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  1. Nutcote Bed kit

    From the album A Hermitage

    The Nutcote bed wasn’t available when I started my Hermitage (Nutcote) and when I noticed that Shannon had added it to her inventory I decided to get it even though I already made a bed for the house. One of the things I really like about the Nutcote house kit are the theme furniture pieces. Shannon (Red Cottage Miniatures) made them specifically for this house and they fit beautifully. You can mix and match her other kits as well, depending on how you want to furnish the house. But I love the details of the theme pieces. This kit comes with a darling tiny diorama of the house too.I've assembled the bed and I’m painting it (in the background) but it will need several light coats with lots of drying time in between. In the meantime I started painting the tiny diorama. It needs more work, but is coming along.  

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  2. fairfield-kitchen-2.jpg

    From the album ~ Fairfield ~

    Haven't updated the kitchen pictures in a while, I might have gone a bit 'over the top' with the clutter... also not sure if I should include the fridge from the set or not. On one hand the kitchen feels a bit incomplete without a fridge, but at the same time I'm not entirelly sure on the placement. It fits the space on the back wall next to the sink perfectly, but I'd rather have the counter and top cabinet there... I should maybe try a shorter fridge. The furniture is 'Julia's Kitchen' from Bespaq, I have the complete set but have left some pieces out.
  3. From the album Maison Ginny

    Yesterday was an abundance of minis! It really doesn’t get any better than that, just sayin'. Not only did I get the wonderful handbag and book from Deborah (Debsrand56), I also got the new kit I’d ordered from Shannon at Red Cottage Miniatures (shannonc60). So I dove right in and started dry fitting.  

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  4. Chantilly-wip4.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    I am pondering if I should modify the second floor to add a small bathroom (I've placed a board on the spot), thoughts? It would be a very tiny room, looking from here I'm afraid it will end up breaking the 'aesthetic' of the house, but on the other hand I'm not sure what to do with such a large room. Or should I simply do a period house with no bathroom? Add a bathing tub to the bedroom perhaps... I'm so used to seeing houses with one, but I can't say it's one of my favorite rooms..
  5. Did I Mess Up? I sanded: Oh, NO!

    Hello, I've been reading that a person should not sand before painting with at least a primer. But my half scale RGT Front-opening Country Victorian arrived so rough and I was getting splinters from handling it. Besides I heard that Brown paper can be used to sand a dollhouse and my kit arrived covered in the stuff. I thought it would be the best to kill two birds with one stone and I used the brown paper to sand it down. Some pieces are still a little tougher than I would have liked, but I just saw the recommendation that a person not sand until after painting a first coat. Did I ruin my kit? So concerned! Thank you!
  6. How Do I Create A Marble Look on Countertops?

    I'm buying a lovely safe colored kitchen set in 1:24 scale that was made by Bespaq, but I would like to make the date counters a different color from the cabinets. White marble is what I'm thinking of, but black marble is also a possibility. I won't know for sure until the set arrives and I try out some marble techniques on some card paper. How do I go about this?
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    From the album ~ Fairfield ~

    Added several mini decorations and acessories, things so small can take a really long time to paint but I'm nearly done with the pewter and metal kits (for now...). Also changed the rug again... this time maybe for the last, a burgundy color seams to match this room better.
  8. fairfield-bed1-1.jpg

    From the album ~ Fairfield ~

    Added the fireplace accessories, the screen is the same design as the other bedroom ('Romantiek' by Arjen) and yet another set of tools by Phoenix, might seam a bit repetitive but it's 4 fireplaces and they all need to be 'accessorized'  I'm not 100% happy with the fireplace earth... I've tried changing these so many times, making larger/smaller/thicker, and everytime just looks worse.. something I'll try again in the future perhaps, if I find a design that works better. I'm also thinking about changing that empire sofa in the corner for something else, maybe a clothes rack (I have a kit of mini hangers that would look cute if I manage to 'dress' them), or a small comode with a hatstand...  something to add to the 'feminine' theme.
  9. fairfield-ext-up.jpg

