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First some tea set and tableware pieces that I got for cheap off amazon (these are just a few of the pieces-- love that teeny bowl), and a couple pieces from the many minis that my aunt sent:

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This is an awfully blurry pic but it gives a notion of my brick touchups (peach and gray) over the barn red:

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Here we are after sealing then grout (spackle mixed with water and paints) and after wiping off grout from the brick faces:

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I think that I will do a little touchup with a paint wash before I seal it; I might have toned down the red too much.

Fireplace mantel in dry-fit, with the lightbulbs turned on. This one definitely needs some brick touchup-- went overboard on the toning-down.

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That lamp shade just needs something. Maybe some copper spray paint.

I'm a bit of a fabric addict, I suppose; Joann's run (well okay, I probably spent over an hour in there :prop:), and an online order from Etsy:

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Decided that I must have a chimney. (I know it's not regulation height. :prop:) Egg-carton bricks are addictive; trying out the base color (barn red), which I think I'll try to tone down a bit with charcoal and peach:

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What you can't see is that I've added a battery pack (will be mounted on the base on the back side) because I decided that I must have a lit fireplace (the main battery pack didn't have long enough wires, and those lights are all used up in the house anyway). By the chimney base, I decided that I must have a lit basement window. While I was at it, I poked a hole by the porch door so that I could have a porch light too. I bashed a hole in my nice papered parlor wall, yes I did:

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Need to decide whether the mantel will be of brick, or painted. The brick is growing on me; I don't think I'm done cutting tiny bits of egg-carton yet.

Inside, outside.

Something happened to my pics in the last post: here there are:

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Some progress views:

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Detail on the front window:

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Figuring out how to hide the battery box wiring while working with the given length of wiring:

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Lights strung out into the attic space:

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What to do with that wire going up the side of the hallway:

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Playing with the roofline:

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Front gable with half-scale fish-shingles:

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Finally got my order from amazon, some small glass globes that I thought would make a good light fixture element:

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Inside and outside so far:

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Got the "tile floor" from miniatures marketplace installed into the powder room:

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I think that the bathroom fixtures will have to be white (and the window dressings monotone) in order to balance all that color going on with the wallpaper and flooring.

Here's what I've been doing for the past while; always takes longer than anybody thinks, especially the way I do it (for pieces with any length, I mask-tape each layer top and bottom and let the glue set for a while- sometimes all week before I can get to it again- before proceeding with the next layer; helps ALOT with preventing warping):

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It's good to have that done. Was very fiddly around the small bay corners where the siding has to meet up. You can see there at the interface between the small bay and the 1st and 2nd front walls where I didn't quite make square, and the siding highlights that. :dunce: It's worse on the 1st floor, but all that will end up hiding behind a prominent porch roof. I am still thinking about what to do over that center large bay window. The original house has some sort of arch-y tableau decoration going on there, but I'm still thinking. I may end up just putting siding there, but maybe not. :hmm:

Got my first layer of paint on-- "Botanical Bliss" (Valspar interior satin "perfect pint"):

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It shows a bit more blue-y on my computer screen than it quite is. I love it! (Even though the first coat always looks terrible.)

Starting to look like the photo:

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Here's how the hallway will look, and the third floor:

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Understair is lit, and stocked with a tiny apple-shaped shelf unit that I found some teeny things to fit in:

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Wanted some ceiling medallions, found a soft-metal variety pack on amazon:

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Figured out that I can't start siding until I do the framing, painted white. I am spacing the siding at 3/8" instead of my usual 1/2"; It will take more siding but will hopefully look more in-scale to the house.

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Having some fun with the ceilings: kitchen, and parlor (found the plastic lampshades at miniatures marketplace, spray-painted and added beadery to the edge of the one):

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Finally (after much fussing) have the staircase done, and installed, so could install kitchen ceiling (staircase had to come first b/c the lighting was tied to it). That "hand-rail" looking trim along the wall is actually made from matboard strips, one of which being the neat beveled edge that comes with many matboard scraps from an art store.

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Whew! More hours and hours, from Kris' window tutorial:

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And door tutorial:

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Added some height to the bottom and put things together in a really rough dry fit: figured out where the hallway will be (love hallways):

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I am going to have to glue the structure together very carefully to keep everything square; those tall bays in particular are getting pretty curvy.

Need to put a little sealer on those windows and start mapping out my lighting; found a battery pack with separate lights on etsy:

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I guess these aren't made anymore? I better order some more from this shop!

What to do about light shades?? Looking for interesting ideas.

This is what hours and hours look like!

