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  1. The Best way to navigate this blog is to select a members name from the tag that is under their post. This will give you a list of only that builders post.  As an example, please see this link:  'Follow Minis On The Edge's Orchid'.  As you can see, only Tracy's entries are visible. Please keep in mind that the order of the blog entries change as people add comments, so we recommend that you look at the dates of the different posts and start with the oldest.  As you move forward in time, you'll see the progression through the building progress.

    If you still have questions about the construction of your Orchid Dollhouse, don't be afraid to join our community and ask a few questions.  The Greenleaf Miniature Community has the largest collection of knowledgeable miniaturist on the internet, many who I call friends... its a great place to meet like minded people!

    Thank you for choosing Greenleaf Dollhouses and the Orchid Dollhouse Kit and big thanks to all that made these blogs possible!

    Mini Man

  2. The Haunted Dollhouse Kit is a fun way to celebrate to decorate you house for Halloween. You will find this blog useful for tips and decorating ideas as build your Haunted Dollhouse.

    The Best way to navigate this blog is to select a members name from the category are to the left. That will sort all the blog entries so that you will be looking at one persons progress as the move through their construction of the Haunted Dollhouse.

    Please Keep in mind that blogs are in reverse chronological order, so you we recommend that you scroll down to see the start of this dollhouse kit, and then scroll up to see the progression through the building progress.

    Thank you for choosing Greenleaf Dollhouse and the Haunted Dollhouse Kit!

  3. The Arthur Dollhouse Kit remains one of Greenleaf's most popular kits. You will find this blog useful for tips a decorating ideas as build your Arthur Dollhouse.

    The Best way to navigate this blog is to select a members name from the category are to the left. That will sort all the blog entries so that you will be looking at one persons progress as the move through their construction of the Arthur Dollhouse.

    Please Keep in mind that blogs are in reverse chronological order, so you we recommend that you scroll down to see the start of this dollhouse kit, and then scroll up to see the progression through the building progress.

    Thank you for choosing Greenleaf Dollhouse and the Arthur Dollhouse Kit!

  4. Step 3 calls for the middle sized tower pieces to be added. It is on sheet number 3. I have also glued the tower top on. This is what it should look like.

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    Part F Step 1

    The instructions calls for the front roof part to be added. This is what it will look like. Mine is NOT glued in because I am going to shingle mine 1st because it is hard to shingle around the tower and cut the shingle correctly. I am also thinking about adding a Garden deck by opening up the roof this time. you'll see that soon.

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    Part F Step 2

    This is the other roof side that had to be added now

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  5. JULY 7, 2007

    Just before Jimmy's death, I was working on the wallpaper in this house, I had done most of the kitchen, all of the livingroom, and was working on the bathroom and the bedroom. Here's where I was at that time.

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    JANUARY 20, 2009

    It took a long time to be able to touch this house again, but I started working on it again in January 2009. I had to finish paperclaying the chimney, and begin the brick around the bottom of the house. For those of you who met "Gigi" (the kitten that was roughly one week old when I got her), she has taken a liking to helping me with dollhouses....

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    JANUARY 22, 2009

    Continuing to work on the color scheme for this house, I chose to go with pinks and greens. Finished painting the bricks the "main" color on the chimney. Boy was that tough! I've also FINALLY finished my wallpapering in the house, and I'm pretty pleased with it. That gap in the upper pink (bed)room was done by Jimmy (he never could build straight), so I left it alone and didn't try to fix it, since it was his "mark". I've also started installing window casings.

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    JANUARY 29, 2009

    I need to go ahead and finish installing the windows--and by the way--I did it wrong the first time. I keep forgetting that when you are working with double hung windows that you MUST put the window pane in BEFORE you attach the window casing to the house. Well, I forgot. Again. Oops. Had to take them back off, LOL! I've also started adding the trim, which is being done in darker shades of pink and green.

