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Stacking ring toy in half scale

This year the Half Scale Miniatures Group‘s annual swap had two themes — Toys and Plants. I was especially excited about the toys because I have three kids’ rooms to fill up in the Victorianna. My contribution was a stacking ring toy. I got the idea for this after stumbling across rubber jump rings on… Keep reading »

Seaside Villa with Majestic Mansions windows & doors

In December I got an email from a woman named Sue who reads my blog. She was downsizing her mini collection and offered to sell me a half scale Seaside Villa dollhouse shell. This house used to be available from Rocky Mountain Woodcrafts, a line owned by Norm’s Dollhouse in Colorado, which shut down in… Keep reading »

Bathroom tile rehab

Once upon a time the Victorianna had a pretty peach bathroom. This was the first room I finished (four years ago!) and I was really happy with it. The tiles were from Elf Miniatures and I loved the color. Fast forward a year. About six months after moving into our new house in San Francisco,… Keep reading »

Stainless steel stove and an unnecessary floor fix

I’ve received a lot of comments from readers of my blog thanking me for documenting my mistakes. I never really set out to do that — I guess I just make a lot of mistakes! This is going to be one of those posts. As of my last post, the Victorianna’s scratch-built kitchen was almost… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen *almost* done

So I said in my last post that this would be the grande finale for the Victorianna’s kitchen. It’s not — I still have to finish the stove, and I might have torn up the hardwood floor for no good reason. (Oops.) I’ll leave you in suspense about that until it’s fixed, but for now,… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen window

When I first started working on the Victorianna — four years ago! — I bought a pack of Grandt Line windows planning to use one in the kitchen. It wasn’t as deep as the plywood wall + siding. I always figured I could do something with strip wood to make up the extra space. Well,… Keep reading »

A shiny black countertop

In my real life kitchen, I picked out the countertop first and then spent a crazy amount of time finding backsplash tiles that would go well with it. I ended up with tiles in the same color family as the countertop, but a few shades lighter. I wanted to do something similar in the Victorianna… Keep reading »

Tile backsplash made from scrapbook paper

After completing the kitchen cabinets, I turned my attention to the backsplash. It’s not easy to find realistic tile to scale in 1:24. I was really tempted to print something out, but after the problems I’ve had with printies fading, I didn’t want to tempt fate. So I started thinking about how I could use… Keep reading »

Upper cabinets, stove hood, and a new sink

Tragedy struck my $1 Horace Jones sink. I’d left it in the countertop (not glued in) and I picked up the cabinet and tipped it slightly to look at something and the sink fell out and hit the floor. Before this happened, I’d actually thought to myself that I shouldn’t leave the sink in the… Keep reading »

Mini Etchers microwave and more cabinets

Continuing with the Victorianna’s kitchen cabinets: I wanted the upper cabinet on the right of the fridge to include a shelf for the microwave. This required buying or making a microwave before I could make the cabinets on that side, so I’d know how wide that cabinet needed to be. Mini Etchers makes a microwave… Keep reading »

Second Empire dollhouse in half scale

This isn’t a new purchase, but I didn’t post about it at the time. Back in September I went to a miniature flea market in Benicia, CA where I bought this half scale shell for $30. The front of the house is stamped F1. The tower section on the front is removable, and there’s a… Keep reading »

Lower cabinets continued

The Victorianna’s kitchen sink will be centered under the window. After building the cabinet, I next needed to figure out how the window lined up with it. The window isn’t glued in yet. I held the cabinet up to the window hole and marked the edges of the window on the back side. Then I… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen — lower cabinets and stainless steel fridge

When I first started working on the Victorianna, I bought a set of kitchen cabinets from Bruce Dawson, who sold under the name bedMiniatures (he’s since retired). I planned out a U-shaped layout. Since then, I redid the kitchen in my real house, and learned a lot about kitchens that I never knew before. For… Keep reading »

Victorianna shingles

You’d think that having just finished the Rowhouse shingles I wouldn’t be itching to shingle another dollhouse — and you’d be right! — but the roof is one of the last remaining tasks on the Victorianna, and I want to get this house finished. To refresh your memory, here’s the outside of the house: The… Keep reading »

Queen Anne Rowhouse — bed with a cross-stitched cover

Not to be confused with the Rowhouse’s other bed with a cross-stitched cover, I just finished up a bed for the attic bedroom. There’s a long story behind this, so sit tight. (Or scroll to the bottom if you just want to see the end result!) When I was working on the Rowhouse’s stair rooms,… Keep reading »

Kitchen window seat finished

I had hoped to be farther along with the Victorianna’s kitchen by now, but c’est la vie. I’m waiting for a Shapeways stove to come in the mail and thinking through some ideas for scratch built cabinets. In the meantime, I’ve finished the window seat that I started in September. I bought a Lee’s Line… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen bay window seat

I’m at the point where I could attach the Victorianna’s roof, but after spending so much time shingling the Rowhouse I just don’t have it in me to do another roof right now. So I moved on to the last room in the house: the kitchen. I wanted to use the same tan wallpaper I… Keep reading »

Little girl doll for the Victorianna

I don’t usually put dolls in my dollhouses, but I made an exception when I bought a little resin baby for the nursery. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for dolls to put in the other kids’ rooms — I need a little girl (age 4-ish) and an older girl (age 12-ish). An… Keep reading »

Rowhouse shingles

I started this blog post on March 16, 2013 — that’s when I started shingling the Queen Anne Rowhouse — and it’s been sitting as a draft for 2,004 days. But not anymore, because the roof is finished! I used hexagonal shingles that came with the Greenleaf Fairfield. I really liked them on the Fairfield… Keep reading »

Built-ins for the Victorianna’s master bedroom

Last week I set out to finish the Victorianna’s master bedroom but only managed to finish the closet. This week I tackled the other side of the room, which has the tower room and two spaces under the sloped ceiling that needed to be filled up. I started by wallpapering the outside of the tower… Keep reading »

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