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  1. Hint for choosing color schemes

    I've got several houses I'm rehabbing, as well as a couple new builds.  I have a hard time visualizing what color schemes would look like on the houses (especially ones with a lot of trim, like my San Franciscan 550)  I've struggled for a couple of years with this, but I have finally hit upon a solution that works great for me.  I have an app on my phone (I have "Color My World" but I'm sure there are others) that will take a picture and turn it into a line drawing to color.  I then email it to myself, and print copies - I then use colored pencils to try out different color schemes and I can see how the house will look with the trim and other details painted.  This has saved me a lot of trouble, as I thought I knew what color scheme I was going to use for my 550 (It was based on a 555 I had seen) but once I colored my house picture with those colors, I saw that it really wouldn't work with the 550.  On the other hand, I love the Robin Carey pastel color scheme of yellow, green, pink, and purple.  I was able to take my coloring pages of my 550 and experiment until I found a way to incorporate those colors in my 550.  This is an example of the line drawing this app made of my 550.
  2. Wooden Peg People

    I paint wooden peg people as a hobby.  I've made several copyright infringing sets of Disney characters for my babies to play with, but I only sell generic ones to the public.  I have an Etsy store, and I've had a few custom orders, but my most popular peg by far is a Lizzie Bordon peg doll.  I'm thinking of expanding my mind to include other nefarious characters, I've got prototypes drawn up for Jack the Ripper and John Wayne Gaycy, but I've put them on hold for now.  Right now I'm focusing on my mini's, I have enough pegs in stock to fill any orders for my shop, so I am taking a break from them.  However, I'm sure I will be back to painting soon.....probably when I start painting some of my furniture, do it all while the paint's out kind of thing.
  3. I have a San Franciscan 550 that I picked up for a steal on Craig's List.  I've spent the last few weeks deciding what to do with it - and I really think I want to remove part of the upper tower (interior) wall.  The wall I'd like to remove is the the one that separates the upper tower room from the larger room (I can't figure out how to add an arrow to the picture to point it out)  This would make it much easier for me to get in to decorate it.  Any suggestions on whether this would work or not would be appreciated.
  4. What's everyone working on?

    Today was not a good day - my oldest son, who is 20, is struggling to find his path in life.  Almost 3 months ago he moved to AL to live with his father and stepmother, got a job and started working.  He's decided to move back here to SC, but his father is making it very hard on him.  The drama there has worried and upset me, plus unresolved issues from before he moved has caused a major fight between my husband and I.  I need all the prayers, good thoughts, etc. I can get.   I did manage to get the lace off of the windows of the SF 550 yesterday.  I tried using a hair dryer but even on low it seemed like it was too hot for the plastic windows.  I also scrubbed the house on the outside with a magic eraser and hot water, and removed as much of the inside wall papers as I could.  I did manage to get the 1st floor staircase out - it was nailed into place.  One thing I can say about this house, so far it seems like it is pretty sturdy.  I've also pretty much decided to cut away the interior "tower" wall from the third floor, to make the "tower room" and the adjoining room one large room.  
  5. San Franciscan 550 - removing a wall?

    Yay!  Thanks Selkie for the arrow!  I have a tentative idea as to what I'm going to do with this house - it came to me as I was waiting to see my doctor this afternoon (horrible sinus infection, so the idea could have been a Benadryl hallucination)  I know I'm going to have to cover the cut mark with something, but I haven't decided exactly how to do this.  Thanks
  6. What's everyone working on?

