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  2. San Franciscan 550 -- Here I Go

    Thanks, Holly--the carpenter's square is on my list for the hardware store when I go to get paint (I have one, somewhere, but at this point it's easier to buy a new one than to go through every possible box where it might be).  I'm mighty grateful for those extras, because I know I'll mess up more than once. And yes, sparkle to make the walls smoother surfaces for our decorating adventures. ;)
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  4. San Franciscan 550 -- Here I Go

    A steel carpenter's square sure helps to assemble those wall pieces, and don't poo-poo all those "extra" window bits.  I wish I'd had you with me when I built the SF555!  You will want to give the interior walls a coat or so of spackle or joint compound to get rid of the joints, but you already know that.
  5. I thought I'd start a new thread about this house as it hasn't had a lot of general discussion lately. Sometime last year, I saw a still-in-box San Franciscan, the 550 model, at a thrift store for $60. At first, I wasn't sure I wanted it--Victorian is not really my thing--but the price was so good, and the more I looked at it, and at the tower, the more I thought: "PRINCESS HOUSE." My niece, who's about to turn 4, likes her princesses (I mean, she likes them feisty and sassy, but she does like them), and she especially likes Rapunzel from Tangled, and, well, house with a tower. So I bought the kit and she and I talked about it: we're going to have a kitchen for Tiana, a library for Belle and Sophia, a bed with 20 mattresses for the Princess and the Pea, and of course a tower for Rapunzel, among other things.  I didn't start it right away because I'm still moving in to my new house and getting things organized, but this week is her birthday, and I've made some progress in setting up my crafting spaces, so tonight, despite being tired, I decided it was time. I'd just go through and organize and label the parts...and of course now the first foundation pieces are sitting under books, getting glued together. ;)  One thing that surprised me was how many extras there were of the smaller pieces. There was one set of pieces for windows that was supposed to have 33 or so, and instead had 52! That was probably the biggest example, but there were extras of a number of pieces. Has anyone else run into this? There's one part I don't think I have--the smaller tower support--and one of the gables looks like the wrong shape, but those things will either resolve themselves when I get to those steps, or I can make alterations or new pieces from wood or foamcore/matboard.  It always amazes me how much easier it is to understand directions once I've been through the parts on that detailed level. The first few times I read them, I thought it would be impossibly tricky to figure out the process (I have a Heritage started, so I do know a bit about how Duracraft houses are put together), but after sorting and labeling it all reads as crystal clear, and I thought I might as well get started. My niece is going to be thrilled!  My goals with this house: actually finish the darn thing (having a 3/4 year old waiting impatiently to play with it will help with that); keep it simple but pretty (so, no to the strip flooring, and there's no way I'm punching out those splintery strips they use to make the foundation lattice--I can do fake stone or something more fanciful); and make it as sturdy and playable as possible (so I'm going to try to make the roof of the tower removable, and customize the doors so they open and close on pin hinges if at all possible. If there's one thing my niece is adamant about, it's that dollhouse doors should open and close! Luckily she's not as picky about the windows, so I don't have to make them open (or even let her know that's an option). I do plan to make some "stained glass" panels for some of the windows, though. I'm still debating about whether or not I'll put banisters and railings on the stairs. That may just be asking for trouble, and having them open would make it easier for her to reach in and move her dolls up and down the stairs.  She's asked for a purple exterior, and I'm looking at two shades, light and dark, along with cream trim for the windows and posts. I'll let her pick out scrapbook paper or paint colors for the interior walls, and she's excited to make the furniture and to play with it. I found a kit on Amazon for making miniature books--a lot of fairy tales and children's books. They're somewhat oversized, but she won't care, especially since the books have text and pictures. I'll go through past posts and the galleries to see what I can learn, but if anyone who's built this one wants to chime in with tips and tricks, I'm happy to learn!  
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  7. Hurstwood Cottage Kitbash

    Sabrina, hang onto those little triangles; they might come in handy for decorative touches (roof beams to hang things from, for one).
  8. Dollhouse Identification

    A picture of my house! I didn't think there was another like mine since the consensus was that mine was homemade. Thanks for posting the picture! Any idea what kit it's from? I haven't decided about the dormers yet. In act, things got so busy after I got the house that I haven't done a thing to it yet. I have lots of plans for it--hopefully I'll find time soon to carry them out!
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    I love Christmas houses. Very well done  
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    Nice job on this house!  This looks like a really great first dollhouse for a child.
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    I like the little fawn in the attic!
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    Really sweet, inside and out!
  13. Color Choices Real and Mini Houses