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    FEBRUARY 22, 2009

    Time to work on getting the staircase installed. I know some people go ahead put that in much earlier than me, but I didn't want it in the way when I was wallpapering, so I've waited until now. I also put the trim around the fireplace and the mantle in.

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    MARCH 06, 2009

    I need to go ahead and get that brickwork on the bottom of the house done. I tried to start it earlier, but discovered I wasn't quite ready to do that yet. Because I need to run the brick up to the bottom trim, I've gone ahead and installed it--with Gigi's help of course! And for those of you who think "oh she's so cute!", lemme tell ya, that lil girl is a monster! She is forever taking off with my brushes, my paperclay tools--whatever she can get her lil paws on. She takes things out of my pocketbook, and she puts things in my pocketbook....

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    MARCH 25, 2009

    I've got my bricks done on the bottom of the house. I've tried to stay with the pattern on the chimney. I'm really thrilled with how well it went together.... Now I've got to paint it all....

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    JULY 09, 2009

    I've got my bricks along the bottom painted, and if you'll look closely, you'll see that, since the house is pink and green, there are also pink and green bricks, LOL! Not many, just a few. I'm also working on installing the porch railing, since I need to have the porch railing on to start the roof. Hey, y'all see my truck on the other side of the street? That's what I had to end up doing to keep the kittens out of it... LOL!

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    JULY 13, 2009

    Time to start paperclaying the roof. Got my lines drawn, and doing the "roofing thing". I want to make this look like a slate roof, and I decided to do a pattern in it. So, I'm doing four straight, and four curved. I just cut the tips off the sides to make it curved.

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    AUGUST 02, 2009

    Still working on the roof, but I've almost got it done.

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    AUGUST 04, 2009

    Yippeeee!!!! DONE paperclaying the roof, including the ridgecap! Now I've got to give it a few days to get good and dry....

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    AUGUST 09, 2009

    Been painting on the roof. It has several different colors. I started with a dirty wash, then did a darker wash of dark burnt umber. Then, using a "criss-cross" or "slashing" motion, I'm adding a dark brown, dark gray, light brown, and light gray into it.

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    AUGUST 11, 2009

    If you will remember, this house already had a recipient, and I've just discovered that her last day is Friday (she's getting married and moving to Maryland), so I MUST have this house completed by then, but I'm almost finished! I've clear-coated the brickwork on the chimney, bottom and roof. I've started doing touchups. I'm not real happy with that trim along the bays, so I'm going to have to change that. Then I can get my balcony railing and the doors in.

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    AUGUST 14, 2009

    Hey everybody! Guess what! I'm finally FINISHED! Except, last night I realized I had started doing the touchups on the white trim in the wrong shade of white so I was up this morn at 4:30a repainting it, LOL! Here's the finished product!

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    Hey, remember I told you this house had a recipient? Well, after having the house on display all day in the office, around 3p I finally handed her the keys and told her it was her house. She looked at the keys...

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    and upon discovering it was hers, immediately wrapped her arms around it, LOL!

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    Then she decided to go and make a sign for it....

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  6. This house is made for a customer of mine and she did not want too many flowers up front but you know me, I gotta have flowers and trees and some form of life to the house. Also, because this house was being shipped very far away, I could not add a huge base to it so, I took some foam core (1/2" thick) and glued it to the bottom of this house. I then covered it with "Sheet Moss". I then added trees, moss and flowers to the the base to give this house the appearance that the yard is kinda unkept and this is what we have now. I will add more pictures shortly!!! I am so pleased because I know for sure now that this house will be featured on the front cover of

    http://www.dollshousemag.co.uk/ It will be featured in the April 2007 Issue :banana:

  7. The final decision about the landscaping was not to change a thing. LOL I mentioned to Bruce that I was thinking about changing it and he said he liked it just the way it is. Since this is primarily his house, I left things as they were and just got a better picture. Close up pictures of the landscaping are in my gallery.

