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  1. dollhouse And cats 005

    From the album Jeanies Main House

    Assembled the stairway, staining and varnishing almost done.
  2. Hello from New Zealand

    Silly of me, I mentioned checking out the VAME website then completely forgot to put the URL in for you LOL. Here it is ... ... and here is a New Zealand one, too, just in case you don't have it ...
  3. Hello from New Zealand

    Well Helen, if you ever do make it to Melbourne, you must contact me and come along as my guest to the Miniatures group I belong to. They sound to be the complete opposite to the group where you are. We always have a great time each month at our workshops. You can check out our website if you like to see our projects etc. You certainly wouldn't want to be visiting New South Wales at the moment, sadly. Our rain belt just doesn't seem to want to get up there and seems to stop just short of the fires. Nice to know you are also supervised by a feline. I have four, two siamese and an oriental shorthair plus a dear ex feral moggie. All girls, all divas. I did have German Shepherds but after the last one passed away my husband decided he couldn't cope with the losses anymore so we haven't introduced another ... yet! Oh, and I also had a white budgie (named Sooty of course LOL). She was called a cinnamon lacewing. Very pretty little bird, and such a character. I've just had a read of your silicone filler debacle. Oh my, I can understand the frustration for sure. The migraines certainly don't help do they. Mine seem to have taken a vacation for the last couple of years. I don't know what I'm doing right, but whatever it is I want to keep doing it. I've had them since I was 13 years of age, so I'm thinking hormones may have had something to do with that (now that I don't have any LOL). I have been using my first, very basic, dollhouse to experiment upon before trying any task on my 'good' ones. I'm also experimenting with a cladding for outside walls made from egg cartons. I don't think I have the recipe right yet, but will have to question my source at our next meeting ... she is a goldmine of ideas and expertise. It's an interesting look ... a cross between adobe and tudor style exteriors. I really must set to and get more done on my house. I did the undercoat on the large one, but haven't touched it since (I did put photos in my gallery of that). I'm just so fascinated by making the tiny objects right now so when that dwindles down I will get back to the houses ...
  4. Hello from New Zealand

    Welcome Helen. I'm from Melbourne in Aus so just across the way from you I also noted that you have a beautiful cat in your profile photo, it's always nice to meet another cat lover. I see you have suffered the same fate as I have. That of building the house only to find the original plans we have made for it have gone by the by LOL. I have four on the go at the moment, and I run into the same trouble with each and every one (and I'm about to begin building the fifth one). I really will have to discipline myself. I belong to a miniature group here and of late I've been busy making one inch scale items, so my painting and wallpapering have taken a back seat. However, I will soon be started on those projects again. I'll be looking forward to seeing your photos.
  5. The Introduction Thread...:)

    I love your enthusiasm, it's very catching ... Looking forward to seeing your album when you get one up and running. I have a two day workshop next weekend on a Wizard's table, and can hardly wait to go. It's lovely to meet you.
  6. 111.JPG

    I'd like to sit out on that deck on a nice sunny day and sip a lemonade or two ... very pretty.
  7. Mischievous Horde?

    Love them ... did you make them? (if so, how?)
  8. Carson

    That is one gorgeous house.
  9. New Member

    Hello Nancy. I had that problem, too, with two of my houses. As the other members have said, a sharp craft knife is the answer along with lots of prayers and prizing LOL. I'm just at the stage where I have my own gallery now, but only three pictures to put on it, and none of the three are very interesting right now. I have yet to finish one of mine, I just get so excited about the others that I can't stay on just one for any length of time.
  10. Hi, I'm new!

    Welcome Nicole. I'm sure with your background in fine arts you will be a great source of information ... I'm in Australia and currently working on a few houses. I'm concentrating particularly on a custom built one at the moment and I'm just starting. So far I have one coat of undercoat done, another to put on, the stairway assembled and stained and varnished. Now I have to plan the family who are going to 'live' there so that I can decide on rooms and furnishings etc. It's so exciting isn't it.
  11. Dura-Craft HR 560 instructions

    It's very nice to meet you, Robert. What a lucky little girl your grandaughter is ... she will love that house ... I'm new here, too and will be so interested to see updates from you.
  12. Gables and roof done

    Very impressive. You've done a great job.
  13. dollhouse And cats 006

    I sometimes find her asleep in there LOL ... I think she wants her own room ... ;)
  14. dollhouse And cats 006

