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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.

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Arthur Dollhouse Kit originally posted 6/1/05

I spent the morning making bathroom fixtures out of seashells, I'm thinking of crocheting a shell-stitch curtain for the rectangular window.

The bathtub is a large half a bivalve shell with barnacle "feet" and a 3-pointed clear beadfor a water tap, with a tiny amber seedbead for the tap top.

The lavatory is pure whimsy, I had a really neat cluster of barnacles with all sorts of holes & angles, I sanded the bottom smooth to glue it to half a bivalve shel for a base. The basin is a different kind of shell (I used to know them, now I just gather them) glued into the hole where two barnacles grew out of each other. I made a tap like the one on the tub.

The commode was the most fun, though, and fitting different shells together is how I thought of doing shell bathroom fixtures in the first place. The bowl & lid are a pair of bivalve shells with the bottom of the bowl glued to the opening of a seasnail shell; where the hole is that the starfish made to get at the snail got sanded flat & is glued to the wall. I gilded a coffee-stirrer straw & glued one end into another snailshell and glued the whole apparatus to the wall behind the commode for the tank. I couldn't find any chain so I crocheted a pull-cord for the flusher, complete with bead & tassel.

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I have this problem...

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who loves starting a project and hates to finish it. That's become the problem with the Arthur. I really haven't done anything on it since my last blog entry... and I'm embarassed to check and see how long ago that was. B) Well, I gave myself an ultimatum... I can NOT start on the Westville until the Arthur is finished. The Westville will be for me and I'm brimming with ideas for it... and, just by virtue of it being a new project, it feels a whole lot more exciting right now than slapping the rest of the shingles on my Arthur and painting more trim. But tonight I bit the bullet and got the bulk of the remaining work done.About a week ago I glued the back roof onto the Arthur. Let me back up a bit though... a few weeks ago (after my last blog entry) I had another tantrum, akin to the siding incident from earlier in this project. This time it was with the wallpaper. I was just having a terrible time with it. I loved the colors I'd picked out but the scrapbook paper was too stiff to get it onto the irregularly-shaped ceiling easily. Plus, I'm apparently the only person in the universe who doesn't like Yes glue. Even when I was super careful, I wound up with glue on my wallpaper. And it showed... badly. Finally, after spending several hours futzing with the wallpaper and getting more and more frustrated, I stopped myself. Why was I spending all this time decorating a house I'm not planning to keep? The new owner will have her own ideas for how it should look, anyway... I know if it were me receiving the dollhouse I'd be thrilled to have the outside finished but would want to put my own touches on the inside. So, I ripped all the paper out.That may be one reason I haven't blogged lately... the inside of the Arthur looks really ugly and... well... plain, now. But I am trying to ignore that and focus on the outside. I am not planning to give the house away immediately, so I can always change my mind about this (and very well may!) But for now, it was holding me up!Anyway, here's the house with its back roof glued on.blog-13-1120716403_thumb.jpgIt took me about 3 hours to do the shingles, but I'm SO glad to have them done. I was surprised by how few shingles I had left when I finished... only about 3/4 of a sheet. I expected to have a lot more since I didn't do the porch roof. I might have run out if I had.blog-13-1120716412_thumb.jpgAnd I put one more coat of paint on a few of my trim pieces. Calamari only used one set of the trim that goes under the peak of the roof on either side of the house, and graciously sent me the extra when I asked. I am planning to use this on the front of the house, instead of the longer (more gingerbready) trim that's supposed to be used. I'm also leaving off the trim from the peak of the roof. My roof doesn't meet perfectly at the peak, so I'm going to have to get some corner trim from the mini shop to cover up the gap.blog-13-1120716427_thumb.jpgYou can see the porch fence is getting a little more paint... I have not found a good way to secure it to the porch and it keeps coming off. I wanted to try sticking a mini nail up through the porch and into the post, but the blocks of wood I used to keep the foundation square when I glued it are in the way. I may just have to settle with glue and the knowledge that the fence is really fragile.Stay tuned for one more blog entry when I get the trim up. :)Compliments of fov

the kit is here!

