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  1. Hello everyone, I'm in the middle of my first build (Santa's workshop in an Arthur) and have some project specific questions about the order of next steps. I have built the house as far as adding the front portion of the roof (but not the gable roof or the cutaway part that looks into the house, and I have not built the porch yet. I do not plan to add the stairs between the floors so that I will have more space for decorating. Here are some other plans specific to my questions- -I plan to add electricity (tapewire) and plan to add a few outlets inside and then a few outside so I can
  2. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    I found these white glitter-covered branches in the Christmas decoration section at our supermarket. The Arthur's sides are too bare for my liking, so I'm gluing the branches onto the house. I'll probably make some kind of box container along the bottom to hold them in place. I'm using clear Tacky glue, dotting here and there, then resting a paint bottle on top for a whole day so that it dries in place before moving on to another branch.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  3. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    This is another shot of the jhumkas themselves. There are little pearls around the sides, green enamel sections on top and red glass beads hanging from the centre. They're so pretty, I wanted to use both for living room lights.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  4. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Roof's top trim has been installed! I glued all the golden metal pieces to the top (front and back). Porch rail sections are also waiting to dry before I can put up the porch roof. Santa showed up to check on the progress, apparently he has a deadline coming up and wants to move in soon.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  5. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Side view. I didn't like the large white space on the porch support, so I painted a triangle design to fill it up.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  6. I want to glue my Arthur onto a base, as it just feels very flimsy to carry it around and rest it on the thin wood. So, I found a piece of plywood 24x24 inch at Ace this morning, about one third of an inch thick. That gives me about 3 inches on each side and back, plus a generous space for a front yard and some landscaping. How have you prepared a base in the past? Did you seal it, then paint it or paint first, then seal it? How about the underside of the base? Same preparations? The edges are looking raw, so I'll need to spackle those too. Or do you use
  7. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    This is what the back/inside looks like. I still have to finish off the edges and install the lights before I can decorate.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  8. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    The porch section is glued together, but not glued to the house. I still have a few corners that require some spackle. My two guardian nutcrackers are plain white - not sure if I want to paint them at this stage.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  9. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Finally decided on what pattern to paint the porch railings. After a nerve-wracking hour, this is the result. Carpal tunnel (even years post-surgery) makes painting small details very difficult. And I absolutely had to concentrate on getting the mirror-image stripes right, lol.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  10. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    The porch roof in its entirety.

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  11. From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    I am so proud of the good alignment I achieved with the two triangular porch roof sections!

    © Lene Pieters 2014

  12. Hello, I've been reading all the construction blogs on the Arthur. Many show the roof magically appearing or show it easily going together. Mine is not going together at all now, and has been a challenge from the first dry fit. I finally (thought I) had things working, and to be forward thinking I had dry fit the back roof to the house every time I glued other parts of the house together, thinking this would ensure that it fit later. (I may or may not have put this part on upside down by accident during the early stages, so maybe that messed things up??) Well it doesn't fit now. On my
  13. GSnail

    Dry Fit 2- front

    From the album: Spooky farmhouse- Montana style

    Cut the windows and door square, cut windows in the primrose, cut the doorway between, filled the top window, glued the adjoining walls together. Now to start the porch and foundation! Get excited!
  14. When I was deciding on whether to use the Primrose as an extension to the Arthur, I looked around, but could not find any pics. So here are pics for the next person who thinks about this. Front: Back: Roof slopes comparison: The foundations are removed from both, the Arthur foundation is higher than the Primrose foundation. With the foundation removed, the top floors are at the same height, very nice. The roof slopes are different, and the Primrose is about 2cm deeper. I'm going to make it look like the unreleased kit, Montana: http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/ind
  15. moonberry

    Shutters & Door

    From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    After thinking about it for a few days, I came up with this mirror image design for the shutters. Luckily, the same design fit in the panels on the front door too! Door isn't finished yet - still needs glass and final gluing.

    © Lene Pieters

  16. GSnail

    Dry fit 1- front

    From the album: Spooky farmhouse- Montana style

    It's like the Montana but flipped.
  17. GSnail

    Dry fit 1- back

    From the album: Spooky farmhouse- Montana style

    Added two walls to make hallways.
  18. From the album: Inspiration

    The house may not resemble the Arthur, but the porch does!

    © Carol Horner

  19. From the album: Inspiration

    Beautiful porch trim (I bet it had turned balusters in an earlier time)!

    © Carol Horner

  20. moonberry

    Front Progress

    From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Starting to take shape! I'm glad I did the window sills in red, it helps the colour balance of the front facade.

    © Lene Pieters

  21. I'm ready to tackle all the little bits of door and window trim. Gina's blog has been super helpful so far, but isn't very explicit for newbies like me to figure out the whole itty-bitty setup. Interior kitchen/living room door: Is there any trim for this door? How do you finish it without trim? Just glue some skinny sticks on the exposed wood core? Or can I use kebab sticks? I have kebab sticks that are the exact thickness. Windows: Do I glue the acetate to the inside of the wall and then glue the inside trim over it? Or do I glue the acetate to the outside of the wal
  22. moonberry

    Roof Paper

    From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Merrymint Figgy Pudding paper by American Crafts - perfect for the roof!
  23. moonberry


    From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Proposed flooring for the kitchen.

    © Lene Pieters

  24. moonberry

    Living Room

    From the album: My Arthur: Santa's House

    Velvet paper to be glued down in living room

    © Lene Pieters

  25. I started assembling the shell and saw that the one wall's underside was full of little grooves, giving it a very rough texture. So I, a Spackle virgin, opened the little tub I had bought from Ace (their own brand and Lightweight). Wowza! The stuff looks nearly good enough to eat! It was so light and fluffy, it was actually a pleasure to spackle the entire section. After about 40 minutes, it was completely dry, I gave it a quick sand and could do the shell dry fit. Most of the tabs had to be trimmed a little bit on either end to get them to fit properly in the slots, but t
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