    From the album ~ Fairfield ~

    Love this shot, houses look so nice in a 3 point perspective. I took inspiration from the Gothic Revival carpenter victorian styles. Roof is tri-point front gabled, high pitch with with eave overhang, no roof box. Eaves inspired by these lovelly historical houses. The shingles are the original from the kit, stained medium grey with a black water soluble stain. The paneling on the bay windows was cut from sheets of 0,4mm plywood and decorated with basswood trims.
  10. Me again!  SO. I've finally created all my custom wallpaper and printed them all out. I also have started cutting down and staining all my individual coffee stirrers for my flooring.  My question is this: for the Fairfield, since the layout is so complex, I can't figure out if it would be better to lay the flooring down before I put up the walls, or to wallpaper and assemble the walls before I install the flooring? I know everyone says it is preference, and that if you dry fit, you'll be able to see tricky spots before you do it, and decide that way...but for me, the whole thing seems tricky hahaha. Also, I am not wiring for lighting, so that component doesn't matter either.  Is there a benefit to doing wall assembly first vs. floor first or vice versa? I am going to paper the walls before I install them in either case, if that makes a difference.  Thanks friends! 
  11. This weekend I have finally completed my first dollhouse build! I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, some newbie mistakes along the way, a lot of hesitation and slow pace work but it was done. Took me around 9-10 months with a few long breaks in between, I had bought most of the building materials and the electrical components before starting. After a quick progress on the shell and interior I was a bit optimistic thinking I could maybe finish it before the end of 2016, but the exterior took a lot longer than I expected. I've learned a lot in the process, and hopefully this experience will help in my future builds I have built the 1:24 Fairfield with some modifications, nothing very drastic I think. I found plenty of helpful inspirational ideas from other members here, I'm very grateful to everyone who shared their tips and pictures of this house, it helped A LOT! Overal I think this is a great kit for a first build, my only serious struggle with the kit was the tower roof sub-assembly... the instructions were a bit confusing and the wood just didn't want to cooperate, but thanks to advice from others who had the same issue I was able to glue it together.  With my modifications this house has a total of 12 interior rooms, porch and balcony. It's fully electrified with a roundwire 12v system, running through groves under the floor templates, the chimney sub assembly and under the stairs. To keep these areas accessible for repairs later I have modified the shelves from the kit (livingroom mid section and "pantry") to be removable, so they "slide" into the house structure to hide the electrical sections. Most of the ceillings and floors are templates, all floors are made of wood (tiles also), the embossed ceilings are a combination of foam, papper, gesso and paint. It's fun to look back on old sketches from when I was still planning this house and compare to the final result, you can tell I was being "very optimistic" about the size of these rooms, haha. Just random clumsy scribbles without even getting the kit out of the box and taking proper measurements, some of the ideas ended up materializing while others not so much.  It was a really fun build, a bit sad it's over but hopefully I can start preparing for the next one! I will try to stick to "only 1 build at a time", plan as much as I can in advance and get the materials before I start building... I don't expect to start anytime soon, but here's a little teaser... and it's another Greenleaf kit   I still feel a bit intimidated by the size of the box alone, I'm under no illusions this will take me under 1 year to build... more like 2 or 3 perhaps xD (hope not!) It's funny because this was going to be my first pick for a build, but after a bit of research I felt a bit discouraged and thought it would probably be best to play it safe... and stick to a size I'd be more confortable with. I don't regret my choice, I love the smaller scales but I think it's time to try the 1:12 league!  Now off to plan the new house! ~   
  12. Refinishing 1:24 scale furniture

    So, I've found a source for a bunch of 1:24 scale furniture for a decent price, but the problem is, I don't love the finishes. Originally I was thinking I would just paint them all so it wouldn't matter, but because they are hand-carved wood, I'm now thinking it would be nicer to stain them all. Is there any way to do this without destroying them? I mean, half scale is so tiny, is it even possible to sand the current paint/stain off of them in the first place?  I don't want to buy them unless I know I can refinish them, because it's an investment of over $400 (oof this is a pricey hobby!)  Thanks all! <3 
  13. Creating My Own Wallpaper Designs

    Okay, so, I have had a problem trying to find exactly the right wallpaper to use since I am going for a very specific theme for my house, and I am VERY picky. I did find a few scrapbook papers that were the right design, but the scale is off for the Fairfield.  Then it occurred to me that I am a former graphic designer, and I could just create my own wallpaper designs exactly how I wanted them (DUH). My question is with scaling. I am not good at math, and don't know anything about wallpaper...so I'm wondering, aside from printing out a ton of samples and wasting a bunch of paper and ink to see what looks right, is there some kind of mathematical formula or conversion chart that might tell me roughly how small I should scale my design down?  I know that in 1:24 scale 1/2" equals 1 foot..but the problem is I don't know how big a wallpaper print should be in real life. Example, for a damask design, how many of the damask flowery pieces would occur in a foot in real life?  Does any of this make sense? lol
  14. Fairfield Wallpaper (I know)

    Okay guys. So, I've read hundreds of posts about this, but I'm still a bit confused as to when/how exactly to wallpaper this thing. Yes, I know it's personal preference, but most people seem to agree that because of the size and complexity of the Fairfield, that it's easier to wallpaper the walls before assembly. However, when you do this, doesn't it look strange in the corners where the walls meet since the paper won't be wrapped across the corner? And then won't the bay windows look strange as well because the edges won't be connected?  Also, if you wallpaper before assembly, how do you glue it together without messing up the paper? Maybe I'm overthinking this, but I'm just so confused.  *Side note: does anyone out there have an actual video of how they wallpapered the Fairfield? I've seen lots of videos on how to wallpaper other houses, but no one on YouTube seems to have documented the Fairfield process, just the finished product.  Thank you all! <3
  15. Hermitage, dry fit

    From the album A Hermitage

    I consider myself a die-hard Greenleaf fan because I’ve built almost exclusively Greenleaf house kits for several years now, but I couldn’t resist this one by Red Cottage Miniatures. Shannon has done a great job with this kit, and her furniture kits. They fit together beautifully! This is the first dry fit, but flipped. I'm building this one so that the door is on the left, rather than the right, which is how the house is designed. But it works fine building it “inside out” and that’s the plan.    

