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  1. Hello! I'm currently working on my first dollhouse. I bought this already assembled and have noticed there are hinges in the corners of most of the rooms (photos attached) some of which stick out quite bit. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for how to hide these as I don't want them to show under my wallpapers. (it seems as if they were used to pull the corners of the dollhouse walls together) Thanks!
  2. Hi, I am currently working on my first dollhouse. It is an Alison Jr. I am hoping to handpaint and illustrate my own wallpaper and am not sure where to start. What paper is recommended? Also wondering if a seal, specific glue is required. I was hoping to make individual entire wall sized paintings (probably with watercolour paint) that will mount to the walls as wallpaper (and won't fade over time).
  3. I have built a bunch of mini homes but I think the last one I did was over 4 years ago. I really want to get back into it, I have tons of kits that I have great ideas for but I am feeling a little panic. I just have not done this in so long I feel like I am going to screw it up somehow. Starting with a Buttercup cottage for a 4 year old relative. Looking for some good tips and maybe a few words of encouragement! Thanks! Jen in NJ
  4. I have recently acquired a amazingly beautiful doll house for FREE, hard to believe, but it's true. There are a few cosmetic issues on the exterior that need replaced and/or fixed: The entire porch railing. Most of the clear plastic window backings are missing. Doors need it be replaced. Trim work needs to be replaced, and from what I can tell, a balcony/walkway of some sort existed above thw3rd floor window and wrapped around both sides of the house. I want to restore & repair it to prime condition & do it correctly. I was never lucky enough as a child to have one of my own.
  5. I love making punchneedle rugs so much, I just wanted to share a few things about the process in case anyone is thinking it's too hard or complicated. It's not. It's easy and fun and the rugs look so great in miniature. So, the point of this post is to share some supplies needed and steps, trouble shooting, etc to help take any mystery out of the process. First, supplies. You need : -pattern book, iron on transfers or your own design -weavers cloth -punchneedle tool and threader in sizes extra small and small (the small sz is optional, some people only use
  6. I’m clearing off my work table to make room for dollhouse Christmas projects I’ve got going. I have a few offerings, all unassembled, some unpainted, some carefully china painted. Assembly instructions will be included. Assembly is done with simple materials like pipe cleaners, cotton balls, super glue and tacky glue. These make a really fun do-it-yourself project and it’s an affordable way to add beautiful dolls to your dollhouse. These are porcelain dolls in 1:12 scale, cast, cleaned and fired, some are painted, by me. The china painted dolls undergo a meticulous process of 5 to 7 trips thr
  7. I have a few porcelain castings I can offer this morning. I’m going to the post office this afternoon so these could be shipped out today. Private message me for details. Unpainted, unassembled porcelain bisque dolls are the most economical way to add beautiful porcelain dolls of artist quality to your dollhouse scenes. Paint them with acrylics yourself. Costume them in good quality cotton or silks, add a viscose fiber hairdo and you have a creation and family heirloom you can be very proud of. There are links, tutorials, patterns etc. available online. My dolls are cast by
  8. I bought this villa! I've been looking at these kits for awhile and decided to get one! https://www.ebay.com/itm/253586790267 I hope it's not too hard I know the directions are in chinese... Someone on the site has a paris shop I think it was. They are such cute kits. amanda
  9. Today I have made a lovely pan and pot for my dollhouse. They are made of brass and copper. Maybe someone will be interested in my method.
  10. I have a few extras from my recent firings. This doll is called Lucinda, by mold maker Marie Wheat. Cast, cleaned, fired and polished by myself. She would stand 5.5 inches when put together with pipe cleaners and cotton wrap. I send instructions for that process or there are many online tutorials for assembling I can direct you to. This offering is for an unassembled, unpainted, polished porcelain doll. For the do it yourself Miniaturist. Her eyes are big and I found her one of the easiest to paint, from all of the dolls I've painted so far. She can be painted with acrylics.
  11. I have a few porcelain dolls available. These particular dolls are painted by me with oil paint. I think it would be neat if they could be sold together as an instant family for your dollhouse but of course I will sell them separately. I take a lot of care and time to assemble my dolls so that they'll stand without a doll stand. I hate doll stands. If they are balanced they will stand by themselves. With the exception of the sleeping "ballerina". I haven't added the arms because it's easier for me to costume them without the arms glued on, until the bodice is complete. You would jus
  12. I just had a baby girl (after 2 boys) and bought a beautiful huge but old doll house. I want to renovate it but don’t know where to begin. My biggest problem is I don’t know what material the walls of the house are made out of. It’s maybe plastic, mdf, wood, no clue. The trim is all wood so that’s good. So my main questions are: what type of paint should I buy to paint the unknown material?! What should I use to seal it all so it last a long time walls - scrapbook paper or is it worth it to splurge on wall paper? Roof - the roof is huge. I don’t even know
  13. From the album: Furniture & Accessories

