Monday, November 5, 2012

First building started

Hi there.  Google is back on track.  That's important.  We are supposed to get a Nor'easter storm on Wednesday with wind gusts of at least 50 mph.  People who were allowed in their homes are now being asked to leave again.  It's sad.

Let me tell you about my day.  I opened the box of houses and funny thing, I didn't remember doing this years ago when I put the first 6 together.   I took out the directions and read them front to back.  Yes, I always read directions.  I assembled my tool:  the x-acto knife. 
House floors
How pieces come in box
Although all pieces are laser cut, they often are not cut through completely.  Sometimes they pop out but often, one needs to cut the piece that holds them in their spot.  This is a tricky stage because you need to be careful not to break any of the pieces.  They aren't terribly fragile but could break if pushed too hard. 

I kept the "window glass" and all white trim in the big plastic bag.  You don't want to lose any of the pieces of trim.  And there are sheets of shingles, too (these are heavy cardboard) but I've used them before and they work very well.

Separated into 6 sections
Because I needed to see what houses have what main pieces, I took all of the pieces out and sorted them.  They are sorted with their walls.  As you can see, there are 6 buildings and I will be bashing them. 

I started on the store and I am changing it to a flower shop.  I want to make mini flowers and I need a place to store them.  LOL

Sanded pieces
The first thing I did was sand all pieces down.  This makes the edges smooth and removes any old dirt or fingerprints from when it was packed. It takes time but it will be worth it. 

Papered and painted
I found some scrapbooking paper and worked on the inside walls. I found a paper for the floor that has a little pattern to it. I have wallpaper paste for dollhouses and it's great if you've never tried it.   I am going to put trim on the inside windows, add crown molding and baseboards.  

There is a front porch on this building and a bay window on each side of the door.  I painted the porch floor white and the inside of the bay window walls white, as well. 

The one thing about Greenleaf that I don't like  about this type of kit is that nothing is marked.  (Their dollhouses are marked better.)  I can't figure out what windows or floors go to what building yet. I'll do those at the end of the wallpapering.  Floors are pretty easy.  Just put the walls temporarily up and fit the floor inside. 

So tomorrow I will start the second building.  I have to search for paper and then I'll post it tomorrow night.

As promised, I have a few more goodies to show you from the Miniaturia show.  I thought I would get to them today but this building project took a bit of time.  Here they are:

The gold poinsettias are for the holidays.  They are 1:12 scale.

The low bookcase kit and the fireplace kit are from sdkminiatures.

The screen on the right is from Michelle Miniatures.  Wait until you see this screen made up!  It's so small. 

Until then...



  1. How many of these houses are there? I've never considered 1/4 scale, but they look wonderful!

  2. this looks like its going to be a great project, looking forward to watching it progress,

  3. After you've done quarter scale furniture for a while the other larger scales feel ginormous! I am having trouble adjusting to 1:12th after doing more than 30 quarter scale buildings :) Love the paper on the walls of the new building!