The UPS driver left the box on DH's truck's hood so he didn't have to get out of his truck, he was pulling out of the yard as I ran out to get the box. The first thing I did was to open the box to see if everything was there; one window's missing from the acetate sheet, but I have already thought how I'm going to bash this cutie and will make a replacement.I scribed floorboards & nailholes in the livingroom & upstairs floors & began to prime everything else. The "floorboards" have been stained maple & sealed & everything's lying flat to dry. The livingroom floor is already dry, so I masked it to prime the porch floor. I'll begin painting the porch floor & ceiling tomorrow & finish priming.One side of two partition pieces & one side wall needed filling with spackling compound, looks almost like termite holes!blog-13-1115757715_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115757727_thumb.jpgComplements of havanaholly

another Saturday's work

I am finally getting a chance now to upload the pictures of the work I did on Saturday.Geoff and I made another trip to the hangar. My main objective for the day was to get the door finished. Doors in die-cut houses are notorious for not fitting right, especially after you've painted on the edges. With my Orchid, I must have spent half a day trying to sand down the inside of the doorway to get the door to fit... very frustrating! It didn't occur to me at the time that I could use the electric sander to sand around the edge of the door instead. Since the sander lives at the hangar, I wanted to get the door assembled so I could sand it to fit in the doorway.But first I started my day by staining the rest of the shingles. (I had only stained about half of them initially. There isn't really a well-ventilated place in my house to do it so it's better to do staining at the hangar.)blog-13-1118892228_thumb.jpg(Notice the torn wallpaper inside the house... I had a mishap with Yes glue. Fixing that and finishing the papering is next on my "to do" list.)Next came the door pieces. Some of the outer layer of wood came off the back of one of the door pieces when I punched it out. It's not terribly noticeable, but you can see it if you look closely at where the two pieces meet (where the window fits in). I just have to console myself by thinking that most people won't be staring at the house from an inch away the way I usually do!blog-13-1118892423_thumb.jpgAnother great reason to visit the hangar -- to borrow Geoff's C clamps!blog-13-1118892471_thumb.jpgWhile the glue on the door was drying, I smoothed out the inside of the doorway with woodfiller and then painted it to match the trim.blog-13-1118892557_thumb.jpgAnd, I also took this opportunity (drying glue) to paint and glue on the piece of trim I bought to cover up the "crack" where the top and bottom parts of the front wall visibly meet (because I left off the porch roof).blog-13-1118892671_thumb.jpgUnfortunately, when I glued this on I didn't use a ruler, so it went on crooked. I didn't notice until the glue was mostly dry, so when I tore it off some paint came up too. This means sanding and repainting before I glue it back on. ;) That'll teach me not to use a ruler! (Or maybe not. ;))Before we left the hangar, I sanded around the edge of the door and it fits well now. The next step will be to apply woodfiller to the edge to make it smooth, then paint it, then put the door in place. I've had frustrating experiences with hinges before so I'm not exactly looking forward to that. <ahttp://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/\html\style_emoticons\/tongue.png' alt=':p'> Back at home, I finished the shingling. Here is a picture of the front of the house. blog-13-1118892724_thumb.jpgThe porch fence is not permanently attached... it keeps breaking off when I glue it. I might try to stick nails up through the porch, into the posts. Also, the piece of trim across the center of the house is held on with fun-tac right now because I haven't glued it back on yet.Next up: finish the wallpapering and the front door, get the back roof up and shingle it, and finish the little bits of trim. Almost there!Compliments of fov

