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  1. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    A close-up of the chimney on my haunted mansion. Did finish with air dry clay (distressed white color with Ranger distress liquid spray in Walnut). Stone made using cardboard packaging material torn into pieces. Glued with "Quick Grab" glue (I used this glue on everything except my wallpaper, for which I used "Yes" paste and another similar paste, I forget the name of but I think "Grandma" is in the name) onto the clay. Didn't wait for clay to dry first. The next day, I dry-brushed over with acrylic paints (grays, browns, white). After that I painted over with mod podge to seal and harden. Then I hit with my Tim Holtz distress inks (walnut and peeled paint - brown and green)
  2. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    Left side and front exterior view of exterior as of October 31, 2017
  3. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    Front view of exterior as of October 31, 2017
  4. Okay... it's time. This poor Pepperwood Farm has been languishing in my kitchen for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! So, it's time. Time to get to work! But.... I'm already in trouble. I can't decide what I want to do with the exterior (I tend to work exterior first then finish the interior). My trouble is this: every single Pepperwood Farm I've ever seen finished (and there haven't been many) have all been siding. I hate siding. So, I'm leaning towards a stone farmhouse for my Pepperwood Farm. Kind of like this - But, I am realizing I don't know much about farmhouse exteriors that aren't stone or siding. So.... any advice you guys? Any thoughts on what would be a good exterior for a Pepperwood Farm? Links to pictures, or posted pictures would be much appreciated! And if you've finished a Pepperwood Farm I would love to see them! HELP! Thank you in advance for your advice and assistance, all y'all!
  5. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I've glued my three flights of stairs together and mocked them up here. I still have some tweaking to do, but I like how they are turning out. I think I will have the top flight as painted wood with railings to suit the porch railing (which I will be changing). The second and third flight of stairs will either be completely bricked in a brown tone brick or have bricked risers and and "concrete" slab treads. You can't really tell here but there is a decent window well under the porch and first floor bay window, so that the little basement dwellers aren't completely underground. Can't wait to get this foam encased in something! It's shedding like crazy. I've vacuumed 4 times today!
  6. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever needed off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I glued together my three flights of stairs and mocked them up here. I moved the second flight of stairs back in line with the top flight as suggested by @Debsrand56. You may also notice that I've managed to tone down the pink stonework... That is if you aren't distracted by the hellacious bloodbath on my foam! (Well, not really, but as you can see I've also been working on a tree and the colour of my air dry clay is.. erm.. unfortunate... Not to worry crime scene clean up will be achieved with gesso. )
  7. Intro of my project HERE EXTERIOR As I mentioned in my intro, I plan on totally customizing the exterior. I will start by adding a portico style porch over the front door to give the house more depth. Then the whole bottom half of the house will have a stone finish. Photo 1: I love this house! This house was the initial inspiration behind the stone porch so I plan on replicating it on my Glencroft exactly! I can't wait to see how it will turn out. I also plan on finishing the chimney the same way. Plaster and Stone. Photo 2: I researched for days until I came across this stone stencil by Bromley Craft. I thought it looked extremely realistic and seems like it would work well with the tudor details around the rest of the house. Photo 3: Not sure where I saved this from, But this is going to be my reference when painting the stones to look real. Photo 4: This house is located just a few blocks from me and I love the details of the wood and the plaster. The textures seem like they will be a lot of fun (or a nightmare) to create in mini. My plan for this will be to attach all the wood detailing first and then fill in the spaces between the wood with spackle for the plaster. Ive experimented a few times with this over the weekend using popsicle sticks and so far it seems like it works pretty well. (See below photos) Photo 5: For the main living room window, I decided to make one completely from scratch to compliment the stone facade. I liked these medieval/gothic style window casements and decided this heavy stone look with the diamond leaded glass will look great on that specific window. Photo 6 & 7: For my wood & plaster exterior experiment/test, I cut and glued down the wood, then when dry....I sanded till smooth and went over it with a awl to scratch in the wood beam grain. For the plaster I painted the space with wood glue first and before it dried completely, I spread and smoothed the spackle as much as possible into the space. When completely dry, I used a moist rag instead of sandpaper and smoothed the spackle even more while simultaneously cleaning out the spackle from the tiny cracks in the wood. For my actual build, I plan on pre-finishing the wood trim before adding in the spackle so it doesn't stick AS MUCH to the wood and will be easier to clean off. The overall finished look seemed a bit more "Rustic" than what I want so we'll see how I refine this process. My Kit arrives tomorrow so I cant wait to start my Gallery/Blog! Thanks for reading guys! xx
  8. Mary S.

    corner blocks

    From the album: Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    carved a design in heavy chipboard, can't see it here, but should show up after paint
  9. Mary S.

