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  1. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    I've finished the walls and ceiling in one room, I'm calling it 'the kitchen'. This is pretty much the same style I used in my Beacon Hill kitchen, but in reduced size. I've cut the wainscot strips and trims out of basswood, same for the arched doorway frame in the bay window wall (the kit doesn't come with this frame). The ceiling is embossed papper, same style I did for my Fairfield.
  2. From the album: ~ Chantilly ~

    Started working on the half scale Chantilly on the weekends. A smaller project like this is perfect for when I don't have a lot of free time, unlike the Beacon Hill I can just work in small bursts here and there. This is the assembly as of right now, I am currently working on the interior walls for the attic so the roof will only be glued when the decor in that room is finished (it's too narrow to work otherwise). For the exterior I'll be doing vertical siding with diamond shaped shingles. I was considering either light yellow or beige for the walls, but it wasn't constrasting enough
  3. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    This is a closer shot of the gold detailing. 8+ hours of work later this step is done! It's ready for assembly
  4. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I stained the interior to get different depths of color for the wood. It still needs to have the relief carvings painted gold.
  5. Hi there! I wanted to pick a small dollhouse project to try to finish before the next local dollhouse show this year (around October), not sure I'll find the time but I'm going to try. I've choosen the Chantilly half scale, I've seen some pictures of this house finished in the gallery looks really interesting and not very big or complicated. I was wondering, how long does it take to put this house together on average? I've checked the sticky thread with construction times but this house wasn't listed on it. Also ordered some speed strip shingle packs to go with it, heard good things a
  6. Hi from IL! New to dollhouse building! Received my first one for Christmas from my husband. The Fairfield. Excited! Question why do you dri fit the dollhouse? Sorry I am completely new to this! Thanks.
  7. From the album: Fairfield Build

    Lighting for half scale is significantly limited and I didn't want golden fixtures in my Fairfield. A few licks of matt black paint and they look like a whole new set of lights. Now to start drilling the many holes as I wait for them to dry ;-p
  8. From the album: Half Scale Country Farmhouse

    This kit was modified by the addition of a larger foundation and porch, porch banisters, and stone.
  9. From the album: Flowers and Plants

    I wanted to create the Bearded Iris and Parrot Tulip design in 1:24 (half) scale and these are the result. I had also started work on my own design for 1:24 scale delphiniums.

    © DAL Minis

  10. From the album: Fairfield Furniture & Accessories

    I made this cute little cane chair using toothpicks, sponges for the cushions and navy fabric. The palm is a kit from SDK Miniatures. The little vase I found online and will make a little wooden stand for it. Lounge room pieces are coming together!
  11. From the album: Fairfield Furniture & Accessories

    This little coffee table was the first piece I made for my Fairfield; my second attempt and first furniture piece I have ever made. It's based on the Parquet Coffee Table from Pottery Barn. I made the base out of toothpicks which I painted black and the top is a piece of 1.0mm balsa wood which I scored using a sharp lead pencil to add the details of the wooden panels. I might darken and varnish the top yet - i'll wait and see what shade of wood stain i'm going to do my floorboards in. I made a little matching sofa table to go in my bay window of the Fairfield lounge room; also based on the mat
  12. From the album: Misc Minis

    I wanted a bookshelf for the top floor tower of my Fairfield, but the low height of the ceiling in this area made it a bit complicated. Then while visiting family during holidays I saw this lovelly rotating bookshelf that doubles as a sidetable and I decided I must have one. As a book lover I'm always running out of space to store books (and room on the walls to add more shelves...), these are so space efficient and practical! On top of that it looks really good anywhere I've decided to make one of these in miniature, this is accurate 1:24 size and fully functional. The shelf section r
  13. From the album: Fairfield Build

    And so the looooooong build begins! All the wall paper (apart from the deep purple/navy - which is a textured wrapping paper) is from Brodnax Prints (http://brodnaxprints.com) in half inch scale.On the 3rd level/attic level I'm dividing it up into 4 rooms (hall way, laundry, bathroom and 3rd bedroom) so I'm still not sure where I'm placing the wall yet and therefore I'm going to wait to wall paper this section.
  14. From the album: Fairfield Furniture & Accessories