Ever since I've been working on the Arthur I've had this idea in my head that I'd like little leaf embellishments on the shutters. Why leaves? No idea, except maybe because the green accent color is kind of leafy. I'm not usually into "cute" houses but because I'm not planning to keep this one, I'm giving myself permission to do things to it that I normally wouldn't. And who knows... maybe the Arthur will cure me of my disdain for cute houses!Last week I made a trip to the scrapbook store and bought a leaf-shaped paper punch. I have been looking for these for a while to do a wreath project Dollhouse Miniatures featured last year, and unfortunately the scrapbook store only had one style of leaf (maple), so I'm still looking. But the maple leaf was fine for what I had in mind for the Arthur.First I tried using the paper punch to make a stencil, and painting leaves through the stencil, but it didn't work. The paint seeped through and it came out looking like a blob instead of a leaf! So I went on to plan B and painted a piece of posterboard with my accent green. Once that dried, I used the paper punch to punch out a leaf for each shutter.blog-13-1118016720_thumb.jpgblog-13-1118016731_thumb.jpgI glued the leaves onto the shutters, then painted the shutters with a coat of matte finish. This made the leaves more durable, so I'm not as concerned about the edges curling or peeling off.blog-13-1118016832_thumb.jpgThe other big thing I got done this week was shingling - my first ever shingle effort! I started by staining the shingles that came in the kit.blog-13-1118016935_thumb.jpgI started shingling with wood glue but it just made a big mess, with the shingles curling and slipping all over the place. So I decided to use a hot glue gun like Greenleaf's instructions suggest. I've heard horror stories about using hot glue on dollhouses but honestly can't imagine getting the shingles done any other way. The hot glue dries very quickly and doesn't warp the shingles. I will definitely use this method again on my next house!blog-13-1118017062_thumb.jpg blog-13-1118017081_thumb.jpgCompliments of fov

porch and window trim

Finally, painting all those little trim pieces is starting to pay off!I love this phase of building a dollhouse... well, love it and hate it. I hate all the tedious trim painting. But when you start to glue that trim in place and step back to see how pretty everything looks - I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything!First of all, I finished my porch railings. I'm so glad I decided to "bash" this, even if it's a small change. I really like the colors, and the newel posts are surprisingly easy to paint (with a tiny brush!) blog-13-1117637991_thumb.jpgI glued a newel post to each piece of fencing. When that dried, I glued the fencing together at right angles.I haven't glued them on to the porch or the side of the house yet, but here they are assembled.blog-13-1117638165_thumb.jpgI'm pretty happy with how they look!Also, I painted the window trim for the five curved windows, and assembled the windows. (I'd already cut the wallpaper for inside the house and marked where the windows are, and painted the inside of the window frames to match the trim color, so it was safe to glue the windows in now.) I started by gluing the windows to the house. I had to cut them down so the plastic part wouldn't stick out past the trim (this was especially a problem on the bottom).blog-13-1117638308_thumb.jpgThis can be hard to do without making a mess. I was careful to wipe any glue that showed off the plastic while it was still wet.Some of the trim looks a little crooked because the vertical pieces were thinner than the ends of the curved piece. That's okay, though, because the shutters will be glued on top of the vertical pieces, hiding the crookedness. I have my shutters all painted but there's one last thing I want to try on them before I glue them in place.I haven't painted the trim for the rectangular windows yet, or for the interior. With all those little pieces, working in small batches helps me stay sane! (Okay, relatively. :p )Oh, I also stained and assembled the porch step. That was so easy. It's not fair how much faster it is to stain pieces than paint them... I wish stain came in the same colors paint does!blog-13-1117638357_thumb.jpgIt's getting there!Do you see the "stripe" running across the middle of the house? It's where the two pieces of the front wall came together. Even with wood filler, it's obvious. I guess the porch roof is there to cover up that crack! My plan is to cover it with some fancy trim, but the dollhouse store was closed this weekend for the holiday so I haven't been able to buy any yet. I think it'll look cute when it's done. (I love trim for covering up mistakes!) Stay tuned.Compliments of fov