    My first attempt at making furniture. Made from cardstock and matboard. Pattern from http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com.
  14. From the album: Furniture & Accessories

    My first attempt at making furniture. Made from cardstock and matboard. Pattern from http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com.
  15. From the album: Furniture & Accessories

    My first attempt at making furniture. Made from cardstock and matboard. Pattern from http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com.
  16. From the album: Dura Craft FH505 Conversion

    Cutting and painting strips of vinyl (I think it is vinyl) for DIY shingles. Gluing on with Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Will see how successful this experiment turns out.
  17. Help! My nine-year-old just purchased the Fairfield as her first real dollhouse kit build. We are just finishing the tape run and I can tell for so many reasons that this wasn't a good place for her to start, but I'm looking for a way to encourage her to continue this hobby while not spending thousands of dollars just yet. (She's only 9. I would like to be sure this is a hobby that will stick for a bit.) I think she'll be good at it -- I'll see if I can figure out how to attach a photo of how she "bricked" the inside of the fireplaces by sponging off a second layer of paint.
  18. JaimeG

    Little Round Rug

    From the album: Makin' Minis

    Little rug made from decorative twine a mailing label and some cardstock.

    © J. Girard

  19. As I am a Snowbird, now in our winter home in Florida, I had to leave the Pierce dollhouse that I was working on back north in Canada. I've not been idle however I thought I would work on some furnishings to inspire me when I return to the main construction in the spring. Here is a baby crib I've just completed. I still have to dress it, but I thought I would share what I've done so far.
  20. From the album: Sugarplum Dollhouse

    Well, kitchenette is almost there. And I have to say I love the sink and faucet. The Dura Clear Gloss Barnish is fantastic. For anyone who is somewhat creative, I recommend 100% creating your very own custom kitchen. It's time consuming but so rewarding. Don't think I would ever buy a kitchen setup.....maybe a fridge or stove, but not the cabinetry
  21. Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. My name is Mish. I've always been a miniaturist but took a long break and now I'm back. I grew up as a young girl surrounded by dollhouses and miniatures. My parents owned a successful miniature business when I was growing up. My two sons gave me several DIY 1:25 dollhouse rooms for Christmas. This gave me the bug. I happened upon this site because today I managed to snag a new sugarplum dollhouse from a local site for $15. I'm blown away by all the beautiful work in the gallery. I'm really looking forward to e
  22. So, my day started awesome: i don't believe in coincidence! Now i'm starting to focus again on dollhouse making and really am going for it, i now stumbled at the magazine shop, at the first two parts of a weekly Dutch magazine, were you will build piece by piece your own dollhouse and you receive nice furniture and other little accessories. Scale 1:12. The hous is more like a German chalet/cabin, but it's very cute. They say it will come in 100 parts! Part 1 was only 2 euros and i received already a porcelaine bath and some tiny accessories and part two was 5 euros and brought a heavy metal st
  23. From the album: Starving Artist

    Now that Vincent has been mucking about in his studio a little more, he needs a place to wash up and clean his brushes when he uses acrylics or watercolors. Read a little about Vincent over the weekend and decided that I went back in time and brought him to Cape Cod right after the ear incident. There, the sound of the waves pounding on the shore quieted his troubled spirit and he now paints and sculpts in peace
  24. WyckedWood

    chair

    From the album: Holly Cottage by WyckedWood

    I Christmas~ified a plain wooden chair with handpainting, a seat cushion and a sprig of greenery tied with raffia, and a red tree ornament added.

    © K.L. 2014

  25. WyckedWood

    chair cushion

    From the album: Holly Cottage by WyckedWood

    I love this fabric, so cute.

    © K.L. 2014

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