Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Greenleaf Dollhouse Barbie 2" scale Roombox

Several Years ago, I got my hands on a 2" scaled Barbie Roombox by Greenleaf on eBay. I was so excited because I used to always collect any of the older Greenleaf dollhouse kits I could get my hands on. I was so excited I did not want to open the box. One day I hit the jack pot. Someone was selling all of their old store stock and they had 3 of these kits sitting on their shelves. I bought them and decided to build one for my youngest daughter back in 2008.

This is what it looked like when I finished it. She was younger at the time and everything had to be pink.

Last year (in December), she wanted me to freshen it up a bit. She took very good care of the roombox but it had writing on the walls and scuff marks so I told her I would do it. I got so busy (working to pay bills and everything else life throws my way) I let those get in the way of my doing it.

Every time I walked past it, I would clean it up and I even sat it on my work table a few times but I never "worked" on it (So she would take it to play with of course). I always felt guilty for not getting back to it.

Yesterday Morning, I decided to put all of my other work on the back burner for the day and spent the day fixing up her roombox. For the most part, it still looked great considering how much Sarah & Rachel had played with it. This is what it looked like Yesterday Morning when I "stole" it from her bedroom.

The floor boards were all in tack but where dull looking so, I added a darker stain to them and then added a varnish on top of them. She had already picked out the wallpapers she liked so I decided to use one from her stack of wallpapers which is a light turquoise.
 I decided to accent and compliment that with a darker turquoise blue on some of the trim.

I then added some details on all of the white trim I decided to keep. The stained glass window still look great so I kept that in place. I also decided to add a stone paper to the fireplace instead of the red brick that was there. This past winter, I had purchased a 3 light outdoor post from the dollar store. It was a smaller scale because it was sold for their train village and it lit up via a battery pack. I kept looking at it and decided if I painted the post part silver it could become a nice ceiling light (And because it used AA batteries, I wouldn't worry about them playing with the electric). By the end of the day yesterday, this is what the roombox looked like:

 Of course, Sarah is very pleased with it and has begged me to make her two more rooms so I will build them this week and let her paint the trims and everything else (to one of them and then I'll do the other).

Sorry that the colors still don't show the "true" color shade but, maybe one day, I'll take lessons on learning how to use a camera to take pictures correctly 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cathy's 1/24th scale Buttercup Lasercut Dollhouse Cottage

I know I have not posted here on the blog for a little bit but I wanted to share with you pictures of the 1/24th scale Buttercup dollhouse kit I built for a client. This was the first time that I added electricity in this scale. I also am a little more pleased with the brick and stone scale on this one. The stones and bricks are very close to the scale this time.

I made the tree and flower container up front of this house too. I also created the fireplace and the added burning logs inside the fireplace too.

All of the stones and brick were created by me using clay and then hand painted several colors to create the realistic look of stones and brick. I even hand formed each shingle. Enjoy the pictures!

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Thought Of The Day ~  "Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations." Marston
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Greenleaf Dollhouse Contest 2011 Kit

Yesterday was the deadline for anyone to submit their entries to the Greenleaf Spring Fling contest 2011! Here are a sample of a few submissions this year. Because of my position with Greenleaf, I have never entered a contest with them though I must say, this years kit really talked to my creative side!! I am so proud to be a member of such a talented group of Online Dollhouse Miniature enthusiasts. The above picture is the kit for this years contest. Below are a few pictures from members of our Greenleaf dolhouse forum. To see more or if you can not see a particular gallery, sign up and become a member of the Greenleaf Dollhouses Forum by clicking here:

All pictures below are copyrighted by the members named below and Greenleaf Dollhouses 

Greenleaf Username pquade

Greenleaf Username Raffa

Greenleaf username otterine

Greenleaf Username chattycathy66

Greenleaf username jujurodgers

Greenleaf Username rbytsdy

Greenleaf username LLyn M.

Greenleaf username Momof2Moos

Greenleaf username creativity95

Greenleaf username csd

Greenleaf Username Jo Med

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