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Tips for Interior Design
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and include the
words “Quick Tip” in the subject line.
The Critter Corner!
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
brightening our day.