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Greetings and salutations—as indicated, I live in Massachusetts, about 40 miles northwest as the crow flies from Boston. Remember the line in “Paul Revere’’s Ride” about riding to “spread the alarm/ To every Middlesex village and farm/ For the country folk to be up and to arm?” My town is one of the villages he didn’t reach, because of being captured by the British between Lexington and Concord.

I came to miniatures and dollhouses by way of collecting small dolls and their assorted accessories and belongings. I have worked on a couple of roomboxes and a very small dollhouse (the Adams), but my current is my first really big house. Bought it as a shell years ago fron Real Good Toys, and then it sat until shortly before the pandemic began and all my outside activities got cancelled. In its finished form, depending upon whether you added porches or additions, it appears on Pinterest as the Hawthorne, the Woodstock, or the Altamont—generic Victorian with a tower and a big front gable. As none of the finishing accessory packs are available anymore, finishing will require some further purchases, and possibly some kit bashing. 

I retired from work seven years ago, and have enjoyed the free time to pursue all my interests, which include fiber arts (knitting and spindle spinning), gardening, sewing (aspiring quilter!), birding, and attending to whatever animals are sharing the house at the time, though I’m down to one cat at present. He’s deliberately ignoring me right now, because he got taken to the vet for his annual checkup today and is mad at me. 

And now I’m off to apply another coat of paint to The Hawthorne-Woodstock-Altamont dollhouse!

 

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Welcome from a fellow (former) Massachusettsian! I grew up in Newton and I have family in Concord. Unfortunately all of the mini shops I used to know of in the area have closed. :(

We'd love to see pictures of the house you're working on. After you've made 5 posts you'll be able to start an album in the gallery.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the little family, Elizabeth.  As you get more comfortable with the idea you can try making the additions and changes you want, yourself.

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On 3/21/2021 at 2:55 PM, fov said:

Welcome from a fellow (former) Massachusettsian! I grew up in Newton and I have family in Concord. Unfortunately all of the mini shops I used to know of in the area have closed. :(

We'd love to see pictures of the house you're working on. After you've made 5 posts you'll be able to start an album in the gallery.

 

 

 

Small world! I’ve spent short periods of time living in Northern California when my dad was in the Navy—twice on Mare Island and once in San Leandro. 

Yeah, miniatures shops are nearly as rare as local yarn stores these days. It’s hard to compete with the internet. EarthnTree in Amherst NH is the closest to me. It’s not far away from where my daughter lives, though (Goffstown), so—ROAD TRIP!! when we get released from COVID restrictions...

 

 

 

 

 

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On 3/21/2021 at 6:04 PM, havanaholly said:

Welcome to the little family, Elizabeth.  As you get more comfortable with the idea you can try making the additions and changes you want, yourself.

Thanks, Holly! I already figured out an addition to put on—my partly finished Adams! I will just need to get over being intimidated by power tools so I can cut a connecting door. Baby steps. 

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Welcome to the Forum!

I am originally from Massachusetts. Samuel Prescott warned us about the British and our minutemen marched to the old north bridge in Concord to fight. 

 

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