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  1. I agree that a very soft, pale green would be good, or creamy, verging toward yellow. A cream brocade would be Victorian-ish. You definitely want dark wood with that wallpaper. 
  2. Flooring in place

    Thank you!
  3. Flooring in place

    From the album MaryKate's Orchid

    I'm trying to finish as I build...right now the floors are just sitting there, not glued down. Trying to decide if I even want to glue them in, or if the baseboards and wall will be enough to hold them in place. Since I kept them under books for several days they lay amazingly flat.
  4. Living Room Floor

    From the album MaryKate's Orchid

    This floor was inspired by some Wasi tape I found a year or so ago. I loved the collage-y effect of the butterflies, and wanted to bring some unique elements into the house. I cut scrap wood to the width of the tape and planned the floor, with the inner boards going across the width of the room and the outer boards perpendicular to the tape strip. The tape went down after I finished the whitewash, and then I put on a couple layers of matte varnish, rubbing with crumpled paper bags in between. I had the squares in the corners so I cut out individual butterflies from the tape and added them, but I'm not sure if they'll stay or not. I can always paint over them. 
  5. Kitchen and Living Room Floors

    From the album MaryKate's Orchid

    Finally finished the flooring for the first floor of the Orchid. I cut yardstick to the sizes I wanted, glued floorboards made from skinny craft sticks/coffee stirrers, and finished them with whitewashes. I painted and then right away wiped off a layer of grey paint on the smaller kitchen floor; for the living room floor I used Minwax Driftwood stain underneath the whitewash.
  6. My husband is coming close to the end now

    Oh, Jeannine, I'm so sorry. Know that you are being held and supported in this difficult time by people in many widespread places. Take the time you need to cope and to grieve. Wishing peace to you and to your husband.
  7. Wowie-kazowie! That house feels like a labor of love, on both the building and decorating fronts. 
  8. What brand is this house?

    Wow, Patti, that's a pretty McKinley! Does it come with all the furniture?
  9. another house,does anyone reognise it please

    Jeanine, that first one looks like the Rustic from the Dollhouse Manufacturing Company, maybe without the chimney? I have their Farmette, and the only way I was able to track down any info about it at all was through this forum. This link should take you to a photo of the Rustic kit:  
  10. House of Miniatures (Kitbashing Stories??)

    Those are wonderful, Jodi! I'm in awe of that kitchen, it's wonderful! Jeannine, do you find the glues and stains still work okay? I have some that are from the 80s, I think, in a set I inherited, and I was wondering if I can still use them.
  11. House of Miniatures (Kitbashing Stories??)

    Holly, that's so...I think the word I want is "unsettling", about the bugs eating your decor. I mean, I know they're going to do bug things no matter what, but ugh. Glad you found a solution; the clock looks very nice!  
  12. House of Miniatures (Kitbashing Stories??)

    I checked-to mail it to me in the states would have been nearly twice the cost of the kit itself! Yikes. But thank you so much for the heads up, and good luck with your own search!
  13. Hi everyone, The heat may be affecting my judgment; I've recently bought several lots of House of Miniatures kits and while I haven't had time to build any of them (or work on the houses they'll go into), I keep dreaming about how I'll finish them and use them when the time comes. I'd love to hear (or see, if you have photos up!!) examples of what you all have done with these or other furniture kits (I'm really tempted by the Realife Library Kit, if I can find one at a reasonable price)--especially if you've kitbashed them, either slightly or drastically. The thing about buying lots of HOM kits is you get many fun things, but there's almost always a clock involved as well*, and while I have a lot of houses planned, not all of them need a traditional grandfather clock. I'm thinking about steampunking one of them somehow, but I'd also love ideas for completely different (i.e., non-clock) ways to use the components of that kit. Between my recent purchases and some stuff I've inherited, I have at least 4 grandfather clock kits (HOM & Chrysnbon). I'll probably take just the top part of one of them and make a mantle clock; my dad has made one for each of his 7 children, so at least one of my houses needs a mini version. (* I remember, as a kid, wanting to sign up for the HOM kit of the month club or whatever that was; I read those ads word for word and drooled, so I know the reason there are so many clock kits floating around is that it was often the "free gift" for joining.) Oh, and seriously, how many candle stands and fire screens does any miniaturist need?? There has to be something fun I can make with some of those pieces! Is there any way to turn a fire screen into a book stand? I have at least 3 houses that could use one.  I'm planning to use some of the cabinet tops to make kitchen cupboards, and will probably turn at least one of the chests of drawers into a vanity for a bathroom sink. But I want to get even more creative than that. So help me dream! What have you done, or planned to do, with your furniture kits?
  14. Building a Beacon Hill

    Hi David, I LOVE the Children's Museum in Indy! We took my niece and nephew there last year and could have stayed for several days. I can see where the dollhouses there would be inspirational. Have fun building your new house--and don't be afraid to ask questions. People here are exceedingly helpful.
  15. cottage1.JPG

    Wow, the details in that are amazing!  The more I see of 1:48 scale, the more tempting it is to try it!