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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  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. 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!

  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. 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

  10. 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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  11. The Little girl inside of me must really want out because this project is actually flowing totally according to my plans. Last night I went to bed very late (or early depending on what you call 1 am). I had my music pumping and I was going with the flow. Sometimes, when I am thinking too hard about other things (real life things), my creative juices goes into overload.

    First, right before I went to bed last night, I started on this bed for the upstairs room. The rooms in this kit are very small so I wanted to utilize the space and give the impression that there is more space in here than it actually is.

    I have always considered my style of artistry to be more on the side of an Impressionist. The definition of Impressionist is * <b>a literary or artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.</b> Through my blogging of this cottage, I wish to share with you new inexpensive ways to achieve the look of some expensive things that we buy in miniature. You will be able to do this with card board scrap pieces of wood and dollhouse wallpaper or even scrapbook paper. My goal is to try and help YOU, learn how to achieve the look of realism by applying skills of an Impressionist.

    I already knew that today, I would do a tutorial. After I started making this bed last night, I wish I had been more awake so that I would have thought to take out the camera to take pictures of <b>How<i></i></b> I created it. Here is a shot of the Bed I started on last night and at the end, you'll see what it ended up looking like when I completed it.

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    Today's tutorial will be on how to make a Cornice. You will need:

    cardboard, scissors, tacky glue, wallpaper (or scrapbook paper), balsa wood and lace trim. First, you need to take your cardboard and cut it a little bit wider than the width of your window. I will not use measurements because, every window has different sizes. You can also cut your wallpaper pattern. It should look like this when cut:

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    Next, take your tacky glue and spread glue over the entire piece of cardboard. You can then glue the wallpaper to the cardboard. You can use a credit card to smooth the wallpaper down to be sure there are no bubbles. It should look like this:

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    Next, you will take your lace trim and glue it to the bottom edge of your wallpaper

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    It should look like this when that step is completed

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    Next, you can take your wood and cut it a little bit shorter than your Cornice piece like this:

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    Bend each end of your Cornice and glue the wood block in place to help keep the shape of the Cornice when glued in place. Turn your Cornice over because once the glue is dry, it is ready to be attached. It should look like this when completed:

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    You can even add an extra step by adding some lace curtains. I just used some lace found at Hobby Lobby or Micheal's. You would do this by gluing the lace to the backside of the Cornice before you attach it to the wall.

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    This is what the room looked like at the end of today:

    Upstairs

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    Downstairs

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    I did my workout this morning. I totally believe that having a healthy body & mind helps me be the Best person I can be for myself & my family and I can share my best and most creative work with my clients.

    Today my workout consisted of Shoulders & Arms & Ab RipperX (P90X) . I hurt all over but, it feels great because it's a "good" hurt. Thought Of The Day ~ "Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be" ~ Thomas à Kempis

    Many times, we look at others successes or accomplishments and think we can never reach our individual goals because we view the other person as someone not human. Each of us are just plain human beings. Set you Goals and work towards achieving them! Keep them in front of you! So many of my friends are working out to get healthy this year. It's so fun to share Minis & healthy living with them. Feel free to join us too. You are not alone!

    Thanks for stopping by to read my blog today!

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    We returned from Europe with a new vice: vintage modern plastic HO-scale houses. The model railroaders who hang out on the Greenleaf forum will have a good laugh at me this time... although I had trains when I was a mid-sized child, I know nothing about this scale.

    Earlier in the spring, I'd impulsively bought the Plasticville contemporary house and a swimming pool at Bruce's Train Shop so that my plastic wedding party from Half Moon Bay could have somewhere to get married. This was supposed to be my Only HO Building. You can almost hear the ring of "famous last words," can't you?

    Here's what happened at Ingrid's Second Hand in Vienna...

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    and at a second-hand shop on the Via del Ponto Sospeso in Florence.

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    The house in the first two photos and the garden shed are from the German manufacturer Faller, which is probably better known for models of quaint European buildings. The garden shed really belongs in a community garden plot away from the houses. The twin houses are unmarked, though an afternoon's digging suggests Pola as the most likely manufacturer, simply because the company was in business in the 1960s and their products were widely distributed, sometimes boxed for other companies such as Jouef or Playcraft, making it advantageous not to mark the buildings.

    The orange Italian house was made by Lima, a once-major brand that may (or may not) be revived by Hornby.

