Welcome to the Greenleaf Gazette!
Warm Floors and Cool Workspaces
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
It’s starting to feel like it’s been winter forever and that
spring will never arrive, especially for folks in parts of
the US who have been digging out from under one
snow storm after another. Poor little Phil the
Groundhog is probably one of the least liked critters in
the world right now! February seems to be when
cabin fever and the winter blues are the worst so we
thought we’d help warm things up a little and share
some excellent projects for beating that cabin fever.
This month Casey Rice (and Tessie) shares a tutorial
for creating tile floors that will warm up your toes just
looking at them. Gina has some excellent tips for
creating an efficient workspace in a small area that
won’t strain at your pocketbook either. Also joining us
this month is Brandaen Jones, who shares some of
the techniques he used to create the Gris Gris house
which won third place in the HBS 15th Annual Creatin’
I know that everyone is watching for signs of spring.
Some people are checking the bird feeders to see if
the first robin has arrived yet. Others brush away
snow from flower beds to see if the tulips are pushing
up yet. However, in the miniature world we anxiously
await another sign of spring... the Greenleaf Annual
Spring Fling Contest! Spring Fling means that warm
weather is just around the corner, but more
importantly it means a new kit and a new chance to
share building and creating with our miniature friends
and family. So organize your workspace, think about
all those dream dollhouse ideas that you’ve put aside
for ‘someday’, and get ready for Spring Fling 2010!
Editor in Chief
Tile and Bricks from Mat Board
By Casey Rice
Many years ago I saw a technique similar to this used
for Dungeons and Dragons. I thought that, with a little
alteration, it might work for dollhouses. It is fairly
simple to do, with a bit of practice and takes very few
materials and equipment.
Creating a Space (and Cost) Efficient Workspace
By Gina Lasalles
Having a good work space set up to build your
dollhouse is key for a successful outcome.
Dollhouses can be time consuming and messy
projects. Think of all the wood scraps, splinters and
dust that you will have laying around your building
area for weeks if not months, to come. Not to mention
all of the tools and materials that will be competing
with your dollhouse for space.
Aging and Distressing the Adams Dollhouse (Part 1)
by Brandaen Jones
I had never tried to weather or age a doll house before
I attempted this house. Throughout the entire project I
was just astonished how much I could do cheaply and
make it look realistic at the same time.
Member of the Month - Meet Tiffanie (Kitten)
By Heidi Cleveland
I would love to introduce you to our February Member
of the Month, Tiffanie (Kitten). Tiffanie has been a
member of the Greenleaf forum since August 29,
2007. I was drawn to Tiffanie because she has a
Duracraft Marquam Hill mansion just like I do. I love to
see how someone else interprets the same
Read more about Tiffanie...
The Critter Corner!
If you have a cat in your life, you know what these
moments are like. You’re concentrating on the task at
hand, completely caught up in what you’re doing, and
suddenly a paw jumps out of nowhere followed by a
furry face. Obviously whatever you’re doing requires
that the kitty be involved! Ann describes TabbyGrey as
her “key helper pest” but we’re pretty sure that
TabbyGrey just believes that curiosity never killed
anything but time.
Thanks to Ann (uppitycats) for sharing this picture with us. She and TabbyGrey will receive a $25 gift card from Petsmart for being featured in this month's 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.