's old enough, perhaps you could let her help holding parts together whilst glue dries, choosing paint colors and wallpapers (scrapbook papers in small patterns work well for this), and that sort of thing.
  9. We have a glass dining table with a lower shelf that is BLACK glass, it looks like this one (yeah, with the same chairs): and a Garfield not only wouldn't fit underneath, but is also liable to be destroyed by the diners' feet. We collect camping, hunting, fishing and other play sets, little ceramic buildings, etc, and set up scenes on the black shelf. We even set up the hubs' N-scale trains, but the vibration when they were running tended to de-rail them.
  10. Easily reupholstered/ repainted to go with final decor. What fun!
  11. Vicki, I'm a visual learner so sometimes the instructions are no help at all, so I do the dry fit until I either understand what the instructions are trying to tell me, or I find another way to get to the same destination. Occasionally I have had to put the entire house into dry fit before it looks right.
  12. I build mine in a dedicated space and then move them where they're going to go. I have also moved mine a few times. I built a couple of them whilst traveling in our RV.
  13. Jennifer, when I built the Fairfields I dry fit them first using blue painters' tape and I recall having to dry fit each one at least three times before applying the first drop of glue, and having to disassemble the chimney assembly on one and redo it to get things to go together properly.
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