    screen molding

    From the album: Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    stock at DIY store less than $2 for 8 feet. Can be split lengthwise easily 5/8 x 1/4
  10. Hi y'all, was hoping you could give me some advice. I'm working on the Sugarplum and would like to create a stone and brick exterior facade. Been researching trying to see what would be the best way to go about this. I've used sculpey in the past to created a stone fireplace but this is rather large scale for sculpey. Ive read several methods, one being cardboard egg boxes. I extended the front overhang a bit by the door so I could build out a starburst in wood beams. Can anyone recommend or give advice on how to achieve a realistic stone exterior? also another quick questions. Has anyone added a small kitchenette in this model?
  11. From the album: Sugarplum Dollhouse

    I'm in love with Paper Clay. I used Das and it was pretty easy. Time consu,OMG but relatively easy. I used about 3/4 to finish off half height of the house and the interior fireplace. i can totally see getting addicted to designing a house. I love doing that with Life size houses
  12. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    And even though the exterior is nearly finished, now comes the hard part...
  13. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    "Corrugated tin" roofs in red, typical of Québec where the Aucoin family is from, are in place (the roof on the shack and the shop are both designed to be removable); the bamboo "siding" is stained and aged; front door to the shack, shutter-doors on the shop, windows, dormer, and cupola are all completed.
  14. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Many rustic buildings in Québec have a thin vertical wood cladding on their exteriors that I adore the look of. Of course, the fictional Aucoin family is in Thorny Rock, Maine now, but I think over the years they might have decided to re-side their sugar shack—maybe when they added the shop on—and they might have craved a bit of home when they did so. So the shack and the shop are both sided in this thin cladding. I got the look with thin bamboo strips—bamboo placemats are fairly inexpensive, they have strips of just the right scale, and they come in many colors so you might find exactly what you want for your next mini project without even needing to stain. For this project, I wanted the look of dark, uneven, and super-weathered wood, so first I covered the structures in multicolored strips, placing various shades of darks and lights randomly on all the walls...
  15. Hi all.. I am working on a Greenleaf Haunted House, which will become a Witch's House.I am currently at the stage where the shell is finished and I need to start thinking about the exterior. There are more photos in my gallery. I chose this particular house as I felt it had a good, versatile layout that I could take in various directions depending on where inspiration took me. This is where I am torn. When I came up with the original concepts for this, the vision I had in my mind was more of the old tudor tumble down cottage - wattle and daub, timber beams etc, so it would be more the English country witch. Then I was thinking about the possibility of the run down, weathered American. And then I saw a photo of an orange painted lady and that just threw me for a complete spin. I can't decide which way to take this! There are a few photos attached of various inspiration I have collected. Obviously the house would not be finished as a copy of these as it's a different shape, but I am just not sure which overall "look and feel" to follow. As far as the interior and such, I am going for the look of a "real" witch's house... while I have a few pumpkins, a black cat, owl etc, it's more the believable magic universe, not a cartoony Halloween house so I was worried the orange painted lady style might not compliment that and the older weathered look would be better. But at the same time - I've never done the old weathered and aged effect and have no idea how to achieve it. Just wondering what other people's thoughts and suggestions would be! I think I have too many ideas going on!
  16. lisajo

    Exterior progress

    From the album: Rose Marie

    Update on the progress of the exterior. I just bought the 4th bag of 350 shingles to finish the roof soon, hopefully. Just a little more shingling left to do. I painted the porch area in front of the house dark gray to get ready for the flagstone treatment.
  17. From the album: My Tennyson

    Reworking my Tennyson exterior. Adding siding & better porch railings.
  18. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    On a dollhouse, gutters are not just a place for leaves to gather. - They are grooves that hold Plexiglass that will cover your attic and still allow people to see the interior of the house. For the bottom floors, the Plexiglass rests along the back of the house. The slant to the roof keeps the Plexiglass in place if it should lean forward. If you look to the right, you will see the straight corner of the Plexiglass, which I can move to either side or remove to get access inside the house. The top sheet of Plexiglass also slides in and out easily. The Plexiglass is neat, easy, and a great dust preventer. My friend Barbara gave me this idea when she had her dollhouse. - For those who are interested in using Plexiglass as a dollhouse cover, Lowes will cut the Plexiglass to the dimensions you request. The last time I asked, Home Depot did not have that glass-cutting policy.
  19. From the album: Country House - Renovated

    When I brought the house to the Dollhouse Factory, the porch was really a mess. Here it is all glued and painted.
  20. Lips

    Scrappy finished

    From the album: The Scrappy, dollhouse made of scraps

    I finally finished building the thing. I'm happy it's over with. My goal was to use up all the stuff that wasn't used building my McKinley and not to spend any money on it. The not spending money part meant I'd be having to cut my own molding and stuff like that. I knew I didn't have enough shingles to cover the roof so I ended up using cut up pieces from a cereal box and coloring them with colored pencils. I could go on and on with all the "micky mouse" things I came up with. All in all the house is sturdy and ready to be played with the last thing to do is put up curtains.
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