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  1. So, half-scale furniture. What's out there for purchase is getting limited as manufacturers close down or discontinue production. What I see for sale is overly ornate, not the style I want, or too niche. I could be wrong, but I think most of us are building houses, not shops or dentist offices. Some of you have the skill to make your own furniture. I built a passable corner cabinet, but my crafting skills aren't that great and I have very limited tools. That brings me to kits. I've made a few by Cassidy Creations that have come out great, but too often those kits have missing pieces, pieces the wrong size, and confusing/wrong instructions. There are some great sellers on Etsy making laser-cut kits. Those I've made successfully were from RedCottageMiniatures, SDKMiniatures, MelissasMiniWereld, and HalfScaleMiniatures. I'm curious to know whose kits have others had success with. Do you have a favorite designer/seller? What do you like best about the kits?
  2. Finally finished the Sagamore Hill Library room box in half scale. It took 16 months, which was a little longer than the year I predicted at the outset. For my final set of pictures, I included some comparison shots with the real room. You can see them here: http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/?app=gallery&module=gallery&controller=browse&album=8269
  3. When I was a teen I asked for a dollhouse for Christmas. My parents got me a 1:12 farmhouse and I had the best time building it all by myself. Sadly, it came to a tragic end when one of my brother's friends accidentally sat on it. I gave all the furniture to a friend and didn't think about building another until January 2019 (over 30 years later). I'm not even sure now what sparked the idea of getting back into the hobby. Something reminded me of my old dollhouse and I started searching Google for pictures of what others have created. There are so many talented miniaturists out there!! I'm both inspired and a little intimidated by their talents. Once I decided to build a new dollhouse, I looked at all the various kits available and just fell in love with the Fairfield. The way it's set up like a real complete house really spoke to me. The scarcity of furniture, accessories, etc. is a major frustration, but I'm up for the challenge. I've found a few nice pieces and built some kits. Necessity has forced me to decorate first before the house is actually built because I see how fast 1:24 items are disappearing. Eventually I'll create a gallery. If I can figure out how.
  4. From the album: Maison Ginny

    Yesterday was an abundance of minis! It really doesn’t get any better than that, just sayin'. Not only did I get the wonderful handbag and book from Deborah (Debsrand56), I also got the new kit I’d ordered from Shannon at Red Cottage Miniatures (shannonc60). So I dove right in and started dry fitting.

    © DAL Minis

  5. Hi!! It's been almost two weeks since I ordered my first dollhouse and I already recieved it and dry fitted yay! Right now I'm dissasembling everything as I decide any modifications on rooms and so on. But I need some help on moldings. I already have some wallpapers ready to print, but I would like to know where can I buy 1:24 moldings? All I can find (at least near me) are 1:12 moldings (crown molded or simple). Do you have any idea and tips? Thank you!
  6. From the album: Half Scale Tennyson by Greenleaf

    Last year I difficult as I dealt with breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I had lost myself for many years to illness but I am different now. I want to try to get back into what I liked to do. I am going to start with this little Tenny. I have to try to coax my muse out from under the floor boards so we can start to get some ideas. First step, clean off the table.

    © Heidi Cleveland

  7. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    I am pondering if I should modify the second floor to add a small bathroom (I've placed a board on the spot), thoughts? It would be a very tiny room, looking from here I'm afraid it will end up breaking the 'aesthetic' of the house, but on the other hand I'm not sure what to do with such a large room. Or should I simply do a period house with no bathroom? Add a bathing tub to the bedroom perhaps... I'm so used to seeing houses with one, but I can't say it's one of my favorite rooms..
  8. Hello, I've been reading that a person should not sand before painting with at least a primer. But my half scale RGT Front-opening Country Victorian arrived so rough and I was getting splinters from handling it. Besides I heard that Brown paper can be used to sand a dollhouse and my kit arrived covered in the stuff. I thought it would be the best to kill two birds with one stone and I used the brown paper to sand it down. Some pieces are still a little tougher than I would have liked, but I just saw the recommendation that a person not sand until after painting a first coat. Did I ruin my kit? So concerned! Thank you!
  9. I'm buying a lovely safe colored kitchen set in 1:24 scale that was made by Bespaq, but I would like to make the date counters a different color from the cabinets. White marble is what I'm thinking of, but black marble is also a possibility. I won't know for sure until the set arrives and I try out some marble techniques on some card paper. How do I go about this?
  10. Me again! SO. I've finally created all my custom wallpaper and printed them all out. I also have started cutting down and staining all my individual coffee stirrers for my flooring. My question is this: for the Fairfield, since the layout is so complex, I can't figure out if it would be better to lay the flooring down before I put up the walls, or to wallpaper and assemble the walls before I install the flooring? I know everyone says it is preference, and that if you dry fit, you'll be able to see tricky spots before you do it, and decide that way...but for me, the whole thing seems tricky hahaha. Also, I am not wiring for lighting, so that component doesn't matter either. Is there a benefit to doing wall assembly first vs. floor first or vice versa? I am going to paper the walls before I install them in either case, if that makes a difference. Thanks friends!
  11. Dalesq

    Hermitage, dry fit

    From the album: A Hermitage

    I consider myself a die-hard Greenleaf fan because I’ve built almost exclusively Greenleaf house kits for several years now, but I couldn’t resist this one by Red Cottage Miniatures. Shannon has done a great job with this kit, and her furniture kits. They fit together beautifully! This is the first dry fit, but flipped. I'm building this one so that the door is on the left, rather than the right, which is how the house is designed. But it works fine building it “inside out” and that’s the plan.

    © DAL Minis

  12. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    I'm not sure what to do with the floor, I've tried printing some victorian tiles I liked, I wanted to cut them in squares to imitate a tiled floor. But I'm not very happy with the look...the papper is very glossy and looks a bit off with the rest of my decor. It's a shame because the pattern is really pretty.
  13. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    Finished the exterior walls and glued the roof. There's still a lot more to do on the porch and bay window, I'll probably use a light stain for the floorboards here. And I need to test stains for the shingles... I'm thinking either grey or black. I'm a bit undecided about the roof decoration... with or without finial, and style of cross bracing. I'm thinking about modifying the original vergeboards... if in the end they look too "heavy" and thick perhaps I'll cut new ones.
  14. In a recent magazine from San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, there was an article about how all installations are planned with 1:24 scale models, right down to half scale recreations of all the art work. Apparently, the work is quite meticulous, and some of the artists who've had special exhibits have actually asked to keep some of the miniature versions of their pieces as mementos. Unfortunately, I cannot find the article online, but I did find this video about it, which I thought was quite interesting. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-04-07/design-in-miniature-san-francisco-moma Apologies if this has already been posted.
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