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Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Beckygardener posted : Zap-a-gap glue? I am checking into this product. Sounds like a good one if two folks here have already mentioned it! I am going to start working on my dollhouse finally! Might be a fun project to work on over the half-summer time off I get this year! Too hot to be out in the garden, so I will enjoy working inside in A/C on a long over-due project!

Something that I am going to do also ... is take photos of my dollhouse construction with me and my dh in some of the photos, too. I plan to make one of those 20 page photo books, also sharing information about building this project in the book. Now that I have a granddaughter, I want to complete it so she can come visit and play with it, maybe help her build her own one day, and then eventually leave it to her or another grandchild as a heirloom (and the book goes with it!). Gotta leave some kind of legency! If I have more than one granddaughter ... well ... I guess I'll just have to make more than one dollhouse!

I wanted to add that one of my favorite tools is not an actual tool, but a large "thrown together" table with casters that my dh built and I painted just for large projects (mainly my dollhouse). All parts were left over wood or other pieces from other projects, so it didn't cost me anything. Not even paint as I used left-over white paint as well. I can either turn the table as needed to work on all sides of the dollhouse or purchase an inexpensive turn-table to be able to rotate the dollhouse manually right on top of the table.


:hurray: Hurray! Becky, I hope you will post pictures in the dollhouse forum! I would love to see the progress!

I am still working on the new dollhouse I received at Christmas, its now sitting on its own table in the office.... so hopefully it will be completed soon Whistling

DH is starting work on our basement this weekend (adding 3 rooms and setting up his workshop) Once the woodshop is set up I hope to design and build my own dollhouse Big Grin
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Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I plan to take some photos of the progress. I still have things I have to get before I can start on it again. But hopefully very, very soon! Still setting up my work area. But I am ready to jump in there with both feet and hands and get er done! It's been a long time coming to get this dollhouse finished!

That will be cool to design and build your very own custom dollhouse! I know it will be marvelous! Can't wait to see what design you come up with!
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Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hurray! Hurray! I wanna watch your progress! excited for you! Hilarious!
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Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Me, too, actually. The only issue is that I am working summer school right after the school year ends, so I won't have the time to do any serious construction work on my doll house until the middle of July. I'll be fried by then, so will probably take a week off to do nothing and then get busy doing projects of which one will be the doll house. But I've been looking at the Miniatures catalogs and online. There are a couple more items I will need to purchase before I can do some of the work.

Does anyone know of a good photo site that shows period furniture and doll clothing for a Tudor home? I decided I want to make this one as close to period fashion and accuracy as possible!
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Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I dont know of a website, but maybe post over in the dollhouse forum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_XgD9OEk_k&feature=related and someone might respond there. I'll try to look online tonight and see if I can find a site for you.
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
I can thoroughly recommend a book - The Authentic Tudor & Stuart Dolls' House by Brian Long published by The Guild Of Master Craftsmen Publications, ISBN 1 86108 406 4 . Its my bible on the subject! Publishers web site http://www.gmcbooks.com Its where I got all the ideas for my Tudor Kitchen. Thumb of 2011-05-25/okus/0735fe
and other areas
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the owner - Lady Elizabeth, modelled on Bess of Hardwick Thumb of 2011-05-25/okus/db4eea
and of course the late Tudor manor itself
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Carol

Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thumbs up Hurray! Thanks Okus!

Have you worked on your house at all recently?
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Hi Ann Marie - no I haven't touched it for about 12 months!!

Its not a summer job when the garden is so demanding Last winter was so cold for so long that working in the conservatory was just too chilly so I didn't get anything done.

I'll think about it again once the autumn gets here.
Carol

Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks, Carol! I appreciate that information. Here is the house I am working on. It's called the Harrison by Greenleaf:
http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/dollhouse-kits/harrison-d...

I was thinking more Victorian furnishings & dolls, but perhaps I am way off base? Something a little more modern than the actual Tudor time frame is what I really wanted, but maybe I should reconsider?

I also found this issue of AIM that is all about Tudor Times: http://www.scribd.com/full/49797347?access_key=key-1a6tkvtyx...
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Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
we too had a horrible winter here, Sad lots of snow which created power outages for a week at a time. Seemed like every time I'd start on my house, the power would go our for a week again Grumbling
Now its set up in the office and ready to be worked on, but I'm busy with business related items, and DH is starting to do the remodel and extension of our basement. I am really hoping I can hurry up and get it done before we have any company come visit this summer Hilarious!
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Hi Becky,

It looks a good house, and of course you can do the inside in a later style than the outside. That's what happens with real houses after all.

The publisher http://www.gmcbooks.com and the same author have books on other periods too. The Georgian book is excellent value, and that's a great period if you like elegant furniture and clothes. Victorian is a very popular age, and their interiors are usually fairly cluttered so you can pack loads in! You can also include basic plumbing too, whereas in Tudor times it was an outside privy, a seat over a hole in the floor of an out jutting bay or a 'Night Stool' which the servants had to empty and of course buckets and jugs brought from the well for actual water.
Even in Victorian times only the well to do had indoor plumbing and in the country even later than that! My grandparents moved in the late 1920s to a house with an indoor bathroom upstairs, but even then the toilet was in a lean to, accessed from a porch outside the main back door of the house, not in the bathroom, and that was a brand new house!

Going back to the original question, the style of your house could easily be 'Mock Tudor', that was very popular in the late Victorian and Edwardian Period and would leave you a great deal of flexibility as you could use some really Tudor pieces and some much later ones as well.
Carol

Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - Thank you for the encouragement! That's exactly what I was thinking and was hoping someone would say. My house has the bay windows which doesn't seem like they would've been built during the actual Tudor years. I looked at a couple of the Tudor houses on the internet and mine does look like a more modern version of a Tudor style home. I really like the Victorian age. So that's what I was thinking originally when I purchased the house.

