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  1. 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
  2. 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

  3. 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!
  4. 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

  5. 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..
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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 tric
  9. 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

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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-m
  13. Dalesq


    From the album: A Hermitage

    This is a monotone image of the kit in built form, but flipped. I'm building this one so that the door is on the left.

    © DAL Minis

  14. From the album: A Hermitage

    This is a kit by Shannon at Red Cottage Miniatures and has the motif of the flowers and squirrel that is on the Nutcote house. I've painted this one with several light coats of Americana Light Buttermilk acrylic paint, stained the top with Miniwax Golden Oak stain marker, and coated the entire piece with Americana Duraclear Satin Varnish. I wanted a little bit of a shabby chic look. Her kits are so precisely cut they go together very nicely. I rushed a bit with this one and there are some flaws (on my part), but I’ll take more care with the next pieces. Shannon's kits have la
  15. From the album: Moonlight Retreat — 1:24 scale Lighthouse Reimagined

    I’m bashing a GL 1:24 scale lighthouse into a tree house. It will be home to some forest creatures and a special character (to be revealed later). I’m using the kit as the bones for a redwood, damaged at the top. I’m using Houseworks windows and door and it will be electified. Dry fit is started I’m waiting on another matching window and shutters for the second floor, due to arrive this week.

    © DAL Minis

  16. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    Here's a furniture test. This is why I'm not very fond of papper flooring, it always looks a bit odd in my builds... no texture, too shiny... I don't know what to do about the floor, so all advice is welcome! I was thinking about doing a period decor in this kitchen, sadly I don't have a victorian stove that will fit this scale. I love cabinets but the layout of this room seams better suited for an old fashion kitchen.
  17. I’ve finally gotten back into building after a long time away. So I’m selling some houses and furniture to make room. I’ve listed Maus Haus on eBay and will be listing additional items soon. https://www.ebay.com/sch/dal.gd12012/m.html?item=332653776209&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  18. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    It looks a bit wonky at the moment, some key parts haven't been glued yet. I'm having a serious dilema with the wiring strip, where can I hide that black chunk of plastic? The house has no foundation, I thought perhaps I could hide it under the stairs but I tested it now and it won't fit... if I place it in the attic it will be visible, what should I do?
  19. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    Added the stairs and testing the ceiling template. Still needs some work, the light is terrible quality but the center area is embossed with a metalic copper finish imitating a "tin" effect. I thought it would be a nice combo with the walnut stain on the stairs. I'm thinking about doing baseboards in the same stain color as the stairs, would the door and window frames look better in the same color or cream (as in the kitchen)? And I need sugestions for the color of the front door... light or dark wood? Or maybe a color, like blue? I want something that will contrast with both the exte
  20. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    Trying to finish the attic area this weekend, I was thinking about using these foldable stairs by Alessio Miniatures but I think the ceiling height might be too short... they will end up being barely visible when folded (the roof will fit into that gable frame). What do you think?
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