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Working With Wallpaper
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
Have you seen? Have you heard? The Taft General Store
Dollhouse Kit is back! It's laser cut which means
that every cut is perfectly precise for fabulous
detailing. I'm fascinated with all the detailing of the
Taft from the exterior stairs to the post office boxes
and counters inside. There are even benches
outside! With a choice between the Taft or the laser
cut Brimbles Mercantile, it will be a
hard decision about which shop to make first. (and
you'll definitely want to make both!)
This month the Gazette takes a look at wallpaper.
There are two schools of thought on wallpapering
based on two types of building styles………those who
decorate after the house is built and those who
decorate during the building process. Both ways are
wonderful and it’s just a matter of personal preference
as to which style a builder uses. Linda Cullen, one of
Greenleaf’s master builders, joins us this month with
a walkthrough of how to wallpaper a tower after the
house is assembled. The next article shows how to
wallpaper before building a house. And finally, we
have a tutorial and some suggestions about what to
do with those leftover wallpaper scraps!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Editor in Chief
Wallpapering a Tower After Building
By Linda Cullen
Join Linda as she shows us how to wallpaper after a
house is built and create a picture perfect tower room!
Wallpapering Before You Build
By Deb Roberts
Follow along as we look at the technique of
wallpapering a house before it's built, including how
to wallpaper around those tricky angles.
Decorating a Hutch with Leftover Wallpaper
By Deb Roberts
Wondering what to do with those scraps of leftover
wallpaper? Use them to dress up a craft store hutch
and turn it into a shabby chic delight!
Member of the Month - Imgervais (Liza)
By Heidi Cleveland
This month I would love to introduce you to Imgervais
(Liza). She has been a member of the Greenleaf
forum since December 7, 2008. Liza lives in Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada with her husband of 18 years and her
Read more about Liza...
Havana Holly's Quick Tips!
By Holly Parker
Many folks want to build a dollhouse for their baby/
small toddler to play with and are rightfully concerned
about safety issues. Until a child is old enough to play
unsupervised with sharps (scissors, pins, etc), a child
should always be supervised playing with any toy with
sharp corners or edges.
Until a child is old enough to want doors that open
and close leave the doors off. I would also leave off
the trims for the doors, and I would do the same with
the windows. Next in addition to sanding all the rough
edges I would go back with spackling compound or
other filler of choice and make all the edges smooth.
In addition to using carpenter's wood glue to
assemble the kit, I use heavy-duty steel staples to
reinforce the corners. I also use 1/4" square stripwood
cut to the height of each interior wall and glue and
staple them pieces into the corners and edges for
added sturdiness. I would paint the finished house
with a glossy, washable interior latex paint in colors
pleasing to the child. Decorations (window & door
trims, roofs, flooring) can be make from paper and
glued on with a tacky glue that can all be removed
later, when the child is older and ready for a more
complete house; then you can add the doors and
windows and roofing & flooring, and the child can help.
A Special Edition Critter Corner!
By Dean Roberts
Please excuse me for indulging myself, but I lost my
dear friend Seven at the beginning of the month. My
life hasn't been the same without her and I wanted to
dedicate this month's critter corner in her honor. She
has been a central part of my life for so long, I feel lost
since she's gone. As with so many other animals,
she was a friend in need when I found her, so in her
memory, I'm having a 7% off sale until the end of the
month with all the proceeds to be donated to the
Cooperstown SPCA. Just enter the coupon code
seven during checkout.
I'd like to apologize to Lisa R and Theo for muscling in on their feature and thank them for their understanding. They both will be highlighted in next 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.