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« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2011 06:32:33 PM »

Hey Rawrzzrawr! Ok, for the houses that I have done I've purchased wooden kits like this...

If you have a Michael's near you, you can purchase them there very reasonably (especially if you print off an on line coupon). Buy the simplest one possible at first to see if you like it. It's a long process and you might get bored or frustrated if you buy one of the more complicated models. On the other hand you could always construct your own house!

When you go for walks take a bag with you and pick up bits you find interesting. Collect way more than you think you'll need because you'll almost always need twice as much Smiley

It also helps to keep a notepad to jot down any ideas for the materials you pick up. I forget everything so making sketches helps me remember what I wanted to do in the first place  Tongue

If you do buy one of these kits I recommend putting it together first. While it is together mark the floors and walls of each room with pencil (ie. bedroom1 wall, bedroom1 floor, kitchen wall) this way you can disassemble the model and begin to paint/decorate the parts which is MUCH easier than doing it while assembled. When you put everything back together glue all the pieces in place.

A couple of things about these kits to keep in mind... you can't paint one side or the wood will warp, if you use Popsicle sticks or something similar for flooring weigh it down while drying so that it remains straight/flat.

If you want to make a twiggy type roof paint the base a dark colour so that you can't see any minor empty parts
and work in layers using bigger base twigs first and smaller/finer embellishments last.

Really, just take your time and enjoy it. Put it away for a month and come back to it later if you're getting frustrated at all. You'll be amazed how much time will get sucked up by your wee house but the results can be totally worth it Smiley

Good luck and pm me if you have any questions!

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« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2011 07:18:19 PM »

I still adore this little house!  Grin Thanks for the painting/decorating tip - it does sound easier, I'm definitely going to try doing it that way.
« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2011 05:41:45 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial. What a great idea.

« Reply #63 on: December 01, 2011 08:50:55 PM »

You are a talented crafter!
« Reply #64 on: December 04, 2011 08:05:28 AM »

Wonderful!  I want to live there . . .
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« Reply #65 on: January 23, 2012 11:52:35 AM »


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« Reply #66 on: January 23, 2012 12:03:25 PM »

Knickertwist, I think every single project you posted to the Misc board this year could win 'best of'. I'm so happy that so many of your pieces wind up here Smiley. I absolutely LOVE your work. Congrats!!

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« Reply #67 on: January 23, 2012 12:10:32 PM »

What Lime said!  Wink  You are definitely a winner, in every sense!

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« Reply #68 on: February 05, 2013 10:21:31 PM »

You do wonderful work - I just started and looking for ideas for DIY so thanks for the pencil - very sweet
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« Reply #69 on: March 04, 2013 06:26:53 PM »

I want to live there!!  The details are unbelievable.  I love it.
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