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Hi, I've been reading this forum's content as an unregistered researcher since February when I first experienced a personal surge of interest in miniatures. This came about as a result of an online auction purchase of an (unseen) Greenleaf Westville Cottage Kit. Still boxed, and I guess vintage (circa 1990) I won the bidding, got it home and peeked inside at the shocking sight of an unassembled dollhouse kit. Yikes. I knew enough not to remove it from the box until I learned what I was supposed to do with it. Quite a lot, it seems. It's mid-April and the kit is not built yet because I can't do the sanding it requires indoors, and of course, being Ontario it's still too cold to work outside. So I started learning how to furnish it, paint it, etc. while I'm waiting. I've been making tiny wooden shelves and boxes from scratch (oh and a fireplace) (learning about tools like miter boxes and saws, pin drills, blades and knives, clamps, and glues) and turned out a surprisingly realistic and fun-to-make array of polymer clay food, bowls, pots, and plates. I also began to purchase new and inexpensive accessories including a tape electric light system and tiny lights - guess I don't need to say tiny anymore - and collect stuff from thrift shops, etc, to repurpose. I bought a gazillion cedar roof tiles and some siding from The Little Dollhouse Company, here in Toronto, and a few other impractical but adorable little things. I'm semi-retired and other than my husband, my motorcycle, and my big standard poodle, I have few demands on my life. Part-time work is copywriting and editing. But it hasn't taken me long to realize that this miniature obsession is way more fun than copywriting. So here I am. Because now I have TWO Greenleaf Dollhouses. Yesterday I came home with an old, pre-loved, fully constructed Pierce dollhouse that needs some TLC. Our dining room table is its new home and we have to eat dinner at the coffee table now. (image below) It's wired and has lots of lights (chandeliers, sconces, lamps, and spares) and only cost $75 Canadian. I forgot to mention, I also acquired a Serendipity Shed kit because, well every woman needs her own shed right? I can make it into a mini motorcycle workshop. I'm going to need lots of practical help, more money, and maybe some therapy! Very best, Rosemary
From the album: Sugarplum Dollhousethis is the beginning of a kitchenette I am making for my dollhouse. I don't really know what I'm doing. I'm winging it. As far as scale.....I'm winging that too. The first floor on the sugarplum house is only 6", so I kind of feel that standard 1:12 furnishings are too large. I'm going to scale down all furnishings so I can make it comfy. I want to extend out a little bar to make two chairs but I'll see how that goes. now for all you professional miniaturist a, remember, I have never done this before. for all newbies, I did this with an sac to knife, ruler, and a packet of Balsa wood in different sizes, purchased at Hobby Lobby, $12.99 with 40% off coupon. I think I am going to do the cabinets in a distressed olive green with a dark wash on crevices.