Welcome to the Greenleaf Gazette!
Tips for Interior Design
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
Spring is here and there are signs of the season
popping up everywhere around Greenleaf. A visit to
the forum will lift your spirits with a delightful look of
flowers, bunnies and green, green, green plants!
Miniaturists are turning their thoughts to landscaping
and gardening mini-style, and the annual spring
cleaning of the mini houses has begun.
The Heart Arbor Contest has come to a close and the
winners have been announced amid a great deal of
excitement and anticipation. To see the
announcement of the winners, and find out about a
little surprise for everyone who entered in the contest,
It was a tough decision for the judges with so many
wonderful creations to choose from. You can see all
the entries here in the Heart
Arbor Gallery. Be sure to stop by and take a look
at the incredible collection of mini eye candy. The
level of talent, creativity and imagination of our
members is truly inspiring and you won't want to miss
a single entry
Congratulations to all the winners!
Editor in Chief
So You Want to Build a Dollhouse
Part 3: Tools and tips to get you started
First of all, find a workspace where you can spread out
your tools and materials and leave them undisturbed
for the duration of your project. When building a
house, you don't want to spend precious time moving
things out of the way and then setting up again. After
all, that’s time that could be spent working on minis
instead of gathering up your supplies repeatedly.
Keeping your work in one area also decreases the
chance of losing a tiny piece of trim.
An Open Letter to Felines
By Napoleon B. Roberts
Dear Fellow Felines,
My name is Napoleon and my human plays with
dollhouses. If you’re reading this, chances are that
your human does the same. Not only do they play
with them, but they build entire houses and fill them
with tiny things that look as if they might be Cat toys,
but we’re told we can’t play with them. This is a gross
insult to felines everywhere.
It’s not our nature to be overtly aggressive in our
protests, because Cats are subtle creatures.
However, it is our birthright to be the center of every
human's universe and this obsession with miniatures
is depriving us of quality time that should be spent
rubbing ears or filling our dinner dishes. Therefore,
we must consider a full scale movement to bring the
human's attention back where it rightfully belongs... to
Filling in the Gaps
By Deb Roberts
A natural challenge to building houses is finding ways
to fill in gaps around wall seams, tabs, and in areas
that just don't quite fit together smoothly. Sometimes
we don’t get joins perfectly square, or there might be a
bit of natural warping in the wood that creates a little
space that needs to be filled. Builders know that
gaps are a part of the process and there are a
multitude of creative ways to fill or cover them.
Colonial Fireplace Tutorial
By Christine Hardy
When I first moved to the Philadelphia area, I was
captivated by the classical simplicity of the historic
homes here and wanted to recreate this style in my
dollhouse. After touring several homes and poring
over reference books, I realized that one of the
distinctive features of the Colonial style is the
woodwork covering the internal chimneys. I decided
to try building my own using a Jamestown fireplace by
Houseworks for the base. I then built the chimney to
fit on top of it using stripwood from the local hobby
store and a few pieces of Houseworks molding.
Full dollhouse tutorial...
March's Featured Member of the Month - Meet Peggi!
By Teresa Martens
Peggi (Peggi) has been a member of the Greenleaf
Miniature Community since May 28, 2005. With 2,780
posts (and counting) her gentle southern spirit exudes
in her willingness to help and share with others.
Read more about Peggi...
March's Quick Tip!
When shingling houses with gables, make a paper
template of the gable and roof pieces before
assembling the structure. When it comes time to
shingle, you can use the template to make the correct
angled cuts in your shingles before applying them.
(Thanks Havana Holly!)
If you would like to submit a Quick Tip to the Greenleaf
Gazette, please send an email with your tip to
email@example.com and include the
words “Quick Tip” in the subject line.
The Critter Corner!
The Cat That Ate Manhattan!
The appetizer Simba has chosen this evening is
Carrie’s Pierce. For the main course, she’ll be having
a robust Garfield and for dessert, she's selected a
delicate Sugarplum. When asked about the best
choice of wine with a Pierce, Simba suggested a
Carrie (CJEP), thank you for
sharing this picture of Simba with us. Simba will be
receiving a $25 gift certificate from PetSmart
for being the March Critter of the Month.