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Concealing the Wires of Battery Operated Mini Lights in a Dollhouse Attic

For months I have been kicking around the idea of a including a bathroom in the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse. When I first started building, I did not want to include one in this house. I had too many other rooms that I needed to decorate. Then I started thinking about all of the cute accessories that I can make for a bathroom. THEN it took me weeks more to settle on a design. So many options and so few dollhouses.

string lights installed in a dollhouse bathroom.

Now that I have the bathroom under way, let me show you how I’m working the lighting fixtures. You may recall that I said that I am totally over 12 volt wiring on a dollhouse. There are already a couple battery operated LEDs installed as well and now I am switching to a different way of lighting the rooms. Three different lighting installments. Yep, this first house has been a learning house for me to be sure. Anyway, I’ve decided to use a battery operated mini light string for the attic. This top floor will contain a bathroom and a large craft/art room, both of which need lights.

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Weathering Dollhouse Shingles

Well, I just stepped back to take a look at my new stone foundation, and WHAT?! I love the grey color of the stone, but now the roof shingles are way too dark and heavy. Grrr…1 step forward, two steps back.

Dark shingles with a light rock foundation. It looks totally unbalanced.
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How to make stone blocks for your 1/12 scale model house

OK, yeah it’s a dollhouse, but “1/12 scale model house” just sounds better. It’s more in keeping with the amount of work that goes into making a dollhouse, don’t you think?

I’m still working on the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse kit. Cladding the foundation was next and it took me a great deal of time to decide on material, but when I did, it was gung-ho!

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Making a Hip Roof Bump Out in Miniature

More on the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse build:

The kit is arranged for a flat roof on the dining room bump-out on the front of the farmhouse. I kept looking at it like something was wrong. Why a flat roof? It’s not like I can make a little porch or balcony with only windows above.

Plain flat roof on the Victoria’s farmhouse dining room bump-out
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Make a Vintage Look Miniature Mirror

I love the collections of vintage etched mirrors that have been featured in my home decor magazines lately. A pretty photo in a blog that was featured in Artful Blogging got me off the couch. You can find the owner of the photo and cool blog here. http://chateau-chic.blogspot.com/2013/03/pre-springifying-mantel.html

These mirrors fit right in with the shabby chic look that will be the focus of my little refurbished cottage dollhouse. (You haven’t seen it on this blog yet, but you will- soon. 😊) Spurred to action, I HAD to find a way to duplicate this look in miniature. And how cool would it be to make a tutorial about it as well?

Finally, after several false starts, I found my materials and method. Read on for the how-to.

Practice pieces of mirror plastic with a hot soldering iron.

You can find mirror plastic at Hobby Lobby, JoAnne’s or online. It looks like a real glass miniature when viewed through the eyes of a miniaturist. LOL, the rest of you will just have to suspend disbelief.

ACRYLIC MIRROR SHEET - CLEAR EXTRUDED MIRROR 0.12x12x12

I also have a soldering iron ( a wood burning tool will work as well. ) A printed picture of an etched mirror serves as my cut guide.

I practiced at each step to be sure that my iron was not too hot or too cool. If your iron is too hot, it will melt the plastic too much and pull out stringers. You can see those all over my practice pieces.

The basic steps are to cut a piece of mirror plastic into the shape that you like. Plug in the hot iron and wait a couple seconds for it to heat up. Then carefully and lightly touch down and “draw” the design onto the plastic. My iron would get too hot so that it pulled out plastic stringers, so I would unplug it to cool a little, test to make sure that it was not too hot and then draw onto my real mirror.

Yes, I had a lot of boo-boos. You can tell by my practice pieces. My mirrors also got a little smaller as I had to cut off mistakes. But at least I didn’t waste too much of the mirror plastic. 😅

The results – a variety of miniature faux etched mirrors

After a couple hours of experimenting I had several mirror variations that will be cute in my shabby chic cottage. That will be debuted later this year.

Try it and let me know what adorable minis you turn out with this method.

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Window seat in the 1/12 scale Victoria’s Farmhouse

Just a quick little progress report on the master bedroom in my modern country style dollhouse. I’ve added a window seat to the master bedroom. My plan is to have a cute little reading nook. You may have already read the post about dividing up the back part of this large bedroom. On the other side of the reading nook is a walk -in closet. (The closet is absolutely essential for all of the little shoes and purses that I plane on making.)

That little light above the nook was brass when I bought it, so I used nail polish to paint it a silver tone to better match the rest of the room. My next big decision for the master bedroom is the bed. I have three different types in mind, but my vision changes daily. I need to decide on that before I can proceed with the rest of the furniture.

Ditto for the little girl’s room. Making a decision on the bed will allow the rest of the furniture to fall into place. Here is where the second story interior of the house stands today.

Back to work on the exterior, just a little more, and I will have another update post soon.

 

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A Miniature Ombre Chest

Shopping for resale miniatures on E-Bay can be a great deal. However, more often than not, it is turning out to be disappointing in my experience. The photographs are not usually clear enough to see all of the imperfections on a piece and the descriptions are minimal at best.

Being the optimistic buyer, I go with the, “It’s OK. I can fix anything.” stance. This last order looked great by the photos and the descriptions listing what was in the lot were fine. It was a huge lot of unfinished 1/12 scale furniture. Imagine my surprise when I opened the order to find that all of the pieces were made of balsa wood. If you’ve ever worked with balsa, then you know how lightweight and easily marred it is. You can barely sand balsa without chipping or breaking it. Continue reading “A Miniature Ombre Chest”

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The Altamont dollhouse.

Uh-oh. I accidentally looked at Facebook’s Marketplace again. There it was! A large dollhouse for very little money. It was unfinished, but it was listed as having all of the parts to finish the build. What could I do? I HAD to buy it.

This is what the Altamont is supposed to look like when it is finished. The house that I bought had some windows put in and no siding yet. I have the siding, but I think that I will end up putting light limestone blocks on the exterior.
The interior is supposed to look like this once finished. Of, course, I will probably change that.

Poor Les. There goes another chunk of our living room real estate. Even so, he gracefully met me with his truck after work so that I could take this huge house home. It looks small in the pictures, but it measures 32″W x 27″D x 43″H . I even had to buy a little table to set it on. Luckily, our thrift store has fabulous prices on furniture so the table was only $5.99. Yeah, low prices are how I try to alleviate my guilt over spending. (grin) Continue reading “The Altamont dollhouse.”