The Greenleaf Miniature Comunity
  • So You Want to Build a Dollhouse
  • Keeping It Real
  • Interior Wall Finishes
  • Wainscoting Tutorial
  • February's Featured Member of the Month - Meet Havanaholly!
  • February's Quick Tip!
  • The Critter Corner!

  • Historic Style: Carpenter Gothic
  • CSI: Dollhouse Scale
  • Low cost ideas for a corner store


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  • Heart Arbor contest chatter

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    February 2007
    Dear Miniature Enthusiast,

    There isn’t a single broken heart in sight as folks start planning their creations and begin construction on their entries for the first annual Greenleaf Heart Arbor contest. Early reports are indicating that there were mini-stampedes at craft stores around the world as artisans rushed to pick up supplies.

    This contest promises that the mini community can eagerly anticipate seeing creativity taken to a whole new level. The heart arbor kit is already a picture perfect addition to any landscaping project, but inside information indicates that we may see implementations never seen before! Whispers of plans for bashing the kits have been making the rounds and we can’t wait to see how these alterations manifest. Others are secretly gathering blossoms and plants that will surely make the Rose Parade pale in comparison.

    Already, there are indications of a huge turn out for this first annual Heart Arbor contest and more mini-ists joining in all the time. One of the best things about this contest is that it welcomes mini-ists of all skill levels. Even if you’ve never built a house before, this kit is easy to assemble and the potential for its implementation is endless. Best of all, entering the contest is a great way to have a lot of fun, and get to play with other miniaturists all around the world. If you haven’t ordered your Heart Arbor kit yet, your fellow mini-ists encourage you to do so right away. We’re having a wonderful time and the only way we could possibly have more fun is if you were to join us too.

    If you haven’t already heard all the details about the contest, (including the fantastic prizes), visit Heart Arbor Contest to learn all about it. We look forward to seeing you there and to having you join in on the fun!

    Deb Roberts
    Editor in Chief

    So You Want to Build a Dollhouse
    Part 2: Planning a theme or décor

    Now that you’ve selected your dream house, you may want to consider how you’re going to decorate or theme the house before you start building. A specific theme or décor can call for modifications to the house that may require planning ahead.

    The planning process is unique to each builder, so there is no wrong or right way to proceed. Many builders consider the planning process to be one of the most entertaining parts of building miniatures. In this article we’ll cover some tips and techniques to try as you go thru the planning process.

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    Keeping It Real
    Historical Accuracy in Minis

    The ultimate compliment to a miniaturist might well be, “I had to look twice to make sure it wasn’t real!” Even when we’re creating works of fancy, we strive for as much realism as possible. Of course, since there are no rules to miniatures, even the most dedicated historian can sometimes make concessions such as ‘The running water in this home was very cutting edge for its time’ or ‘The stairs are behind the wall you can’t see’ or ‘The fireplace is on the opposite side of the house from the chimney due to an engineering feat. The homeowner was a genius’. After all, sometimes a fixture is just too perfect for a house to leave it out just because it might not be precise for the era.

    Full story...

    Interior Wall Finishes

    When it comes to treatments for interior walls, the choices seem to be endless and in many ways, they are! As a builder, you are only limited to your imagination. Your choice of wall treatment is usually based on the type of theme or décor you’re using in the house.

    Full story...

    Wainscoting Tutorial Wainscoting Tutorial
    By Christine Hardy

    While building a Colonial dollhouse, I was unable to find the kind of period wainscoting I wanted, so I decided to try making my own. I was pleased to discover that you can achieve impressive results using stripwood from your local hobby store and a few pieces of Houseworks molding.

    Full tutorial...

    Holly February's Featured Member of the Month - Meet Havanaholly!
    By Teresa Martens

    Holly (havanaholly) has been a member of the Greenleaf Miniature Community since March 23, 2005. She also is a ‘Team Master Builder’ and you can see some of her wonderful houses at the links provided below. With 8,230 posts (and counting!) she has provided know-how and inspiration with her wry sense of humor and tell-it-like-it is attitude.

    Read more about Holly...

    February's Quick Tip!
    by Linda Cullen

    Keep a flash light handy when you’re putting up wallpaper. When you’re ready to cut out the windows, shine the flashlight behind it so you can see where to make your cuts.

    If you would like to submit a Quick Tip to the Greenleaf Gazette, please send an email with your tip to and include the words “Quick Tip” in the subject line.

    The Critter Corner!
    Seeing double!

    This month’s Critter Corner features Missymew and Mini-Mew. We hear that Missymew is a dedicated mini-ist and often supervises the work of her human friend Susanne. While it appears that Missymew has cloned herself into mini form, her tiny friend is a creation of talented Anya.

    Susanne, thanks for sharing such a great picture of Missymew and Mini-Mew with us. Missymew will be receiving a $25 gift certificate from PetSmart for brightening our day.


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