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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
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  • Real Name holly
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  1. Itsy Bitsy Carrara marble slab wallpaper

    Emily, have you tried painting faux marble?
  2. Newbie Questions--Arthur Kit

    I've replied to so many "how do I get started?" posts that it goes quick.  Whilst dry-fitting I whittle tabs & slots for a more perfect fit, so that when it's time to glue it goes together nicely.  I also use the tape to hold the edges together until the glue dries, although I have also been known to pop a few heavy-duty staples along the edges to help hold them together.
  3. (Almost) Between Weddings

    Oh, Debra, I am so very sorry for your loss!  {hug}
  4. What are you up to today? This week?

    Smart!  Along the coast things are overcast but quiet; north of I-10 it gets "interesting"...
  5. Is the beacon hill sturdy?

    All the Greenleaf kits are sturdy once they are built.  The wood is only 1/8" thick, so many people are tempted to think "flimsy" when they are merely light weight.  That said, I don't recommend letting a child climb on it or use it for a football unless first reinforcing the interior corners with 1/4" stripwood.
  6. What are you up to today? This week?

    Have a safe trip, Kathie; hopefully the weather will behave for you.
  7. Newbie Questions--Arthur Kit

    When we built & blogged the Magnolia for the Team Magnolia build:  http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/?app=blog&module=blogs&controller=view&id=59 I was asked to build the bare, undecorated kit as it came from the box.  Since that isn't what the house wanted I went ahead and glued the shell and placed the windows doors, etc on with poster putty and slid the stairs in for the photos, since I normally never install windows or doors until after I finish decorating everything else.  After I finished my part of the blog I took off the windows and door and took out the stairs, finished them properly and set them side whilst I decorated the rest of it.  Because it was already glued together and because it wanted to be a Florida Cracker house I did the interior walls in beadboard, which made things interesting...
  8. Reading Room - roombox

    Maybe Mike could cover the studs with thin plexi on the outside so people can see and appreciate the construction details.  When the workmen were building my workshop I remember thinking how nifty it would be to leave off the insulation between two of the studs and put up a sheet of plexi instead of plywood, but utility won out!
  9. French Country Manor Update

    Oops.  I see why you're going with parquetry.
  10. What are you up to today? This week?

    From early April until the chicks are fledged there's a live camera feed set up at an osprey nest at Wolf's Bay in the southern part of the county:  http://ospreycamera.com/  This morning when I clicked on at daylight one of the two eggs had hatched and I could see the downy little head pop up whilst momma bird was fidgeting over the second egg, which hatched while I was watching, when momma moved and here came the second downy little head.  Later on when I checked back, momma was literally tearing into  catfish that poppa bird had apparently brought her.
  11. French Country Manor Update

    On my computer screen the study floor till looks OK with the paper, especially with that WHITE!!! wainscot.
  12. Newbie Questions--Arthur Kit

    When I open the box I remove the clear acetate sheet of window & door inserts and the Warm-Up sheet and put the acetate sheet between the pages of the Warm-Up sheet nd lay it beside the box.  Next I remove the instructions sheet and read through it and lay it on top of the Warm-Up sheet.  Next I remove the schematics sheet and look it over, then I take the plywood sheets and go over the number on each one with a black Sharpie marker.  I lay them face down in the box lid as I check each one with the schematics sheet: any small pieces that try to fall out I put back in & slap a piece of masking tape (or painter's tape) across the back to keep it with its sheet until I need it.  Once I see that all the sheets and pieces compare with the schematics sheet, I put the ox bottom over the pile o sheets in the lid and turn the whole mess back right side up.  then I pick up the schematics in one hand and the instructions in the other and read through the instructions again, this time finding the pieces on the schematics.  I then lay the schematics, the instructions and the Warm-Up sheet back in the box and go find my utility knife, glue, primer, etc.  If the house has not begun by now to talk to me I then o back in the house to eat a piece of chocolate or fix a stiff drink of an adult beverage and await communication; usually the house has already begun to chat, or I wouldn't have it. I dry fit the shell with painters tape and trace along where pieces join along an edge to be glued.  When I take the house back apart I mask off the areas I'll glue with tape or stain.  Then I prime the pieces won't stain; I like to use flat interior white latex paint to prime with.  I can mix acrylic paints from the tube with the interior latex paint to get custom colors.  I also like the little sample paint jars I get from the hardware store.  I use wood glue to glue wood to wood.  I use clear-drying white 'Elmer's all-purpose glue to glue the acetate inserts.  Once I thought it would save time to prime the pieces before I punched them out.  Trust me, you don't want to do that! Before my pacemaker I was building houses quite rapidly, and I built a fair few of them, so I left my perfectionist frets behind me, learned 1. to make test samples if I was skittish about trying something new and 2. there is no catastrophic mess-up that cannot be spackled over, covered with wainscots or other trim, or bashed to look like something awesomely unique.  My energy levels bottomed out when I got the first pacer, and the insurance waits until one is FTD to replace the old battery; so I build more slowly and I spend more time making things to put into the houses.  There is no one "right" way to build a dollhouse.  Go with what works for you.  There is no law against having more than one.
  13. Reading Room - roombox

  14. Reading Room - roombox

    Somewhere along the way making all those books!
  15. Porch Ideas

    I haven't had spackle crack yet, and I've used it on almost every build I've done.  I haven't dropped any yet, but I would expect that would be nasty.