~morningstar~

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  1. 30+ years old DollHouse

    So, I was nosing around on Market Place and I saw a pretty dollhouse that someone wanted $150 for. I didn't think the dollhouse was worth that, so I kept looking. I came back every day looking and then I saw this new one listed. The seller was asking $189 for it, and I thought it was worth a lot more. I contacted her and asked if it was still available. She indicated it was and said she had to get rid of it by Tuesday. Perfect, I said. I will come get it. THEN I had to figure out how we were going to bring this dollhouse home. We wound up renting a uHaul van and loading it up into the van and carefully driving it home. Once home, a furniture dolly helped to bring it inside the apartment and now, it sits in the middle of my living room. GO Team! we did it! The house needs some restorative work, but is otherwise in good condition.  The things that need to be done: repair the front porch rail, the stairway from second floor to attic needs to be repaired and reattached. Some of the rooms need to be finished wallpapering and the flooring needs to be done. Some of the windows need to be repaired. The trim around the turret needs some parts replaced. Some of the doors need to be reattached.  Some of the shingles need to be replaced. Aside from that, the dollhouse looks awesome for being as old as it is. I am going to try to upload some pics if I can.  You all can tell me what you think.   ~morningstar~        
  2. 30+ years old DollHouse

    I think I saw a couple of her books on Amazon. I may still go back and look some more. Right now, I have a whole box full of books, so I am going to keep working with the ones I have, and see how we work. It almost feels like she doesn't want to be dressed in Victorian era dressing. I keep seeing more modern looks to her. I don't know yet. We shall see.   ~morningstar~
  3. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Since I have little chance of getting to the library, I went to Amazon and got a copy of "The Tasteful Interlude" and it will arrive by the end of the month. I also purchased "Making Victorian Dollshouse Furniture" that will arrive next week. As I work on this house, my book collection grows. :)I have two copies of  "The Big Book of a Miniature House" by  Christine-Lea Frisoni. If I ever find the other books, I will likely have duplicate copies of other books too. If I find that I do, I will offer them here first. If there are no takers, I'll list them on eBay. ~morningstar~
  4. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Thank you, holly. I am taking my time and going very slow. I am also listening to what she wants.  I haven't begun working on the interior, because everything I have offered, she has turned down. We will see what happens when the next batch of floors and wall coverings come in.  At this rate, she might end up covered in paint and contact paper, LOL. I will keep trying. There are some windows that still need repairs. Framing, and "glass" put in. The foundation will be the very last thing I will work on, before I begin working on the garden.   ~morningstar~
  5. 30+ years old DollHouse

    I loved the bench until it arrived in pieces. I almost tossed it, then I decided to try to put it back together, with some success. It isn't perfect but it's workable.  The frog pond is an afterthought. I was on the phone with Mom and she just loves frogs. I was describing to her all the little ideas I had for the garden. I found this online while I was talking to her, and decided it was definitely a worthwhile addition to the garden behind the  Big ol' House.  
  6. 30+ years old DollHouse

    It is much the same with just about any creation, no? My copy of Beryl's book came in, recently,  I will begin working on the foundation (brickwork) of the dollhouse, probably tomorrow. It depends on how I am feeling, physically. I went to collect my packages the other day and my neighbor said I look like a ghost. (I have been having difficulty sleeping and  my oxygen saturation level is a bit low. I am attaching pictures of what I have accomplished and some things I thought would be cute for the garden of the house. I am learning that even though I want to make her totally Victorian, that may not be what she wants......The stairway is a repair job. The bench is a wreck, I had to reassemble because the shipping method was inadequate for the safety of the bench. The sign was my own design. I am going to make a new one, as I'm not thrilled with how that one came out. The frog pond is something that I will likely put in  the garden.
  7. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Goodness holly! That looks like a lot of work. I saw where you said you used 240 grit sand paper? Is the grit of the paper important?  Also, I found some that is *almost* the right size and self adhesive. I hope that will work. I am looking forward to working on mine soon. I will post pics soon.     ~morningstar~
  8. 30+ years old DollHouse

    holly, I checked out the pics in your gallery. Wow! That is some serious work there.  I started putting together a doll house, a long time ago, it was a.... Garfield. Then about 1/4 the way into the project, we moved into a smaller place. Half of the pieces are missing. I suspect they are packed in a box that hasn't been unpacked yet. We only intended to stay in this apartment long enough to find a house we could afford, and then we were going to move out. Needless to say, we are still here, and the Garfield, sadly is abandoned.. (for now). Anyway, I really  like what you did with the doll house. Very fancy.  I decided to look on line for the craft sticks.  I don't feel like going anywhere. I have to meet a friend for tea in a few hours. I'm so tired. But I said I would go, so... you know how that goes.   Once I'm done with that, I'll come back home and wait for my DCC to call.. (Diabetes Care Coordinator)... Doing a phone check in... Do you remember what colors of chalk you used to create the brick look for your pub? I really like how realistic that looks.   ~morningstar~    
  9. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Is there anything you can't do with miniatures? LOL wow. I love the way you did the shelves near the front doors. That is awesome.  I'm guessing this is a shop? It kinda looks like one. I like the store room off to the side too. Very nice.   I might just borrow your idea for the shelves.  Yay trip to the Hobby Lobby or Joanns!!!   Thank you again! ~morningstar~  
  10. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Wow,  that must have taken some serious time. I've been thinking about the folding screens that I mentioned in an earlier post. If I use either bamboo skewers cut down to size, and glued together, in the shape of a rectangle, I could make an 8panel screen for each section that I want to divide off. Or, I could get some  Foam core board and cut it down to size, throw some contact paper on it, and make shelves out of it, and use that as the dividers. I'm sure I have some lace around here some place that would be perfect for the edge of the shelves. If I have to make the shelves from wood, what do you recommend?   Thanks again for your help!   ~morningstar~
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  12. 30+ years old DollHouse

