I'm so glad this craftalong is still alive! I'm finally almost done with my first of many mini houses (I'm working on the Dollhouse with Veranda now). I just have the twig bed to finish and the house will be all set. I hope to get the bed frame finished today and once the glue is dry, I'll work on the mattress, blankets, and pillow.
I also have the other two Creatology/Artminds houses, plus another Dollhouse with Veranda from Michaels. Then I have Greenleaf/Corona Concepts Buttercup, Travel Trailer, and The Pierce to work on at some point. My aunt gave me The Pierce kit and I love that house, but it's so enormous that I don't have anywhere to put it. If anyone on this thread lives in or near Vermont or ever travels there, I highly recommend a visit to The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont in Bennington: http://dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com/www.dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com/Welcome.html I went there last month and the collection is great, plus the owner is so nice and friendly and she had a lot of helpful advice. There was a Pierce in the museum and it's such an amazing dollhouse, but I was a bit taken aback by just how huge it is.
I haven't been working on my houses at all lately because I found out a month ago that I'm pregnant (with my first and, most likely, only baby) and I'm exhausted. I'm also paranoid about exposure to toxic substances, so I'm afraid to use craft paint, polymer clay, certain glues, etc. I know they are labeled as non-toxic, but I'm overly cautious. I'll probably start painting my next house once I can have my windows open for ventilation in a couple months.
Another find at Dollar Tree: unfinished wood dollhouse furniture- it's just like that bright red furniture they sell, only a lot easier to paint or stain. I also bought some moss for my roof because the pine cone roof isn't working out so well. So I'll have a combination of pine cone scales and moss on the roof. If I ever find my camera, I'll post pictures soon. I'm very nearly done with house #1, just have to make a few pieces of furniture and some polymer clay food.
I already have three more houses to do (plus the Greenleaf Pierce my aunt gave me, if I can figure out where to put it) and now I have another idea taking over my brain: a shabby chic cottage; unfortunately the furniture I have for it is too big for the puzzle houses, so I'm going to buy a Greenleaf cottage.
Ashgrim, congratulations! I had something similar happen to me with my aunt too. She also gave me the Greenleaf Pierce dollhouse kit, which is way, way, way bigger than anything else I've worked on.
katara, I love the chairs!
I've been working on my house again lately. I made curtains, twig chairs, a bookcase and painted tons of wood minis for it. I also made one book last night and plan to do a few more tonight. I still have to make a table, a twig bed, a matchbox dresser... I really wanted a wood stove for the house too and I found a tutorial (in Spanish) on Pinterest that I'm going to try.
I haven't been working on my wee house at all because my real life house has major issues that I've been dedicating all of my time to. Between it being a mess and needing some repairs, it has taken up most of my time and then when I relax at night, which used to be my crafting time, I'm exhausted and fall asleep on the couch. I hope I can get the chaos under control soon so I can get back to crafting.
wwrich, your house looks awesome. I hope to buy a small Greenleaf house sometime.
I'm still slowly working on the furniture and other stuff for inside my house. I'm not sure if I have enough twigs for everything, but there are plenty more in my yard if I run out. I also finished my first mouse resident and I plan to make another. Lately, I've been making some books, kind of combining a few different tutorials.
I've finished painting, waxing the floors, and assembling my first dollhouse (the veranda one, but I've bought the other two Creatology houses, plus the furniture now too). Now comes the fun part: making all the tiny furnishings, decorations, and details. I'll have to figure out how to get the best pictures of my house so far, maybe the spouse can take some on his superior camera. The only thing I've made for the interior of my house are some teeny tiny rolled beeswax candles. My progress is going to be slow because I plan to make nearly everything for this house, including a mouse or two from this tutorial http://miniatures.about.com/od/makeminiatureanimals/ss/Sew-A-Miniature-Felt-Mouse.htm to live in my house. I love nearly everything on about.com's miniatures pages.
I went to Michael's on Friday and bought the Creatology furniture set. Most of the furniture seems too small for the doll I'm using (an old 80's doll from my massive doll collection), but I think it will be perfect for the Gothic and Fantasy houses (I still have to buy the Fantasy one, which will be a haunted Halloween house). I also bought a few more of the hutches, some small farm animals, and some unfinished wood barrels and buckets, which were on clearance. I also found a whole package of bead caps that had spilled in the parking lot and picked up every last one of them, so I've already made two crystal balls with them and some marbles I also found on the ground while out for my daily walks. Then I went to the magical thrift shop around the corner (magical because they always have what I'm looking for) and bought a bunch of tiny Christmas ornaments for my Christmas house (which I also haven't even bought yet). Later that day, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought mini glass bottles. I also went to A. C. Moore but their minis are kind of low quality but surprisingly very expensive. A simple wood pile, which was three twigs glued together was around $5 and I can make the same exact thing from branches in my backyard for free!
I'll try to squeeze in some dollhouse crafting time between last-minute Christmas knitting for the spouse, wrapping presents, and yes, even some very last-minute shopping this week.
I'm a bit late joining in, but literally the week I was going to go to Michael's to buy the dollhouse kit, my spouse lost his job. Now that he's finally working again after three months, I've not only bought the veranda house, but I also picked up another Creatology kit too, and I plan to buy the furniture set this weekend, along with more mini hutches.
I'm working on the veranda house now and it's a lot of fun, although I am just a bit obsessive about it. This project is making me feel closer to my late mom. She bought me my first dollhouse kit and she put it together, then I painted it. I still have it, along with tons of furniture and other minis. It's been great getting back into this hobby, which has been an interest of mine for about 30 years now.
My house was supposed to be a fairy house, but then I got this whole story idea to go along with the house and well, it's still a rustic forest cottage, but it's home to a young woman and her animal friends. I've been gathering twigs, curly vines, pine cones, acorns, etc. I also have so many ideas for other themed houses, especially a Christmas one as a tribute to my mom, who went completely over the top with her decorating every year.
When my computer is working again (I'm borrowing one of the spouse's computers now and it's really uncomfortable sitting at his desk), I will read through all 100 pages, plus look at all the links in the first post.