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    Deb

  8. blog-352-1160104488_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104346_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104367_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104382_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104403_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104422_thumb.jpgblog-352-1160104440_thumb.jpgRay and I completed the Orchid today.

    We really enjoyed the opportunity to build and blog as a part of the Community Team.

    I counted the days in my blog as I knew Ray and I couldn't build each day due to work and other family obligations (my dad suffered a brain injury a couple of months ago).

    We were very surprised to see that we could build a lovely house in under 2 weeks. Ray and I had never built a house using a kit before this Orchid. What a lovely experience.

    -Susanne

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  9. Here are the finished Products! The best way to view this blog is to pick a user!

  10. The Westville Dollhouse Kit is a country favorite around Greenleaf. You will find this blog useful for tips a decorating ideas as build your Westville Dollhouse.

    The Best way to navigate this blog is to select a members name from the category are to the left. That will sort all the blog entries so that you will be looking at one persons progress as the move through their construction of the Westville Dollhouse.

    Please Keep in mind that blogs are in reverse chronological order, so you we recommend that you scroll down to see the start of this dollhouse kit, and then scroll up to see the progression through the building progress.

    Thank you for choosing Greenleaf Dollhouse and the Westville Dollhouse Kit!

  11. Latest Entry

    (It is nice to get an hr or two on a Friday afternoon! :p)

    New house arrived-- a new build for a cousin; I've not built the Newberg before, but it has alot of familiar elements, both the tab-and-slot, and the frames like the San Fran 555 has.

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    Ed is being vaguely helpful.

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    The kit has this funny stiff paper cut in scallop shapes which is meant to be applied to the gable fronts.  I'm not going to use that; I will side the whole thing and am looking at the Robin Carey "Darling House" for inspiration-- it looks like it used to be a Newberg, doesn't it. I will kick up that porch roof and make it horizontal, and I'm thinking about whether I'll flatten out the front of the house or not. I'll use lavender accents instead of teal, on special request. I have spent a bit of time poring over the Darling House, and have come up with the following pieces to order from Heritage Laserworks that look the same or very near to what Robin Carey used:

    Duval (one-pc railing) (fence railing)

    Barbados (grill) (half-circle grill on underside of porch roof)

    Cumbria (bracket)

    CiCi (grill) (grill right above porch steps)

    Marissa (gable) (in two sizes)

    How much I order of these pieces depends on whether I figure out that I will flatten that house front or not... Will need to do some dry-fitting and ponder on that.

  12. So, I live in a tiny house. Like, literally. It's 280 square feet. It's a vintage travel trailer from the 50s. I do have my old trailer, which I use mainly for storage, where I'm currently purging, with the goal of eventually getting everything down so that eventually, life can be lived in under 700 square feet.

    But it brings up interesting issues when you're working with dollhouses. What takes up not much room in the world of tiny, can take up a ton of space in the world of tiny houses. And I'm building an apartment ;) 

    The majority of the build took place in my tiny house, but the house itself, will live in the other space, at least until I have a new home. 

    So yesterday, after the last of the beams had been fixed in place, I took the shops up to my big place to live. The other apartments will be built out in what I lovingly call my tiny house "the minty turd". 

    What would I do if I didn't have the big place? Probably make the apartment building weatherproof ;) but I'd prove that when it comes to dollhouses, space constraints shouldn't constrain your dreams.

     

     

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  13. I waited 10 years to get a Beacon Hill. I didn't want to build one, and I couldn't have one shipped off ebay, so I had to wait until one showed up locally. In 10 years, I saw 1 perfect Beacon Hill (finished and furnished) get away due to the seller being 3 hours away. They were only asking $75! But then many years later another one appeared. The house was done nicely on the outside, and the interior was unfinished but primed except for the hallways. They wanted $200, but it sat for weeks and went down to $60. Seller delivered it to my door amazingly! It was meant to be and I love this house. My 1:12 miniature collection is now complete! 