    Although the streetcar -- a necessity for a European suburb -- advertises Viennese mega-brand Manner, it is made by German toy company Siku. It's new, thanks to a toy shop in a far suburb of Vienna that plied us with champagne for some reason we lacked the German to grasp. We had less trouble grasping the champagne flutes and the toys.

    One piece I fervently wanted but could not find on this trip was a suburban rail platform (no station, just a platform with a doner kebab stand). So when a vintage Pola kit showed up on eBay, I promptly bought it and will count the days until it arrives. (No Pola link, as its HO and N scale lines are now part of Faller.) And then the husband said it was a good idea to order a set of four Smart Cars... from Germany. Okay. At least it'll be an ecologically sound community.

    Although I never intend to run actual trains, I have to add this link to the site of a man who's building his own realistic fictional Austrian small town. I am hoping that if I stare at it long enough, I will not start buying HO scale OBB engines.

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    Having had a very full year. I wanted to do something totally for me for total enjoyment.

    so I got my Arthur down from the shelf...gave it a good cleaning. I was going to paperclay the base of the porch but since most of it would be hid I decided to just sponge it. but of course I was glueing down the finishing touches when I realised ''''nope''''

    the picture patrol forgot to take a before photo...but its there!

    what makes this house so special to me is that I didnt want to build it really...but as I worked on it I fell in love with what it could become...not that I had any idea one day I would fill it with wonderful gifts and swaps from my friends all over the world! and that is what I have done.

    I was soooo very low the day I recieved my get well box...those of you who have had major surgery and complications know how emotional you can feel and vunrable. but I was sooooo excited. I cried and my daughter was crying with me...see mom you have lots of people who care. I was so touched and am so blessed. that although the inside still needs a few finishing touches I want to dedicate my Arthur to Greenleaf who gave us this forum so we could grow as miniaturist but to also make friends and to all of those friends who I look forward to hearing from every day.

    I hope you enjoy the photos....also if you dont see something dont worry...some of these items have been boxed up for awhile and Im just finding stuff...more will be added as it is found!

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    my house is so wonderful because of all of you!

    nutti :whistle:

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  14. It has been over a year since I have written here. So much has happened. Too much to list.

    Am currently working on cretaing and organizing my laundry room so it can also be a craft room once again. I seem to have misplaced a lot of my minins and supplies in the garage soemwhere. I am sure in time they will turn up, but it is bothering me that I can not find certain things,

  15. Well this was the sign that greeted me when I got to the office yesterday. It was hanging on the door to Bev's office which I usually past through to get to mine. While I was explaining that we had to use the other entrance to my trusted travel companion, Seven the Dog, Bev popped out to tell me about our guest.

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    This is Snowball, the one eyed, seven toed, deaf cat friend that is staying with us for a while. She was living with Bev's sister who can no longer have pets, so she is in search of a good home. Usually, this is the first step in adding a long term addition to the Greenleaf family; the cat friend is just on visiting status for a while until we finally admit the truth. We haven't had any cat friends living here in over a year, so this may truly be short term. Honestly though, as soon as I saw the "one eye" and "deaf" on the sign, I was figuring out where to put the litter box. We're suckers for purring fur around here and a cat that is down on their luck gets bonus points and the seven toe thing is the icing on the cake (my Grand Pops use to think it was a good omen). I'm staying out of this decision, but I'm betting that we have a new cat.

  16. 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!

  17. Well I swear I haven't dropped off the planet...well...the real one maybe...I have been engrossed in minis!!!! YEAH...My little girl has been away visiting family so I had a bunch of free time :p

    I got more of my roof done and boy is it taking FOREVER!!!! I have tweeked the dragorse idea and added spikes down the horses back and thinking about adding a main and letting the spikes peek through on that guy...He is actually going to be used for minis, his very large self !!! My mother and I are working on the RV Trailer kit for the competition and we are doing a fantasy gypsy trailer... And my dragorse will be the lovely steed used to pull it!! I have also been working on the Gypsy to go in it...And of course since the dragorse is def. fantasy she has to be very "creative". Work in progress...:lol:

    I have been working on a dragon for a swap I'm participating in...and he is just too cool...along with working on getting that website done so I can get my info out there and see what other kinds of work I can get!!