It's a bit tricky though. I need to know the clothing of the period, hair styles, furnishings, wallpaper, flooring, etc. I wish there was good website showing the differences of the different eras.

Carol - Do you have the "years" for those periods? Maybe I could look them up based on the actual time frame? Where would most of this have taken place? England? France? Somewhere else? I am so clueless. My retention of history classes is long gone. (Sad, but true!)

Anjl - I hope you do indeed get to work on your dollhouse, too!
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
The Tudors start with Henry VII of England ( Henry Tudor) in 1485 and run to to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, they were followed by the Stuarts and that period includes our Civil War 1603 - 1714.

The Georgian Period starts with George I of England through to George IV and runs from 24 May 1714-26 June 1862 .

Queen Victoria was on the throne of England 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901

After Victoria you have the Edwardian Era which is classed as being from the death of Victoria in 1801 to the start of WWI in 1914.

All these Periods have their names taken from the Kings and Queens of England who were there at the time.

The Elizabethan Period is late Tudor, Anne was Queen in 1702 so late Stuart & there were two King Williams who also squeeze in for short periods but not terribly long for either, one between Elizabeth I and Anne and one between George II and George IV. The regency period covers the later part of the reign of George III who was very ill and so a Prince Regent took over for a while.

I hope that helps. Choose a period and Google it, there is a lot of stuff on the web that might help.

Carol

Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - You are awesome for sharing that info with me. Very, very helpful!!! Thank you!!!

Anjl - Maybe you could move this information that Carol shared to the dollhouse forum and make it a new thread topic! I know I will be referring to that information many times! Carol rocks!!!!
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Your welcome Becky - I only rock when I have had one too many - so not often - honestly Big Grin Angel Hilarious! !
Carol

Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I appreciate all the historical timelines! I found a number of books at the library and have been going through them. The library is a good source books to borrow. I'd rather spend my money of my dollhouse than books. Big Grin

Carol - DO you make your own dolls? I am seriously looking into that next. I've found at least one place to purchase a mold for Fimo that looks darn good!
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
No I buy the cheapest doll that fits the bill (I do like them to flex in the appropriate places) and strip the clothes and start again dressing them. Lady Elizabeth above was a originally a Victorian kitchen maid!

By the time you have bought molds and wigs making your own completely could end up very expensive. I do make the clothes though from dressmaking, curtain, lampshade making and other scraps - including DH's old shirts. I once stole one he was very fond of before he was ready to part with it!! That ended up as a smocked baby dress and looked far better on her than with worn cuffs & collar as a shirt on him - well in my opinion anyway Hilarious!
Carol

Image1AnjL
May 29, 2011 12:30 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
you are now 'moved' but somehow I messed up and deleted your original post...so had to quote it at the top Whistling
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Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks so much, Anjl!!!

Carol - I went back and looked at your dollhouse photos! Very, very nice! So many awesome details!!! How many doll houses have you created? Is the entire house (of that particular one pictured above) done in Tudor style? If so, I would love to see more photos.

Also, you mentioned you buy the cheap dolls and remake/re-dress them! I, too, was thinking of that as another possibility. I've seen some dolls and molds for making dolls out of polymer clay and was blown away by how beautiful they turned out. You are right that the molds and clay are very expensive. Now I understand why the hand-made dolls are so expensive.

I guess I am getting way ahead of myself to even be contemplating making scale dolls and costumes. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing It's been over 25 years (I think) since I "started" the doll house that I've still yet to finish! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing And I am already thinking of making dolls too? Who am I kidding???!!! But I do get swept away with all the options out there. Some really beautiful handiwork and kits. I have a book called "Making & Dressing Dolls' House Dolls in 1/12 scale" by Sue Atkinson. It's a wonderful book with some amazing ideas, instructions, and photos. Not to mention all the different clothing patterns! I look at that book a lot which is why I think that is why I would love to try to make my very own signature doll from a mold.
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Imageokus
May 29, 2011 4:28 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
That house is a Tudor Manor house and is still a work in progress but the story around it is that it was built by Lady Elizabeth's late husband's father in the Tudor era but is now owned by her son Sir Charles and his wife Lady Isabella. They spend most of their time at court, so Lady Elizabeth still runs the Manor with her servants.
The family isn't too worried about the servants quarters and the kitchens so they are still very much as they were when the house was built. The Grand Salon is much more fashionable and so very much more Jacobean/Stuart in style as is the main bedroom. The library and dining hall are still as they were in her husbands time.

It is still very much a work in progress - its enormous, 4 feet long, and has 8 rooms! This is the dining hall ;it has moved on a bit and now has a 'marble' floor and the Oak panelling on the walls is done but the room not done yet! Thumb of 2011-05-29/okus/679abb

I've done two other houses - a Georgian town house and a much smaller house a long time ago. Plus the Tudor Market Cross, which is being used, in Victorian Times, as the Town Clerk's office
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The manor started life shaped as pieces of MDF when constructed it was looking like this: Thumb of 2011-05-29/okus/9a0ca7
It has taken a long time to get to the inside as all the bricks are individually stuck on and the roof tiles are individual pieces of card cut from breakfast cereal boxes and painted.

This is the front porch which shows the fancy brickwork better
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This is the Georgian House,
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which has a Victorian InteriorThumb of 2011-05-29/okus/b41452

Carol

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