Monday, May 7, 2018

Hello Arthur!

I took a mini break from my mini world, but jumped right back into it and started The Arthur by Greenleaf! I've had it in the box for a while, and kept looking at it thinking "okay, any day now" and then finally I got all the supplies out, restocked on paint, wood, etc and cleared off the work table.  Since it's only 4 rooms, the furnishing and decorating is limited. I'm using some of my best furniture though to make it really cute. I'm handcrafting quite a bit as well to suit my needs. It will be modern themed, a home that I would live in myself HA. I debated kit-bashing it by adding a balcony off the front bedroom window and using a french door instead (which would really be a simple change and I'm surprised I've never seen one online) but I gave up at the last minute because I'm hoping to get through this one and start the next, The Brookwood by Greenleaf. I've been collecting beach themed items and I'm excited to turn it into a beachfront vacation home. I didn't want to decorate The Arthur beach themed because of the basic design of the home and the exterior features. The Brookwood is a perfect layout for a beach home, and a little more complicated to build, so I'm enjoying The Arthur for now.

Here are a few progress pics:

The Arthur

The Arthur

The Arthur

The Arthur

There's quite a bit more work to go. I still have to stain all the shingles, build-prepare-create the staircase and porch railings, build the roof and all the finishing details. Then the fun part of furnishing and decorating and putting everything in place. Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quick and Easy Dollhouse Miniature Trellis Tutorial

Tutorial: How to make a quick and easy garden or patio trellis

Here's a quick and easy tutorial for a garden or patio trellis. Fun little project with minimum materials or time required.

Things you'll need:
6-7 Wood slats  (coffee stir sticks, popsicle sticks)
1 Small Oblong Wood Piece
Garden Vine

This project doesn't take long at all and can be done in between waiting for other projects you're working on to dry. The longest part of this project is waiting for the paint to dry.

Select 3-4 even sized wood pieces (depending on the size of your trellis)

Paint about 6-7 wood pieces your color of choice. I painted mine white. The extra pieces will be trimmed to go horizontal across the trellis


Measure and trim two wood pieces and glue horizontally across the vertical pieces, as shown in the photo

Paint a small piece of wood and glue to the bottom. This helps with balance and stability

Add your vines and glue in place if necessary

Ready to set up!

A lot of my materials are every day items I have around the house, like the coffee stir sticks I used. For the vine (and other mini plants I make) I go to the Dollar Tree store and find the smallest plants and flowers they have. Then I snip off the pieces and use however I can.

Thanks for looking and Enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Greenleaf Travel Trailer in 15 Days

This Travel Trailer project was so much fun! I worked on it non-stop nights and weekends for 15 straight days, and I managed to finish it by Christmas. And I learned a lot while working on it. The kit produces a finished trailer that is completely empty on the inside, so the imagination is limitless when planning and designing it. Since my daughter requested a 50's retro style design, it was easy for me to choose a color theme and the accessories. The challenge was the furniture, since afterall it's a travel trailer so typical mini furniture doesn't work. The balance to that was it wasn't a lot of space to fill. I've posted a few photos below, and I'm working on making a short video. Enjoy!

Greenleaf Travel Trailer

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Exterior - Front End

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Exterior - Rear End. The License Plate says "MINI"

Here are a few photos of the Interior. I added walls to separate the bedroom and bathroom, added upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen area, and built in a couch in the lounge area.

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Before the Additions

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Finished

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Lounge and Kitchen Area

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Kitchen Area

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Bedroom and Bathroom Area

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Bedroom and Bathroom Area

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Top View

Greenleaf Travel Trailer
Interior - Top View

The video I'm making has close up photos of the interior and exterior. There's so many cute little details inside. As with any mini project though, photos can never due it justice. You appreciate them much more seeing it in person.

Now that this project is done, I'll finally be starting The Arthur by Greenleaf. I got a new Dremel tool for Christmas, along with a box of attachments, so the kit bashing I have planned will go much smoother now. I will also be practicing while building The Arthur, because once I'm done with that I'm planning to do The Brookwood by Greenleaf. Mine will be a beach house, of course. I've already started collecting items for it :-)

Thank you for looking!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Travel Trailer Time!

Excited to be working on my next project, the Greenleaf Travel Trailer. My daughter requested it as her Christmas present this year, after finding one in an antique store still new in the box. She's asked it to be decorated in 50's retro style, so I've spent the past month searching for specific items on eBay, etc. to make it as unique as possible. I've been photographing the project step by step, so when it's complete I can make a video and post the pics. It's a very basic and simple assembly, so it's been great to work on and helps me practice for when I start The Arthur. I've got it ready to start, so as soon as the Travel Trailer is done and holidays are over it begins!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Keystone of Boston Dollhouse Refurbish

I put together a quick video, about 4 1/2 minutes or so, of the refurbish of the 1949 Keystone of Boston Dollhouse. The video below shows the basic transformation and the finished product. I'm working on a better one that documents the step by step process of each room and the exterior, which I'll post later on. But for now, enjoy!

Thank you for viewing!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whew, it's finally done! Keystone of Boston 1949 Dollhouse

After almost 2 years, it's finally done! My mother's 1949 Keystone of Boston Dollhouse, all grown up. In fairness to me, I've taken many breaks in between but I spent many many hours, days, weeks working on the inside, the outside, and the furniture and decorations.  This wasn't just a rehab project, I took special care to leave something original in every room. There is also something personal in every room too, even including the patio. It's been through three generations of little girls, this house was loved and played with by my mother, me and my sister, and our daughters.

Dollhouse Playtime, 1971

My goal was to make the house a realistic modern house, and since the kids are all grown, no longer a toy house. The exterior was an easy choice, as I wanted to stay with the Colonial style and also try to keep the same design as the original screening that was pre-printed on the outside. I used white clapboard siding for the upper half, with brick on the lower half. There were 3 original window frames, the two upstairs bedrooms and the kitchen. I left the remaining two windows open, just framed the exteriors. The roof is removable, and surprisingly in good shape, so I decided to leave it in it's original state.

Original Exterior - Roof On
Original Exterior - Roof Off

Completed Exterior - Roof Off

Completed Exterior - Roof On

The interior was a totally different story. Among the challenges was the fact that Keystone of Boston Dollhouses aren't exactly 1:12th scale. I have a mixture of scaled furniture in each room that helps to balance out the realistic look. I'll post a before and after shot of the front below, but I am currently working on a video and detailed photos of each room. There are so many tiny details, it was so much fun to complete!

Original Front

Completed Front

Original Living Room

Completed Living Room

Original Dining Room

Completed Dining Room

Original Kitchen

Completed Kitchen
Original Bedroom - Left Side

Completed Bedroom - Left Side (Master Bedroom)

Original Bedroom - Right Side

Completed Bedroom - Right Side (Guest Bedroom)
Original Bathroom

Completed Bathroom

Original Patio

Completed Patio

When I originally began working on the house I had it on an oversized piece of plywood that I had intended to create a yard out of. However, one of the special features of the Keystone's is that it sits on a rotating wheel so you can spin it around. In keeping with the original design, I decided to ditch the plywood and just set it up on a table.

This was a total labor of love. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I am kind of sad it's done. But as they say, is a dollhouse really ever done? I'm always on the lookout for mini's, and always thinking of what room I can update and put things in. For now, I will shift my focus to my new project, The Arthur. I've already kit-bashed it in my head, so this should be fun. I've made a chimney and bought a fireplace for the living room, and I intend to scrap the bedroom window and make a door out to a balcony instead.

Stay tuned!