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Mansard Victorian – foyer lights and more flooring

When I mentioned that my next task in the Mansard Victorian would be to add lights, both Geoff and my dad said, “I thought you were never electrifying a dollhouse again?” It’s true, I’ve said this many times. Miniature lights (especially 1:24 scale!) are delicate and finicky and expensive and something always goes wrong. But… Keep reading »

Mansard Victorian – fireplace hearth and flooring

Cute furniture alert! I recently bought this rocking horse off eBay for the Mansard Victorian. It’s made from a Cassidy Creations kit (the same one I finished as a zebra for the Victorianna). The little blue horse toy was a bonus the seller included in the package. I don’t think this was finished by Bauder-Pine.… Keep reading »

Miniature beaded curtain tutorial

It’s half scale swap time again! This year’s theme was Kitschy Things, and I made beaded curtains. This post will show how I did it, so you can make one too. My curtains are 1 1/4″ wide by about 3 1/4″ tall, which fits a 1:24 scale Houseworks interior door. You can easily change the… Keep reading »

Mansard Victorian – egg carton brick foundation

This is my inspiration house for the Mansard Victorian. It’s the Emanuel Kahn mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah (more pictures here). I realize I’m setting myself up for a lot of tedious work with a brick exterior. When I did the Victorianna’s brick foundation, it took so long that I swore I would never… Keep reading »

The Shop by Bauder-Pine

Last month, this cute half scale dollhouse showed up on eBay. The description attributed the house to Robert Bernhard of Dolphin Miniatures. Curious about it, I reached out to Cathy Miller-Vaughn, the current owner of Bauder-Pine. She started working for Pat Bauder in the nineties, and she knows the names of a lot of people… Keep reading »

Tracking down Bauder-Pine furniture for the Mansard Victorian

I plan to furnish the Mansard Victorian with as much Bauder-Pine and Cassidy Creations furniture as possible. This means keeping a close eye on eBay, Etsy, and other places where thirty- to forty-year-old half scale miniatures might show up. (I’ve previously posted about Bauder-Pine furniture here and here, and you can read up on the… Keep reading »

Egg carton quoins

Now that I’ve added 1/2″ of depth to the front of the Mansard Victorian to accommodate the side addition (shown here and here), I need to finish the front edges of those pieces before starting on the inside of the house… which means I need to decide how the house will be finished. My original… Keep reading »

Mansard Victorian — more bulking

To accommodate the addition I’m adding to the side of the Mansard Victorian, I had to add 1/2″ of depth to the house. I started by gluing 1/2″ strip wood to the front edges of the house and top edge of the front panel, as described here. The front panel now sits 1/2″ out from… Keep reading »

Petite Properties cupboard stairs

The Mansard Victorian shell didn’t come with a hole for stairs. I’m not opposed to leaving the stairs out of a dollhouse, but for this one I decided to add a false staircase. I might have gotten the idea from the Bauder Pine Colonial, which has a hidden staircase that runs up behind the fireplace.… Keep reading »

Mansard Victorian — bulking up the house

Okay, that’s a weird title, but I couldn’t come up with a better way to describe what I’ve been doing to the Mansard Victorian for the past month or so. This all started because I wanted to add an addition to the side of the house. The addition is a long-discontinued Houseworks 1:12 scale bay… Keep reading »

Braxton Payne fireplace with added built-ins

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a lot of time arranging furniture in the Mansard Victorian to find a space to use this Bauder Pine corner cabinet. Literally the only corner I could make it work is this one in the living room, with a fireplace next to it. I tried out… Keep reading »

Mansard Victorian – making plans & cutting holes

Now that the Craftsman bungalow is finished, I’m going to dig in to the Bauder Pine Mansard Victorian shell I bought earlier this year. The house came with two side additions that I decided not to use. I don’t like how much they stick out, or the flat roofs. They don’t look like natural extensions… Keep reading »

Craftsman bungalow vignette – finished!

With the porch finished, all I had left to do on the bungalow were a few pieces of trim. But first, as I often do as a project nears completion (see here and here), I went down a rabbit hole of destruction that took a little work to climb back out of. It all started… Keep reading »

Craftsman bungalow vignette – finishing the porch

Back in June, I started the porch on the Craftsman bungalow vignette. Then I realized I should finish the interior windows and paneling before attaching the porch, while I could still easily put the vignette face-down on the table. Here’s where I left off. I positioned the porch so there would be the same amount… Keep reading »

Cross-stitched ginkgo rug and Craftsman chairs from a kit

Today I learned that the Japanese tree with the fan-shaped leaves is spelled ginkgo, not ginko. Who knew?! I cross-stitched a ginkgo rug to go in the Craftsman bungalow vignette. The rug is approximately 2 7/8″ x 3 5/8″, stitched over one on 36(?) count fabric. The question mark is because I thought that was… Keep reading »

Stained glass windows with Gallery Glass and a Sakura Glaze pen

I decided to add stained glass to the two small windows in the Craftsman bungalow. The last time I made stained glass windows, for the Victorianna, they were printed out on a transparency sheet that I then painted over with Gallery Glass paint. Even with the Gallery Glass adding a wavy glass effect, these still… Keep reading »

Firescreen mystery solved!

I guess I didn’t do good job of sleuthing before my last post, because the firescreen mystery has already been solved thanks to a few reader tips and Google. Here’s one in the background of a photo of a Ginger Wyatt vase from eBay (from Pinterest): Interesting coincidence, but it doesn’t prove that Ginger Wyatt… Keep reading »

The mysterious firescreen

Just now I was clicking through old Ron Rhodes auctions on Live Auctioneers, because why not, and I came across this familiar-looking firescreen… If you read my post about creating a stained glass cabinet for the Craftsman bungalow vignette, it’ll look familiar to you too! The title of this lot was Kummerow & Wyatt Dollhouse… Keep reading »

A 1:12 Mansard Victorian, and new (to me) Bauder-Pine furniture

When I was working on my big post about Bauder Pine, I chatted with a woman named Ginger who said she had the same Mansard Victorian house as me, but hers is 1:12 scale. She told me Frank Moroz, who was Pat Bauder’s partner at Bauder-Pine, built it for her in the seventies. She had… Keep reading »

Craftsman bungalow – right window paneling & stained glass cabinet

I can’t remember where or when I got this Mission-style thingie. I’m not even sure what it is… probably a 1:12 firescreen? But I’ve had it for a while, and when I started working on the Craftsman bungalow vignette I pulled it out thinking I could do something with it. Update July 15, 2022: I… Keep reading »

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