    holly, That pub is gorgeous!  I love how authentic the brickwork looks.  That is what I am looking for. *THAT* look. That must have taken some time to do. I purchased the book you mentioned, by Beryl Armstrong, so when it arrives, I will read and learn how to do this, I am very excited about making this work for my own dollhouse. OOOh, I just can't wait. In the mean time, I'll be watching for those freebie paper ad things you were talking about, so I can get started on the attic. I was thinking about the floor of the attic. Most houses don't finish them, do they? I can't even remember the last time I saw a finished one. I was thinking of converting the attic into the living quarters for the housing staff. (it has two maids so far, I want to add a butler, if I can find one I like). Anyway, That is where I am right now with things.  
  13. 30+ years old DollHouse

    holly, That is an awesome idea. I never thought of using that, but you are right. That would be perfect. The legal notices are just the right size and some of the classifieds, the type print is small enough that I can put them in and they will look like they belong. Oh wow!  Sand paper for brickwork. Ok, so how do I make it the color of brick? Is there sandpaper that is red? It would be far easier for me to do it that way than to order a bunch of bricks and try to figure out how to put them under the house, LOL. I will look to see if I can find something that will make the sandpaper look like bricks. Another great idea. Thank you, holly!! I will update with pics when I've completed the brickwork around the base of the house!   ~morningstar~
  14. Scratch built contemporary DH

     Hi Keifer, I'll hold off on packing, LOL. No, as my Beloved says.."that's all her project"   Though he will help me with repairing the wiring because we don't want the 30+yr old dollhouse to burn down once everything is restored. I mean, that would just be a tragedy.   You are doing a fantastic job on the one you are building. I am happy to see how well it is coming along. Great work!  
  15. Scratch built contemporary DH

    Keifer, How soon will this house be ready and when can I move into it? All kidding aside, this is incredible. I was showing my husband the work you are doing on your project and he thinks you are doing an awesome job. Keep up the great work!   ~morningstar~
  16. 30+ years old DollHouse

    Thank you. All of you. I may ask for some input, if I get stuck.   I want to replace the paper brick that is around the foundation of the house. I was considering using actual miniature brick. I know it's not going to be an easy task but it will look more authentic, yes? Something else I hope to do is add newspaper print to the attic. I've been having difficulty locating it. Any ideas? I don't own a printer, so I can't print it myself. I also want to try to keep it as much to the victorian style as possible. I have a few books about miniatures that I need to locate. Somewhere in this apartment, LOL. I think their father was doing just that. Building it to be victorian. So, I want to try to keep it that way. I'm going to look this week to see if I can find any of my books, and the furniture and other odds and ends I have stashed away. I'll see what I can find and I will keep you all posted.  
  17. 30+ years old DollHouse

    I promised the nice lady I bought it from that I would only restore it to it's original state, and finish what her father started. A couple rooms weren't finished, and the attic needs finishing. When that is done, I will furnish it and take more pictures.   In the mean time, I have to start on the repairs first. Shingles need replacing, and the stairway to the attic is damaged and needs to be put back together, then reattached. Some of the windows need replacing. Some just need repair.  A few others odds and ends.   ~morningstar~
  18. Spiral stairs - from the 2nd floor

    I have to ask, what is the white edging used along the edge of the walls on the outside of the house?   ~morningstar
  19. Not much Progress 2

    this is awesome!!!!!! OMG!!!
  20. Am sorry I haven't been here much... Haven't worked on the Garfield in ages. Just haven't felt the inspiration. been playing Arma II DayZ mod... and handling some tasks on another website that I was offered a mod position on, as well as some other things. Will be back from time to time. My hobbies work that way.

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    2. ~morningstar~

      morgansmith I'll be around from time to time. Jane do you play DayZ?

    3. Jane S

      I have played a bit of the closed beta, I do a lot of beta testing when I have late nights ;P

      I had to move off of the MMO scene since the little one takes more day time ;)

      But yes ..it could be a whole second life there *lol*

    4. ~morningstar~

      Ah yeah, I'm usually up until 3-4am playing.. I have two servers I play on, both Epoch servers. Seriously... I get so lost in the game that I forget real life for awhile. :) I love running around shooting up zombies and blowing up 'locked' vehicles so the owners can't use 'em :) Or 'salvaging' parts so the owners have to replace. LOL.. It's a blast...I have a small base in the middle of a serene base, but there are zombies everywhere. LOL. There's even a sm...

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    You're so cute! I was using the pens to 'stain glass' my windows. When the house is finished, I'll take close ups of the windows, so you can see what I'm talking about. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ~morningstar~
  22. Finished Sofa

    Thank you, love. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ~morningstar~
  23. Finished Sofa

    From the album Something a lil' different

    the finished product, sans small pillows
  24. creativity In holding Up A side without proper tools

    Thank you, sweetheart.