Thursday, April 30, 2009

Half Scale Light House Available NOW!!

The Half Inch Scale Dollhouse Lighthouse Kit offers a smaller alternative to it's big brother, the Dollhouse Lighthouse. Standing a respectful height at 22" high, this miniature lighthouse is great for half scale collectors as well as home decor. This laser cut mini assembles in no time and looks great unpainted with its natural birch finish highlighted by the dark laser cut edges.

* Precision Laser Cut
* High quality Birch Plywood
* True miniature scale
* ½ inch = 1 foot
* Open-back design
* Tab/slot assembly
* Unfinished wood

Assembled Dollhouse Dimensions:
7½" W x 7½" D x 22" H
Dollhouse Kit Dimensions:
15" W x 8" D x 2" H

The are offering it for 1/2 off for 2 days only:

Special offer to subscribers of the Greenleaf Gazette Newsletter: Here's your chance to check out our new laser cut miniatures at a unbelievable price! Order before Monday, May 4th and save 50%! Limit one per customer
Buy it here:

Friday, April 24, 2009

CDHM Dollhouse Group New Tutorial

This Saturday CDHM Will have a new Live Tutorial on how to make 1:12 scale "Cream Puffs". Check it out at

The Materials you'll need is:

Fimo Polymer Clay
- Champagne
- Translucent
- White
- Yellow
• Artist Pastels
- Dark Brown
- Medium Brown
- Yellow Ochre
• Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber or Brown Iron Oxide
• Glue: White Tacky Type
• Brush: Paint Type
• Toothpicks
• Ceramic Tile (for baking)
• Varnish: Matte
• X-acto Knife
• Cup: Small Disposible Type
• Plate: Miniature Dessert or Salad Size
• Miniature Fork

Don't miss out on the great opportunity to learn how to create something so neat. There is no cost to learn from the instructor. I will start posting the many tutorials we have on CDHM (Custom Dolls Houses & Miniatures) every month. You have to be a member and post some in order to view the live tutorials!

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lghthouse Dollhouse Kit for Sell Now

Greenleaf has there Wonderful Lighthouse kits ready for sell now. Please share pictures of yours when you start building yours!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Greenleaf Miniature Lighthouse Base

Dean Just released the picture of the new Lighthouse With The Base Design!! To read more about this soon to be released kit, click here:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Half Scale Dollhouse Discovery

There has been a lot of Buzz on the forum about a wonderful find at Michaels Arts & Crafts stores! They have been selling wood puzzle kits there for about a year. Usually, it's the animal ones that we have been seeing sold under the name "Wood Craft Assembly". Well, they finally have dollhouses!! I went yesterday to pick up a couple of them and have discovered they are 1/2" scale. Depending on where you are from, this scale is also known as 1/24th scale or half scale or Garden scale or G-scale.

These houses are sold for only $7.99 and the furniture kits are only $4.99 . As with all of this kits from Asia, they need lots of wood fill (or Spackle) because there are a lot of Gaps to be filled. The Great thing is that for the price, you can buy them to have as a project with your kids or even and all girl sleep over :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Greenleaf Dollhouses Bringing Back An Old Favorite

That's right, it is being worked on right now as I type! The Willowcrest is coming back this Spring!! You may have seen the ad in the most recent issue of Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine and the rumor is no longer a rumor. This Gorgeous 2nd Empire Styled house will be available by June of this year so Save your Money!!

The Lighthouse is coming soon for purchase this month & the Willowcrest will be following shortly behind! Dean & Lisa and all of the Peeps at Greenleaf dollhouses are doing so much to bring us some of our favorite houses. More details will be posted soon! Thanks for stopping by to read my Blog!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dollhouse Cold Porcelain Flower Class

This is a picture of the class project I did with Kathryn Gray. I learned how to make and assemble cold porcelain flowers. We made Daffodils, Tulips, Crocuses and snow drops. We even made the cherry tree (Stump and all)!!

Kathryn was such a delightful person and she was a Wonderful Teacher!! Her website is listed below:

I just added the flowers to the scene just yesterday so now I could share it with you all. I had such a ball creating these flowers. I even bought more cutters so I could make more flowers for other scenes!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Gayle Wonderful Miniature Dollhouse Dolls

I went to the Chicago International Tom Bishop show and had so much fun in my class. I'll post details about the class later in another post. I wanted to show you all some wonderful dolls by Artist Gayle Clausen of Her dolls are ALL handmade from polymer clay and are One Of A Kind (OOAK) which makes each one unique.