    Today I made 30 little 1:24 scale books for my Fairfield lounge room bookcase. I downloaded the graphics from http://www.dustjackets.com and then edited them through cropping and resizing in Microsoft Word (oh I know - cutting edge technology here! ha!) making them slightly different sizes. I then printed, cut and sandwiched 1 inch plaster board in either 1, 2 or 3 sheets think depending on the width of the spines between the printed dust jackets. Each book measures 1cm - 1.5cm in height.
  15. From the album: Fairfield Furniture & Accessories

    I used the 3 seater MARLEY sofa from Freedom as inspiration for this one : - ) I made the base out of balsa wood, kitchen sponge for the seat cushions and a grey cotton fabric to cover the lot in. Made an additional two ottomans which will act as additional seating as I'm going to be hard pressed to fit in another sofa in the Fairfield lounge room.
  16. Dalesq

    Music stand

    From the album: A Few Other Things

    I was lucky enough to get a couple of artisan pieces in half scale recently on eBay. The music stand isn't marked, so if anyone recognizes the work please let me know the artist. The piano and bench are both by S. Hoeltge (1985).

    © DAL Minis

  17. From the album: Chanticleer

    In this first dry fit, I've built the structure in reverse (sometimes called "inside out") and will be closing up the wall on the right for a chimney. I plan to change the main front eave from a hip roof to a regular peak roof, and will extend the right hand side down to give the front an appearance more like the Glencroft. I'm planning a small balcony area above the bay window.

    © DAL Minis

  18. Dalesq

    3 Bears

    From the album: 3 Bears

    Interior shot.

    © DAL Minis

  19. From the album: A Few Other Things

    I made this half scale dresser from a Cassidy Creations kit some 20 years ago. It was one of my first attempts at making furniture from kits. At the time, I didn't know glue wouldn't take stains. You can see the areas around the joins where I got glue onto the surface of the wood. I also didn't know about sanding and polishing the pieces as part of finishing. So this piece had a rough surface texture, and I was not happy with the color I'd picked at the time or the finishing job. I decided to try refinishing and distressing it before selling or chucking it

    © DAL Minis

  20. Dalesq

    #2 Tennyson Place

    From the album: #2 Tennyson Place

    I've gotten back to work on the Tennyson bashes. This weekend I painted most of the white trim (isn't there always something you forget?) and started attaching the exterior trims. I also worked on the foundation. It still needs to be grouted.

    © DAL Minis

  21. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    I decided I wanted Morning Glories on a trellis, so this is the result. This is my own design. It took several tries to figure out how to make the flowers work, but I'm pretty satisfied now

    © DAL Minis

  22. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    I cut out "flagstone" shapes from heavy packing material I've been saving. This stuff is like super egg carton material and is usually formed into supports to protect an item during shipping. It's about 1/16 inch thick. I laid them out on the base I cut for the cottage to create a meandering walkway heading around the side of the house.

    © DAL Minis

  23. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    More flowers! I've been sort of collecting flower kits for some time. These are from SDK Miniatures http://sdk.miniature.net I ordered this kit to try out three different types of flowers. It's called a bulb garden and has daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. For this SDK kit you paint the flower parts and leaves. There are always some extra pieces in the kits (which is good because I tore one of the leaves.) And for this part of the kit there was enough to make ten daffodils. So I made five yellow and five pink and white hybrids. I've actually grown some that looked like these pink ones.

    © DAL Minis

  24. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    Flowers! I'm planning a small abundant cottage garden in front of Tudor Cottage. These 1:24 scale lilies are from a kit Brae gave me for my b-day last year and are from The Miniature Garden https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMiniatureGarden You assemble these plants petal by petal. The two flowers on the right I dry brushed with some chalk pastel to get the soft pink. Georgie at The Miniature Garden recommends sacrificing an old tooth brush to make the stamens. I tried this with one I have that has very fine soft bristles, but I could hardly see them or handle them. My regular tooth

    © DAL Minis

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