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  1. Hello everyone, I am new here and also new to Forums which is odd because I work on the internet! Please excuse me if I post something in the wrong area while I familiarize myself. I love crafts and last year thought I would buy dollhouses for my two granddaughters for Christmas. In the search I found a large dollhouse with a few accessories advertised on kijiji and made a low offer. It was accepted and when we picked up the house we couldn't believe what we got. The house was huge (37" tall x about 45" width). A store had closed and the house and accessories were leftovers. The few leftovers turned out to be hundreds of accessories and at least 40 pieces of furniture! JackPot! The house was too big for a gift so I made two Orchids and gave my girls all the furniture, etc. for their Christmas gifts. I did quite a few repairs on the big house ...shingles, windows, siding, paint, etc. and I had intensions of furnishing the house but it was too big and heavy so just sat in my craft room in the basement. I ended up selling it for a good profit but still the person who bought it got a huge bargain. It's the Nob Hill house from the Friends episode! I didn't find that out until after I sold it! I bought another Orchid for myself and joined here for information on transforming it into something we can use for holiday displays. I found that I also enjoy making all the furniture and have made several pieces for the new build.
  2. Wildwood2012

    Interior

    From the album: My First Dollhouse!

    I used scrapbook papers and Yes glue from my stash. I also used scraps from the punch out sheets to cut strips for baseboards.
  3. Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a couple of weeks now but thought I should introduce myself. I'm Amanda, I live with my family in Tasmania. I had a dollhouse as a young girl that was built for me by my grandparents - a five room flat roof house which you played with from a bird's-eye perspective after lifting off the roof/top. I loved it very much - furniture was all handmade using matchboxes, it had carpet and wallpaper. My daughters both had dollhouses, but more for Barbies than the traditional 1:12 scale. I then collected a 'part work' to build a dollhouse which I never got around to. I still have most of the furniture and will be using it finally when my LAUREL and oops just bought an ORCHID as well on ebay! Postage times are killing me at the moment. I recently also bought a handmade dollhouse which I have been refurbishing while I wait for the others to arrive. It has been lots of fun learning how to wallpaper and lay floors. This one is huge and will probably go to my niece. I am enjoying ogling all the beautiful pictures and dreaming of my first builds. Thank you for reading, look forward to getting to know you all.
  4. From the album: Francie's Witch House (Orchid)

    I mismeasured the window opening in my wallpaper, and because I didn't have much of it left, I tried to figure out a way to use the piece anyway. I decided to tear away the part of the opening that was off, and make it look like there was exposed lath and plaster behind it. This is before adding the window panes and trim.

    © Francie Harville

  5. From the album: My Orchid build - 1st doll house

    Complete dry fit, in a sense - I'm waiting for a Primrose kit to add as an addition.
  6. So I am about to embark on my first kit build -- the Orchid. I have a bit of an OCD tendency (which probably explains my miniature obsessions). I like to create what I call "battle plans" before doing a project -- essentially, writing a step-by-step list. My intention is to stucco the outside of the house, as I think siding would make me insane on my first try. However, I would also like to wallpaper it before assembly so that I have more control over the bits. Because of the double-hung windows, I've seen recommendations that they be installed before the stucco goes on. Does this seem like the best battle plan for going about the first steps? 1. Dry fitting of the house 2. Ceiling paper 3. Wallpaper 4. Flooring 5. Painting windows and doors 6. Installing windows and doors 7. Gluing house 8. Applying stucco and painting exterior Thanks for any input!
  7. Sunday 4/26/15 It's been over a year since I've really thought about working with my miniatures or my Orchid. My mother passed away on 4/4/15 after a long battle with Congestive Heart Failure. She would ask me once in a while "How's your doll house coming?" and would ooh and ahh over my ideas and when I showed her some little things I had tucked away for when I could build. I never had time for me, taking care of her so I would just answer, "I'll work on it soon." The time has come now that I can work on it and I'll be thinking of my mother as I build this. So yesterday I took out the box and began to work on the Orchid. Since this is my first build, I'm building it as directed so that I can learn the basic set up. I was able to cut out the windows using this a DeWALT folding retractable utility knife. I did struggle on some of the cutting as the windows were not popping out. But I got them out. There were some areas that had split and some pieces were missing little areas of wood so first I glued the areas that needed it with gorilla glue and C clamped them and let them dry. Then I filled in the missing areas with some wood putty and patching plaster. Those are drying now and when they're dried I'll sand them. I'm still reading the forums on how others built their Orchid and I'm still tossing ideas around. The story that this Orchid is telling is of a woman that has lost a child and many other in her life and is now alone and has delved deep into spiritualism and the occult in her efforts to contact the other side. Morbid for some I suppose but for me, it's what this Orchid is going to become.
  8. Well, technically I'm from MD, VA, CO and currently in TN... although moving to Germany at the end of the year. Lol.... my husband is in the military if that's not obvious now. I am 25, no children, 911 Dispatcher, and newbie to miniatures! I just finished assembling the Orchid, and look forward to learning lots!
  9. Well, I've got my Orchid on her feet & standing freely...but I'm hoping to find some help on issues I have created. 1. I quickly learned the importance of painting certain pieces BEFORE assembly, but since it's too late... I painted my windows. Like the whole window. Including the "glass". Oy. So then I took a craft knife and sliced them out... Any ideas on what to put in the windows now, or how? 2. Somehow (and by somehow, I mean user error. ..) I managed to make my floors bow in the middle. Any ideas on how to disguise this, so that it might not be so obvious? 3. Shingles - has anyone tried to stain with tea? Does this work? Thanks to anyone in advance for reading & sharing some insight!
  10. So, there I was... perusing Pinterest... when I somehow got sucked into looking at some amazing dollhouses. Shortly after, I found myself in Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon ready on my cell as I made my decision on a dollhouse. The Orchid. Now, I don't know about y'all, but I am a COMPLETE beginner.... and was shocked by how many pieces were included. So, I started, got addicted, and 2 days later the "dollhouse disaster" as I've been calling it is now standing. And I have learned so many things I'd do differently next time! So, this is my practice house Can't wait to start another once this one is complete!
  11. j3ssicalaur3n

    Pink Orchid

    From the album: My First Dollhouse - Orchid

    I'm loving this shade of pink. I believe it was called Pink Amour. Right now I'm leaning towards a "shabby chic" theme to disguise my first-timer goof-ups
  12. From the album: Orchid beach house

    Having fun furnishing the Orchid. My latest creation from mat board. I found the "mirror" on Amazon, it's cardboard and fairly easy to cut.
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