I met her last year at the show and this year she even had the cutest 1/4th scale (quarter scale dolls). They have so much detail even though they are tiny!! Her other dolls are full of character too. I wish I had taken a picture of her table at the show because she had so many delightful dolls that brings a smile to your face! Here dolls are not over priced based on the details that goes into each of her dolls. Here are pictures of the 3 quarter scale (1/4th scale) ones I purchased:

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog today!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Greenleaf Lighthouse Coming This Month

The Owners of Greenleaf has been working on this kit since there was such an overwhelming response for people wanting to buy one. The Lighthouse design went from this:

to this:

The new design has been done by use of a laser cutter which will mean less sanding and a more accurate fit the first time around. You will also notice that the newer version is missing the base. The base will be made available as an upgrade and the lighthouse will fit right into it.

Start saving your dollars! The light house by itself will run under $100.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Dollhouse Stained Glass Windows

Have you ever wanted to add a different window design to the dollhouse Kit you may have purchased? Or, what about those wonderful Houseworks doors & windows that I *know* you have stored away in your stash?

I bought a book titled "Ready-to-Use Dollhouse Stained Glass Windows" by Ed Sibbett Jr. ( Here is the link to purchase )

I picked the ones I wanted to use for my house. After choosing them and scanning them into my computer, I re-sized them and printed the design on a sheet of transparency. I then add clear finger nail polish on the rough side. I color them in by using permanent markers.

Because of copyrights, I cannot send these out but, you should really buy this book as there are so many different patterns you can use. You can then customize them by coloring them in yourself and then make transparencies of them for your own houses.

Here is a shot of a house I used this technique on. Click on the picture to see a bigger shot:


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Plain dollhouse roof gets a copper finished roof

I become very inventive when working on my dollhouses late at night. You know how it is, you have the kids in bed, the house is quiet. You decide to work on your house a find that you need to buy something from the store in order to complete that next step. Well, this has happened to me so many times. One of those times happened about seven years ago. I needed to make an aged copper roof and I decided I wanted it to look "weathered".

I had no thin craft copper to use but, I had paint (thank goodness to my addiction to buying those craft bottles of paint for "the" perfect project one day in the future LOL).

I weathered the wood by putting on a base coat color of "Sea Mist" by Deco Art. I let it dry then I "dry Brushed" the second color on which is "Metallic Antique Copper" by Folk Art.

This is the way it looks after it has been painted:


Don't be afraid to try something out of the box! Thinking out of the box can sometimes lead us to finding a new technique to share with others. It is also a wonderful way to keep that project moving along that would have otherwise been stuck because of a lack of materials.

Have fun!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Picture Of Me. Well Kind Of....

I was looking at Marsha's Blog Yesterday and noticed a picture of herself as Audrey Hepburn. I saw the water Mark and discovered that she did it on a website called Face in a Hole. So I decided, if I am gonna do it.... I may as well go ALL out LOL!!!

Only the Face Belong to me. So, here it is, I always wanted to be on the Cover of Vogue Magazine:

Kinda Scary Looking Huh LOL. It was fun playing with the different pictures though.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Love Your Art Blog Award! Thanks For The Award!!

Casey at & has presented me with the I Love Your Art Blog award. Thank you both so much for presenting me with the Award! I am a little slow posting this because this is the Week of the Chicago International Tom Bishop Show!

Now I have to list seven likes or loves (not including family and friends, cause they are Always #1):

1) Bible Reading
2)Alternative Rock Music
3) Reading Mysteries
4) Growing Herbs on my deck (Spring is here!!!)
5) Getting my hair washed by my Beautician Queen. It feels So Good!!
6) Reading Medical Books (Have always loved reading about the human body)
7) Working out and getting healthy!!! I have lost 13 pounds so far!!

There are so many wonderful Blogs out there but these are some of my favorite to read. I hope you all enjoy checking them out too. Now, the ones I pick to receive this Wonderful blog Award are as follows:

1. Deb of

2. Marsha of

3. Debbie of

4. Kathie of

5. San of

6. Chris of

7. Kimberly of

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Add Details To Your Dollhouse Miniatures w/Spackle

Do you have some Spackle laying around from a project in your real life house? This Month, I want ot focus on Several Things I use light weight Spackle for. Today, you'll need the following:

1. Light weight Spackle
2. Brass Stencil Design (I use the brass ones because it is the right depth)
3. Spackle Knife

What you would do:

1. Pick the stencil design you desire and lay it flat on the item you wish to have that
detail on.

2. Load your knife with Spackle

3. Smooth the Spackle over the design of the brass Stencil so that the Spackle is flush
and smooth over the design

4. Wait two minutes and then remove the stencil (this allows time for it to dry and set
a little).

5. After 30 minutes you can then paint over your stencil design and enjoy the new

This is a picture of a Spackle knife: