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About havanaholly

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    Cousin Farfrom Normal, Queen of Spackle
  • Birthday 12/28/41

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  • Gender Female
  • Location AL
  • Interests cycling, hiking, kayaking, doll & mini making, needlearts

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Five or more
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
  • Online Community Building Projects Yes
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  • Real Name holly
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  1. First time builder in Texas!

    Sophie, I googled these stores:  https://www.yellowpages.com/dallas-tx/miniature-dollhouse-stores and here is some information about NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) in the Dallas/ Ft Worth area:  https://miniatures.org/search/node/dallas%2C%20tx
  2. Decorating your houses for the holidays?

    I built the White Orchid to be a Christmas house.  I have a lovely old bombe chest and I alternate between the White Orchid, the ceramic Christmas tree my MIL made and the large creche set.  This year it's the White Orchid's turn.
  3. How was the Tooth Fairy revealed to you?

    Ken, honey, you're not THAT old!
  4. First time builder in Texas!

    Thank you, dear heart!  You & I know how much of the trial & error teaches us this!
  5. How was the Tooth Fairy revealed to you?

    I think I was in first or second grade when my classmates revealed to me that the tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny & Santa Claus were all my parents.  I went along with my parents' version, since I saw no reason to stop the gifts.  Your nieces must be home schooled!
  6. First time builder in Texas!

    Welcome to the little family, Sophie & daughter.  If you are buying this kit new in the unopened box from the Greenleaf store or a reputable dealer the instruction sheets and schematics ought to already be in the box.  Depending on how you (and the house itself) want it to look you might need to think about siding and shingles, but you can cut card stock poster board into strips for the former and sandpaper for the latter, or study some of the real life sized houses to see if y'all like a different style roof or siding.  I like to finish off the exteriors of my houses with drywall compound or spackle to simulate plaster or stucco. IF the instructions tell you to use hot glue, please ignore them and use a good carpenter's wood glue like Titebond or Probond.  Invest in some blue painters' tape or beige masking tape, and do use it to hold the house together first before gluing anything (what we call dry fitting).  This gives you the chance to sand or shave the tabs and slots for a more perfect fit for when you do glue, it allows you to build the house to see if you understand the instructions before committing yourself to glue and possible "oopses", and you will be able to see which areas of the interior will be impossible to fit your hands into to decorate once it's glued.  If the kit hasn't already begun to do so, I find that this is where it begins to talk and tell me what it wants & where, and its back story.  You will also be able to figure out how you will want to finish your floors (stain or some other treatment) and walls (primer and paint or wallpaper, for example).  I recommend studying the building blogs and gallery albums of members' Beacon Hills. My favorite tools are a utility knife with a retractable blade and lots of brand new sharp blades, a pack of cheap emery boards for sanding itty and fiddly spaces and a sanding block and sandpaper for general sanding, a cork-back steel straight edge/ ruler (because sometimes I just scribe my floorboards directly into the wood of the kit and stain them), wood glue, clear drying all-purpose white glue for the clear transparent window and exterior door inserts, a self-healing cutting mat and premixed wallpaper paste from the hardware store for hanging wall coverings.  I use a 1" paint brush and white interior flat latex to prime with and the little sample paint jars from the hardware store for painting the dollhouse.  I use the hubs' old teeshirts torn into rags for tack cloths and for applying stain. I am writing this reply after the middle of November.  You will not want to rush yourself or build 24/7, so you will not finish this beautiful dollhouse for Christmas of 2019; but you and your daughter will have a blast working on it together and have it done and decorated for Christmas 2020.   Finally, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to build a dollhouse; you work with what works for you.  I don't always follow the instructions in order because I like to wait until the inside of the house is decorated to install windows , doors and their interior trims.
  7. Hello From Colorado!

    Welcome to the little family, Marie.  I'm always glad to meet another DIYer.
  8. At the bottom of every page there are two buttons:  "Theme v" and "Contact Us"; click on the latter.  If that doesn't work (since you didn't purchase it directly from them) I'm sure that one of the Forum members who still has their copy of the Westville schematics will be happy to exchange personal contact information via the forum's private messaging feature (that little envelope icon at the top right of the page).
  9. Hippie House

    I remember that house!  I hope it raised a ton of $$$ for the Humane Society.
  10. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Wowsers, that's pretty!
  11. Pierce Instructions

    Roy, while you're waiting, why not post us all an introduction in the Newcomers' Forum?
  12. Mary, dear, NEVER ever post ANY personal contact information online!  Even here, because anybody can see it and spammers and webbots are constantly garnering such info (besides who knows who or what else!)  At the bottom of your post there should be an "Edit" button you can click on to remove you phone number; in the event you don't have one, I have requested one of our moderators to remove it for you.  We have an internal messaging function we use to ask for/ give personal contact info.  If you hover your cursor over the username of the person you want to contact you the drop down box will have an envelope icon at the bottom you can click on to send them a message. I see you're in Dothan; I'm in Seminole, AL..
  13. Hippie House

    I can't bring myself not to crack open pecans for pies & cookies & other baked nummies, but for someone with greater resistance to temptation than I they do make perfect watermelons!  Someone (I think it was Colin) had a thread going a while ago for ideas to make minis out of "trash" items; it went for many months before we ran dry/ lost interest.  One of the reasons I love Patricia King's books is that she can make the most believable minis out of the most unbelievable JUNK!
  14. Hippie House

    Pat, did you make all the itsy food, flowers, etc?  I am in awe!
  15. Refurbishing Old Harrison Dollhouse

    Cindy, if your Harrison is that old it was probably built with hot glue and will come apart with a hair dryer.  In my album for the Laurel I rehabbed this is what the house originally looked like from the outside & the inside: When you click on the hyperlink to see how I fixed this mess, the furniture was almost all the Greenleaf kit furniture except in the bedroom, which was a Murphy bed I built into one of the $1 hutches Michael's used to sell.  In the McKinley all of the furniture is made from kits except for the kitchen and the bathroom, which latter I cobbled together from seashells and polymer clay.  I make all of the furniture I put into my houses unless I run across something that will fit. The windows didn't survive removal (I used the hubs' B&D heat gun on the hot glue; that's him in one of the album photos removing those ceramic tiles; I recycled the ones that survived for the bathroom floor) and the poor door was ghastly.  In the bathroom I printed stained glass windows from Jim's printmini site:  https://www.printmini.com/ on the transparency film for the purpose, the rest of the windows and door inserts were cut from various pieces of flat clear acetate packaging.  I usually do "stained glass" by painting my own designs onto clear acetate with transparent watercolor paints.  I used some of the mini millwork you find at the big box craft stores, but my usual weapons of choice are strip wood from the hobby shop and sheets of basswood in thicknesses from 1/16" to 1/4" for trims and furniture, as its nice, tight grain is more in scale and it takes stain nicely. At the top of this page you will see a list of pinned topics.  Although over the years some of the links no longer work (this version of the forum is over 14 years old), you might check this one out:  http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/?app=forums&module=forums&controller=topic&id=1290 and even if some of these books go out of print you can usually find them used on one of the used book sites:  http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/?app=forums&module=forums&controller=topic&id=21471; I seem to remember posting a review of some of my mini furniture books.  The accessories books and DIY links are nice.  Pinterest also has links to a lot of DIY ideas. Whilst you're mulling this over, do post an intro in the Newcomers' Forum.