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  • Birthday 09/17/93

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  • Real Name Alannah
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  1. Stairs pt 2.1

    Hi Samusa, Thanks! So far I'm planning on adding risers, although I'm going to leave them open backed until I'm sure - I'm leaving a lot of the decisions up to the house!
  2. Cardboard Mockup pt 2

    Yes I am! I'll probably start on that sometime in late December/early January when I get my combo birthday/Christmas gift of all the supplies I will need from my SO. That part will be a little more about luck as well - since my original parts from the kit were warped, the entire front half is built a little wonky - plus I made a few newbie mistakes along the way that I had to work around. So although my measurements in my program are pretty close to what they will be in real life, I'll be making adjustments as needed along the way. Luckily old Victorian houses have a lot of trim and decoration on them, so I can cover up all of my goofs!
  3. Stairs pt 2.3

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    Upper portion of stairs attached and glued - now to finish the other two.
  4. Stairs pt 2.2

  5. Stairs pt 2.1

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    These were made with jumbo Popsicle sticks cut and glued together for the risers and treads, and a piece of mat board as the landing, which will eventually be covered in the same flooring as the main public rooms.
  6. Stairs! pt 1

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    So, I hate the stairs that come standard with my Newberg. They're super narrow and seem more fit to be the servants stairs at the back of the house. However, they fit perfectly height wise (even accounting for flooring) between the different floors, so for a bit I was stuck when it came to figuring out alternate stairs for my house. Originally, I was just going to go with the 'invisible stairs' routine, but I'm a sucker for realism, so when I was given permission to build the back half of my dollhouse I knew that I needed to have actual stairs between all of the floors. But I still hate the original stairs for my Newberg. Not the fact that they're straight stairs necessarily, but the fact that they're pretty boring overall compared to the design of the rest of the house and take up space without being interesting to look at. Then in a fit of madness (because I'm still not sure how I managed to get this to work), I decided to divide the stairs into two parts and make them into half landing stairs.
  7. Regarding shows

    There's also a tiny show (perhaps 20 vendors) in Boise, Idaho every year in late April that the local miniature club - Mini Les Bois - puts on. They just had their 37th annual show this year - I normally attend as a vendor, but this year it was fun to just relax and enjoy shopping!
  8. Noob, New Dollhouse

    Hi John! Welcome to the forum. The UP house sounds amazing. I don't know if you had any other ideas for how to make your balloons, but several years ago I was involved in making a 1/12 scale nursery for a baby shower display, and we made balloons by taking those soft plastic grapes you can find at craft stores, pulled the stems, painted the grapes, and then glued them to white florist wire for the strings. It worked out pretty well and they were light enough that they stayed straight with no problems.  Just a suggestion, and if you find a better method do let the forum know!
  9. So much subway tile....

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    Spent an hour or two drawing and cutting these out last night. Raw paper for now but eventually it'll be glued, painted, grouted and glazed. Any guesses as to where I'll put it? ;)
  10. Cardboard Mockup pt 2

    Hi Emerald, If you mean that I designed the additions to the original dollhouse kit in a computer program, then yes I did.  Now I'm in the next phase of building a physical mockup out of cardboard so that I can be sure that my ideas will work when translated into the real world. Eventually, sometime shortly after Christmas, I will be able to start working on building these parts out of wood.
  11. Newberg 4th Floor Aerial View

    Thanks! I do these with a combination of a paid online website and a professional program on my computer, but there are plenty of free floor planner websites out there that you can use. I just draw the floor plan as if it's a full sized house with 1:1 dimensions, and then when it comes time to scale down it makes it easy. Most of them allow you to view a 3D version of your design and you can then capture a screenshot of your model from different angles. The website I use, Floorplanner, has a more limited free version, and they offer a few tutorial videos of how to make your 3D design on their website, if you're interested in trying it out yourself. The free version sufficed for me for a long time, and honestly I would still be using the free version if I hadn't needed to get the paid version for a project my job was having me do.
  12. Cardboard Mockup pt 2

    Hi Khadi, You are most welcome! I will be posting more images of the cardboard mockup as I flesh out the details. I used corrugated cardboard - the kind you get from most shipping boxes from Amazon and the like - for my main pieces as it is roughly the same thickness as my 1/8th inch walls (minus the siding and such already on them).
  13. Cardboard Mockup pt 2

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    Sorry for the tape in the way, but the cardboard is too wobbly to go without the support. But this is the back view, obviously without room dividers/staircases/elevator/etc. in there yet.
  14. Cardboard Mockup pt 1

    From the album Newberg Dollhouse Kit Bashing

    Clearly I got excited, considering I already started working on a mockup of my design in cardboard. So, here you can see the existing dollhouse to the left, and the beginnings of the cardboard mockup to the right. No windows or doors for now, I want to retain further use of the cardboard if I can, and there are a few walls missing, like the outside wall of the hallways.
  15. Sing the praises of my SO..... (Newberg 1st Floor Aerial Floorplan)

    Oooh, thanks for the reference to Otterine's dumb waiter! I think you're right, it would likely work on the same principles. I'm going to check that out right now. He definitely is, and I plan on keeping him!