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« Reply #1280 on: June 30, 2012 12:09:48 PM »

I think it is funny how everyone keeps talking about how small these houses are. It seems a pretty big size to me! Smiley I've never built a dollhouse before so I don't really have anything to compare it to. How large are "normal" dollhouses in comparison?
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« Reply #1281 on: June 30, 2012 01:56:56 PM »

So, if anyone can tell me what the floor to ceiling height is, I'd appreciate it! If it's around the same size, I may be spending a little bit of my summer working on a house! Thanks for any help!

The floor to ceiling height for each floor is around 5 1/8" for the kit shown on the op. I've done a few houses and I can tell you that not all of the ceiling heights are the same for the kits in the Creatology line. This is definitely the easiest, least fiddly, kit of all of the Creatolgy kits I've assembled. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #1282 on: June 30, 2012 04:00:52 PM »

I think it is funny how everyone keeps talking about how small these houses are. It seems a pretty big size to me! Smiley I've never built a dollhouse before so I don't really have anything to compare it to. How large are "normal" dollhouses in comparison?

Big to me, too. Wink

Normal dollhouse scale is 1:12 or 1" = 1'.   Creatology houses are usually (sort of) 1:24 or 1" = 2', but they are not sticklers for scale.
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« Reply #1283 on: June 30, 2012 05:15:57 PM »

So, if anyone can tell me what the floor to ceiling height is, I'd appreciate it! If it's around the same size, I may be spending a little bit of my summer working on a house! Thanks for any help!

The floor to ceiling height for each floor is around 5 1/8" for the kit shown on the op. I've done a few houses and I can tell you that not all of the ceiling heights are the same for the kits in the Creatology line. This is definitely the easiest, least fiddly, kit of all of the Creatolgy kits I've assembled. Hope that helps!

Thanks a bunch! I think that fits into the size range I need. I'll have to scout out what's available at the local craft stores and wait for a 50% off coupon Smiley
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« Reply #1284 on: July 01, 2012 08:02:50 AM »

Good morning Smiley  This is my first post...I joined the site after stumbling across this thread after a google search of Creatology Puzzle Houses. After a week of reading through 136 pages of posts I have decided you guys are the most awesome and creative group of people I've ever encountered in one place and I can't wait to see more of your work! Thanks to you all I have an overflowing file of links, a new Pinterest board devoted to minis and a head full of new ideas and potential projects. Dammit! I've got two of the puzzle houses on standby, the one with the verandah and the wee victorian. The fantasy one kinda intimidates me so that's a pass. I think. Maybe. 

Anyway, I bought the verandah house with the intent of making it into a Christmas themed Santa's workshop. I'm torn with which way I want to go with it though after a foraging trip to Michael's the other day and seeing some of the scrapbooking papers. There was a really lush red velvet paper that I can totally see covering the walls. But there was also a lovely sparkly selection of blues and silvers that made me think snowflakes and icicles.

The Victorian is earmarked for a spookier sort of theme. Not necessarily Halloween, but I envision it darker, maybe steampunky mixed with a Borrower's type occupant. Perhaps an abandoned dollhouse in the attic discovered by some intrepid Borrower explorer who takes up residence. At any rate I'm excited to get started!

But I'm being very firm with myself, no opening those new houses until I finish my castle. I picked up the castle shell from Michael's back in April and have been having a blast making a really bizarre jumble of themes, but keeping in mind it WILL be played with by small children. I posted pics to my Pinterest of my progress if anyone's interested in that. Don't know how to post pics here yet. http://pinterest.com/marion1mb/castle-geekery/

I hope this thread continues for a while... I know I'm a year late, but you have all inspired me to no end Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #1285 on: July 01, 2012 08:17:40 AM »

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Welcome to Craftster!  Yes, there are some amazing people around here.

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« Reply #1286 on: July 01, 2012 08:40:42 AM »

Glad you have joined in Madra Smiley

I like both ideas that you have for your houses. As for getting started: at some point you need to just jump in and start working. You can plan yourself to death (I know I sure can) and one you get going it seems to make the decision process easier. I love you castle! It came out really cute and I like that it can still be played with. I think my daughter thought that she would be able to play with mine once it is done, but I had to burst her bubble that it wasn't that sort of dollhouse.
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« Reply #1287 on: July 01, 2012 09:19:05 AM »

Madra, I love your castle!! I pinned your mirror and rose window!  What did you paint the window on?  glass? plastic?
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« Reply #1288 on: July 01, 2012 09:27:55 AM »

Thanks for the welcome ladies Smiley   I'm more than WILLING to jump in right now, but I don't dare til the castle is done and the resulting mess tidied away. My husband is oh so patient with my craft attacks and I don't want to push it. The castle still needs the stained glass windows to be painted and installed and the flooring to be completed. Plus a few accessories glued to the walls. The intention of this project was to have something that was fun to create, that I enjoy looking at, yet is safe and sturdy enough to be played with by my grandkids, aged 3, 5 and 7. They helped paint the peg people Smiley  

Question for you.... is it possible to paint Dollar Store plastic doll furniture with acrylic paints? I was thinking if maybe I sanded the pieces, painted and sealed...would that work or would it just peel?

@bunny1kenobi I painted on some sort of opaque and rather thick plastic from a fabric store. I don't know what it's called, a friend of mine uses it for the bases of her crocheted doll beds and she gives me the scraps Smiley
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« Reply #1289 on: July 01, 2012 09:32:35 AM »

Hiya Madra! Welcome to the madness!!!

Question for you.... is it possible to paint Dollar Store plastic doll furniture with acrylic paints? I was thinking if maybe I sanded the pieces, painted and sealed...would that work or would it just peel?

If it's not intended for actual playing I think that would fine. Some Dollar Stores have wooden furniture so you may want to root around and see if you can pick that up instead as it would take the paint better.
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