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From Kris' tutorials for windows and doors. Got my paper order in from happy scrappin; very pleased:

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Here are some colors starting to come together:

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I was going to do the sashes in white, but noticed that my inspiration house has very dark green sashes, so here we go. (I am not good at keeping square...) Got my holiday coupon savings from miniatures.com and Greenleaf for hardware and siding, so that will keep me busy for a while.

I've been foraying into stairs-- these are the kit stair sides:

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With steps an inch high, this simply wasn't going to work for the mice. I started putting together a winding staircase based on 1/2"-high steps and 5/8"-treads, from foam board and matboard, to see how it would look in the space:

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Those pieces that extend into the room are just base pieces that would get cut off, but regardless as much as I liked how they turned out, this staircase simply took up too much space in the room. Back to the drawing board-- tried 1/2"-tall steps along the wall and they ended up at the front door, so compromised with 5/8"-tall steps:

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Relocated the doorway (4" tall!), and I think this will work. The card on the floor shows how wide they'll be. I would prefer the steps to be 1/2"-tall, but I think this is minimally intrusive on the rest of the room.

Anyway, I had to do this so I could figure out where the stairwell hole would be in the second floor. Here is everything back in rough dry-fit:

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The reason that the front door opening is so tall is that it will have a transom window. The bay walls are two layers of matboard glued together; I cut out the windows in each layer separately b/c cutting two layers together would've been too tough!

I am deviating from the original house's roofline by keeping that right-hand-side roof tall-- it may look a little funny but I want a third floor, and if I lower it to the left-hand-side roof height, there won't be room enough for a third floor.

Now that everything's cut, including doors and windows, I've taken it apart and primed. Last weekend I went to get paints and papers:

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The paint at the top is Valspar perfect pint interior latex satin in "Botanical Bliss", and I even found square "diamonds" at Michael's for the left gable. I was disappointed with the cardstock selection at HL and Michael's-- the florals are in paper, whereas I am thinking that some of these rooms will do better with a thicker cardstock wallpaper due to the amount of wall patching that I've done (therefore increasing the surface roughness of the walls). I am looking at this site to see if there are some printed cardstocks that catch my eye.

Got this house for a new niece-- it is not much to look at:

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I got it because it has similar basic structure to this house, which is actually a place of business in California; I found it while googling "victorian houses" or some such:

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Isn't it a beaut! Anyway, here what the Artply house looks like in rough dry-fit: Not much to it:

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So I got to whacking and hacking. Took the 2nd floor down by an inch, widened the front door, added matboard and scrap wood to extend walls and floors.

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That front wall roof pitch will get reduced, and will have to figure out what the rest of the roof looks like; will extend the base by a couple-few inches, and may extend the porch a bit. Need to get the windows measured and cut out.

Need to start looking for colors and papers, and get my siding and shingles ordered-- looks like small fish-scale shingles on that front gable. I like the greens in the original house, so I think I'll do a green palette.

Well, I might add some sealer here and there, but it's ready to box up and put in the mail. (Aunt J, I need an address!)

Sourcing:

Inspiration: Robin Carey's "The Darling House" [Chantilly] , the color purple, and the desire to make a Newberg like nobody ever saw before :p

"Duval" railing, "Barbados" and "CiCi" porch grills, "Cumbria" brackets, "Marissa" gables (3 lg, 1 sm): Heritage Laserworks

Corbels and "Victorian picket roof ridge cap": Manchester Woodworks

Papers, fabrics, "greenery": Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann's

How to do the windows, door, 1st floor ceiling moulding, furniture, banjo clock: Kris' tutorials

Window treatments: my own :dunce:

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Got the house landed on its 3/8"-thick plywood base (1/2" square dowel on the edge); got the lattice parts made (matboard) and the stair (cut the steps to make its width match that between the porch posts):

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Enjoyed making the parlor window treatments with satin ribbon trim-- had to think about em for a bit, two drapes on each side of the pelmet would've gotten a bit much for those two closely-spaced windows, but then it came to me: a single centered drape with a neck-tie knotted ribbon. Think I'll use that one again some time. One can't see it very well here but the window seat is fake tufted :p in the same fabric as the chairs.

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I did some boo-boos when cutting out the fencing-- "Duval" from Heritage Laserworks-- but I am thinking about strategic foliage placements. :dunce:

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Now what are these guys doing here--

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(This is the "Marshmallow Mouse" Calico Critters family. Aren't they cute?!)