    We are out of school Monday for the holiday, then two more half days until I'm done for the summer!  On the agenda this weekend is to wash/scrub the San Fran 550 I got from Craig's List.  I still don't know what theme, era, etc this house is going to be, but the least I can do is get it scrubbed so I can begin repainting the exterior (I did finally decide on a color scheme)  At this point I am having the paralyzing indecisiveness that comes every single time I think about actually decorating a house.  In fact, one reason I have so many houses "in progress" is that it is so difficult for me to decide on decorating/era/theme, etc.
  7. two Craigslist finds....fingers crossed

    After having to take time off from minis due to work (and life) I am anxious to start back.  I was on Craig's List looking for a swimming pool slide, when I came across two dollhouses.  The first is only about five miles from me, it's a San Franciscan (I'm pretty sure, not 100% sure of model) for $100.  The other I believe is a Newport, comes with furniture, and is $225.  I am attaching seriously considering buying both houses.  I have the room, and I prefer rehabbing to building.  My 40th birthday is Monday, so I may have found my gifts (to myself)  If anyone can confirm/correct my model names (neither owner was sure of the model), or if the picture shows some kind of glaring problem I've missed, please let me know!
  8. Minis from poker chips?

    Thanks everyone!  I can't wait for school to be out next week so that I can have time to work on some of these ideas and others.
  9. Minis from poker chips?

    I envy those who find awesome minis in thrift stores, but I'm never that lucky - however, I ran into Goodwill yesterday and came across two boxes of poker chips for .50.  Has anyone made any minis using poker chips?  I'd love some ideas.  
  10. Dollhouse Book Reviews

    I go through spurts of buying mini books, and re-checking others out of the library to read.  This is what I've been reading most recently:  I've ordered all three Dollhouses to Dreamhouses, and have received books 2 and 3 so far, which have been interesting, but I'm not sure when/if I'll be able to try the modifications they demonstrate.  I also ordered The Secrets of the Dolls' House Makers by Jean Nisbett.  I ordered a copy from my phone, and I wish I had taken the time to read ALL of the reviews of this book.  I thought it was going to have methods and techniques, but it didn't.  Oh well, it is still an interesting book, it just isn't what I thought it would be. Our county library system has a pitiful selection of miniature books, but I have all three of them checked out now - The Big Book of the Dolls' House and A Beginners Guide to the Doll's House Hobby, both by Jean Nisbett, and Making Miniatures: Projects for the 1:12 scale Dolls' House by Christiane Berridge.  I enjoy reading these books, but I won't buy them for myself, I hope that by continuing to check them out, the acquisition librarian will decide to purchase some more titles.
  11. Hint for choosing color schemes

    Awesome Mike!  Thanks for those links as well - That will save me a few steps when I need to work on my Buttercup scheme!
  12. I bought a San Franciscan 550 this past weekend from Craig's List.  The house is fairly sound, and is only missing interior stair railings (as far missing/broken components)  The tower roof is not original (or so I've been told) but the low roof doesn't bother me.  Here's my question.  Someone, at some point in the past, glued lace to the windows of the house (as you can see from the picture, the person took care to use the same pattern in each window)  While I don't hate the look, I'd rather have something else.  Whoever glued this lace in must have used some spectacular glue, because this lace is all stuck tight.  Any suggestions to remove the lace (without having to take apart the house) would be greatly appreciated.   PS If anyone has any ideas for the roof (aside from building a "witch hat" tower roof) I'd like to hear those too!
  13. Cosplay fun!

    I'm slowly working on a Steampunk cosplay to wear to Dragoncon in Atlanta - I've always loved costumes, but being a plus sized woman, I have trouble finding nice and/or affordable costumes, so I've been making my own - however with 5 kids, teaching full time, minis, and life in general, it is slow going, but it is going.  
  14. two Craigslist finds....fingers crossed

    Well, the Newport now in the "She Shed" with my other dollhouses.  It turns out the lady had bought it already assembled about 15 years ago from AC Moore.  She bought (literally) a whole house full of furniture at the same time. At some point over the years the railings broke off the top of the tower, but that is the only thing that is structurally wrong with this house.  It's also plywood instead of MDF, so that is a huge plus for me since I move my houses myself.  She also included the hardwood flooring and wallpaper she had bought to use in the house but never got around to.   I'm really only unsure of a few things, first is that she decided to paint one of the 3rd floor rooms bright red - not really my thing, but wallpaper will handle it.  That was the only room that was painted instead of wallpapered. Secondly, I am not sure how I'm going to get into the "front" room to decorate it - in my Harborside, the front opens to allow access to the front rooms, but this house does not. However, that is a small issue considering I got this house at such a great deal. I hope to post some new pictures as soon as I get a chance.
  15. I am sad to tell you ...