    It all happened so fast, I felt like this house was making it's way to me as much as I was trying to get it into my collection. Definitely meant to be. Fate is great.

     

  14. Been doing more sanding when weather permits, kind of cold out there sometimes, and way too much dust for in the house.  Doing more of the fine sanding now, getting the wood very smooth.  I figured out where I want doors and windows, at least part of them but haven't had the courage to cut yet, cutting is so final.  I  think I am going to work on the bed, I can do lathe work in the house on the tiny lathe and it is not very messy, at least no dust and I can do it on newspaper to cleanup fast.  The bed spread is done now, I finished it last night.  The final act was sewing on the ruffle, I started matching the two pieces but quickly realized that wasn't going to work because it buckled the ruffle up making it look awful.  I had to pull the ruffle a little to get it right, the bad part of that was undoing about 4" of hard won ruffle because stretching the top part made it way too long.  It is not the easiest part to undo because of all the rows that only knit part of the row and turn, plus the yarn overs and knit two together make it easier to lose a stitch while taking it apart on such tiny work.  I think  my next knitting project will be a blanket or maybe more then one, I do have a blanket chest to but in the bedroom.  I am going to work on designing the bed first then start in.  Since my iPad battery is dead I have no way of putting pictures on there so I will if I get the battery fixed.

  15. I've been having "issues" with loading pictures...trying to figure out how to adjust the resolution on my camera to make them the proper size to post here.  So we'll see if this works:

    The house has had as many cracks as I can reach -- filled in with wood putty.  Some of the rooms have been painted.  I'll be painting the rest in the next day or so. The hardest area to paint is the area along the staircase.  This should have been painted (or papered) before the house was built!  I didn't attempt to take all that apart.. it was pretty well-built, only one major seam along the staircase that needed putty.  But it also is a very cramped space, so it's going to be a challenge to paint. 

    Then wallpaper.  I intend to wallpaper the upstairs and the smaller room downstairs, which will be a kitchen.  The Great Room will be painted white.  I think I'm going to make a stone fireplace there too, and cover up the original one, and perhaps do the same for the one upstairs....I may have to send my husband out for more pebbles!  (We live in sand country...sand, pebbles, rocks, boulders, are all around us!  :)  )

    Let's see if I can post these latest pictures..  Ah, that worked!  :)  you'll also see the windows I made, using pieces of old "lumber" from previous houses,  scraps from the Greenleaf houses so they're the right dimensions, right thickness.  I'll paint them the same color brown as the outside of the house, and the beams in the ceilings on the first floor.


     

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  16. TGIF!

    Im am so happy with the progress of my Glencroft!  I started yesterday by gluing some of the remaining facade pieces. The upstairs gables were glued in and I was able to finally make my sub-walls out of foam board for the upstairs! (See pictures below). 

    Once I finally had the front walls all tacked, I was able to start planning the Stone Portico/Porch that I will be adding to the front.  I plan on making this out of 3/4 plywood to give the walls a heavy stone thickness but at first I wanted to make it out of foam board so I can get an idea how the finished product will look.  Since the new porch addition covers most of the swooping roof line in the front, I was able to remove a small section on roof that comes through the living-room above the front door.  Now, the room is nice and square. You can see in one of the pictures below.  

    Last night I picked up a few finishing supplies (Stain, varnish and paint) so I can finally start doing some detailing.  I want the wood throughout the house to be a really dark rick color so I plan on mixing a cherry, walnut and a hint of ebony stain to hopefully achieve this.

