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  1. From the album: The Worthington

    First primer coat and the new roofs for the bay windows - the old ones did not fit at all. And my feet.... Uppsss.....
  2. Hi, I'm Paula, aka gttygrl, from Southern California. I built my first dollhouse in the early '90s--fresh out of college, out of work, and kind of depressed about it, I found solace in building a Newburg kit and furnishing it from treasures found at the miniature store in Stoneham, MA, and the miniature shows held annually at the Shriner's in Wilmington, MA. (You can see it in the background here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcarlson/385724353/in/set-72157594172082365) My sister and I purchased a Worthington kit and built the shell, but I was losing interest by then, and we let it sit there for years unfinished. When I moved from the east coast to SoCal, I gave my Newburg to the children of a friend, that I've now long since lost contact with. I don't remember what we did with the Worthington, probably gave it to the Salvation Army. (I am now imagining kicking my past self repeatedly in the shins.) Then we entered the age of Pinterest, where adorably decorated and landscaped dollhouses pop up on my feed on a regular basis. Last summer (2012, not '13), I bought the Orchid kit from Amazon, with the intention of finishing it for donation at the company's Christmas silent auction. I sanded and painted and stained for a few weeks before I got distracted by something else, again. All the neatly labeled and bagged parts have sat on a shelf for the past year and a half, until I pulled them down last week to try again. It's definitely going up this time. I still have all the extras that I'd purchased back then--the mixture and stencil for the brick exterior, the gazillions of scrapbook paper to choose the wallpaper from, the balsa wood for the molding, the templates I'd made of every wall and window. So far this week I've wallpapered a couple of walls (pinks and greens for the first floor), used tissue paper to "stucco" the first floor ceiling, and completely changed my mind on where the kitchen should go. And I am very grateful to KathyB's White Orchid post showing how she custom-made the stairs (http://kathiebminis.blogspot.com/2009/02/white-orchid-02-oven-wall.html). Once the ceiling paint has dried, I'll be assembling the shell and will likely continue the build in the order described in the More Minis blog (http://moreminis.blogspot.com/2007/04/orchid-day-1.html#.UxeJn86VtrM). This is the dry run. I had to sand some of the tabs to make it fit. I love the stained floors, they make me happy just looking at them. I hope this isn't too long. I can get a little wordy.
  3. ... and I'm finally getting around to introducing myself and my (soon to come) version of the Worthington from Artply. Hello Everyone, I'm originally from Germany but somehow ended up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - and this Christmas I decided to work on a dollhouse kit I bought in 1986 when I was visiting a friend in St.Louis, Missouri. It is a bit sobering to admit that I am building a vintage dollhouse that I bought when it was anything but vintage.... Anyhow, I remember the sales-clerk telling the much more gullible and younger version of me at the time, that: "...there is only basic assembly required..." I wonder if I can sue him for lying and taking advantage of a young girl after all those years I also remember making a first attempt at building it about 15 or 18 years ago and then becoming so overwhelmed that I packed it away until now. So, now I have been working on the base plates and the front panel and I truly wish I could say I'm having a ball but... - the bay windows are a horrible fit so I had to make a new roof for all four - that was fun. - the windows themselves are not what I like so I am making new trims for the interior and I'm currently working on making windows that will open - because an old lady like her needs that. Other than that, I've been trying to repair the havoc my young enthusiasm has wrecked upon the Worthington. I believe I don't have to tell you all that it will be a great adventure from start to finish (whenever that might be) as I see many, many hours of work looming ahead of me. I love that house, however it is a bit too rough looking for my taste and what's a few hundred hours more or less anyways, right? I'll see if I can upload a picture of my measly progress (if I find one that does not have my feet in it), meanwhile you can find me at the crafts store buying things I never thought I needed and spending money I never had. Feel free to ask me anything (I have files with all the templates I created to customize details) and I know where to get the best wood filler here on the coast.... - soapz -
  4. From the album: The Worthington

    Close up of the windows with mullions.
  5. From the album: The Worthington

    These are the windows I made from balsa-wood strips - I want the windows to open which means I have to go hunting for hinges. I tried pin-hinges on a prototype but the wood is too soft. I'm going to use plastic sheet for panes and right now I'm experimenting with nail polish to give them a bit of authenticity - nail-polish also works great for stain-glass effects.
  6. From the album: The Worthington

    It's slowly taking shape. As soon as I'm done getting the shell together, it's wood-filler and sanding time.....
  7. From the album: The Worthington

    Attic floor has some serious warp....
  8. From the album: The Worthington

    ... and of course please ignore the mess in the house.... haven't had time to clean.
  9. From the album: The Worthington

    Dealing with a little warpage here... decided to add a column in each floor to keep it to a minimum. Not sure if I want square columns or round ones.
  10. From the album: The Worthington

    I cut the strips out of the windows because they looked too big and replaced them with a single dividing strip of 1/8 x 3/16. It looks more proportional now...
  11. From the album: The Worthington

    Insert for the bay window. Looks better than trying to use wood filler and sanding it.
  12. From the album: The Worthington

    Front panel without feet...
  13. From the album: The Worthington

    I want windows that open - so I'm trying out options: 1. version on the left: I built two frames with 1/16 x 3/32 and glued the pane in between. I was hoping I could use pin hinges with that - but it is not quite what I'm looking for. 2. version on the right: One frame made of 1/8 x 3/16, pane glued to the back and I will use flat hinges.
  14. From the album: The Worthington

    Close up of the bay window
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    From the album: The Worthington

    This was pretty much the starting point this time around. The bay windows were not attached previously - they were the first mini-project I started on over Christmas.
  16. Just scored a Worthington dollhouse from Artply WITH furniture AND ceramic family for $40.00!!!! The dollhouse it already put together but needs to be decorated and painted. Just not sure where I will put it. I have always wanted the 10 room dollhouse. I want to do some kitbashing. I have seen some people put sky lights on the roofs, so that is one of my ideas. Would also love to add a garage. This is gonna be fun!!!! Susan
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