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About moonberry

  • Birthday August 07

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Dubai
  • Interests Many!

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience One
  • Dollhouse Preference The Traditional Greenleaf
  • Online Community Building Projects No
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  • Real Name Lene
  • Country South Africa

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  1. I hate it when I can't get inspired

      I am looking at that same $39 figure...... but I"m not sure if I want a 7 foot tall Beetlejuice hanging around.... he might scare the other dolls. Along with all the other's advice of Pinterest and cleaning stuff, I also sometimes do random searches on Amazon and see what pops up.  I also browse interior design magazines when I'm in Kinokuniya Bookworld. They have magazines from all over the world. Sometimes I see a beautiful room or an object in a room that reminds me of something I have lying around somewhere. And sometimes..... just reading Greenleaf posts gets me inspired 
  2. If I Could, I'd Live In The Greenleaf....

    I love the Willowcrest too. But, living in a 3-floor townhouse already, I find that the footprint is still small because stairs take up so much space. Now, if I had a row of Willowcrests...... I would be a very happy woman! Every person could even have their own front door, but all the floors have interconnecting rooms on all the levels. One whole downstairs would be a huge kitchen/family room. Buy groceries, simply go to that door and take them into the house. Getting guests for dinner? Let them come to the dining room's door with the pretty decor. My students coming for art classes? Last door on the right.... 
  3. Another dollhouse based on a real house

    It is gorgeous!
  4. Since I've been selling my art at an artisan market in Dubai for the past year, I have had to add my time (as a salary) to my artworks as well, and not just charge for materials or what I think it would sell for in a store. I have also since realized that most dollhouse builders do not add their time to the value of their houses. If I add my time to my basic little Arthur Santa House, I would have to sell it for a lot more than would appear reasonable to other dollhouse builders - but it would make perfect sense to someone who did not have the time to spend on building/decorating such a house. Jen's house is gorgeous and it must have taken her many hours of hard work. Don't sell yourselves short, all of you put in the time on your various builds and are worthy of a reasonable remuneration for your efforts too. 
  5. What method is best to age my pink wood floors?

    I'm aiming for historic-yet-modern touches Parisian interior, not the entire modern shabby chic as such. And I'm saving up to get some lighter shades of carpets, so that will contrast nicely with the darker floors. Thank you everybody, so burnt umber and hint of green, maybe even a slight touch of gray and "wax on.... wax off" hahahahaha I love the idea of different areas of darkening over the years as furniture was moved, areas had more footfall and little bumps and spills happened. 
  6. I painted the 3 floors the pink I wanted. Then I scored floorboards with the back side of my utility knife, to see if I liked it. After an hour and with very sore hands, it came out quite nice. But the lines weren't very visible and the pink was a bit too bright and new-looking. Then I sanded the floor a bit to pick up the edges of the floorboards. There is some white showing through from the primer layer.  To tone down the brightness of the pink and to age the floors, I'm thinking of using watered down brown acrylic paint and giving the floor a thin wash, rubbing it off in places and letting it seep into the cracks of the floorboards. Any advice for me before I take the plunge? Here is a picture of the floor just before I sanded it down a bit.
  7. Rose paper

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    This pattern was tricky to join up, but I think it will look beautiful on the walls.
  8. Rose Design with Gray

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    This paper joined up beautifully. I might use the leftovers on the stair treads too.
  9. Rose design

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    This paper joined up beautifully. I might use the leftovers on the stair treads too.
  10. Panels are wallpapered

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    The left panel is the left side wall. The right panel is the entire back wall (you can see the 3 pink painted rooms that still need decoration). The 3 panels on the floor are the 3 interior room dividing walls. The rose papers were digital scrapbook papers that I reduced and copied next to each other in rows on an A3 paper until I filled the entire piece and printed at a printer's shop. 

    © Lene Pieters 2016

  11. Rose floorboards

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    Floors painted darker pink and I've scored floorboards into the surface with the dull edge of a craft knife. One floor done, two more to go! The photo shows a strange blue-pink; in reality it is more of a salmon colour.
  12. Shabby pink walls

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    First layer of pink paint over white base. The paint is very translucent. I am going to sand it down and add some more patches here and there to complete the shabby look.
  13. The courier brought the final attic windows...... check my gallery for the final layout. Now to resize the Gloucester window/door openings and to start painting the windows.
  14. Windows Final Layout

    From the album Maison De La Rose

    Courier just delivered my attic windows...... I am happy with the final layout  
  15. Remember that old dollhouse shell without doors, roof and trim that I wanted to make into a department store?  Well, I finally got hit by that wonderful streak of inspiration one night in a dream. Woke up the next morning, determined to find a way to bash another house on top of the department store. The only logical house would be either of the front-opening Greenleaf houses. But they are very scarce. Literally an hour later, I found a Gloucester on eBay and jumped at the chance. It will fit perfectly on top of the other shell with just a little bit of the bottom house being bigger. I will just have to come up with a creative way to finish off that edge or add small roof tiles or something else quirky. Then I had to redesign the entire front of the two houses. I don't like the Gloucester's door & windows, I want to make my house more Parisian. So I spent a happy evening on Pinterest just checking out all the various buildings in Paris.  I'm building all my houses to be in Expatville, no specific location, no specific timeline. So I'm free to add some modern twists to the house instead of sticking to period details.  For fun, I've ordered 3 massive oval attic windows and I'm going to change the roof into a Mansard style.  Mme Hanna loves roses and pink, so I'm doing the whole building according to her taste. The fabric showrooms will have to be black/white/gray, otherwise the pink will just clash with all the fabric colours. I'm collecting rose print fabrics, furniture, paintings as well as pink items too. Here are some progress photos in my gallery: