Friday, February 27, 2009

Greenleaf Dollhouse Lighting Tutorials

For this months Gazette, Greenleaf has totally decided to light up our miniature world!! Deb (Editor In Chief) has compiled an encyclopedia of ideas and different ways to electrify your dollhouse. I have been using the "Hybrid method" to electrify my houses for years and NOW, see the in depth how too by reading this Jammed packed edition. Christine & Darrell has fabulous "How To's" in this edition. Enjoy and please, share comments on how this article has helped you light up your miniature world!!

February's Greenleaf Gazette

Thursday, February 26, 2009

KathieB's Creole dollhouse Cottage

It is always wonderful to be recognized & awarded for your hard work. Kathie was not only recognized by winning Second Place at Hobby Builder's Supply this year but she was even recognized today by her local newspaper . Her work is fabulous and the attention she gives to even the smallest details are what makes her houses stand out. Kathie, I just wanted to tell you Congratulations on your great accomplishment in Miniatures!! Visit her blog to see more of her wonderful work!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fabulous Blog Award!!!

Chris V from awarded me with a Fabulous Blog

award. Thank You, Chris!

I was told that the rules are:
1st I have to list my five top addictions and 2nd, I have to pass this FABulous Blog Award on to five other blogs owners who then will have to do the same.

Well, what am I addicted too..... Well here is my list for TODAY:

1. Miniatures
2. Chocolate
3. Music
4. Peacocks (actually the colors on a Peacock)
5. Castle & Tudor Stuff

Now, as for my top five favorite blogs, Well now that is very hard to pick since there are so many great ones out there!!

1. Kathie B who I have been chatting online with for years since we met at Our Favorite Forum

2. Arda who loves dolls & Miniatures as much as I do

3. Casey's minis who have so much inspiration to share

4. Doreen who has such Wonderful Creative ideas

5. Sumaiya Mehreen Who is a Very talented Artist who can see beauty in everything!!

Thank you all for stopping by to read my Blog and Also Look tomorrow for these five people favorite blog picks!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heather's Mercantile Greenleaf Dolhouse

Well..... Guess what I did today? I finished the Brimbles dollhouse Kit. I renamed it "Heathers Mercantile" after the customer (I hope she likes that). I finished painting the house and started adding all of the trees flowers and moss all around. Tell me what you think about it I have more Pictures in my Webshots Album





Painting The Brimbles Dollhouse Kit

I started Painting the Brimbles Mercantile kit by Greenleaf dollhouses last week. It's amazing how a little paint can make such a big difference in the overall appearance. In these pictures, I only have the 1st paint color which is basically the "dirty wash" all over the stones. I only have one color so far on the roof shingles too (Burnt Umber) There will be a total of about 4 different colors to achieve the final look of real stones and all but I am so happy that that part has started! To learn more about painting the stones, please click here for the recipe and colors I use

I'll have to touch up the trim and the porch roof parts and then add the trees and flowers and moss and a few animals of course.


I also checked all lights and outlets to be sure they are working and they are so I'm happy!! More pictures to follow shortly!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Arthur Dollhouse In Time Magazine

I was looking through my older Magazines (It's time to give some away or trash them LOL ) and I came across the September 15th 2008 TIME Magazine. In it, I found the Arthur Kit by Greenleaf Dollhouses! I am always excited to find a dollhouse in my "Real Life" stuff so I thought I would scan the picture in to share with everyone.

Have you found Minis somewhere unexpected lately? It's funny because if my family see anything miniature related in a commercial, everyone starts calling me telling me to quickly come into the room. It's funny how now, THEY notice the miniatures around them.



Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paper Minis

I have been on the mailing list of Ann Vanture of for about 3 years now and I thought I would blog about the wonderful things she has. I told you all last month how my daughters come to me from time to time talking about how "bored" they are so, when I hear those words, this is another one of those creative weapons I use so that I won't keep hearing the words "I'm Bored" .

One of the best thing about the site is that she actually have a club so that 2 times out of a month, you can get free projects. They are not lame things either. They are wonderful things to fill up your dollhouse bedrooms, kitchens, baths gardens and last year she even had these shadow boxes.

The link to her club of the month kits are emailed direct to your email box and they come in different scales and you can choose to download the scale you use. I usually download all four scales because my girls have dolls for all of them and use them. The scales are:

1 inch dollhouse scale (1:12)
Hitty doll scale (6.25” doll height)
Fashion doll scale like Barbie™ and reproduction dolls (1:6)
Girl doll scale like American Girl™ and My Twinn™ (1:3)
half-inch and quarter-inch scale projects (1:24 & 1:48)

If you are not on her mailing list, I would like to suggest you get on it!! She is even having a sale this month. Try something new and have fun with your Minis!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Paperclay On the Brimbles Dollhouse Kit

Well, I started adding the creative paperclay on this house last week. I added it to the roof to create shingles and the outside walls I have the "cut stone" look. I'll add the base tomorrow and then start painting the shingles & stones because they should be dry by then.

It's so fun to watch the houses come together!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Twilight Bella & Edward Action Figures

Neca, The Makers of the Edward Cullen action figure from "Twilight" announced the newest set of action figures. It will come in a two pack. It's Edward with sunglasses and then his sweetheart Bella. He is 7" tall which is a little out of scale for 1" scale miniatures (that would make him 7' tall in this scale) but, he'll do. I think I love the look of these since they are dressed in modern attire. The one thing I don't like is that they can not bend their knees which means, they can only stand (or lie down I hope for the meadow scene I am doing later next month). This set is not coming out until April 20th

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dollhouse Lights Are Added

My Customer supplied the lights for this project. I added wall outlets just in case she wanted to have a little more light upstairs. I have to add more trim work and also need to firmly adhere the lights to the walls.

The one set of lights I really wanted to use were brass double candle lights but the ones she supplied just did not work right.

Now that all lights are working for sure, I can start adding the clay work on the outside of this once I finish the trim work that needs finishing.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Brimbles Mercantile Dollhouse Kit Porch & Roof

Well, I added the porch parts and the main roof and the dormer roof to this dollhouse kit. Everything is beginning to take shape. This is the front:

This is the back:This is the side:
This is the inside with my "Edward Cullen" action figure from Twilight
:) I just put him in here because I noticed that the ceiling height was so high and it is just great. The ceiling height is 10" high. I totally recommend this kit if you can find one. It has been discontinued for about 9 years now.