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  1. Does anyone know anything about this dollhouse? https://imgur.com/a/yTkPgPo Its owner claims it's over 100 years old and comparable, although different color houses, seem to have sold for around $300 online. Thanks!
  2. Susan18

    Period Paper1

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is a period paper I found on the Cooper Hewitt Museum site. I had intended to use it "as is", without any color changes, until I found two other things: 1) Another blue wallpaper that definitely had to be blue 2) The matching frieze
  3. Susan18

    Master Frieze.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    You can see why I would not have wanted to use a pastel blue paper and a golden frieze in another room, given this paper & the yellow set. & you will notice how this frieze does have the same dark blue as in the ground of the sidewall, but is primarily very pale, even verging on cream - and yet definitely matches the paper.
  4. Susan18

    Master Paper.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is the first paper I am using without any changes whatsoever! LOL
  5. Susan18

    Pink Frieze.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is color correction for the antique frieze
  6. Susan18

    Pink Paper.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is color correction for the first antique wallpaper
  7. Susan18

    Period Frieze1.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is a frieze that was made for the paper. It took some doing to find it on the Cooper Hewitt Museum site, since the frieze was correctly catalogued under "Imperial Wallpaper Company", but the sidewall (see? I learned a new word from the site!) was not! While it was perfectly period, if not extremely common, to have a frieze be a markedly different color from a sidewall, while adhering to the same pattern scheme, I didn't really like it for the paper - and the last thing I needed was a light gold frieze in the same house with a yellow & gold one!
  8. I've got to quit buying houses unseen! Awhile back my aunt called me, all excited, to tell me about the cutest little dollhouse she was looking at in a thrift store. The lady told her it was very old (obviously), probably around 1920's or so, and she was only asking $20 for it. My aunt (not a miniaturist) thought it was cutest thing she'd ever seen, etc, etc. So I said okay, and she picked it up for me. Well -- it is old. To that I will agree. And I'm sure some Dad or Grandpa made it with great love for his little Princess. It started with 2 wooden apple crates, and he added on from there. It is very sturdy; not even a hint of coming apart. The siding is RL siding applied in a ship-lap style, and I don't know what the roof is shingled with - probably RL shingles cut to size. Three of the four floors have linoleum, and one has a fabric carpet. Maybe that was the living room. The windows all had curtains, now very faded and tattered, and the walls are wallpapered. The connecting doors are very short (maybe it was a Mouse House), and the front edges are nicely finished with RL trim. I had relegated it to the loft of my Craft Cottage until I started cleaning out unnecessary stuff, and I tossed all the old catalogs and flyers (not mini related) that I had stashed in it. Then I brought it back down to the main floor and was able to fit it under the stairway on top of a small table. I haven't done anything to it, I kind of like the tattered look of it, and I'm using it as shelving for odds and ends of minis. I was quite disappointed in it when I first saw it, as I was expecting a brand name antique treasure, but the more I look at it the more it grows on me. I don't plan to restore it as a dollhouse, but it is a very nice cupboard, shaped like a dollhouse.
  9. CheckMouse

    Making Progress

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Brick surround for the back of the stove, wallpaper, and ceiling paper all in place on the ground floor. Stairway is just setting there; not installed yet.

    © Checkmouse

  10. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    LOOK WHAT I FOUND! I was browsing the Internet last night, trying to find something to date the flooring and/or wallpaper, when I found this picture. It didn't have an exact date on it, but was shown with other dollhouse styles around 1906. Almost identical to mine!

    © checkmouse

  11. CheckMouse

    Curtains Drying

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    I carefully removed all the curtains (8 windows) and washed them. Put them to soak in a pan of warm sudsy water - by the third washing the water was clean! Placed them all on this drying rack overnight.

    © checkmouse

  12. CheckMouse

    Upper Right Room

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    This will be Momma's room. (haven't found a daddy doll so I guess he'll just have to on a trip.)

    © CheckMouse

  13. AJH

    1/12th Jewellery Box

    From the album: Miniature boxes

    1/12th Ivory and tortoise shell jewellery box The inside contains a removable tray dimensions are 1.5'' in width by 1'' in depth and stands a fraction under an inch in height.

    © AJH

  14. AJH

    1/12th Jewellery Box

    From the album: Miniature boxes

    1/12th Ivory and tortoise shell jewellery box The inside contains a removable tray dimensions are 1.5'' in width by 1'' in depth and stands a fraction under an inch in height.

    © AJH

  15. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    I came across this advertisement for a dollhouse from 1906. Looks pretty close to the Appleby and could well be the inspiration for this homemade house.

    © checkmouse

  16. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Before I get too far along on this project I decided to start my "Time Capsule" which will go back into the closed attic. At Hobby Lobby I found the acid-free photo sleeves, in three different sizes.

    © checkmouse

  17. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    The owner of the cottage stopped by to see how the renovations are coming. Isn't she adorable? Have to come up with a name for her.

    © checkmouse

  18. CheckMouse

    New Tenants

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    As the house becomes more of a real house, and I plan the furnishings, methinks maybe the figurine is not the right person for it. She's actually too tall (almost 7") and I'm not liking the two inseparable dolls. I already have these two resin dolls in my collection, so I just placed them in there to see how they look.

    © checkmouse

  19. CheckMouse

    New Paint - Back

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    The paint runs on the back are original - Papa did that, not me. I have not painted "fresh" wood except on the back, where I painted the ends of the siding and the roofing, and the crossbars on the windows. Haven't yet decided what I'm going to do with the back. I'm going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow, so will look around for ideas.

    © checkmouse

  20. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    That is just shadow on the side of the wall.

    © checkmouse

  21. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    To go with the apple motif, I thought a red roof would look good. Something bright and cheery for the new look.

    © Checkmouse

  22. CheckMouse

    New Doorway

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    With paperclay, wood putty and paint - the revised doorway is finished. I recycled the doorposts from the downstairs door and fit them in the upper, new, section, then reinstated the original top framing pieces.

    © Checkmouse

  23. CheckMouse

    All Gone!

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    I patched up the outside of the lower right window, to make room for the stairway. It has one coat of paint on it, and will receive another coat soon. The patch doesn't affect the basic structure, nothing was removed, and it's just basswood and putty covering the patch - all of which could be removed without much trouble if necessary. On the inside, the wallpaper will cover the opening.

    © checkmouse

  24. From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    After extending the doorway, it wouldn't look good to put a smooth piece of wood in the new section. Finally decided to go with Paperclay. Smooshed it all into place, then roughed it up a bit to resemble the rough hewn look of the original. This is before painting, and before the doorsills are in place.

    © checkmouse

  25. CheckMouse

    Bath Time!

    From the album: The Appleby Cottage

    Spent a couple hours cleaning the little house all up. My research said not to soak wood with water (which was my first inclination) so I used a shopvac to blow into the crevices, then brushed all unpainted surfaces with a copper-bristled brush, then blasted it with air again. After that I took a vinegar/water mixture (1:1) and using a soft rag washed all surfaces, inside and out. Looks much better!

    © Checkmouse

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