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Found 18 results

  1. From the album: Dura-Craft Sweetheart

    Due to the tiny size of the kitchen, there wasn't room for a full size refrigerator and still room for play so I opted for non functional cabinets and a vintage style built in fridge.
  2. Mama Mia Minis

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    From the album: Dura-Craft Sweetheart

    The trellis was a last minute idea. I wish I would have installed it prior to the roof so it could lay under. I do love the house number plaque though.
  3. Hi! I've been lurking in the forums for a few weeks now, soaking up all the info I can from all you knowledgeable folks, but I've finally got some specific questions to ask, so I figured I better introduce myself first. I'm a thirty-six-year-old college professor who lives and works in Chicago. For as long as I can remember, I've loved miniatures--always adored cut-away house views in my picture books and became totally obsessed when I first saw the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute on a school trip. After much begging, my dad put together a dollhouse for me when I was about nine, a DuraCraft Sweetheart. I played with that little house non-stop, eventually expanding into a bookcase when my ambitions outgrew those four wee rooms. I never had much in the way of store-bought accessories/furniture, so I made things out of bits and bobs and even taught myself to sew so I could have dolls and bedding and curtains. In college, I started off as an interior architecture major and the model-building aspect was by far my favorite component, but then I switched majors and ended up following a completely different career path and hadn't really thought about miniatures and dollhouses since. Then a few months back, life started to get really stressful, and I found myself seeking more escapism in my off-hours. Something inspired me to look up dollhouses on Pinterest (no idea why it had never occurred to me to seek this stuff out online before) and my childhood obsession came back big-time. I started telling my husband all about that little dollhouse I had as a kid and how frustrated I'd been that it never got finished properly (Dad glued the shell together and called it a day) and how much I'd always wanted a less babyish, 'serious' dollhouse. In the middle of my wistful whining, it occurred to me that, hey, I'm a grown-up now with money to spend how I please and nobody forbidding me from using sharp tools--if I want to build a big ole 'serious' dollhouse, I totally can. Woo! So here I am now, way down the rabbit hole. I had my eyes set on building The Harrison (so many rooms! so many bay windows!), but decided that rehabbing my old Sweetheart and finishing it properly might be a smarter place to start and learn some skills first. I've been working on that but in the process noticed that the scale of the house seems off and store-bought items don't really look right inside. To solve this issue, I started building better-fitting furniture myself and, holy moly, do I love building and designing from scratch! While continuing to work on the Sweetheart, I've been filling a notebook with designs for future builds, and I'm starting to suspect my next project after the Sweetheart rehab might be a custom build. I have some design/planning experience from college, but we only ever worked with foamcore models, so wood is a whole new ball game. I just placed an order for a Dremel and have SO many questions, but I'll save those for later posts. This forum is such a great repository of useful info, and you all seem like such friendly, helpful folks--just wanted to say hello and thanks for creating such a neat little resource and community on the web!
  4. From the album: My Grandparents' Houses

    A well completed shell for a Dura-Craft Sweetheart. Some finishing pieces from the kit are still in the box. I will likely finish and donate this house as well, if it isn't wanted by a family member.
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