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  1. Little Round Rug

    That is a good idea...with the twine you could probably macremé it into something fancy.  
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    From the album Makin' Minis

    Designed and printed mini magazines. 
  3. Little Round Rug

    From the album Makin' Minis

    Little rug made from decorative twine a mailing label and some cardstock. 

    © J. Girard

  4. Surprise! Dollhouse already wired

    Thanks....I think I'll call the Little Dollhouse Company store in Toronto that I've ordered from in the past and see what they suggest for the transformer. 
  5. New to the miniature dollhouse world

    Hi Darby,  Once you have 5 posts under you belt, you can post pictures and see if someone here can ID the house for you.  Being new to dollhouses myself and having renovated a dollhouse I found at a thrift shop, I can offer a few pieces of advice... First you need to decide how far you are going to renovate...a coat of paint? or are you pulling all the pieces off and starting over? I found a hairdryer to be helpful to soften glue in order to take things apart - the interior trim, stairs and window trim were not the colour I wanted, so a hot hairdryer and a putty knife helped me separate the pieces.  I wet down all the wallpaper and scraped it off - the house had a pretty serious mildew odor - so removing all the old wallpaper and a good primer were important.  figure out what tools you need and gather them ahead of time - putty knife, small paint brushes, sandpaper etc... Ask questions here - the folks here are helpful and are able to help out with specific issues.  Good luck! Jaime
  6. Greetings! New here

    Welcome JennaLynne.  As a new member myself, I find this to be a very friendly and helpful community. What a great gift to have received! So fun that you and your husband are doing this together. I don't think I share or delegate well enough to do that! LOL.  (He builds aircraft models across the table!) Jaime
  7. Hi Folks,  So earlier this week I posted about my thrifted dollhouse that I rehabbed for my girls for Christmas.  What I forgot to mention was that as I was pulling off the wallpaper, I noticed that the house was already wired...so today my husband helped me maneuver the house onto it's back so I could take a closer look.  Any ideas how I connect this to a power source? If there is a good tutorial out there, I would appreciate it if you could sent me in the right direction.  You can check out the rest of the photos in my gallery here.  Cheers! Jaime
  8. Wiring Diagram

    From the album JaimeG's Thrifted House

    This dollhouse is wired...but not sure how to add the power source?  
  9. Wiring Diagram

    From the album JaimeG's Thrifted House

    This dollhouse is wired...but not sure how to add the power source?  
  10. Dollhouse delivered by 'Santa'

    Thanks everyone! It was fun. My oldest daughter's favorite show is flip or flop - so she is excited about decorating the house with me.  Holly - thanks. I found an Arthur dollhouse in my parent's basement that I think I will steal in the new year for fun.  Stickyfingers - having a strict deadline got me going -I couldn't put an unfinished house under the tree!  I managed to get it done in a couple of weeks. There were a LOT of very late nights and a few glue gun burns.  Jaime
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    Thank you. It was really fun to do. The little house was an ebay find.  - JG
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    My husband and I had a heck of a time getting it upstairs from my basement workshop last night! So glad I didn't pass this up at the thrift shop. I loved doing it.   
  13. Hi Everyone,  After some hard work, I managed to get my refurbished thrifted dollhouse under the tree for Christmas.  I had a lot of fun, and learned a lot - especially I learned that I have a lot to learn! This dollhouse is for my daughters to play with, so I did not go all out on finishes - and in fact I did leave it quite plain on purpose - so that their imaginations can take over.  So a few things I learned - a hair dryer is an absolute must have tool - it helped me take apart the house and remove all the existing roof shingles and trim. It also allowed me to adjust the shingles when I flubbed something. I also learned that my favorite paint brushes are the IKEA kids paint brushes - they worked great and the short handles let you get into tight corners. I was able to mostly use paint leftover from other projects.  I still have all of the baseboards and trim to install in the interior. I'll do that over the next few days. I also have a box of thrifted dollhouse furniture in various states of disrepair that I may turn my attention to.  I'm particularly proud of the repair work I did on the porch roof - it was chewed and there were large chunks of the routered edge missing. I was able to patch the holes, and then sand it using a piece of flexible sandpaper wrapped around a yardstick. You can't really see the damage anymore.  You can check out the rest of the photos in my gallery here. 
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    From the album JaimeG's Thrifted House

    © Jaime Girard

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    From the album JaimeG's Thrifted House

    © Jaime Girard