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  17. This tutorial deals with converting a House of Miniatures drawer using thinner basswood for the front, sides, and bottom, and
    dovetailing all four corners, to make a "false front" drawer. A false front drawer is one that has the drawer built as a open box
    with all four sides and then the front piece is installed. This was done for two reasons:
     
    1. Some woods, especially burls, are not strong on their own and need the reinforcement
     
    2. Veneers allow the use of very thin layers of expensive and highly figured woords that are too scarce and expensive to make a
    solid drawer from
     
    Please refer to my tutorial "Dovetails for Drawers" for details and notes on creating the dovetails
     
    I am demonstrating using the House of Miniatures Three Drawer Chest (Kit 40011) drawer using the kit parts as the drawer front and
    as measuring patterns so you can convert any kit drawer for any House of Miniatures using these instructions
     
    In the first part we are going to cut out the new parts using 1/16" basswood for the drawer sides and back and 1/32" basswood for
    the drawer bottom
     
    Step 1: Lay out and measure the kit parts. Here you can see the front, bottom, sides, and back. The kit uses a non prototypical
    construction method where the bottom and back are the full width of the drawer and the sides rest on top of the bottom and do not
    extend all the way to the back. This is something else we are going to correct
     
    Photo 1 shows the parts and their sizes
     
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    Photo's 2 & 3 shows how the sides, back, and bottom are assembled (they are just sort of propped up here)
     
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    Step 2: Cut out the new sides from 1/16" stock. 
     
    The sides are the full height of the old sides (9/16) plus the thickness of the bottom (1/8 or 2/16) or 9/16 + 2/16 = 11/16 high
     
    The length is the full depth of the bottom (1 21/32) plus 1/8 (4/32) for the front plate, 1/32 for the front dovetail overhang,
    and 1/32 for the rear dovetail overhang or 1 21/32 + 4/32 + 1/32 + 1/32 = 1 27/32 long
     
    So the new sides are 1 27/32 x 11/16 x 1/16
     
    Step 3: Cut out the new front and back from 1/16" stock. 
     
    The back is the full height of the old sides (9/16) plus the thickness of the bottom (1/8 or 2/16) or 9/16 + 2/16 = 11/16 high
     
    The length is 3 3/8 (3 6/16) plus 1/32 per side overhang (1/16 total ) or 3 6/16 + 1/16 = 3 7/16 long
     
    So the new back is 3 7/16 x 11/16 x 1/16
     
    Step 4: The parts are marked for the dovetails (the four matching jions are lightly numbered 1 to 4 in pencil)
     
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    Step 4: Cut out the dovetails. As these are a little wider than 1/16" I found that an easy way to clean them up and "cut" the
    dovetails for the front plate is to tightly wrap sandpaper around the edge of a scrap of 1/16" basswood
     
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    Step 5: Glue the parts together. I sand off the pencil marks just prior to gluing each side join. Sand off the projecting parts of the dovetails (see my dovetail tutorial)
     
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    Step 6: Cut the bottom from 1/32 sheet and glue in. I found the easiest way is to put the completed drawer on the sheet and run a
    pencil around the inside to mark the size to cut. I also use two scraps of 1/32 sheet to space the drawer bottom slightly up from
    the base
     
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    Step 7: Cut the false front from 1/42 veneer and sand flat. I found the easiest way is to put the completed drawer on the sheet
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    Step 8: Glue the false front to the front of the drawer. I use wax paper and a scrap of 1/16 basswood as a backing for the clamps.
    Notice how the veneer slightly overhangs the drawer edge on all four sides
     
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    Step 9: I cut the plate slightly oversive and sand to fit after gluing
     
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    And here it is mocked up in the cabinet. I will cover the polyurethane finish and installing drawer pulls in another tutorial
     
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  18. Making mini curtains is such fussy work.  It's time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail, but in the end the results are SO worth the time and effort.  I've spent a couple weeks working on curtains for the Tennyson and I think I tossed more in the trash than I ended up using, but I'm finally content with these.

    I'd intended on using some color for the windows but the house had completely different plans and thwarted ever attempt at using colors or prints.  It insisted on white silk and lace for every room and steadfastly refused everything except clean, crisp lines with touches of lace.  Miss Tennyson is dedicated to remaining as light and airy as a house can be!   I have to agree with her that it's a softly elegant country look that's in keeping with my vision so I'm glad she's being so insistent.  Unlike some houses, she's not demanding or diva-ish about it.  She's more like a gracious, kindly aunt whispering, "No dear, that's just not the way it's done.  It's not proper to be so bold.  Remain quietly dignified."   And since I never argue with a house (well, not much anyway), I've followed her direction and came up with the following.

