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Cool Minis for Hot Days
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
As summer draws to a close, the heat seems to put even the most dedicated miniaturist into a lethargic mood. Projects are set to one side in favor of a glass of something cold savored while sitting in the shade. We've got just the cure for your summer slump! This month, we're featuring tutorials for a miniature telescope that adds excitement to those hot summer nights when your little people are sitting outside gazing at the stars; tips for windows that beg to be opened to let in some cool breezes; and a parquet floor that is just plain cool.
Also, I'd like to bring attention to our "So Long Summer Sale" which is a great opportunity to get FREE SHIPPING from the Greenleaf Company Store! It's simple, just buy any birdhouse and you'll get free shipping on your entire order! See the coupon at the bottom of this email for more details!
Editor in Chief
By Deb Roberts
Double-hung windows can be a challenge when building a dollhouse kit. If you've ever done them, you might remember the first time when you sat looking at all the pieces trying to figure out just how in the world they go together. It almost seems to be a puzzle to get them in the correct places so that your windows come together correctly. If you've never done double-hung windows and are considering a kit that has this window style, this tutorial gives tips and tricks to get them to go together smoothly and with realistic results.
By Chris Shea
Chris created this beautiful telescope with some simple items and a lot of talent and imagination. Follow along with Chris as she shows us how.
By Gayle Taylor
Gayle has created some simply breathtaking parquet floors using quilt block patterns and strips of leftover siding. Come and see how Gayle creates this masterpiece.
Member of the Month - Meet Nathaniel!
By Heidi Cleveland
I would like to introduce you to our August Member of
the Month, Nathaniel. Nathaniel has been a member
of the Greenleaf community since February 27, 2008.
Nathaniel is one of our younger members. He brings
great enthusiasm for the craft that puts a smile on all
of our faces when we read about his newest projects
Read more about Nathaniel...
Havana Holly's Quick Tips!
By Holly Parker
WATER: To simulate flowing/ falling water in a
mini landscape you can use bits of that ghastly
opalescent plastic "tinsel" you bought by mistake one
Christmas, or you can take a bit of aluminum foil and
twist it & crumple it a bit, gently spread it out a little (for
flowing water) or just a little bit towards one end (for
falling water) and then fold the ends at opposing right
angles. Hit it randomly with Gallery Glass or
transparent watercolor paints from the tube or drawing
inks in shades of blues & greens (maybe a touch of
brown) and trickle a clear-drying glue or clear nail
enamel over it (I'd do this on a piece of waxed paper
on top of newspapers & paper towels, because it's
gloriously messy). Glue it into your scene where you
The Critter Corner!
Two's company, but three's crowd?
This picture may just be the answer to the question about why we build dollhouses. Obviously, it's so our cats have a place to sleep! There's no doubt that cats are fascinated by dollhouses and Pat's furbabies are no exception to the rule. In fact, they also support Pat's philosophy of "just one more"!
Our thanks to Pat for sharing this delightful picture with us. She'll be receiving a $25 gift card from Petsmart for being featured in the Critter Corner.
If you'd like to submit your pet's picture for
consideration for the Critter Corner, you can upload
pictures in the "Good Pets
acting bad!" or "Good Pets acting cute!"
galleries at the Greenleaf Forum.