    From the album Jeanies Main House

    Lilura helping me get started.
  15. Vintage farmhouse bathroom - right side

    Amazing detail ... I did laugh at you putting in the water pipes ... It's a great bathroom.
  16. dollhouse And cats 001

    LOL yes, it is quite large. This is the one that I had made, but I do wish I had waited until I have more of an idea of what I was doing. I can see many changes I would have liked. Still, I do like the house and I'm looking forward to forging ahead with it. I have painted it now, just a couple of coats of white undercoat, so that I can get started on planning rooms (once I get the cats out of there). I went to the Annual Miniatures Exhibition here in July and bought a few little things, but I didn't see any wallpaper that really made me want to buy it. Did get some black and white tiling for the conservatory floor though. Had fun making that up. I have left the roof unglued so that I can remove it when I need access to the inside. Kat, I have two smaller ones as well ... not sure what scale they are, they seem to be in between. I am working on those along with the big one and one is my witch house. I do love this hobby ... it's so addictive LOL.
  17. dollhouse And cats 001

    From the album Jeanies Main House

    Trying to figure out which room should be which ... I keep changing my mind.
  18. Walmer french victorian

    Hi Cindy and welcome I'm fairly new here, too, and the members are so very helpful and kind and welcoming. I googled your house and found some photos and it is a lovely house, so many rooms to play with It also came up in Google that a member here has one "Bojangles". I have seen posts from her recently (the name stuck in my mind) so it will be nice for you to have someone with the same house here. I'm in Australia (Melbourne) and I'm at the painting stage of my large house. It was a custom made house by a chap here who builds them to whatever specifications you want. I wish now I had waited and practiced a little because there are quite a few things I would have asked for. Doesn't matter because I doubt it will be my last one LOL. This hobby is so addictive. I'm amazed at you finding your house where you did ... what a lucky day for you when you saw that sitting in a driveway.
  19. Hello!

    Hi Andrea. I've just looked at the pictures of your house in the gallery. I love it. This is the look I want for my witch house. When you say you did the worn weatherboards using different wood stains, did you already have the weatherboards on the original house, or have you actually made the weatherboards yourself (or did you achieve the weatherboard look by simply painting)? I think you're managing to achieve the worn and spooky but homey look ...
  20. Welcome, it was so nice to read your post ... I am new here so will be looking forward to seeing your photos and reading more about your houses. I am a raw beginner and I'm working on creating an Edwardian home at the moment. I have a few other projects going on (a witch's house and a cottage that I'm converting into an antique shop) so my houses are also older styles.
  21. Excited new member!

  22. Have read this thread with interest. My Glencroft is still in the box, but I'm making the most of the winter weather and I've cleared enough space for it to be constructed. I'm sorry your grandaughter had to move away ... I've had the same thing happen and gosh I miss the little honey.
  23. Excited new member!

    That is what I found I had to do. Would you believe I actually STARTED my large house last week. I have assembled the stairway and stained and varnished it ready to install just yesterday. I'm looking through my wallpaper supply now so that I can get that up and the stairway installed. I put all the furniture and bits and bobs into the empty house, just to see how they look so far, and what I have to make and which rooms are going to be which. That is all helping me get going. I've looked and looked at all the pictures here, and websites of members and have made note of particular ideas etc. I've also enrolled for a weekend class which among other things teaches how to use polymer clay. I'm very excited about that. My husband told me yesterday that I'm not taking enough photos, so I've rectified that little matter, also ... I'm so excited about it all that I find the DH and cats are all pretending to faint with hunger about two hours after when their meals were due LOL. Sorry Andi, didn't mean to hijack your thread ...
  24. Excited new member!

    This is so true .. I really must be more practical and get my head back down to earth LOL. My trouble is that I want the Palace of Versailles LOL (particularly that hall of mirrors) ... ;)
  25. Excited new member!

    Hi Andi ... good luck with all your projects. It's great that you have the additional projects because it really sounds as if you do want to leave your childhood house as it is ... It's nice to be sentimental and you can still go on with the others. I was a bit worried about doing anything to my 'big' house ... afraid I would mess things up, and I want it to be just perfect ... although I know the whole thing will probably be a lifetime journey. Anyway, I bought a couple of cheaper houses to get started on and practice with, and now, I've actually plucked up the courage to start on the big one. I'm still taking it slowly but I'm so excited about it all. Enjoy yourself with yours and welcome. Jeanie