getting back on the horse

As expected, May turned out to be a very busy month for me and I didn't get to do any mini work for several weeks. But now I'm back on the horse! My Arthur is very close to being done. The biggest thing left to do is the wallpaper, and the roof and shingling. Other than that, it's all trim, trim, and more trim... which can take a deceptively long time!blog-13-1117306468_thumb.jpgIt has to be done, but painting all those little pieces sure gets tedious!A couple of weeks ago, before I went out of town, I painted the shutters, porch posts, and the fronts of the porch fence. Now that I'm back, I'm working on the railings and the backs of the fence pieces. I'm hoping to get through all these today and to assemble my porch. I can't glue the shutters on yet, though, because I haven't done the trim pieces that go around the windows.Because I'm using Houseworks porch posts instead of following Greenleaf's instructions, the railing pieces that came in the kit are a little bit too short. So, I cut the porch posts from the kit (which I didn't need anymore, since I'm using the Houseworks posts instead) down to the right size.blog-13-1117306833_thumb.jpgThis is the piece I'm supposed to use for the railing... too short!Once I cut my railings to the right size, I painted them green. (The color scheme for the house is purple, with off-white trim and green accents.)blog-13-1117307011_thumb.jpgWaiting for paint to dry, again. I am not a patient person!Before I went out of town, I went to a scrapbook store near my office and picked out paper for the walls. I wanted nice solid colors, a different one for each room, that would go well with the purple exterior. Originally I'd planned on pastels but wound up buying darker colors, instead. blog-13-1117307173_thumb.jpgI think these colors are really pretty... I just hope they don't make the rooms too dark!I covered the first floor ceilings with white posterboard, and cut the wallpaper pieces for the first floor rooms. I'm not going to glue in the wallpaper just yet though. Since the porch fence pieces fit into slots on the front of the house, I don't want to put up the wallpaper until those are glued in and any cracks are sealed up... just in case. I'd hate to get glue or paint through the slot and have it mess up the wallpaper.blog-13-1117307344_thumb.jpgHere's what the first floor will look like. I haven't cut the paper for the second floor yet (that's the hard part, so I'm putting it off!)Off to see if my paint is dry yet...Compliments of fov

How does your garden grow

Here is the finished pictures of my house with Base. I'm thinking about adding some vines but I have not in over a week so this is how the Arthur is looking as of this morning. blog-13-1115737543_thumb.jpgI use handmade clay flowers and the ferns are plastic but very thin plastic and look very realistic. The rose vine is actually 2 vines combined because one was not enough for the look I wanted.blog-13-1115737616_thumb.jpgHere are the rest of the pictures:blog-13-1115737707_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115737759_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115737817_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115737996_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115738709_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115737881_thumb.jpgThis is the base bottom. It has an opening so that you can access the electric:blog-13-1115738503_thumb.jpgComplements of My Mini Shop

Day 15 - May 7, 2005

WE ARE FINISHED! Although I still do need to go back and touch up the paint where we smacked it or knicked it with something. It did take 15 days to finish, but we can only work on it an hour or two a night, so it takes us a few more days than some others.

According to Jimmy, it was a very good house to build and would be an excellent house for a beginner to build, because it does not have a lot of trim or architectural detail as some of the larger houses do. Jimmy says that people do need to understand that you can't just open it up and glue it all together--that you should take the time to sand pieces and wood putty it to make smooth edges.

I think that the Arthur is a very beautiful house with lots of different ways to finish and decorate. This house is somewhat versatile, and could be made to look like either an older "out in the country" house, or a more modern "in town" house. It is a perfect size for display in any area, being only four rooms, in case space is an issue for someone. The entire design of the house is very charming, and the porch is adorable.

Here are our finished pictures.

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Day 14 - May 6, 2005

The house is mostly done, and today we have just been doing last minute stuff. I have put the gable trim on, and the front porch railing is on. We had a problem with the side porch supports -- they weren't long enough, and I noticed that everyone else's wasn't either. Jimmy simply taped it off and filled it in with wood putty.blog-13-1115682902_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115682913_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115682929_thumb.jpgWe also had a problem with the gable trim having gaps in it, so hubby filled in the gaps with caulk. I have not yet painted over it. blog-13-1115682999_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115683032_thumb.jpgComplements of LPCullen

