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  2. (Almost) Between Weddings

    Debra, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have to say, when I worked for the bank, we had to say 'no' many times. But when I transferred to a little bank in a rich, rich town, it was figure out how you can do whatever the customers want. I've never seen so many entitled people in my life. Fortunately, after that I ended up working in a 7-11 where I not only could tell the customers no, but I could also tell them to get their a$$ out of my store before I threw them out when the occasion merited it. When you have control like that. you feel so good. And some people wondered why I liked that minimum wage job and stayed at it as long as I did.
  3. Lighting

    I know a lot of people swear by the tapewire system.. but I just couldn't get my head around it... I've decided to go with round wire because that's what makes sense to me... you just need to have a look at all the options and then decide on the what you think is the easiest for you. Don't be afraid of it, the worst that can happen is it won't work first time... and you can always try try again. :D  
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  5. Lighting

    I'm in the midst of it for the first time using tape wire. So far the most difficult thing is nailing the teeny brads in place. I had to order more because I dropped them or bent them. I did the battery operated LED lights in my room box. Those are pretty straight forward and I think they were good for a small project. There is a tutorial on this site and You tube videos out there. Research it and see if it something you might want to attempt. I'll let you know how mine turns out.
  6. Lighting

    I see so many beautiful lights everyone makes.  I wish I had the courage to try and light my houses.  
  7. Porch Ideas

    Hope this helps.   
  8. Porch Ideas

    Here is a pic.  Sorry it took so long.     
  9. Is my scale right?

    Sorry, I'm not sure now where I saw 24", I probably imagined it! This article says 36" back height and 19" seat height. I just measured my own couch and the seat height is 17". SewMimi's couch does look short to me but it could be the angle of the photo.
  10. Chicago show April 21

    Nice stuff Heide. That girls room bed is so darling. 
  11. Is my scale right?

    You mean 2 inch height in total or seat height? I measured the height of one of my 1:12 sofas and the height of the seat was around 3 cm (a bit over 1 inch), but as someone mentioned above these can vary a bit. The seat height should be enough that an average size 'person' could confortably sit on it, without having to bend their knees upwards. When making chairs or other seating type of furniture I would recomend to always measure by seat height, makes it a lot easier to figure out the proportions.
  12. Carrie, thanks for the offer! I'll send you a PM. I usually paint my countertops. I want to do something different this time, and since I have the countertop plus two surrounds (shower and tub) to do, I thought paper would be easiest.
  13. Chanticleer roof

    Love this house, reminds me of the gothic revival styles seen around the uk :D
  14. Is the beacon hill sturdy?

    Hi Mia, I am currently building one so lemme give you my two cents.  As with other Greenleaf dollhouses the structure is made out of thin plywood sheets (around 4mm in thickness). This might not seam very sturdy for a 1:12 scale build... however, the way the parts fit and connect together make the structure very stable and it feels sturdy enough to me. I would however still advise caution when assembling it, specially some parts like the mid section long wall may be a bit hard to put in place so be careful when applying pressure on the plywood as it might break! After it's in place you can hammer the walls into the slots, sand and cut with no problems. Don't use nails, only glue. I haven't glued the siding yet but I imagine that will also help to reinforce the walls, and if you still don't feel it's sturdy enough you can cut templates for the interior walls out of wood and thicken them up a bit.  These structures can feel a bit lightweight but I think that is a plus, overal they are very sturdy (after assembled) as long as you don't sit on them or anything like that. The pieces aren't very 'sturdy' on their own and require a bit of care during assembly, some might even come damaged out of the box (it happened to me) but it's not expensive to repair/replace them. They are probably better suited for adults or older children (many sharp edges), but as long as the house is well kept it will last long. The Beacon Hill is not a very easy build and it might take you a long time to finish, but I do think it's a lovelly house and really worth the effort! I think you won't be disapointed with the choice ;)
  15. Itsy Bitsy Carrara marble slab wallpaper

    Emily, have you tried painting faux marble?
  16. Newbie Questions--Arthur Kit

    I've replied to so many "how do I get started?" posts that it goes quick.  Whilst dry-fitting I whittle tabs & slots for a more perfect fit, so that when it's time to glue it goes together nicely.  I also use the tape to hold the edges together until the glue dries, although I have also been known to pop a few heavy-duty staples along the edges to help hold them together.
  17. Industrial Pendant trim detail.JPG

    What's ironic is that most of lights are made in China to begin with! I was leery because they take a little extra time and sometimes get lost or held up. But for $5 I could wait, plus it is more unique now that you made it your own.
  18. Itsy Bitsy Carrara marble slab wallpaper

    Hi Emily, I used this contact paper that is for real counter tops on my room box kitchen counters. I have a huge roll now LOL. PM me and I'll mail you some.
  19. I've had really bad luck with printie wallpaper fading. A room in my Queen Anne Rowhouse is totally ruined and impossible to fix without tearing out the stairs and breaking a light. In the Victorianna's other bathroom I had to replace a floor that faded and the shower tiles (which are inaccessible) are also starting to fade. In the bathroom I'm working on now, the shower surround will also be inaccessible once it's finished and I don't want to chance it. If I end up with another impossible to fix wallpaper situation I'll have a meltdown. (Thanks anyway for the link, though, those countertops do look nice!)    
  20. What's everyone working on?

    I'm Happy for you. You'll probably have yours done way before me,I'm a very slow worker. I know you will make it look amazing!!
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  22. Living room done

    Beautiful room.  
  23. I've used this tutorial to make marble countertops with some success. You don't have to buy paper.. just print out a pattern you like from the interweb..  
  24. French Country Manor Update

    Good question Sam! I was considering this and decided to stop the crown at the opening of the hole. I will have to fill the indent above the wallpaper, which is the thickness of the 2nd floor, but it will probably just be white. 
  25. Chicago show April 21

    I finally got some pictures of my fabulous finds from the miniatures shows - see my blog. http://mini-madness.blogspot.com/2017/04/items-from-2017-miniatures-shows.html
  26. Has anyone used this paper? I haven't seen it in person and I'm wondering how realistic it is. I'd like to use it for the countertop and shower/tub surround in a half scale bathroom. http://itsybitsymini.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1222_160&products_id=6552 http://itsybitsymini.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1222_160&products_id=6551  
  27. Is my scale right?

    It's hard to tell from the photo, but according to dimensions I found online couches are usually around 36" high with a 24" seat height, so at 2" these seem too short. Maybe you could add legs to the sofa?
  28. My first dollhouse is built!

    How beautiful! Great details!
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