Welcome to the Greenleaf Gazette!
Windmills, Windows and Winding Vines
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
This month we have a real treat as Jen Barrick, winner of the Spring Fling 2009 contest, shares some how-to advice about the creation of her Loganberry Mill. Jen used some amazing techniques in this build and you'll be fascinated to learn how she did it. Tracy Topps also joins us this month with a tutorial for creating a beautiful clematis vine just in time for your summer landscaping. We'll also take a look at window treatments that work wonderfully well in miniature, and what makes them so perfect for 1:12 scale.
Have you seen the latest kits being offered by
Greenleaf? Our new line of laser cut dollhouses
continues to expand with the pending release of the
Beaumont Dollhouse Kit. This dollhouse will
represent a giant leap forward as we've given it a total
facelift with detail never before seen in a Greenleaf kit.
Unfortunately, all this work has delayed the release
until the second week in August with the Emerson
Row and Chantilly soon to follow. You don't want to
miss out on any of these fabulous kits, so be sure to
check our store regularly!
Editor in Chief
Tips and Techniques of the Original Loganberry Mill
By Jen Barrick
This month we're honored to have Jen Barrick join us
with some insight into how she created the awe
inspiring Loganberry Mill. Jen shares some of her
tips and techniques for creating this amazingly
realistic miniature masterpiece.
Window Treatments That Work!
By Deb Roberts
When it comes to interior design, windows can be the
most important focal point of any room. That's true in
miniature as well as life sized rooms. Windows were
originally created to let light into a home, but I'm pretty
sure that 15 minutes after the first window was
invented there was a woman measuring it for curtains!
Miniature Clematis Vine
By Tracy Topps
This beautiful clematis vine is quick and easy to make and provides a lovely touch to any miniature landscaping project. Follow along as Tracy shows us how it's done!
By Heidi Cleveland
In this edition of the Collector`s cabinet, I would like to
introduce you to Kathie (KathieB), Kathleen (ItzKathyP),
and Muriel. They have some beautiful little bits to
share with you.
Member of the Month - Meet Kelly (kellee)
By Heidi Cleveland
I would like to introduce you to our July Member of the
month, Kelly (kellee). She has been a member of the
Greenleaf forums since May 28, 2005. Kelly is a really
nice person to know and talk to. She does beautiful
work on her dollhouses and she find ingenious ways
to make miniatures on a budget.
Read more about Kelly...
Havana Holly's Quick Tips!
By Holly Parker
The Door Hinge: I don't like the little
brass hinges. They are pretty, and all, but if applied
like RL hinges on the edge of the door and the jamb,
you won't see them anyway. I use strips of chamois
cut from the detail-chamois you can buy at Pep Boys,
but twill tape or any doubled sturdy fabric will do. If the
kit door is a single thickness of plywood you can use
split craft sticks for trim. Cut the strip double the width
of your trim and at least 1/4 the length of your door. I
like to use three pieces for a door. Glue half the strips
lengthwise & evenly spaced along the edge you want
to hang and glue your trim on top and clamp it TIGHT
until it's dry. Next glue the other half to the edge of the
doorway and glue the door trim over the top and
weight it down until it's dry. Voila!
The Critter Corner!
Take me to the mini shop, please!
Biscuit has found a mode of transportation that saves him money on gas and if he saves money on gas, he'll have more money to spend at the mini store! While Bullet may not be speedy, we hear that he gets pretty good mileage on a head of lettuce.
Biscuit, Bullet and their human, Chesterfieldzoo will receive 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.