You can see that 1/12" is a bit tall and narrow for them; they're more like a fat 1/16". I am getting a new niece this summer, and have gotten this kit for the mouse house:

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Now this is a really blah kit, but I have in mind to do a real number on it: I did a google search for "victorian style houses exterior" and found a couple views of this house (that is apparently from pinterest; I don't know the origin so apologies if it's your house but WOW!):

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I may play around a little with the color scheme, but it is really starting to grow on me. For the mouse family, I will need to do some custom-fitting and some custom furniture, like I did for the Calico Critters hedgehog family in the Shadybrook Cabin build.

Had some fun with the kitchen curtains-- pleased with how these turned out:

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And the bathroom curtains:

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Using more cardstock forms with the curtains this time around: this cotton fabric is too thick to cooperate much in the way of fancy folds, but it will sit nicely on cardstock.

Well I am not galloping along at any great pace here, but finally got my roof ridge cap from Manchester Woodworks installed (some spackle involved here): that is all that is left of two 22" pieces there at the bottom. (And my MacGyver method of holding the trim in place with pink ribbon. :p)

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These are very time-consuming, with gluing and painting and drying: Kris Compas' small sink and banjo clock:

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I am working on some window treatments, but cannot for the life of me find my skewer sticks, so will have to make a pleater form out of matboard.

Edit: So I made a pleater form out of matboard, and found some 1/8" dowel rod to put into action (scrap piece shown here), and I like how these turned out:

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And a couple more views of the small sink:

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Flower boxes.

I did some more on the roof with washes, and have spent a while on window trim, including flower-boxes made of matboard. I realized right after I hit the "buy" button on my order to Manchester Woodworks that I should've gotten some brackets for the boxes, but didn't want to pay all that shipping all over again so I cut some out of foamboard-- painting and spackling to finish them. I didn't put any boxes on the right side, or on the bump-out, because the width is just a bit under 24" and I need to keep it that way for ease of shipping.

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I decided that the ferns and large leaves were too-- much, so I trimmed it back and like this much better:

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I think that I will apply some white/light paint on the flowers here and there to lighten them up a bit. Yellows-- need more yellows to set off the purple. And some bright green turf.

It has taken me a while to get this far, bits of dowel and wire and beads and matboard:

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The purples turned out a bit darker than I'd originally envisioned, but I decided to roll with it and see how it turns out.

I need to find some way to add purple accent to the windows and door. Purple framing? Purple window boxes? It wants a light touch, not too purpley...

 

Isn't it pretty! This is the "Marissa" gable trim, from Heritage Laserworks:

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Tried something a bit different: used "chalky finish" spray paint:

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It doesn't look like a chalk finish to me, at least at this scale, but it isn't nearly as glossy as other white spray paints, which is what I wanted. Think I'll try it on the porch railing too.

Here's what a Newberg looks like with siding-- it appears that it's usually adorned with those cardboard scallops and wood cutouts; got (almost all of) the siding on:

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And here's the first coat of paint: Valspar interior satin, "Moraine":

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That is nothing to shout about, is it! Hubby stopped by and asked me if I were trying to make the world's most boring dollhouse. :eek:

I think it looks pretty close to the main color on the Robin Carey "Darling House", though, so that's the color I wanted. The backdrop color has to be tame so that the trim and bits of color can pop.

Got the battery box installed in a matboard creation:

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Getting the lights installed in the attic; using shiny pony beads:

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Got the staircase put together; the kit doesn't have risers or a backing, so I made my own from basswood and matboard:

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This house eats up the siding:

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I have installed the porch roof (after re-cutting the angle to accommodate a horizontal installation, shaving about half an inch from the front, and installing trim on the house so that the roof had something to tack onto).

Got my order from Heritage Laserworks! :) From left to right: "CiCi" (for the porch roof underside, just above the porch steps); "Barbados" (for the rest of the porch roof underside); "Duval" (railing for the yard); "Marissa" large (for the three large gables, left and right and front); "Marissa" small (for the small gable, front); "Cumbria" (for the underside of the "CiCi" part). I got the porch underside trims in matboard because I figured that matboard would be more forgiving to more cutting, since I will have to cut these in smaller pieces.

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Got my matte "tile" sheets in from Miniatures Marketplace at a good price; found tiffany lamp shades there too. That sheet in the kitchen has lilac accents. :)

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Mounting the second floor ceiling lights from the underside of the ceilings, so prepared all the papers and cutouts, used my Dremel to groove the underside, installed the 2nd floor (messed up my purple wallpaper there-- will have to trim or patch :dunce:), turned the house on its side, laid the wires in the grooves, and installed the papers etc over the wires.

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Glued on the front roof (even though the instructions said to glue on the back roof first) because I want to start laying out the attic lights.

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