    I'm so sorry for you loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
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    This was my first "collectible" dollhouse too!  My mom had it built for me when I was 12.
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    I just got a SF 550 this weekend that I am going to have to rehab.  Thanks for sharing your pictures.
  18. two Craigslist finds....fingers crossed

    Based on the number of cats that were lurking around in the house (we saw at least 5) then I'm putting my money on the cats as opposed to the meth lab   I'm going to try washing it down and then bagging it up some cedar chips.  I hope to be able to pick up the Newport either tomorrow or Tuesday.  I'm quite excited about both of these for summer projects.  I grew so frustrated with my farmhouse rehab that I had to step back from all of it, hopefully these will not become the train wreck the farmhouse is/was.
  19. two Craigslist finds....fingers crossed

    Well I picked up the San Franciscan this morning - I did get an extra $20 off of her asking price . There is a tower roof, it is a low, plastic tower roof that I have seen on a few houses like this before. Aside from some missing stair rails (which will be no problem to replace) and a couple broken shingles, there is nothing structurally wrong with the house, it is very solid. However, it smells like cigarette smoke and cat litter (and the cat litter is worse than the smoke) - does anyone have any idea for getting rid of the smell? I am set to pick up the Newport on Mon or Tuesday - I'm treating myself to both :)
  20. I'm back

    I wanted to check in, it's been a while since I've been active on this board and a long time since I was able to work on my minis.  On the bright side, my husband built me a "she shed" to have a work shop.  My tanning bed is on one side of the building (it's a 10x20) and the rest (about 3/4's of the entire space) is my workshop.  I am looking so forward to being out of school for the summer and working on my houses.  I have also acquired two Fisher Price Happy Family houses that I'd like to repaint and remodel.  My six year old son wants me to paint one like a haunted house, while his twin sister and 4 year old sister want one painted like a Fairy House.  So, I have my work cut out for me once school is over and I'm able to get started working on my minis again!
  21. Greenleaf Furniture kits

    Since I am not able to work on my dollhouse through the work week, I bought 7 rooms of Greenleaf furniture kits to assemble when I have a few minutes here and there.  I realize that this furniture is not what one would really want in a "show piece" house, but think that with some extra care customization, the furniture will be great to fill the house with as I replace it with nicer pieces.  Anyway, for starters, I'm not totally thrilled with the quality of the wood, unlike my house kit, these pieces are very fragile and always seem to splinter and break, no matter how careful I am with the X-acto knife.  I'm trying not to be discouraged, but it's frustrating.  If anyone has any tips, advice, etc for these furniture kits I would appreciate it.
  22. Will anyone on this forum have a box or house on display at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC?  I am not sure of the dates this year, but my favorite part of my annual trip is looking through the  exhibit with the room boxes and dollhouses.
  23. My New Etsy Shop!

    I've added a new "favorite shop"!!!  I am in awe.  I wish I could afford all of the kitchens! 
  24. I haven't been on the forum in a while, with the end of school, this vacation, and 1000 different things to be done around the house, I haven't had much time to be online or to work on my houses.  I did manage to get wainscoting cut, painted, and "installed," along with 1920's era wallpaper in the kitchen of my farmhouse rehab.  After the nightmare I had with removing the old wallpaper, I decided to first paste my wallpaper and wainscoting onto posterboard, then glue that to the walls.  I used a spray adhesive (777) to attach the posterboard to the walls, and it looked great. When we got back from vacation and I checked the house, I noticed that the posterboard is bubbling out from the wall.  Can anyone offer any advice as to what went wrong, the best way to fix it, and the best way to prevent it in the future.  Thanks in advance
  25. What's everyone working on?

    Today I pasted up 20's/30's style wallpaper into my farmhouse kitchen, and started cutting wainscoting from coffee stirrers. I have decided that what I really want for the kitchen is an Aga stove.