prep work and paint

On Tuesday night I managed to get the rest of the siding off. The last stubborn bits came up after I doused them with a vinegar / water mixture. I don't know if the vinegar helped at all to loosen the glue or if it was just the water, but in any case, I was able to loosen the last bits of trim and rip them off. The downside is, the house smelled like vinegar. The wood also turned an awful black color where the vinegar and water touched, but no worries, since that will be covered up.blog-13-1115518898_thumb.jpgThe aftermath.I had to sand away the remaining glue and wood scraps before I could get on with the house. I tried doing it by hand but it was making a lot of noise and I didn't want to disturb our neighbors, who share a wall with our house. So the Arthur sat that way until today (Saturday). I think it was a little mad at me for leaving it in such a state of disarray... I could feel it scowling. :p Geoff was going to the hangar today so I decided to pack the Arthur into the car and go with him. I'm much more likely to work on a house for a long stretch if I'm working there with him, because there's nothing like the internet to distract me!I showed him the mess I made with the siding and asked his advice on smoothing it out. I was planning to use the dremel tool but he had a better idea... the belt sander! Power tools scare me, so I let him do the honors. blog-13-1115519031_thumb.jpgLooks scary, but the house wasn't damaged at all!The belt sander was the perfect tool for the job. You can hardly tell the wood went through a trauma. There were a few hollows where part of the wood came up with the siding, and I smoothed these out with wood filler. Otherwise, I'm really happy with it. As I said the night I ripped off the siding -- there's always a way to fix a die-cut house!Since I could no longer rely on siding to cover up the surface imperfections, I needed to use wood filler on many cracks and slot holes. I did this all afternoon... filling holes, waiting for the wood filler to dry, sanding them down, and filling again. I didn't take any pictures because it wasn't very exciting, but I repeated the process three or four times. While I was waiting for the wood filler to dry, I got to work painting the shutters and porch railings.I applied wood filler to the edges of the shutters before painting, to make a smoother edge. I did the same on the inside of the windows. I wanted to do this on the railing too but there are so many nooks and crannies and small spaces that are hard to get my fingers into, I opted against it. The top edge of the railing is covered up with trim, anyway, so that will not be visible. I will add wood filler to the bottom edge but haven't yet.blog-13-1115519280_thumb.jpgThis smoothes out the rough edges of the plywood. I will do it to all exposed edges before painting (assuming I remember!)Next, paint! Painting trim is pretty tedious and seems to take forever, so I'm glad I was alternating between that and the filling / sanding on the house. I am using some of the same paint I have for my Fairfield, but reversing it. The house will be purple, with tan trim and maybe light green accents.blog-13-1115519531_thumb.jpgPainting porch railings.After seeing a finished Arthur on eBay that didn't have a porch roof, I decided to do this on mine as well. I don't like how the porch roof blocks a lot of the front of the house. I love the shade of purple I'm using and want it to be visible! This means the porch posts are taller than I need them to be. Rather than try to cut them down to a smaller size, I decided it would be much easier (and prettier) to use some Houseworks newel posts. I ran up to Dollhouses, Trains, and More, a shop about 10 minutes away from Geoff's hangar (very convenient for me!) and bought some Narrow Centurian Newel Posts made by Houseworks. (They're item number 7204 at Miniatures.com, if that link doesn't work.) I like these because the slight point on the top complements the little points on the inside of the railing. The newel posts are too long so Geoff helped me cut them down with his band saw. (No pictures yet, sorry!)When we got home from the hangar I put the first coat of paint on the house. I'll say it again... I LOVE this shade of purple!blog-13-1115520017_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115520026_thumb.jpgThe house looks pretty content in its new color. I think it has forgiven me for the siding debacle...Compliments of fov

TA-DA!

