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About Intrinsicat

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    Mini Nut: No intervention required
  • Birthday 08/01/71

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Interests Miniatures, Cats, Playmobil, Halloween, Costuming, Skiing

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience One
  • Dollhouse Preference The Traditional Greenleaf
  • Online Community Building Projects Yes
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  • Real Name Jen
  • Country United States

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  1. How to paint a house

    I primed my dollhouse as I built it...  and then painted, wallpapered and carpeted later...  I couldn't decide how to decorate it until it was all put together. I highly recommend Gane Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glue if you decide to get any scrapbooking paper to wallpaper any of the rooms. And upholstery fabric works great for carpeting!   If I had done more painting and less wallpapering / carpeting, I might have opted to paint walls following the primer, only for the easier access.
  2. Painting on Canvas for miniaturists

    This is making me think it would be REALLY fun to have a virtual paint nite like those at local restaurants!  Alas, I'm in the middle of a move and won't be out of the woods and able to doing anything crafty until April, everything is already in boxes :  But if there is interest, I can run a sort of Real Time thread here one night for people to watch one of her videos and paint and post and paint and post. Or someone else maybe could try it sooner if they wanted to. I'd love to participate!!
  3. Hobbyist Lamp/Magnifier

    I have one of those larger crane ones that clamps to the edge of a table. I love the brighter light and I use the magnifier inside the round light when I'm painting something really small for details. I don't use it for general dollhouse construction, it would get in the way. The clamp is also frustrating when I want to work upstairs in the main area, as there isn't any good surface to clamp it onto. But it is excellent lighting and saves my eyes when I'm working on REALLY tiny items.
  4. When is the 25th HBS Creatin Contest announced?

    Oh wow, what a bummer - the best part of entering was receiving the next kit as a participant prize (well except maybe for the year I actually won!  XD). It's probably become such a quantity of entries that it just wasn't financially feasible. I have an idea for this next build, but it's probably a pretty cliche option. Of course I'll wait for their April Fools Day half price coupon because I'm cheep cheep!  
  5. I went to see this exhibit over the weekend at the Renwick Gallery in DC.  It was an amazing exhibit - each included a wall description including the accounts of the first witnesses on the scene. She would not share whether each scene was a suicide, murder or accident so you are really left to look at all the details. Just incredible to see in real life, I really enjoyed it. Although I recommend going on a weekday because it was crowded, and the small walled window boxes are not conducive to a big crowd. Plus it's DC - and I've lived outside DC my whole life so this is not tourist-opinion... people in DC are rude. Even with a distinct line to see an exhibit, people will just shove themselves right in front of the view box if the space exists. I would've stayed a lot longer to examine the displays if the other people hadn't been so abhorrent.  If you get a chance to go, consider attending on January 19th - at least I think it's the 19th - the author of her book will be there for a Q&A and autographing copies. The book itself has already been sold out in the gallery since the show opened, so they will only have them available that day when the author is in town.   Gallery Information
  6. Help building the house (Orchid)

    What Holly said - sand and primer are your friend. Sand every edge to make it easier to assemble with glue. Stain everything that will have a wood look and I use white Kilz primer on everything that will be wallpapered or painted. It protects the wood and makes paint lay better and not absorb. DO NOT use hot glue for assembly. Everyone has their go to glue, mine is Gorilla wood glue. You can use painters tape to hold pieces while they set. I only ever used hot glue for shingles.  After sanding, a wise idea is to dry fit everything. Sounds like an extra step that would be easy to skip, but it really gives you a good idea of what goes where. Not only does it help navigate and assure everything fits, but it will actually help make the assembly directions a little clearer to read. I know I end up reading every direction a hundred times. Dollhouses and costume patterns do that to me...first read through is always greek.. and if something is especially trying to understand, as lighting was for me, look it up on youtube. Its amazing how many tutorial videos are available for all sorts of specific steps. You may even find a video or blog specifically building the Orchid. And of course everyone here is incredibly helpful if you get tripped up along the way. And I love love love scrapbook paper for wallpaper, found at craft stores, and upholstery fabric makes great carpets!
  7. Creatin' Contest 2017

    Thanks Sable, I've fixed the original post, of course now I have to rethink what to do...  
  8. Creatin' Contest 2017

    What do you see in the new contest design?? Aw man!! Thanks for the information - I was completely out of sorts there thinking they'd updated their main page and I didn't do anything with last years.. so here it is post edited for 2017!! DOH! Glad I posted this though - I was all about a design for last year's kit! May still have to do it though... XD
  9. House cats. Ba dum dum

    From the album Rose Marie Build

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    From the album Rose Marie Build

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    From the album Rose Marie Build

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    From the album Rose Marie Build

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    From the album Rose Marie Build

  14. From the album Rose Marie Build

    My favorite find was sheets of styrene which I used in strips to hide all the seams and the levels where they divide and show carpet and flooring edges
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    From the album Rose Marie Build