    It was OK before, nice but a bit bland.  Now it has such wonderful curb appeal.  It invites you in!
  14. Color Choices Real and Mini Houses

    Oh Matt it's perfect!  The color choice is just wonderful and I love that all of the little details are back in focus.  And who'd have imagined bi-fold shutters!? Never realized there was such a thing!  I always love when someone takes the effort to restore old houses to their original glory!!  
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    Love the Dora Kuhn (or similar artist) pieces. I love bauernmalerei furniture. Or whatever the style is officially. I remember seeing photos of sets like this in the Enchanted Dollhouse catalog.
  16. Hurstwood Cottage Kitbash

    That looks like a well-made kit.  You've got a nice start on it.  Looking forward to seeing more (and I love your little helper).
  17. Hi from the UK!

    Hello Sabrina  
  18. Staircase - calling mathematicians

    I think my copy of Dorie Krusz's book went to another member, so long ago I've forgotten who it was.
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    No, it isn't; it's considered hijacking.
  20. Staircase - calling mathematicians

    Dangit, I can't find the books from which I learned to do staircases. I'll link to them below. I prefer building my stairs out of long blocks of 3/4" thick wood stacked atop one another. I learned that from Christopher Cole's book. It enables a much greater variety of stairs than can be accomplished using traditional stair stringers, which I find very limiting. If I could find that book, I'd post his schematics! Maybe someone else has it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Make-Your-Own-Dolls-House-by-Christopher-Cole-hardcover-w-dust-jacket-1976/223490488192 That stacked method was used to create my stairs that I pictured above. I believe that method was also used to create this dollhouse staircase: The built-up method for curved railings is from Dorie Krusz's book: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Building-Miniature-Houses-and-Furniture-by-Dorie-Krusz-HC-Dollhouses-Dolls/173957631877 The spiral end cap instead of a newel post at the base of this staircase below is from that book. This method also works for full railings for circular staircases, as well as the landings around stairwell openings (again, as pictured in my post above). For the actual staircase railings, you have to lay the finished staircase down onto matboard or sheetwood (I prefer sheetwood) to get a template. You have to use the finished stairs and not just a schematic of how it looks from above, or else once you tip the railing up at a 45-degree angle, the length will fall short. Again, I can't find my copy of that book for no love nor money. Maybe someone else has it. It doesn't give specific instructions for doing railings for a circular staircase but the method is adaptable.
  21. Dollhouse Identification

    I'm just curious, did you ever decide to put the dormers on? I think they give the house a nice balance. I've only ever seen it with the dormers so maybe I'm just not used to seeing it without them.
  22. Hi from the UK!

    Hi Sabrina!  I love your enthusiasm!  Reminds me of me a few years back!  First thing - I LOVE Bromley's - I have their 1:12 brick, stone and quoin stencils and use them with either spackle or paint thickened with a thickening compound that artists use.  Second thing is probably something you'll need to learn yourself.  So many of my projects I've planned down to the 'enth' degree and bought everything I figured I'd need for it.  Very rarely have I used all the things I've bought!  I did a Gypsy wagon from McQueenie Miniatures (another UK shop and they have amazing kits) and bought all this trim etc and then didn't use a single bit of it!  For my latest - a mid 18thC Parisian Apothecary based on an actual tv series set - I studied all the pics I had and ordered everything I figured I'd need for it.  Again - I used very little of what I bought and ended up buying more on and off of what I DID want to use throughout the year it took me to complete.  I know you do need stuff to get started, but also understand that everything tends to take longer than you think it will.  After all, paint has to dry, glue has to set.  You will have time throughout the build to purchase what you need for the next step and as you go your thoughts and opinions may change.  And bear in mind that I'm in NZ and most of what I order takes at least a fortnight to get to me!    Good luck - so looking forward to seeing how you get on!
  23. Quilt Yo-yos?

    Here are my yo-yo's ready to sew together.  I'm not great at sewing so this may take awhile!  Kathie, how did you sew yours together?  Does anyone else that was making one of these have a finished picture to share?  
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    Totally ADORBZ! Will be so neat modern.
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    That is a nice collection.
  27. Thanks, everyone. just seems like everything happens at once ya know. I will contact Greenleaf and see what they say.
  28. I would try contacting Greenleaf.  I had a kit that was missing an entire wood sheet, and they sent me a new one free of cost- no questions asked.
  29. Glencroft didn't come with window sheets

    Keep your chin up Amanda! It is always onward and upward! Sorry to hear about your babies.
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