Finita est. The eave trim is masked in place to dry, the glue is dry & tape's off of everywhere else, and if the weather's pretty tomorrow I'll take it out for finished front picture, & if it's not I'll do it with the flash. Then I can take the roll for processing and add the pictures.blog-13-1115843928_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115843949_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115843966_thumb.jpgThe roof might've fit more flush if I hadn't decorated first (as the instructions suggested), but it fit well enough to reinforce with the heavy stapler, which I also did at the corner seams and where the floor joined the wall. This makes everything a lot sturdier, since ultimately it's going to a little girl to play with (supervised, I hope, or else have her folks stock up on wood glue & masking tape!).I guess I ought to note that I did not make the brass bathtub in the finished interior photo. It's the only thing in the photo I didn't make, either from a kit or 'scratch'. Only the dolls are going with this house, but I wanted to "show" it furnished! :p I really did read over the instructions first, but I think the kit has been redone since they were written, and I have to modify anyway. This kit had a very Alpine look to it, particularly with the gingerbread trim.I had one piece of porch trim and several sheets of shingles left over (for another kit ;) ).complements of havanaholly

the roof is shingled!

:p The roof is shingled (and covered with masking tape until the little rascals finish drying); DH says the ripples make the shingling job "look real"; isn't he just so sweet!blog-13-1115843820_thumb.jpgSo I decided I have to paint the eave trim to match the roof & peak trim. I sort of wish I had painted the porch trim to coordinate, but think it would've been too much of a good thing. It's going to a lady who loves purple in all its glory & the complementary color to purple is yellow, hence the exterior color scheme...blog-13-1115843837_thumb.jpgI put some items I made into the house (which will not go with it) to take "after" pictures of the house back, including the dolls that shall go with it.I hope to have the house completed tonight and get DH to cut me a piece of plywood for a base to transport it on. I had to take flash pictures of the roofing job & interior rear, but I'd like to get at least one in glorious daylight. Not that any of that helps with my photographic skills (or lack thereof) ;) complements of havanaholly

roofing

Hi-ho, this is fun! The roof actually FITS!!! without too much whacking with the hammer. The porch roof is shingled and the glue is drying on the front roof. I'm not too sure why the front roof is in two pieces since they fit together so it's logical to glue the seam; hope I won't need to reinforce the seam with a strip of wood since I don't really want to make beamed ceilings upstairs and that's the only way I could make a seam brace work. Not too sure how it's going to look until it's finished...The weather has been really icky and I had to take flash pictures of shingling the porch roof; I hope they turn out, I had some leftover shingles that were a different color from the walnut and it made a pretty effect.This is an adorable little house! and not just because it's so easy to build. Oh, may all the Greenleaf kits be this good! ;) :p As soon as the roof front glue dries I shall take a picture of the inside and put on the roof back and then the front gable. The porch gable looks very nice and I'm anxious to get the rest of the house trim done, most likely tomorrow; depends on how far I get with it tonight.blog-13-1115843717_thumb.jpgcomplements of havanaholly

Day 13

Gggrrrr! Somebody please remind me that hubby always mixes stuff up. If you want him to turn right somewhere, you better tell him to turn left! Moral of this? Well, he told me that the "interior" window trim was the "exterior" window trim and the "exterior" window trim was the "interior" window trim. Yes, that's right, I put most of my window trim on only to have to take it back off because it was wrong. Oh well. And, hubby and I are having "creative differences". He wants a color other than yellow and white, and I do not. Hmmm.... I have gotten the majority of the window trim on, and the top roof shingles have been stained. I am debating another coat of stain, but I kinda like the blondish color it is now. Still thinking about it. Hubby has begun putting the porch together, and the front door is installed. This is a very pretty house and a perfect size!Here's where we are now:blog-13-1115389795_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115389806_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115389858_thumb.jpgComplements of LPCullen

the roofing is left to do

I have the porch trim installed, I have one piece of trim left for the short side railing (I had five pieces for some reason & no, it's not a sill; I used all those (inside the house). I looked high & low for the "embossed 'L'" the instructions referred to for porch post placement, but there wasn't one (or two) so I eyeballed it. Having the porch roof on helped with post placement.blog-13-1115817885_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115817931_thumb.jpgI have shingled the upstairs front, the last two courses of shingles are drying as I type and then the house goes back on its back to finish "washing" the shingles with eggplant paintwater. DH says my "stucco" looks "real" (why would I use a technique that doesn't work? Please don't go there...).blog-13-1115817945_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115817897_thumb.jpgI shall glue the porch roof on tonight to be ready to shingle tomorrow when we get home. DH has routine labs in the AM so we're making tomorrow a "town day" for errands, etc. I hope to finish roofing Friday, and that's really all that's left to do besides making window treatments, rugs & bath fixtures; I'm going to leave some things for DS's SO to do for her niece, and for the purposes of showing this house can be built in two weeks (OK, I'm taking longer than that because I didn't take it with us to White Springs, but I would've been too tired to work on it, anyway) I'll add extra posts & pictures later.Complements of havanaholly

