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« Reply #1050 on: January 16, 2012 01:58:52 PM »

I originally wanted to only buy the foam, paints, and glue for my house but I caved this weekend and bought fake moss and sand paper (for the roof) at the dollar store.  As well as a leaf shaped mirror, though I don't know if it'll seem too upscale so it may not get used. 

I'm thinking I'm going to save up a few coffee trays and create some handmade paper for the exterior.  Stucco may be quicker than stones if I can get the paper to dry straight.
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« Reply #1051 on: January 16, 2012 04:14:24 PM »

I keep reading about using sandpaper for shingles. Is there a tutorial for this anywhere? Smiley Thanks in advance Smiley
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« Reply #1052 on: January 16, 2012 05:52:07 PM »

I have been following this thread for way too long.

I finally located a wee house that I found to be acceptable about 3 weeks ago.  I bought it (with a 40% off coupon).  We found it at Hobby Lobby.  The regular price was $30.  With the coupon it was $18.  Here is the box.  It was in the dollhouse section.



I took it out, read all the directions, then completely ignored the part about not punching out all of the pieces.  I punched out all of the pieces and put them in individual plastic bags.  Then I put together the basic frame, so I could see what the final size and layout would be.  Here it is held together with masking tape.





We are still working on "step 1", which is to prepare the windows.  Oh, there is a little thing there about how you have to paint and prepare all of the pieces while they are still flat.   We spent way too many hours sanding little window parts.

My daughter really likes to paint things.  Here is Elsbeth painting window frames.



This is what a completed window should look like on the outside.  We will have to pick out paper and stuff for the insides before we glue the inside windows down.



In the background of that last picture, you can see that the inside window frames will be a dark brown.  On the far left are some of the "wallpapers" we are considering (the orange with white dots, multicolored dots and the purple swirls).
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« Reply #1053 on: January 16, 2012 05:59:21 PM »

I saw that doll house at Hobby Lobby and have been considering whether or not to get it. Is it easy to work with?
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« Reply #1054 on: January 16, 2012 06:02:26 PM »

I keep reading about using sandpaper for shingles. Is there a tutorial for this anywhere? Smiley Thanks in advance Smiley
 
You just cut the sandpaper the size and shape you want them either rectangular or scallop, etc  and then  glue them down starting a the lowest edge (bottom ) of the roof overlapping each row until you reach the top of the roof- for the row at the very top and to hide the edges of the shingle you want to place a shingle creased in the middle It will overlap equally on both sides


a couple of years back Michael's was selling polymer clay gingerbread house when I saw this one I knew I had to have it but didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it -when I got home I immediately stashed it away-  well here it is dusted off soon to be a tea room for reading tea leaves and palms



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« Reply #1055 on: January 16, 2012 06:54:39 PM »

teag, that teapot idea is fabulous! I can't wait to see your little tea reading room!

We're planning to do the egg carton stone technique on my dollhouse, just haven't gotten around to prepping the cartons. Seems like my poor house only gets attention in fits and starts. I need to find the cord to charge my camera so I can show off my progress.
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« Reply #1056 on: January 16, 2012 07:02:39 PM »

I saw that doll house at Hobby Lobby and have been considering whether or not to get it. Is it easy to work with?

It doesn't seem too bad yet. I like some of the details they include.  The kit includes roof shingles.  The windows are pretty cool looking so far.

My big complaint is that the directions don't mention things like what to paint in which colors. There are a couple of parts that I am still a bit confused about how to do.   I suppose I will figure them out when I get there, but it's a bit frustrating that I can't pull out a bunch of pieces that need to be the same color and paint all of them at the same time.  When you add the impatient 8 year old wanting to do it NOW, it gets a bit overwhelming....
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« Reply #1057 on: January 16, 2012 07:31:44 PM »

teag I LOVES that tea pot house!

I took a skip over to Michaels tonight and while they still do not have the houses (grrrr) I did pick up some miniature cupboards for just .78!

I'm getting impatient to see the house my mum picked up for me from kijiji. This is the kit I snatched up for just $25! She said it looks as though it was abandoned mid-way and they just chucked everything in the box... furniture, tools... droooool. She lives a few hours away so I've got to wait for her next visit to get my grubby hands on it.

I don't know if I can handle the wait!
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« Reply #1058 on: January 16, 2012 09:45:54 PM »


Me too!
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« Reply #1059 on: January 16, 2012 09:50:36 PM »

ooh I just saw that too- a I'd love my very own Hogwarts
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