    My mother and I have decided to join forces on alot of (now) OUR work...she is great at costumes and betwixed and between us the scenery gets done and rather interestingly! So...that being said...the troll has a home...she finished building the cave now I have to paint it...NO IDEA how I'm gonna do that...I did order some really realistic fake snow and water stuff..and had a thought...We have a fireplace for the cave and why not have the cave be at the edge of the freeze line...My Uncle used to have a house like that and if you went out the front door you had grass but out the back door and you had snow...really really cool...so thought about incorporating the snow into this scene some how...and of course add to my list I'm gonna make a really twisted funky tree that I may add some ice cycles to...not sure on that...just an idea..I do have the sketch of the tree though...I orded some more clay...gonna try a new kind I found called ProSculpt...

    Then lets see...have a seminar going on soon about making a baby, and a horse (really gonna be the dragorse :o ) Ohhhh...and a photography class so I can get all these processes documented ,hopefully after the class documented well:unsure:

    Ohhh..almost forgot...I got my mother a gift certificate for some dollhouse stuff and bless he heart..I have mentioned wanting the primrose (my thought being smaller...could keep it :) ) And she actually got it with part of her GC..Needless to say she is going to build the house...and WE will decorate it!!!!! Can't wait till she gets it...

    Ok...enough for now...Miss Savannah is coming home tonight so as much as I've enjoyed the minis I really really miss her so off to finish work and go play with miss savannah!!!

    Namaste,

    Kristen

  18. Well, progress has slowed somewhat, but that's to be expected, especially since I'm using popsickle sticks for tongue-and-groove siding . . . which means I have to cut off the ends. My hand aches, my back aches and I'm just about up-to-here with popsickle sticks. I will, however, perservere as I like the way it's turning out.

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    I cut two windows out on the sides to match up with the sides of the original house. They won't exactly match all the other windows on the house, but at least I was able to make new trim with my handy Dremel.

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    I also closed in a doorway on the main level. This is where I will build a false wall and add a curved staircase. I have it all figured out in my head . . . if it actually works will be a miracle!

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    My biggest challenge so far has been figuring out the turet which hangs over the front porch. I was originally going to use the roof off of a bird house I found at Micheal's, but it just didn't cut it. The height and angles were all wrong.

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    That's when I brought in the BIG GUNS . . . BRIAN!! He helped me figure out all the angles, et cetera. When he started talking the square root of this equals the length of that . . . I threw up my hands in horror and begged him just to give me the final tally. Math, my dears, is not my strong point . . . it frightens me!

    So, in the end, this is what it looks like . . . keep in mind . . . it's nowhere near complete. This is a mockup made out of foam core.

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    So progress is slow . . . that and the fact that the Beacon Hill was bellowing for it's doors! Enough, she said!! How come THAT house is getting all the attention when I'm not even finished yet! What nerve! I cowered my head in shame (what else could I do?) and spent the day today putting in doors. They turned out pretty fabulous! I'll post pictures in my Beacon Hill gallery later.

    I also had to go and buy new pink paint. I started painting the trim, but the pink I had just wasn't right. I think I've finally got the right color and tone. At least I think I do . . . .

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    Well it has really been awhile since I updated my blog. And since I have been working on my E.R. again the past week I thought I should post some pictures and write a few things.

    As you can see from the pics I have changed the color from a light green to "sunflower yellow" I am MUCH happier with this color and I think it compliments the house well. There is still one side of the E.R. that I need to put siding on, but I am going to be doing a paper clay stone chimney on the side so I need to complete that first.

    I also changed the color of the paper glay stones that are on the gable. The darker greys just didnt seem to go well with yellow. so i used more softer tones.

    I started to sand and paint some of the exterior window trims.. I have decided to go with a "antique white.

    Well thats really it for now. Im hoping to finish the rest of the window trims this weekend. I'll post more pictures later :whistle:

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    Reception room is pretty much complete. Still have to do a desk chair -- but I have to locate one of those little pizza tables since I live rurally and definitely non-delivery :ohyeah:

    The workroom is still underway. The cabinetry is complete, the tattoo chair and the artist's desk. Also made a cool autoclave, power source and a tiny little tattoo needle. This room is still needing shelving, a roll-around stool for the artist, a movable armrest and rolling tray table. A lot of work still to complete.

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  21. I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to purchase a Van Buren kit. Even more lucky that the kit was unopened and apparently had been stored real well. Everything is there, the instructions, the schematics and all the pieces. The wood is in great shape. My oldest Granddaughter, Lindsey, picked this house to be hers. Her original idea was to have a Taikwondo studio on the bottom level and living quarters in the 2nd and 3rd floors. Being a good grandmother, I said sure, it is doable.

