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Hi! I'm new to the miniature and dollhouse world. I'm from Ohio. I never thought I would own a dollhouse even though I've always loved them. Surprisingly my mother bought me the Beacon Hill kit for my 52nd birthday. I was in complete shock! I have no idea where to start past reading the directions and thinking "oh my, what have I gotten myself into?" I need help starting from the very beginning. 

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Welcome to the little family, Denise.  Read over the instructions, read them again holding the schematics sheet in your other hand so you can see where the parts referred to in the instructions are, put the instructions beside the box and take each plywood sheet and compare it to the schematic picture for it as you put the plywood sheets into numerical order (go over the number on the plywood sheet with a Sharpie pen).  Put the transparency sheet with the window and door inserts between the pages of the Warm-Up sheet to protect them and lay the plywood sheets, the schematics, the instructions and the Warm-Up sheet back in the box and go eat a piece of chocolate or sip an adult beverage of your choice and relax.  When you feel better, arm yourself with a craft knife or utility knife with lots of new, sharp blades, a roll of masking or painter's tape, a good carpenter's wood glue and a clear-drying tacky glue (for the transparent inserts), some sandpaper, and prepare to have fun.  Some time along the way the house may begin to talk to you and tell you its back story and what it wants and how it wants to look; you are not losing your mind.

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