Day 12

Not much got done today. Been waiting on hubby to get the shingling done, and now he is finished. He created a "cap" at the top peaks with the shingles, which I think looks pretty neat. Here are pictures of the finished roof. Jimmy isn't real thrilled with the shingles because the minute the glue touches them, they start to curl up. Which means, he has to put a couple rows on and tape them down and wait for them to dry, put a couple rows on and tape them down and wait for them to dry, ...blog-13-1115389353_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115389369_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115389392_thumb.jpgComplements of LPCullen

finished

I finished the construction of the Arthur yesterday.I had loads of company so I didnt get a chance to blogso here goes.I finished the shingles and put on the parts of fussy trim I liked.I have the last 2 windows ready to put in I just wont do it till after I finish the decorating in the bathroom and the kitchen.this is what I liked about the kit.....at first I had my nose stuck in the air because it was a "small" house but as I worked on it I developed a stong liking of its charm. it has great lines inside and out. the small windows look wonderful on the outside and leave ya wondering how to decorate that wall on the inside. but they give the house nice charactor.as a kit and its ease of putting together...I give it a 8 this would be a great first house for a beginner or a quick build for someone making a gift. the only thing I really disliked about the kit was the windows. I didnt like putting them together....but after the first one the others were not so bad....Im just spoiled to the one peice window trim :p and I never figured out how the porch post went on but that didnt stop me from having a nice porch.advice I would give to a first time builder...take your time and read all directions before starting!this was a fun project and I look forward to my next.blog-13-1115240034_thumb.jpg blog-13-1115240048_thumb.jpgComplements of nutti ;)

I hopped out of bed this morning all ready to start shingling the front of the house, upstairs, and took a really good look at the pictures in the instructions. Hmm, the porch roof comes above the "seam" between downstairs & upstairs & I am slap out of spackle, AND I'm going to have to install the porch to see how far up the upper front wall I need to go before shingling. Of course, I'll have to spackle some more and then "wash" the "stucco" with the yellow/ yellow ochre mixture. So I began to paint porch trim & assembled the porch roof until DH awoke & was ready for breakfast.Because we did so much cycling this weekend we were both sore, so we combined needs and rode into town to the hardware store where I purchased another tub of spackle.The "stucco" is finally done & dry and ALL the trim is painted. I made a lovely "wash" and have completed the left (as you're facing the house front) wall. As soon as it's dry I'll do the right wall, and then the downstairs house front, and THEN I can begin to install the porch. Reading some of the other team members' blogs, I guess I'm in for a real treat. I've got some really cute porch furniture.The front door doesn't close tight; this has always fascinated me, because the door parts punch out of the door opening on die-cut kits, and then one sands the door edges & the opening edges, and does only one light layer of paint to tint the edges, so one would expect the doors to open & close :p Time to paint another wall.Complements of havanaholly

Day Eleven

Sorry I haven't gotten much done! Yesterday I battled a sinus infection and did nothing! I came home from work and went straight to bed! Today I am feeling a lot better, and I got quite a bit done.

Hubby has finished the siding and I have been painting trim, staining stuff, and putting exterior window trim on. Of course, this was done under the strictest supervision of Chloe.

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I also do have all the wallpapering complete. Somebody remind me to wallpaper that bedroom angle PRIOR to assembly next time. Nah! That might take some of the fun out of it.

