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havanaholly

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  1. Do I remember correctly that you made a teapot using a marble for miss Frobisher's cottage? Or was that you? I do remember some gorgeous mini landscape paintings!
  2. The door and window punchouts make table tops and the stair rail punchouts and unused bits of gingerbread make table legs and other goodies. That's how I made little tables like the one in the kitchen from scraps of the White Orchid.
  3. I might have been tempted to spray a snippet of large Sonic soda straw silvery and glue it under that left-hand door for the flour sifter. I do love that Hoosier cabinet, and Grazhe always has the coolest mini accessories to dress her furniture.
  4. One of my favorite old saws: Young son: Daddy, what makes the sky blue? Dad: I don't know, Son. Young son: Daddy, what makes it rain? Dad: I don't know, Son. Young son: Daddy, why is Mommy mad? Dad: I don't know, Son. Young son: Daddy, does it bother you that I ask a lot of questions? Dad: Why, no, Son; how will you learn things if you don't ask questions?
  5. I know an awful lot about how NOT to do things.
  6. Your staggering is in a horizontal plane, rather than vertical; how interesting.
  7. It looks translucent on my monitor. Is that what you'll use to make your mold?
  8. Our trip was masked and socially distanced, but we got out on the road and it was liberating.
  9. For less that USD$20 you can get a cork-backed steel ruler and a Stanley retractable utility knife & blades.
  10. Thank you for checking in and it sounds like progress is being made.
  11. I use clear acetate from packaging, I'll be interested in your results.
  12. We did a shake-down road trip in early May, planning on two weeks and actually getting almost ten days (storm forecast cut it short). We went to Natchez, MS,stopping in McComb on the way to spend a day at their railroad museum, only to find it had burned down a few days earlier. The motel we'd picked for Natchez turned out to be a disappointment, and the town was mostly still closed down, so we toured the town and found a pasta restaurant open that turned out to be a real jewel, and the we toured the Grand Natchez Indian Village before getting on the Natchez Trace and driving the part we'd missed (due to post-storm flooding the drive down from Nashville, TN, a few years before). We spent a few days in Jackson and a few more in Meridian, going up to Indianola one day and spent it at the BB King Museum and Heritage Center. From there we went to Tuscaloosa for three days and we were set to go spend the rest of our two weeks in Birmingham when the weather forecast had us head for home.
  13. You want the "line" of the joining of two shingles on the row above to fall in the middle of the whole shingle on the next row down; on the next row up the middle of a shingle will fall on the "line"between the shingles below: If you put a whole shingle at the start of your first row across, start the next row up with a shingle cut in half vertically and continue your shingles on across like that; every row that starts with a whole shingle will have a row starting with a half shingle above it, and when you're done your shingles will be staggered.
  14. I made fake folding stairs to my farmhouse attic:
  15. I also use Titebond. I cut coarse sandpaper into shingles because it's easier to handle than mini asphalt and look similar when done. If I lay a sheet of waxed paper over rew rows of shingles and clamp a piece of scrap wood over that my shingle dry nice & flat.
  16. KathieB used Sylvanian frogs on her houseboat that she rescaled to 1:24. Since you're building to fit the scale of your figures, you could also make their furniture to size; it's not all that difficult. See if your local library has or can get you any dollhouse DIY books by Patricia King to give you ideas.
  17. Invest in a couple of rolls of blue painter's tape or beige masking tape and put the house together using strips of tape before you glue anything (we call this dry-fitting the house) so you can shave or sand any tabs and slots for a more perfect fit, and to see how the house goes together. Sometimes the directions don't make a whole lot of sense, so dry fitting the house first can save a lot of frustrations later on. I use a pencil to mark where house parts will fit together to be glued, because whether I prime walls or stain floors I will want to glue bare wood to bare wood. Also, if your instructions say to use hot glue, DON'T!!! Any good carpenter's wood glue (like Titebond or Probond) will do a better job; I once watched a hot-glue built Greenleaf Pierce fall apart in the window of a real estate firm in Sylvester,GA. I use a flat white interior latex house paint to prime the walls so the chemicals that naturally occur in wood won't leach out over time and discolor the wallpaper (or paint). The sheets of scrapbook paper are usually large enough to cover dollhouse walls and quite often come in prints small enough to be in scale: I have also found small rolls of border paper in small enough designs to use:
  18. Welcome to the little family, Lynda. Take some time to read the different subforums to get a "feel" for their respective contents. If your question would still receive more attention in a forum other than the one you post in, one of our moderators will move it to a more appropriate place. Which house are you building? That first build is always intimidating; even when I have already built a house or two the sight of that open box with all those sheets of plywood still gives me collywobbles.
  19. I buy the iron-on wood veneer at the hardware store and cut and split it into "floorboards". The first time I used this was for the bedroom floor in my 1:24 hacienda:
  20. No, I meant that you could answer that question as your introduction! lol
  21. If you made it from 3/4" builder's foam you wouldn't have the weight.
  22. How did you fall down the rabbit hole that is the miniatures hobby?
  23. Post-It notes or other small bits of paper taped/ glued together to make a pattern of the stair's stringers and make a mock-up in cardboard that you can use later for a pattern to make new stringers in thin plywood. Tongue blades cut down for treads & risers. Do they hug a wall, or are they "out there"?
  24. Syrianah, you might post an introduction in the Newcomers' Forum. Is this your first build?
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