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  16. Chantily-kitchen-wip2.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    I'm not sure what to do with the floor, I've tried printing some victorian tiles I liked, I wanted to cut them in squares to imitate a tiled floor. But I'm not very happy with the look...the papper is very glossy and looks a bit off with the rest of my decor. It's a shame because the pattern is really pretty.  
  17. Chantilly-wip2.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    Finished the exterior walls and glued the roof. There's still a lot more to do on the porch and bay window, I'll probably use a light stain for the floorboards here. And I need to test stains for the shingles... I'm thinking either grey or black.  I'm a bit undecided about the roof decoration... with or without finial, and style of cross bracing. I'm thinking about modifying the original vergeboards... if in the end they look too "heavy" and thick perhaps I'll cut new ones.  
  18. Hermitage

    From the album A Hermitage

    This is a monotone image of the kit in built form, but flipped. I'm building this one so that the door is on the left.     

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  19. Hermitage, chest kit

    From the album A Hermitage

    This is a kit by Shannon at Red Cottage Miniatures and has the motif of the flowers and squirrel that is on the Nutcote house. I've painted this one with several light coats of Americana Light Buttermilk acrylic paint, stained the top with Miniwax Golden Oak stain marker, and coated the entire piece with Americana Duraclear Satin Varnish. I wanted a little bit of a shabby chic look. Her kits are so precisely cut they go together very nicely. I rushed a bit with this one and there are some flaws (on my part), but I’ll take more care with the next pieces. Shannon's kits have lasercut hardware. For the working drawers she has cute plates with handles, but I couldn’t resist using some of the flowers from the cut motifs as drawer pulls here.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/RedCottageMiniatures?ref=l2-shopheader-name  
  20. Moonlight Retreat, dry fit 1

    From the album Moonlight Retreat — 1:24 scale Lighthouse Reimagined

    I’m bashing a GL 1:24 scale lighthouse into a tree house. It will be home to some forest creatures and a special character (to be revealed later). I’m using the kit as the bones for a redwood, damaged at the top. I’m using Houseworks windows and door and it will be electified. Dry fit is started   I’m waiting on another matching window and shutters for the second floor, due to arrive this week.

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  21. Chantily-kitchen-wip3.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    Here's a furniture test. This is why I'm not very fond of papper flooring, it always looks a bit odd in my builds... no texture, too shiny... I don't know what to do about the floor, so all advice is welcome! I was thinking about doing a period decor in this kitchen, sadly I don't have a victorian stove that will fit this scale. I love cabinets but the layout of this room seams better suited for an old fashion kitchen.
  22. I’ve finally gotten back into building after a long time away. So I’m selling some houses and furniture to make room. I’ve listed Maus Haus on eBay and will be listing additional items soon. https://www.ebay.com/sch/dal.gd12012/m.html?item=332653776209&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  23. Modern miniatures

    I have been making modern miniature furniture for the past 25 years (I was one of the first to specialise in modern miniatures) and our company, ELF Miniatures, has clients all over the world.  Yet we regularly get emails from people who have only just discovered our website....so I thought it might be an idea to share our URL for anyone who isn't familiar with what we do, but is interested in modern minis.  You can find us here http://www.elfminiatures.co.uk/.  I do custom orders, but also produce loads of kits, which are very popular too.  We feature lots of our clients' photos of their finished rooms, some with our custom work, others with rooms they've created with our kits, so there's plenty to inspire as well! I've attached here just a couple of things we do which are very popular  
  24. Chantilly-wip3.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    It looks a bit wonky at the moment, some key parts haven't been glued yet. I'm having a serious dilema with the wiring strip, where can I hide that black chunk of plastic? The house has no foundation, I thought perhaps I could hide it under the stairs but I tested it now and it won't fit... if I place it in the attic it will be visible, what should I do? 
  25. Chantilly-livingroom-wip.jpg

    From the album ~ Chantilly ~

    Added the stairs and testing the ceiling template. Still needs some work, the light is terrible quality but the center area is embossed with a metalic copper finish imitating a "tin" effect. I thought it would be a nice combo with the walnut stain on the stairs. I'm thinking about doing baseboards in the same stain color as the stairs, would the door and window frames look better in the same color or cream (as in the kitchen)? And I need sugestions for the color of the front door... light or dark wood? Or maybe a color, like blue? I want something that will contrast with both the exterior trims and the interior, it's a paladian style double door.