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un-siding

I just did an impetuous thing.I spent about an hour tonight applying a few strips of siding, waiting for them to dry a bit, and then applying a few more. As I was waiting for the glue to dry I got to thinking how much time applying this siding was adding to the building process, and how I'm sort of on a deadline because we're all supposed to be building this Arthur at the same time, and how many hours this was going to add to my project -- hours that could be spent in other ways. The more I thought about this, the more annoyed I got... at myself, for deciding to put on siding, at the siding itself for coming in separate strips, at the Arthur for being so damn cute it just NEEDED siding. And then, looking down at the siding I'd just spent an hour (today, plus two or more hours this weekend) applying... I started ripping it off.blog-13-1115518609_thumb.jpgMoments before my outburst. The house never saw it coming.The stuff I'd glued on tonight came up easily. The rest was much harder to pry off. Wood glue is strong! I almost took my eye out with the utility knife. There are still a few strips clinging to the front of the house, that I haven't managed to get off. I figured I should step away from the house. I can work on prying those last strips loose tomorrow. The wood is a bit worse for the wear, of course, and will need some sanding and possibly some wood filler to fix spots where I pried off the top layer of plywood along with the glue. But I will not spend umpteen hours putting siding on strip by strip, and I've learned a valuable lesson.blog-13-1115518618_thumb.jpgRampage in progress.A few lessons, actually. One is that I am not a good person to apply siding strip by strip. I have used Houseworks siding before, the kind that comes in sheets, and even that annoyed me... but far less than gluing it on one strip at a time. I should have known, knowing myself as well as I do, that this was not something I'd enjoy... in fact, that it was something I would despise. It's never good to force yourself to do something on a dollhouse... for it to turn into a chore. Remember: This is supposed to be FUN!The second lesson, for which we're all extremely lucky, is that you can do practically anything to a die-cut house and it'll still come out okay. Glue pieces on, tear them off, shove too-big tabs into too-small slots, rip out stairs and windows and towers -- die-cut houses are made for this type of abuse. My Arthur will be fine, without siding, and if it has a few scars it'll wear them proudly.Or maybe that's just the adrenaline talking. :rolleyes:Compliments of fov

Base is on

I have added the base to the Arthur house and I added paper clay around the base floor and the back foundation wall.blog-13-1115088014_thumb.jpgHere is a close up of the back wallblog-13-1115088073_thumb.jpgThis is the sideblog-13-1115088170_thumb.jpgThis is the front Shot with a brick and stone walkwayblog-13-1115088327_thumb.jpgNow I have to add flowers and I'll be done!Complements of My Mini Shop

"stucco's" on

I had to spackle one wall before we left & put on another coat of paint on the trim (WOW).We got home before lunch today so I spackled the front of the first floor. No, I didn't imagine this tub of spackling compound was being difficult to work with, I was using fingers nearly as much as the craft stick, and the credit card wasn't working too well. I turned the house back on the unspackled wall and glued on one of the window trims <ahttp://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/\html\style_emoticons\/tongue.png' alt=':p'> Much better!For our non-US friends, spackle/ spackling compound is AKA polyfilla.I now have the trim glued on the bathroom (stainedglass) window, and as soon as the spackle's dry on the back of the house I'm going to glue on the front first floor window trims and get ready to shingle the upstairs front. I'll also glue on the front door trim & door, which I've hinged with chamois strips.blog-13-1115814358_thumb.jpgblog-13-1115817751_thumb.jpgTo make the hinges I cut a 1 1/2" X 1/2" strip of chamois into thirds and glued a scant 1/4" of one long edge along the door edge I want to hinge. When dry, I glued the door trim to the door, over the edge of the "hinges", and clamped the bejeeziz all around. I put "doorknobs" (odd earring studs) on the in- & outside of the other side of the door, so now it's ready to hang when I glue on the trim. I hope the hinges show up in the picture I'm taking of the pre-hung (unhung?) door (see entry for "assembly").I'll have to wait until tomorrow to take more pictures, the light's gone & flash alone washes out color.The problem with the difficult spackle, I found out, is that both the lid & the tub itself had apparently become brittle & had cracked, so my spackle was drying in the tub! I wet my finger & did some repair.Complements of havanaholly