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, January 22, 2012

Framed picture update

Didn't think I would be back so soon, but I did find the pictures framed (as mentioned in the previous post) with the Home Depot small detail lumber and the HBS baseboard.
Family dining room at Sunnybrook Farm with nicely framed pictures. On the rear wall, the picture was cut from a magazine and framed with the HD lumber. On the left side wall, the picture was a poster downloaded from a freebie site and printed on gloss photographic paper to get the "poster" look, and framed with HBS baseboard.
While I am back on the job here, I should mention that sometimes I frame with commercial frames. Unfortunately, the pictures I have more often than not, do not fit in those frames. Yesterday, I printed two paintings by Constable, and while they are a little wider than the largest Jacqueline gold frame, I decided that I could lose a little width and not lose much from the picture. These frames do have a "lip", but I think I didn't have any problems because the frames are molded in one piece and sturdy.
Road with Figures and Entrance to the Fen by Constable, one of my favorite artists.
These will replace the pictures around the fireplace in the living room of La Malcontenta.

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