    A little while back, someone posted on the ebay eye candy forum line a picture of a beautiful Van Buren that they had built and had used block siding on, extended the balcony porch and added columns to the front. Wanting to make this special for DGD, I showed her the picture and she wants that house. (Now, I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew, I mean this house is beautiful and fancy)

    So in preparation to try and make DGD happy and to do a good job, I ordered the plastic stencils to make block and bricks and also the stencil to make quoins. Also ordered upgrades for the front and french doors. blogentry-70-1200971446_thumb.jpg

    This weekend we broke out the kit, and DGD was asked again, if she still wanted a studio--no, no, she says, I want a old fashion candy shop and I want it to be blue--that is my favorite color she says. This child is almost 13, so as I see my grand plans go down the drain, her dear Mother steps up and says you want a fancy shop--let Nana brick it. Well, after looking at the brick and the block stencils, she has decided that her shop/home wants to be red brick--not fire engine red but a darker red with hints of black in it (hard to explain, but our rl fireplace is her model I believe).

    We didn't make a lot of progress, but part of the shell is glued together, the door openings have been widen and experiment in brick material have begun.

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    The doors are not glued in, just placed to give you an idea of what it will look like. She wants this house electrified, so I'm thinking my next step is to install the interior doors (thinking cloth hinge) because the access to these will be hard after the side walls go up.

    The rooms are large and the finished house should be 30 x14 x 30. A big house and roomy.

    Please feel free to follow along on my (our?) journey of building this beautiful kit.

  22. My poor neglected Tennyson. I lost interest in this house. I walk by it everyday. Alysia was going to finish it but then she became a teenager. <sigh> I was looking at her today, wondering if the five minute room rescue would work on her. Maybe just working on the house will get her back in the zone.

  23. Well, so here I am with my first blog, my first dollhouse. Since I'm using this dollhouse as a learning experience, I decided to write my blog as a series of lessons. So here we go with the first lesson! :lol:

    Lesson #1 - It's okay to ask for help.

    I started putting this Pierce together - my very first dollhouse - on August 12, 2006. It's been almost a week of working on it and so far I am still working on the staircase.

    Well, I encountered an issue from the very start with this kit - one of the sheets was missing, sheet #10, which contains a foundation part I need to complete one of the very beginning steps. I called Greenleaf the following Monday (16th) and they are sending me the missing sheet.

    Well I put together just the base. Which I had a myriad of problems with. How hard is it to put two simple pieces of wood together? I discovered: very hard. The problem was I wasn't using the right glue and clamping it. With the help of my new friends in this community, I was able to figure out the best glue for me to use and learned how to use masking tape (well, I'm using that blue painter's tape) as innovative clamping method.

    At first I was slightly frustrated that sheet #10 was missing, I felt like I couldn't go on. I received a very wonderful suggestion from one of the members of this great community that I could continue on to the next step. Which would be put together the staircase.

    So I started the staircase, but then had a "blonde" moment (no offense to any blondes out there, I'm just using it as a cliche), on what I thought to be a very misaligned tab and slot. But, once again, the members of this community to the rescue!! :angry:

    Boy, I sure would be completely lost already if it weren't for the people on here. I am so grateful! :huh:

    Well, I am still working on that darn staircase (it seems so hard to put together!), and I'm just anxiously awaiting the arrival of sheet #10.

    Meanwhile, in the past week in which I joined this community and started my new hobby, I've bought a dremel and many other supplies and tools and begun to learn how to use the dremel. I've decided to gather up my courage and join the October mini-swap. And I bought two more dollhouses on Joann's online store - the Harrison and the Aster Cottage which I plan to kitbash and turn into Japanese homes.

    And most importantly in this past week, I've joined a wonderful community of like-minded mini-enthusiasts (or I have learned, we are all "addicts") who have warmly welcomed me and have already helped me tremendously!

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    For some time I have been trying to figure out how to create the two doors shown in the movie FOTR. One is just to the left of the set and is surrounded by a wooden door frame. The other is located in the center area of the set below the Narsil statue and is observed during the council scene when Merry and Pippin are spying on the council and spring out to demand to accompany Frodo on the Fellowship trek. It is surrounded by a stone framework.

    My final approach was to layer a cut out frame over an inner inscribed sheet. This is my final effort.