It All Starts Here

Sometimes our ideas flow from an existing kit to bash, a house style to scratch (aka custom) build, or from an interesting doll who needs a place to live. Our settings are always modern-day (ca. 2001 when we started this hobby). We try to create things that will make people smile and feel good.

We think that if we had to build the same house twice, we literally could not do it! Fortunately, we have very unique little people who have definite opinions and so far, no one has wanted a house “like so-and-so” has.

We work as a family unit: my wonderful husband, my beautiful sister, and I. We don't always agree as to the direction of the build, but I think that we end up with a better dollhouse because of all our grumblings -- and we do have a lot of fun!

The Purpose of this Blog

We needed a place for all we wanted to say about the background of the build and the nuts and bolts of the design and build process. Thus this blog.

All our dolls' homes have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of our building process. We would like to share these stories -- actually, the little people insist upon it!

Many of our houses are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia because that is my sister's favorite place.

Also, we have started a Rouges' Gallery with photos of our little people and information about the dolls.

If you would like to start with the dollhouse that "started it all", it is the Original Rowbottom Manse; if you would like to see the scratch-built Georgian that our first build gave us the confidence (or fool-hardiness) to do, it is Sunnybrook Farm.

Let the stories begin!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Casa Lobo, somewhat neglected

I did take some pictures, but didn't like the way they turned out. I would like to blame the camera, but, alas, I think the problem is the photographer! I shall try again. I am also thinking of adding more lights but haven't followed though on that yet.

I love the brass, battery, LED chandelier that I have used, but one, it doesn't put out much light; two, it put out a garish blue toned light that I didn't like. I dabbed a spot of translucent orange Gallery Glass on the bulbs. This definitely helped. There is nothing to be done about the amount of light. Perhaps, my chandelier is a bit deffective. As I said, I love the style so I shall keep it -- great "mood" lighting!

Anyway, two of the better pictures:

Casa Lobo -interior (this is a front-opening dollhouse). The transformer and power strips are on a shelf under the landscaping board under the house and accessed from the front.
Chandelier, love it but very little light output!

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