    This is the attic dormer window.  I don't have this one attached to the frame yet since it's a close fit and I don't want to take a chance on getting wood glue on the fabric when I assemble the house.  But it's all one unit so once the house is assembled I can simply glue it in place and put a few drops of glue on the side to hold them down straight.  I chose a cascading ruffle for this window because it'll have a rocking chair and small table holding needlework and a sewing basket sitting in the dormer alcove.  This allows light to come thru and would be the perfect place to sit and embroider.  

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    On the second floor left side bedroom (the room with the screen door leading out to the balcony), I made a simple straight curtain to show off the fabulous lace valance.  That lace will be used on the bedskirt which is why I kept the design simple so it won't fight with the bed for dominance in the room.  I made some drapery pulls with tassels from white embroidery thread that I'll add later.  The valance draws the eye towards the tin hearts on the wallpaper border to create a very soft, demurely romantic look.  

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    In the other bedroom, the bay window presented itself for what I thought would be some fancy curtains with overlays of lilac silk.  <shaking head>  Nope.  Miss Tennyson nixed that idea immediately and said that the room needed a little more light and a minimum of fussy fabric.  I've always liked cafe curtains so I tried it and luckily Miss Tennyson agreed.  I may add some silk ribbon bows or cascades to them later but for now, the clean lines and slight billows as if they're moving in the breeze works just right.

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    The downstairs bay windows in the family parlor came together nicely.  I was a little afraid that when I put them together they might be overpowering for the space, but they don't crowd each other at all.  They're a little fancier than the bedrooms, but since it's a common area where the family might entertain, that's okay.  They still look light and airy.

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    I wasn't sure about going so monochromatic with the white silk and lace in every window, but with the house back in dry fit, I was pleasantly surprised at how it pulls the rooms together in a subtle way.  I'm also surprised at how frilly and romantic this house is becoming when that wasn't really my intention.  But since all the lacy curtains, frills and curly ques in the furniture are monochromatic, it keeps it from being overwhelming.  

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    I must admit that I'm tired of playing with fabric for now and can't wait to start building again.  This morning I put all the furniture back in its box and double checked my pencil marks for wiring and the placement of outlets.  I'm going to add a couple of extra outlets just in case I want to add some more lamps to it later.  I need to make paper templates of the floors and then it'll be time to take it out of dry fit and start work again.  I'm going thru a few days of inhibited body movement so it may be a couple of days before my joints are cooperative but as soon as they loosen up, I'll be cranking up that dremel and getting my hands dirty again!

  19. I was looking through Pinterest the other night looking for ideas and this one picture jumped out at me - my stomach flipped and I knew exactly who my new Chantilly is for!!!

     

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  20. Thursday 5/21/15

     

    I've completed the main gable over the front of the Orchid. I had a bit of an issue figuring out the alignment of the gable because I tend to invert things and of course I don't follow direction very well but I did get it to work out.

     

    I'm thinking of papering one attic room with newspapers, I found a free printie site with 1:12 scale newspapers and now I just need to find paper that will work as newsprint and print them out. I'm thinking of aging the paper with a weak tea solution.

     

    I'm not progressing fast, but I'm not in a huge hurry either. Just letting the house speak to me and tell me it's tale.

  21. Latest Entry

    Hi all!  I have spent quite a bit of time tidying stuff up and now I've begun to furnish the rooms!  Because the kids attic bedroom is so small - despite my adding on to it, I wanted to build 'built in' beds.  Well I am absolutely thrilled with how well they have turned out!  I have started to work on the rest of the attic also.  It's going to be Val's space for crafting and for apothecary stuff.  Beginning to really enjoy this process!